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Your Story Matters: leading and living your creative best

Welcome—so glad you’re here. Do you, like me, want to work more creatively, lead lightly, be productive, and design the life you want to live? Are you curious about how storytelling can help you can engage others and shape meaning? If so, I hope you enjoy these posts and I look forward to hearing from you!

Small talk

Small talk

Red alert: The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving in the U.S. is followed by Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and a ton of holiday parties. Which means you should get ready for small talk.This week, I did a little research for myself and discovered a secret three-step...

When wonder beats words

After a productive day writing, I was burnt out on words. My brain couldn't string any more together. Because most of my work involves words, "no more words" also meant no more work. I needed a break, but with other events coming up on my schedule, it had to be brief....

Don’t Photoshop Your Life

Don’t Photoshop Your Life

Over the past weeks, we’ve been forced to listen to a public biography that was photoshopped and edited to a polished, plasticized, perfection. Viewed through the lens of a storyteller, it was a lousy story. The main arc of the story, as much as I could listen to it,...

The Dummies Guide to Disrespect (15 tips)

The Dummies Guide to Disrespect (15 tips)

Enough!!  I hate to add anything to the pantheon of required government trainings, but I figured a little handbook was urgently needed at congressional hearings, so I created something you can keep in front of you at committee meetings, hearings, or public events...

A wedding to remind us what matters

A wedding to remind us what matters

This weekend I went to a wedding that broke my heart apart and made it sing. I don't think I ever, Laughed, cried and cheered so much at a wedding. Been so engulfed in a supportive community. Witnessed a pre-wedding, theatre-worthy performance with songs, story, and...

How to support a friend in need

How to support a friend in need

As I’m writing this, my friend Susan Partnow’s husband is having a laryngectomy, a difficult surgery that will take away his ability to speak, except through devices, and hopefully spare him from the cancer that has been hiding in his vocal cords. Susan and her family...

Want more time? Go slow…

Want more time? Go slow…

A colleague once shared a Montana saying. Question: How do you make cows move fast? Answer: Slowly It was one of the days. I was not succeeding in fitting life into the time available. Maybe I should have known that my jazzy new Adobe podcast editing software,...

Do you have FOF? (Fear of feedback?)

Do you have FOF? (Fear of feedback?)

Turns out a lot of us are feedback phobic. I rarely talk about my affliction (the first step in recovery: acknowledge the problem), because clients know me as someone who has taught others how to give and receive feedback. But it's not hard to tell someone else to be...

How to keep your creative spirit from getting buried

How to keep your creative spirit from getting buried

Last week, I received this letter from a dear friend: Dear Sally, I'm a wreck. How many times have I heard someone say, "On your deathbed, you won't wish you spent more time at work." But guess what? Today, I wish I could have even gotten to my work.  My new saying is...

A question to guide your birthday

A question to guide your birthday

I'm writing this on my birthday, pausing to reflect on what it is to grow older. I'm not yet ready to share my age, which is odd because I believe in claiming your age. At Ignite Seattle this past May, I closed my talk by inviting audience members, in one...

Does your work make you better?

Does your work make you better?

In her stunning collection of essays (highly recommended) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett offers us this simple, yet profound question about marriage she received from her friend, Edra. Quoting Ann: “Does your husband make you a better person?”...

A little retreat from the heat

A little retreat from the heat

  Some like it hot. I do not. Or at least, not anymore. When I was a kid, swimming was my passion. Those hot, muggy New Jersey summer days often meant time splashing around at the beach or in the pool. Alas, my thermostat reset after I moved to the Northwest, and I no...

How often and when should you take a break?

How often and when should you take a break?

    Who needs a break from work? I do. We all do, probably more than we know. But when should we take those breaks, and for how long, to keep our performance rolling during the day? When you search online you'll find a wealth of expert-sounding opinions, with...

Your blog is an ongoing tonic for the soul, and a reminder of what’s possible.

Stephen Silha

Filmmaker, journalist, Big Joy Productions

Wow! You keep writing the most pertinent, passionate, and clear articles I have the pleasure to read. Bravo!

Doug Lipman

Story Dynamics

As always, Sally, I am dazzled and inspired by the elegance, eloquence and relevance of your writing…

BIll Veltrop

Founder, Global GEAnet

“Just a quick note to say that yours is the only newsletter in my inbox worth reading.”

Nitya Wahklu, Visual Strategist, Portland

Meet Sally

She’s an inspiring communicator, an original thinker, she weaves big ideas and practical examples together to help her clients take their next big step forward. She teaches leadership presence by modeling it. 

She is visionary and practical, vulnerable and solid, accessible and real.  A perpetual learner herself, she’s not afraid to take risks to develop the talents of her clients.

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