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40 minutes ago on SlideBatch: A Super Cool New PR Tool

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@ginidietrich @biggreenpen It was good! We're waking up to a nice weather day. It's Teacher Planning Day which doesn't matter that much when the kid is 15 but they were just off on 10/3. One less day to learn (MY perspective, not his!).  

45 minutes ago on Gin and Topics: The Kids are Dancing

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@amybailey @biggreenpen Funny story about this whole thread.  That same day, I had to record a brief video for banned books week (another little ball that @ginidietrich got rolling). This post came out that same day and I thought "oh my gosh I can't have a blank hostage wall behind me." So I got the closest relatively decorative item (a favorite Playbill poster but I digress) and thumbtacked it up behind me. I even tweeted @belllindsay to brag about how I wasn't going to make a bunch of amateur mistakes. When I sent the video, she said "but there was a random piece of paper sticking out of your head." LOL. I guess the takeaway is that hastily thrown together background decor doesn't always trump hostage wall. :-) :-)

1 day ago on Business Communications Exposed: It’s a Beach Clay Day

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@amybailey @biggreenpen Yes! I have a whole little side story about that blog that kinda sorta relates to your video ... will drop you an email.  

1 day ago on Business Communications Exposed: It’s a Beach Clay Day

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FUN! Happy Weekend!

2 days, 19 hours ago on Gin and Topics: The Kids are Dancing

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Fun inquisition! Nice to "meet" you!

3 days, 1 hour ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Ces Guerra

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I, too, enjoyed this peek into internal operations at AD (oh yeah you're more than a blog!). One thing that has helped me in a virtual team (it's only been a week so it's not like I'm an expert but maybe that makes it all the more important) is that our team contact list has everyone's preferred method of communication. Once I was convinced that Mary MEANT she preferred text over email, and Joe MEANT he preferred Basecamp messages to text, etc., it has helped with efficiency of communication. And an internal FB group is AWESOME! 

3 days, 9 hours ago on A Peek Inside Internal Communications at Arment Dietrich

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@ginidietrich @biggreenpen ha ha deal!

3 days, 23 hours ago on How Do I Determine the ROI of PR?

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@ginidietrich @belllindsay I am sure they take spending some time with to be what you want them to be, but I think the Ink Factory images are pretty cool! Glad you tried your hand at it! (I mean, some *GREEN* ink may have made it pop a bit more but .....) (and another post from which there are a lot of great takeaways btw).  

3 days, 23 hours ago on How Do I Determine the ROI of PR?

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I believe this comment is grammatically messy but: SO VERY MUCH YES TO THIS! And on the "indoor voice," that extends to emails (as opposed to face-to-face interactions. I don't just mean "all caps YELLING EMAILS" but also just .... email civility and taking into account that the individual does not have the benefit of seeing your body language to know you're not being hostile, just succinct (or whatever).  // I love your Sylvester Stallone story (LOL the part you told us!) and can see why those types of things build bonds when celebrated among the team. Grat post. 

4 days, 17 hours ago on Internal Communications: A Beginner’s Guide

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My turn to sign off now. Thanks, Tom, this has been great! And, #BLister or not, I'll be sure to obtain your autograph someday if we are in the same place at the same time  ;-).  

4 days, 20 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@belllindsay I was totally relating when you wrote that in the intro, Lindsay. I am *way* too truthful -- I am all about the person going into the transaction well educated (even if it means telling them the downfalls of my own product. When I did my annual Get A Shot Give A Shot post Sunday, I said "covered by most insurance." When I discovered (sigh) that the flu shots at that establishment aren't covered for FL State employees (major group here in the State Capital) I just HAD to go into the post and revise with that caveat. 

4 days, 20 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ginidietrich @biggreenpen utterly understandable...

4 days, 20 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@belllindsay @biggreenpen @ginidietrich the trauma of being fired repetitively?

4 days, 20 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ginidietrich I'm glad you broke your own rule in this case. Selfishly, I *love* having this blog and its community ... but I do sometimes ask myself what price you pay to keep ALL those other balls up in the air ... 

4 days, 20 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@ginidietrich @TomMartin so many possibilities there!


4 days, 20 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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Hi Tom - looking forward to this (although I have to pop in and out)!

4 days, 21 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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Looking forward to it!

4 days, 23 hours ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today

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@Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen FOMO carries with it potential for MULTIPLE blog posts! 

5 days, 11 hours ago on Hello Ello: Is the Latest Social Network for You?

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Agree with your points, Ellie. And as a general social media fan, I am just running out of interest in adding more things to follow/track/do.  I did have sufficient FOMO that I signed up for ello and enjoyed being able to hook a few people up with invites of their own but I doubt I'll remain very involved. 

5 days, 16 hours ago on Hello Ello: Is the Latest Social Network for You?

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THAT VIDEO! Especially since our town is quite aflutter with the pros and cons and vicissitudes of worshiping college athletes. That was a breath of fresh air. // The rest of the post was interesting too! 

6 days, 1 hour ago on PRSA International Conference (#PRSAICON) Takeaways

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Hmm....I have recently started doing some freelance work with an all virtual team. One individual always wants to do Google hangouts whereas most everything else is by phone. Gotta say I feel connected to them all but being able to look the Google Hangout person "in the eyes" makes a difference ...... and she knows my cat photo bombed today's effort so there's that. Interesting piece/thanks!

6 days, 10 hours ago on Business Communications Exposed: It’s a Beach Clay Day

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@KateNolan I had to figure out unique views for a specific post recently and I seriously felt like throwing a mini-party when I figured it out. Of course the fact that I even HAVE GA has to do with @ginidietrich in the first place. #thankful 

6 days, 11 hours ago on Analytics Resources and Data for Communications Pros

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I have so much to learn! (but at least I have ten places to learn it) Thanks for this.

6 days, 11 hours ago on Analytics Resources and Data for Communications Pros

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@RobBiesenbach @biggreenpen Ostrich FTW!!! Being a southerner, a possum comes to mind (looking dead/asleep but actually being very much alive). It's going to be fun. :-)

1 week ago on How to Deliver a Successful Ignite Talk in 10 Steps

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This is great, Rob. I am planning my first Ignite talk a week from tomorrow at Toastmasters. The assignment is a "dramatic talk" and I am basing it on the 11 presentation sins (with full credit to you)! The idea is still super-primitive, but I am going to equate each of the sins to an animal at the zoo and have people take a walk through "Toastmaster Zoo." (Surely a sloth image will be perfect for "low energy delivery"!). I have a few challenges because our venue is a Mexican restaurant so in addition to the loud Mexican music we've all learned to tune out and talk over, I don't have a lot of audio visual capability. AND the idea may just bomb spectacularly but I guess since the talk has to be "dramatic," it just may be a different drama than I originally envisioned. I'll tape a version of it (I've learned not to record at the restaurant because you get more music than speech) and send along to you. Thx for the excellent tips. :-)

1 week ago on How to Deliver a Successful Ignite Talk in 10 Steps

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So what you're saying is that you're an RDJ fan .....

1 week, 2 days ago on Gin and Topics: RDJ, RDJ, and More RDJ

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Great inquisition, Tom, and I heartily agree about honesty (and introversion). Looking forward to the q&a.  

1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Tom Martin

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@LauraPetrolino @belllindsay @biggreenpen Okay, now that a few hours have elapsed ... this is the prison I volunteer at regularly. We did book club (The Fault in our Stars + watching the movie) and I stayed for their Toastmasters Club. It was awesome! 

1 week, 3 days ago on How to Eliminate False Fears Among Your Team

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I love your post. I have to go to prison now (I'll just leave that there for a few hours) so will have to come back and actually respond later. But seriously that image alone will keep me entertained for A WHILE. :-)

1 week, 3 days ago on How to Eliminate False Fears Among Your Team

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@WhatsYourAvocad Thank you for this story! (Because honestly I had kind of wondered the history of the name.) My story of this nature involves a kayak .... I really need to share it someday! 

1 week, 4 days ago on Communications Professionals Should Find Their Avocado

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I love every piece of this! Great advice!

1 week, 4 days ago on Communications Professionals Should Find Their Avocado

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@ClayMorgan @Eleanor Pierce A time management workshop I went to a long time ago advised standup meetings. They REALLY do make you get to the important business. BUT at one of my orgs, the boss would call a standup meeting and NOT keep to a strict agenda - as it wore on to 30 minutes or longer people would start leaning on stuff and just outright sitting. When they are done right, they are extremely effective. I also couldn't help thinking when first reading this today about when you are in a WalMart early in the morning and see the team doing their huddle and cheer. Maybe A-D needs a cheer (calling @lkpetrolino ).  

1 week, 5 days ago on Why the “Huddle” is Crucial for Internal Communications

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First of all, kudos to your excellent taste in choosing which screen shot you used of a huddle email (wink). But this is a relevant point, for sure. I am doing some freelance work right now with a team that is all virtual and within the short course of less than a week, the reality of being virtual has already proven itself to be more complex than the term makes it seem (not BAD complex but ... just different). 

1 week, 5 days ago on Why the “Huddle” is Crucial for Internal Communications

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@Kara very true Kara (about the walking around part) ... 

1 week, 5 days ago on Management, Check Thyself

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I enjoyed this post, Lindsay, and I love this topic -- it will be interesting to see the various takes on it as the month unfolds. When I sat down with my supervisor as I was leaving my organization and attempting to do a little exit interview-type processing, we weren't really getting at much productive. I shared some organization observations, etc., but when it came to me personally, the one phrase that both of us agreed on and seemed to be the one true moment of connection in an otherwise not-that-productive-feeling meeting was when we talked about various organizational changes and shifts in responsibility which (rightly or wrongly) separated me from responsibilities I had held previously. I said "I thrive on feeling involved." That's not very technical or management theory-ish but it's the core truth and I suspect that's true for many of us. // There's a book I'm working with currently called "The Culture Engine" and it speaks to so much of exactly what you've said here. For instance, speaking to leaders, "You create your legacy with every plan, decision, and action. Everything you do tells you boss, peers, team members, and customers what you stand for. What you value is transparent through your actions." TRUTH. 

1 week, 6 days ago on Management, Check Thyself

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I saw bits and pieces about this back when it was happening but didn't fully grasp what was going on so thanks for the explanation and the factors to consider to make this type of effort a success!

1 week, 6 days ago on How Anheuser-Busch Redefined Experiential Marketing

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@Howie Goldfarb @biggreenpen @LauraPetrolino @livefyre hmmm.....Howie......I think I need to go check a fave Vermont Instagram feed for "exploding fall foliage" -- maybe that caption wasn't as innocent as it sounded at the time ;-)

1 week, 6 days ago on It’s Planning Season! Plan to Work With Us!

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@LauraPetrolino @biggreenpen I've got #PetroPomPoms and all ...

2 weeks ago on It’s Planning Season! Plan to Work With Us!

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I have faith that your "big 2015" is going to happen - lots of interesting directions here and it'll be great to see it come to fruition!! 

2 weeks ago on It’s Planning Season! Plan to Work With Us!

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Can't wait! 

2 weeks ago on BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: November 3, 2014

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@Eleanor Pierce maybe even a gold star?

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Gin and Topics: Shimmy P Goes Job Hunting

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Great inquisition! I read The Goldfinch (on audio) this summer. Even the name of your biz, "Don't Panic," makes me feel calmer every time I see it (and that's a tall order LOL). Enjoyed learning more about you!

2 weeks, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jess Ostroff

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@Eleanor Pierce @biggreenpen Desperate, but honestly not surprising ... yeesh.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Social Media for Internal Communications

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Great points, Ellie! At my previous employer, when we would get the funky questions that weren't easily found on the website, the process of hunting an answer often took too much time and generated unnecessary emails (something that could possibly have been resolved via internal social media). 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Social Media for Internal Communications

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