Resources

May you trust your gut — and act on it

not teaching,still THINKING … Our top-of-mind advice today — that you always trust your gut — is something you will need to personalize. First you must know yourself. Know your comfort level. Know what makes you uncomfortable. Your gut tells you when something is off, isn’t right, could be wrong. It’s that inner instinct that […]

Top tip: Give your audience a break(out)

not teaching,still THINKING … Stuck on a story idea? It happens. But when news breaks or even when covering routine events, here is a good way to generate ideas, provide important information and involve your audience at the same time. It’s called a breakout. And it works because it provides a point of entry for […]

3 questions to stay positive at work

not teaching,still THINKING … If you find yourself dragging yourself to work, ask yourself these three short questions and see if they help to give you a sense of eagerness instead. Was it fun? We tend to ask that question when we’re curious about some kind of event. But how about our work experience? Work […]

Show, don’t tell — keep us interested

not teaching,still THINKING … Comedians might “tell” jokes, but they do so with such a “show” of explicit details and colorful anecdotes that listeners can visualize what they are hearing. And that is how comedians get their laughs. Journalists, too, use the same approach. They include anecdotes, examples and details in their storytelling because these […]

It’s time for a long winter’s nap

not teaching, still THINKING … If you were inclined to recline on a winter’s day, would you lay down or lie down? An easy way to know — and to be in the know when using these terms — is to remember the definition of each word. Lay: to place or put, often with “on” […]

10 Warning Signs a Story Should Not Run

not teaching, still THINKING … Decisions to publish stories can result in long-lasting consequences, which we always hope are good ones. Sometimes a story is not ready to run, and an editor must hold it. How to decide? Here are 10 warning signs that a story should not run. And, we would add a note […]