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Category Archives: Musings

Do You See What I See?

I ran into this picture while trolling along with StumbleUpon. It caught my breath and an “ohhhh” escaped my lips. It only took a split second to like this picture and I quickly made it my desktop picture. It just clicked. As I examine the picture some more, different elements sink in. I like theContinue Reading

Avoiding Burnout

While flipping through headlines with Feedly (ok, while ‘x’ing out dozens of articles in the blink of an eye, without reading them, using Feedly), I stopped at this Life Hack article: 11 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout All great ideas, but it was #5 that made me laugh. Write a Manifesto Wow, I typically useContinue Reading

Emotional Butterflies and How To Tame Them

The most common question I hear from people seeking public speaking advice in and outside of my Toastmasters’ groups is “How do I get rid of the butterflies I feel every time I go to speak?” My answer is the same every time. In the eyes of the other person I see either a lookContinue Reading

Which Card Do I use to Pay Attention?

If you could pay attention through payments on a special card, what would your balance look like? Overdrawn? Creditors beating down your door? The word attention comes from a Greek word which means “to attend". To me that really brings home the fact that paying attention to something is not the passive act many haveContinue Reading

The Legend and Lesson of GoldenBuddhaSchmutz

In the realm of personal branding there are two camps: One believes that you create a personal brand through the way you dress, cut your hair, pad your resume and all that nonsense which ends up giving the concept of personal branding a bad name. The other sees personal branding as a process of revelation.Continue Reading

Smelly Airline Passengers Now News, Post Kevin Smith

That’s right. Now that Kevin Smith has raised a ruckus online over being kicked off a flight for being too fat, other passengers are raising a stink. Literally. Hmmmm…too soon? I find this story amusing. A man was kicked off a Jazz Air flight. His smell was later described as “brutal” by another passenger. IfContinue Reading

Who really is looking out for you?

This ad ran in Time Magazine (June 30, 1947). That’s right, the headline reads DDT is Good for Me.  When I make jokes about this, I’ve actually had someone respond with “well yes, but the benefits of DDT in Africa can’t be argued with.” Really? I understand that Malaria is a horrible affliction, but ifContinue Reading

Is Feedback Killing Your Results?

For the last couple of weeks of December I listened to my collection of recordings from notorious grump and marketing master Jedi Dan Kennedy. During one discussion he mentioned how he never has “feedback forms” available for the audience. Why? Because a.) he doesn’t really care about their input. If people are buying, he’s doingContinue Reading

What’s 2010 Look Like for Yahoo?

If Google is the Godzilla of the search market and Bing is Mechazilla, Yahoo! is Mothra: Kind of sad and dorky looking but people still know who he (it) is. Of course, it wasn’t always that way. I remember when people talked about Google as being a “pipe dream” if founders Larry Page and SergeyContinue Reading

370 Passwords Twitter Won’t Let You Use, and No One Else Should Either

From the “huh, that’s kind of odd” category, Twitter has hard-coded 370 passwords that you may not use. To check it out, simply visit the sign up page, view source and look for the source code that starts out like this… <script type="text/javascript"> //<![CDATA[ twttr.BANNED_PASSWORDS = ["111111","11111111","112233","121212"… The entire list is there for you toContinue Reading