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Wait, Weight? Do Tell Me

by · August 28, 2014

A few months ago, I checked back into my Vermont hotel room and accepted my fate: snowed in; no way out. I took some time that night to sit out on the hotel balcony, watching the snow continue to fall, staring out at the monochromatic landscape, and listening to the utter quietness. That night, I was introduced to a phenomenon not often present where I live. Loud cracks, sharp breaks, distant crashing sounds. It took me a few minutes to discern the noise, then I saw it happen.

A perfectly healthy-looking branch, weighted down by the snow, just fell free from its tree and crashed to the ground. Weight; I have seen this happen before, in myself and those around me, in my workplace and out in public, out in the open and kept behind office doors. Weight, whether tangible or intangible, can be burdensome, can slow you down, and, given enough time and inattention, can literally render you unable to maintain.

How often do you check your own weight or the weight of those around you? 

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How to Respond to Online Brand and Reputation Attacks

by · August 26, 2014

Online brand and reputation attacks have become some of the easiest and most impactful mechanisms for individuals and companies to cause serious harm to businesses.

These types of attacks can originate from a variety of sources, but most commonly the “attackers” are competitors, disgruntled employees, unhappy customers, dissatisfied investors, extortionists or other people and businesses who become upset with a company and want to cause that company serious damage.

Further, these attacks come in many forms, including:

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The Three Approaches To Making Money

by · July 1, 2014

There are really only three approaches to making money online or offline. The trick is figuring out which approach you are cut out for. No, I’m not talking specific actions to produce revenue. I’m talking big picture approaches. But it does boil down to three.

1. Create Original Content

These are artists and artisans, musicians, moviemakers and writers. Your content is so unique, so valuable, that you can simply publish or produce it and the masses will buy. This group of people are gifted, unique and rare.

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What Makes You Memorable?

by · May 13, 2014

Have you ever stopped to think about what people remember about you after they meet you the first time? Is it something intentional? Or is it different for every person? I’ve spent a considerable amount of time “working” on my personal brand. I say “working” with a pretty ridiculous amount of sarcasm, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

There is a ton of content out there on personal branding and frankly there is some pretty decent stuff out there. But I have a short-cut to building your personal brand and it all comes down to one thing.

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10 Books To Inform & Inspire Your Spring

by · April 7, 2014

Normally when I review books it’s because a stack of five or so has accumulated on my desk and I need to move them. If I don’t stop, read and review, I’ll move them to a shelf and never look at them again. After a year or so, I’ll take them to Goodwill or Half Price Books and be done with them.

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Connecting Television and Social: A Contrast

by · February 20, 2014

You know what’s awesome? Live events and social media. I love watching live events and my feed at the same time. Brings me such joy and connection. February brought so many great live annual events like the Super Bowl and the Grammys. When I was watching those events, I was following all of my social feeds and it really added to the experience. It actually felt like I was watching along with my friends around the globe. It made the Grammys feel like more of a global celebration of music and its fans. The Super Bowl was incredible because I was sharing in the revelry of my former hometown and their fans and my friends. I felt like I was a Seattleite again. I felt so connected to those events through my network. And really that is the power of social and its use with broadcast television.

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5 Ways Video Game Companies are Leveraging Social Media

by · November 15, 2013

In the gaming world, things are starting to heat up. In November, both Microsoft and Sony are releasing their next generation of video game systems. In addition to the visual upgrades, both systems will also deeply integrate social media.

Gamers and developers alike are getting excited about the promise of the next generation of gaming, which kicks off November 15th with the release of the PlayStation 4, followed by Microsoft’s Xbox One on November 22nd. Here are a few of the ways those companies will make use of the social media features.

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Social Media and Pre-teens [VIDEO]

by · October 11, 2013

Today’s pre-teen has an instinctual understanding of the value of social networking, which is a good thing. It speaks to the way these networks are designed and to the user experience — that it is tapping into something fundamentally human in the way we connect.

However, that’s not enough. That stance assumes that the children involved also have the life experience necessary to recognize the boundaries of social norms, to handle bullying, to process peer pressure for what it is.

I posted this video last month in my effort to figure out where the lines are. I am depressed to say that most parents have never given this the first thought, and they should.

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“Sorry” Indeed: Why Most Company Apologies Suck

by · August 1, 2013

J.C. Penney made a colossal mistake when they changed their pricing structure, alienating their bargain-hunting base. The bungled strategy led to the departure of Penney’s CEO, Ron Johnson, but before he left, he did one thing right: apologized.

Mistakes are part of doing business. Some mistakes result in annoyance (Apple Maps), others outrage (Instagram’s terms of service change). In some cases, a mistake becomes an international incident, like the Asiana airline crash in San Francisco that killed three people and injured dozens.

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