Author: Jill Pollack

Can You Stop The Scrolling?

TLDR: Is this too long to read? Has your focus been stolen? Here’s the gist: I’m tired of screens stealing my focus. From here on out, I read what I wanna read, buy only what I wanna buy, and talk to actual people IRL. Viva la revolution! **I started writing

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I Made A Mistake

It was a “hit send too fast” email. And it wasn’t even a huge mistake, more like a silly “I wasn’t paying close enough attention” kind of mistake. Which is of course exactly what happened.I have been obsessing over it for a day and feel the need to explain myself

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What’s On Your Skip List?

It’s the start of a new year and for the past few months we have been inundated with Best Of lists, especially books, music, and movies that are not to be missed. Where is the list of books I should miss? How do we know what reading and activities we

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Write What You Want To Know

Questions come in all sizes. There’s the age-old: where did I put my keys? The hometown fav: are you really going to wear that? And the esoteric: who would I be if I could be anyone? I’ve been pondering questions and how, as a writer, I can use them to my advantage.  Are questions good

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Smile! You’re on Camera

Video. When I watch myself in a video it’s sort of an out-of-body experience; is that really me on the screen? Do I look like that? Why do I keep doing that weird thing with my eyebrows? We are forever critical of ourselves and our presentation to the public. So

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Why Can’t I Focu…SQUIRREL!

I am a writer who has earned her living writing and teaching storytelling for many many years, so you would think I would be a whiz at getting my work done. Work being, writing. Sigh. I so envy those creators who can sit at their desk, tune out the world,

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Is Storytelling now C.R.A.P.?

Is my life’s pursuit of great storytelling now defunct, cast into the bin of “that used to be a good idea?” I ask this because the word Storytelling is now everywhere, used for all kinds of reasons, and thus makes me ask: has the word lost its meaning like so many other

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What it means to be a writer: Pay Yourself First

While you couldn’t say my father was on the quiet side, he wasn’t the type to make small talk about the weather. Instead, he spoke when he had something to say. Although, he did have a few “somethings” that he like to repeat, over and over through the years, his

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Love Affairs Come and Go. A Good App is Forever

You might call me a serial dater. I fall in love quickly, get bored or flummoxed, then off to the next one I go. Love affairs happen in all aspects of life and here, it’s software I’m thinking about. There are so many apps and so little time to figure

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What Do You Say “Yes” To?

Are you the type of person who says Yes? The other week I was listening to extemporaneous speeches given by our students in a leadership development program. We’ve been working with them on storytelling and presenting skills. Their charge on this morning was to randomly pick a card that had

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