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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...

4 Mistakes Business Owners Make in Using Storytelling

Mistake # 1. Avoid Bland and Boring Details It is not enough to share a story. Make sure your story is engaging, captivating, and breathtaking. Consider starting with an inciting incident that shows what is at stake. Why is the protagonist so bent on going on a journey? What will happen if he or she does not get to go on the journey? Show us what is at stake. Is it property, friendship, or life insurance money?   Mistake #2. Avoid Cosmetic...

Gearhart ‘s Queen of Snail Mail is Peerless

Gearhart ‘s Queen of Snail Mail is Peerless She is not only a mail whisperer, but she is also a therapist, humorist, and a battle-weary queen who has found new meaning in her job as an essential worker in pandemic times. Gearhart ‘s Queen of snail mail is no ordinary postal employee. In many ways, she is the pulse of Gearhart, a coastal city sandwiched between Seaside and Warrenton, Oregon. Karynn Kozij is arguably one of the most famous and adored...

A Time for Empathy and Courage

If someone were to ask me, what time is it? I won’t look at my watch, clock, or calendar. Because time is best understood in the context of what is happening. Without context, time is meaningless 6 am in winter, is a far cry from 6 am in summer! Therefore, telling time is not enough without a backdrop. In what times are we living today? First I ‘d say, I wish I knew. If you press on, I ‘d say we are living in pandemic times with...

Humans of New York: 5 Ways Business Storytellers can Improve their Craft

Very few blogs in the world Command as much respect and admiration Like Humans of New York (HoNY). If you have not heard about HoNY; wake up! If you know of them, then good on you. Let’s pull away the curtain to see the beast behind the blind. How many blogs in the world attract over 17M followers on Facebook? How many have 8.7M fans on Instagram? That is far more than the population of the Big Apple! It even outstrips the population of Florida, and maybe Texas… quote...