Category Archives: Effective Writing

The Friendship Illusion

I was down on Long Island last weekend, attending my 40th high school reunion. It was, as you might expect, fascinating. Some people were a lot heavier. Some people had hardly changed at all. Others had gone almost completely bald, giving them the appearance of an extinct, prehistoric bird (hey man, no need to get personal). Listen To This Post And, as you might further expect, there was a lot of catching up to do. Given that I hadn’t seen most of […] Click to read more…

 

Information Underload

I turned the corner onto a quiet side street near my office. I was walking; he was driving a mail truck. As he came past me with the sliding door open, we nodded to each other in that not unfriendly, but not particularly inviting way that men here in New England are famous for. Something about him was definitely familiar. Before I could figure out what it was, I heard the truck stop behind me and an upbeat voice yell, “Hey, […] Click to read more…

 

What Are You Banking On?

I got an email from my bank yesterday morning. I don’t want to mention their name specifically, other than to say that it kind of rhymes with Bank of America. Here is the complete text of the email: Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your everyday. As the new year begins, we’d like to thank you for being a Bank of America® client and reinforce our commitment to connecting you to products, guidance and services that […] Click to read more…

 

Cover Of The Rolling Stone

I subscribe to just two print magazines: Inc., because it helps me build my business. Rolling Stone, because it helps me appear cool in front of my children (although I’m pretty sure I lost that battle at “print magazines”). Rolling Stone covers music, of course. But there is also, usually, an article about somebody otherwise famous. Listen To This Post Last month’s featured famous person was comedian Chris Rock. There’s something about stand-up comedy that I find endlessly fascinating. In […] Click to read more…

 

The Year’s At Its End; It’s Time To Push Send

Do you have a favorite joke? I do, and it goes like this: Two guys are out elk hunting. They’re crouched down in the woods when suddenly, they see a man running towards them, waving his hands and yelling, “I’m not an elk, I’m not an elk!” One of the hunters calmly raises his rifle and shoots him. The other hunter says, “What are you doing?! Didn’t you hear that guy yell, ‘I’m not an elk’”? The first hunter says, […] Click to read more…