Author Archives: Jay Morris

Stand and deliver: how to give impromptu remarks like a pro

You’re at a meeting, a retirement party, an awards banquet, a birthday celebration, a wedding, a funeral—any place where people are gathered. Suddenly you hear your name called. Then the dreaded, “Can you say a few words…” You’re not prepared. You … Continue reading

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‘The blissful cloud of summer-indolence’

The other day, when I should have been working, I picked up a paperback that had been lying around the house—Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Normally, I don’t give much credence to book blurbs, but I have … Continue reading

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So you want to be a CEO?

Last month, an article I wrote on “Tomorrow’s Leaders” landed on the cover of The Federal Credit Union magazine, NAFCU’s bimonthly publication. Back in August, when I was interviewing credit union CEOs for the piece, I shared some of their “secrets” here on … Continue reading

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10 ways to step out of your comfort zone

I read a LinkedIn post recently by Paul Lanigan on why it’s important to step out of your comfort zone if you want to be successful (“Are you smothering your own success?”). His piece had lots to say to me … Continue reading

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Old dogs and new tricks: One generation sharpens another

Last week, Shira Harrington of Purposeful Hire spoke about generational differences at an IPRA luncheon. Listening to her talk, I was transported back to the early days in my career when beat-up old reporters ran PR shops and the typewriter was the … Continue reading

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Eliminate the inessentials and focus on the essentials

Sitting in a client meeting this past week, I realized that so much of our success as managers and leaders lies in determining what we can realistically accomplish—and what we can’t. Like most successful organizations, this client has talented people, lots of ideas, … Continue reading

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Designers are the unsung heroes of communications

I’ve been working on a white paper for one of my clients, and this past week I got to see how the designer turned my copy into a fresh, reader-friendly piece that really pops. I was truly amazed by the … Continue reading

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Breathing life into the Valley of Dry Bones

“Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” – Ezekiel 37:5 My visits to Greensville Correctional Center, Virginia’s largest prison, remind me of one of Ezekiel’s visions. It’s the one in Ezekiel 37 where God restores a … Continue reading

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Libraries can teach us something about customer experience

When’s the last time you went to the library, and what did you go for? If you’re like most Americans, you’ve used your local library’s services at least once over the past 12 months to borrow books or other media, … Continue reading

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