Encounter bats

No… it’s not an episode of “When Animals Attack.”  I’m talking about a confrontational therapy tool from the 70’s.  These cloth-covered foam encounter bats were used for anger and aggression release, allowing two people to have a “safe and fair fight”. They could also be used to hit pillows, chairs and in my case… little…

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Talk to me

Marketing is about show business.  You spend time and money to put on a show that will hopefully lead to business.  But is your company really welcoming customers with open arms when they arrive? In his blog post on the “Death of Retail”, Stephen Richardson makes the point that big retail chains are trying to…

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Life tasting

Connoisseurs know how to taste fine wine.  You look at it, swish it, smell it, say something intelligent, close your eyes, take a sip, let it sit on your tongue and then… spit it out?  What’s up with that?!  Apparently this practice allows you to taste many more wines at the same sitting without getting…

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Father’s Day fish story

Click to watch this 8-minute “story with a point” video.  I’d like to dedicate it to my father, Jim Goad, who organized a memorable fishing trip in March.  Added bonus:   My dad’s stated secret to happiness… “Looking forward to waking up each day, and finding something positive to be thankful for.”  Thanks Dad!      …

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Hook, line and stinker

The Popeil Pocket Fisherman!  Who remembers the amazing invention that captivated the nation with late night commercials in the late 70s?  Will you admit that you actually owned one?  Did you know they still sell them today? For the uninformed – Ron Popeil (Ronco), a highly successful inventor and early infommercial millionaire, unveiled a fishing…

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