Archive for July 2012

with Mark de Roo

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“Are you a coffee addict? If so, read on. If not, read on.” OK, this post doesn’t have much to do with coffee at all.  Instead, it’s about a conversation that occurred at my favorite coffee shop. It was nearly 20 years ago, when I was sipping on a cup of dark roast, when an…

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Glee — A real world version

I love the dramedy Glee. A bit of Broadway. Lots of pop music. It’s free on TV. Now, that’s entertainment! Glee also connects with me because it’s about a high school show choir with complex characters that take their differences in stride and make beautiful music together. Believe it or not, I discovered a real world…

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Soar Using Kite Retailer’s Approach

When I told a college friend ­– now a middle school science teacher in Louisiana – that I was going to interview a retail specialist to get ideas for promoting schools her eyes squinted as if she was trying to bring something obscure into focus. “Schools don’t have to be advertised,” she scoffed. “Attendance is…

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with Professor Pocock

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2nd in a series of 8 Basic Tools for Effective Communication . . . Topic: Fact sheets “Just the facts, ma’am” Here’s a fun fact:  According to, Sgt. Joe Friday never uttered this line that is engrained as part of Dragnet folklore.  But you’d have a hard time convincing most Baby Boomers of that reality. People believe…

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