Trinity Slays Beowulf

Take a cauldron, add in Cabaret, Rent, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Hair, then blow it up, and you’ll find yourself immersed in Trinity Rep’s brilliant Beowulf, now being performed through October 9 in Providence. You don’t walk away from this performance humming any tunes, but then again, I didn’t from In the Heights or Hamilton, either, and they’re merely two of the finest musicals of the past decade. To quote the immortal Seinfeldia lore: This show is Broadway-worthy. …


Shut Up

Over 95% of the time, the more you talk, the more you’re trying to justify and validate your own thoughts and utterances. You’re not talking to further educate the other party or to answer a question, you’re either trying to highlight your erudition (low self-esteem) or you’re trying to justify what you’ve previously said because you don’t think it will be accepted without backup (lower self-esteem). A woman whom I recently rejected for my coaching program wouldn’t shut up. She …


Brand Power

There are some people reviewing the new iPhone—and deciding on its purchase, personally—based on the differences and improvements over the prior product. That’s not terribly relevant. Apple stock has soared, and iPhone 7 sales are exceeding iPhone 6 sales. Some people are advising to wait for the tenth anniversary of the phone, when changes “will really be significant” in another year or so. That’s not terribly relevant. I had to inform one person (almost with pictures since words weren’t scoring) …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/19/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

We often overlook motive in our analysis. The police look for motive, means, and opportunity in crimes. We’re not facing crimes as such, although we often build a sleight into a slander because we fail to consider motive. When a loved one creates discomfort for us, is it because of a malicious intent, or an accident? Failing to relay a message is unfortunate, but usually just an oversight, not a plot. Someone pulling in front of you abruptly on the …



Ego vs. Efficacy

Just because someone asks you to be on their podcast, YouTube channel, teleconference, internet radio show, cable show, or any related medium doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Ask yourself: What’s the real (not claimed) demographic and numbers? Are these people my true buyers? Who else has been on? One “host” cited a dozen prior guests, not one of whom I’d ever heard of. I turn down 90% of these requests because they are mostly people looking to claim credit for …


IDIOTIC IT

Remember the old nerdy GIGO: garbage in, garbage out, as if the users were always at fault, not the programmers? How about IDIOTIC: intelligent directions input, operationally turned into crap? I’m tired of sites that demand you repeat the same information six times, don’t recognize your password, make you redo an entire form because of one error, and so on. We can create a vaccine for the flu and measles but can’t create an easy submission form?! IDIOTIC. © Alan …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 9/12/16

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I thought it appropriate today to reprint a September 2001 special edition of Balancing Act, my monthly newsletter: How do we retain balance in the wake of such horrific acts? The answer is, we don’t. At least not in the short term. We have to take time to realize that the world is inevitably altered. Our sense of security, complacency, and invulnerability has been shaken, and will never quite return to the original position. There are no wise words or …