Messaging

Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I love trees. In fact, I was a tree hugger before there was such a thing. I’m fortunate to have many trees on my property. Most are over 50 feet tall. They bring me peace, tranquility and shade. They also cause me stress. I’ve known for some time that a
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Unforced errors create havoc in business. Almost all businesses will experience bumps along the way. Public relations professionals know that it isn’t what happens, it’s how you respond. Particularly with unforced errors. We know unforced errors when we see them. It’s the type of thing that makes you shake your
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Bobby was full of information when I was in elementary school. He was the Google of our time. He told me how babies were made (it made me cry), why our teacher had bad breath (lint in her dentures), and about the monsters living just under our feet in the
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

“Buffaloes will bite your toes”. I was a wee-tot and I had a lot of unanswered questions churning inside my head. When we drove by a herd of buffalo grazing in a game refuge, one of those questions popped out. “Why do buffalo always have their heads down?” “Buffalo aren’t
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Hand outstretched, I reached across the aisle to deliver my message. I fumbled. My note, intended for one person, lay exposed on the floor. My heart pounded. My eighth-grade teacher pounced. “What have we here?” He held the note for all to see. “Surely if this is important enough to
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

There I was, trapped in a secret bathroom in a remote corner of an unfamiliar house. Recently at a large family gathering, someone showed me the secret bathroom far away from the crowd. Once inside, I discovered the bathroom’s secret. It came equipped with a pocket door. That pocket door
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Good grief, Charlie Brown, it’s almost Halloween! It’s the season for zombies, demons, villains, ghosts, witches and things that go bump in the night. It’s also the time when other attention-getters are knocking on our doors. It’s the season of politicians. I like politics and enjoy working with politicians. Whether
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I like dogs. Really. Just ask Duke or Patches or Cinder or any of the other loyal canines that have wagged their tails over Kibbles at our house. Dogs are loyal. Dogs are funny. Dogs are caring. Dogs are empathetic. Dogs are comforting. But dogs also can be dangerous. I
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Have you ever felt that you just don’t understand what someone is telling you about their business or profession? No matter how attentively you listen, their message isn’t getting through. You hesitate to ask questions or to seek clarification for fear you might be considered a dim bulb. The fault
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I get a kick out of some bumper stickers like: “I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.” Or “A clear conscience is the sign of fuzzy memory.” Or “I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.” Or “Nostalgia isn’t what it used
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