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Selling the product with heart doesn't always work. Selling that the employees that work for you have heart can.
2 years ago on Do Powerful Brands Use Heart?
This was great, Doug. I've often said what good is making the best pizza in town if no one even knows you're baking it?
2 years, 2 months ago on If You Build It, Will They Come?
I am on Twitter, have updated my LinkedIn profile & have a Google alert set up. Facebook is not for me but I don't HATE it...just don't like it for me.
Social media is a great thing once you get the hang of it. Thanks for the heads up, 'favorite marketing guru.'
2 years, 3 months ago on I Hate Social Media
Drive-through resolutions are often not resolutions at all. Thanks for this, Doug.
2 years, 4 months ago on Conflict Resolution: How to Get Employees to Stop Fighting
Fantastic advice. As someone who is just getting his feet wet as a speaker/presenter, this should help me keep my audience interested...and AWAKE!
2 years, 7 months ago on 12 Most Engaging Presenter Behaviors… to Keep Your Audience Awake
Great advice, Doug. Even if the gift is something you can't or don't really use, I'd bet you could find someone that would benefit from it. Regifting isn't necessarily a bad thing either.
2 years, 7 months ago on Never Reject a Gift
Took me a while to buy into this show but once I did, I was hooked. Great episode choices. I'd add the Junior Mint episode, Ugly Baby, and the Peterman Reality Tour episodes. All so well done.
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Hilarious Seinfeld Episodes
Renee, I intend to make you rethink your ice cream eating experience. There are some incredible dry cereals out there for topping ice cream. Allow me to list a few:
*Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Try some of your favorite cereals as a not only delicious but healthier topping choices.
And with that, I think I'll make myself a sundae.
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Yummy Ice Cream Toppings
@AmyMccTobin Three good calls there. Could also add Earl Weaver, Jerry Glanville (Elvis never did claim his ticket) & I'd even go with John Kruk.
Sports is FILLED with characters. This list can easily triple in size.
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Entertaining Sports Personalities
I saw Lou throw a bat into the dugout at Earl Weaver when I was a kid. He was just a wild man. I'd like to toss Chi Chi Rodriguez's name out there. The 'Zorro' move when he'd sink a putt was priceless. Rick Dempsey also a character. His rain delay schtick was a riot.
But can we ever truly know the time of the wedding ceremony? If we put the time on the invitation, it should simply read, "Ask the bride."
2 years, 10 months ago on 12 Most Inerasable Mistakes Found on Wedding Stationery
@WineEveryday "Otis! He LOVES us!"
Just love that film. One of the most quotable movies ever.
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Quotable Movie Quotes
Someone else who loves, "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball." I thought I was alone there.
So many fantastic movie quotes. You could make this a multi-part piece. Just a few off of the top of my head. I'll let you & your readers figure out the films:
"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads."
"Fat, drunk & stupid is no way to go through life son."
"You're mocking me, aren't you?"
"If you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter."
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
"we haven't seen anything like this in world-class dodgeball since the Helsinki incident of 1919 and I think we all remember how THAT turned out."
"Hey Tanner does he go to the bathroom for you too?"
I'm sure I can come up with many, many more. Thanks for sharing your favorites.
Very good advice. It's worth keeping a copy of these tips close by your computer. If more people used them before hitting the 'send' button, we'd all be better off.
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Simple Email Tips
@AmyMccTobin Now I know your Boston bias may be clouding your judgment but The Yankees have had some very good pitchers to work with Mo. I think one duo left off was Bucky Dent/Aaron Boone. Oh wait, they were only a good pair against the Red Sox. ;)
2 years, 11 months ago on 12 Most Dangerous Duos in Sports
So hard to limit this to just 12. Might be a good idea to run it as a series for several sports. Noticeably absent is hockey. Gretzky/Messier and Lemieux/Jagr come to mind.
This is great information. One other that I was always taught is that numbers less than ten (or 10) should be written out and not written as numbers. For example, " The 3 puppies may have looked alike but all had unique personalities," should read, "The three puppies may have looked alike but all had unique personalities."
I've printed out a copy of this list and I will have it handy every time I have to proofread a document.
3 years ago on 12 Most Unforgivable Writing Mistakes
Have to admit, I had to grow up before I could truly appreciate Elvis. I never got the whole hero worship thing when I was a teenager growing up in the 80s. It was actually his Christmas CD that got me started down a different Elvis path. It was truly joyous. Then I began relistening (forgive my made-up word) to his other work. From the upbeat tunes, "Jailhouse Rock," and "Hound Dog," to ballads such as, "Love Me Tender," and "In the Ghetto," I found a true appreciation for his gift. I now have several Elvis songs on my iPod and love listening to them while out for my evening walks.
I think my favorite Elvis is the younger version. I like to remember him when he was at his best both physically and musically. The Vegas version makes me think too much of what his life became instead of what it truly should have been.
3 years ago on 12 Most Vital Reasons to Love and Learn From Elvis
I've said for a while that the number of followers is meaningless. I'll take a handful of quality contacts over a plethora of mediocre ones every day.
3 years ago on Stop Counting Followers – Start Building Relationships
Take out the kittens, add puppies or a chimp, and now you've got yourself a formula! :)
3 years ago on 12 Most Universal Ingredients of Viral Videos
The thing I enjoy most about real books is that if you drop them, you don't have to go out and spend $199 to replace them.
3 years ago on What Barnes & Noble Really Needs
The original recommendations reminded me of an old joke. A person walks into a book store and sees this book titled, "Three Sure Fire Steps to Making You a Millionaire." The person sees that the book only costs $19.95 so he (or she) buys it. When the person gets home, he/(she) opens it. Chapter One is "Write a Book." Chapter Two is "Charge $19.95 per Copy." Chapter Three is "You're a Millionaire!"
3 years, 1 month ago on How Not to Get Promoted At Work
Before I will follow someone back, I like to check on how they may have stumbled upon me. If they follow someone already among my followers, I usually follow back immediately. If they found me due to some keyword in one of my posts, I'll view a few of their tweets just to see if we truly like the same things. If I see a connection, followed. I don't follow everyone who follows me nor do I take offense if I follow someone who doesn't follow back. Everyone has his/her reasons for how they handle their Twitter account. I respect that.
As for following someone who doesn't follow me back, I don't really mind. Most times that applies to sportswriters that I follow and I wouldn't expect them to follow back. What they are tweeting is far more interesting to me than what I'm tweeting out anyway.
3 years, 1 month ago on Ted's Twitter Follow-Back Policy
Mentors come to us in all forms. Heck, I didn't realize who my mentor really was until a few years after I'd moved on to work for someone else. He wasn't the typical mentor but definitely someone who, at this stage of my life, I can say was a big reason why I got here, well at least professionally. The best personal mentor I've ever had is my dad. I try to live my life the way he's lived his. So far, I think it's worked pretty well for me. I guess when it gets right down to it, I've had sort of a 'mentors' network' helping to mold me into the person I am today.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Key Lessons I Learned From My Mentor
Now 'that' is a great writing tip.
3 years, 1 month ago on Nerd Note: Avoid That
As someone who considering being a writer at one point long ago, I can really appreciate this. Hopefully more 'writers' will read it, note it, and apply it.
3 years, 1 month ago on Nerd Note: What Happened at the Meeting?
And the beauty of this is that none of it is static. You can also choose to make changes to any of the above should your first choice turn out not to be your best choice. I've made several changes over the years in a few of these categories and they've taken me to a place where I feel happy. The key is knowing that you CAN and SHOULD make changes if the situation calls for it.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Significant Choices YOU make in LIFE
Fantastic read and a nice trip down memory lane as I delve deeper into the modern-day social network world. I've always felt quality is far more valuable than quantity.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Notable Niche Social Networks
I feel if I can make at least one person smile every day, I've accomplished something. You sir, have accomplished something today. Thank you.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Uproariously Funny Tweets
I'd say inventory of your attic and/or basement fits in somewhere as well. And don't dwell on it. It's either keep or toss.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Time-Saving Tips for Getting and Staying Organized