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Are you Tattoo Passionate About Your Work?

by · June 10, 2014

Last week I was at the Vocus Demand Success event with the likes of Chris Brogan, Ann Handley, Kerry Gorgone, Tom Webster, Geoff Livingston, Chris Penn, Richard Binhammer and so many more. It was an amazing event with a fantastic line up and incredible attendees.

However, if I was to boil down one thing that really stuck for me it was one line in Chris Brogan’s session “Get Your Freak on for Success”: Freaks are “tattoo passionate” about the work they do. That really made me stop and think about all the times I wasn’t tattoo passionate and the times I have been. The difference between the two is pretty astounding.


Be Prepared as Digital Natives Demand the 4 Hour Work Week Lifestyle

by · December 4, 2012

After spending 15 years in Corporate America it didn’t take long for me to realize that my generation,  Generation X, quickly fell into the traditions of our parent’s generation, the Boomers. We all commute to work in our high rise buildings, we peer our heads over our desk in North Cubeland, we work 9-5, take our 2-4 weeks of vacation each year, and spend most of our days in conference rooms having meetings about our meetings. In the last decade we’ve started to see innovations with flexible work schedules, work from home options and creative work spaces. As Gen Xers this was liberating and we began to feel like we had work life balance.


Are You Ready For Your Impact Equation?

by · October 24, 2012

My friends Chris Brogan and Julien Smith finally have a follow-up to their 2010 New York Times best-seller Trust Agents. It’s a useful collection of stories and exercises to help you spread ideas. While the authors claim it’s not a social media book (and are a bit defensive about that early on), it turns out that it really is in a lot of ways. But it’s helpful for the offline, too.


What It’s Like To Roast Chris Brogan

by · May 13, 2011

Wednesday night in Chicago, I hosted the unGeeked Elite Roast of Chris Brogan. The event was put together for two reasons. First, unGeeked Elite (a traveling social media marketing retreat/conference), wanted to raise money for a good local charity (Sit Stay Read) prior to its event there this week. Second, it offered an opportunity for those who could participate to pay tribute to Chris, who has been an inspiration, mentor and friend to a lot of us.

Roasting Chris Brogan is pretty easy in and of itself. You find 3-4 qualities or facts that can be lampooned a bit and come up with potentially humorous, tongue-in-cheek material like this:


What Can You Expect From Your Corporate Blog?

by · March 24, 2011

The first rule of measurement is know your objectives so you know what to measure.  That said, it’s a challenge to decide on objectives for a blog when you don’t know what the possibilities are.  At Lion Brand Yarn Company, we outlined objectives before we launched our blog in 2008, but what we discovered was that we would benefit in ways that we did not imagine.

Of all forms of social media, blogging can be the most time intensive. It is also a tool that requires a sustained, long-term effort. But therein lies the power of this tool. Developing a rich bank of content that serves our audience has been an important asset to our company. Here are five benefits of blogging that we have enjoyed:


Kitchen Table Companies Resource For Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners

by · February 1, 2011

They say great minds think alike. While I don’t claim to be as brilliant as my friend Chris Brogan, there’s something in the water this week. Yesterday, I told you about Exploring Social Media, an online resource for marketing, public relations, social media and online communications. Today, I’m tickled to tell you about Chris’s new project with our mutual buddy Joe Sorge called Kitchen Table Companies.

Like ESM, Kitchen Table Companies is an education community. But this one is for entrepreneurs and small business owners and focuses on all aspects of business — not just marketing. FInance, operations, management, distribution and more are the focal point here. It’s a place for multi-faceted learning about small business ownership and entrepreneurship.


What Would Happen if You Took a Break from Social Media?

by · November 19, 2010

Every once in a while we have the opportunity to read or view something that stops us in our tracks. Scott Stratten’s recent Oakville TEDx talk, Keep going until you stop, qualifies (an absolute must see).

Scott’s talk prompted me to take a deeper look at a couple of things – our evolving relationship with technology and its impact on our ability to be genuinely engaged. The love affair with social media can be a doubled-edged sword, both an investment and a cost. Once you step on the social media conveyor it’s pretty easy to just keep going, hyper connected 24/7/365. But to what end? How many of us assess the value of the time we spend online? Are we really “connected” and adding value to meaningful relationships or just killing time waiting for that next post, tweet or update?


You’re Going To Hear A Lot About This Book

by · August 17, 2009

Chris Brogan & Julien Smith

Image by jdlasica via Flickr

I read “Trust Agents” this weekend. Before you read further, please know that both authors, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, are people I consider friends. Their publisher sent me a free copy of the book to read and review. I’m not unbiased here, nor do I intend to fake it.

But you can trust me when I tell you that even if these two guys weren’t my friends, this book is well worth reading. In fact, it’s well worth buying a few copies to give to friends, business associates, clients or potential clients and so on.


7 Ways to Avoid Being a Social Media Clone

by · May 22, 2009

David Finch

David Finch

I was sitting in a meeting a few days ago and made a statement on how it would be nice if someone could clone me and then send my clone to attend my next meeting. It seemed comical at the moment and everyone chimed in on how productive it would be if they had their own clone as well. Who wouldn’t like to have a personal clone to sit in at meetings, attend jury duty and take care of basic responsibilities? However, within the social media space it has become easier to clone someone else’s ideas and even tone than it is to use the tools at hand to become an extension of the REAL you.