Book Review: Steal Like an Artist

May 13, 2013

Creativity is one of those ideas that brings about a different range of emotions for different people. For some, creativity feels elusive…just out of reach and difficult to experience. For others, creativity is something encouraged and expressed on a regular basis. I had a chance to read Austin Kleon‘s Steal Like and Artist recently and […]

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Getting Your Feet Wet in Toastmasters: Tips for Newbies

April 22, 2013

So you made the decision to finally join Toastmasters. That’s an important first step. But what’s next? What are you going to speak about and what’s the best way to write a speech? These are just some questions new Toastmasters have when joining a club. I hope to answer some questions and provide tips for […]

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Let Your Writing Simmer

March 19, 2013

If you’re like me, you enjoy cooking with your Crock-Pot. No matter what you put into this magical cooking device, everything tastes good. Perhaps it has something to do with the slow process of cooking the food slowly and allowing it to simmer and the spices to co-mingle. In recent weeks, I have taken on […]

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When You Can’t Make It to SXSW

March 9, 2013

In case you’ve been away from your computer and Twitter feed lately, you’re probably aware that the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival has begun in Austin, TX. SXSW has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to over 12,000 registrants in 2012. Again this year, I won’t be able to attend SXSW. I am […]

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Waxing Poetic

February 7, 2013

Stunt Poetry from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo. When you think about it, just about anything can be considered poetry: language, motion, music, performance, etc. I recently stumbled upon this video entitled “Stunt Poetry,” which features Dante Ha, a professional stunt man who has been featured in one of the “Dark Knight” movies among others. Directed […]

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Customer Service Positivity

January 14, 2013

Last month, a Fast Company article on customer service grabbed my attention. According to the Forrester Research customer research index, only three percent of brands were ranked as “excellent” when it comes to serving customers. Brands like Nordstrom and Zappos are synonymous with great customer experiences, but what about the others? A few weeks ago, […]

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Improv Gratitude

November 22, 2012

It has been more years than I care to admit since I have been on stage and improvised. But I continue to reap the benefits of taking a year’s worth of improv classes shortly after graduating college. And while I don’t earn a living getting up on stage and entertaining others, I do apply the […]

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The Many Ways to Read A Book

October 15, 2012

I am part of a book club with a small group of friends and we’re currently reading David Copperfield from Charles Dickens. Truthfully, I was a bit intimidated by the sheer length of the book, 974 pages including notes in the Penguin Classic paperback version. I was also concerned that the language and writing style […]

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Weekend Video Diversion: Precision

September 22, 2012

Everyone, it seems, wants to create THE next viral video. Motivated by money and fame and seeking attention, thousands (or millions?) of aspiring Martin Scorsese’s bring their cameras and best ideas to create these videos. According to one source, more than 35 hours of video is added to YouTube every minute. As viewers of these […]

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