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Laura Bergells
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Going down blind alleys. Running up against all kinds of dodgy characters...
Just for fun: read this post as if you were a 1940's film noir detective voice over actor. A lovely Saturday morning: the house was cool, the coffee hot. I popped open my notebook computer with the cockeyed plan to sift through a backlog of LinkedIn invitations. I noticed there were over 300 requests sitting in there.How did I let these mooks get so backed up?It's easy. When I get a request from someone I don't know, I don't even hit "Ignore". In...
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be prepared, but don't be paranoid.
We apparently decided that between terror attacks, school shootings, and street crime, we'd better just bury the needle on the security side.
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Put another cuppa water in the pot: company's comin'!
The way my grandfather tells it, my great-great-grandmother always kept a pot of soup barely simmering on the back burner of the wood stove. Over time, that soup morphed and changed; she'd add trimmings of this and bits of that as the pot needed replenishing, a waste-not-want-not approach to cooking that has always resonated with me.
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I got my measles shot at school, in first grade. We were promised a "dragon slayer" sticker if we got the shot without crying. The sticker had a cool drawing of a cute dead dragon, upside down, with his tongue hanging out.

Listen, I was six. I wanted that dragon sticker more than anything. I took the permission slip home and demanded that my mom and dad sign it, so that I could get the shot and earn my sticker. 

Heaven help the kid who didn't wear the cool sticker. If the measles didn't do him in, the relentless teasing about being a crybaby loser did. You did NOT want to be the kid without the sticker.

Marketing. Use bullying to promote social good. 
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Why not channel our bullying toward a more practical adversary? Like, maybe we could bully for universal, accessible health care.

That way, the shot is accessible to parents who would actually like to have immunized children, but can't take a day off work, arrange transportation, and afford the cost of the shot. 

I know it's easier to make fun of people with means who choose not to vaccinate their children, but they are a minority. Even if they all vaccinated their kids today, would that really help herd immunity? Why aren't necessary shots free? Why aren't they available in schools, where children are? 
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I block ads. Of course.
But I also block popular words that hold no interest for me.

After a sporting event or during political/religious shenanigans, this is an actual screenshot of what my Facebook feed looks like. 
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In a public place, I witnessed a pretty spectacular scene. A large baby, not yet toddling, is making a fuss. Every 5 seconds or so, he makes a shrill, parrot-like squawk. 

"EHHH!" 5 seconds. "EHHHH!" 5 seconds. "EHHHHHH!" 

His mother decided to join in the squawking. In the five second interval between the baby squawks, the mother mimicked her baby's shriek, with the same loud volume and irritated intensity. For about a minute, the entire room was treated to this nonstop duo of noise.

Then, a wonderful thing happened. A small and angry girl, around 4, stomped up to the noisy twosome and yelled,

"Keep your baby quiet. GAWD!"

And then she stomped back to her own family. 

It was spectacular. The astonished baby and mother both shut up. If they looked around the room, they would have seen a number of adults had been staring at first with irritation, and then with amusement.

Even a four year old knows that you don't encourage a fussy baby to keep squawking. Also: I want to be that 4 year old. 
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Interesting. This year, I've been actively trying to eat more GMO foods and less organic. I haven't gone as far as boycotting organic, though. 

Maybe 2015 is the year to boycott all organic? 
When I was pregnant with my daughter, family and friends began encouraging me to buy organic produce. I was always a critical thinker, and I doubted the touted benefits of organic food. Still, to a...
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Earth quake day.
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Starling Murmurations: a sight to behold.
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I liked how it was still light at 7 last night.

Less charming: that it was dark at 7 this morning. 

Give it 10 days, and that will change...
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Aha! The East Side Sage speaks.
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How many different ways can you abduct the most beautiful woman in the world?

"This is not the face of a woman who has just been forcibly removed from her family and country; this is the face of a woman who has been cut off by a bartender she thought was flirting with her but was actually just concerned about her drinking."
Helen of Troy: Queen. Legendary beauty. Dirtbag.
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Hey, are you a psychopath? 

Finally, there's a site being created just for you. 
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Writer, Speaker, Educator.
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  • Grand Valley State University
    Adjunct Instructor, 2009 - present
  • aimWest
    Membership Chair, 2009 - present
  • Laura Bergells, LLC
    Writer, Speaker, 1999 - present
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Grand Rapids, MI
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More than PowerPoint: I blog about the art + creativity of presentation.
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Author of Public Speaking Fundamentals.
Now available on the Lynda.com Training Library
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Education
  • Michigan State University
    Telecommunications + Sociology, 1981 - 1985
  • Grand Valley State University
    Public Administration, 1986 - 1989
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Bergs, Bergie, Maniactive, Bo