Category Archives: Communication

The Road Taken

Eleven years ago I started on a strange journey, fulfilling a long-held desire to perform by signing up for classes at Chicago’s famed Second City training center. That led to improv and sketch shows, theater performances and national commercial work. … Continue reading

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5 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat

On Sunday night I got home from a short vacation and found our very old, very dear cat in a terrible state. After a rush to the animal ER and a diagnosis from our specialty vet, we made the difficult … Continue reading

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Sterling’s Gold: 7 Lessons for Success from Mad Men

Roger Sterling: fictional ad man, chronic drinker and serial womanizer. An inspiration to wiseasses everywhere, he says the things we wish we could say in the workplace — only funnier … This blog has moved! You can check out the … Continue reading

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Fewer Inspirational Quotes, More Original Thinking, Please

The Internet has ruined quotations for me … This blog has moved! You can check out the rest of this post here.  

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A Storytelling Lesson from South Park

A while back I gave some tips for tightening stories. One of them was to watch out for “and then” syndrome. That is, if you find yourself saying “and then” a lot, what you have “may not actually be a story, … Continue reading

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7 TV Interview Tips Nobody Tells You

There’s plenty of advice to be found on how to prepare for a TV interview. Talk in concise soundbites. Look at the interviewer, not the camera. Don’t wear crazy patterns. But sometimes it’s the little things they don’t tell you that … Continue reading

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Job Interviews: 10 Questions to Help You Stand Out From the Crowd

“Don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to run into in the hallway at three in the morning.” – Tina Fey, Bossypants This blog has moved! You can check out the rest of this post here.

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