Five tips for beating presentation anxiety

Making presentations in front of a group of people is feared worse than death by most people.  Literally.  There is an antidote!  It’s called practice and preparation.  It is the only thing that will beat presentation anxiety.  Here are some tools that can help your preparation: Start with the kindest audience Once you know what … More Five tips for beating presentation anxiety

Productivity Tips: Outlook Easter Eggs!

The best features in Outlook 2010 are not social network updates or  threaded conversations, though those are invaluable.  The best features are the little-noticed “Clean Up” and “Ignore”.  In 2008 on this very blog I pined for official versions of these features’ early incarnations, Thread Compressor and Thread Killer.  Now that these features have made it … More Productivity Tips: Outlook Easter Eggs!

Falling Down the Mountain: Seattle’s Beloved Radio Station Makes a Slow Descent

In the age of iPods, satellite and internet radio, the notion of FM radio station programming directors hand picking music playlists almost seems quaint.  Radio advertising is a throwback to times when the captive consumer had no choice but to be yelled at. So if my iPod docks directly on my alarm clock, why do I continue to listen … More Falling Down the Mountain: Seattle’s Beloved Radio Station Makes a Slow Descent

The worst job I ever had: UPS customer counter at Christmas

In honor of the Christmas season, I’m pulling out an oldie but a goodie out of the archives.  The following is a 100% true story I wrote for my personal web site back in 1997 before the days of blogs.  Enjoy. The worst job I ever had was a temp job working the customer counter … More The worst job I ever had: UPS customer counter at Christmas

It Gets Better

Hi.  My name is Ann.   I grew up gay in Texas in the 1980’s.  It wasn’t easy but I made it through.  And I’m here to tell you that it gets better. I always knew I was different.  I was absolutely wired this way.  My first crush was on a girl named Dena when I … More It Gets Better