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  • Old Year’s Resolutions

    Old Year’s Resolutions

    Have you ever wondered about your New Year's resolutions in December? No, not your upcoming ones, but the ones from last year? If you're like most people, you probably haven't. And the reason why is we don't want to acknowledge failure: we don't want to be reminded about resolutions that [More]

  • Location or Credibility?

    Location or Credibility?

    With so many Social Media sites out there, where should you spend your time? In the "olden days" of just a few short years ago, it was fairly simple: For business, spend time on LinkedIn. For personal, use Facebook (or in the "real" olden days, use MySpace). If you have [More]

  • Blog Intentions

    Blog Intentions

    With so many people and organizations getting on the blogging bus, it seems that blogging must be very important. But why? Deciding on a strategy helps clarify the underlying purpose of the blog itself, and provides focus to the writing. Here are some of the reasons that we've come across; [More]

  • Social Media ROI

    Social Media ROI

    Do you have a nagging concern that all of the time you spend on Social Media is not giving you a good return on your time investment? If so, you're probably right, and you're not alone. Too many organizations (and people) waste time doing activities that yield very little, often [More]

  • The Rule of Three

    The Rule of Three

    Have you ever read a blog post or listened to a presentation, only to find yourself unable to recall what was written or said? Have you ever found yourself frustrated when your own ideas are so quickly forgotten? There are many possible reasons for this, but often the culprit is [More]

  • Crisis Communicator

    Crisis Communicator

    When someone sends a nastygram directly to you via email, it's easy to deal with them directly: there's just one person. But on Social Media, a nasty post gets broadcast everywhere. And when others start repeating, retweeting, and adding to the message, the problem escalates further. Many are woefully unprepared [More]

  • Prime time

    Prime time

    Are you interrupted so often that you can never get anything done? Too often, our priorities are set by external stimulus, and not through intentional decisions. We focus on the urgent, not the important. The key to addressing this issue is training... everyone around you. If people think that you [More]

  • Network Strength

    Network Strength

    How powerful is your network? Or rather, how do you make your network even more powerful than it already is? Try these four strategies: 1) Go Wide: Get more people onto your network list. This can be done at networking events, online conferences, and anywhere there are people you haven't [More]

  • Enough Fluff

    Enough Fluff

    In today's society, we are surrounded by fluff: low value information whose noise gets in the way of solid analysis, improved relationships, and personal excellence. Some of the fluff is mis-aimed advertising, some fluff is reply-all emails, and other fluff is "analysis" that doesn't really analyze. We see fluff at [More]

  • Don’t Feed the Monster

    Don’t Feed the Monster

    Have you ever found yourself in an email argument with someone? Or a flamewar, where there is a public, angry disagreement between you and someone else that goes on without end? If so, you're not alone. Each minute that is spent is both agitating and unproductive, so it behooves us [More]

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