Stories To Tell

October 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

By Jim  Gray



This is a brilliant piece of story that I enjoyed finding. How are you telling stories, digging deeper to find what your audience would enjoy? So much to learn here from a marketing perspective and how the quote, the story-teller, the setting…all of it draws in the user (me).

October Desktop

October 5, 2013 — Leave a comment

By Jim Gray



Love the green…and the lizard!

via Smashing Mag 



If you have seen “Burn Notice”, chances are you are familiar with the show an it’s opening monologue. If not, watch this first.

Burn Notice Opening by xkaelar

It’s been a year since I was laid off. There are several things that have got us through this past year. The primary source…our faith in God. And, unlike Michael Westen, I am not alone. My wife and I have amazing kids, prayerful parents, and awesome friends. We also spent a lot more time building our marriage and our faith. Sticking together through whatever hardship that has come along has given us great hope.

The following is a humorous attempt to re-write the “Burn Notice” monologue in to a parody that shows a glimpse of how I felt a year ago…

“Burn Notice on the Prairie” 

Jim Gray:  “My name is Jim Gray. I used to be employed. Until…”

[Phone Rings]

Unidentified human resources employee voice on phone: “We’ve got to make some cut-backs. You’re laid-off.”

Jim Gray: “When you’re unemployed, you’ve got nothing. No paycheck, no medical insurance. You’re stuck in whatever city they relocated you to.”

Jim Gray: “Where am I?”

Sharon Gray: “Falcon, CO, on the prairie.” 

Jim Gray: “You do whatever freelance work comes your way. You rely on anyone who’s still talking to you. Your wife…”

Sharon Gray: “I love you…How are we going to pay the bills?”

Jim Gray: “An 80 year old friend of the family who broke his neck rollerskating at your daughter’s 15th birthday”

Uncle Bill: “I said to my self, “Self, you’re too small to be outside alone.” 

Jim Gray: “Family, too…”

Kids: “Hey Dad, we have Boy Scouts, Youth Group, Debate Club, Soccer, Graduation, College, Cars…can we get a ride?”

Jim Gray: “Bottom line…Until you find a new job or find a way to pay all the bills… you’re not going anywhere.”



By Jim

I cringe when I see someone use a hashtag in a real-life conversation, and sometimes even on Twitter. FYI, if your entire Twitter bio is hashtags…yeah.

The Job Search Episode 2

September 14, 2013 — Leave a comment



In this episode I talk about
-how long the interview processes are becoming.
-how I find or generate business leads for freelancing