Best Ways to Make a Boring Meeting Less So

This June, I'm going to refocus the content provided on good ol' Shawn Writes Stuff to be more helpful in the tasks I assume my readers may endure.  I don't actually know anything the good ol' readers of this blog as I don't collect that data (which is weird since I'm a big ol' data … Continue reading Best Ways to Make a Boring Meeting Less So


Wyndell’s Jargon Experience

"You're older than your parents gave you credit for, Wyndell," chuckled Stacy as she walked away from the team meeting. "You mind telling them that?" Wyndell replied. Wyndell wished he knew what the heck that meant.  Stacy was a coworker near twice his age; wiser, more composed, totally unaware of how Wyndell's parents viewed him.  … Continue reading Wyndell’s Jargon Experience

The Subject Line

The various email subject lines Cade Warton typed, reviewed, destroyed, retyped, rethought, re-planned, and finally let someone else handle: Two Week Vacation Package Deals! Two Week Vacation Packaged Deals!!!!!!! Too Weak Vacation Package Deals To weak vacation deals! Salut! I'll take a mocha latte, thanks. Ha! Mary, I just typed that all out. Your Vacation … Continue reading The Subject Line

The Last Writings of Michael Lycan

Michael Lycan wrote down three things before his death.  There was a will, there was a plan, there was just something lingering in his head that needed to be written down.  He hoped it would explain a few things. First, he wrote that he loved the people in his life. Second, he wrote that he … Continue reading The Last Writings of Michael Lycan

Jenkins Fixes Computers

"Jenkins!" Mr. Sanders shouted from behind his closed office door. Jenkins, sitting just outside in a cubicle meant for no human to sit in, interpreted the shout to mean, "kid, get in here."  Jenkins obliged. "What's up, Mr. Sanders?" Jenkins asked, peering into the office. "Fix this." Sanders pointed at his computer screen.  Jenkins moved to … Continue reading Jenkins Fixes Computers

The Chart

"Quite a chart. What's the data?"   "Our Slack bot. When called, it DMs a picture of a pig in boots to the entire team." "How does that help?"   "No idea, but we have 27,000 daily users." "I don't understand what productivity means anymore."   "No one does, Char. No one does." Image via … Continue reading The Chart