Take Control of Your Time

Do you ever feel like time is in control of you instead of the other way around? This is exactly how I felt most of my adult life – until recently. So what changed? It’s very simple. I started deciding how I was going to structure and spend my time much more deliberately and thoughtfully. […]

What is a work funnel?

Have you ever given any real thought to how you secure work? If you trace backward and consider each step of the process that had to happen to get you there, you’ll most likely discover that you have one or more processes that you go through over and over. A “work funnel” diagram is basically a […]

Public Speaking 101

Public speaking is a powerful way to build any business. Not only does it establish you as an expert, it also allows you to be seen and heard by many people – in the same amount of time that it would have taken you to sit down with one single person for a coffee. About a […]

Working with a Designer: Get the Results You Want!

Back in 2011 when I released my first solo jazz album (here it is if you’re curious), I hadn’t yet begun designing album artwork myself – so I hired a professional graphic designer to design it for me (her name is April Kuo and she did an amazing job by the way). But what I […]

Networking for Introverts

The networking introvert. Now there’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one. If you’re an introvert like I am – or just someone who hates networking – you’ve come to the right place. Because while most introverts feel like networking is something they could never actually enjoy – my aim with this blog post is […]

The Great Payoff of Improving Your Typing Skills

So what is this big payoff? you might be wondering. Some people argue that it’s a time saver. For example, if you’re a slow typer who writes many emails throughout the day, doubling your typing speed could in theory cut the time you spend writing those emails in half. However, my reason for encouraging people […]

Be More Productive!

Ever notice how the hours in a day have a way of disappearing? Some days I have a long mental list of the things I’m going to accomplish between morning and night – but despite my efforts, at the end of the day I often feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface. This week’s […]

Spring Clean Your Website in 5 Steps

It’s that time of the year again – time for spring cleaning. Here are five ways in which you can spruce up your website, all in the name of springtime. 1) Throw old news in the trash. You know what happens when you leave something in the fridge for too long? Well the same thing happens […]

How to Deal with Difficult People

Come across a grumpy dwarf of sorts recently? I did – and let me tell you, it was not fun. Difficult (or even downright mean) people sometimes cause us to buy into what they’re saying – to believe them when they say that we’re no good, or incompetent, or whatever not-so-nice things they might be […]

10 Tips For a Great Newsletter

Do you write an email newsletter? Want people to actually open and read it? How about even look forward to it? Then this blog post is for you. In my experience, many people write newsletters in which they predominantly talk about themselves – and while there’s nothing wrong with that, if your objective is to […]