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I’m learning to be more productive by watching videos of people who are learning to be more productive.

06.21.2014

I’m getting interested in new productivity tools and looking at GTD, mind mapping and Chronodex. So far I’ve learned that YouTube videos posted by other people are not the best way to learn. I just watched a “how to mind map” video in which the presenter created a map that apparently helps her remember she […]

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Siri is a great productivity tool – and it keeps getting better.

06.13.2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about productivity tools and apps and devices that might make my daily life more efficient. The irony, of course, is that I would probably get all the efficiency gains I need if I just stopped trying new tools every week. But what fun would that be? I’ve been […]

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I’m worried about content marketing. And social media, for that matter.

04.09.2014

I’ve been a content marketing and social media professional for roughly the last six years. I was, and continue to be, excited about the potential of social media and content marketing to change the business world for the better. But these days, I cringe when I go on Facebook or Twitter. I find myself pondering […]

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Headline writers need to adapt to social media

08.30.2013

Today in North Carolina there was an Amber Alert for a one-year-old girl in a stolen car. The headlines in local media were along the lines of, “Search continues for missing High Point girl.” I first saw the story on my iPhone, and I’m sure many others viewed it on a mobile device. To get […]

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Striking it comfy

05.25.2013

A decade ago, I knew the names of some Internet millionaires, just like we all did. Today, I personally know probably a dozen or more; people who were part of a great idea at the right time and did the hard work and had the luck necessary to capitalize on it. I’m listening to my […]

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How do you find time to blog?

10.13.2012

I’m at the Back to the Blog event at Duke, organized by Anton Zuiker and Cara Rousseau. One attendee just asked how to find time to blog, which is one of the most common questions I’ve been asked over the past five years. I have a number of standard responses: *Look for content you’re already […]

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Do you really think half the country hates you?

08.11.2012

Political debate in the U.S. devolved into name calling long ago. Both sides are guilty of using the basest of personal attacks to appeal to the basest instincts of the electorate. But it is time for both parties to realize the long-term damage they are causing in their heedless, headlong rush to power. America is […]

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I love meeting people who are on top of their game.

08.03.2012

I traveled to Atlanta recently for a meeting with customers. I booked a car service since it was the same price as renting a car, and required less GPS goofery on my part. I looked on Yelp and found K-One Limo, with six of the most positive reviews I’ve ever seen. Initially I was skeptical, […]

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The hottest new social network: marketers take note

08.02.2012

Social media usage statistics for the month of July show that early adopters and influencers are leaving Facebook in favor of a new crop of social networks. These location-based food photo sharing apps place funny quotes on top of the picture, designed to attack people who don’t share the user’s political believes. The hottest one […]

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Enterprise content marketers are making a huge mistake with Facebook

04.22.2012

A survey of Inc. 500 companies shows the first decline in corporate blogging since 2007. Many are switching their content efforts to Facebook. Big mistake, as Janet Meiners Thaeler points out in the post linked above. I agree with everything she says. And here’s another way to think about it; Facebook is a valuable channel, […]

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