Navigating a Whackadoodle World: Episode Three

The Power of Reflection. In which my Whackadoodle student and I begin the third of fourteen lessons for navigating life, and spend some time reflecting on what makes people tick. If you have entered this story in the middle, click here for the prologue. “So I have that list of abstract nouns you assigned me last … Read more

Navigating a Whackadoodle World: Episode Two

The Power of Definition and Belief. In which my Whackadoodle student and I begin the second of fourteen lessons for navigating life, and rediscover how important it is to keep examining our definitions. If you have entered this story in the middle, click here for the prologue. ______ “So I have been thinking about how to … Read more

Navigating a Whackadoodle World: Episode One

The Power of Cause and Effect. In which my student and I begin the first of fourteen lessons for navigating life, and rediscover how important it is to keep asking why. If you haven’t read this story’s prologue, click here. She looked at me thoughtfully. “I’ve been considering the best way to introduce Episode One … Read more

Navigating a Whackadoodle World: A Prologue

A Whackadoodle discussion in which my student challenges me to teach her about A River Worth Riding: Fourteen Rules for Navigating the River of Life. “I think that we need to start talking more about your rules, and less about my lessons.” “How’s that?” “Well, isn’t the point of our website to get people interested … Read more

Do I need a Website? Should I Sell Stuff or Build Followers?

A Whackadoodle lesson in which we answer a Dear Navigator question: Do I need a website? Do I concentrate on selling stuff, or on building a list of followers? __________ “We have another one,” she informed me, busting passed my door. “Another what?” I asked, following her. “Another question from a blog follower,” she said, … Read more

Satirical or Ironic: Political Essays Have Power

A Whackadoodle lesson about the difference between Satirical and Ironic essays, with political examples of each. Including The Garlic’s Exclusive Interview with the Governor. “I’m supposed to write a satirical essay for my English 101 class,” she told me as soon as our lesson began. “Zowy,” I said. “Your teacher is quite ambitious.” “How do you … Read more

How to Not Piss Off Your Prospects: Part Two

A Whackadoodle discussion on what happened when my early morning telemarketer called me back, and I offered to send him a link to the article he’d inspired. If you haven’t read it already, you should probably click here to read Part One before you read Part Two. An nearly true story by Lynn Marie Sager … Read more

Going into Sales? Learn How to Not Piss-off Your Prospects.

Inspired by real events, A story about an early morning wake up call in which I explain a Nine Step Sales Process one more time, along with why non-professionals give real sales professionals a bad name. My cell phone went off at 6:00 AM, and despite the fact that I had been up until 3:00 … Read more

How Can We Improve Our Influence?

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A Whackadoodle discussion about improving our influence, understanding motivations, and not getting manipulated by unethical others. We had just finished all her assigned homework, when she looked up at me with one last question before heading home. “So last time,” she began,” we talked about how to change the mind of someone who disagrees with … Read more

Reinforced Beliefs: Are They Limiting You?

A Whackadoodle discussion about Nun’s on the Bus, listening deeply, reinforced beliefs, and seeing past the limiting beliefs that your community might be reinforcing. By Lynn Marie Sager She came to our tutoring session with less energy than normal. Usually, she was bouncing off walls, full of stories, and excited to trade ideas. But on … Read more