Read, read, read. Did we say read?

Time to read. Wish I had more of it. If that were the case, I might have finished reading three special books by now. “Of Course You Can Have Ice Cream for Breakfast! A Journalist’s Uncommon Memoir” by Ron Cohen. Just published. Ron is an award-winning journalist for more than 40 years who led coverage […]

What we learned from a trucker

We might be back at school, but we are still celebrating summer memories. One of them involves a road trip to visit family in Springfield, Mo., about an 18-hour ride. The drive there was uneventful. The drive back not so much. About halfway home, we encountered the dreaded brake lights up ahead, signalling to us […]

10 easy steps to a better story

Story ideas come from a number of places, including your own curiosity. An effective way to develop an idea into a story is to ask yourself questions. But the key is to ask these questions at the start of story planning, not after the story has been written. Here’s a checklist of 10 questions to get […]

Encore: Practice patience & politeness

This post originally was published March 18, 2010. It’s about patience, but don’t miss the underlying message. Patience. It’s something we tend not to have a lot of these days, such as when we must wait a few minutes to make a bag of microwave popcorn or 45 seconds to reheat a cup of coffee. […]

18 ways to get to know your emotional IQ

In case you missed this Forbes piece earlier this month, “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure,” read it now. Contributor Travis Bradberry could be talking to a roomful of journalists. First, what is it? Bradberry explains: Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we […]

Interns: Learn expectations to succeed

Summer interns, this is for you: “7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Interns,” by Jonathan Lacoste on Inc.com. While companies are putting their efforts into giving you a good experience, you can give back to them by learning what they plan for you: Make them feel welcome Treat them like full-time employees […]