Think twice about a thankless job

Thankless jobs. Have one? This question came to me today as I was leaving what I’ll generically describe as a lawn mower retail and service store. I was there on a mission to pick up newly sharpened lawn mower blades. They were not ready, so I chose to wait while they were sharpened — about […]

Job seekers: 3 things you need

In a recent report published by Forbes, we read about the three things job seekers need: “a killer resume, an articulate interview, and a healthy dose of patience” Patience is key. The report, “Study Confirms the American Hiring Process is Now 10.3 Days Longer,” explains what employers do these days to find the right fit. According to […]

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. […]

Seeing is believing — show, don’t tell

Three elements in stories keep the audience interested and prevent a story from becoming just a recitation of statements and quotes. Anecdotes Examples Details How you use these in stories will make a difference in the end. More important, however, is capturing them in the first place. It takes time and patience and lots of […]

Make the best use of quotes — encore

Quotes bring life to a story. They inspire, inform, enlighten and engage us. They bring the voices of others to us. There is an art to including “real people” in stories. It takes insight, patience and thinking. To that end, we are sharing a previously published post: “‘Real People’ Quotes: We Can Do Better.” First […]

Nurture curiosity — be the ‘idea person’

One of the most important attributes any journalist can possess is curiosity, because it leads to knowledge. Curiosity leads to answers of all sorts. One way to strengthen curiosity is to start with the simplest things you are curious about in your everyday life. Really simple. Like what time the post office closes on Saturday […]