storytelling

I Had the Most Unforgettable High School Graduation Experience

I Had the Most Unforgettable High School Graduation Experience

30 years ago today, I was standing on the grass above my high school football field waiting in line to graduate. Standing in front of me was my friend, Erik Franklin, and in our hands were pieces of paper with our names on them.

I was thrilled that Mr. Babel, the business teacher at the high school, was going to be reading off the names to the crowd. He went to high school with my Dad so I knew that for once my last name would not get botched.

I'm Renaming My Phone "Phony" • "30 Days of Focus" Day 2

I'm Renaming My Phone "Phony" • "30 Days of Focus" Day 2

Quite often when I talk to my Dad on the phone, I’m doing my dishes. I know how unbelievably loud that can be, so I either have the water on low and I try to move the dishes quietly or I put him on mute at points during our call. The latter means I’m constantly wiping my hands off to turn the mute button back so he can hear me, which I’ll admit is a little ridiculous.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 26: It Can't Hurt to Ask

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 26: It Can't Hurt to Ask

Quite often, I work with clients who become friends or friends who become clients. I love it, but sometimes things can get a little tricky, especially when it comes to money.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 24: Sick Days and The Showcase Showdown

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 24: Sick Days and The Showcase Showdown

When I was a kid, I rarely took a sick day. It may have only happened once or twice and when it did, you better believe watching “The Price is Right” was on the agenda.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 21: My Version of March Madness

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 21: My Version of March Madness

I’m heading to the airport at 7:30 a.m. to surprise my mom for her 75th birthday in Florida. My father, two younger sisters and I have tried to surprise her in the past with limited success. She’s pretty smart and picks up on the subtlest of things.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 14: Step Back Before You Do Something You'll Regret

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 14: Step Back Before You Do Something You'll Regret

I try my best to respond to people as quickly as I can and be helpful whenever I can. However, my desire to help people out can get me into trouble sometimes. I know that seems counter-intuitive, but hear me out.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 12: Spring Cleaning My Inbox

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 12: Spring Cleaning My Inbox

As I pointed out in yesterday’s post, I realized that I’ve been saying more to things that are distracting me than telling people no (although I’m doing that, too.) See? That’s the beauty of doing a challenge like this. You see what unfolds and how it applies to different areas of your life.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 5: What Would We Do Without MySpace?

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 5: What Would We Do Without MySpace?

Lately I’ve been working from home a lot and while I love it for the incredible focus I get, I can get a little down from time to time. I’m a complete extrovert and feed off of other people, so going to my co-working space can remedy that in no time, but it can also get me into trouble. Since I love people so much, I also love to talk to them (A LOT) and that can get me off schedule.

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 3: What Would Susan Lucci Do?

30-Day Just Say No Challenge Day 3: What Would Susan Lucci Do?

When The Moth (a popular storytelling series based in New York City) has a theme for one of their Story SLAMS (an open mic) that is perfect for one of my stories, I get tickets tout de suite.

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 28: In Rob We Trust

30-Day Trust Challenge Day 28: In Rob We Trust

Storytelling is not just about entertaining people, it’s about connecting. It’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about it. I love connecting with people in a very real way, especially when I share one of my personal stories.