Podcasts

Are you taking score too soon?

Are you taking score too soon?

We are almost there. The charmer known as 2020 is almost out the door. At last, at last! Reflect on the year for one second. Are you filled with a sort of wet doughnut in your gut? A churning feeling that something fearful this way comes… again? Like, there’s more...

The power in pretending everyone is interesting

The power in pretending everyone is interesting

The holidays, especially this year, are full-time bliss, aren’t they? Everyone everywhere is on best behaviour. Oh yes. Christmas clerks are happy (nope). Winter drivers are not insane (nope). Out-of-town guests are welcome (they’re not – they’re forbidden!). The...

Boooooo! How storytellers let fear rule

Boooooo! How storytellers let fear rule

Have you seen this bit of prose making the rounds? 
“The devil whispered in my ear, ‘You’re not strong enough to withstand this storm.’
Tonight I whispered in the devil’s ear, ‘I am the storm.’”
 Nice, eh? At the risk of sounding like a horned, red-hoofed (unmasked)...

Speak to the unique but stay united

Speak to the unique but stay united

A long time ago we used to gather and listen to speakers. ‘member? We used to do this LIVE, sitting side-by-side and sometimes we’d even greet each other with hands (shake) and teeth (smile). But what I’m remembering is listening to an American speaker a few years ago...

How to tame a tough (Covid-weary) crowd

How to tame a tough (Covid-weary) crowd

As a communicator, how are you expected to influence and inspire people when the world has gone to h*ll in a hand basket? First off, let's reframe change as inevitable and progress as optional. There ARE good things brewing. There’s just so much smoke we can’t see...

Rather than freaking out, consider…

Rather than freaking out, consider…

Before we dig in and pretend we’re at the beach and peeing in the water, let’s send sunny Canadian love to America, okay? Those boys and girls need some mask-wearing cheering. My goodness. If you’re a full-time chatterbox, raise your hand. Do you own a megaphone? I...

Why people get drunk on stories and pass out on data

Why people get drunk on stories and pass out on data

Shall we dig deep and look for light? Imagine I tell a story about how my grandfather died. I told you we were going deep! While listening, and keeping your social distance, you’d probably think about your own grandfather or a father-like figure you love. If you’re...

Was that a story or a piece of…?

Was that a story or a piece of…?

Ever gone to the zoo and watched the monkeys? (Obviously you haven’t been to the zoo since COVID-19, right? That poor Brooklyn tiger!) Where was I? Monkeys. Our charming relatives throw their own feces – their own pooh! – at each other to establish dominance. Whoever...