Yearly Archives: 2013

The best of the Red Jacket Diaries in 2013

As another year winds to an end, here are the top 10 posts readers found the most interesting on the Red Jacket Diaries over the past 12 months: Some great examples of expressive writing I’ve run across this year, including terms like “tunefulness and chewability” and “cowpats.” Here’s why you want to blog, including the […]

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Take a break for some Christmas fun

Here it is, almost Christmas, and you’re trying to get work done? Take a minute for a laugh or two: Five days of Christmas sweaters, with Jimmy Fallon. In the original video I linked to (no longer available), he gives away one with a roaring fire scene he calls “unbelievable.” The perfect thing to wear […]

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Please weigh in on the IABC conference

After sharing some thoughts on (okay, venting about) the 2014 IABC World Conference, I’m pleased to say something seems to be happening. Claire Watson, ABC, APR and external relations team lead at IABC, responded to my post. She wondered what kind of content we independents would find appealing and assured me she will work with […]

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Bravo to a prize that discourages bad writing

Author Helen Fielding didn’t get the prize because her Mad About the Boy wasn’t deemed “cringeworthy” enough. The Fifty Shades books didn’t qualify either, because the prize doesn’t go to porn or erotic literature. The prize in question is the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction award, sometimes called “Britain’s most dreaded literary prize.” It’s […]

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Dear IABC: About that conference…

Dear IABC, You’ve had a tough year, but some of the decisions you are making baffle me. Take this latest offer of earlybird pricing ($330 off! Only $1,100!) for next year’s World Conference. Why did you make the offer good until the end of November only, and only to the first 100 people who respond? […]

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Put your CFO hat on! 10 tips for small business banking

Independent communicators are used to wearing a lot of different hats, but the one that’s most uncomfortable is usually the one called “Chief Financial Officer.” Frankly, we’d rather be doing what we do best! However, members of the Halton-Peel Communications Association got some CFO support at our Nov. 14 meeting. First Ontario Credit Union‘s Neville […]

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Make better decisions by throwing away what you think you know

You can’t necessarily trust your brain. As magician/speaker Dan Trommater told IABC/Toronto’s Professional Independent Communicators at a meeting on Nov. 6, your brain sometimes fills in the blanks when you make assumptions. It also shuts off when you come up with the first answer to a problem, passing over what may be perfectly good ideas. […]

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Don’t let fear stop you from growing

“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” – Astronaut Sally Ride “When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.” – Writer Anne Lamott, in Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith With Halloween on the doorstep, it seemed time to talk about things that scare you. No, not zombies and ghosts and Miley […]

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Insults, buzzwords and pirates: It’s Friday Fun!

After spinning straw into gold this week (still in progress: six pages of complicated notes into 800 words), I felt like a little Friday fun: You need just the right words to convey your true feelings. Thus, the Shakespeare Insult Generator, with such gems as, “Thou idle swine” and “Thou cullionly maw.” Study these witty […]

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Storify dos and don’ts

Have you used Storify yet? This handy free service “makes the web tell a story.” You collect – or curate, if you’d rather use the current buzzword – public tweets, pictures, video and other content from around the web, dragging and dropping them into the Storify framework to publish as a story. It’s great for […]

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