Getting to the Heart of Pain Takes the Right People, Reasons, and Discussions

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time negotiating pain. Nothing personal, mind you, but working professionally to help both clients and groups…Read more

LinkedIn Lessons About Asking the Wrong Questions

It's also important to watch your p's and q's -- and every other letter in the alphabet -- especially when you're making a request. Because, when it comes to trying to get…Read more

A Trio of Tools to Get Your Message Across

How do you get your message across when you can't be sure that your audience even speaks your language? Repetition, juxtaposition, and clear imagery can help you ensure…Read more

Quality Content - Learning the Universal Language

When building sites or designing content, some people get too caught up in ensuring everyone is "represented" on a page -- breaking it down into various subgroups and…Read more

Be Honest, Not Trendy, with Your Word Choices

By now you may have heard or read about the latest additions to the Merriam-Webster's…Read more

Language Matters -- Who the F*** Do You Think You Are?

If you only know my from my written communications, you may not know that I have a tendency to be a bit blue in my language choices amongst friends and colleagues.

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When Trying to Sound Smart is a Dumb Idea

I’d like to take you back a few years. Young Jay was sitting in the family’s living room, half-paying attention to the evening news that my parents were watching. The…Read more

The Dawning of the Age of Honesty

People got it wrong about this whole Mayan Calendar thing. It was never an apocalyptic vision of the future. Rather, the end of that calendar signifies the dawning of a…Read more