A dreamy way to open up communication

February 29th, 2012
kayak paddle lesson on flickr/bealetherese

“Any questions?” Those two simple words serve a basic communication purpose. We’re ticking off our mental checklist to see if the listener is on the same page. Did I ask for feedback? Yep. Does everyone understand what we’re doing? Sure. Okay, then, let’s move on. … read more »

The power of answering “Why?”

November 24th, 2010
Walk in snowy woods on flickr/bealetherese

Do you know why you do what you do? The power of purpose gets lots of bandwidth on the talk show circuit, in book titles, with motivational bloggers on the web. Perhaps it’s because “why” is an easy question to pose. Anyone with young children … read more »

Can trust be orchestrated?

March 9th, 2010

Trust is one of those concepts that defies prescription. It’s in our minds but how about our bodies? Bobby McFerrin has a way of engendering trust quickly and intimately with his audiences. Watch how Bobby nurtures audience participation at a science conference, using his body … read more »

What hat are you wearing today?

October 16th, 2009

I’ve been thinking about hats. I’m not one of those “hat-genic” people whose looks improve instantly with a topper.  No, I’m thinking about the figurative hats I wear as I go about my daily business. Thinker, planner, connector, writer, coach, manager.  The roles seem to … read more »

Create an incredible shrinking story

October 4th, 2009
Businessman eyes stack of paperwork

Lately I’ve been obsessing about how to make a big story very small.  Specifically, I’m planning to shrink a mountain of information to three pages in an industry presentation. And use pictures not words to tell the story. Ha! Good luck, you may think. Well, … read more »

Slogging it out for the Magical Moment

September 22nd, 2009

I was listening to Seth Godin’s book The Dip the other day. It’s an oddly encouraging tome about when to quit and when to stick. Instead of mulling over implications for my business I found myself thinking about a recent hike in Yellowstone National Park … read more »