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How to Write Badly

As I write this, I cautiously check each phrase to ensure that it cannot be shortened. I double-check my P’s (periods) and Q’s (question marks) to be sure they are properly placed so I don’t write badly.

I look over my shoulder to see if the ghosts of William Strunk and E.B. White are watching as I type, eager to interrupt and correct my grammar. I think back to my college years when their Elements of Style was required reading in my beginning journalism class. Read More→

Career advice

Career Advice for a Budding PR Professional

Imagine you had a time machine and you could visit a younger version of yourself as you entered the workforce for the first time. What advice would you give yourself?

I’ve been pondering that question since my cousin Kate, who just graduated college with a degree in public relations, asked if she could “pick my brain.” She’s clearly off to a strong start with some corporate lingo and a willingness to ask for help.

Here’s what I advised her: Read More→

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Become a Master at Creating Text Images

If working with Photoshop is a breeze for you, then read no further. This post is for people like me who are all thumbs when it comes to creating images for blog posts, social networks and presentations.

The good people at Buffer have developed a tool called Pablo so that you can easily create images imprinted with text. That’s what I did for the feature image above this post. Read More→

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Life After Fifty and the “Brand” New You

An interview with Dr. Susan R. Meyer, a certified career and life coach, whose new book describes how fifty women over fifty made significant changes in their lives, in some cases rebranding themselves in new businesses. Their stories illustrate that women over fifty can shape vibrant and fulfilling new directions for the future. I’m honored that Susan included me in her interviews.

What is the theme of the book?

Fifty Over Fifty – it’s a long title, actually, Fifty Over Fifty: Wise and Wild Women Creating Wonderful Lives (And You Can Too!) – is about possibilities. I interviewed fifty women who made significant changes in their lives after they turned fifty. The book uses pieces of their stories to illustrate seven factors that contributed to their vibrant lives. These are: Persistence, Resilience, Curiosity and Restlessness, Openness to New Things, Ability to Scan the Environment, Recombine and Synthesize Skills, Ability to Keep Fear in Perspective, and Sense of Legacy and Desire to Have Fun. Read More→