3 Tips for Crafting a Compelling Data Story (CDS)

March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

How much do we love thee, Data? Let me count the ways. Actually, this relationship reminds me of Count Vronsky and Anna Karenina. Like the tormented relationship between Vronsky and Anna, the love affair between business and data doesn’t always end well. For all the talk of “data-driven decisions,” having data is not the same as presenting an […]


5 Things La La Land Got Right

March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Films about the film industry win Oscars. Lots of them. La La Land is no exception (Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Song, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Original Score.) There is so much to love about this movie, even if you hate the ending. Especially cool is it that Ryan Gosling […]


3 Minutes to Tell Your Story + a template

February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

    At The Southern C Summit (a creative business owners confab) recently I got to watch some amazingly creative and smart small business owners pitch to leading magazines. By “pitch” I mean that terrifying experience where you both introduce yourself and explain what you do or propose. It’s the dreaded job interview equivalent of “So, tell […]


Find Your Best Voice -and- An Exercise

February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sounding like a Mad Hatter when I tell you this, but nonetheless it’s true. You don’t actually find your best voice; it’s not lost. You create it. #mythbusters That’s why George Bernard Shaw famously claimed: Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Yes, your “voice” is something you actually create — not […]


The Google Effect and the Brand You Opportunity

January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Google changed everything. After the Internet changed everything. Back in 2008, when I was teaching at ECU, I had this light bulb moment that my students could now Google everything, or almost everything that was being taught in higher ed except knowledge gained by personal experience. Never before has infinite information and knowledge been so […]