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Right on the money! Vague prompts for feedback don't serve anyone. They're too open-ended. Getting down and dirty is the answer. Thanks for the awesome suggestions for getting feedback that's truly valuable, Alexandra. Your writing is divine! :)

1 month, 1 week ago on The Secret to Getting Feedback That You Can Actually Use

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@WTFMarketing @MelanieKissell  "I'm going to be holding a webinar on how to stop having webinars and I'm working on an ebook about how to stop downloading ebooks." Love it!! Count me IN. :)


Your brilliance should be cloned.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Content Overload: Stop Consuming and Start Creating

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"Stop consuming. Start creating." OH, I get it. You mean I should start creating free webinars and free downloads? LOL! (Just yanking your chain, Nick) Your foundational message is clear and it's a good one! 

You won't believe this, but it's true. Back in 2012, I set out on a big unsubscribe mission. Here it is the middle of 2014 and I still have an inbox that's an ugly out-of-control mess. Yes, I had that much email crap to begin with. My own fault, really. I'm guilty of being enticed by all those fabulous pieces of content (well, they sound that way, initially) that oftentimes end up being ... uh ... what's the best word here? ... USELESS. I sometimes refer to all that garbage as "hard drive decor". 

Thanks for a worthwhile, entertaining, valuable, straight-from-the-heart post! :)



1 month, 3 weeks ago on Content Overload: Stop Consuming and Start Creating

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I agree with Karen J ...

It's time to get our heads out of the sand!

Kudos for telling it like it is, Erin! :)



2 months, 2 weeks ago on Stop lying to yourself. Start living instead.

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What Randy Milanovic said. :)

3 months, 1 week ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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Short, sweet, and spot on. Not to mention super creative.  Love it. :)  OH, the games the "Houses" play!

Thank you for making this your Sunday Slideshare, Danny. I always enjoy your content.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sunday Share: A Game of Social Thrones

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@Danny Brown I've taught all four of my daughters that the three very WORST WORDS in the English language are "I don't care".

The EEA's level of apathy is off the charts! :(

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Your Brand Looks Foolish When You Don’t Walk the Talk

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Talk about sleazy!! These people are the absolute epitome. :(

Although their Twitter tactics are nothing short of disgusting, Danny, I can't help but believe anyone with half a brain could see through their ridiculousness. They're not gaining any headway and they're certainly not winning friends or influencing people.  Dale Carnegie would tar and feather them!

My biggest hope is that Twitter would be inundated with complaints and ban them from the Twittersphere.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Your Brand Looks Foolish When You Don’t Walk the Talk

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Couldn't Tweet these fast enough! (Love the Highlighter plugin you're using) :)


Collaboration and bartering are two platforms I stand on, Rebecca, so I'm grateful to learn how much you value partnering with others.

4 months, 1 week ago on 36 Truths About Business

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Dynamite post, Peg!! I especially like "... figuring out what people like and giving them more of the same but in a fresh or unique way."

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Use Social Media Creatively to Boost Brand Visibility

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@ginidietrich @MelanieKissell LOL!  No matter how you spell it, Gini ... it still infers SHEESH! :)

8 months, 1 week ago on The 12 Traits of Managers and of Leaders

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Bravissimo!! 

What a fabulous piece, Gini -- thank you!  There's a huge undertone these days (and I hope a grassroots movement and outright revolution) regarding corporate management, in particular.  Geez Leweez.  As a sector of business and society, they're not exactly establishing a stellar reputation for themselves. :(

8 months, 1 week ago on The 12 Traits of Managers and of Leaders

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@LauraPetrolino @MelanieKissell Now I abhor them even more!  Sounds to me they knew PRECISELY what they were setting out to do.  Shame on these shysters!! 

1 year, 1 month ago on The Idiot’s Guide to Destroying a Community

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Everything Nick said and ...

These deceitful types always come across as "desperate" to me, Laura, so I (almost) feel sorry for them.  I'm chalking this one up to IGNORANCE and, yes, GREED.  And as a fervent dog lover and dog mom, I'm ashamed of these folks for exploiting our beloved four-legged furry friends.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Idiot’s Guide to Destroying a Community

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@LauraPetrolino @MelanieKissell I've always wanted a soul sister! :)  I avoid the mall like the plague.  No lie.  No lip service.  The parking is usually a madhouse and I honestly don' believe malls are the best places to find truly good deals.  Oh, and guess what, Laura?  Some of my friends go to the mall to "exercise".  Yep.  It's true.  They put on their sneakers and walk around the mall.  Yuck.  I'd rather take a walk outdoors in the fresh air and beautiful scenery -- not in the stale air and retail scenery at the mall.  Sheesh.

1 year, 2 months ago on How a great bra can save your business

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FINALLY!!!  Just when I thought it would never, ever, ever happen ...

I find out there's another woman on this earth who hates going to the mall.  YOU, Laura, are my hero.  Seriously.  I know scads of women who go there on the weekends, for example, just for something "fun" to do or to ... drum roll please ... "window shop".  Excuse me?! That's right.  Window shop.  I don't know about you, but I've got far more important things to do and much better ways to have fun than hanging out at the mall.

Love this post and the perfect analogy you've used.  Any woman who's worn an ill-fitting, irritating bra knows exactly what you're talking about!  Bras and business ... gotta be a good fit. :)


1 year, 2 months ago on How a great bra can save your business

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I have more ideas than Carter has liver pills! (You're probably WAY too young to know who "Carter" is and I hate your guts) LOL!! Kidding aside, Laura ... your post is precisely what every creative (a.k.a. entrepreneurs with gazillions of ideas) needs to read and then rinse and repeat.  Good stuff!

1 year, 3 months ago on The Battle of Idea-magedon

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Hey Nick

Your post is both fruity and fruitful! ;)

Am I to understand your wife does NOT like your big banana? LOL!!

Loved and leaned in on every word.  Remarkable story and very worthwhile marketing/branding lesson.  You Shine ... big time!

1 year, 4 months ago on Nobody Likes a Big Banana

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 @remadebyhand  @MelanieKissell Sounds like an IDEAL tradeoff to me, Erin.  In my book, you can't beat "more fun and less stress".  Kudos to you for trying something new!

1 year, 5 months ago on At Some Point, You Have to Stop Spinning Your Wheels

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If it will help at all, Erin ...

Here -- I'm handing you a permission slip to experiment with unpredictability.  Go ahead.  Take it.  YOU DESERVE IT.  When it comes to blogging, that schedule "thingy" is nice.  But I've found a lot more value (and SANITY) in that "flexibility" thingy.  :)

Fabulous read!!

1 year, 5 months ago on At Some Point, You Have to Stop Spinning Your Wheels

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Un-freakin'-believable!  This post ROCKS, Sandi!  I could spend the entire day here and not even begin to soak in all the goodness.  Thank You.

My birth month is June so I always go straight to #6 first in any list to see what's there.  

"6.   It’s ok to want what you want. Stop making your wants wrong."  This one screams out to me. :)

1 year, 7 months ago on A Mala of Mindfulness (108 insights from 2012)

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@EugeneFarber I believe I saw that same "trailer", Eugene.  BIG YUCK.  I am a gal, however, who appreciates a blueprint, a road map, A,B,C, 1,2,3, instructions.  At a minimum, give me the guidelines, please!  BUT ... when the proverbial "easy steps" lead me down 2000 miles of dead end road ... I get pretty miffed.  I've seen this scenario played out way too many times with way too many people.

1 year, 8 months ago on The Truth About One-Size-Fits-All

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Fabulous follow-up post, Illana!  Enjoyed it as much as its predecessor.  :)

 

I think the majority of us take the "high road" when it comes to "discourse" for the simple reason mud slinging isn't any fun. For that matter, neither is intimidation or threat of legal action.

 

Personally, I avoid controversy like the plague.  But I'm in search of a cure for my syndrome.  Maybe some guru or expert or A-Lister out there has an insanely-priced program I can "Buy Now!" since only three are left and I'll never see this offer again if I live to be 200.   Oh, and I'll get over my fear of confrontation in just 5 Easy Steps or my money back.  LOL!

 

1 year, 9 months ago on How I got more comments on one post than I ever have before, and why it matters [because it totally does]

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@tsilvestre @saraho "We MUST use our powers for good!"  I'll second that motion, Tea!

1 year, 9 months ago on The Truth About One-Size-Fits-All

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@Carol Hess Turn up the volume, Carol!! 

"No one else has the answers for me and my life and my business except myself." :)

1 year, 9 months ago on The Truth About One-Size-Fits-All

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@Sandi Amorim @MelanieKissell "Seduction" and "Enticement" ... for sure!

1 year, 9 months ago on The Truth About One-Size-Fits-All

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I don't know who said it, Sandi, but I read a wonderful quote once that went something like this ...

"If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything."  I was reminded of that quote as I read your post because I've encountered more than enough big "fibs" and "tall tales" online.  I've also grabbed my credit card at times when things just didn't "feel" exactly right but the sales copy had me convinced I had to "buy now". :(

Everything in your post resonated with me and this is my favorite line: 

"So it’s up to you to pay be on the look out for anything that hits you like a fear Taser."

I applaud you for tellin' it like it is!  Fab post! :)

1 year, 9 months ago on The Truth About One-Size-Fits-All

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 @wmwebdes Yeah - you guys who wear hard hats and steel-toed work boots and carry a claw hammer use that type of language all the time, don't you? LOL

2 years, 4 months ago on Redefining Ordinary or Why It's Okay to Dream Small

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Good thoughts, Danny!

 

Ordinary is where I want to fall on the yardstick that measures me as a human being.  I hope I always stay ordinary. 

 

Notice I'm not saying "standard, customary, or usual."  Those are icky.  Being those things means you're nondescript -- you blend right in with the design on the wall paper.

 

To me, ordinary means using what God gave me -- the capacity to think and to reason (batteries included).

 

"Ordinary" always leaves wiggle room for adventure, improvement, discovery, and expansion.  :-)

 

Wonderful post!

 

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Redefining Ordinary or Why It's Okay to Dream Small

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 @PamMktgNut Follow your Tweeting heart -- love it!  I totally agree.  I believe people sincerely know when they're overstepping spam boundaries.  Your advice is solid.  Just trust your instincts and your gut and you'll stay off the offender's list. :)

2 years, 4 months ago on 42 Things to do on Twitter besides Tweet Spam & Coupons

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Awesome, all-inclusive list, Pam -- Tweeted! :)

 

I think what many online marketers struggle with is finding the right balance between Tweeting helpful tips/promos/personal stuff.  As you know, spam abounds on all the social media platforms and Twitter is no exception.

 

Thanks for providing your readers with lots and lots of ideas to Tweet about!

2 years, 4 months ago on 42 Things to do on Twitter besides Tweet Spam & Coupons

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Chapter One is loaded to the gills with goodness, Traci!

Love the idea of using Pay With A Tweet for promos -- more than happy to Tweet out your book and congratulations!

2 years, 6 months ago on Tweet-ease, the book

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The most important relationship in my life is with my dogs. They love me unconditionally. They live every day to the fullest and they never complain. Playful, affectionate, carefree creatures make great partners and role models.

Unfortunately, I'm most likely going to outlive them.

So I guess it will come right back around full circle to "me" as the most important relationship in my life.

Thanks, Joey and Frank -- interesting post!

2 years, 7 months ago on I, We, Mine

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Very enjoyable post, Claudia. Actually, it's engaging! :)

What makes me giggle sometimes is how many small biz owners "fret" over "how to engage" online. I don't giggle because I'm making fun of them or putting them down ...

I giggle because online engagement, as you've so eloquently explained, is no different than engaging in the real world. As online marketers, we tend to make things more complicated than they need to be.

People are people, right? :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Social Media DDS Asks “Are You Engaging?”

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P.S. If any of your fans or followers would like some help getting over the fear of public speaking, my good friend, Keith Davis, from the UK can come to their rescue! He's witty and engaging and his blog is one of my favorite reads. :) http://easypublicspeaking.co.uk

2 years, 7 months ago on Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking - episode #4

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Awesome advice for Mary Phillips!

I've been standing in front of audiences for many years, Mara, but I certainly will never forget what it was like when I first started ... pretty darn scary!

The mind is a powerful tool. Suggesting Mary shift her thinking from feeling nervous to feeling excited and anxious to share her awesomeness is the BEST advice ever!

Regarding goals ...

Without a doubt, the only way I can accomplish any major goal is to break it down into "baby steps". It's fun to envision the big picture and the positive results but taking it one tiny step at a time works for me.

2 years, 7 months ago on Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking - episode #4

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Christine is a keeper, Mara! You can hear the joy in her voice when she talks about her work. :) @MaraGlazer

2 years, 7 months ago on Marketing Chat with Christine Gallagher - episode #3

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Hi Mara

Although portions of Christine's audio is garbled and inaudible, this was an awesome interview! Love her tip about re-connecting with people and she's absolutely right about not giving up. You never know when you're just "three feet from gold". :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Marketing Chat with Christine Gallagher - episode #3

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My lips are sealed, Keith. I won't breath a word to Frank. @wmwebdes

2 years, 7 months ago on Frank's #FollowFriday: Keith Davis

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"Kicking and screaming"?! That's an understatement, Frank! LOL Thanks for the kudos. You've made my Christmas a little merrier. :) @FrankDickinson @easyPblog

2 years, 7 months ago on Frank's #FollowFriday: Keith Davis

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Bottom line, Craig -- we're all better people having crossed paths with Keith. He's a chap that definitely fits the bill of "one of a kind". Now if only we could clone him! @Craig McBreen

2 years, 7 months ago on Frank's #FollowFriday: Keith Davis

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@wmwebdes Thanks for the mention, Keith! @frankdickinson has found himself a lifelong friend, a web-designing pro, a public speaker extraordinaire, and a warm and witty fellow blogger to network with. :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Frank's #FollowFriday: Keith Davis

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Well, Frank, it's time to spill the beans ...

Want to guess how long it took me to prod, push, nudge, hound, plead, beg, and finally convince Keith to join the ranks of social media marketers and open a Twitter account? Whatever your guess -- add several months!

Bless his heart. I was beyond exhaustion but I finally wore him down. Don't let that genteel exterior fool you. He's no easy nut to crack. LOL!

I've been blogging quite a bit lately about the rewards and nuances of social media "engagement". Truth is, Keith wrote the book!

These words in your Follow Friday reco jumped off the page ...

"He interjects himself into the conversation -- better yet, he often drives the conversation."

Keith is the master of banter and he lights up my blog the moment he arrives! :)

My recommendation?

Add some joy and some spark into your life and follow Keith at @easyPblog and @wmwebdes

2 years, 7 months ago on Frank's #FollowFriday: Keith Davis

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@wmwebdes My life would be garbage without you, Keith. Your comments and replies to comments are treasures. I'm tempted to gather them altogether and turn them into an anthology! :)

2 years, 7 months ago on Genesis Framework from Studiopress

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Darn, darn, darn!

I had SO hoped to be the first person to comment on your new site, Keith -- especially since there was a cash prize involved. But looks like Jeremy beat me to the punch.

Offering anything for the runner up? LOL

I know you're aware I "made the switch" to the Genesis Framework not too long ago. And, boy, was that a GREAT decision! Everything you've touted is the absolute, unadulterated truth.

Thank you, Studiopress, for enhancing and enriching my online world!

I love your new site.

Give yourself a big pat on the back and don't forget to have a "thimble" of whatever people in the UK have a thimble of when it's time to celebrate! :)

Feeling proud to be in your circle of influence,

Mel

2 years, 7 months ago on Genesis Framework from Studiopress

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@easyP LOL!! " ... political correctness gone mad" -- changing the name of the dish to "Spotted Richard". Not sure I'd want to order "Richard" for dinner. :)

Thanks for sharing, Keith!

2 years, 7 months ago on How To Poorly Dress Your SEO Blogsmas Tree

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@easyP Thanks, Keith. Your posts are always chock full of L.S.I. (full of other things, too, that keep your loyal readers, like me, coming back for more!)

I'm asking Santa for some video equipment. I've asked him for the same gift for the past two years, but he hasn't pulled through. I guess I must keep landing on his "naughty" list. LOL

2 years, 7 months ago on How To Poorly Dress Your SEO Blogsmas Tree

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Festive and seasonal analogy, Joey -- clever!

I've never focused much on SEO when crafting my blog posts (I can hear all the SEO gurus gasping for air). :)

I'm a much bigger fan of L.S.I. (latent semantic indexing). It suits my personality and my writing style. L.S.I. simply means including words that are "related" to keywords. e.g. Writing a post about hospitals? Then include words like doctors, medications, bedside manner, surgery, etc.

In a Nutcracker shell (couldn't resist throwing in a little holiday inference), I write for my audience, not the search engines.

2 years, 7 months ago on How To Poorly Dress Your SEO Blogsmas Tree

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