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Letting Go to Let in Light

Letting Go to Let in Light

When I used to travel and speak -- oh, the good ole' days! -- I'd go against protocol about how to finish a keynote or presentation. Toastmasters, keep breathing. A lot of professional speakers do NOT thank their audience at the end. Why? Because the audience should...

The Secret to Getting Good Feedback

The Secret to Getting Good Feedback

Do you know what’s worse than a long-time lockdown? A constipated editor. Bad editors fart filth all over your precious Work. They’re notorious for stopping fragile creative exploration – and creative progress – quickly and brutally. Worse? They often smile as they...

How to Be Super Irritating Without Saying a Word

How to Be Super Irritating Without Saying a Word

Let’s play a game. The next time you’re with someone (ba-hahaha… let’s just keep moving), ask them to listen to you. Now that you’ve climbed THAT mountain, try this. With your index finger tap out the “Happy Birthday” song. No humming allowed, pretty please. Easy...

Why Exposing Yourself is Good Clean Fun

Why Exposing Yourself is Good Clean Fun

No one likes a clown at midnight. I love Stephen King. A clown in the dark. In the rain. On your doorstep. Holding a knife. Now that we all feel uncomfortable, let’s talk about blowing it. You know, the charmingly delicious epic fails we’ve done on page and (Zoom)...

How to write: Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite… and repeat

How to write: Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite… and repeat

One of the great joys in life is finishing a first draft of anything. A freshly painted wall – preferably a colour you love. A newly planted garden – assuming you love digging deep and getting dirty. A manuscript and mission of love –an achievement causing fist pumps...

Take the mischief out of your message

Take the mischief out of your message

You know what you want to say but you don’t know how to say it. My friend, meet the superhero called Outline. Each of your Big Ideas (i.e., your teaching points, the meat-and-potatoes of your content) is best served up by fitting into a P.A.R.T.S. structure. This...

Is it really all about you?

Is it really all about you?

One of the biggest pet peeves on the planet, according to me, is the prima-donna, all-about-me writer. Whether these people are on page or stage, their stories usually start with their favourite word: me, me, me -- not you! -- meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Sigh.

Don’t know what...