Rock climbing and metaphors

One of the things we like to say in my family is “Everything is a metaphor for everything else.” We started saying this a couple of summers ago, when we were getting ready for a big backpacking trip to Yosemite. My husband is an avid hiker and camper, and we had planned this trip to … Read more

The Problem with Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a delicious and filling snack. Peanut butter is sticky. Peanut butter eaten ten minutes before you’re recording an interview is…not a great idea. Maybe have some apple slices instead. (My son Cameron read this blog post and said, “I don’t get it. Is there a metaphor here?” Nope. No metaphor. Straight talk … Read more

Can you tell a story?

Can you tell a story? Can you tell one about yourself? About what’s important to you? About your values or your challenges? Storytelling is an important business skill (and if you don’t believe me, check out a few of the 44 million Google results from “storytelling business communication.”) What do I mean by “storytelling”? The … Read more

A fun new way to try out your material–

A colleague of mine recently shared a terrific idea I wanted to pass along to you all. It involves the audio-only social site Clubhouse (read more here, if you don’t know what I’m talking about!) Clubhouse is kind of like dropping in on a bunch of conversations that are taking place, and you can pop your … Read more

The wind in your face

It’s January 1, 2021. I’m at the beach, and though it’s an overcast, chilly day, I took a walk by the ocean. As I started on the walk, I wanted to think about a word for the year, a guiding mantra I can use to make decisions.  I let my mind wander as I walked. … Read more

Tell ’em what you’re gonna tell ’em

Most of us have heard this well-worn advice about structuring a talk:   Tell ‘em what you’re gonna tell ‘em Tell ‘em Then tell ‘em what you told ‘em.     I have to admit, this rankles me a little. If this was all there was to being an effective speaker, everyone would be one. Clearly, this formula doesn’t always … Read more

Plan continuation bias; or, oh crap, what do I do now?

I’ve been listening to a fascinating podcast called “Cautionary Tales,” recorded by an economist by Tim Harford. In each episode, he recounts a real story about something that went famously wrong, and he illuminates a larger lesson.   In the first episode, he tells the story of the Torrey Canyon, a huge and beautiful ship … Read more

Using the right tools.

My husband, Charlie, is remodeling our laundry room, and in this process, he needed to build a counter. He used a mitre saw to get the edges just right, sandpaper to get it ready for the stain, and a hammer and small nails to attach the edging to the sides. In order to get the … Read more

Street fighter

Recently I had an experience that falls right into the “Everything is a metaphor for everything else” category.   The head coach at my gym was describing what it feels like to train too hard without adequate rest and fuel. He said, “It’s like in a video game where you’re a character that’s walking down … Read more

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