A true story to end Random Acts Of Kindness Week

Every now and again you have an experience like a random act of kindess that restores your faith in human nature, don’t you?

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Random acts of kindness are wonderful. Let’s build on them so they are no longer just “random.”

Last week I went to a small town in central England to meet a very dear friend, a fellow author, for a social lunch and catch-up.

My SatNav directed me to within spitting distance of where I needed to go but looking around I realised I was in a small housing estate (sub-division). I got out of the “truck” (old SUV) and wondered what to do next.

A smiling face locked eyes with me and said, “you’re lost?”

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Why you need to write tight for corporate audiences

by Jack Willard

Please welcome business consultant Jack Willard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who shows us how to get complex messages over to corporate audiences – in two minutes. (And Jack hastens to add that by ‘write tight’ he does not mean ‘drunk!’)

How do you prepare a two minute presentation about a two-year corporate problem?

Realize first that there may be a primary audience but there is no such thing as a stand-alone audience.

The primary audience might be the executive suite but there are assistants, subordinates, end-users, competitors, attorneys, marketers, consultants and more, all of whom could have an interest in your output. [Read more…]

Some snorty smiles for a stormy weekend (in the UK)

Most people even outside the UK and north-west Europe have heard that we are experiencing the second consecutive weekend’s worth of the most appalling storms with violent winds, and lashing rain flooding river banks, coasts and many other areas.

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What do you call a month’s worth of rain? England.

Given that most of us are shut indoors for the weekend I thought you might like to have a few little snickers with the following jokes and puns about foul weather…nearly SFW so you can share most of them with the kids. Enjoy.

By law, you are required to turn on your headlights if it is raining in Sweden.
How the hell am I supposed to know if it’s raining in Sweden? (one for us syntax/grammar nerds…) [Read more…]

A bumper fun post of Valentine’s poetry

Welcome to another romantic Valentine’s celebration! And here is a compendium of all my favourite Valentine’s poems (most of them written by moi) to give you a smile or six. Enjoy.

Take my heart its yours on a plate / Keep it till you learn how to punctuate.

Roses are red, violets are blue
Sorry I’m snotty, but I’ve got the flu. (NB: not coronavirus.)

Roses are red, violets are blue
Please put the seat down when you’ve used the loo. [Read more…]

Written a nonfiction book? 10 ways to repurpose its content (and grow sales)

One of the best things about the current spread of media and publication options is the fact that the basic content from your print and/or Kindle book can be shared in many more different ways than was the case 20 or even 10 years ago.

Repurpose, reuse, recyle … and max up your book’s earning potential

10 ways to max up the earnings of one single source of content: your book

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Swearing: would you open this book to find out more?

Please welcome once again my good friend and colleague Tsufit, from Toronto, whose emails are always interesting and this one, in particular, grabbed my attention. Swearwords are a hot topic in communications of all kinds today and Tsufit – as always – hits the nail right on the head…Sz.

Saw this book on display in a small local library. 

If you saw it on display in a library or a book store, would you open it?

cover illustration to promtoe book

Love it or hate it, one thing is for sure. [Read more…]

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