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Different Perspectives

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Influence of Experience on Interpretation We all know that different perspectives and different life experiences can influence how we interpret things that we read, see or do. My classic example is the Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor movie Silver Streak, a movie I’ve thought of at least once a week for years. When I was a kid in Philadelphia, we had a […]

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Making the Most of Travel

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Meeting, Greeting and Networking Last month, my 9-year-old son and I took and extended road trip on the East Coast. It was a fabulous experience for both of us, forcing us out of our routine and giving us the chance to see people and experience things that were outside our normal world. This could have […]

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Marathon or Sprint?

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Speed vs. Distance When I first started running, I didn’t really understand the nuances of ability and training. Marathon or sprint, it all looked hard; it probably didn’t help that the pros could cover 26.2 miles at a per-mile pace that I couldn’t sustain from here to the corner. It took me years to realize that […]

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An Ounce of Prevention

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It’s Easier to Prevent Than Recover Ben Franklin wasn’t kidding when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Last month, I went on a hike that shouldn’t have been particularly grueling, but was much hotter than anticipated. Hours later, I was still feeling dehydrated and flat — a body response […]

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Working From the Road

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Apps That Improve My Efficiency From conferences to client meetings, I’m working from the road a lot. Here is a summary listing of the apps and tools that help me to do what I do best, regardless of location. Asana I’ve been using Asana for more than a year, and it’s everything I’ve ever needed in […]

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Always Be Right

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Don’t Try To Prove Others Wrong A few weeks ago, I was talking baseball with someone I’d recently met. Over the course of the conversation, he noted that a particular event had happened in 1993. I said no, it was 1994. He was adamant that I was wrong. I knew with absolute certainty that I was correct. […]

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Falling Is Not Failing

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Lessons from My Kid In the final week of school, each student has to choose their own topic and “teach” the class in a brief lesson. My 9-year-old son chose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, an activity that he’s been doing two to three times a week since last summer. As we rode in the car, he chattered from […]

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Why I Bought an iPad Pro

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Minimizing Paper I’m a longtime Apple user, but not the kind who waits in line for the latest and greatest release. When I heard about the iPad Pro, I thought it was cool, but didn’t see a use case for it. After all, I’m not a designer. And frankly, the early ads really leaned towards […]

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Conference Attendance: Investing in Myself

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Making Conferences Work for Me I’ve had a few people message me about my approach to conferences, and my willingness to pay for my own adventures. I’ll start with a little bit of background. I never had an employer that would pay my way to any conference. Worse, none of them would give me time off to […]

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After STC Summit

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Measuring Conference ROI Yes, I am on the board of directors for the Society for Technical Communication (STC), so there is probably an inherent bias to any analysis of the conference, but I can honestly say that this was quite possibly the best Summit I’ve ever attended. The speakers were excellent, the sessions were packed, […]

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