Apr 29, 2016
“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” — Charles Dickens
Friends and regular readers know I love to “nest.” My home is my sanctuary and the foundation for much of my sanity and calmness. However, what if I didn’t have that? Here in the “first world” we often forget that many of our fellow human beings don’t have even the basics…forget not being able to afford a new car or a kitchen
Apr 27, 2016
In talking with entrepreneur clients, I often do a bit of tough love and give them the “so what” test. (Better to hear from me than a potential investor or customer.)
If you’re thinking about starting a new biz or have a cool new invention - before you max out the credit cards, quit your job or clean out the kids’ college fund - think about how you would answer the following:
1. “I’ve got a great _________! Nobody else can do it.” So What? What problem does it solve? Do people
Apr 25, 2016
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Yes, it’s Monday again. But, c’mon. It’s only a day out of a week…part of an artificial time construct we humans have crafted. It could just as easily be called Friday…(Do you feel better already?) And, there wasn’t even such a thing as “weekends” until the late 19th/early part of the 20th century. (Thank you, labor unions! More at Where the Five-Day Workweek Came From.)
And so we come to that image. Here’s why I so love history (and
Apr 20, 2016
Yes, you read that right. I’m actually saying you may not need social media. It all comes back to the basics: What are your objectives? Who are your customers? Where do they look for information? How can you engage with them? How can you get them to act? (“Liking” you isn’t the same as buying from you.) Social media isn’t magic; it won’t instantly generate revenues, make a bad product great, or keep customers loyal. It’s also not—despite what some say—easy, simple or truly free. You need a
Apr 07, 2016
Certainly, marketers have glommed onto SM for communications. Especially the increasingly desperate (and clueless) ad and PR agencies (who anoint themselves social media experts…and send out cold email spam to bloggers - such as me - about topics that aren’t even remotely related to my blog and biz. Jelly Belly jelly beans and moms? Really?)
However, social media isn’t marketing. (Just as advertising isn’t marketing, another one of my pet peeves.) It’s a tool set that can - properly used -
Apr 04, 2016
“I’m not against having a nice day. I’m not against happiness.”— Barbara Ehrenreich at TEDxZaragoza (video here). Ms. Ehrenreich conceived of her book, Smile or Die, How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World, when “she became ill with breast cancer, and found herself surrounded by pink ribbons and bunny rabbits and platitudes. She balked at the way her anger and sadness about having the disease were seen as unhealthy and dangerous by health professionals and other sufferers.”
Apr 01, 2016
Yes, you read that right. Do Nothing.
We are all faced with URGENT! IMPORTANT! every day. If we don’t ACT RIGHT NOW, all will be lost. Well, maybe…maybe not. And if we rush in without knowing what we’re doing, we could actually do more harm than good. These days, thanks (or no thanks) to social media, we can be instantly aware of all the world’s ills and outrages. And, of course, the world is full of really awful people and terrible tragedies (and always has been. Over all, the quality of
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- Mindful Monday: “Be cheerful, live your life”
- Do You Even Need Social Media in Your Biz Mix?
- Social Media Isn’t Marketing.
- Mindful Monday: Sometimes I’m Not Okay and Neither Are You.
- Do Good: Do Nothing.
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- Do Good. Do Well.
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