Archive for February 2013

The SCN Encourager – Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Recycling more than cardboard. You. Me. We. Remember last week’s incredible anti-bullying-hockey game flash mob video? Several people asked how I discovered it. I think they were actually more interested in applying for my job because they suspected I must have lots to free time to poke around in YouTube. (Oh, don’t I wish …)…

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The SCN Encourager – Tuesday, February 19, 2013

But what if I’m just naturally odd? (body language, part 2) Since yesterday’s SCN Encourager offered an “a-ha” about the importance of body language – as reporter Andy Katz shared that experienced journalists read the body language of the people they’re interviewing to see if they’re willing to comment beyond the prepared speaking points –…

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The SCN Encourager – Monday, February 18, 2013

Listen to ESPN and take a tax write-off. Why not? Seriously. No joke. We all know how the media gravitates to crisis, controversy, and confrontation. And where else is this better on display than in the world of sports? Forget “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat” platitude I grew up with. Today’s sports…

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Telling the hard-to-tell story

Everybody interprets events and situations differently. Imagine that your school choir is performing on “Good Morning America,” backing up singer Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl, and singing at the Grammy Awards. That’s as close as it gets to school communicator heaven! Well, not so fast. Some people are grumbling that high profile appearances of…

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The SCN Encourager – Friday, February 15, 2013

Tipping points and a-ha moments – the best kind. Do you ever have moments where you just can’t get “that tune” out of your head? Although these unwanted mental intrusions usually upgrade whatever else I was thinking about at the time, I hate it when this happens. And sometimes it’s not even music. Sometimes it’s…

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The SCN Encourager – Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hockey. Anti-Bullying. 17 Schools. No Way!  Making weird connections between seemingly unrelated things – and sharing them with you – is almost like a hobby for me. (An obsession? OK. Fair enough.) But in my wildest this-meeting-is-too-long daydreams, I never would’ve come up with this. Hockey? An Anti-Bullying Message? Coordinating kids and parents at 17 different schools?…

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