Category Archives: Communication

Stay Tuned

There are lots of marketing phrases and cultural habits that we have from the 20th century that no longer make sense in the 21st century. But, because of the ever-turning force of habit, we keep them around. One of my least favorite sign-offs and marketing phrases is “Stay tuned.” “Stay tuned” used to be a wayKeep Reading

How to Give (and Get) Great Feedback On Your Writing

A lot of people have asked me about how to get feedback on their essays. How do they publish it? Who should they ask? And why do they cringe and worry so much about whether or not people will be kind and say good things (or terrible things) about their essays? Part of the fearKeep Reading

6 Ways to Improve Your Teaching, Public Speaking, and Presentations

Speaking and writing are such gifts: they let you put together ideas, deep ideas, rich ideas, and share them with an audience. In a world of quick conversation and superficial conversation, books and well-thought out presentations can still carry the weight of an idea across rooms and minds. It takes a lot of work to put together a great talk or a complete book (sometimes years or decades of research) — andKeep Reading

Writers Resources for 2015: Make a Living as a Writer With These Sweet Courses

Want to make a living as a writer? Maybe you’re simply looking to improve your craft. Maybe you want to self-publish a book, or you want to learn more about publishing. Perhaps you’ve got a side-hustle, and you want to turn it into a full-time business. Maybe you’re working on a book proposal but you’reKeep Reading

Ten Ways to Use Storytelling to Improve Your Ability to Connect and Communicate

Humans are born storytellers. The way we tell and share our stories about who we are, what we do, and what we want. This, in turn, affects who sees us, hears about us, and whether or not the right people connect with us. When you want to learn how to describe yourself or your business,Keep Reading

Is Making A Blog Really Worthwhile?

It’s hard to understand why so many people are spending so much time investing in making “free content” when there are so many other things to do in building a business. Have you ever made a product and wondered why it didn’t go anywhere, or feel like you’re spinning your wheels at your company throwingKeep Reading

A 30-day Writing Challenge, A Brand New Class, and a Book Giveaway.

Want to be a better writer? What does it take to become a better writer? I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions and goals lately, and every time I talk to someone, I hear the same dream: I want to write more. So these past few weeks, I’ve been making a few new things toKeep Reading

The Secret (Business) Beauty in Complaining

My head buzzes when I am around people who start to complain too much. It’s like an electric current goes through my head, starts building, and then my frazzled mind-space begins to implode under all of the pressure. I like solving problems, and can be known to interrupt or interject with “Yeah, sure, okay, but — howKeep Reading

How to write more handwritten notes.

I love checking the mailbox. I’ve had pen pals since I was seven years old — and it’s one of the ways Alex and I first met. Yet in today’s busy-busy world, how do you make time to sit down, get out the pen, and write a note? Here are a few tricks you might love: 1.Keep Reading

Are you in love with the product? Or the process?

“My job is to do, not to judge.” — Dani Shapiro Sometimes, as writers or as makers, we become obsessed with the outcome. The work itself as object, as product — not as process. We judge, criticize, and refuse to do the work when we see the outcome as one great failure. Push publish anyways, IKeep Reading