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Start: To my delight, late last March Ari Herzog, social media consultant par excellence and contributing writer The Huffington Post and Mashable gave me the opportunity to do a guest post on — what else? — Social Media. In my case, on how today’s social media plays into the New Thought spirituality of my experience.

Even better, he liked what I gave him.

Here’s a short excerpt:

The middle of last year I gave a twenty-five minute presentation to a modest Wednesday night audience in a good-sized “New Thought” church, a presentation I had spent weeks writing, rehearsing, and “staging” — that is, defining what movements I would make and the props I would use to help emphasize my points.

At first blush it would sound like a speech crafted in this manner would appear “canned,” or worse, feel like it was “phoned in,” but in truth, most high-end speakers prepare in a similar way. Done well, the presenter seems glib and makes it look effortless. Done poorly, a speech prepared in this fashion can in fact look just as staged and rehearsed as it truly was.

How the presentation of this speech actually played out taught me something about using social media effectively that I might not have learned any other way.

Click here to read the rest of “It Comes Down to Authenticity,” a guest post at

(And Ari … thanks again.)


Copyright © 2009, by Daniel Brenton. All Rights Reserved.


Start: Lyman Reed’s Creating a Better Life is currently featuring a guest post from me, called “Your Legacy: You CAN Take it With You – But You Shouldn’t” — a recognition that we have something of value beyond our worldly possessions that we could leave behind, but all too often don’t.

An excerpt —

Around 15 years ago I went home — home being Indiana — to a small town in the lush rolling hills south of Fort Wayne. After living in the Phoenix area, in the middle of the barren Sonoran Desert for the better part of twenty years, the view during the landing run to Indianapolis airport was a stunning contrast … It was Life. Everywhere. As far as the eye could see.

What brought me there, unfortunately, was just the opposite of Life. My grandmother, my father’s mother and my only surviving grandparent, had finally passed away at the respectable age of 90, and I had come to be some support to my father as he faced this grim milestone.

Lyman, thank you.

Update, Sunday, February 19, 2012:
Lyman closed Creating a Better Life some time ago, but gave me permission to repost the article, which you can now find here.

Copyright © 2009, by Daniel Brenton. All Rights Reserved.