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Suck at Writing? 9 Instant Fixes That Will Turn You Into a Pro

Want to write like a pro? Stop trying to sound smart and give us some straight talk.<p>Business writing is extremely powerful.<p>The right words can drive business and your success plan. The right content can lead to all sorts or positive outcomes. Great writing can boost website performance or a social …

Sort by price | Seth's Blog

Imagine a supermarket (or any store, for that matter), where the items are arranged by price. At one end is the salt and the chewing gum, and at the …

Marketing

20 Examples of Devastatingly Powerful Social Advertising From 2016

Social advertising often highlights issues that most of us prefer to keep silent about. This is why it’s so incredibly important.<p>We at <b>Bright Side</b> …

World Food Program

How to Handle Being Out of Your League | The Art of Manliness

<i>Your boss invites you to the country club to play a round of golf with him and other important higher ups. You’ve never stepped foot in a country</i> …

Don't Quit Your Job If Your Boss Displays These 5 Awesome Habits

Your Millennials will especially appreciate these leadership traits.<p>A 2014 leadership study I read about recently gave me pause. The results concerned me since I write so frequently about how leadership is the reason companies succeed or fail.<p>The research found that 85 percent of global companies …

The secrets behind 6 famous 'SNL' sketches, from a man who's been there since the beginning

At 77, he is one of the only original crew members still working, alongside "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels, who brought Lee in for the variety sketch program from a background in Broadway theater.<p>Three Tony Awards, 12 Emmy nominations, and one Emmy win later, Lee continues to carry on his …

Comedy

This incredible time-lapse reveals how bridges are built in America

Modern-day bridge construction shares a little more than a passing resemblance to scuba diving. In this time lapse, filmed by EarthCam and released by Minnesota's Department of Transportation, shows the construction of the St. Croix Crossing. After the piers are constructed on the river floor, …

Time-lapse Photography

3 fundamental elements of superb storytelling

The human mind is structured to remember stories, not facts, or things, or lists, or even ideas.<p>Here's proof. We are much safer today, in 2016, from …

7 Things That Happened When I Got Up At 4 a.m. Every Day For a Week

Is the early hour a magical time for productivity—or just pure misery?<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> calls 4 a.m. the most productive hour, citing powerhouses of industry who swear by getting up early to avoid distractions.<p>Hoping the same magic would rub off on me, I traded in my usual 6 a.m. rise time for …

Magic, Mechanics, and Hard Work

How to Write Your Novel<p>I have a story for you. (It starts out pretty sad, but gets better.)<p>Late in 2015 I had a soul-sucking, horrible, awful, …

The 5 Words That Changed My Content Marketing Strategy

You know those times where you read a book and one line seems to stop you in your tracks and pierce your mind?<p>"You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget." -The Road<p>"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot." -Breakfast At Tiffany's<p>"Yer a wizard, …

Marketing

P&G's Marc Pritchard On Avoiding The "Crap Trap" In Advertising

When “the most powerful man in advertising” (according to Ad Age’s just released list of biggest U.S. ad spenders) speaks, 2700 marketers listen attentively.<p>In a keynote speech to the ANA’s annual meeting in Orlando on Thursday, the incoming marketers’ association chairman, P&G’s Chief Brand …

How I make $400 a month in Passive Income by Self-Publishing

I’m the author of Behind the Ivy Curtain: A Data Driven Guide to Elite College Admissions :<p>First, a bit of background. I went to Yale and learned …

Short Doc “Remember Those Great Volkswagen Ads?” Harks Back To 1960s Classics

<b>WHO:</b> Director Joe Marcantonio<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> Even those of us with a professional interest and appreciation for advertising know that 90% of marketing …

Archives

Brand Storytelling – a Step by Step Guide

The art of oral storytelling - and how you can start it with your kids

Once upon a time, in a place not so far away, four small children were enjoying a fun-filled trip to their grandparents' home. The sun had slipped …

5 Ways to Use Adobe Spark to Share School Stories

Telling your school’s story is a must for educators in any learning environment. You have the opportunity to share all of the wonderful things …

Adobe

A Graphic Designer Redesigns a Movie Poster, Every Day

The 'A Movie Poster A Day' challenge delivers a graphically-pleasing box office of visuals.<p>Synthesizing a passion for film and an ability to follow a stringent schedule, Peter Majarich has embarked on a personal mission to redesign some of the most well-known movie posters. The Sydey-based designer …

The Podcast That Tells Ingeniously Boring Bedtime Stories to Help You Fall Asleep

According to Greek myth, Hermes, the cleverest God, used his inimitable wit to tell stories so long-winded, so fatuous, that they lulled the many-eyed monster Argus to sleep. By the same logic, insomniacs of modern times are often advised to read the phone book or—the classic choice—to count sheep …

10 Short Story Ideas

Most writers have too many short story ideas, not too few. However, therein lies the problem, because the more ideas you have, the harder it can be …

A New Hope (and Year) in the Friday Open Thread

A long time ago (April 15th, 2013 to be exact) in a kinja far, far away (though somehow the comments will claim more advanced than today’s kinja) …

Micro-Moments and The Customer Journey

The Latest on Micro-Moments<p>Searching for gender equality: Why International Women’s Day is one moment in a growing digital march<p>How mobile became a …

Customer Experience

8 Storytelling Secrets Every Business Leader Should Know

"Mum, can we watch The Lion King?"<p>Disney movies are interesting. Their stories make you laugh, cry, and laugh again. They teach you important lessons.<p>Many people love stories, but few people tell good stories.<p>To succeed in business, we need to tell good stories so people will listen and take action.<p>…

5 Lessons Die Hard Can Teach Us About Storytelling

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Writing

How to Write a Blog Post –Complete Blog Post Blueprint

Trust me, I didn’t know how to a write blog post when I first started to write them. I mean, who cares, right? What’s the point? I’m trying to grow …

6 Ways to Tell Stories with Data Throughout the Customer Lifecycle

Data-driven storytelling is poised to be the next big trend in content marketing. Indeed, companies are already harnessing its power at every stage in the customer relationship lifecycle—from building up-front brand awareness to reminding customers of their success. Here’s how to use data at each …

A Guide for All of Us: Getting Good at Storytelling & Other Superhuman Social Skills

Let’s face it: most of us aren’t amazing social ninjas, good at working any social situation, let alone comfortable telling a captivating story in …