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@Eleanor Pierce That was my favorite too!! Every time I hear an employee say "welcome to [name of business]" with their voice tone clearly indicating they have to say it (vs really FEELING it), I cry a little motivationally-deprived tear for them in my head.

1 day, 15 hours ago on Direction Plus Planning Equals Happy Customers

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@Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen generous of you, Ellie, thanks! (and some of the "4D" ultrasounds I've seen over the last few years seem not to leave much to the element of surprise re: what the baby is going to look like -- I'm a little old fashioned but I kind of liked having something to look forward to that was an "unknown" (but I have to admit I found out gender both rimes ...).

2 days, 1 hour ago on 2015 Social Media Predictions

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@LauraPetrolino just looked up the Twitter CFO DM Fail. OOPS. 

2 days, 2 hours ago on 2015 Social Media Predictions

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Oh I love these predictions! (And is your crystal ball out for lease because I have a few things I'd like to solidify for 2015) .... and although I miss the little "side note comment thing" that SS had for a while, I am loving the Click to Tweets. // I think consumers who interact w/social media are going to continue to be a force, but brands still have to have quality products / services or all the compensated "I love [insert name of business here]" social media mentions in the world won't prevail over uncompensated disgruntlement that gains its own momentum.  

2 days, 3 hours ago on 2015 Social Media Predictions

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"Measurement now not later" is an axiom many of us could apply in more areas of our lives than PR. Great post. 

2 days, 22 hours ago on How to Winterize Your Public Relations Plan

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@jenzings @ginidietrich I am reading Outlander now (audio). THERE ARE EIGHT? Holy bunch of Scottishness.

3 days, 2 hours ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip

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@jenzings Wild was great! Cheryl Strayed spoke here earlier this year. It was awesome!

3 days, 3 hours ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip

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Oh wow fun list!!!! The Goldfinch is quite a read. As I mentioned yesterday, it didn't get my biggest thumbs up ever but it is quite a book. I loved Orphan Train, and really recommend The Chaperone, which also has a thread within it about Orphan Trains. I probably would not have read Fault in Our Stars if the prison book club had not wanted to do it. But read it I did, and then watched the movie with them. Turns out there was a big "allergy outbreak" at the prison as we were watching it. I truly loved Unbroken! It lent itself well to audio. As far as my recommendations? Hmmm. I was on a long Edward Rutherfurd kick this year -- loved New York the most (go figure) but I liked all of them. In hard copy, I read a cool book on a flight called Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck. It is a historically based book about Edna St. Vincent Millay - great read and the author is very interactive on social media which is always a plus to me. I have never seen the show The Orange is the New Black (I may be the only person on the planet) but the book was very good. And THAT author is coming to Tallahassee in February (so excited). Two more: although it is about people who are not aligned with my political views, I found The Loudest Voice in the Room very compelling reading. Lastly, Five Days at Memorial (about life at a hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina). What a study in the ultimate communications/process breakdown ......

3 days, 4 hours ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip

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@ginidietrich okee dokee here's mine. I only got to 33 (gasp!). I did have to cheat and add my parents in after the ten minute mark because they would have been heartbroken to have been excluded. http://biggreenpen.com/2014/11/24/grateful-challenge/

3 days, 12 hours ago on The Grateful Challenge

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@DallasK Paula Fun Fact (besides my, ahem, "Broadway Career"). I was at those National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit in 1994. #TrueStory

3 days, 20 hours ago on The Grateful Challenge

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@NancyDavis Nancy, I loved your post! 

4 days, 3 hours ago on The Grateful Challenge

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I'm in! (And to your list I'll say ... I love (not in this order) tulips, Flat Stanleys, and all the connections we make in the digital world (well, except for the creepers ...)). I read the Goldfinch too (audio). I am not in the "zillion percent loved it" camp but it was a great read ....

4 days, 4 hours ago on The Grateful Challenge

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@jen kluczkowski Well said, Jen! And I really appreciate your comment. 

4 days, 16 hours ago on The Dharana of Planning

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@Young Yoga Masters Thank you for your comment! And I can visualize exactly what you mean. I often feel for my friends who own yoga studios because they have to meld the wonderful meditative/soul centering part of yoga with the business part, which I imagine can be quite the opposite. 

5 days, 17 hours ago on The Dharana of Planning

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Thank God the drum major said yes because ..... that's a whole lot of beautiful editing (among other things). Lovely, though. 

6 days, 14 hours ago on Gin and Topics: A Thanksgiving Edition

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@ginidietrich @biggreenpen Not yet! The most recent movie I have seen was Dear White People #WholeDifferentGenre 

1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Nikki Little

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Great inquisition! I loved Gone Girl (I listened to it on audio, especially on several long runs ... what a great listen). Congrats on your Inquisition, Nikki; I really enjoyed your answers. And (side note) I think some of my favorite new instagram follows have come from the Inquisition so thanks for that too!

1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Nikki Little

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@ginidietrich @biggreenpen yeah that's nice but can Beaker hear me? #priorities 

1 week ago on Planning a PESO Strategy with Integrated Teams

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@bdorman264 I see 100% of the comments on this post (not Laura's replies of course b/c we know she left FL) are from smart-aleck Floridian crazies. #predictable 

1 week ago on Planning a PESO Strategy with Integrated Teams

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Wait, so you're more than a blog? 

1 week ago on Planning a PESO Strategy with Integrated Teams

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I think services like Uber are representative of so many changes brought about by our technology. I will say when I was in NYC I was a bit afraid to take Uber because I thought an angry cabbie might sabotage me. BUT anyway it is a shame that there are so many fundamental values issues at the core of Uber (apparently) and I really like the way you broke them down, Gini. It would be interesting to do a post related to issues like the Ubers (I mean who would have said five years ago that we could enter in our salad order into our smartphone and have it waiting for us at Panera instead of waiting in line, etc.) of our future that is completely separate from this particular set of issues/crisis.  

1 week, 1 day ago on The Uber Issues Cannot Be Fixed by PR

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So many salient points here, Susan! I don't know where the post was going before you "made it positive" but you succeeded. Useful and inspirational. 

1 week, 1 day ago on Internal Communications: It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

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@paulroetzer @belllindsay @biggreenpen Trust me, you will (be more awesome)!

1 week, 2 days ago on Join Paul Roetzer for a Special Author Q&A Today

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This sounds awesome! More awesome than taking my FIL to his appt at the balance therapist (scheduled at the same time), where we will all dodge her questions about his compliance with his assigned exercises! BUT hopefully I can get on the q&a while he's in. #FingersCrossed 

1 week, 2 days ago on Join Paul Roetzer for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@EdenSpodek I suspect many strategic planning meetings could be improved upon by the addition of yoga mats (maybe "virtual" mental ones but...). 

1 week, 2 days ago on The Dharana of Planning

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@Word Ninja Oh how I love this! Thank you for sharing!

1 week, 2 days ago on The Dharana of Planning

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@Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com Thanks for your comment, Kathy! I agree! I have to say ... for me the impact of yoga was equally strong for one-on-one interactions and the assumptions I made regarding what people were bringing to the interaction (good and bad). There's definitely a place for "being wholly in the present" in the workplace.

1 week, 2 days ago on The Dharana of Planning

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@Eleanor Pierce Thanks!

1 week, 3 days ago on The Dharana of Planning

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@LauraPetrolino Ha! Laura! It's as though I planned it that way LOL.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Dharana of Planning

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Okay, it's Monday and Gini has already discussed "boogers" non-anonymously. It's going to be a good week! I know this sounds very Theory X manager of me, and if you're in an industry where you are on social media for professional reasons I guess it's different, but I always wondered (including when I most certainly did it myself) about the fact that tweeting (not even the "I hate my job" tweeting but any tweeting) is itself taking us away from what we're supposed to be focusing on. // But back to the anonymity. I have a friend with an anonymous twitter handle who tweeted dissatisfaction with an aspect of her job, just to be called in and confronted with a screen print by her boss. It made for a huge pile of awkward and wasn't especially good for a situation that was already characterized by mistrust. Sometimes the best place for a vent is IRL over a cup of coffee, for sure.  

1 week, 4 days ago on Anonymous Social Media: Why You Shouldn’t Participate

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What a delightful selection this week. a) it's just fun to say "spatchcocked." b) I am having SO many flashbacks to 80s aerobics sessions now. If anyone is old enough to have watched Body Electric, the teacher had a studio here in Tally and I took classes there. So much matchy matchy (not me). c) I just don't know what to do with the Kardashian thing except someone mentioned she looks like a glazed Krispy Kreme so now I want donuts and lastly .... people, it's hard enough to convince my FIL that working at home is "working" and taking a break to watch pretty much any of this is not helping the cause LOL.

1 week, 6 days ago on Gin and Topics: Guys Recreate Kardashian’s Rear-End Photos

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@Soulati | Hybrid PR @biggreenpen YES! You sit there every Friday admiring that inquisitionee's answers while thinking of your own hopefully salient responses but in reality it's a bit frightening and humbling to put your 10-year answer out there (at least that was the hardest for me). // And hmmmm maybe there is something to BGP Lipstick - goes on strong and exudes positivity all day long? :-) :-)

1 week, 6 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jayme Soulati

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Great answers to the inquisition, Jayme! Anyone who creates a Happiness on Fridays series is a winner in my book! Something tells me you do a pretty good job of that the other 6 days of the week too! 

2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jayme Soulati

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@LauraPetrolino @biggreenpen Oh I know -- and the recording is appreciated but you know, the witty real-time repartee is irreplaceable! :-)

2 weeks ago on Business Development for Communications Firms

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Sorry to have missed the webinar. In an ironic turn of events, I had a planning fail (sigh) and had put it in my calendar but not registered. :-)

2 weeks ago on Business Development for Communications Firms

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You know what I got out of this post? great ideas, great ideas, great ideas SPIN SUCKS CONFERENCE POSSIBILITY great ideas, great ideas, great ideas SPIN SUCKS CONFERENCE POSSIBILITY rinse and repeat. :-) :-)

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Business Development for Communications Firms

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@Eleanor Pierce almost all of them new to me too! Yippee!

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Ten Apps and Tools to Make Your Strategic Planning More Productive

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@RobBiesenbach Paula also found it interesting that the post was written in the third person because it gave it a certain different allure than if it had been a straight out confessional. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale

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@belllindsay @biggreenpen HMMM ..... yeah ...... maybe there are some nuances there! Gonna do some thinking on that one! 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale

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@Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen ba ha ha you're gonna be a tough nut to crack then! :-) 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale

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@Eleanor Pierce Well, YEAH. And be prepared to be completely undone by things like this: http://youtu.be/J397yAtbaNo 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale

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Well, I *love* this post (but I'm sorry that its creation necessitated you being sick and making Laura juggle (but I agree with you - she was probably good with that....). Planning for "life to happen" was definitely a component of my world back when I did contact center-related tasks --- inevitably you won't have 100% of your work force due to illness, child care issues, and a plethora of other interruptions. But I have to say the procrastination angle is the one that spoke to me most of this post. I am sure you are not alone. I hate hate hate that feeling of being up against the wall but I must love it a little because if something doesn't "feel" urgent it takes a lot of discipline to put words on paper for whatever the project is. I also, oddly, am much more motivated by pretty much everything I don't get paid for (i.e. my volunteer work/social good stuff) than actual work -- I've never figured out that dynamic but it's not really good for the family bottom line or my emotional well being. And it's so tempting to open the whole "fear of failure leading to procrastination via not starting" thing but I'll save it. :-) Hope you're feeling better.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale

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@HeatherTweedy If procrastinating helps our family and friends, my f & f are going to be the most "helped" individuals on the planet EVER. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale

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LOVE the outdoor sculpture garden idea! One of the best sessions I have been in was when our phones etc were literally TAKEN AWAY from all of us prior to the meeting. We did get breaks to check them (reinforcing how incredibly dependent upon them we had become) but there was no temptation to "just check email quickly" during the meeting. Great post!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How to Structure a Successful Planning Session

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@LauraPetrolino @belllindsay surely you know my reply to this "Wind Beneath My Winds" thing is "video or it didn't happen"

2 weeks, 2 days ago on How to Structure a Successful Planning Session

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Looking forward to it; I love SWOT analyses .... 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Four-Step Process of Communications Planning

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