Twirling Tiger Tales

A blog with tips on how to create
fierce content marketing, at work or at play.

In seventh grade, a small group of us students concocted a daylong game. We raised our hands during every classroom lesson to ask the teacher a succession of questions that began with the word “why.” “Why did the author spend two pages describing his dinner when a paragraph would do?” “Why does that formula work?” “Why exactly are we learning about British colonization of India?” Our goal: See how many why questions it took to...

‘Why’ Don’t We Delve Deeper into Brand Journalism

There are times when I find solace tinkering with design and copy details in my role as a creative director. I find that precision sows a mindful state. While paying great attention to details is essential, there is something equally practical to consider during every phase of a project: the end goal. Author and marketer Seth Godin aptly offered an example of moving beyond project details in a recent blog post by stating: “I’m pretty...

Never Lose Sight of Your End Goal

“No,” I said, followed by a litany of reasons about why not: “I’m on a deadline … just too busy … there’s a complicated photo shoot in San Diego today and I need to be on-call for the photographer, plus I just don’t feel like going for a walk now.” He pawed at my shoe, lifted his head slowly, and flashed his bulging Boston Terrier eyes. My dog clearly understands a commanding “no.” What he...

Overcoming the Discomfort of Delivering and Receiving a “No”

Most of us don’t treat our passwords like we do Social Security numbers or credit card numbers. But we should. Just because we can change passwords at will—or sometimes by policy—doesn’t mean these secret codes aren’t valuable on the dark web. On the contrary, pairing a username and password is a powerful tool in a malicious hacker’s toolkit. Use a stolen credit card number or someone’s unique numeric identifier, and transactions are likely to shut...

Don’t Treat Passwords Lightly

I could write a blog post about my usual topics intended to help you maintain a balance between your career and your personal life, or how to create compelling content marketing and use powerful imagery designed to influence your target audience. But, there is a global digital-culture phenom to acknowledge—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. I’m one of Zelensky’s 16.8M (and rising) followers on Instagram. I also consume any-platform news stories about Zelensky’s relentless defense of Ukraine’s independence...

Digital-Culture Phenom in Our Midst  —  Ukrainian President Zelensky

One of my favorite April activities is spring cleaning. It’s not that I enjoy sorting, donating or tossing and then cleaning down an area from ceiling to floor. I just love how I feel when the annual task is done, and I again enjoy my freshly scrubbed surroundings. With so many of us now permanently working from home or some hybrid, it’s easy for papers, boxes, files and dirt to pile up. Here are some...

Spring Cleaning: What to Purge and What to Keep

I recently had the honor of being a judge for a national design competition. Each design submission I reviewed in my assigned category included an array of elements such as imagery, font usage, color palettes, headlines and body copy, and the graphic design that pulled it all together. I found one tiny but crucial thing missing … something can be set in a font as small as 7-point … and something that can be a...

Tell Me Where Your Images Are From

Most of us are familiar with the term catfished, thanks to a documentary and cable TV show about people who engage in romantic relationships based on fraud. What isn’t as well-known are people catfished at work. Such was the case for employees who took virtual jobs with a British startup and worked for up to six months without receiving payment. Dozens of people who lost their jobs during the pandemic eagerly accepted job offers from...

How to Avoid Being Catfished at Work

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