Carolyn Browne Tamler

has helped hundreds of businesses and organizations with her thoughtful facilitation and research services. She also writes colorful and compelling articles about new business initiatives! Would this help you? Call Carolyn today!

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    12-10-18 So much stuff going on....

    Between Hanukah dinner invitations, doing a concert with Open Circle Singers and many wonderful performers at Whidbey Institute and celebrating my Birthday today (thanks to Facebook, it's amazing how many Birthday wishes I received), I didn't get around to my weekly Blog.

    I promise I'll do something relevant this Thursday.


    11-29-18 What does it take to start a new business?

    Some people might say money is the primary requirement to start a business. You definitely have to be able to afford all of the costs associated with creating and promoting a new business, but I believe the most important element is a passion about what you are doing.

    Over the years I have done many stories for the Business Spotlight on Whidbey Local (, and there is a common theme: People who have their own businesses are passionate about what they do.

    Besides the money necessary to establish a business, there is an incredible investment of energy and time. I have observed that while the desire to make money is a major player in creating a business, there is often far more interest in the products or services and a desire to share these with others.

    When I walk into a retail store, or talk about products or services with someone, I immediately feel their sense of commitment to what they are offering. And when the owner of the business communicates their passion and enthusiasm, it certainly is a great incentive to do business with them.


    11-22-18 Thankful for everything, but especially life on Whidbey

    This is the time when we are supposed to count our blesslings and acknowledge all we are thankful for.

    Of course, I'm thankful for my hubby, and for my family and friends and for being in good health and living a comfortable life. 

    Something else I am always grateful for is living on Whidbey Island. First, there is the beauty of this place. Some days, when it's dark and rainy, I do hope the sun will peak through before the end of the day (that does happen sometimes). On the days when the sun is out and the air in clear and we have beautiful views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympics and the Cascades, and the water views, I never stop appreciating the beauty.

    In addition to the views, I believe what makes Whidbey a truly special place is the sense of community here.  After living in big cities for my whole life, I thought the move to Whidbey 13 years ago would require a lot of adjustment.  I think it took me one day.  Now, I tell people I'm a country mouse; I couldn't image living anywhere else.




    11-15-18 Our rescue cat, Dash, seems to have a following on Facebook

    I admit to being mystified by Facebook.  I do not always understand what draws attention, especially when you’re trying to figure out what you can show in social media that will result in responses.

    I often see that what my daughter made for dinner draws 20 or 30 “likes,” yet when I post incredibly cute pictures of my grandchildren or something else I find especially interesting, maybe I’ll get 10 or 15 “likes” (although some of my grandkid and daughter photos have occasionally gotten more).

    Over two years ago we got a cat from the WAIF Cat Cottage in Freeland. My children and grandchildren still get a few likes when I post the photos, but it is really the pictures of Dash our cat that garner attention. When I post pictures of Dash with the grandkids, that seems to especially attract responses.

    If you’re a young person, and into Facebook and other social media, you can probably post just about anything to receive a lot of responses.

    If you’re in my generation, I guess if you want to have more responses to your Facebook posts,


    11-8-18 Are we losing some of our communication skills because of our reliance on texts, emails, tweeting and the like?

    I’ve talked about this subject in earlier Blogs, but I am starting to have real concerns about whether the generations coming after me are losing some basic communication skills.

    Have you received an email with several misspellings or grammatical errors?

    Have you had numerous text exchanges with someone and finally gave up and made a phone call to resolve something?

    Have you received a group email that got sent around several times to several people, including you?

    Do you find yourself sometimes struggling to get through a long email, only to reach the end and realize you’re still not sure what it was all about?

    Have you sent an email or a text assuming the other person would understand your words and your tone, only to get a response back that didn’t really relate to your intentions?

    And let’s not forget about tweeting which has become an accepted form of communication by many, including our President. I always thought of tweeting as a game….can you put your thoughts down in a limited number of characters?

    I’m sure you can come up with several other items to put on this list. In our high speed communication age, we rapidly email and text and tweet several times a day. But are we really communicating?  There are some disagreements about how much human communication is non-verbal, but I think that we all can agree that lacking voice intonation, facial expression, body language and simply feeling another person’s energy, words alone will not necessarily convey thoughts accurately.

    I have a bit of a silly streak in me (those who know me might say it is more than a bit). I learned a long time ago never to use my silliness in an email unless I was absolutely sure that the person knew me well enough to understand the communication (and I’m not sure it’s wise to send anyone a silly email). Of course, I can add an imogi, but……

    Here are a few suggestions to avoid misunderstandings when emailing or texting:

    • Keep it short and simple
    • If at all possible, save your sincere, serious communications for in-person or by phone
    • Read every email over before you press “Send”
    • If you are sending out a longer email or something with important information, make sure you have someone else read it before you send it
    • If you are feeling angry or frustrated with someone, DO NOT send them an email or text and let them know this; cool down first, and then make a phone call
    • If you are sending an email to a group of people, use the bcc, even if everyone knows each other; it will seem more personal and it will be impossible for someone else to press the “Reply all” and send out swirling emails that can drive us crazy.

    Better yet, whenever possible, call or meet with the person to whom you are sending an email.