Off for a week or so

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I’m completely burned out, folks. I’m taking a week off from the blog to regroup, catch up on some maintenance, take care of some stuff around the house, etc. Join the mailing list to make sure you don’t miss posts when they come out, and thanks for sticking with us! I hope you find useful information here to help you be the most effective communicator you can be.

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Technology makes a good servant but a poor master

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Technology is great! I love it! But it can overshadow things that are more important.

The very word implies that technologies are tools. They help you accomplish things, but they don’t tell you what to accomplish or help you evaluate what’s most important to accomplish. Continue reading “Technology makes a good servant but a poor master”

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Make it your own

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Pan containing 40 1/2 oz of gold, value $650.00, on Mr. Low’s claim. From Flickr

I enjoy teaching, and have been fortunate to have good classes throughout the last year. It was fascinating watching the process of them starting with something that is often very general and then slicing it down to fit the time limit, while developing enough depth to interest an audience.

In the process of doing that, many of them got excited as they made the topic truly their own. Continue reading “Make it your own”

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Ideas are dangerous, and so must be communicated

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America is the embodiment of an idea communicated.

Tomorrow is July 4, a day that Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. We call it Independence Day, but the reality is there were five years of war yet to come before a treaty was signed granting independence. Stop and think about that: it means we celebrate not the achievement of independence, but its declaration. Continue reading “Ideas are dangerous, and so must be communicated”

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Ride the learning curve beyond frustration

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Let’s make something explicit: just exactly what is that “learning curve” you keep hearing about?

I can’t remember where I first heard this idea, but it has been around for awhile: whenever you learn something new, you go through four stages. Continue reading “Ride the learning curve beyond frustration”

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