Author: helen

Exercise Your Writing Muscles: Mini Writing Moments

By helen / On May 29, 2017 / In Media Kaleidoscope, Uncategorized

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Do you commute on public transportation, with long rides and time to yourself?  It’s a perfect time to capture a moment in writing. Whether it’s tapped out on your phone in the notepad or doodled in a beautifully bound notebook, write down an observation or a feeling, thought or reflection about the news or something […]


Nuts or Not? Better Speech Will Help You Get Ahead

By helen / On January 30, 2017 / In Media Kaleidoscope

Bread with text "Sometimes you have to leave out the nuts."

There is nothing worse than apologizing for your point of view before you make it. “Sorry, I don’t believe that will work. Basically, I mean, we should bake banana bread without nuts. Ya know?  I mean, nuts can be soooo dangerous. Sorry, it’s just so, I mean, bad for so many people…” Wouldn’t that statement […]


Be as Powerful as the President*

By helen / On January 11, 2017 / In Media Kaleidoscope

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In *President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago, he showed how powerful words can be. For anyone with an upcoming speech or presentation, his farewell address proved to be a master class in oratory, at once down to earth and soaring, practical and aspirational. His cadence, timing, and vocal variation were spot on. “It is […]


Power of Diversity for a Stronger Business

By helen / On October 20, 2016 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

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Businesses which embrace diversity and inclusion have a stronger bottom line. Studies show, whether it’s more women on boards or more ethnic, religious, gender, generational or the inclusion of the differently abled, diversity brings opportunity.With that on their minds, “The Power of Diversity for a Stronger Business”  was the talking point at the Metropolitan Business […]


Mission Storytelling: Powerful Stories That Move Us

By helen / On October 10, 2016 / In Media Kaleidoscope, Social Good

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Great charities have great stories. Does yours? Great stories come in multiple shapes and sizes. But they all have a few common foundational points: they are compelling and engaging, they are moving and seductive. They show vision or illustrate mission. The first level of storytelling is often “The Founder’s Story.” It’s the “how it all […]


What Speakers Can Learn from the Clinton-Trump Debate

By helen / On September 27, 2016 / In Media Kaleidoscope

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People watch debates for many reasons. Some to measure the platforms of the candidates against each other. Some to see how they think on their feet as questions are thrown at them by the moderator or their opponent. Others watch for sport, watching two gladiators in the arena. And still others watch as a backdrop […]


Story Behind HJ Media Logo

By helen / On September 16, 2016 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

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How many of you have initials side-by-side on a qwerty keyboard? I do and it has fascinated me from the time I was a child playing with my parents’ giant manual Underwood typewriter. It’s where my petit mother could type 100 words a minute without error. So my logo is a melding of old and […]


Digital Media: What is Content?

By helen / On July 18, 2016 / In Media Kaleidoscope

Newspapers, magazines and online content on a tablet showing the types of digital media content available

After speaking about “content” one day, a colleague remarked: “I hate that word ‘content! So vanilla. I mean, what does it mean anyway?” Good question. Maybe. There was a time when people simple wrote and that writing took printed or spoken forms. They were authors of books, newspaper reporters, magazine writers or playwrights. Some were […]


You Can’t Teach Curiosity

By helen / On May 3, 2016 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

A Scrabble Board with the word Curiosity and Teach

“You can’t teach curiosity,” I found myself saying to a colleague recently. We were discussing an inexperienced reporter who we wondered if we could help become a good journalist. As a career journalist and communicator, I often meet students and young journalists or consult with managers who either want to improve the quality of their […]


Six Degrees of Hillary Clinton

By helen / On November 10, 2015 / In HJ Media News, Media Kaleidoscope

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I heard an old-style phrase recently in a one-on-one meeting. We had looked at a company website where almost every face of leadership was a man. My colleague commented, “Not for anything, but they need a few more skirts.” Of course, I knew what he meant. “And that’s not all,” I commented, as it was […]