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“THE Q&A” for our digital age

If there was one question and answer that sums up just how strange our world is in our day and digital age, it is the following: Q: If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today? . A: I possess a device in my pocket that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers. . This Q&A originally was found on Reddit (apparently).   Chris George, providing reliable PR…

Answering That Question about What You Do

“So what is it that you do?” How often do you get asked that question? Do you have a rehearsed answer that gets people attention? Or do you find yourself struggling each time to find the right expressions to explain what “you do”? When someone asks what your organization does, do you have a concise explanation? What of your colleagues? Would their description of what your organization does be similar? The best thing an individual or organization can do for themselves is to think through and develop a script to answer the most basic of human exchanges; particularly the obvious…

Def’n on the origins of popular sayings

HOT OFF THE PRESS As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it is hot. The expression means to get immediate information. A SHOT OF WHISKEY In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey. THE WHOLE NINE YARDS American fighter planes in WW2 had…

Freedom of the Press

South of the Canadian border there is a raging war over the legitimacy of media organizations. There is a growing disrespect and a new disregard for traditional news sources – and it is being fueled by politicians, corporations, and news media itself.  Our mainstream media is assaulted on all fronts for its bias, uneven and “yellow” journalism. The public is increasingly doubtful that news organs are providing the facts of a matter. The end result of this assault is a growing cynicism and rejection of traditional media. Today, the popular and overused phrase for any news item that may not…

Mind-Numbing (Friday afternoon) Quiz

Here is By George’s TGIF-Friday-afternoon quiz to determine whether the work week has knocked your mind sideways. Let us know how you scored…   Johnny’s mother had three children.  The first child was named April.  The second child was named May.  What was the third child’s name?   There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh?   Before Mt. Everest was discovered…what was the highest mountain in the world?   How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by…

A life lesson at home plate

This is making the rounds – a great story with a remarkable life lesson.   In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention.  While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”  Who the hell is John Scolinos,…

Workplace Tip: How to Listen

In a LinkedIn article, By George recently saw Dr. Travis Bradberry’s “7 Things Fabulous Listeners Do Differently”   Bradberry rightly points out that listening is a skill you want to be great at. He cites a recent study conducted at George Washington University showed that listening can influence up to 40% of a leader’s job performance.   Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. There are straightforward strategies that can make you a better listener.  Here are Bradberry’s 7 tips:   Focus — The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to listening is they’re…

Workplace Tip: How to Talk

In a great Inc.com article, Bill Murphey Jr. reveals “17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likeable People”   It starts with what you say–and what you know not to say.  Murphey contends that how you listen to people will add (or take away from) your charisma.  Here are some of the most important things highly likeable people do every day.   They are polite when then can be — Words like “please” and “thank you” might be technically unnecessary but they’re invaluable if you want to be more charismatic.   They acknowledge small favors — “You’re welcome.” These two short words communicate much…

8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M.

Here are some great tips on how to unplug and recharge. These suggestions are from a column written by Elle Kaplan in Thrive Global of LinkedIn:  “8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M. If You Want to Be Happy and Successful — Wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.”   Elle Kaplan tells you hows you how to set yourself up to have a more productive day.   Strolls by the moonlight Adopt a routine of nighttime walks to decompress.   Unplug. Literally. Unplug everything besides your alarm clock, and watch the tension recede. Unplugging is also…

Wonderful Aphorisms

An aphorism is a short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth… like these gems: The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail. If you don’t have a sense of humor you probably don’t have any sense at all. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of…