Celebrating a Life

In her recent book The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker impels us to prepare well for our gatherings. She reminds us to probe with questions such as: Who is this event for? What do they most want to get from it? Whether preparing for an executive leadership retreat, a 90th birthday party, or a virtual […]

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What Jane is Reading: Parker Palmer’s Newest Book

by Jane Vella with Valerie Uccellani On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old  by Parker Palmer, 2019 From Jane:  I found this a delightful, informative, funny, inspiring and honest book. Parker is a contemporary of mine (I’m his older sister!) so I discovered that his themes, his laughter, his stories and mine […]

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade

I could have titled this blog post “The Travelling Consultant’s Nightmare” but I’ve opted for “Turning Lemons into Lemonade.” This is a story of turning a bad story into a good one! When you were a child, did you ever hear the riddle: What’s the most important thing to have at a party? Common answers […]

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Intentionality in Communications

Sometimes writing flows like a river findings its natural path. We are clear about who we’re communicating with and the effect we hope it will have on the reader. This feels good to us as communicators, and feels right to the reader. Unfortunately, the river doesn’t always flow so easily. We draft and delete, write […]

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Five Tips for Strategic Communication

Strategic communication can encompass so much. In this brief tip sheet we focus specifically on e-newsletters. However, they can be helpful for any strategic communication.​       1.  Start with a creative brief A creative brief clarifies what you’re going to develop and why. Even if you think everyone’s already clear about what you’re […]

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