Stillness Retreats

I like to compare things. I like comparing our network to other networks. I enjoy seeing contests and asking myself how I can adapt it for a contest with Sportsman Channel. When I see slogans my mind automatically thinks of ways to spin it for the hunting/shooting/fishing crowd. For example, HGTV has a new contest…

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Reminiscing about SHOT Show

My sixth SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) dawns and I can’t help but think back to my first show, which happened to be in Vegas as well. So bear with me as I take a trip back; I’ll also want to share my lessons learned along the way. My first show happened to be…

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10 Truths About Outdoor TV*

Everyone in this industry is passionate about what they do. And they’ll never apologize for it. Having a TV show idea is easy. Having the courage to defend, pursue, develop, change, and then change again, that idea is where it gets real. Being an “armchair critic” is also very easy. But pointing out something and…

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A Drive Never Forgotten

I recently held a contest with Outdoor Blogger Network asking for bloggers to post their favorite holiday/winter travel story. The winner recieved a $200 gift card to Cabela’s. There’s a reason why I held the contest, besides the added branding for Sportsman Channel and my own selfish reasons for getting to know outdoor bloggers. I,…

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Communication & Your Audience’s Perceptions

Crossing the parking lot to church last Sunday my husband asked if I wanted to enter via the front, or the back of the church. As we approached the side door, I said the front and kept walking. He stopped and said “ohhkay” and shrugged his shoulders. Giving him a quizzical look, I realized his…

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HBO: You are Smart

For the past several weeks, my husband has been increasingly interested in the show “Pacquiao-Margarito 24/7” on HBO. And so, since we only have one TV in the house (shocker for some I realize) I was forced to watch the show as well. But a funny thing happened – I was entertained. The premise of…

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Life Coach/Hunting Coach

I’ve dabbled in the idea of hiring a life coach, but I haven’t pulled the trigger for several reasons: 1. I was never really sure what they did – part psychologist? part cheerleader?  What makes someone a life coach? 2. I couldn’t validate the hundreds of dollars per month they wanted (and yes, you have…

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What Is Your “Tone” in the Office?

Are you snarky with your co-workers? Do you respond to meeting requests saying you can’t wait for the meeting and you’ll bring party favors with cheese & venison trays? When you send internal memos, do you poke fun at yourself? When you give presentations, do you crack jokes to keep it light-hearted? Or is it…

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Secrets of Outdoor Communicators, Part Deux

This post is the second part of my SEOPA conference wrap-up.  Scroll down to read my first part on tips and secrets of outdoor communicators as shared by Wade Bourne. Now we are continuing with more secrets shared by legends J. Wayne Fears, John Phillips and Mark Sosin. The list of accolades and awards on…

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Secrets of Outdoor Communicators, Part One

If you didn’t attend last week’s Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) Conference, you are in luck as I studiously took notes during one the highlights of the conference: a session with iconic outdoor communicators. The four gentlemen I am highlighting are Wade Bourne, J. Wayne Fears, John Phillips and Mark Sosin. The panel had probably 100…

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