Yearly Archives - 2021

The Best Inheritance Ever

One morning at dawn, my mother went to get a loan to help me stay in school. The deadline for complying with the new PTA levy was fast approaching. Mom was restless. Back in 1983, the  PTA levy was about  500 Francs CFA, (about $1USD)   She returned empty-handed from the village loan shark. Mr. Barnes turned down my Mom‘s request for a small cash loan.  Beyond that, he questioned her motives for the loan.   Not only did he question Mom’s intent, but he also made...

Dare to Celebrate Your Unsung Hero

Sometime in the 1960s, a young princess from Funam, Bome Got married to an enterprising young man from Kai village in Mbengwi. He was the founder of Wakaman Enterprises, an inter-urban coach service. Together, they got busy raising a young family of blue-eyed babies. Yes!   One day in the 1980s, a tragic accident happened! Wakaman was gone. Too soon!   A long, dark and painful shadow ensued. Untold misery. Raising 9 kids with no income, no job, no companion… The days were longer. So were the nights. Words...

Impervious Dog Mountain Subdued My Pride

A dramatic river valley! This is rugged, steep, and deep. It divides and unites the states of Washington and Oregon. A divider and uniter!   How cool is that?   How many river valleys you know rise fiercely from zero to snow-high levels with no apologies? In spring, the tip of Dog Mountain (Washington side) blooms in millions of wild dwarf sunflowers called yellow Balsamroots.   It took some research to find the name of that precious flower that attracted hundreds of admirers, yet nobody...

Every Word Counts in Business Communication

Your words can make or break. This is particularly important if you are a leader. When you share stories to make a point, it is important to inspect the power and potential of each word that you use or embed into your stories, examples, and illustrations. Some words are charged, some are loaded, and yes, some are toothless. Every word you use is born with a different mathematical notation. Some words are positive (+), some are negative (-) and some...

The Key to Telling Unforgettable Stories

Have you ever watched a movie that made you cry? Do you know that Aesop’s Fables have been around for over two thousand years? Well, I am getting ahead of myself here. Come with me on a brief journey. Let us explore why some stories last for thousands of years, while others last no longer than a few seconds. First, I wish to say humans crave good stories just as babies crave adult attention and nurturing. The part of the human...

Dare to Ditch PowerPoint and Embrace Story Point

PowerPoint vs. Story-Point Dilemma Consider this for a moment: - What if Martin Luther King, Jr. had given the “I Have a Dream” speech with PowerPoint slides? I have also wondered what would have happened if Winston Churchill had given his now-famous “Never Give Up” speech with PowerPoint slides. Which is better: the PowerPoint or a Story Point? Both are useful. Both can be insightful; however, when it comes to persuasion, telling a compelling story has greater potency. Let us explore some...