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All in All

A few months ago, Dennis Pitocco approached me, asking if I’d like to place some of my articles on his site, BIZCATALYST 360°.

I had heard of Dennis – who hadn’t? – but I was surprised and pleased to be asked.

So I sent him some oldies but goodies, wrote a couple of new ones, and enjoyed getting to know a few others in the various groups in the BC360 family by engaging with them and always learning from them.

Fast-forward to a couple of weeks ago (early March 2019), when he asked if I’d like to have my own column.

Oh.

Wait.

Let me think about it.

Well, if you insist, Dennis.

OF COURSE, I WOULD!

Then he told me my column needed a name.

A name? Um … what kind of a name? Like Fred? Adele? Sofia?

I checked out all the other columnists and their columns, and I began to see what he meant. I even went out on LinkedIn, asking for ideas, based on something I finally realized was a little too narrowly thought out for me, or would be over time.

Playing around with concepts, I came up with three or four new names, including “All Things Considered,” which I loved. But I knew I’d heard that title before, and yes. NPR has a show with that name, and although the network might not care if my column were so named, readers who are familiar with it might wonder if there is a connection.

So, in swooped Dennis to save the day (do you hear the music?) with “All in All,” which means pretty much the same thing. It’s the kind of name that doesn’t restrict me from writing about whatever occurs to me, which is what I wanted.

It does indeed take a village – or at least someone with a great idea who is willing to share it. (Thanks, Dennis!)

You will see articles here that Dennis already published for me, but going forward my thoughts are to write mostly about others – people who intrigue me, nonprofits that no one ever heard of before that are making a difference in a small way, for-profit companies doing good works. And yes. I’ll probably write more than a few on American grammar and usage; that is my stock-in-trade, after all.

I hope others will find value in my articles and will let me know by commenting and perhaps sharing them. The village concept holds true here: Each of us is smart, but not always in the same way. Sharing our knowledge helps raise us up to new heights (Josh Groban, anyone?), and I hope you’ll join me on this journey!

All in all, I think this could work well.

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Susan Rooks
Susan Rookshttps://grammargoddess.com/
With nearly 30 years’ experience as an international workshop leader, Susan Rooks is uniquely positioned to help people master the communication skills they need to succeed. In 1995, Susan formed Grammar Goddess Communication, creating and leading workshops in three main areas – American grammar, business writing, and interpersonal skills – to help business pros enhance their communication skills. She also leads one-hour LinkedIn workshops (Master the LinkedIn Profile Basics) via Zoom to help business pros anywhere maximize their LinkedIn experience, offering it to Chambers of Commerce and other civic organizations free of charge. As an editor, Susan has worked on business blogs, award-winning children’s books, best-selling business books, website content, and even corporate annual reports (with clients from half a dozen countries), ensuring that all material is professionally presented. In April 2022, Susan became the Managing Editor of the Florida Specifier, a bi-monthly trade publication covering Florida’s diverse environmental industry. And although the focus is on Florida’s issues, many of these same challenges are found elsewhere around the world, so the readership isn’t limited to just Floridians or those interested in that state. But in all these endeavors, Susan’s only goal is to help everyone look and sound as smart as they are.

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  1. Welcome to the club, Susan; I’m sure you will always have the day etched in your memory when you first got the invitation.

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