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What inspires creativity?

What inspires creativity?

I've been participating in the #31DaysOfCreativity challenge this month, having fun with the short daily assignments that have also introduced me to tools like Adobe's creative types test, making words out of spaghetti, and creating my own newspaper clipping. One of...

Last call for resolutions

Last call for resolutions

My new year's resolution is generally to not make resolutions, and now this is my second post on what I resolve to do over the coming year. Last week I wrote about my business resolutions, about who I want to be as a freelancer. Now, inspired by a Twitter...

My business resolutions

My business resolutions

Here we are at a new year – a new decade if, like me and 99% of the planet, you prefer to celebrate when the odometer ticks over and not when math says you should. I don’t generally make new year’s resolutions, but I’ve been thinking over the last few months about...

Why social media scheduling is evil

Why social media scheduling is evil

But yes, often a necessary evil I know, I know, we're all busy, juggling multiple priorities, and if you run a business, social media is likely not your number one priority. Even if you outsource the task, you're likely hiring someone with multiple clients and their...

Confessions of an accessibility numpty

Confessions of an accessibility numpty

Social media sites could do better, but they do let us be more inclusive One of the great side effects of moving to Scotland is learning new words like "dreich" (the general state of winter weather in Vancouver and Edinburgh), blether (what a Chatty Cathy does), and...

Plain language is a lifesaver

Plain language is a lifesaver

I’ve consumed a lot of professional development opportunities in my life, some meaty, some empty calories. One that stuck to my ribs was a workshop with Dr. Vincent Covello, organized by my boss at the health care organization I worked for at the time (thanks Helen!)....

Blogging is dead. Long live blogging.

Blogging is dead. Long live blogging.

The golden age of blogging might be over, overshadowed by other forms of social media as well as the rise of enewsletters, but rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated. It can be harder to find an audience who will eagerly visit your site and read every post...

Coworking: not just for coworkers

Coworking: not just for coworkers

Today is National Coworking Day in the UK, so here I am … not in my coworking space. But I am contemplating the ways finding that coworking space was one of my best pre-move ideas. Working freelance and relocating to a new city in a new country is a recipe for...

The simplest thing that’s true

The simplest thing that’s true

On my way to Loch Ness last weekend – I’m spending my summer free time exploring more of my new country – I shared a bus ride with a jovial Australian man. From the seat behind me he soon asked that stock question: “What do you do?” I have a stock response: “I’m a...

Measure for measure

Measure for measure

I've written before about how important listening is to any communicator. How can we know what our client or organisation needs if we don't first actively listen and ask questions to align our activities with the business purpose? And how do we know how to best reach...

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