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Author:Becky Sennett

How to Overcome Writer’s Block

“It’s hard to write, darling, but it’s harder not to” As communicators, writing is part of nearly everything we do in our professional and personal lives. Through our words we bring a company’s culture to life, convey tough financial or personnel news, or take a public stance on a topic that can either resonate with or goes against our values. Sometimes it...

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“Rules of the Playground”: Culture Change at Crayola

For over 115 years, Crayola has helped parents and educators raise ‘creatively alive’ kids. What Crayola stands for is refreshing — they celebrate children’s originality and self-expression, encourage wonder, adventure, and dreaming. Simply put – “inspire everything imaginable.” What’s also refreshing is that this authenticity carries over internally, and Crayola recognizes the culture they create with their people is the...

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Walk It Out

How many times have you found yourself looking at the clock during the workday and realized that you haven’t moved very far from your screen?     While it’s often tempting to just stay put and “power through” your to-do list, there are significant productivity - and not to mention health - benefits of getting up and going for a stroll. Not sold...

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Brilliant Bytes: Reading, Watching, and Listening

We’re big consumers here at Brilliant Ink – consumers of media. Articles, podcasts, books, shows – you name it, we've seen it already. We Inkies are such avid book lovers that we even have a separate Slack channel dedicated entirely to books we’re reading. Here’s a snapshot of what we’re currently digging into at the moment. Have something to add? Tweet...

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How to Navigate Small Talk: Questions, Questions, Questions

Between my office, clients, and friends' holiday parties, I'm partied out. ‘twas the season of small talk. "Can you believe this weather?" "What are your travel plans?" "Did you try the artichoke dip?" Yep, those questions can work…but if you’re interested in moving beyond lamenting the cold weather (or the impending doom of climate change), we’ve rounded up some questions...

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Presentation Anxiety

Presentation anxiety? No sweat.

You have an important presentation coming up. Do you carry on like it’s NBD? Stay cool and calm as ever? MUST BE NICE. For many of us, public speaking can be terrifying. Whether it’s the act of being in front of a group, feeling that your every word and overall intelligence is being scrutinized, or if it’s worrying about appearing...

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How to Make Working From Home Actually Work

“I would never get anything done.” “I would stay in my pajamas all day.” “I would sleep in every day.”   These are the common responses I receive when I tell people I’ve worked from home for the past four years. Working remote can be a controversial topic, as evidenced by instances of companies cracking down on workers who telecommute (see: IBM and Yahoo)....

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Grief: Addressing the elephant in the office

Cake, balloons, a champagne toast. These are just some of the ways we might celebrate a colleague’s birthday, engagement, or pregnancy at the office. But what do we do when a member of the team experiences loss or grief? Jointly signing a sympathy card or sending flowers might sound familiar. Because of the fear of making our grieving coworker feel uncomfortable or...

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