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An open letter to my students: Write it or regret it.

Dear Students, In my previous letter, I expressed my concern about your phone habits and urged you to put down your (damn) phone and pick up a book and read – a lot. This letter asks you to do something even more difficult: put down your damn phone and pick

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An open letter to my students: Read books, please.

Dear Students, I am concerned about you. We live in a time of unprecedented access to information and entertainment through our smartphones. You have been raised in a digital playground where endless high-quality entertainment is a click away, 24 hours a day. Despite the convenience, it is making you worse

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The Morning of a Book Launch

About fifteen years ago, I began a daily ritual: wake early, walk to a coffee shop, write. I became a writer. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am more of a talker than a writer. At the start of the process 25 minutes of writing (à la the Pomodoro

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Guest Post: I Love You, Man

A popular Solo episode is a two-part series, “I Love You, Man,” where I have a conversation about male friendship and love. Craig Wynne, the author of How to be a Happy Bachelor and a Solo Love Letter contributor to my new book, wrote about the 2009 movie I Love

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Representing Singles in Your Marketing Communications

Subscribe to Single Insights: The Science of Solos This article first appeared here. Imagine an advertisement that shows a woman taking a pregnancy test. What is her relationship status? If you saw her as ‘partnered’, your intuitions are similar to the results of a survey in which I asked everyday people to

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Covid-related thoughts that might help

Here is a preview of Covid-related insights from a forthcoming episode of Solo (on 7/30). These three observations were made by friends whom I sought advice from after a covid-related meltdown I was having. 1. “The cavalry is not coming.” By now, this should be self-explanatory. There is no institution

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Q: What is the opposite of brainstorming? A: Sh*tstorming

As you know, I have a new book. (Pro-tip: don’t launch a book during a pandemic.) In any case, I gave a talk about it today and presented the concept of shitstorming (or the HR-friendly name “shtickstorming“). What is shitstorming? Here is the passage from Chapter 1 (Reverse it.) that

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Podcast - I'm Not Joking

Curtain Call

  Welcome to the final episode of I’M NOT JOKING. Comedian JD Lopez returns from Episode 1 to debrief and reflect on Peter’s experience building

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