Fifty Shades of Conversation

Fingers to Lips

Everyone has a voice. It's easier, now more than ever, to get your opinions heard or seen. Many exercise their opinion muscles prematurely, but that's probably not a new thing. Ever since chalk on a rock, we gather around content, around the story. Sometimes, the gathering becomes part of the story. We flock around the content, then we talk about the content. Have we begun … [Read more...]

ConverStations – Now In Its 10th Year

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It's funny math. When we are born, we celebrate the completion of our first year of life with our first birthday. For the next 12 months, people say we are "1" even though we are in our 2nd year of life. On my next birthday, I will be 54 (having just completed 54 years of life). The day after my birthday, I will begin my 55th year of living. Today, ConverStations begins … [Read more...]

Display Merchandising through the Customer’s Journey – The LIFT Weekly Podcast No. 7

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The LIFT Weekly Podcast for Small Business Owners Episode No. 7 - Display Merchandising through the Customer's Journey: From your website to your front window, and after the sale. Display Merchandising is often thought of as retail only, mapping out and dressing up the sales floor and front window display. However, with the customer experience starting long before they … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, Feb. 8 – 14, 2015

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Week in Review February 8-14, 2015: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks (Almost) Daily Podcasts, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@smallbiztracks) This Week on ConverStations Using Images in Your Web Content - The LIFT Weekly Podcast No. 6 11 Ways to Use the New Twitter Video "That's a Dumb Idea" Embrace the Challenge of Change One Blank … [Read more...]

More Tools to Love in LIFT Clips 02-14-15

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. There are plenty of tools and apps that we use daily (Here's four tools posted earlier). Some of these apps have become an extension of ourselves, and we extensions of the tools. They improve our lives, organize our lives, and possibly even make our lives more enjoyable. So many … [Read more...]

Tools to Love in LIFT Clips 02-14-15

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. There are plenty of tools and apps that we use daily. Some of these apps have become an extension of ourselves, and we extensions of the tools. They improve our lives, organize our lives, and possibly even make our lives more enjoyable. So many apps and tools could be listed here. … [Read more...]

What’s Their Secret? 4 Traits of Successful Business People

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Guest Post by Brian Wilkins Former New York Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy became the butt of several jokes in 2000, not because his car was completely destroyed by a jet-blast from the team's Boeing 737 charter plane, but because it was discovered his car was a 1995 Honda Civic. Van Gundy earned a $4 million bonus the previous season for taking the talent-deficient Knicks … [Read more...]

One Blank Canvas at a Time

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Maybe I botched the quote below when I paraphrased it to him. He grabbed hold of the historical aspect rather than the positive possibilities of the present and future. “Unlike a painting where we can go back and paint over it, when a day is spent, it is etched forever on the canvas. We start each day with a blank new canvas.” ~ Anne Copeland The possibilities of a clean … [Read more...]

Embrace the Challenge of Change

Father and Son Hugging

If you’re not up to the challenge of change, the changes are going to be more challenging. Being a business owner brings a steady stream of challenges. Challenges can come from external influence like customers government, weather, competitors, and our employees or vendors. Plenty of other challenges exist internally, whether those challenges are coming up with the next … [Read more...]

“That’s a Dumb Idea”

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What is it that stops us from capturing ideas, sharing ideas, putting an idea into play? Whose voice is in our ear, saying, “That’s a dumb idea!” or “That'll never work”? [Tweet "If you're not up to the challenge of change, the changes are going to be more challenging."] Several months ago I was working with a retail store owner. I asked him: "If time and money were … [Read more...]