About

I like telling stories.That’s what I do here. Some of them make a point or contain a moral or some kernel of truth. Some are just fun.greg-casual-cutout

I believe great teachers tell stories. Bad teachers lecture. I’ve sat under both. I’ve been both.

My hope is that long after you’ve forgotten “The 10 Easy Steps to Do Whatever,” that something in your daily routine will spark a memory of a story. When that happens, I’m sure the lesson will return.

The man who most impacted my life was my Uncle Rodge. He was the best story teller I’ve ever known and the reason why I call this blog “Blue Handle Channels.” He’s the inspiration for this blog. You can read about him here.

My Story

I have spent my entire working life in sales and marketing. I began my career in the sales department at a small radio station in St. Louis. I decided early on that if I could create marketing campaigns that made my clients spectacularly successful then my sales goals would take care of themselves. So, I learned how to write. I studied marketing. I spent more time figuring out how to make advertising work than I did learning how to close a sale.

I learned that the most effective advertising tells stories.

My strategy paid off. Within 18 months I became the most successful salesperson in the station’s history. Within three years I was tapped to become the General Manager of the station. I was 28 years old.

Currently, I am the Vice President of Interactive and Digital Media for Salem National, a division of Salem Communications. My team creates websites and highly profitable ecommerce platforms for the Salem Radio Network.

My wife Dedee and I moved to St. Louis right after we were married. As a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, this city became an ideal place for us to live and work.

I graduated from Bradley University where I was a member of the Bradley University Speech Team, the most successful competitive speech team in history. The BU Speech team has won 39 national championships making it the most successful collegiate team of any sport or activity in the nation.

I studied acting in the graduate acting program at the University of Illinois. I still perform from time to time and thoroughly enjoy attending live theater.

I have been married to the fetching Deidre Lhamon since 1988. We have two daughters, Taylor and Rachel. In my free time, I play tennis and the guitar and have developed a passion for fly fishing. I serve as an elder at my church, The Journey.

I typically post 1-2 times per week. The easiest way to make sure you don’t miss a single post is to subscribe to my blog. When you do, I’ll send you each post in its entirety via email. I’ll also send you free stuff from time-to-time. The sign-up form is at the top of the right sidebar.

My Top Posts

If you are new to my site, you may want to start by reading my most popular posts first. Here they are ranked by the number of times they’ve been shared on social media:

Personal Growth

7 Things a High School Bully Taught Me about Facing Fears

The Day a Cattle Farmer Asked Me to Do the Unthinkable

Why I Respect the Guy Who Smells of Rotten Produce

The Next Time You Introduce Someone, Make it Magical

Stephen King Taught Me What Not to Say to a Person Who is Grieving

Seven Innings with a Vietnam Vet: A Riveting First-Person Account of War

Career & Work

How to Write a Resume that Stands Out from the Rest

How to Ace the Most Important Question in a Job Interview

7 Common Mistakes New Leaders Make (and How to Avoid Them)

The Secret to Managing Employees when They Blow It

Family

The Day I Mustered Up the Gumption:  A Personal Post (on my 26th anniversary)

Tragedy + Time = Comedy (or The Day Our “Good Car” Nearly Killed Me)

What is the One Thing Every Boy Needs to Become a Man?

What an Old Family Picture Teaches Me about Happiness

Paying for College: Start a 529 Plan for Your Kids Today

Thanks again for visiting my site!

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This site is not affiliated in any way with my employer, Salem Media Group.

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