By Diane Ripstein
Learning From the Greats
Last Month One of the Greats passed away. Ned Johnson, Chairman Emeritus of Fidelity Investments, who built the company into a global financial services powerhouse over four decades, died at the age of 91. Hearing the sad news sent me down memory lane. The Year Was 1996 Yikes, that’s 26 years ago! I was hired [Read More…]
Comes In Like A Lion!
March is One of Those Months kind of betwixt and between. Here in New England, winter has basically lost its grip, but spring is playing hard-to-get. I remember this proverb from childhood: March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. A little Googling turns up the year 1732 as the earliest reference [Read More…]
Get To The Heart Of It!
Heart Comes First When you’re planning a presentation, it’s helpful to ask yourself: What’s the heart of the matter here? What am I really trying to say? Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it’s the hardest, darn thing to actually do. Forget the Preamble Preamble is everything we say before we start to say what we [Read More…]
Backwards and Forwards!
The Roman God Janus bequeathed us the name of January, for the first month of the year. This was no coincidence. Janus was conveniently a two-headed god, with one face looking back and one looking forward. So all kinds of transitions were under his/her purview. Beginnings and endings. Entrances and exits. I’m a January Baby [Read More…]
Congratulations, You Made It!
Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m worn Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand, Precious Lord Lead me home. Thomas A. Dorsey, “Father of Gospel Music,” 1932 OMG, what a year it’s been! How wiped out are you? [Read More…]
Thank You, Thanksgiving!
Growing Up In Montreal Thanksgiving wasn’t much of a “thing” in our family. It always seemed like the Canadian version was a knockoff of the American-style, Norman Rockwell, Hallmark original. Americans had big, noisy gatherings with extended families and groaning boards of overflowing food. We had a quiet family dinner and acknowledged the harvest. OK, [Read More…]
A Question From Our Viewing Audience Last month’s post was about Getting Succinct, and long-time Marketing Executive Recruiter Erica Seidel responded, “Another post I would love to read is simply why people have a hard time being concise.” Great question, Erica. This is for you (and us, too). Why Is It Hard? It’s hard being [Read More…]
Diane in Action: Get Succinct
Helllooo September! Here in New England, it’s as if a cosmic alarm clock goes off at this time of year. And bingo, just like that, the air changes overnight. It’s crisp. It smells different. There’s that no-nonsense, back-to-business/school feeling. What Year is This? Nature may be following the familiar calendar she knows so well, but [Read More…]
No Need to Read This
You Can Stop Right Now Please don’t feel it’s necessary to keep on reading. I mean, I love you as a loyal reader of this blog. But let’s be honest, it’s August. The last thing you need is another email or post. Dog Days of Summer With no disrespect intended to any dogs, this expression [Read More…]
Want to Change Your Tune?
Summertime Musicals I just saw two fabulous movies: In The Heights and Summer of Soul. I laughed, I cried, I boogied in my seat. Yes, I was indoors at a movie theatre, masked, and with very few people around. It felt SO GOOD to be pulled into that big screen and huge surround-sound track. If [Read More…]