August, 2019 Archive

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Analogies Gone Wild

Analogies can be a powerful tool when used well. But, like a parachute made from a volleyball net, they can sabotage your message when...

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Are You Creative?

There is no "Creativity Quotient" (C.Q.) test that measures how creative you are. But the same Scientific American research found that...

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The Boomer’s NEXT Marketing Mega-Wave

When Kathleen retired recently, it was national news. Why? Precisely because, at the moment I write this, Kathleen is exactly 62 years, one...

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Which Promises Work Best?

“That’s right – it filets, it chops, it dices and slices. It never stops. It lasts a lifetime, mows your lawn, and it...

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Breakthrough Thinking in Five Simple Steps

"Ideas are like rabbits," John Steinbeck once said, "You get a couple and learn how to handle them and pretty soon you have a dozen." ...

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Thinking Inside The Box

What is creativity? I'm sure you've heard the cliche that gets kicked around, about the value of thinking "outside the box." But in my...

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The Curse of the Modern Age

“For a list of the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life,” says Alice Kahn, “please press...

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How Ben Franklin Learned to Write

Eight times, Ben Franklin crossed the Atlantic.  France, Spain, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany — he hit them all. And...

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How Business is Done

There's a guy named Jack (just a coincidence). He has a son. The son is in his early 20s and unmarried. One evening after dinner, the...

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How Woody Allen Would Write Copy

An interviewer asked Woody Allen how to write a joke. Here's what Allen said: "It depends on where I want it to take me. First, I figure...

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