Building Relationships – Andrea Nierenberg, Summer Series Interviews

Andrea Nierenberg

Building Relationships - Andrea Nierenberg, Summer Series Interviews Each week during July and August, I will take one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees.  This week, I feature Andrea Nierenberg, the savvy networker.  Her interview is short and sweet, and filled with good information on networking effectively. Related:  Living an Authentic Life – Gabriel Draven, Summer Series Interviews Leading Women toward Self-Sufficiency, Anthea Rossouw – Summer Interview Series Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interviews In … [Read more...]

7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education

Liberal Arts Education

7 Lessons from my Informal Liberal Arts Education I am a couple of days away from starting the actual writing of my book based on my journey toward an informal liberal arts education. I am reading through my course notes, reflecting on them, jotting down my reactions, and making note of the lessons. I have taken 12 courses so far (not including the MOOCs I took earlier in the year such as Social Media for Journalists, and Storytelling for Change), and most of them are not the initial courses that I started off with. It is important to make plans, but not to plan the outcome because you will miss out on opportunities. When I started … [Read more...]

Why read, what to read, and Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

Why read, what to read, and Teddy Roosevelt Why Read Books? Reading well written books expands your vocabulary, gives you a pool of ideas to draw from, makes you a better writer, and gives your brain an intellectual workout. If you conducted an internet search on the benefits of reading, you will find that there isn’t a shortage of valid reasons for reading books. I have also written on the topic, but today, I am writing about why I read books. By the number of book reviews on this blog, anyone can tell that I love to read, but why do I read so much, when there is so much to keep me occupied in a metropolitan city like Toronto? I … [Read more...]

Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interviews

George Fraser

Pay Your Taxes – George Fraser, Summer Series Interview I decided that for the months of  July and August, each week, I will take one of the interviews from my book,  Tales of People Who Get It, and post it on the blog so that you may learn from some of the interviewees. This week we feature George Fraser, who didn't pay his taxes on time, so the government placed a lien on all his funds. I learn something valuable from each interview I conduct, however,  some words of wisdom from George Fraser gave me what I needed to complete my first book on time "You have to have the discipline to focus on the thing that is in front of you. The … [Read more...]

The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio – Book Review

7 Elements of Visual Storytelling from The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio

The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio – Book Review Every week, I come across an article talking about the importance of including images in your blog posts to increase traffic. For centuries, images have played a major role in societies and cultures. For instance, in archaeology, signs and symbols give us insights into what life was like in the past, and they are used to express ideas. We have heard it so many times, that we now know that great visuals that complement written text make for very powerful storytelling. However, many of the people who are telling us to add visuals to our text are telling … [Read more...]