Monthly Archive: February 2017

How to Defeat Writer’s Block

You’re sitting at your desk, nervous and probably in a silent panic. You’ve got a deadline fast approaching, and you don’t know what you want to write about a given topic—if you even have a topic in the first place….
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Texana Thursday: Eavesdropping on Texas History

What moment in Texas history would you have liked to have witnessed—to have been a fly on the wall—and why? Dr. Mary L. Scheer, a Lamar University history professor, thought it made an interesting question. She reached out to fellow…
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Texana Thursday: Remembering Jack Valenti

He might not have had a starring role in politics or the movies, but it’s fair to say that Jack Valenti was a key member of the cast. Valenti was a Houstonian. He grew up on Alamo Street, near downtown….
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Powering Up Your PowerPoint Slides and Presentations

You’re in a team meeting. The presenter calls up his PowerPoint slides. The graphics are blurry. The slides themselves are disorganized, unclear, and verbose. The speaker is so wrapped up in reading the text on his slides, it doesn’t seem…
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Are You Making These Mission Statement Mistakes?

We’ve all seen organizational or personal mission statements. In some cases, they are front and center. In other cases, they are hidden, and it’s clear that they are little more than an afterthought. Through their clarity, direction, and guidance, mission statements can…
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Texana Thursday: Perry Mason Comes to Austin

Think of the fictional private investigator/lawyer Perry Mason, and chances are you know he’s a Los Angeles-based character created by the writer and novelist Erle Stanley Gardner. Gardner (1889-1970) was not a Texan. He was born in Massachusetts and eventually…
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