The 5 F’s Of Stress Response (Fight, Flight, Follow, Freeze, F*** It)

In Peter Atwater’s book, The Confidence Map, he says the situations where we are MOST stressed, are those when our feeling of certainty and control are the lowest.  Makes sense.  I remember sitting down for a class in high school and having the teacher say, “Clear your desks, pens and pencils only, I’m passing out … Continue reading The 5 F’s Of Stress Response (Fight, Flight, Follow, Freeze, F*** It)

Saturday Morning Media: Tom Morgan On The Mystery Of Curiosity

Tom Morgan’s presentation, “The Mystery of Curiosity” is a thought, turned into a conversation, aided by research, shaped by more conversations, and finally brought to life as a presentation. I’ve been waiting for him to pull this together for a minute, and by George, he’s got it.  Tom says we’re facing “The Four Horsemen of … Continue reading Saturday Morning Media: Tom Morgan On The Mystery Of Curiosity

Get Down On It: What Else I’m Up To, 1/5/2024 Edition

It's been a wild start to 2024 - I'm kind of in shock the year is almost 15% in the books, and then I look at just how much happened and... some highlights! In no particular order - here's what else I'm up to. And if you want to know more frequently than these self-promotional … Continue reading Get Down On It: What Else I’m Up To, 1/5/2024 Edition

What A Puppeteer Turned Choreographer Can Teach Us About Creative Expression

Jerome Robbins wanted to be a puppeteer. He was fascinated by the craft of it. The complete control, despite being removed and above the stage, and how it created the feeling of still being in the middle of the action. The puppeteer and the audience - both with a shared distance, in common. It's kind … Continue reading What A Puppeteer Turned Choreographer Can Teach Us About Creative Expression

More Evil Doesn’t Beat Evil, Good Beats Evil. Duh.

If you haven’t read The Lord of the Rings, or seen the movies, or even if you only half-remember The Hobbit cartoon from the ‘70s - I have a non-spoiling spoiler for you (because it applies to writing online and life in general): More evil doesn’t beat evil. Good beats evil. Duh.  You can try … Continue reading More Evil Doesn’t Beat Evil, Good Beats Evil. Duh.

Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Before you assume you’re right about anything, remember to ask this question.  From Will Storr (as told to David McRaney, as relayed to Bogumil Baranowski): Am I right about everything? The answer is, “No.” It’s not even hard to say. Try it (we'll say it together. 1, 2, 3 and) - "I am most certainly … Continue reading Before You Assume You’re Right, Try This

Cross-Generational Quick Connection Hacks

“OK, Boomer.” “OK, Zoomer.” “OK, _____” Want to forge stronger connections and build relationships outside of your age range? Do it the same way you do it within your own age range.  Start with something they care about.  It helps if you care about it too.  AKA be curious.  And skip over the boring stuff. … Continue reading Cross-Generational Quick Connection Hacks