Tricks of the trade

At work, my department handles the coordination and execution of most of our company’s North American trade show participation. Accordingly, it’s fair to say I’ve attended a few of these shows (and then some). While you might think that trade shows...

Covered under warranty

I can’t believe it. I bought an extended warranty and it paid off. Apparently, a couple of parts on my car are at the beginning stages of failure–nothing critical, I’ve been assured–and with 11,000 miles left on my extended warranty, my service...

Know where you’re going

French class is over. My bike ride is complete. The Warrior Dash is behind me. I seem to be in a place of suspended animation, as so many of my much-anticipated events begin to fade in my memory. Homework and training took up a significant portion of my non-working,...

Time to redecorate

A woman I know went through an intense period of dissatisfaction with her job. It lasted several years, during which time she applied for every open position at her company. Whenever a new job was posted, the hiring manager would see her resume. Unfortunately, there...

At a loss for words

I read something the other day that set me back on my heels for a bit. According to a blurb in my (admittedly old) marketing research textbook, there are about 600,000 words in the English language, but 50 words account for 40 percent of usage. Further 16,000 words...