Writing Down the Jones

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BS & Bad Advice: Assumptions

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. Twain had a point. We make assumptions throughout the day that make life easier; for example, I assume everyone will stop at the red light so I can pass...

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In which I say “um”. A lot.

So, among the many things I’ve done since moving to the ‘burbs and moving out of Chamber leadership (sleeping, Xbox, reading, getting J+S Dynamics up and running, sleeping, and Xbox…), I said words into a microphone. I guess I’ve been told I have a great radio voice enough times that...

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Networking through Storytelling

This is the first podcast episode of my as yet unnamed show. Enjoy! Conventional wisdom, and typical advice, when it comes to networking is that if you want to make contacts, you need to ask questions and make sure the other person is talking more than you. It’s an incredibly...

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Intermission.

Three years ago, at the beginning of December 2012, I was about to do something I didn’t want to do. But some new friends had talked me into it, and somewhere along the way I’d said yes. I wasn’t sure I’d made a good decision. That’s pretty much the story...

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Bow Ties Are Cool

It’s tuxedo season in Dallas. I was in the Galleria on Saturday afternoon, and every store had tuxedos and dinner jackets right up front…and with good reason. It doesn’t just seem like there’s a formal charity event every weekend til the end of the year, there really is. This year’s...

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The Victim: Our Modern Hero

It’s a time honored tradition of people who are getting old to lament the disintegration of society as evidenced by the next generation. I mostly hate that tradition for two reasons: society wasn’t particularly wonderful when I was a kid, and I’m in the “next” generation. Yes, as a high...