Messaging

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

I found myself doing it again.  Staring at a shelf trying to decide what to buy.  The clock was ticking in my head as I tried to make a decision, any decision. Recognizing that I wasn’t getting anywhere I spun around only to find another person right behind me. Also
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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.

Most of us engage in some form of persuasion multiple times every day. Relationships require persuasion, as do politics, Santa letters, and of course advertising and marketing. Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. The ability to persuade, to change hearts and minds, is perhaps the single greatest skill
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere,” Linus Van Pelt famously says each Halloween. “He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one.” Every year Linus
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

My roses have wilted, my violets are dead. Demons run circles round and round in my head. In my case, demons don’t sport pointy horns. They don’t hold pitchforks. No, they are businesses that simply won’t provide a way to talk to a real, live, person. We are all frustrated
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

By now you’ve probably expressed what you are thankful for. It’s that time of year. As Thanksgiving rolled around, each of us was encouraged to take a moment to pause and reflect. We are, in fact, prompted time and time again throughout the entire holiday season to embrace gratitude and
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

Growing up I heard my Dad say, “INAM” a lot.  He meant, It’s Not About Me.  That’s how he ran his life, and he tried hard to impress this on me, and others.  I’ve been thinking about this lately.  Seems like a lot of people tend to believe “IAM”, It’s
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I took a break from social media recently. I grew weary of the divisiveness and vitriol contained in many messages. Rather than seeking to persuade, propaganda was ruling the day. Social media provides great platforms for reaching many people, and properly done, it can greatly impact businesses and organizations in
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

“That’s what everyone thinks,” the speaker stated with authority. “I know there’s support for this initiative because everyone in the community agrees.”  Really? But just suppose that everyone doesn’t agree and that they just aren’t speaking up?  That’s not effective communication. Obviously, not everyone thinks the same thing about anything.
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Originally published in the Boulder Daily Camera and the Longmont Daily Times-Call.

I sat down to carefully consider the message. Delivery would be everything. Even though I loved him dearly, he had a problem. One that needed to be addressed collectively, by all of us, or change wouldn’t be possible. I had to make everyone see the error of their enabling ways.
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