Things and Thinks – LIFT Clips 11-08-14

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - What is the Internet of Things? [tentblogger-youtube wL34vK-On3o] IMPROVE - Tell Better Stories [tentblogger-youtube … [Read more...]

Blogging (Effectively) During the Holiday Season

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Written by Larry Alton Everything seems to change when the holiday season rolls around – and we are officially entering that time of the year. As the beginning of November leads to Thanksgiving, followed by December and Christmas, and capped off by ringing in New Years on January 1st, it’s important to think about the effects of the holiday season on the business landscape. … [Read more...]

Short Hops and News Stops for Nov. 7, 2014

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A lot can happen in a few days. With the pace of change in business and technology, it can be hard to keep up. Here are some short hops and news stops that may have gone by too fast to catch them this week: Feedly Pro Goes Beyond If you're a practitioner of Search Once and Subscribe, Feedly, an aggregator of your favorite blogs, news, and search strings has upgraded their … [Read more...]

Start Small and Sustain Huge

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Big ideas and grandiose plans are great fun. Almost always. White boards, Post-it notes, drawings on napkins, value proposition sketches, cold pizza ... . Invigorating! There's work to be done once the pizza is gone. I've had the privilege of start-ups and launches, grand openings and opening nights. Between Ideation and Introduction - there are a lot of instances of hard … [Read more...]

12 Ways to Finish Strong in 2014 and Accelerate into 2015

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This time of year, many business owners are pushing to reach goals and planning ahead to next year. Whether you've reached all, some or none of your 2014 goals, the end of the year push is crucial for your business!  Want to start 2015 strong?  Then it’s time to end 2014 strong! I am excited and honored to be participating in a special event with some of the world's top rock … [Read more...]

Take Inventory to Manage the Pieces of Your Problem

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Some problems are small enough to handle right away. Low-hanging fruit. Notice it, tend to it, done. Of course, there are plenty of BIG problems. One way to tackle those BIG Hairy Audacious Problems is to dissect into smaller pieces. Smaller. Like a jigsaw puzzle, gather your pieces, keeping the big picture in mind and in view. The pieces of a jigsaw puzzle are already … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Oct 26 – Nov 1, 2014

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Week in Review October 26 – November 2: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in … [Read more...]

Doubt Says: You’re Grounded (Thoughtography)

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  "The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it" - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan If there is doubt, there is no doubt. If you doubt you can write, there is no doubt about it. You can't. If you doubt you can speak on stage, there is no doubt about it. As soon as you doubt, there is no longer a reason to doubt. You just made it … [Read more...]

Hacks, Habits, and Holdings – LIFT Slides 11/01/14

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few decks on SlideShare that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Make Blogging Way Easier 20 Quick Tips to Make Blogging Way Easier from HubSpot IMPROVE - 20 Habits of … [Read more...]

Finding: Fit, Reach, Help, and Ideas (LIFT Clips 11/01/14)

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to 'Get Out of the Building' [tentblogger-youtube a-J_SwmMJyo] IMPROVE - Digital Marketing Tips for the … [Read more...]