January 25, 2012

Brain Food!


January 24, 2012

"Dear Dr. Starr,"

A letter (in six bullet points) to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools Superintendent is available.

January 21, 2012

Snow-Day Dog-Blogging!

Bucky levitates. [Backyard, this afternoon.]

January 14, 2012

Curious is Part of Smart

I am in the midst of rethinking the Thaler Pekar & Partners website. I've recently spoken with two web design experts, one of whom said, "I would never click on "cake", because I don't know where it will take me." The other said, "I love 'cake'! I always go there, precisely because I don't know what I will find."

Consultants are encouraged to have an ideal client in mind. For some time, I've feared that my simple desire to work with smart people was lacking in the details that would result in proper marketing gravity. Now, I am learning that I do have a more nuanced idea of my ideal client.

January 5, 2012

Collaboration, Trust, and Improvisation

Readers of NeuroCooking know that I've been studying Improv for several years. (You can read some of my previous posts about Improv here, here, and here.) Recently, I've been working with Jay Rhoderick, and exploring ways in which we can collaborate, melding my expertise in communication and story with Jay's Improv brilliance. Last month, Jay and I delivered the opening plenary of the 2011 New Jersey Non-Profit Conference, leading close to 300 professionals in an exciting and interactive session exploring the traits necessary to successful collaboration, using some Improv techniques. The Foundation News Digest blog, PhilanTopic, just published an excerpt from our plenary, Productive Partnerships: Building Trust and Creating Collaborations.

To read the excerpt, 3 Ways Your T-Shape Helps You Collaborate, click here.

January 3, 2012

Why Story Matters

"Communication is more than transactional. Communication can be transformative."
Stanford Social Innovation Review just published an excerpt from a lecture I recently delivered at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (my alma mater).

Click here to see my advice to future professional communicators, including:
  • Why focus on storysharing, as opposed to storytelling
  • The importance of story elicitation in business communication
  • The transformational power of story


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