Were you born to blog?

Born to Blog

Born to Blog by Mark W Schaefer and Stanford A Smith – Book Review If you have been performing in a role for five years, are you an expert? Would you know all the fundamentals? Or is there room for improvement? It is hard for me to believe, but I have been blogging at The Invisible Mentor for over five years. With the rate at which technology is changing, it is difficult to keep up with all the information on effective blogging. Recently, while I was in Indigo bookstore I noticed Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post at a Time because the last copy was literally bent out of shape, and hanging off … [Read more...]

Emily Dickinson Personal Library

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Personal Library Working on the series, Personal Libraries of Successful People, has been a good process for me because it allows me to see the shaping of the mind. of a very successful person. Like I have written before, from what I have observed so far, these successful people read books to improve their craft, and they read broadly. This is also true of Emily Dickinson, who was an American poet. She read the works of other poets, classic literature, fiction of her time, and various other genres. Born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson received a very good  education. She loved going for long walks, … [Read more...]

Relevance: One of the Keys to Successful Social Interactions

Relevance

Relevance: One of the Keys to Successful Social Interactions Are you giving your time and energy to things that are relevant to you? What importance do you place on relevance in your decisions to interact with others? A few weeks ago I signed up for a digital storytelling event because I want to learn how to tell better stories. Over the summer, I read and reviewed The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio, which was a very good book, but when you are improving your craft you look for a variety of sources for information. And storytelling and visual storytelling complement each other because the most … [Read more...]

Learning for a Cause

Learning for a Cause

Learning for a Cause These days, I am learning that it is okay to change my mind, and I am giving myself permission to do so. I am an advocate for reading more, but I am realizing that because I will make the time to read more books, not everyone is willing to do that because so many things are competing for the 24 hours in a day. I am very busy as well because I am the president of the Toronto Chapter of Ellevate Network,  I am also on my Church Board, and there are many other activities competing for my time. The difference is that reading gives me pleasure, and it transports me into the minds of others, so I make time for it. … [Read more...]

Getting an Education from Books, Part II

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books, Part II In keeping with the theme of getting an education from books, today I am focusing on the course, Invitation to World Literature. Although I really liked - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, I loved this course more, and I think a part of that has to do with the delivery. Invitation to World Literature consists of 30-minute videos based on 13 books – a video for each book - which is a much more manageable number. What I appreciated most of all is the diversity of people talking about the story and how the book impacted their lives. And where possible, the authors talk … [Read more...]