Need It Most

I’m so sick of some people dismissing blog posts, talks or trainings on the so-called “soft skills” as simply “common sense.” Just because you may have read a few books or articles on communication and listening skills, or even attended a seminar or two over the years hardly qualifies you (or me, or anyone) as an expert on these all-important topics. If this information was […]

Dare You To Move

I get it. You get down. You feel out sometimes. You get stuck in ruts… don’t we all right? But this doesn’t have to mean you’re down and out all the time. Winners in the game of life aren’t victims; always blaming. Winners are victors; always beginning again. Winners exchange excuses with extra effort and get after it. With […]

Thankful?

Happy Thanksgiving, and all that happy horse shit… I don’t mind holidays… I enjoy them as much as the next guy, I just don’t gush over them like a lot of people do. Yes, I’m thankful for things in my life, many things in fact, but I don’t need a designated day to feel more […]

Power of the Potty Mouth

... or the pragmatism of profanity

Other titles I considered for this article that I didn’t choose, but liked them enough to still want to list them here: “The Pragmatism of Profanity” – “The Value of Vulgarity” – “The Swagger of Swearing” – “The Cunning of Cussing”… Cursing, cussing, swearing, profanity, vulgarity, course language, strong language, whatever you call it,  being a […]

A Million to One?

A million to one… are these the odds for success? Not necessarily. Hedge your bet by inverting this assertion. It should read one to a million… In radio, DJ’s and hosts are trained to speak as if they’re broadcasting to an audience of just one person (note: not all professional broadcasters in radio I’ve worked with […]

The Bad News

Anyone who has ever “managed” other people has been there. This includes everyone from industry leaders to shift supervisors to soccer moms… Somebody drops the ball and you’re now the one who has to deliver the bad news… The “what” you have to do next is important. The “how” you choose to do it is even more […]

F.I.N.E.

“How you doing?” It’s a question we all get asked all of the time. And the typical, short response most throw out is: “Fine.” Really? You’re “fine.” I doubt it. There’s likely more going on. This is the “I’m-really-feeling-a lot-of-things-right-now, but-you-don’t-really-want-to-know, and-there-really-isn’t-enough-time-to-get-into-it-all, and-I-really-don’t-want-to-talk-about-any-of this-shit-right-now-anyway” response because avoidance is easier than the truth. Here’s what “fine” really […]

eti-QUIT

I’m convinced that for many, dare I say MOST people, simple common courtesy is an extinct, and outdated concept. “Do this, do that, I need this, I want that, and I want it all right NOW!” Rarely does a “please, thank you, I appreciate that, I know you’re busy but… or, if there’s anything you […]