Eliminate acronyms from your vocabulary (except the ones I invented)

By |2022-11-30T15:47:12+00:00November 29, 2022|Categories: Everyday Communication, Writing|

So much workplace communication is just crap. Big words trying to sound smart and important. Vague words trying to obscure the specifics. Jargon trying to belong with the insiders’ club. And OMG the acronyms. Several years ago, I invented an acronym to illustrate just how senseless and confusing the vocabulary of business can be: C.R.A.P.  = [...]

Blocks and Blockages

By |2022-09-26T14:14:49+00:00June 16, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Uncategorized, Writing|

https://instorymode.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Blog-Banners-1.mp4   I don’t believe in “writers block,” although that doesn’t stop me from whining about not being able to write. Clearly, I’m not the only one. I recently read about this cafe in Tokyo that offers free coffee and human naggers to check on you every hour to see if you’ve reached your writing goals. Genius! Here [...]

Stop inventing C.R.A.P. business words

By |2022-04-29T16:20:53+00:00April 29, 2022|Categories: Everyday Communication, Writing|

While Jill and I were guestcasting* on the Grounded Content podcast, Jill said: 
“You can take one piece of content and repurpose it in a hundred million different ways, and each of those repurposements ...” Yes, my business partner is fond of both hyperbole (A hundred million ways? Really?) and making sh*t up. She knows how [...]

Looking for creative inspiration? Try some oatmeal.

By |2022-02-25T21:29:36+00:00February 28, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Everyday Communication, Life, Writing|

To know me is to understand that I procrastinate. Procrastination is part of my process. Especially my writing process. When I was in high school, this irritated my mother to no end. Seeing blank pages instead of a book report, she assumed I was wasting time. Doing nothing. Failing to take action. Not true, Mom. Not [...]

Swedish Death Cleaning will make you a better communicator

By |2022-01-31T16:30:11+00:00January 31, 2022|Categories: Creativity, Life, Writing|

Several years ago, people were raving about the KonMari method of decluttering and organizing. Attempting to jump on the bandwagon, I bought The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and started reading. A few pages in, I bailed. Marie Kondo wanted me to touch every possession and ask, “Does it spark joy?” If not, that item must [...]

22 for 2022: all the C.R.A.P. to cut this year

By |2021-12-30T13:50:01+00:00December 29, 2021|Categories: Writing|

A few months ago, Jill noticed a shift in my writing style. “It’s very in-your-face,” she said. “You sound a little angry. But in a good way.” She was probably responding to my article about all the C.R.A.P. that makes its way into business statements (mission, vision, purpose, value, yada yada yada). I do get fired [...]

Unspoken Loudspeakers are drowning out your message

By |2021-09-30T14:55:38+00:00September 30, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Presenting, Storytelling, Visual Communication, Writing|

“What you do speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Shhhh! I’m trying to hear you. I really am. I know you’ve put serious thought into those words you’re trying to share right now. Whether your message is written or spoken, I know you want me to “get” what you’re [...]

Productivity vs Workflow; Why do I feel like a failure?

By |2021-09-20T18:32:50+00:00September 20, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Life, Writing|

“Some words have a meaning to them that we don’t often think about but yet still affects us, which has applications to persuasion, social influence and bias in our judgments and decisions,” said David J Hauser, social psychologist. The power of words is undeniable. Choose the wrong one and instead of motivating your team to go [...]