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Mastodon Social: your first look

By Laura Bergells on

Mastodon? Mastodon? Do we really need another social network? And do we really need to name it Mastodon? That’s hard for people to spell off the top of their heads. If you’re wondering why people are talking about Mastodon and what it looks like, I give you a glib and superficial glance at this open …

Public Speaking Tip: Re-frame “Fear” as “Excitement”

By Laura Bergells on

I’m going to lay a head trip on you. Check this out. If you’re feeling nervous or scared before your next presentation, think about this: “…why not re-frame that term ‘I’m nervous and scared of public speaking’ into ‘I am excited about presenting to my audience’?” It’s a small change, but it’s effective. Try it out …

I don’t attend conferences where speakers don’t get paid

By Laura Bergells on

I give up. Starting today, on #EqualPayDay — I won’t pay to go to business conferences where speakers don’t get paid. The conference organizers will pay for the room and the food. But they won’t pay speakers for crafting and delivering content? The conference venue makes money — but the speakers don’t? It makes no sense to …

Happy New Year of Journaling in Scrivener

By Laura Bergells on

I keep a daily journal in Scrivener. I’ve been writing in a personal journal every morning for decades now. Yet I only started using Scrivener for my journal since October 2015. At that time, I looked for an online template to use, but I couldn’t find one. Undaunted, I kept writing in Scrivener every morning. I refined my …

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Engage in the Power of Negative Thinking

By Laura Bergells on

I’m a cheerful person. But I don’t like positive thinking. It makes me cringe. Instead, I try to spend some time every day engaging in negative thinking. For me, it’s a joyful meditation. “What’s the worse that could happen?” is a question I ask myself every day. And then, I imagine it. I take some …

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Five factors that make you more memorable

By Laura Bergells on

  I came across a stranger with a dog a few months ago. As we walked toward each other on my empty street, I grinned. “Cute dog,” I said as we grew closer. “Thanks,” she said. “It’s not mine, though. I’m dogsitting for a friend. Hey, do you know any good places to walk around …

How to deliver bad news

By Laura Bergells on

There’s no way around it. Sometimes, terrible things happen. And you have to be the bearer of bad news. To begin communicating your bad news, just say it. No hemming. No hawing. Get to the point. No couching it with “there’s no easy way to put this, but…” You must lead clearly and concisely with …

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Microsoft Sway: give it a try, avoid the hype

By Laura Bergells on

Microsoft Sway is now freely available online. If you’re a story teller, check it out. Take a few minutes to watch the Microsoft tutorial video.  It will give you a broad overview of what Sway is and how you might use it. Then, go monkey around with it a little. It’s at Sway.com. Whatever you do, …

Do you want me to bore you?

By Laura Bergells on

“I can bore you to death with a couple hundred PowerPoint slides for the next hour, or we can have a discussion and make this fun and interactive,” said the speaker. Seriously. Those were the first words out of his mouth. The audience of around 50 just sat there, including me. After about 5 silent …

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How good are you at answering simple questions? Take this easy quiz.

By Laura Bergells on

As an intelligent business person, you might think you are excellent at answering simple, direct questions. But are you? Take this easy, 5-question quiz to find out: 1. A venture capitalist asks how much your new service costs. You: A: Explain how you and your team arrived at the various price points. B. Respond, “$79 …