A writer is …

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann A great quote, courtesy of Michael Wade at Execupundit. Mann was a German writer famous for Death in Venice (remember the strangely haunting Dirk Bogarde film?) and The Magic Mountain. The latter made me aware of […]

Stories for powerful presentations – Nicholas Bate

As part of his Awesome Presenting 50 series, Nicholas Bate reminds us: More stories. Definitely more stories. Stories are memorable: they have links, flow, drama. They are easy to remember. Bullets are forgettable.   Remember! Read the rest, here.   Photo by Mark Rasmuson on Unsplash

Magicians and neuromarketers – @rogerdooley

Neuromarketing expert Roger Dooley has a great post on the lessons we can  learn from stage magicians For example: The Unexpected Attracts Us When I watch a magician, I’m always trying to pay close attention to spot any shady moves. So is the rest of the audience. It’s rare to spot a skilled magician’s tricks, […]

The power and importance of imagery @TheTimes #Writing

An interesting piece from yesterday’s Times on the power of vivid imagery to engage and influence. Ancient literary critics called this quality enargeia, the ability to instil a scene so powerfully in the reader’s mind that they feel as though they are living through it themselves. Psychologists studying how 402 people responded to classic Japanese haikus […]

Time, forgetting and incubation – Oliver Sacks on creativity @Brainpicker #Writing

Maria Popova’s BrainPickings.org has an interesting piece on creativity and Oliver Sacks’ essay on the subject. It takes a special energy, over and above one’s creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction once one is settled. It is a gamble as all creative projects must be, for the […]

The weight of paper

One of my corporate clients is an icon of the virtual world, a pioneer that took a process as old as civilisation itself – the visceral exchange of cold, hard cash – and converted it into a convenience of clicks and bits. The firm’s customers love it and it invests heavily in supportig them with […]

Dived or dove? I say not you are wrong. #Writing

Here’s an interesting piece on the evolution of grammar. It’s more random that you think. The study also revealed that a flower today is more likely to be “smelled” rather than “smelt” and that the neighbour’s cat probably “dove” behind the sofa – although, as Plotkin notes, British felines remain more likely to have dived. […]

Richard Thaler, Nudge and the Nobel prize for economics #Writing #ContentMarketing

Richard Thaler, one of the founders of behavioural economics, is the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Economics. As co-author (with Cass Sunstein) of the book Nudge, Thaler has had a huge impact on the field of influence whether in government (the UK government, under David Cameron, established the Behavioural Insights team in 2010) […]

Rock and roll rhetoric: Lions

Red sun going down, way over dirty town Starlings they’re sweeping around, crazy shoals Yes and a girl is there, high heeling out across the square The wind, it blows around in her hair and the flags upon the poles Lions (Knopfler), Dire Straits “High heeling out across the square”, not walking or striding in high […]

Beautiful image – @ToddDiemer

Just because. I was searching for something else on my favourite image site, Unsplash.com, and I came across this beautiful image by photographer Todd Diemer. I thought it was too good not to share. Photo by Todd Diemer on Unsplash  

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