Pound Puppies

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Look at these pups waiting for a family in the parking lot of the local PetSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It took all of my willpower not to adopt at least one of these little guys.

 

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Thanksgiving Crock-Pot

Slow roasting my turkey this year in the Crock Pot®

I know that I am cutting it close by waiting to go grocery shopping today, but hopefully I’ll snag a perfect turkey – not too big or too small – because this year, the plan is to roast my bird in the one and only Crock-Pot®. And I am getting even more excited for the big day tomorrow watching Food Network’s special #ThanksgivingLive for some last minute tips and ideas. Will post my progress with lots of photos here and on Instagram so check back to see how the feast comes together!

“I Have a Dream”

Nancy Duarte at HubSpot's Annual Inbound Marketing Conference in Boston

Nancy Duarte breaks down the story structure and brilliance behind the famous “I Have a Dream” speech at Inbound 2013 during her session “Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences”

I recently had the opportunity to see Nancy Duarte speak about how to change the world through visual storytelling at HubSpot’s Inbound 2013 so today’s post is in honor of the 50th anniversary of the “I have a Dream” speech .

Nancy explains that there is a common thread throughout greatest speeches in history, a structural architecture that helps us understand how remarkable communicators like Steve Jobs, Evita, and of course – Martin Luther King Jr. transformed the world through the art of visual storytelling. Essentially, for an idea to transform the norm it needs a story line that ebbs and flows between the “What Is” (the status quo) and “What Could Be” (the bliss) using repetition, metaphors that create scenes with words, familiar songs, scriptures, and political reference to ignite the audience and inspire change. Though this session at Inbound 2013 last week isn’t online – you can see a very similar presentation on TEDx. “I Have a Dream” starts at the 11:52 mark.