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Do you need a new solution to some problem that you keep getting stuck on?

"No problems" | image source: flickr user Eli Christman | cc by 2.0

“No problems” | image source: flickr user Eli Christman | cc by 2.0

Sometimes we have worked on a problem (issue, rut, etc.) for so long that we need a creative way of approaching the problem in order to get through it.

Here are five big questions that I’ve used to move from a pressing problem to a novel solution: Continue Reading…

In late January one of my long-distance friends and business mentors passed away. Rick Butts was 60.

I first “met” Rick when he co-hosted a webinar (live online event) with copywriter Ray Edwards in November 2012. During the next several months I spoke with him on the phone many times, read his books and learned from his experiences in business and professional keynote speaking.

In November 2013 I met Rick in person at a two-day small group business workshop he hosted in Denver, Colorado. Our discussions centered on his Wisdom Thesis® model of business development and communication. The Wisdom Thesis allows you to create a unique solution for an identifiable group of people so that you’re one-of-a-kind in your target market. I used the Wisdom Thesis to craft my philosophy for Macon The News (the newspaper I founded) and to write my very first article that appeared in issue one (January 21, 2015).

Ryan with Rick Butts, Denver, November 2013

Ryan with Rick Butts, Denver, November 2013

Rick was a great encourager. He helped me overcome the fear of trying new things in the marketplace. He taught me more about powerful inductive communication than my high school teachers. He was full of energy and wanted each of his students to do well. Rick served as a coach to many.

“In my humble, but accurate, opinion…” —a favorite phrase of Rick Butts

My last communication with Rick was mailing him a copy of the first issue of Macon The News and a short email explaining what we were doing. I did not receive a reply; I heard from two mutual friends of his passing. Rick had several tumors in his spine that created unbearable pain the past few weeks, and the doctors just discovered those as my mail was arriving at his house. Continue Reading…

In my previous post, I wrote about the differences between deductive and inductive reasoning. The question that naturally comes after that discussion is: which is better, deductive logic or inductive logic?

Are stories better than a three-point speech?

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The question you should ask instead is: Continue Reading…

Today’s article is part two of “Why You Need to Use Transformational Storytelling

I decided I was going to figure this whole story structure thing out.

Back in college I had a professor who always emphasized using stories for teaching. He taught us how to use the inductive method instead of the deductive method.

A few years ago this same professor gave a presentation about the differences between oral and literate cultures. I found all this fascinating and started to incorporate it into what I do.

The Difference Between Inductive and Deductive Methods of Communication

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What is it that you want for your future? When you are goal setting, what do you want to achieve?

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On Wednesday I posted a review of A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. Today’s post is inspired from my reading of that book.

When I compare story and plot with vision and goals, I see a big parallel.

A well-crafted goal, a target to shoot for, grants meaning to your day. If you wander around aimlessly, wondering what to do, you don’t have a sense meaning or purpose, right? Continue Reading…

The question before us today: What type of stories do we tell ourselves?

I constantly have a story in my mind about myself. It’s like an eight-track player. The songs change every few minutes, but after a while, the loop comes back around and I’m listening to the same tape over and over all day.

You experience this as well. Each one of us does. A loop that reminds you of who you believe you are, where you came from, and where you think you’re going.

Every day there’s a story in your head.

Occasionally, someone takes the eight-track tape out and puts another one in. It will keep looping, too. It’s the same artist, different album. The instruments and style of music are similar.

If you’re feeling great on a particular day, the music is advanced, upbeat, and full of major chords.

If you’re feeling down, the songs are unpolished, primitive, and full of unrealized potential.

Do you just leave yourself to circumstance to determine which tape plays over and over in your mind? Or can you do something to change this? Continue Reading…