Creating a Personal Library

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Creating a Personal Library How do you create a personal library? How do you decide which books to include? I have always loved to read, and I have gone through phases where all I read was one genre. But today, I would like to think that my reading is more diverse and deeper. I have read many books that were entertaining, but not keepers, so I would get rid of them. I was never intentional about creating a personal library, and to be honest, I did not even think about it. In the summer of 2007, Harriet Rubin wrote C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success, an article for the New York Times, which made me start thinking more about … [Read more...]

Global Reads: Travel the World

Global Reads: Travel the World I cannot remember a time when I did not enjoy reading, how about you? But when I read, I read books that interest me and reading books by authors from countries other than those in the West was not at the top of my list until I embarked on my first Virtual Literary World Tour. For new readers of this blog, my mother died unexpectedly on October 3, 2012, and my heart was broken. To heal my heart, I decided it was important for me to do something that I love, which was reading. To add depth to my personal project, I decided to read books written by authors who were born in 30 different countries. After … [Read more...]

When Was the Last Time You Took Your Reading Up a Notch?

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When Was the Last Time You Took Your Reading Up a Notch? I read broadly, and I read books of varying levels of difficulty. As part of my informal liberal arts education, I am reading the classics. A few days ago, it occurred to me that the books I am reading should be global because we are living in a global world. Over the past three days, I have been creating my 30-60-90 Day Plan, and I have been intentional about the books that I intend to read during the next three months, making sure that not only the books are diverse by their subject matter, but diverse in terms of where the authors were born. Because reading the classics is … [Read more...]

Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling

Elements of Storytelling

Kevin Spacey: 3 Elements of Storytelling Don’t you just love it when you find useful content? While scanning my ContentGems Daily Summary, I noticed “Kevin Spacey Closing Keynote Highlights,” so I decided to click on the link because I thought that the actor, Kevin Spacey should know about storytelling. In the five-and-a-half minute video, the famed actor talks about the 3 elements of storytelling, as well as a few other tips. I think that the ability to tell engaging stories will enable us to write better articles and blog posts that captivate our readers. Effective storytelling is a skill that I am developing, but I am not close to … [Read more...]

Personal Brand You

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The Personal Brand You When you think of a personal brand, what comes to mind? The University of Calgary held an event on branding for its alumni living in the Toronto and surrounding areas. Derek Hassay, RBC Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship Thinking gave us notice that he was going to talk about personal branding and how to connect your personal brand with the University of Calgary, and he actually did that. This got me thinking because I thought it was quite clever what Professor Hassay did, and that anyone can do something equally clever, if he or she understands more than the fundamentals of the field. Hassay knows a lot … [Read more...]