John Sturtevant Podcast

A weekly podcast with quick tips to help you communicate clearly at work, at home, and everywhere else you go.



Episode 16: May I have a word?

This week, we explore using words with purpose to connect your ideas and your reader – sometimes in an unconventional way – to help brighten up your content, help people remember what you write, and inspire them to want to learn more.

* Who knows? You might just discover that being more luculent is quite sagacious.

Words invented from scratch

Shakespeare's rules for inventing words

Words Shakespeare invented

New words this year

Words that don't mean what we think they do

Words no longer in common use


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Episode 15: Just Listen

Most of us are communicating with our colleagues remotely, rather than face-to-face, and it's surprisingly evident how important it is to really listen. It requires patience, awareness, and intention.

This week, we explore 6 ways to be a better listener.

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Episode 14 - Respect Yo

Your reader may not share your perspective, your priorities, and your deadlines, or remember details the same way you do.

This week, we explore how people learn and retain information in different ways.

Learning Style Assessment and Descriptions

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Episode 13 - ASAP? That's next week for me!

When we write, we use certain words to describe our ideas to others. But your readers give your words meaning, which may not be the one you intended.

This week, we explore using words with intention to communicate clearly.

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Episode 12 - Let's make this a private conversation

We send people messages we believe are private. But email is more like a postcard than a letter tucked safely in an envelope. This week, we explore how email is not as private as we might think.

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Episode 11 - Yawn...oh, that's good enough

One way to transform your email from boring to brilliant is to look at your topic from a different perspective. This week we explore ways to help you make your email more meaningful for your readers.

Jordan Ellenberg's book The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Malcolm Gladwell's TED Talk on spaghetti sauce

Sam Harrison's book IdeaSpotting

Sam Harrison's FastCompany articles

Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies

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Episode 10 - Are you under a spell?

Spell Check does seem magical, but it has its flaws. This week, we look at ways to compensate for Spell Check’s limitations, and help you ensure what you wrote is actually what you meant to write.

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Episode 9 - Add emotional intelligence to your email

Although you’re smart, creative, logical, analytical, and practical, your emotions influence your decisions, and the way you communicate. Hear how building your emotional intelligence skills will help you be a better communicator.

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Episode 8 - What's in it for me?

When you ask your reader to give you five minutes of their time to read your email, that reader’s expectation is you will provide something of equal or greater value in return. This week, I offer ideas about how to help your readers get value from the emails you write.

Financial Management Magazine article

Simon Sinek

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Episode 7 - Say goodbye to your attachments

Sending email attachments can clutter your reader's inbox. But if you can’t resist the urge to tie up your emails with attachments, here are a few suggestions for you to make your attachments much more appealing. 

Dudley Do-Right and Snidely Whiplash

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Episode 6 - Writing is a conversation

We spend a good part of our day interrupting people, and asking them to pay attention to us. Except we’re usually not face-to-face, we’re often sitting at our desks.  

And we call that interaction email. 

Here's how to think of email as a conversation with your reader.

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Episode 5 - Begin with the end

This week, we begin a series called 10 Quick Tips for Terrific Email 

And today is Quick Tip #10 - Begin with the end

Start every email with a reader benefit. The idea you want your reader to remember should be the subject line, and/or the first sentence in your email. 

A brief history of email

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Episode 4 - The Medium and The Message

Electronic media have become more personal, and a far more integrated part of our lives. And the way we understand and use technology may influence us more than the messages we get from the technology.

EGO 21 inch battery-powered lawnmower

Marshall McLuhan

Bill Gates - Content is King


Ferris Jabr - Why Walking Helps Us Think

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Episode 3 - A few words about nonverbal communication 

How to practice a few simple nonverbal communication techniques in today's world of virtual meetings and social distancing.

The Science Of When You Need In-Person Communication

4 Ways to Communicate When You Can't See Someone's Face

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Episode 2 - What are your words worth?

How to use words with intention to help your reader recognize something they'd be able to see, if they were looking in the right place.

George Orwell Politics and the English Language

How emojis are changing linguistics

Delicious poached salmon recipe

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Episode 1 - Create a culture of kindness

Ideas on how communicating kindness, empathy, and compassion create a healthier life – at home and at work. 

Inc Magazine

Harvard Business Review

The National Center for Biotechnology Information

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