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Vulgar Language Demeans Our Society

By Correct On Campus / June 30, 2022 / Comments Off on Vulgar Language Demeans Our Society

The January 6 House Select Committee hearings have yielded shocking revelations, but one of the biggest disappointments for me is learning that many of our highest-ranking officials and their staffers have extremely limited vocabularies. I’m talking about the ubiquitous use of the f-word. What was once the most incendiary “naughty” word, one that is exceedingly…

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George Washington

Happy Birthday to the Father of American Protocol

By Correct On Campus / February 22, 2022 / Comments Off on Happy Birthday to the Father of American Protocol

  Tuesday is George Washington’s birthday and while most things many Americans assume to be true about him are not (no, his false teeth were not made from wood and he didn’t chop down the cherry tree), there is one fact that is true: He defined the conduct of the office of the president of…

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Can We Talk?

By Correct On Campus / March 31, 2021 / Comments Off on Can We Talk?

  Being cooped up in my World Headquarters (aka my home office) has made me thoroughly sick of videoconferencing, texts, and e-mails. Can we just talk? A simple phone call would solve most communication needs and have the added benefit of providing a more natural connection to the person on the other end. While the…

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Raging waves at sea

Resolve to be Civil

By Correct On Campus / January 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Resolve to be Civil

January had already begun and I hadn’t decided on a New Year’s resolution. After last week’s violence in Washington, D.C., I now know what it is: To conscientiously practice civility. I believe the uncivil, nasty, screaming, name-calling, suspicion-building, “cancelling” devolution of our culture that has been on display for the past year is a large…

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Be Prepared for Events Emergencies

By Correct On Campus / January 22, 2020 / Comments Off on Be Prepared for Events Emergencies

January has brought a vivid reminder that special events planners are often the first line of defense in emergencies.  Last week started with a woman having chest pains and ended with another having a seizure. This week, a guest’s parking lot fall required six stitches and a colleague’s office space heater caught on fire. The…

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Do You Work With A Volcano?

By Correct On Campus / August 29, 2019 / Comments Off on Do You Work With A Volcano?

Do you work with a volcano? I’m talking about an irascible person whose irrational adult temper tantrums explode on all bystanders at the most inopportune moments causing fear, confusion, hurt feelings, and embarrassment just when the team most needs to pull together. The deadline pressure of special events in particular seem to provoke these people.…

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Build A Better Board

By Correct On Campus / March 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Build A Better Board

Board development is the most important duty of a non-profit executive director, even though those words may never be mentioned in his or her job description.  Having the right board members, and a continual supply of more of the same, makes the difference in whether an organization thrives or shrivels. Building an effective board is…

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Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

By Correct On Campus / February 15, 2019 / Comments Off on Freshen Up, Attend A Conference

The annual meeting of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) just wrapped up. It was three days of shared ideas, access to resources, and making connections with other people who do the same work. We heard from subject matter experts, swapped ideas, told war stories, learned about best-practices, and participated in provocative, motivating…

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We Could All Use A Peach Corps

By Correct On Campus / January 31, 2019 / Comments Off on We Could All Use A Peach Corps

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of my favorite places. It is a clean, friendly model of efficiency, organization, well-curated shops, eating establishments, and services. On top of that, it’s pretty swell as a first-rate international airport. This week, it is also a model for special events planners tasked with organizing major events. It is…

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