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Project Proposals

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How to Negotiate In June, I’ll be speaking at the STC Technical Communication Summit. My topic: project proposals. How do you negotiate them? How do you protect yourself? How do you get what you want? I’m about 90% finished with my talk, but I thought I’d throw this out there to all of you: what […]

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Finding Beauty on Earth Day

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Some Positive Thoughts My social media feeds are packed to the gills with Earth Day posts today, and each is more horrifying than the last. Pictures of polluted water, storm damage, droughts, statistics about fracking horrors and sky-blackening smog. It’s easy to feel like it’s all hopeless, but then I look out the window at […]

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Baseball and Management

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Similarities Between Coaching Baseball and Personnel Management This is my fourth year of coaching a little league baseball team. “Oh!” people exclaim when they hear it. “How do you know what to do?” Admittedly, growing up around baseball helped a lot, and I saw more than my share of the sport sitting in the 7th row behind […]

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Good Writing Looks Effortless

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Why Words are Undervalued A few weeks ago, someone pointed me toward Recently Rejected, described as “a curated graveyard of good and bad ideas.” You see book covers, album sleeves and various ad campaign artwork created by graphic designers. When you look at these rejected projects, you can see the work that went into them: the […]

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Working from a Coffee Shop

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Best Practices for Your Second Office I like working from a coffee shop. It gives me all of the background noise that I like without working in an actual office where people are requesting meetings or asking questions. But that means that I’m also taking up a table on a regular basis. Here’s how to […]

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Writing: It’s Personal

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Taking My Writing in a New Direction Yesterday was launch day! No, not for a client product. Not for a new website. It was for a book. I’m very excited to announce that I was invited to be one of the contributors to Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips and Tricks from the Road.  […]

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The California Drought

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An East Coast Perspective on Drought I arrived in California 16 years ago. It was June and the hills were dry and golden brown. A week went by. Two. Three. No rain, and none in the forecast. It took months before I realized that this was California’s version of normal. “We won’t get rain until […]

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Meanings of Body Language

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Does Body Language Correlate to Trustworthiness? Last year, the Harvard Business Review published an article called, “Who Can You Trust?” They posted and tweeted it, accompanied by the image below: Look at how evasive these images are! The guy is pulling away from you. He’s touching his hands awkwardly as if he’s uncomfortable. He touches his beard […]

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Getting Organized

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My Organized Office Before I left for holiday break, I decided that more than anything, I needed to get my act together and organize my office and my working life. Honestly, I thought I’d make it through two or three of the items that I’d listed on my sticky note, and would have been perfectly […]

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Goals

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Things I’d Like to Accomplish I’ve spent a large portion of my life telling myself what can’t be done. There isn’t enough time. There isn’t enough money. It’s just impractical. Don’t be silly. Focus on the important things. And yet, the older I get, the more I wonder why I keep talking myself out of […]

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