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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010



I began my company on my own. Absent a degree in business, ha! Absent a degree in anything, absent operating capital, absent staff or infrastructure. Yes! “we laugh to survive” was one of the first lessons of business I shared in my poster line.

It came as no surprise when catalog companies that supported educators and health professionals ordered this poster by the hundreds.

The more serious our endeavors are – the more significant is laughter to our surviving AND our thriving. In fact, laugher is the bridge that takes me from just “survive” into thrive. I laugh myself into a larger perspective. Having a tough day? Laugh it up.

(text of poster 01006, with permission of

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