Business Words Losing Meaning

by Tim Berry

Sometimes words and phrases lose their meaning. They get so diluted by overuse that they end up meaning nothing at all. And that’s important to track when we use them in business. I first noticed that phenomenon back in the early 1980s with the phrase “user friendly,” as in “user-friendly” software. That phrase was so... Read More »

The Beauty Of Data Visualization

by Tim Berry

I really like business charts. I think I always have. I’ve been in the business of communicating about numbers for a long time. And here is a master of it. David McCandless, a British journalist, also calls himself “a data detective,” and we see why in his Ted talk shown here, The Beauty Of Data... Read More »

Good News, Bad News, And True Story on Blogging and Editors

by Tim Berry

The good news and bad news about blogging is editing and editors. Good news: anybody can blog without going through an editor as a gatekeeper. Back in the old days we used to strive to “get published.” Now we just publish. Hooray, we’re free. Bad news: nobody is so good that good professional editing doesn’t... Read More »

3 Blog Titles and One Novel in a Single Sentence

by Tim Berry

This sentence was at the end of the lead paragraph: In this Q&A, he warns of the classic mistakes of manager-wannabe-leaders, the perils of too many bullets and not enough Zen, and why CEOs are like dogs. Isn’t that great writing? Doesn’t it make you want to read on? There are three blog titles in... Read More »

Journalism and Blogging: Both Sides Now

by Tim Berry

Jolie O’Dell is a journalist who blogs. She cares about journalism, I gather, because of the way she writes about it in posts like How to Tell a journalist from a Blogger and Not all bloggers are journalists and not all journalists are jerks on her own blog. Most of the time, though, she’s a... Read More »

Twitter Didn’t Invent Hilarious One-Liners

by Tim Berry

I just read The Rise of Comedy on Twitter on Mashable. The tweets they reproduce there make me jealous. I love Twitter, but I’m not funny on Twitter, or at least not on purpose. But then I’m not particularly funny off Twitter either. And then there’s also Top 7 Hilarious Fake Tweets on Huffington Post a... Read More »

The Problem With Crowd Sourcing is Crowds

by Tim Berry

Crowd sourcing sounds good to me, but then I remember, we humans are a difficult bunch. We like complaining more than praising. We post nasty, negative, and aggressively personal comments on blogs. We’re easily swayed by a few bad apples. Anonymity makes us really mean. Revenge makes us happy. And we behave particularly badly in... Read More »

5 Words You Probably Misuse in Business Writing

by Tim Berry

Did you ever look in a mirror after a business meeting and discover a glaringly obvious piece of food in your teeth? Or a coffee stain where you hadn’t seen it before? You know that embarrassing feeling you get at that moment? That’s how you look when you misuse the language. Yes, I know, many... Read More »

Zen Habits and the Art of Focus

by Tim Berry

Every so often I’m struck with the beauty and eloquence of simplicity. Like this blog, this post, this simple look and feel: I particularly liked this post, but it reminded me that the blog itself, zenhabits, is a wonderful example of how well focus actually works within a real business, small business, context. As the... Read More »

Say it Ain’t So Joel

by Tim Berry

This is disturbing on several levels. No, I don’t know Joel Spolsky but I feel like I do because I’ve been reading his work for years. He’s not just an expert on software development, he’s a very good writer and thinker. I’ve quoted him a lot. So what’s disturbing? In Let’s Take This Offline Joel’s... Read More »