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Author:Liz Kelly

Peace Out

Today is my 40th birthday. It's a milestone I assumed I'd dread - I remember thinking in my high school years that I may as well be dead at this point. How could anything interesting happen when you're so old?! I'm exceptionally glad (and not terribly surprised) that my younger self turned out to be clueless. Life seems to get more interesting...

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Going with Your Gut

I recently began listening to an audio book recommended by a friend. The book includes advice on how to streamline your priorities, and the author has the typical credentials you’d expect: He holds an advanced degree from a well-known university, he’s consulted for lots of high-profile organizations, and he conducted a study of hundreds of executives to reach the conclusions...

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Exit Interview

Exit Interview Questions You Should Ask An Employee Who’s Leaving

A version of this post regarding exit interview questions was originally published on TheMuse.com, and can be found here: http://muse.cm/1WYiz3p   A few months ago, one of my employees decided to leave the company. Her exit wasn’t a total surprise—we’d hired her originally as an intern, and we all knew her heart and her passion resided in the nonprofit realm. I tried to...

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“Communications Has Always Been a Challenge”

One problem we hear time and time again: "Communications has always been a challenge." Sometimes it’s a bandwidth issue. After all the time spent critically evaluating a change that needs to be made, creating a plan and then going through the process of consensus-building on a particular approach, it can be a mad dash to the finish to communicate the...

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How to be a successful blogger

Here's an interesting article about common traits of successful bloggers. Some of these may be difficult for businesses to embrace, but I think the key takeaway is authenticity. A business blog should be true to the author while also reflecting the goals and focus areas of the business. Nine Little Known Traits of Successful Bloggers...

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The Internet Revolution, Part I

Earlier this week Tribune Company, owner of the Chicago Tribune and the L.A. Times, filed for bankruptcy. The news immediately took me back to 2001, when I worked on communications for the merger of Tribune Company with Times-Mirror, then the L.A. Times' parent company. ...

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Grammar rocks!

Does anyone out there remember the awesome-ness of the 70s (yes, I know "awesome-ness" isn't a word)? I was pretty young so I don't remember much, but one thing definitely stands out: School House Rock. Could these little animated ditties have inspired me on the path to writing? Who knows, but this might be the most fun way to learn...

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Comma mistakes

First things first: I have a writing business, but I have no intention of being the grammar/punctuation police. My interest is in helping companies tell compelling stories about their business, not strictly regulating the placement of every period, comma and quotation mark. That said, being a good writer means understanding the basics of both grammar and punctuation, and reviewing the...

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What do you know?

I'm not the only one who hates "at the end of the day." Thanks to Matt for calling my attention to today's Wired blog posting, which lists the 10 most irritating phrases in the English language according to University of Oxford researchers. Topping the list? "At the end of the day!" Check it out:http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/oxford-research.html...

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Corporate Speak is Punishable By Death: Part 2

Drum roll, please! Here's the conclusion of the top 10 words and phrases we'd like to eliminate from all business communications materials: 6. Leverage I'm really embarrassed to admit this, but I only recently learned that leverage is a noun, not a verb. I've seen it used almost exclusively as a verb throughout my professional career. Besides the fact that it's completely...

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