Hi there!

Welcome to “There’s a Way to Say That:  How to Get Ahead While Getting Along.”  This is a book idea-turned-blog, because I decided to give a feeble attempt at particpating with my generation in the 21st century.  I’ve been putting off the actual writing of this blog, though I have already taken notes, conducted interviews, and thought a LOT about what I would like to say.  The permanence (and irony) of the internet is more than a little daunting, but now that I have fingers to keys, it’s turning out to be easier than expected.

What is the point of this blog?  To help people communicate better.  Every single day, I see examples of miscommunication so awful that you have to laugh, or else you will cry (if you’re not crying already).  I’m not going to blame it on this country, or this generation, or anything else- but I DO think everyone could be a little better at making themselves understood.  If you’re able to communicate better, it ultimately benefits you- you’re that much closer to getting what you want!  More importantly, I think a huge percentage of the time, disagreements or negative feelings arise not because of what you say, but because of how you say it.  That, in a nutshell, is my entire philosophy.

Why am I qualified to speak to this subject?  Well, I think life, and the observation of it, is enough to make me an expert.  I’m a Midwestern transplant, raised in a semi-Southern state, who has spent the past six years (six already!) in the Northeast.  I’ve met many different kinds of people, and many different people, period.  I am also an actor.  Is the lightbulb going off yet?  Acting is just the study of communication.  I essentially spent all my time in school studying all the nuances: those things people aren’t aware that they do, or imply, or even deny.  I’ve got a fresh perspective that goes beyond the books in the self-help section (although if I had a book there one day, I wouldn’t complain!).

I’m not Miss Manners; I’m not Emily Post.  I also don’t believe in being a jerk.

Thanks for visiting, and check back soon!

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