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Oh, how I miss News Radio and Phil Hartman! 

 

I think you're right on the money here. Aspiring to adequacivity is simply not adequate. We need to want more from ourselves, our kids, our schools our organizations.. When your mindset shifts from "I want to win" to "I just don't want to lose", therein lies your defeat. I don't think we need to wear ourselves out with paralyzing perfectionism, but I do think we should always be in hot pursuit of our own excellence.

2 years, 6 months ago on Are you Adequate? Bursting with Adequatulence?

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 @Lisa Gerber I guess I'll find out if he call me back. :)

 

2 years, 6 months ago on Suspend Facebook, Lock the Door, Hang Up the Phone

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I love your opening scenario. It really calls out a common misconception for the absurdity that it is. I had a meeting today with a gentleman who wanted to increase sales first, then maybe he'd have time for marketing, communications and social media. *Sigh*

2 years, 6 months ago on Suspend Facebook, Lock the Door, Hang Up the Phone

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I have been so frustrated with conversation around the KONY2012 campaign. I appreciate that you don't excoriate IC, but still think people miss the point - Jason Russell is a film maker, and he applied this skill and talent to do one thing - raise awareness. IC has done some work on the ground in terms of "direct services" but that was never the focus of their work or their fund raising. Now, one may not agree with the value of that strategy, but when I see someone use their talent/skills/abilities in the service of something beyond themselves, big things happen. This is a great PR/communications object lesson, but the real story here is about a guy that saw a terrible injustice, connected with someone's suffering, made a promise to help and offered up what he knew how to do. More people should do the same.

2 years, 7 months ago on The KONY Video: What Worked and What Didn’t Work

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Wow! Great news! You will make a perfect team. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy and prosperous collaboration.

2 years, 8 months ago on Jaggers Communications Adds Director of Client Services, Rusty Speidel

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When I discovered my Klout dropped precipitously overnight, I was hurt. When I learned my mother was no longer under my influence, I understood the true prophetic power of Klout. Maybe it's because I'm influential about the Palm Pre Which I have never owned or tweeted about (except that one time in college). I'll stick with "do nothing" when it comes to manipulating the numbers, and just keep focusing on creating value, good content , and good relationships that matter. I'm gonna make you proud, Mom!

Thanks, Brian, for a wonderfully witty post!

2 years, 11 months ago on Klout: A Call To Inaction

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My husband has a hard time understanding that I have made real, live, gen-u-ine friends via Twitter, but I have. In fact, I credit the internet with a renaissance of my social life. So when's our next Tweet-Up, Marijean?

3 years, 1 month ago on Giving the Gift of a Friend via Social Media

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This quite similar to my day - just replace biking with getting kids to school and walking dogs. I'd like to see your spreadsheet too. I get the importance of an editorial calendar and wish I was better disciplined with one, but I've found that when I jot down ideas and come back to them later, I don't get the same thing as I do when I can write on demand. I have to catch the muse as she floats by because she loses some of her flavor when shelved for later. But that's just me - I envy those I know who can produce content in a more orderly fashion.

3 years, 2 months ago on A Day in the Life of a Chief Content Officer

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@Marijean I hate that you have to deal with this in such a personal, painful way. I completely agree with you. I've had to stop reading comments on news sites for that reason. Commenter ignorance is too tempting to get embroiled in. I've even passed on sharing links to stories and videos because comments were to obscene and stupid to bear. If you're going to be a colossal jackass - you have own it.

3 years, 3 months ago on WTF? Friday: News Sites Allowing Anonymous Commenters

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Oh don't get me started on bad sales people! Prospecting is hard. Doing your homework is hard, but recovering from a bad first impression is even harder. I lead and train a team of sales people, and I field sales calls both professionally and personally. I know how hard this job can be, so I try to be kind and patient, but seriously! One of the very worst sales calls I've had recently was from some poor schmoe trying to sell me A SALES TRAINING PROGRAM. He violated all of the cardinal rules: he talked the entire time about his company and his product. I never could get a word in. He only asked me a couple of prepackaged yes/no questions, and he never bother to learn anything about me, my needs, my company. His company clearly had a "process" that involved many steps of calling, appointment setting, confirming the appointments - all just to blow it by being a dumbass on the phone. See - I could get a good rant on about this one...

3 years, 3 months ago on Attention Sales People: Google Me Before You Call Me!

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@JuliaStewartPR @ginidietrich Oh, those guys were my favorite too!

3 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Creepy Old Guys and Memories

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I made a Muppet Show reference recently, and my 11yo said "What are Muppets?" Oh, the humanity! Thank you for these. Now, for the creepy couple-eewww! His motives are painfully and pathetically obvious, but there is something seriously wrong with her - drugs? Mental illness? What were her parents thinking- "We'll get a spot on Dr Phil now, dag nabbit!"

3 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Creepy Old Guys and Memories

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Excellent advice in the perfect dose - but what else would you expect from Gini?

3 years, 3 months ago on Small Business Tip Tuesday: Creating Your Own Media Relations Program

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Oh yes, you were right about Christopher Barger.

3 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: The Shiny, New Penny

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My response was just like yours. It has been a super good deal for so long. I don't care to pay more, but it's still worth it to me. If the streaming choices were better, I wouldn't give a rip about discs at all. I figured I'd do just as you've suggested: cut back to one DVD in Sept when the rates go up, and then wait for the "watch instantly" library to catch up with demand.

3 years, 3 months ago on Netflix: Will you Take Your Popcorn and Go Somewhere Else?

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@Marijean Well, dang! That's mighty nice of you MJ. I'd be honored.

3 years, 4 months ago on Who's Listening?

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I have similar filters, and I must say that social media has been an interesting exercise in authenticity for me. It's natural to wear different masks for different audiences - and maybe "mask" is too pejorative. Maybe it's more like different outfits for different occasions. I've got my work clothes, my church clothes, my sloppy around the house clothes. But when I think about what I say online, I'm aware that my coworkers, my pastor, my 70 YO parents, my 16 year old daughter, my uber cool brother, my highly skeptical misanthropic sister, my community could be in the audience. So while I try to be my best and truest self, I think hard about the impact my words can have. Words can encourage and ennoble or words can kill. My filter is prioritizing how my words might make other people feel, and knowing how wide and deep the reach of my digital words is.

3 years, 4 months ago on Who's Listening?

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and is he really going to be signing off each tweet with "BO"? Let the prepubescent twittering begin.

3 years, 4 months ago on Color me Doubtful: Barack Obama to Tweet "Personally"

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@KrisSchindler Yes, Kris. You're absolutely right. It really is about respecting the time and effort of those sharing either (time or effort) with you. As the title of this post suggests, you have to show you give a damn about the job, the company, the applicant, the person who needs a problem solved that is sitting right in front of you. That may be a business with growing pains or a hole to fill or new initiative to execute or it may be an individual trying to advance a career or pay the mortgage. Either way, I think putting a little effort into understanding the other party will pay big dividends for both.

3 years, 4 months ago on 6 Ways to Show You Give a Damn in a Job Interview

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Excellent advice! I have interviewed a lot of people in recent months, and I am always surprised how many people sell themselves on the basis that the position is just what they're looking for, what they are interested in or what they would love to do. That, coupled with not doing any homework, makes me want to shout "What makes you think the purpose of our hiring is your happiness and fulfillment?" Show me you know my business, that you understand our direction and needs, and tell me how you can contribute to our vision - not how we can contribute to yours. If it's the right fit, the match will satisfy both parties.

3 years, 4 months ago on 6 Ways to Show You Give a Damn in a Job Interview

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I hate the empty bio! My pet peeve the twit that only tweets "inspirational" quotes. I don't mind them on occasion, but get out there and have an original thought already!

3 years, 4 months ago on WTF? Friday: The Five People Who Make Me Nuts on Twitter

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Dang Gini! Will you get out of my head already? We keep thinking/writing about the same things lately. Here's my post along the same lines yesterday: http://blog.vmeals.com/2011/05/whats-love-got-to-do-with-it.html

I applaud you taking responsibility for your response and impact on those around you. You rock!

3 years, 5 months ago on Competing for Who Is Most Stressed

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This is a great set of tips. I find it helpful to know a little more about why someone is sharing an article link or RTing by adding a little commentary. I especially like doing this through re-headlining an article or post. I think I once had the feeling it may be disrespectful to do so, but it is really an efficient way to comment and share in 140 characters.

3 years, 5 months ago on Five Ways To Freshen Up Your Tweets

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I'm intrigued by the names you've given your harem of Apple products, but my question is about Hootsuite. I've used Tweetdeck with no regrets, but Hootsuite has a ;lot of fans. Why did you choose one over the other?

3 years, 6 months ago on What's In Your {Digital} Toolkit?

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@KDillabough When I RT based on a headline - again, it is with full disclosure that I am only interested in the comedy of the title. I don't think I'm being inauthentic. When I'm weighing in on something for real, I read - a lot. I'm in complete agreement with you about the dilemma of automation. I never use autoresponses, but Gini's advice about scheduling is very good.

3 years, 6 months ago on When You Fake RT, You ASS-U-ME

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I have often been tempted to RT on the basis of a good headline - and a couple of times I have - with full disclosure that I am only amused by the title, having not read the post (e.g. Italy Enraged by Jersey Shore - that's funny w/o wasting my time on the article, right?). But your point is well taken. If one wants to contribute to the conversation and/or truly create value in thought, word, and deed - it's pretty helpful to know what the hell you're talking about. Good titles are ticklers, not the full story - which often goes in a different direction entirely. Now I can RT this post with confidence!

3 years, 6 months ago on When You Fake RT, You ASS-U-ME

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@Shonali @kmskala You'll never stop the flow of BS, and calling it out everytime would just be exhausting! This is definitely a "pick your battles" zone. (If you have kids, you know what I mean.) Sometimes just not feeding the BS bear is enough to make it retreat. No need to poke it.

3 years, 9 months ago on 10 Ways To Let People Know They’re Talking BS

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@Shonali Let's just say it's a good thing I LOVE coffee. I've been to few venti meetings.:)

3 years, 9 months ago on 10 Ways To Let People Know They’re Talking BS

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#5 is my favorite method. It provides just enough awkward tension (a la The Office) to make a point, but then you can move on without being confrontational. I am fascinted by industry jargon and buzzwords and play a secret litttle drinking game in my head. Every time some blowhard uses some overused buzzy crap in a meeting, I slurp my coffee. But sometimes you really do just need to BS, and then I just say "I don't think so..." I would like something more clever on occassion, though.

3 years, 9 months ago on 10 Ways To Let People Know They’re Talking BS

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@lauraclick @ginidietrich I remember last year we had a major cable/line/ something cut that took down phone and internet completely in the few blocks around our business for a couple of days. I remember thinkin: Terrorist don't need to kill themselves or anybody else. If they want to take us down, cut our internet!

The real issue is access and flow of information. Technology makes it super quick and agile, but the technology itself is not actually a necessity. The outrage comes when a government exerts complete control over the flow of information because that smacks of totalitarianism. I don't think it necesssarily follows that internet access is a basic human right, but denying or restricting access is the purview of control freaks and power mongers who fear truth justice and the American way. :) It's unbecoming in government and corporations.

And yes, we are especially blessed.

3 years, 9 months ago on Social Media In Egypt

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Gini, This is such an interesting idea. I just returned from a trip to Liberia, Africa where the infrastructure has been decimated by civil war. Phones, internet, even electricty is far from standard, but it doesn't stop the movement of people, ideas, politics, or change. I've found it to be an interesting challenge to consult with people leading movements, churches, and small businesses who do not have access to the technology and resources we have. It certainly makes you reconsider what we think necessary and what we believe we are entitled to. Human beings are often quite willing to trade freedom for security, What we think are "rights" are too often treated as commodities that we can trade and profit from and internet access is no different...oh I think I'm winding up for a rant, nevermind. :)

3 years, 9 months ago on Social Media In Egypt

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