Tis the Season for an E-book

e-book_5When sending your e-mail well wishes in the weeks leading up to Christmas, why not add an e-book to your merry missive? It is easy and inexpensive to attach a By George publication to your electronic greeting.

We have seven e-book publications available as PDF files and offer on-line payment through PayPal. For as little as a toonie, or as much as your Starbucks’ double-whipped cream specialty coffee, here are the gifts you can pull off the By George e-bookshelf.

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Say “Merry Christmas, the best of the season…” with:

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul is a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes to inspire and motivate a person through their day. From dawn to dusk, the reader is encouraged to reflect on their daily activities – and challenged to a reach for a new level of understanding about man and about life.

For that politico friend:

Keep ‘em Laughing – classic political jokes delivered on the campaign trail and atop the soapbox is a wonderful collection of funny guffaws, zingers, “shaggy-dog” stories and sideways jokes by politicians, who are always looking for a few laughs to break the ice on the rubber-chicken circuit. These political jokes are classic. Those in the business of politics will know many of these gems as they are heartily received on the campaign trail and at party functions.


1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government includes remarkable quotes from Machiavelli to Churchill, from ancient Greek to modern American influencers, as well as notable Canadians from Conrad Black to Pierre Trudeau.

Here is an e-book for your social climber:

Becoming Better Communicators is a self-empowering handbook to improve your workplace and social exchanges. This book provides tips to help you better convey your ideas and display your talents. Through checklists and tips, you are directed to form new habits in expressing yourself, which will aid you in becoming a better communicator.

And our own By George Journal collections make thoughtful reads:

By George Treasury is a collection of the very best articles from By George from its launch in the mid-1990’s to 2008. This compilation offers a potpourri of information on effective communication to help at your workplace and with your social affairs.

By George Treasury II picks up where the first treasury collection ends. This e-book is a compilation of five years from By George Journal postings of 2009 through 2013. Page after page, you will find useful and interesting materials you will want to share at work or with your friends.

Visit Our E-Bookshelf to place your on-line order.



Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

An unemployable bloke’s lament

This punny story is found in our very own By George Treasury:


My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned . . . couldn’t concentrate.  Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.  After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it, mainly because it was a so-so job.  Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was too exhausting.  Then I tried to be a chef, figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme.  I attempted to be a deli worker, but anyway I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.


My best job was being a musician, but eventually I found I wasn’t noteworthy.  I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn’t have any patience.  Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried but I just didn’t fit in.  I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.  I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.  So then I got a job in a workout center, but they said I wasn’t fit for the job.


After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as an historian, until I realized there was no future in it.  My last job was working at Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.  So, I recently retired and I found I’m perfect for the job!



Chris George, providing reliable PR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.



Your Checklist for Effective Meetings

Through this week, the By George Journal has posted some helpful tips on how to make the meetings you attend more effective, more relevant to your work and/or interests. We start this feature by providing you with a useful checklist (this advice has been taken from the By George Treasury). We trust these tips will make for more efficient and productive meetings in the future.

We suggest you clip and save this checklist for effective meetings!

  • Have an agenda and circulate it prior to the meeting. Ensure the agenda expresses the objective of the meeting.
  • Invite the correct people at the meeting those who have information to contribute or must follow-through on what is being shared.
  • Prepare yourself and know the issues to be discussed.
  • Circulate materials prior to the meeting, if there are articles or items that will be discussed.
  • Start the meeting on time. Keep the meeting moving along by sticking to the agenda.
  • Announce expectations at the outset of the meeting. Should the discussion be derailed, bring the meeting back on track by restating the objective(s) and expectations.
  • Be attentive to the person speaking — do not begin sidebar conversations or be reading or completing paperwork while a person is talking. You expect common courtesy from others, so practice it yourself.
  • If you are the Chair, attempt to engage all the participants in the discussion. This will ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • At the end of the meeting, review discussion and decisions made and any action items for follow-up to the meeting.
  • Attempt to keep the meeting to 60 minutes — spend as little time as is needed to understand the issues and agree on action items.


(ed. –We have tagged “meetings” and these articles you can find many more tips for conducting an effective meeting.)


Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.


Our e-bookshelf

e-book_1Check out our e-bookshelf for the seven e-books available as PDF files for your reading enjoyment. Visit our e-bookshelf to get your By George writing today.


By George Journal E-bookshelf


We offer on-line payment through PayPal. (Once your order is complete, you will receive an e-mail containing your e-book.) For less than the price of your Starbucks morning coffee, you can pull from the By George e-bookshelf:

Becoming Better Communicators

Keep Them Laughing

1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government

Our 1000 FAV Quotes

A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul

The By George Treasury

By George Treasury II

Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Great One-Liners

  • My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t!
  • I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
  • I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!
  • I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
  • Don’t take life too seriously; no one gets out alive.
  • You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
  • Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
  • Quoting one is plagiarism; quoting many is research.
  • I’m not a complete idiot — some parts are missing.
  • Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
  • NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
  • God must love stupid people; he made so many.
  • The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
  • It IS as BAD as you think, and they ARE out to get you.
  • Consciousness: that annoying time between naps.
  • Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  • Being “over the hill” is much better than being under it!
  • Procrastinate Now!
  • FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION. It comes bundled with the software.
  • A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
  • STUPIDITY IS NOT A HANDICAP. Park elsewhere!
  • They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
  • He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
  • HAM AND EGGS – A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
  • The trouble with life is there’s no background music.


This humourist list of one-liners and many more funny stories and jokes can be found in the By George Treasury. (ed. – Y’know e-books make great gifts – check our on-line store: Our E-bookshelf.)

Chris George, providing reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.