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Great post! Love the comparison between your "local" community and online communities. An excellent way to help those who haven't embraced the beauty of the interwebs to understand community building online. I also happen to live in Toronto's East end - far East in Scarberia, so high five for East-end pride!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Step Outside Your Comfort Zones…Online and Off
The Night Circus is one of my faves! Read it twice now and it only gets better.
8 months ago on The Spin Sucks Summer Reading List
I feel exactly the same way about reading fiction! I got away from it for awhile, reading a lot of non-fiction, business related books, but it only takes one great one to fall madly in love with it again. I highly recommend The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - strange title I know!
#1 is my favourite in text and image. I do like the phrase "death of spin" though too.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Vote for the Spin Sucks Subtitle
I'm really glad you posted this one because as an introvert who has to do some convincing in my daily job I often face the anxiety of anticipated client rejection: rejection of my ideas and therefore my authority. I've actually printed this one and pinned it up at my desk and will mentally take these tips in my back pocket to meetings.
For me it is partially about building my own confidence, which ties into surrounding myself with the right environment and ensuring I am always up to speed on the latest of everything happening with my audience, so I can provide the best advice on how to communicate with them.
As an introvert, having the right kind of work environment where your thoughts can flow freely is crucial. I talk about this on my blog quietgirlloudworld.com (shameless plug)
Thanks for sharing!
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Introverts: How to Sell Without Selling
This is something we talk about daily where I work. Being an internal Communications team within a larger company, we are trying to figure out how to go from order takers to being more strategic and getting at the table with clients early enough to recommend different ways of approaching their objectives. It's impossible to do this when you're contacted today and asked to put together some FAQs due yesterday when you have no concept of the overall scope of their work.
But, it is imperative that we do become idea generators. We are not just order takers and no matter how skilled we are we won't be doing justice to the client's business if we're not contributing something original. We are coming from different perspectives than they are and that can be valuable.
9 months ago on What PR Firms are Missing: Ideas
Love this beer/blog analogy! Also, is it just me being Canadian or does that statistic of weekly American drinks seem a little low?
9 months ago on Beer Blogging: If Your Blog was a Beer…
I am one of @EdenSpodek 's students in the Digital Strategy and Communications Management certificate course at UofT and had the pleasure of hearing @ginidietrich speak to our class via Skype last week. We're all learning one day at a time how to become better digital communicators. We're up and blogging and figuring out how to apply the "secret sauce" to our social worlds.
Can't wait for next week!
9 months ago on #FollowFriday: Eden Spodek