Reflections and Reviews of Octobers Gone By

At the turn of the calendar, let's revisit some posts from this and past Octobers: October 2010 Should Every Business Blog? - Could every business blog? You bet. Should they? It depends on their motivation and method of operation. The Bookstore Lesson (Day 12) - The favorite lesson of many I work with - and my favorite too. Join us? "Hello, Are You My Next Blog … [Read more...]

Strong-End Summit: What Do You Want?

Friday afternoons are often a bit more relaxed, but relaxed doesn't mean lazy. The Strong-End Summits (videos that will keep brains and hearts afire) are a way to end our week strong and come back refreshed. Trombone Player Wanted (HT @jmpbaker) Think Different Will Smith - Mindset Wisdom Seth Godin - Mindset of a Winner … [Read more...]

Going Deep: My Desk at Suite # 12

Mike Wagner is going deep. And he's starting with our desktops. First his own desk, then a dive into ours: This isn't a shallow conversation. In fact, as "@bigwags" says and shows, our desktops actually can tell a lot about us and our work style. Here's my desk (9740 University Ave, Suite Table #12, WDM, IA 50266) also known as Panera U: I've had … [Read more...]

The Digital Handshake Comes to Iowa: B2B Social Media Workshop

Paul Chaney is coming back to Iowa - and he's bringing his toolkit with him for a B2B Social Media Bootcamp via AMA Iowa on November 11th & 12th. The Social Media Handyman and author of The Digital Handshake and Realty Blogging has long been a mentor/model of mine. He's championed small business, corporate, niche market, and non-profit blogging since chalk on a … [Read more...]

Turn Your Passion into a Profession: I_Blog Conference (Nov 5-7)

Whether you're just starting out blogging or in full swing, attending the I_Blog conference will help take you to the next level. A good group of speakers will lead your learning for various business and personal blogging studies: Utilizing LinkedIn to Build Your Connections and Grow Your Business Using Mobile Technology to Keep You Connected Making the Most of Your … [Read more...]

Personality Poker: Innovating, Identifying & Improving Performance

Add a third book to my "must-reads" for 2010. Personality Poker by Stephen M. Shapiro is a combination text/tool that I've quickly embraced in several ways (more on that in a bit). The book guides your way through using the deck of cards for team-building or self-awareness exercises. Like road signs on your networking highway, the text helps navigate the many … [Read more...]

How to use For That Perfect Scene

A few people have asked how I get those MovieClips and edit them down shorter. It's super easy and can really put a punctuation on your blog posts. First thing is to log in (or create a free account). Once you find the scene you want, you can edit even more by clicking on the "share" button on the right side of the screen, then dragging the blue timeline bars below the clip to … [Read more...]

Frequency and Consistency Begets a Familiar Following

One of the most popular questions I get about social media is frequency. How many blog posts per week? How many tweets a day? How much time should I put into Facebook? While I am a huge fan of quality (aren't we all), I believe a consistent, frequent, and relevant engagement may be the biggest key to reaching your goals in social media. It's not so different offline, … [Read more...]

What Would Bubba Blog About?

Shrimp.  He knows everything there is to know about the shrimping business... Movie Videos & Movie Scenes at Over 20 posts as a starter. Of course, he could go into the generations of shrimp experts of his mamas and their mama's mama. He could point to the shrimping business fringes - like the shrimping boat mechanics, shrimping boat … [Read more...]

Brain Stew – Thinking Out Loud

What's the next for Location-Based Services (LBS)? Is anyone using Location in Learning - a student "checks-in" at certain points and receives a "badge" for applying what they've learned in their out-of-classroom life? Or Location in <insert religious pref> walk? Again, check-ins and badges based on learning and applying things along their … [Read more...]