Elevator Speech: Scripted Commercial or Simple Conversation?

When it comes to creating your message, I’m all for scribbling-out your thoughts. It’s the only way to really see what you’re thinking. Letting questions rattle around in your head and then emptying every possible response onto paper can be enlightening, and lead you to a “Wow, is that what I do?” moment.

OMG, where did all the words go?

As a Wordsmith, I’ve always had a bit of an issue with text-messaging.  In fact, I consider texting a crime against language, and a major contributor to the rapid decline in young people’s ability to communicate effectively.


“Conquer your fear of public speaking!”
“You can become fearless!”
“Overcome public speaking fear!”

I have come across many programs that claim to eliminate the fear of public speaking.  Respectfully, I disagree with all of them.  

Connection brought to you by the letters “e” and “i”

One of the highlights of my first day at my first job out of college was the trip to the mailroom.  I was introduced to a marvelous device called a facsimile machine.  The “fax,” as the technology savvy mailroom manager called it, could send copies of documents anyplace in an instant (which, back then, meant sometime the same day).

Networking…cruisin’ or crashin’?

More and more, I hear small business owners say, “I’ve tried lots of networking groups, but none of them work for me.”  To me, that’s like saying, “I’ve tried lots of cars, but I never get where I want to go.”  I wonder if maybe, it’s not the car.