Category: Everyday Communication

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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These are a few of my favorite apps

My friend Bill was lamenting a standstill in his creative process. He’d been working on a podcast for 5 years, had 2 episodes recorded, but stalled out on editing those conversations so he could publish the thing. “Have you thrown the audio file into Descript to do the editing?” I asked. “What’s

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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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Does this count as a story?

We tried not to talk about work. It was Saturday, for crying out loud! But over coffee this weekend, my new friend Jane and I couldn’t help ourselves. We both love what we do. And we’re still getting to know each other. So eventually our stories turned occupational. I make my living

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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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Metrics worth measuring for our messages and ourselves

Last week Jeff Herrington told me about a clever set of metrics he created to help businesspeople master the lessons he teaches in his writing workshops. His approach is so smart, I’ve been thinking about meaningful metrics ever since. After Jeff coaches a group to create strong, action-oriented content, the

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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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6 online marketing lessons from smart businesses in my small town

About a year ago, I relocated to a small Midwestern farm town called Geneseo, Illinois. It’s a picturesque little community full of Victorian-era homes and tree-lined streets. Straight out of a Hallmark movie, you know? You really should come and visit us sometime. When my husband suggested we ditch the

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