The Power of Isolation

With all of our computers, smartphones, and tablets these days it’s easier than ever to get things done from pretty much anywhere. Add the cloud into that, and we’re connected virtually all the time. But there’s a downside to that: we’re connected virtually all the time. The effects of this sneak up on us. While…

21st Century Servitude

I was doing some research for a client piece recently that involved stats on sick days and how many people come to work sick rather than staying home. At first reading that 60% of workers continue coming to work while sick didn’t surprise me. Most places I’ve worked I ended up alongside someone with the…

Pushing Talk to Walk, Reverence To Action

Two important lessons that have molded my life a bit only after failing at them many times: However good you think you are at something, there’s always more to know. And you should never stop trying to know more. Thinking you’re good at something is arrogance if you don’t walk the walk. It’s not about proving…

Subtlety of Wording and Association

I knew a guy years ago in business that loved to slap his name alongside anything notable going on around town. If a business was having an open house that was attracting a lot of interest, he’d post everywhere on Facebook about how he was proud to be a part of it. If somebody else…

How Do I Get Past Writer’s Block?

Some writers I’ve followed claim there’s no such thing as writer’s block, that it’s just one of many excuses we make for not doing the work. I can agree that writing is a challenging and sometimes scary thing, and excuses are common. But I definitely see writer’s block as a thing. But it’s a thing…

How To Email A Blog Pitch That Doesn’t Get Ignored

Most sites have a contact page, and that’s an invitation for questions and collaboration, right? But there’s a way to approach bloggers and other business site owners for a higher degree of response rate, and a variety of ways to blow it. That saying about first impressions is true for digital contact, too. Probably even truer…