Owner and president of Big Leap Creative, a digital and marketing communications firm. I am very motivated by wine.
@Shonali And that will likely be the last time I have an employee. I enjoy not being tied down to anything. I like the freedom of working with contractors and working my own schedule, accepting/declining work because I want to or not, not because I have to meet payroll.
It's always a struggle though - you have to spend money to make money, but how much should you throw at a problem or can you solve it another way, and if you make a big investment, is it going to be the kind of thing that ends up being "the best money you ever spent" or a big bad waste. That's why I love sharing this story about Counselors Academy. I totally waited for the decision to make itself and it truly was "the best money I've spent." :) see ya soon!!!!!
1 week, 5 days ago on Is There a Method for Problem Solving?
This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” Cyntia OccelliI especially love it because when I come completely undone, I just remind myself it's part of the growth process. :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Value of Testing Things to the Breaking Point
Oh! #28: anything that starts with "That moment when..."
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 27 Things You Should Never Post on Facebook. #15 Will Amaze You!
Totally appreciate this sentiment. Lately, i much prefer social situations where I can listen and not have to talk. :) I think it's mostly because I spend so much time talking and being "on" during the work day. Sitting back in silence is not only relaxing but you you learn a thin or two about the people around you. :)
4 months ago on Lessons in Silence from my Grandfather
@Danny Brown OK, here is my draft email. I just wanted to get your opinion first:
Dear Douchey Douche, What the eff is your effing problem with my content, yo?
4 months ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?
@Tim Bonner @Danny Brown When I first read this, I thought that WAS one of your options!! I totally want to do that now! Or, add: "I've bored you off your rocker."
I was JUST thinking about this the other day. I got an unsubscribe and it hurts, it sucks. It never stops sucking when you get an unsubscribe. (OK, maybe it does some day) but I have not seen that day yet.
But I'm not sure I can change my content because of that. Also, it's possible they originally subscribed because they liked the idea and then, well, they just started getting too much email.
We don't really know unless, as you suggest, you ask but that makes me nervous on two counts - if they unsubscribe, and then I send them an email, am I as an asshat? And secondly - will they be honest with me?
4 months, 1 week ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?
@RobBiesenbach I grapple with the SAME issue. Publishing on Medium or Linkedin is such a great way to extend our networks, but it means we need to create more. So I haven't done so yet.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Is it Shortsighted Not to Host Your Own Blog?
Wait. I thought it was required that we fawn over your wisdom!
I would add discipline - on so many levels but specifically: Being disciplined about your standards and balancing perfection with value. In other words, have the discipline to know when you are putting something out there that is valuable but perhaps less than perfect vs. waiting to put something out because it does not add value and needs more work.
If you wait for perfection, you'll never publish. However, skipping a scheduled publication time because something needs more work honors your audience's attention and time.
- says the person who has a working draft going for three days right now.
6 months ago on The Three Core Tenets Every Successful Blogger Needs to Have
@Danny Brown Face. desk.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Beautiful Freedom of Not Giving a Crap
All I have to say is I was reading Jason Falls comment and then your photo/meme and I laughed out loud for about 5 long seconds. So thank you. I had a shitty afternoon and needed that.
"This Business Insider article, 7 Email Etiquette Rules Every Professional Should Know, is pretty good. But still, nobody is going to read that."
I wrote that article.
WORD on the post.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Email Subject Lines Matter
Love this: "fighting against the current of my habits to find a calm new pool in this river of life."
This sounds like a GREAT plan and I'm excited to see where you land. I loved Seattle. Just loved it and never imagined leaving. But as I type this on my deck looking out at the mountains, having had a full day of meetings, right here, :), I think Seattle will always be there to visit! as will Danville. WHOOHOO.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Farewell Danville and Hello El Dorado Hills
Woohooo!!! Subscribing! subscribing!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Living Your Passion – My New Podcast – Is LIVE!
You're taking notes and you know it. Admit it.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Outfit of the Day – Solo PR edition
Greg's comment "the occasional (shudder!) on-site meeting" made me laugh out loud. So with you on that, Greg. :)
Arik. Love this - it's like Oz coming out from behind the curtain!!
Duct tape for the win!!! We have it wrapped around our ski poles so it creates it's own roll. Very handy on backcountry ski trips. :) also, it looks like you ARE going through southern Utah so I looked at the map Boulder Utah in the middle of Escalante. Super cool, very small, way off beaten path. Slot canyons, coffee shop called Kiva something perched on a cliff in the middle of nowhere.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Adventure Day 8 – Final Day in San Diego and Bonding with the Cat
@Howie Goldfarb really good point, Howie and HI!!!! As in anything, it depends, so SEO works for some. But agree for the most part and if we take a look at the quality of leads SEO brings in (cold leads) instead, of say, a referral from Danny Brown who is a trusted resource, you're better off throwing energy into the other avenues, like you said.
9 months ago on The Future of Content Part 2: with Lisa Gerber
@PeterJ42 Agree Peter. I'm a huge fan of Patagonia. They do everything in their power to run their company without "doing harm." Obviously,you can't be a global corporation without doing any harm whatsoever and they admit - but they use their catalog, video marketing, and email to spread a bigger message about being kinder to the earth and for that reason, I'm far more likely to buy Patagonia than another outdoor brand. Because I want to support that, and I want to be aligned with it.
Ohhhhh thank goodness for those little resilient bodies! I read this in horror at first, then through tears. It's just a matter of a moment, isn't it? And the things we take for granted could be gone.
9 months ago on The Moments We Do Not Take
@Danny Brown Thank you for having me here, Danny. :) I read that quote by Matt Cutts years ago but it really stuck with me - you just can't have nice things anywhere - there will always be those who come in and try to take the easy way.
@bwagy Yes - totally agree. and as the sources get drowned out, it becomes harder and harder to find the good stuff. You only have 10 or fewer slots on the first page of search engines, and those spaces don't necessarily go to that good content - they go to the ones who were early and good at SEO.
We loved Escalante. (Boulder city?) but more
Importantly I'm thinking about your Northwest trip! Up through Portland to Sandpoint and BC Canada.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to Danville, for Now
Love the part about leaving something for the next guy. Not stressing or being greedy about when the market tops out. :)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Adventure Begins
Wow! June is a big month for you, clearly! :) It's fascinating to watch how each experience layers on top of the next to inform who we are now. Loved reading yours. and excited to watch what's next!
10 months ago on Reflections on Life’s Journeys
Totally awesome. I named my business big leap for that very reason. (the day I quit what I thought was my dream job to work for myself) So I agree, it will totally work out and make you a better person for it. I'm excited to watch. And btw, that butterfly is a good analogy. Caterpillars work very very hard to transform themselves and break out of the cocoon to become a butterfly. and then they TAKE FLIGHT. Ok, I'll stop now. LOL!! I-I-just couldn't help myself.
10 months ago on Why I Quit My Job (and what’s next)
@KyleAkerman That's weird! I thought #9 would have been the biggest offender.
10 months, 1 week ago on 10 Immutable Laws of Email Marketing
I would add one more thing: Do not email people without their permission.
This is awesome. I scrolled down and started laughing.
11 months ago on Missed the Great Conversations? – Blogtalkradio Podcast is Returning!
DAMN THAT DAMN DOGGIE CANCER. and we both wrote about our dogs today. I have to say, it took me over a day to be able to post my news because i was so upset, but the comments, notes, virtual hugs all helped. What was also nice is when we went out to a fundraiser dinner that Friday night, a lot of people already knew without my having to tell them. People came up and gave us hugs and condolences and again, it made it easier. Couldn't agree with you more.
Glad Suzy is kicking cancer's butt! We must enjoy every minute with our snuggle muffins!
11 months ago on What A Dog’s Cancer Taught Me About Community
@RobBiesenbach The Addison platform!!! So much fun. you know it is.
1 year ago on THIS Is How You Do Brand Storytelling
Oh man, this is so spot on. Regarding #5, every time you push through one fear, it's no longer a fear. Oh, that wasn't so bad. And you can do it again and again. And each time, you raise the bar on your fear threshold.
My other comment is when you get to a place where you are no longer operating from fear, it's pretty awesome. One example: If you don't *need* the business, you're not afraid to ask for a higher number which is likely more appropriate to what you're worth anyway. And they still say yes.
OMG! I just realized you called me fearless. I wish!!! :)
1 year ago on How To Fight Your Fear: Fighting Fear, Part 2
I love that!!! It reminds of the little heating areas on the Chicago El, where people actually have to huddle together in the warmth waiting for the train. And we talk - because we're all so close.
Where I see brands fail is they try to do something (like this, for example) but there is no tie-in with who they are or what they do. Which is what you're saying. I've been in love with Patagonia's Worn Wear video series where they feature people who have used a piece of gear/clothing for 25 years and tell the story of where that piece has been (a hat that has traveled 10,000 miles of hiking). It inspires people to get out there, but it furthers their message to be kind to the environment and to reuse - which is why they make stuff that is designed to last a long time.
Also, all that snow looked good to me. :)
This is such a great point, and what an inspiration. When I first started my business, I committed to becoming a B corp, (it's like a certification for sustainable businesses) because it aligns so well with my brand. Part of that process means I have to have a serious social responsibility plan in place. Well, I got too busy as luck would have it, and I have not completed or made any progress on the B Corp thing.
I'm going to do that. Later.
LOL. just kidding.
Oh, and in case you're curious: http://www.bcorporation.net
1 year ago on Are We Too Busy for Compassion? Give … Like a Boss.
Fear and worry seem to be constant companions. I have successfully battled a number of unproductive emotions, but not these. So I look forward to your tips next week!!! :)
1 year ago on Fighting Fear: Why So Critical
Super excited for you, Erin. Will be a great adventure, for sure.
1 year, 2 months ago on A New Adventure Begins: Tenacity5 Media
Wow. Do you think the search engines will be able to make the distinction between a natural link to my site on a post you authored here vs. a natural link to my site on a post I authored here? Or does this mean backlinks in general won't have authority? And then it gets even more complex for multi-author blogs...
1 year, 2 months ago on Guest Blogging for Backlinks is Dead (or at least Dying)
@RobBiesenbach @Lisa Gerber Oh! Then you might find this of interest. I think that iPhone remote doesn't work well on secure or firewalled wifi. I can't remember what it is exactly - hotels basically are bad. So I bring my own hotspot now, and haven't had a problem with the remote since!
1 year, 2 months ago on Public Speaking Lessons from the Michael Bay Meltdown
I'm still a relative newbie speaker so I spend a TON of time practicing. One of my favorite lessons is practicing without any sides, notes or anything, which I do when I'm driving in the car.
One day, I stood on the stage, and my iPhone remote, which shows me the next slide as a cue, wasn't working. So I couldn't see the slide I was on nor the slide coming up. It all happened during my introduction. I looked down at my iphone. all was fine. The person was introducing me, I looked down at my phone, it was dead. I panicked. Everyone clapped.
I inhaled and looked at everyone and reminded myself - I know this stuff without seeing the slides! I'm good!
I clicked through using my laptop and to this day i thank whomever is up above for making sure I had that thing in my head.
I also carry two remotes now. :)
When I saw that video, the first thing I thought: Don't ever lose that newbie frame of mind and take things for granted without the proper prep.
Coming back to comment - what I appreciate about this post is that A - it's a free platform. No need to pitch fits. If brands really want to make it work, they're going to have to pay. Done deal.
1 year, 3 months ago on What the New Facebook Algorithm Really Means for Your Brand
I stopped using Foursquare locally for the same reasons. It was getting boring. However, it DOES come in handy for finding the best restaurant/bar, etc in airports, for example, and I do check in when I'm traveling because it's fun to look back at the places I've been.
Unless we get value in checking in - and I don't mean a discount all the time - why bother? Sometimes the value is finding a new place. Sometimes it is being able to reminisce. If it becomes a place where retailers have to offer price incentives to get business, that doesn't sound sustainable to (makes me feel like Groupon) - it has to use other ways to add value. :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Why I’ve checked out of Foursquare
@LisaDJenkins I love this story. Thanks for sharing it. We can all just learn on our own what we like and don't like.
1 year, 4 months ago on To Be or Not To Be Influenced By Ratings
So funny, because I was JUST having a similar conversation the other night. I made a big decision to not do work on spec for a brand I'd love to work with. I was totally pissed they'd ask. Just like you said above. :) But I did not take to the airwaves unless you count here, but come on, I have to rant SOMEWHERE. I know they have the budget and using the "it will get your foot in the door" argument sometimes works, not in my case. If I were just starting out, I probably would have but I'm not in a position that I *need* it so.... boom.
We have to make our choices where we'll work for free and not. I"m happy to give my time and advice if I feel it will cultivate community and goodwill, and not because I expect a direct return. In the above case, I just think it was taking advantage. Ya know?
1 year, 5 months ago on Why Work for Free? Because it Works
@RobBiesenbach Yes, true, except when they don't ask questions, in which I tell myself I was very thorough in covering the topic. LOL!!!!
1 year, 5 months ago on 5 Reasons You Should Take Questions From Your Audience
I love the Q and A part because it allows you to create a better connection with the audience. I've definitely been stumped by a pretty technical question, but it's all in how you deal with it.
I think #3 is one of the most important points - the questions help you inform future presentations, and even future topics!
YAY! Glad it's working for you.
1 year, 6 months ago on Toolkit Tuesday: Project Management 101: Basecamp, I Heart You.
1 year, 6 months ago on How to Treat Millennials Like Humans
This is funny because I saw the headline before clicking and thought to myself: "they're humans?" Lol. A few years ago, I sat in a panel session on getting attention of milennials and I laughed. They had six milennials up there like caged monkeys and people asked them the most ridiculous questions. Like "How do you book a hotel room?" Really?
Very very cool news! Huge congratulations!!!
1 year, 6 months ago on 5 Reasons I’m Joining Marketo
And! In this day and age of paid reviews, you're less trustworthy if your digital presence is perfect. People see through that. It's either, as you suggested, deleted, or it's paid reviews in the case of review sites. Everyone wants to see the good and the bad and I agree - they are forgiving if it's been handled!
1 year, 6 months ago on Why Your Brand Shouldn’t Fear Negative Comments and Content