Focus Groups/Research

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

“That’s so you!” I love when people say this to me, good or bad. It means that they really know me, for better or worse. Everyone wants to be recognized for who they really are. People, businesses and organizations that “get” us truly understand our uniqueness. Communication, in this arena,
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I up and quit one day. I gathered my juice, my animal crackers, and set up camp in the closet. Being a child, I figured that my parents would be so sorry that I was gone that they wouldn’t make me do my “job” anymore.  But they didn’t notice I
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I was recently invited to participate in a panel discussion regarding ethics and social media. I was asked to represent the field of public relations. While preparing I wondered, how many people really know what public relations is? Oddly enough, the public relations industry does a terrible job of public
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I know you believe you understand what you thought you heard me say, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. Got it? This type of communication is common. It’s particularly prevalent with internal communication efforts.  While most organizations focus on external communication,
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

As I made a mad dash over the bushes, between the buildings and over a curb I kept thinking – what went wrong? Earlier in the evening my friends and I gathered, eggs in hand, near a road in our town with a fair amount of traffic. Our plan was
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Until recently I thought I was rather tall. Well, maybe not tall, but certainly not short. I don’t have anything against short people. It’s just that I didn’t realize that I am a short person. I’ve fought against it my whole life, mostly by wearing “tall” clothes and shoes with
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Think! That sign was ever-present back in the day. There was even a sign in the Journalism lab. Think! That’s all it said. No clue as to what to think about or for how long. Just Think! So I did. I thought about a lot of things, about my future
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

One of my favorite musicals is 1776. I love the characters, the costumes, the carrying on, the songs and especially the lyrics. Questions from one song stick in my mind – “Is anybody listening? Is anybody there? Does anybody see what I see?” Those questions are as compelling today as
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Recently a strange man tried to get my attention. He wasn’t weird strange, just stranger strange. Like who the heck are you? Then suddenly I realized that I knew him well. He was a good friend from days long gone. However, he didn’t look as I remembered him. That’s not
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

An unexpected invitation started me thinking again about Tommy. Tommy was one of my first bosses. He was a friend who never met a stranger. He was a mentor to generations of “flower girls”. He brought beauty into the lives of others by digging in the dirt on his knees.
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