Happy New Year!! My top seven blogs of 2014

I had so much fun doing this last year – looking over my website statistics to see what were my seven most read blogs during the year. I normally blog about my two areas of consulting a few times each month: Diversity with a specialization in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) workplace and marketplace; and career and skills development based on my innovative Total Engagement Career Mapping process. However, once in a while I write a more personal column or rant about something that is irking me.

Happy New Year from Stan Kimer, founder and owner of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer

Happy New Year from Stan Kimer, founder and owner of Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer


Here are the “Top 7 of 2014” in reverse order:

7. During June, LGBT Pride Month, I got a little more personal and shared the summary of a talk I gave at a recent local PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter meeting, “8 Lessons in my Journey as an Out Gay Man.” I hope these are useful life lessons for LGBT people and allies alike.


6. Many pundits were saying that by coming out as a gay man, University of Missouri defensive stand out Michael Sam may be hurting his ranking in the upcoming draft, but I completely disagreed and explained my business rationale in “Fortunate is the NFL Team that drafts Michael Sam!”


5. Written in July and then updated in December, is “President Obama’s Latest Executive Order Protecting LGBT Americans – The True American Thing to Do!” I provide some details of President Obama’s latest executive order, links to several relevant items and discuss how arguments that this order endangers religious freedom are totally preposterous.


4. In “A Rant: Figure Skating, The 2014 Olympics, Stereotyping and Prejudice,”I combine my personal hobby of attending figure skating competitions with my vocation as a diversity consultant, and discuss the disturbing comments people post online in response to articles about the sport of figure skating.


3. My most popular blog of 2013 was actually googled quite a lot and finished in as number 3 for this year: “Five Common Misconceptions about Gay People.”


2. From November of this year, with the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, I wrote “Five things never to say to transgender people.”


1. and the top most read blog was actually published in 2011! As many people search for online resources about diversity training, they found and read my 2011 blog “Three Components of Diversity Training,” where I discuss the three major components required for diversity training and exactly who within an enterprise should be trained.


Thanks to all the readers who enjoy and share my blogs. In 2015, if you want to be notified each time I do publish, you can like my business facebook page (Link), or if you subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter, I include a short summary and links to the past month’s writings.

Wishing all my readers a wonderful 2015 filled with much contentment and success!

Happy New Year – My Top 7 Blogs of 2013

Happy 2014
As we end 2013 and enter the new year, 2014, I would like to quickly recap my “top 7” blogs of the year based on number of hits. I average about 30 blog entries per year, mostly around my two areas of consulting expertise: Diversity with a specialization in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) workplace and marketplace; and career and skills development based on my innovative Total Engagement Career Mapping process.


Top 7 in reverse order:


Number 7: This blog, actually published in April 2012, was still number 7 this year, “I Was a Victim of Stereotyping … and It Hurt!” As a white man in the US, I do not often experience the horrors of stereotyping that many minority communities do in this country, but in one case I was judged and stereotyped, and it really did hurt.


Number 6: From May of this year, “Five Important Ramifications of NBA Pro Basketball Player Jason Collins’ Coming Out” as a gay man. After the media hype died down, I shared some long lasting implications of Jason Collins coming out. I also shout out to this year’s WNBA’s first draft pick, out lesbian Brittany Griner.


Number 5: A special satire piece I wrote for Labor Day in early September, “The Largest Threat to the American Economy and Entrepreneurism!” What I share from personal experience as the largest threat may surprise you.


Number 4: Actually this was a blog originally published in 2011 and I am very glad to see it still getting a lot of readers, “Three Components of Diversity Training.” When I was asked to submit a bid to a Fortune 500 firm for design and delivery of a one-day diversity and inclusion workshop for middle managers, I studied my past material and prepared my bid, and realized that successful diversity training needs to contain three major components. You will need to click and read to see what they are!


Number 3: “Five Heroes of the Early US Gay Rights Movement.” And it truly a diverse group that includes women, men, transgender, an African-American and a religious leader.


Number 2: After seeing an article called “5 Things to Never Say to Black People” on the Diversity Inc. website – I was inspired to write my own blog – “5 Things to Never Say to Gay People.” This was the first blog that I ever wrote that got 200 hits within 24 hours of being published!


… and my Number 1 most read blog in 2013: “Five Common Misconceptions about Gay People.”


Thanks to all the readers who enjoy and share my blogs. In 2014, if you want to be notified each time I do publish, you can like my business facebook page (Link), or if you subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter, I include a short summary and links to the past month’s writings.


Wishing all my readers a wonderful 2014 filled with much contentment and success!