Susan Murphy is a producer, educator, blogger, singer in a rock n roll band, podcaster, social media nerd, and pet mom. Not necessarily in that order.
Congratulations to MsCommuniKate - you are the winner of the tickets! Thanks everyone for entering - enjoy the show Kate!
1 month, 1 week ago on Win 2 Tickets to Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra
@Ali_Davies self care is all-important, Ali, and it's often the first thing that gets overlooked. I had an insane amount of stress last week and momentarily forgot the self-care and BOOM - I got sick. So now I'm fighting a cold, but realizing that getting enough rest and focusing on my own needs are critical to getting through the challenges. I'm consciously moving towards positive and away from negative - just shifting that mindset has made a world of difference. Thanks for sharing!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Being An Optimist is About More Than Just Making Lemonade
@jkaser perspective is everything! And I think the other thing that we need to do in the face of adversity is keep moving - keep building things, creating, and doing positive things. The projects you've been working on lately are an example of that. Keep up the good work and continue to shine your light!
@Lara Wellman I've seen those posts, and I think it's a wonderful practice. You and I are cut from the same cloth; as writers, we need to be able to write about our feelings. But it's the emphasis you put on your situation that's so important. It's how you react that dictates how things turn out. Thank you for sharing!
3 months ago on Being An Optimist is About More Than Just Making Lemonade
While I'm still having a hard time with the visual of Marc Cuban looking sexy with his shirt undone, I think you nailed it. There is such a double standard that a woman can't be pretty AND smart AND successful all at the same time.
I've been on many sides of the double standard - most notably back in the 90s when I was one of two female news camera operators in my city. I lugged 40lbs of camera gear up to Parliament Hill on a regular basis. I set up alongside all the male camera operators for press conferences, and got called "sweetheart" and "honey" a lot, and would be asked if that tripod was too heavy for me to carry. I would do news scrums with men a lot bigger AND a lot smaller than I, and I'd get the best shots (Elbows UP!).
There's still a lot of stigma around women being powerful, successful and strong. The best thing we can do is keep moving forward, be ourselves, and not listen to those who criticize us.
Thanks for sparking this conversation Gini - and when you end up on the cover of vogue we will celebrate!!!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well
@Hamish McKillop Hamish, you said perfectly exactly my experience teaching college students. It is a great shift in the "way things have always been done". But it can work, and does work. It's up to teachers to make the commitment, try things, and most of all, find ways to be compelling to students, as you say. That's where the real learning can happen. Thank you!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Banning Cell Phone Use in Classrooms is The Wrong Approach
I like what you say about "toy" vs. "tools". There's nothing wrong with a little play time (and I often will give my students the opportunity to play, to give them a bit of a break from all the work I make them do ;).
Also, the safety factor you mention cannot be discounted. Having the ability for parents to communicate with their children or for schools to be able to communicate with students in times of crisis is a compelling reason to promote safe and practical use of mobile devices in a school setting .
@John Meadows "We are led to believe that every piece of online content has a best before tag with an expiry time measured in minutes, before it is replaced by the next piece of content. "
Unfortunately, this is the way most social networks are designed - to take advantage of our FOMO and suck us in. Facebook's EdgeRank is a prime example - the Time Decay factor in EdgeRank ensures that our content has a shelf life.
Great insights though - I agree we need to take a step back and really figure out what's most important to pay attention to - and forget the rest!
Thank YOU for paying attention to this :)
4 months ago on Zen and the Art of Not Trying Too Hard
@moeb Glad I was able to help contribute to your Friday! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
4 months, 1 week ago on Five Things to Think About
@bobledrew @moeb isn't that a great word? And a perfect description too. No I'm not sucking up. Ok maybe a little ;)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The A List Conundrum
@jfwilson I disagree that a blog isn't a discussion (we're having one now, aren't we? :) and I agree that this debate is not exclusive to the online world whatsoever. Everyone wants attention and recognition for their work, even if they don't admit it openly.
To your question are numbers important? Well they aren't unimportant, especially if attention is what you seek. But there's a difference between accumulating numbers (or views, or follows, etc) and accumulating numbers that actually care about what you're talking about.
The purpose of a blog is subjective - very subjective. I write here as a means of self-expression. I'm not looking to become famous, or an A Lister, or whatever. I put my thoughts here and if they resonate with people, then great. A secondary benefit of resonance is, I may make new connections or find new opportunities for my business, but that's not my raison d'être. But that may be different for someone else.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! To me, that's the big reward of all of this - to enter into discussion on ideas and have conversations.
@DMBrogan and likewise, you are on mine, lovely lady. As for that son of yours.... ;)
@OzData You got it right, Oz my man! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
Congratulations my dear! SHIFT is fortunate to have such a talented person joining their team, and finally someone to keep that Chris Penn in line. ;)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on SHIFTing Forward
I think what you're really hitting on here is that it's about finding a balance - a sweet spot, if you will, where your inputs (the amount you consume and read) and your outputs (sharing, commenting, interacting) hit that perfect place.
You have been able to move the needles of your business growth and revenue because you are able to be more focused on it now (less time spent consuming and creating content you don't get paid for, more time to really build the business). Swing it too much one way or another, and the needles may move again, right?
A few months ago, my output was fairly insignificant - a few blog posts a month and inconsistent at best on my company blog. Since I've gone to 3x a week on my blog, and 3x a week on my company blog (thanks to my great co-worker, who contributes too!), I've noticed that I'm extending my reach more and have even drummed up some new prospects. Perhaps I've found my sweet spot too!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Online Habits: Is Less Really More?
@KDillabough Nice to meet you Kaarina and thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy..
5 months, 1 week ago on Five Things to Think About
@typeup I'm glad you enjoyed it! Best of luck with your business.
5 months, 1 week ago on How to Choose the Right Social Media Tools for Your Business
Firing clients is at once the scariest and most stress-releasing thing you can do as a business owner. It's amazing how even one toxic client can overpower everything.
I agree that running your own business is the most rewarding thing in the world. But it's definitely not easy, and it's definitely the hardest work you'll ever, ever do.
Thanks for being so honest in this post - these are things a lot of entrepreneurs don't talk about, and it makes us feel very alone sometimes. It's good to know that these are challenges we all face - and that we have each other to draw on for support!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Starting a Public Relations Firm: The Business Side of Things
@Michael Nugent I've heard about a few weird issues with the Flex recording steps when it's not supposed to. Also I don't like having things on my wrist all the time so that's why I went with the One. I hope I don't forget to unclip it! I got the extended replacement warranty just in case ;)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Using Technology to Get in Shape