James D. Robertson
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I wonder if you would be kind enough to share with me your definition of "good writing?" While I agree your suggestions have merit - perhaps assist in a more imaginative approach to the subject at hand - I don't, however, see how their ability to transport writing to foolscap in a more graceful, grammatical manner takes place
6 days, 17 hours ago on Improve Your Writing with Six Writerly Hobbies
Is it safe to say, "communicators never make the same mistake ONCE?" Since words are not in their meanings rather in how we use them - communication is not as easy as it would appear. Before communication can take place there must be understanding. This may normally be achieved by having your directive repeated back to you as many times as necessary to satisfy yourself/communicator that the spirit and letter of your direction is clearly set forth. A LOT OF PRAYER AT THIS POINT WILL PROBABLY BE IN ORDER!!!!!!!
1 week ago on Kelly Blazek Proves Communicators Have One Chance to Get it Right
@ginidietrich @AbbieF Never forget there is a difference between a manager and a leader and the subject on the table is leadership not management. For starters managers are generally interested in the bottom line and people are a necessary evil. Leaders are generally interested in people and how best to get the most out of them in order to meet the bottom line. This vignette inspired by the line ...Sometimes as managers....
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Over-Communicate to Be a Better Leader
Leaders are not paid for what they do rather they are paid for what they can get others to do. If you have a chief of staff who cant handle office gossip etc. then you need to look to yourself to see that you are providing the proper instruction. Leaders are too busy to get involved in office minutiae. If you are spending a great deal of time with ONE account - how do you know what's happening to your other accounts? Leaders are too expensive to be involved with nuts and bolts when they are charged with building a whole car.
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes MY friends and I are political gadflies. We are active in most campaigns on one side or the other and in the interest of getting our message out we produce literature germane to the our candidates' position. We have discovered by direct contact with our constituency most of it is not read. We found almost anything over two minutes (120) words) reading time is all but DOA. But if our candidate is lacking name recognition and a limited budget we must put something in the hands of the voters he can paste on his refrigerator door so he can refresh himself on the candidate's position/s just before going to the polls. And an 11X17 four fold is overkill. Believe me we know the "long and the short" of it. I am adamant in the thesis more people will read only short pieces than there are who read long pieces under an circumstance.
1 month ago on The Role of Long-Form Content in Brand Journalism
I am among the unwashed - a consumer! If you're out to impress me - then "Tell me what you're going to tell me - then tell me - then tell me what you told me." I know "boilerplate" when I see it. And unless I'm intensely interested in the subject matter under discussion - I'm probably not going beyond the first paragraph.
I am not sports orientated but I was somehow snookered into watching the Super Bowl yesterday and therefore exposed to the worst collection of commercials I have ever seen. Now! If you're interested in what I think is a good commercial - Google Coca-Cola's 1979, 1min 3 second, "MEAN JOE GREENE" spot..
1 month ago on Gin and Topics: NFL Bad Lip Reading and Woman Dies of Brain Cancer
I am not sports orientated but I was snookered into watching the super bowl yesterday therefore was exposed to the worst collection of commercials I have ever seen. Now! If you're interested in what I think is a good commercial - Google up Cokes' "Mean Joe Green 20 second jobado!"
1 month ago on Gin and Topics: Special Super Bowl Edition
@belllindsay@jdrobertson I might add - what feeling of accomplishment do you (impersonal pronoun) get from closing an easy sale? On the other hand, Old Grouch requires all your - - skill and experience - there is a challenge here! And once (if) closed think of the bragging rights. To those of us who were in the business life suddenly became worthwhile.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on PR, Charles Dickens, and A Tale of Two Cities
There is an axiom - old and well worn: "The customer is always right" - even when wrong. A customer comes in and you ain't got what that customer expects you to have. Score one for him zip for you. Never, never, never say NO to him. How about, "hey, we ain't got what you're looking for but we got a cup of coffee, fresh brewed. Why don't you help yourself while we see if something else will do - or maybe find some one on the street who can help you out. So now you got a little guilt trip laid on him/her at the same time putting down little junior who is tired and driving his parents (your customers) nuts. So what now? Naturally, they take the Ford rather than the Chevy and tell all their friends what a great place to shop you have. But! Bite your tongue in such a circumstance; never, never, never use the word "NO" even if you don't have what the customer wants - - - - - I learned this from a very fine boss I had years ago. His admonition to me was, "Remember, we are merchants - if someone wants to buy your cash register - call me and I l'll make him think he's getting a bargain. That goes for the light bulbs in the ceiling or my car for that matter. He also had this tip: Never say to a customer, "You don't want to buy a shirt do you?" Say to the customer, "One shirt or two." Let the customer decide.
@ginidietrich@jdrobertson Thank you Ms. Dietrich, to catch your eye does much for the ego not to mention the attendant bragging rites conferred by your most generous declaration.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 11 Deadly Presentation Sins
Fly unzipped -
Inability to operate power point machine -
Power point machine not turned on -
Misspelled words on slides -
Too many slides -
Mysterious pin in lapel -
No tie - ill fitting clothes -
Demonstration items on table too close to edge - will they fall off?
Announcing there are ten easy steps to completing the project but in the interest of time we won't deal with all of them - THEN - proceed to go through each and every one in minute detail -
Never finish with,"...in conclusion...." because the audience knows that means you are just getting started -
And for Gods' sake, and mine - finish on time - I'm not much interested in anything you say after Mickey's big hand passes the appointed minute is done!
And as the King of Siam was heard to say, "etc-etc-etc."
Forgive my cynicism - Isn't the ...step up early, accept responsibility for your actions, embrace the sincere apology, and learn from your mistakes.... the get "get home free" card? An apology is a free ride! Screw up and apologize and all will be well - no punishment for you - so what's good about it? I spent many years (four decades) in the military and believe me an apology won't be left to stand alone. Punishment is swift and very final. If an apology is required for an indiscretion then a punishment suitable to fit the crime should/must be meted out.
I realize unfortunately there is a double standard. There is the janitor in the office who got his pay docked for accidently spilling a container of floor wax while cleaning the administration department's floor. Vs. the director of the department going over budget by 15 million dollars on a project who got a citation for bringing the project in on time. He stepped up bravely, apologized for the overrun and went out for a celebration drink.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Communications Perspectives from Classic Board Games
@theredheadsaid@jdrobertson Perhaps I could have presented my point in a more artful manner. I was trying to say there are forces outside the workplace exerting great influence on the worker bees. There is a not so small minority of workers who can't wait to get to work because they feel secure in an environment where there are rules and as long as the rules are followed they cannot get themselves into trouble. To them the outside (of the workplace) world is a chaotic mess.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Time Management: A Challenge to Make You More Productive
Could it be employees do not take vacation time because they love their job OR could it be they just don't have a happy home life or perhaps because they have a devious boss who'll transfer them to a lesser assignment out in the boonies the minute they walk out the door? Could it be their interests are so narrow they wouldn't know what to do or where to go if they were out on their own for a change of scenery. And since their storage space is so limited they'll just have to take their phone along with other various and sundry pieces of electronic equipment with them in the interest of security. Despite gorgeous ladies in gorgeous gowns, wonderful speakers and distinguished company I couldn't help noticing the other night at a big ticket restaurant 5 out of 6 diners had their phones glued to their ear and the rest made a place for them (phones) next to their knife and spoon in the event an important call comes in. Boorish, yes! Standard practice, yes! Nobody on the volley ball court just outside the window or in the pool or just enjoying each other's company. Hey! Have a great vacation! yippee! Wow! Let me know if you're having yet!
@Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich Ending a sentence with a preparation is one thing up with which I will not put!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Grammar Police: Twelve Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes
A curse on the Oxford comma - may the fleas of a thousand camels infest its armpits! The last book (only book) I wrote consists of 70,709 words. Of the 70,709 words; "and" appeared 2060 times; "that" 512 times; "more" 213 times. With a little imagination I was able eliminate all except a few. Next time you're (impersonal pronoun) working a new manuscript - pick a paragraph with a view toward removing those words even if you have to restructure the sentence. It is surprising how much smoother the read will be. Then if you have time call Oxford and suggest some new and novel idea as to the disposition of it's comma.
Ms Bell - Thank you for your kind words! I regret my tardiness in reply - BUT (always a butt - this time mine in a sling) - a couple of weeks ago I threw down the gauntlet in front of an errant SUV that took offense and promptly and efficiently made an attempt to run over my left leg almost succeeding. I got even by abandoning my attempt to establish a meaningful relationship with the stupid thing and had the paramedics transport me to the hospital where I now reside. And will reside for several more weeks. Given a little more time and I'll come forth with an offering more in keeping with your thoughtful musings! In the meantime have you had a chance look over the book I recommended a while back?
9 months, 3 weeks ago on CEOs: Team Leadership Training Starts at the Bottom
First and foremost: Prepare a PHYSCIAL organizational chart to be posted prominently on EVERY wall of EVERY person in the chain of command. The information contained thereon will be the specific duties of the people holding the position described in the box. No deviations! The chart is to be large, 500 point font if you must! Anywhere, anytime the project at hand is to be discussed - it will be discussed with that chart in sight. Physical copies will be carried to "away" meetings. Make it a rule no business will be conducted unless the chart is present, full size on the wall. This should materially keep the keep the non-profit on course bearing in mind "volunteers is as volunteers does."
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Cause-Related Marketing: When Doing Good Goes Bad
This guy either took a page from my book or I took a page from his - since I answer to four score and seven I will invoke my octogenarian-al privilege and claim he took a page from my book - go go go!!!!
10 months, 1 week ago on Mad Men: Ad Agency of the Future