9 Bad Email Habits You Must Break in Order to Actually Get Work Done
Sep08

9 Bad Email Habits You Must Break in Order to Actually Get Work Done

You and I waste an enormous amount of time on email. The problem is worse than you think. The BBC reported earlier this year that we spend as much time answering email each week as we do conducting actual work. What a waste! Just think of the creativity that could be unleashed, the innovative ideas that could be realized if each of us spent less time on email and more time on creative thinking. Here are 9 bad habits that most of us...

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5 Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts Seen by More People
Aug27

5 Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts Seen by More People

Have you ever wondered why some of your Facebook posts get dozens of comments or “likes” and others not as many? Would you like more people to see your posts? Here are five ways you can get more people to see the content you post on the world’s largest social media platform. First, Let’s Conduct an Experiment This’ll be fun. Go to your Facebook profile. Search for an older picture that has already received several comments...

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Seven Innings with a Vietnam Vet: A Riveting First-Person Account of War
Aug14

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

“They said I wouldn’t last long. Maybe three months.” “Before you got reassigned?” I asked. “No. Before I got killed. Most guys who did what I did in Vietnam were killed within three months. But I beat the odds. I lasted 13 months.” Jerry grew up in a small Illinois town across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. He’s got an easy smile and a genuine laugh. He’s also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, which makes him a good...

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You Suck at PowerPoint! (but you can get better)
Aug06

You Suck at PowerPoint! (but you can get better)

I have used PowerPoint and Keynote throughout my career. I confess that — at one time or another — I have made every single one of the mistakes outlined in this excellent presentation by Jesse Desjardins. But never again! Let’s make a pact, you and I, to never suck at PowerPoint again. Questions: What tips do you have about using PowerPoint or Keynote? What has been effective for you? Leave a comment below. If you...

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The Day a Cattle Farmer Asked Me to Do the Unthinkable
Jul24

The Day a Cattle Farmer Asked Me to Do the Unthinkable

I was sitting in church minding my own business when my friend Dave leaned over and asked me the oddest question: “We’re going to castrate a few bulls today. Wanna help?” How could I say no? I mean, if you have even a smidgeon of curiosity or sense of adventure you just can’t pass up an opportunity like that. Our good friends Dave and Deb Matthews are farmers. Mostly crops but some cattle too. They have six...

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Memorize Any List of 20 Items in 2 Minutes. Guaranteed.
Jun30

Memorize Any List of 20 Items in 2 Minutes. Guaranteed.

How would you like to be able to memorize a long list of items without having to type it into your phone or write it down? It’s easier than you think. I’d like to share a technique that has been used for centuries. It will allow you to memorize a list of 20 different items so quickly and thoroughly that you’ll be able to remember the list in any order…backwards, forwards, or even in random order. And you’ll remember it for as...

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