“Boy, these sure are exciting times, aren’t they?”
Anybody ever say that to you? I feel like someone says that to me at least once a month and when they do, I’m always forced to stifle an urge to kick them in their shins. Hard.
Exciting times? How about scary times? Or overwhelming times? Or how-can-we-continue-to-keep-being-asked-to-do-more-with-less times?
Okay, I mighta went a little too far with the hyphens on that last one… and what professional communicator attempts to use the word “mighta” with a group of well-educated, umm, educators?
“Who The Heck Are You?”
Fair question! For two decades, my little company has helped good companies, colleges, and nonprofit organizations around the world communicate more clearly. To do this, sometimes we use lots of hyphens and sometimes we make up words.
Hey, it worked out okay for Dr. Seuss.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I keep an AP Style Guide on my desk and would never dance on the graves of Strunk and White. I learned the rules. I cherish the rules.
I also know when—and why—to break them. Soon, you will, too.
At your Leadership Symposium this summer, we’ll spend some time learning what makes people do the things they do in this age of rapid distraction. Society has hyper-extended its attention muscle, and in July I’ll show you strategies and tactics to help you not only survive but thrive in these “exciting times.”
Be sure to check out this podcast with Tim!