Author Archives: Jay Morris

Start your day in a good mood and get more done

How does your day start? Meditation? Exercise? Reading? Or maybe you have to get the kids ready for school, solve a family crisis or battle traffic. Arriving at work with a positive attitude isn’t always easy—especially if your day starts with an … Continue reading

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Can’t think of a good lead? Try writing a story

Remember those boring expository writing assignments in high school? Everything had to fit neatly into a three-step formula: 1) an introductory paragraph with a thesis, 2) supporting paragraphs and 3) a conclusion that summarized your ideas. Those kinds of essays are … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: ‘The Victory for what it lost and gained’

I’ve never lost a family member or friend to war. So it is hard for me to imagine the feelings Memorial Day must stir up in those who have been close to someone who never came home. Robert Frost lost … Continue reading

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Standing with others may be the first step to helping them

I have been thinking these last few days about a quotation attributed to the German writer Goethe: “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you … Continue reading

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In sales, the first or last person up may have an advantage

Is there an advantage to being the first or last person when giving a presentation, interviewing for a job or making a sales call? You might think that it wouldn’t make much difference, but it turns out that it does. … Continue reading

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‘Because you matter’

A small group I’m in has been reading Father Gregory Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which is based on Boyle’s 25-plus years of work with gang members in East Los Angeles. Boyle is the founder of … Continue reading

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Do you have the rights to that photo you’re posting?

When’s the last time you posted a photo to your Facebook page? If you’re like many Facebook users, it may have been just a few minutes ago. It turns out we’re uploading images on social media at mind-boggling rates. A … Continue reading

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Does writing well still matter? Let me count the ways

Kudos to Deborah Brody of Deborah Brody Marketing Communications for launching a new feature called “On Writing.” Each month, she’s interviewing a communications professional on the craft of writing and then posting the interview on her blog. This month, I had the pleasure of discussing why writing well still … Continue reading

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Mountaintop experiences and valley duties

This past weekend, I spent some time in New Jersey—first on Long Beach Island and then in the Pine Barrens. It was cloudy and rainy when we walked along the shore, one of those days where the sky and sea … Continue reading

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