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@RobBiesenbach  "...in business people will call anything a story."   Good understatement


2 weeks, 3 days ago on Why Marketers Should Write Fiction

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I agree... learning, or even seriously attempting, to create art, be it fiction, poetry, a short film or a narrative photo or illustration, makes us better communicators.  Over the years I've always encouraged students looking to get into the business to first study how to think (I still like the liberal arts) and share their thoughts creatively before bothering to study advertising or marketing (sorry, but you can better learn that on the job, assuming you bring some human-to-human skils with you).

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Why Marketers Should Write Fiction

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Another county heard from... you all might enjoy Nick Westergaard's post on the same subject today, illustrated by a very recent personal anecdote involving Garrison Keillor... http://ow.ly/vdI4W 

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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Nice perspective, Nick (and I'm jealous you got to go see Prairie Home Companion).  I think it's also a matter of what kind of media we imagine our blogs being... social media, implying dialogue, or just plain old media, in which case disconnecting comments and proceeding in monologue mode is, I suppose, appropriate.  The latter is doubtless more profitable for the copybloggers of the world; most of the reset of us will do well to not only work the crowd but remember to reward it as personally as possible.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Crowd Work: A Case for Not Removing Blog Comments

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@jasonkonopinski  I think that's just it... they've moved from being social media ( a blog) to just plain old-fashioned media.  Not necessarily anything wrong with that... just not particularly appealing if you're into engaging conversations and give and take versus media monologue.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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@biggreenpen @creativeoncall  Nah, too late... already bought my copy. I'm holding out for a job... hey, maybe I can be Gini's office Stedman, you know, the guy who seems to fill an important role but who is never actually seen doing anything?

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Social Media Connections and Landing a Great Job

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Personally, I think ginidietrich is doing to have to go all Oprah on us and give everybody commenting here a job...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Social Media Connections and Landing a Great Job

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@Eleanor Pierce @creativeoncall  Well, that ginidietrich LOVES to sing on-camera (I actually have some video to sort of prove it), so when you come to town I think we should arrange that

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Social Media Connections and Landing a Great Job

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Eleanor... good points all, and quite nicely made in the video not embedded above. Let's fix that: http://youtu.be/_H6c86lM6VM


Oh, one other thing to fix... I can clearly see musical instruments hanging in the background of your video.  Did Gini not explain that one literally has to sing for one's supper around here?  So c'mon, let's hear it.  We'll expect a song next week...

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Social Media Connections and Landing a Great Job

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 Change is good.  It's also much more interested than not changing, so thanks. At the start of the year I changed #SocialSong Saturday (largely inspired by one Gini Dietrich, as noted in the first installment) to a once a month affair, featuring one song about an issue raised by one person (who, yes, is worth following)... of course, I'm already a month behind, but that's another story...


Now, on to the Inquisition!

1 month, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!

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