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Six Things to Not Do On LinkedIn and in Social Media Forums

Many of us have experienced the irritating hijacking of productive online networking discussions. 

Here are some basic DON’T suggestions for posting on LinkedIn and in other social media forums.

I don't profess to be a social media expert,and some of this is just common sense. It’s worth spelling out since social media is still a relatively new communication medium and clearly some people don’t quite get it…yet.  

Family Time Simply Makes Good Business Sense


Have you ever made one of those "to do" lists? I have a friend who is so serious about those things that she even writes down stuff she has already done - just so she can cross it off!

5 Ways to Beat Burnout


Juggling a million projects at once, burning the midnight oil, and traveling nonstop may sound like roads to success. But they’re also a recipe for burnout. Once you reach that point, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of a funk. Your health and productivity will suffer, and you’ll find it tougher to get jazzed about going to work or coming up with creative ways to market your business. Here are five ways to beat burnout – before it beats you down.

The Business Wisdom of Steve Jobs


“You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart– even when it leads you off the well worn path. And, that will make all the difference.”


Who Am I?

Hint:  I'm a money making opportunity you don't want to miss! 

I have two missions: one of utility; one of sentiment.

I am the symbol of time, combining the past, the present and the future.

As the clock records the seconds, minutes and hours, I record the days, weeks and years.

Are You At Risk for Workaholism?

What's Really Important in Life?

When I was assigned the topic of workaholism for this column, I knew immediately who to turn to.  My close friend just happens to be a successful senior executive for a Bay Area consulting firm.  He's also a consummate workaholic and one of the savviest professionals I know. "It's how you get ahead that matters," he says. "Working late, putting in the extra time, getting things done, making a difference.  It's the quickest way to the top."

A Powerful Lesson in 3 Minutes!

This is a video on leadership provided by Derek Sivers. 

Watch the leadership video

Here is a transcript of his commentary.

If you've learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let's watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons:

The Three Rs of EXPO...or any Trade Show

A Trade Show Follow Up Commentary

Like many of you, I was in the normal routine for the first day back from the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.  I like to call it the day of three R’s.

United Breaks Guitars

A Classic Business Tale of Uncaring Customer Service, the Power of Social Media, a Musician Turned Business Motivational Speaker and New Business Opportunities!

In March of 2008, Dave Carroll and his band were traveling on United Airlines. On the first leg of their flight, they were seated at the rear of the aircraft. Upon landing and waiting to deplane a woman sitting behind Dave cried out: "My God they're throwing guitars out there." 

Where Are You?

We have all seen the directory maps in office buildings, malls, etc. The kind that shows you the overall layout of things and indicates your location with the “You Are Here” mark. It makes me wonder…have you ever wondered where you are…in life and business? If there was a life directory, where would it point out that you are now? You may know where you want to end up, but navigating that journey must begin with an honest evaluation of where you are in the first place.

The Many Uses For Lanyards!

Have You Considered the Ways That Lanyards Offer a Branding Solution?

Lanyards are becoming a very popular trend and are being used by many different people for a variety of applications. Although you might think that lanyards are typically only used in the working world, which they definitely are, they can also serve as some of the most unique and handy things for everyday use. People today are now using lanyards in far more inventive ways than ever imagined and the possibilities are endless on what they can continue to be used for. Check out some ways that others have found to make good use out of their lanyards:

Become the “Big Dog” in Your Community

Attending local business expos are always enjoyable for me. I like to analyze how businesses choose to stand out from the crowd and market their companies. A few years ago, I wrote a commentary entitled, I won a Chip Clip and Invested 100K! 

It was a snarky piece touching on how many trade show exhibitors often give away “stuff” just to give away stuff without regard to using a product to convey their desired message. 

Bar Soap or Liquid Soap? A Commentary on Changing Times!


As a confessed marketing madman who thinks different, I’m always pondering branding strategies, marketing messages, hot products, and changing business trends. One of the rambling thoughts I’ve pondered recently is the movement to use liquid soap instead of bar soap. Clearly this is today’s soap trend.