Reading Aloud Doesn’t Have to Be Boringreading aloud (1/29/2019) Keep your lis­ten­ers’ at­ten­tion while read­ing aloud. The host an­nounces the next au­thor. She walks to the lectern, of­fers a syn­op­sis, and be­gins read­ing aloud. It’s not bad prose—and I can’t say that for every writer here—but after three pages… READ ON
Storytelling Tips: The Rush of Discoverystorytelling: rush of discovery (1/15/2019) Storytelling tips: You’re walking along and you happen to look down. “Hey, that’s not a scrap of paper; that’s a $20 bill!” Isn’t it a rush when something we thought was useless turns out to be meaningful. Stories—whether they’re truth… READ ON
My Club Got a One-Star Review (1/2/2019) How do you handle a one-star review? Capable leaders are adept at untangling the many stories that compete for attention when problems need solving and egos need soothing. I monitor a FaceBook page for a local chapter of a national… READ ON
Running Aground in the Seas of Commerce (12/18/2018) My client, Bill, came to me in a panic. “I’ve hit a wall. My competition is killing me. Styles and trends are changing. I need to rebrand, repackage—start over—new website, new brochures—everything—as soon as possible. “You might be right,” I… READ ON
‘Twas the Month Before Christmas (12/5/2018) ’Twas a month before Christmas, when all through the land Every forklift was stirring, precisely as planned Products were lined on the store shelves with care In hopes that the customers soon would be there   The people were nestled… READ ON
River Storiesriver stories (11/6/2018) River stories: Numerous stories have been written about rivers. We all have rivers to cross. Metaphorical rivers represent both the obstacles we encounter in life and business and where the “current” carries us. Perhaps a tough conversation lies ahead or… READ ON
Sea Stories: Do You Trust Your Compass? (10/30/2018) Do you trust your compass? Finding your way in life, business, and traffic is a challenge. The easiest way to get somewhere without getting lost is to switch on the GPS. But too many people never know the joy of… READ ON
Storytelling Straight Talk: Humility Kills Conviction (10/20/2018) Leaders write and speak with conviction. Bold writing is not arrogant. Readers and audiences know that your words are a direct extension of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and experiences. Don’t talk about yourself at the expense of offering value to… READ ON
Phil Woods: Is Your Work Beneath You?Phil Woods Saxopohone (10/16/2018) I was frustrated the other day, thinking about how I need a better computer. Some of my software is out of date and my machine just doesn’t have the speed and the memory to support some of the the new… READ ON
Sexual Harassment – Rewriting the Storysexual harassment (10/2/2018) Is sexual harassment a problem, or a symptom of a larger, deeper issue? The answer depends on the stories we use to define and discuss it. Challenge: Write a story about sexual harassment. Use fictional avatar characters. (If you call… READ ON

 

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