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One Thing: Measure What Matters

measure what matters, measure, ROI, SMMWhen I first got into the community building industry,
it was one of the most exhilarating pivots in my career as a business developer / entrepreneur. I found a way to generate profound and lasting friendships even faster and more efficiently than ever before (note: I’m what some would label an “old school marketer”). And, I discovered ways to help my clients do the same, and to measure their business growth along the way. Continue reading

One Thing: Brand YOU

branding, you, personal brand, brand, business, developmentSo, you work for a brand/”mothership”…meaning you get a regular paycheck and a W-2 at the end of the year. Or perhaps you are the “boss” of the mothership. From your company work space (office, cubicle), you are on fire to make a difference, and bring some impact to the work you do, regardless of how big that mothership is. Thing is, it’s not always possible to make the difference you envision. Continue reading

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One Thing: Take Your Own Advice

It happened to me.
A few years ago, I finally took my own advice.

Has that ever happened to you?
I hope so. It’s a great feeling when you take your own advice.
I got out of my own way.
And, it is paying off, big time, even when the proverbial ‘poo’ hits the fan.
In keeping with the promise of the Landmark Forum (more about that later), I am leading an extraordinary life (this was not always the case).

Here are just a few things I have learned over the years that make it stick. Maybe you can relate: Continue reading

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One Thing: Stay Thirsty

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Shannon J. Hernandez

My friend, talented Phoenix broadcaster and podcast producer, Shannon J. Hernandez, invited me (via his post on Facebook) to attend Podcast San Diego, an event where he spoke to over 100 podcasters, live.
I said ‘YES’! And, I’m so glad I did.
This caused some introspection, as it was not an “impulse buy”, by any means. Continue reading

One Thing: Personal

Personal branding works #GetYourSlice

Be mine #GetYourSlice

One Thing:  Personal  As I travel from my home-base in Northern California Wine Country, meeting up with online friends OFF line, I am reminded that we are all here to bring something special to the world, in our personal and business lives.

What do I know for sure?  Each of us was put here on the planet to make a difference.

So, in a series of posts, I’m going to focus on simple elements of business which pave avenues through your business “doors” (whether you are brick and mortar, or online or both).  Continue reading

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Get Your Slice

My tag line originated during my years of fundraising for non-profits, ranging from the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association), as a kid, to my current endeavors.

“There’s enough for everyone, get YOUR slice”

When I became mature enough to understand this fully, I started to see how this also applies in the professional for-profit realm. While many business owners see similar businesses as a threat, or competition, I see them much differently.  While a startling number of my contemporaries see lack where I see abundance, this “tag line” is a touch stone for my life.

MiaVoss

Mia Voss

My friend, Mia Voss, Founder of The Mia Connect, coined a phrase on a recent show of hers:  “Collaboration is the new competition”.

To distill my approach, I put it this way… Continue reading

The Man, 2013

Burning Man Dust Off

I’ve been dusting off; experiencing the annual re-entry into what we call the virtual world this past week.

And, as is always the case in life, there is so much happening in our world these days.  Our thoughts and emotions are with the events of 9/11…we still feel the burn and miss loved ones lost that day.  Babies are being born, birthdays are being celebrated, we wake to work another day, and for many of us who attended Burning Man earlier this month, we attempt to weave our personal sentiment and consciousness into our daily lives, once again. Continue reading