We’ve all witnessed social media trolls. They swoop in when they sense weakness or just for the sport of enjoying your misery. They pick fights with you and your followers, criticize, mock, attack, and put down. They are social media’s playground bullies. Their sole purpose is to annoy their victims as much as possible, either for laughs or because they, well… have mental health problems and/or empty, dull lives.
More often than not, they succeed.
They succeed because of your negativity bias.
Negativity bias is not your fault. It’s the way your brain is wired. In my article, How Not…
Are you a new writer who wants to become more skilled? Do you want to attract high caliber readers and influencers with your words? Do you want to write like a professional writer?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I’m want to share the three things I see newbie writers do that make them look like amateurs. Make a habit of cleaning these three boo-boos up and your writing will be taken more seriously.
I’ve been writing professionally and/or teaching writing for over 30 years. I’m the first to admit that the English language is evolving; new…
Are you smart? Of course you are! You are reading and writing on Medium. You are reading other people’s articles because you’re curious and you are hungry for knowledge.
I used to believe the best measures of my intelligence were external: grades on a report card, scores on tests, promotions at work, how much money I was being paid.
Then, on the cusp of my 50th birthday, I sustained a brain injury. I lost my ability to read and write. I developed aphasia, which means I may know the word I want to use in my head, but I can’t…
I was jogging around the entrepreneurial block when many of my self employed colleagues were still in diapers. I’ve seen jargon come and go, but I’ve never seen as much nauseatingly cute business jargon as I have in the last couple of years.
Specifically, the term bossbabe is too precious and silly for me to take anyone who uses it seriously.
Perhaps the reason for the explosion of bossbabes is that more people than ever are working side hustles (a loathsome piece of jargon for a part-time venture, but I’ll use it because many in my audience use it). Many…
Meet my friend Jen. She’s an artist, writer, creative genius, life coach, and foodie. I’ve probably missed a few things because there is little Jen hasn’t done…yet.
Jen and I have little in common. She can’t stand the music I like. I’m not a fan of her favorite boho fashions. She is a dancer and former professional figure skater and exudes physical grace. I look like I have a large stick up my you-know-what when I attempt any dance or perform any athletic activity that requires bending. She’s into new age philosophies and authors. I am not. …
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I see it every day. And I’ve fallen prey to it myself.
I call it DIN syndrome. Do It Now syndrome. It creates quite a din in the human brain. Go ahead, tell me your brain is different. You can multitask effectively because that’s who you are. I call BS. You are deluding yourself.
As technology allows us to do more things at once than we ever could, the myth of multitasking grows too. And there’s neuroscientific research to prove multitasking is as much of a myth as the tooth fairy.
Repeat after me:
I don’t multitask. I switch my…
30-year paid writing veteran. 2x TEDx talker, adjunct professor, keynote speaker. TBI survivor & advocate. Loves neuroplasticity & cupcakes.