Skincare Words 101: The Tricky Difference Between ‘Alina’ and ‘Alinta’ in Romanian

Nowhere is aspirational writing more at home than in the fashion and cosmetics industries. Lotions and moisturizers, dresses and accessories will do all sorts of exquisite things to your skin and figure: they hydrate and cleanse, revitalize and smooth, fortify and enliven. They can flatter your silhouette, highlight your natural curves and make you shine.  … Continue reading Skincare Words 101: The Tricky Difference Between ‘Alina’ and ‘Alinta’ in Romanian

Negotiation Impasse? How to Unlock the Deadlock

"Parties can become angry or entrenched in their positions. Perceptions become distorted, and judgments are biased. The parties stop communicating effectively and instead blame one another. One party has a conflict management style that is not compatible with the other. Perceptions are so different that the parties do not believe there is any possible compatibility … Continue reading Negotiation Impasse? How to Unlock the Deadlock

Your 3 Best Friends in a Negotiation

Unless you live alone on a mountain top, you are involved in negotiations every single day. (And even hermits have to drive a ruthless bargain with themselves every once in a while - yes, negotiations can be intrapersonal too). Even though the term sounds fancy, each time you try to persuade another person to do … Continue reading Your 3 Best Friends in a Negotiation

Food Words 101: Garen, Gären, (Er)nähren, Gaumenfreude und Genuss

How do you feel about cooking? Love it? Loathe it? Personally, I am not a major fan, but the coronavirus lockdowns have turned us all into hobby chefs. Out of boredom (or dire need), we have picked up those cookbooks or browsed the net in search of something truly yummy (and not too difficult to … Continue reading Food Words 101: Garen, Gären, (Er)nähren, Gaumenfreude und Genuss

3 Openers for a Great Presentation

You have to get in front of an audience to represent your employer, your team, your idea or simply yourself. All eyes will be on you and you're not sure what to say to get off to a good start. You've done your homework. Maybe you've re-read Aristotle (for sure) and looked at argumentation and persuasion … Continue reading 3 Openers for a Great Presentation

How to Tell a Good Brand Story

Storytelling is central to marketing - and it's the main way we make sense of the world. Here are a few tips for putting words to work and crafting compelling narratives. Nowadays brands - like people - have personalities. They become friends, companions and - occasionally - bogeymen. Marketing is a bit like matchmaking, followed by … Continue reading How to Tell a Good Brand Story

Weather Words 101: From ‘Überschwemmung’ to ‘Hitzewelle’

If you're like me, stuck at home in Bavaria this August because of the Covid-19 pandemic (Stichwort: staycation), then you've probably noticed some pretty significant variations in weather patterns and temperatures. Last week's word of the week could very well have been 'Überschwemmung' (flooding, inundation, overflow): But do you know the difference between 'Überschwemmung', 'Überflutung' … Continue reading Weather Words 101: From ‘Überschwemmung’ to ‘Hitzewelle’

Information and Persuasion: 3 Features of Conspiracy Theories (reloaded)

"Most people reason dramatically, not quantitatively" (O.W. Holmes) In light of the recent anti-Corona demonstrations (Stichwort #Aluhut), I feel almost compelled to post an older article I wrote about communication and the psychology of conspiracy theories. CRISES AND INGREDIENTS In times of crisis and upheaval conspiracy theories abound. When people experience unease and doubt, when old … Continue reading Information and Persuasion: 3 Features of Conspiracy Theories (reloaded)

Language and Deception: Distortion and Socially Constructed Reality

Motto: "What's in a name? That which we call a roseBy any other name will smell as sweet."William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet Over the weekend, a couple of my friends have watched Michael Moore's latest documentary, Planet of the Humans. The one aspect that caused the most bewilderment among them seems to be the … Continue reading Language and Deception: Distortion and Socially Constructed Reality

What My Kids Have Taught Me About Engagement

Are you also juggling job, homeschooling of children, creative projects, and research? Are your kids constantly coming to you for advice/support/validation/reassurance even though your spouse is also available? And does that drive you mad? Then you can relate. Now, I've racked my brain trying to understand this, until it hit me. It's a communication and … Continue reading What My Kids Have Taught Me About Engagement