UnStuck at the Crossroads

Sometimes we can get stuck at a crossroads in life. We might try logic as a form of navigation, or we might go by way of our gut. Getting stuck in the intersection of indecision is a dangerous place. Recognizing opportunity as it comes is key. Stuck at a Crossroads Cast Away at MOVIECLIPS.com Me? After a season of logical-izing, I'm trusting my gut and getting … [Read more...]

Story Listening: Is Harry Potter About Witchcraft?

Is Harry Potter about witchcraft? Or is the story about perseverance and friendship? About the constant battles of good vs evil or self vs community? A wise friend teaches the important distinction between "book story" and "life story" in works of fiction. With such in mind, Harry Potter might be - in part - about witchcraft. But alas, that is the … [Read more...]

Small Business Contest – Big Prize Packages

Virtuosi Media is having a contest and if you’re a small business owner, you have a chance to win big! We’re giving away over $21,000 in prizes, with the Grand Prize package featuring a free business website valued up to $10,000 and other prizes from our sponsors, all designed to boost your business’ success online. Interested in increasing your bottom line, improving the image … [Read more...]

10 Legit Ways to Gain a Twitter Fast Friend Following

Image via Wikipedia There are many ways small town business owners and independent contractors can use Twitter. Heck, there are as many ways to use Twitter as there are flavors of Jelly Belly (50 officially. Jelly Belly flavors, that is). Of course, in this era of stream n' scream and fast-food friending, most folks want to see instant results.  So with respect to the … [Read more...]

Don’t Speak TO Your Audience; Speak THROUGH Your Audience

Kiss the microphone. Spill from your gut. Speak to the back of the church. Quieting your voice as a form of modesty is going to kill the message and end your days as a messenger. It's easy to fall into the trap of talking softly when confronted with a microphone and in audience (seen or unseen). But don't be tempted. Instead, amp your voice up just a notch to overcome … [Read more...]

Small-Town Small Business Web Pages – One Page at a Time

"I don't need a website.  I don't even have a computer here." That's what the owner of a small-town, three-chair hair salon said to me the other day. Really. But she's not alone in her thinking. Now that the weather has improved, I've again been building single-page websites in the highways and hedges of rural Iowa. I'm finding that the … [Read more...]

Are Whitepapers Dead?

Are Whitepapers Dead? If you ask Lauren Carlson of Marketing Automation Software Guide,, the answer is clear in her article No One Wants to Read Your Whitepaper, Let's Hope They Recycle It. The days of the Whitepaper have changed. Twice it seems.  And a third time could be a charm for both writer and reader. I had the opportunity to ask Lauren a few questions to help … [Read more...]

Feed the Junkies

Fanatics! From a poker junkie to star trekkie, football fans to Beatlemania - people flock together to celebrate and commiserate and even fan the flames of their fanaticism. The content ignites community and creates conversation. Are you providing and provoking the content worthy of the flame? Again, we can go to our bookstore lesson and especially the magazine section to … [Read more...]

Writing With FastPencil

Inspired by Doug Mitchell's book The MultiThread Marketer (review coming soon), I started putting together archives of ConverStations into book form on FastPencil a few nights ago. Not all of the posts, just the best of them. FastPencil makes it very easy to organize and publish your book to Amazon as Doug has done with his book. So I'm doing likewise. At 22,000 … [Read more...]

Gigantificationism Leads to Breakthrough

My wife-to-be, Angela Thye, posted this Nelson Mandela quote yesterday on our SansoneSpot site: "Our deepest fear in not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous.  Actually, who are you not to be?  Your playing small doesn’t serve … [Read more...]