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@Eleanor Pierce Just don't throw a punch at me, Eleanor. (kidding) Thanks for reading! 


1 week, 3 days ago on Fight or Flight: Responding to a PR Crisis

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A-Freakin'-Men, Gini. I agree with this 500-thousand percent. I'm so tired of what is just pure vitriol that people just spew out nowadays. Everyone is a critic literally. I believe it's because a very large majority of people stare at a screen all day and they think that they can just say whatever they want because of the screen. There is a difference in constructive criticism and just being mean.

And I have to disagree about the bullying. It is bullying. I could give a rip what the gov't site says. If they're doing it to one person, they are easily doing to others. That is a bully. They are trying to demean someone to make themselves feel better about their lives because they're either jealous or threatened in some manner. It doesn't have to be the same person for the repetitions to be happening. I had a great conversation about this the other day. People have a primal instinct to fight or flight. 

Anytime they feel threatened (and it doesn't have to be a physical threat; it can be a mental or emotional threat), they either fight or flight. If someone is threatened by someone like Gini, that's when the fight comes out with the mean remarks or they just leave the situation. Just as in the situation Gini mentioned, she had to get a restraining order, again, that's the fight.

I don't think we can stop this sort of thing unfortunately. People will always be able to hide behind fake screen names, emails, spoof IPs, etc. so that they can bully someone. What can be done though is the fight instinct. Stand up to them.



1 month, 3 weeks ago on Adult Bullying is a Problem

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Hey Mack! Hope you're doing well in NA!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mack Collier

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Having been there myself, Dave, I completely get it. Great post!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on How I Got Fired from a Hot Startup

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FINALLY!! Someone else is on the same page. Good on you, jock.

8 months ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@Danny Brown I don't know, that's what I'm asking. Playing devil's advocate more than anything. Sometimes the simplest answer is the correct one. I can see both sides of this and the reasoning, but if you close the comments, you take away the whole aspect of community, social, etc. 

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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How about this for a  "real" reason....They're tired of moderating comments?  

I don't get a lot of traffic on my site, except for when I write a blog, but like Danny Brown, I use the tools to keep spam comments out. But I do get tired of seeing the occasional comment that has nothing to do with the post or something that makes me wonder if the person commenting actually read the post.

I love having discussions after a post personally. I've had some great discussions offline with several people that are commenting here. That's where the takeaway is because they will take our discussions and use them online. The beauty of comments is that you can learn a lot more than just reading the post. Remember, everything is an opportunity, whether it is a chance to learn, teach or build your community. 


8 months, 4 weeks ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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Great post, G. But you know the keys, well at least in my local area, that you touched on; Be uncomfortable, have realistic expectations and be willing to take some risks are really tough for a lot of corporate and even mom and pops to handle. They read an article and suddenly they know that (insert PR or marketing effort here) worked for (insert brand here)...so why wouldn't it work for them? There are a lot of people unprepared to handle those three points I mentioned, which are probably the three most important things IMO. 


1 year, 1 month ago on PR: What Business Leaders Need to Know

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@KenMueller My relationship with him taught me how to raise my kids and to break the cycle. I could have easily fallen into that same trap, but without the mental anguish. After talking to someone who served with him and knowing why he had won the medals he'd won (we found after going through his belongings, even my mother didn't know about them), it all made sense. Now being told by my three boys that I'm the best dad ever and all that makes what I went through worth it. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Post-Father’s Day Social Media Reflections

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Thanks Ken for including me in this.

1 year, 6 months ago on Post-Father’s Day Social Media Reflections

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I agree with everything you said, Ken...even had the same thing happen to me at Hot Topic and another store, Buckle. The biggest thing about all of this, though...is that one can never prepare for what I can "human behavior". That means, a day where the dog made a mess of the house, their spouse left them, the kid was arrested, etc. Anything that can make an impact that is big enough to sway someone from not buying or whatever the function would be. So immediately, the knowledge of the buyer persona has changed. But on the other hand, it could be the opposite situation where the buyer is an emotional buyer.

1 year, 6 months ago on The Problem With Buyer Personas

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Welcome to the dark side, Jeff. I'm glad that you stepped up and stated this. I'm like Geoff, voted for Bush in 2000, lost me when the wars started and it's been downhill since. Your list of why, just barely skims the surface.

1 year, 8 months ago on Goodbye Republican Party, It’s YOU Not Me

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Fox was showing timely reports when everything first happened yesterday, but it didn't hardly any time before their "experts" were saying this looked like an Al-Qaeda attack, Muslims, etc. I personally don't care about posting about Boston, but whenever a, what basically equates to hate speech, is started, then yeah, there's a problem. Which, correct me if I'm wrong Sam, I think pissed you off. I have no respect for anyone tied to Fox News at all. The only thing that they do is spit out false facts, lie, twist the truth and share vitriol towards anyone who doesn't agree with them. I hate that the ugly side of humanity always comes out during times like this instead of reacting as everyone did at the marathon and help out.

1 year, 8 months ago on Journalist Sinks to New Low; Newsjacks #BostonMarathon

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Thanks for the shout out, RAT! You're the best!

1 year, 8 months ago on Gin and Topics: Dedication Edition

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I love OXO products and evidently they have some very patient, yet savvy people. It's unfortunate that it escalated to the point it did and it really seems as if it's sour grapes. I like the insert on the page where the letter resides about offering trademark primer for inventors. Great stuff, Ginster

1 year, 10 months ago on The OXO/Quirky Debate: What OXO Did Really Well

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Alan! Alan! Al! Wait..that's not Alan. That's Steve. Steve! Steve! Great picks this week, Gini

1 year, 11 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ad Libbing for NFL Players and Animals

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Great post, Kary! Having worked in radio, I can relate to this very well. It all rings true, especially the script part. I worked with the PD and had an overnight shift...got in trouble for varying from the playlist one night. Imagine that.

1 year, 11 months ago on Programmed Content Kills Community

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Great post, Sam. Love the analogy....and yes, I'll have that beer.

2 years, 2 months ago on Adopting a New Perspective on Success

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@samfiorella @Sean McGinnis Thanks M for including me on this great list of smarties & thanks Sam & Sean, check is in the mail!

2 years, 4 months ago on 100 People Who Don’t Get Enough Credit Online

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 @C_Pappas Look on Ebay or Amazon for the keyboard covers, you can get them for just about any laptop nowadays.

2 years, 5 months ago on Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

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I usually get  @ginidietrich to carry my stuff, but in return I have to carry her hair accessories and a box of Sharpies. Seriously, I try to carry light as i can, there were several witnesses to me hand-writing(yes I did) notes at Social Slam. I have a few other gadgets I carry as well; extended battery case for my phone, an external USB charger that takes regular batteries, depending on how long I'll be, I may just bring my iPad or longer than 2 days, I bring my ultrabook and iPad. Excedrin & sinus congestion pills are a must for me.

2 years, 5 months ago on Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

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 @HowieSPM Yes there is Howie! I bought an ultrabook instead of a Macbook Air and it works just fine and is lighter than an iPad.

2 years, 5 months ago on Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

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 @adamtoporek  @blogworld Cheers, Adam. It's a work in progress for sure. Would love to make new connections also. Feel free to contact me on twitter and we can go from there!

2 years, 5 months ago on What It’s Like To Own Guitar.Com

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 @John_Trader1 Thanks John. It's something I believe in. When we bought the site, the statement we kept going back to was to make sure we live and believe in what we're doing. We're surrounding ourselves with people who believe in it as well...that helps a lot!

2 years, 5 months ago on What It’s Like To Own Guitar.Com

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Thanks for doing this, Jayme!! I appreciate it greatly! Now go work on your forehand.

2 years, 5 months ago on What It’s Like To Own Guitar.Com

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 @samfiorella I think that fact that Dave has, what three times?, the followers and engagement than the station says a lot. Ignorance of something isn't always bliss.

2 years, 6 months ago on When Personal and Corporate Brands Collide

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While I am somewhat speechless at the stupidity of the station, I am really not surprised. Loads of companies can't see the forest for the trees. This was a great opportunity to become a leader in the community and instead now a villain. This would be an interesting case study for those new to the social media world. Great job, Sam. Thanks for sharing. 

2 years, 6 months ago on When Personal and Corporate Brands Collide

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 @jasonkonopinski    @StaceyHoodI Thanks Jason! It helps to have people like @KaryD guest on there.

2 years, 6 months ago on Change The Way You See Fear

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Great post, JK. I did the same thing with my blog and while I'm fortunate to not have to use it as a marketing tool to get business, I do like to share thoughts that are provoking to my peers...even if it's just a devil's advocate-sort of thing so that it makes people think. Fear of the unknown is a powerful thing. It can either stop you dead in your tracks or give you the strength to carry on. It looks like you've done the latter. Good for you. I always say Everything is an opportunity...it's up to you to do something with it.

2 years, 6 months ago on Change The Way You See Fear

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I can't say that I haven't done my fair share of quarrels online and have within the past few years stopped doing it, but occasionally my Irish gets the best of me and I have to say something. I tend to just sit there and complain privately to someone or to myself. As I tend to live in the moment nowadays, I don't see any reason to get my own feathers ruffled as my mum says. I'd rather use that energy towards other things where it's more constructive.

2 years, 6 months ago on The Sound of Silence

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As with some of the others, I've also lost friends to suicide, it was due to severe depression. One of them was very active on social media and had a lot to live for, but his depression overruled all of that. He a successful actor and had a great business going after he gave up acting. It impacted me because I saw it in his tweets, his FB posts, etc. that something just wasn't right. Unfortunately, with him living in LA, it was tough for me to do anything except try to talk to him over the phone(which he never answered if ever) or email. His sister tried to find him after he disappeared. If a friend or an acquaintance is doing something that seems out of the norm for them, reach out to them. Sometimes just having someone to rant to can make all the difference in the world for them.

2 years, 6 months ago on Social Media and Its Effect On Suicide

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One of the things that gives me the most satisfaction is hearing my 18 year old twins tell me; "I love you DaDa" That was something that was started back when they were around 12 and it makes me warm inside when they say it. It's not forced or solicited. Any time they do it, I love it. Sappy, I know. But I love my boys immensely.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Things I Love

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Congrats DJ!!! Looking forward to reading it!!

2 years, 7 months ago on I Wrote A Book

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 @jasonkonopinski  @HowieSPM Easy guys, there's enough for everyone!

2 years, 7 months ago on Facebook Creates Organ Donor Update

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When I first heard about this, I immediately put it on my timeline. It's a cause that I strongly support. A few friends got into a privacy discussion, umm, how? Here's an idea; if you don't like it, don't do it. I believe it brings awareness and starts conversations as Jason said.

2 years, 7 months ago on Facebook Creates Organ Donor Update

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 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing And now there's two of us! So there.

2 years, 7 months ago on Thoughts After Social Slam 2012

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Thanks for being bossy Jayme! It was great meeting you there and SoSlam was a class event. See ya on the flipside

2 years, 7 months ago on Thoughts After Social Slam 2012

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@ginidietrich Thanks Gini! I didn't want my first post to be snarky! I was struggling with how to get this together & I was reminded of what happened here during the tornadoes. I cranked it out in about 10 minutes. (don't hate the player, hate the game!)

3 years, 6 months ago on Crisis Communications from An Unlikely Source

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@KaryD You're right, Kary, it brought a whole new perspective on things and even after seeing the damage that was so close to my own home, it still seems surreal. We're 30 days out from it and it's going to take a long time for everyone to get over it.

3 years, 6 months ago on Crisis Communications from An Unlikely Source

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