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September 14, 2023

A Great Business Story — And An Even Greater Prop

 All photos are by the author.
"Great stories happen to those who can tell them."

That quote is from Ira Glass of National Public Radio, and I’ve taken those words to heart — even including them in my one-page career profile. (This storyteller, btw, is happy to talk to you about a consultative engagement.)

I love telling stories and have accumulated many over a career spanning decades in business, working with start-ups, private equity companies, turnarounds, and well established industry leaders — many of them caught up in the throes of business transformation. Here's an example of a story I've carried with me for many years.

A Lesson in Marketing Innovation from Popeye the Sailor

Popeye the Sailor is copyrighted in the US by King Features Syndicate, Inc. Used here through fair use doctrine.

Years ago, my employer was acquiring a small company. In a meeting with their CMO and executives of both companies, the CMO walked us through the marketing team structure in which, we learned, the buyer journey had been mapped, segmented into portions, and then assigned by segment to the marketing team members.

Forensic Marketing


With each new transition – within a company or company to company – there are opportunities to be seized and unknowns to be discovered. It’s an opportunity for forensic marketing.

What You Make Of It

The Think Sign from Spaceship Earth at EPCOT Center

IBM's building at 1133 Westchester in White Plains, New York, was a massive, concrete structure that, if rumors were true, had been designed during the cold war as a bomb shelter. I reported to work there early in 1997, long after the immediate threat of World War IIII had subsided, at least for a time.

The Day Jerry Came On Down


This photo of Bob Barker in his later years is from Reddit.

To those of us who grew up in the U.S. through the early 2000’s, we understand the role the late Bob Barker played in pop society. Barker, who passed recently at age 99, was the breeziest and most facile of television game show hosts. Smooth, neatly coiffed, nice guy persona, and (in real life as well as on screen) a man totally committed to animal rights.

The Rogue, The Ticketless Traveler & The Storyteller


“Lieutenant D. H. Rucker Leading the First Dragoons” by Samuel Chamberlain

For decades, I used airline boarding passes as bookmarks. That practice has ended with passes now being stored on my phone. Plus, even if I print a pass at the airport, it's produced on insubstantial thermal paper instead of the satisfying card stock of years ago.

How to Grow Better Business Stories

AI image generated by Freepik

I've told a lot of stories over many years. Here's how I make sure they'll work consistently well for my audiences & my companies.

AI and the Poetry of Business Writing


Image created by Microsoft Bing AI at the author's command. Image and article are copyright (c) by Baker Egerton, 2023.

I became a business storyteller and writer before the advent of the Internet. So I remember that time: one of staggering opportunity and disruption, albeit one that unfurled more slowly than today’s AI juggernaut.

I miss you, buddy. Sorry for all the unsubscribes.


Like virtually everyone I rely in part on a “free” email account from one of the big providers – Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc. – for a personal email address.

Mother's Nontraditional Career


These squiggles spell out "International Women's Day 2022"​ in Gregg shorthand.

My mother's career was nontraditional through today's lens. But in her day, it was just one step after another, and must have seemed quite conventional to her.

August 8, 2023

Back Then: A Southern Boyhood

For years, I had asked my father, Cecil Baker Egerton, to write his memoirs for the family. He was well equipped to do so with superlative writing skill and a penchant for exacting research, as evidenced by a Ph.D. in History. He replied that he intended to do so, but had many other projects in the way. I can't recall when we last spoke of that, but after Dad's death in January 2009, I traveled from Pennsylvania to visit his California home and was surprised to find, among his scattered and disorganized papers, a single chapter of his in-progress autobiography. It is presented here, followed by my father's obituary.
- Cecil Baker Egerton, Jr., South Coatesville, Pennsylvania, August 8, 2023