Archive for the ‘How to Talk’ Category

Conversing across cultures is increasingly important in a globalized world, and this short guide to speaking whale is but a small step in efforts to communicate in ways that both acknowledge and appreciate differences. Yes, Dory would be proud.


If you hesitate before initiating a toast because you don’t know what to say or you’re worried you’ll end up slamming your drink into another person’s beer and having unfortunate spillage issues, well, here is the advice you’ve been waiting for. Make any social outing just a touch more special by following a couple simple guidelines that will help you give a swell bar toast.

It’s a crazy world full of words that don’t look the way they sound or sound the way they look. Massachusetts presents a special challenge, and here are a few tips to help prep you for your next Boston-area visit. Of course, it’s a big state, so more work needs to be done. But never fear–more road trips will happen, along with follow-up vlog posts to help you on your way.

How to be silly Chubby

Posted: January 14, 2011 in How to Have Fun, How to Talk
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This double-feature begins with the classic Chubby, who I believe was introduced to me by my sister Diane when I was in high school. While high school students look silly, Chubby is best if you can get a four-year old to try it out. Really, I take that back: it doesn’t matter how old you are. Chubby makes everyone look ridiculous, in the very best sense of the word.

How to be silly skinny

Posted: January 14, 2011 in How to Have Fun, How to Talk

Soon after I learned how to be Chubby, Amy Case taught me how to be Skinny. I don’t do it quite as well as she does, but, again, if you can get some little kids to mimic you, it’s definitely the best thing going.

After seeing the Yogi Bear movie, I decided I should share guidelines for talking Yogi-style. Especially because I annoyed my kids by speaking like Yogi for a whole hour or two after the movie ended, and I needed another outlet for my talent. I didn’t try BooBoo. But how awesome is it that Justin Timberlake did BooBoo’s voice? Maybe for a future post, Justin will let me film him giving advice on being BooBoo….