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@Julie Walraven Julie I think we all gravitate towards the tools that provide us the most value! 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on What Happened to the Conversation of Twitter?

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@MarkDykeman It's certainly not like it was in the old days, Mark. But i guess I'm just feeling nostalgic.... :) 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on What Happened to the Conversation of Twitter?

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@OzData Our habits do change over time, that's what I'm learning! 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on What Happened to the Conversation of Twitter?

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@Ali_Davies  Indeed it will be! 

4 months, 1 week ago on Social Media’s Coming of Age

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@Peady  Thanks so much for your support! The goal of the book is to help people become that "everyone" to which you refer! 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on We are all Producers Now

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@ldpodcast  You're one of the original 6 too, my dear. I'm grateful for your friendship. 

5 months ago on Am I Over Social Media?

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@bobgoyetche  I'm glad you were there from the start. And I'm glad you're still here. :) 

5 months ago on Am I Over Social Media?

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Congratulations to MsCommuniKate - you are the winner of the tickets! Thanks everyone for entering - enjoy the show Kate! 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Win 2 Tickets to Casual Fridays with the NAC Orchestra

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@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! 

10 months, 1 week ago on Being An Optimist is About More Than Just Making Lemonade

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@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! 

10 months, 1 week ago on Being An Optimist is About More Than Just Making Lemonade

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@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! 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Being An Optimist is About More Than Just Making Lemonade

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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!!! 

SM

11 months ago on The Double Standard in Women’s Equality is Alive and Well

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@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! 

11 months, 1 week ago on Banning Cell Phone Use in Classrooms is The Wrong Approach

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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 .

11 months, 1 week ago on Banning Cell Phone Use in Classrooms is The Wrong Approach

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@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 :) 

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Zen and the Art of Not Trying Too Hard

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@moeb Glad I was able to help contribute to your Friday! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Things to Think About

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@bobledrew  @moeb  isn't that a great word? And a perfect description too. No I'm not sucking up. Ok maybe a little ;) 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Five Things to Think About

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@jfwilson (blush)

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The A List Conundrum

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@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. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The A List Conundrum

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@DMBrogan and likewise, you are on mine, lovely lady. As for that son of yours.... ;) 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The A List Conundrum

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@OzData You got it right, Oz my man! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The A List Conundrum

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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. ;) 

1 year ago on SHIFTing Forward

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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! 

1 year ago on Online Habits: Is Less Really More?

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@KDillabough Nice to meet you Kaarina and thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy.. 

1 year ago on Five Things to Think About

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@typeup I'm glad you enjoyed it! Best of luck with your business. 

1 year ago on How to Choose the Right Social Media Tools for Your Business

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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! 

1 year ago on Starting a Public Relations Firm: The Business Side of Things

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@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 ;) 


Good luck! 

1 year ago on Using Technology to Get in Shape

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I love @sherrilynne and that sister of hers too ;)

1 year, 1 month ago on #FollowFriday: Sherrilynne Starkie

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@suzanne285 Brand is a crass guy - he's going to say crass things. He's definitely not everyone's cup of tea and I have seen him do much worse in interviews. Maybe that comment could have gone unsaid.

At the end of the day though, the interviewers were the ones that looked silly. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Interviewing Tips from Russell Brand

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@OzData There are definitely some guests who are challenging, Robin Williams comes to mind for sure! 

But regardless of how challenging and unpredictable one can be, there's no excuse for being unprepared to interview anyone. And I really do think this team came off looking silly because they didn't take the time to at least find out who they were dealing with. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Interviewing Tips from Russell Brand

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How dare you say anything against Gary??? :)

I'm kidding, of course. I love Gary as much as the next Vayniac. What I love about Gary and people like him is, they are not afraid to try things, and they are not afraid to make mistakes every now and again. The way that any new thing moves forward is to have people out in front blazing the trail, trying stuff, messing it up, and moving on.

At the same time, it's great that people can and do question the motives and actions of others, so long as it's done respectfully (as you've done here).

The beauty of our connected world is that we all get to choose our own adventure.

Bravo on a great article, my friend!

1 year, 1 month ago on Social Media Success and the Second Commandment

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@belllindsay I'll tell Charlie to turn on his phone. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas

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You guys rock. That is all. And you can guest post on my little blog anytime you want. Have your people contact my people. Well, my people is my dog. So have your dogs contact my dog. 

1 year, 1 month ago on Increase Blog Traffic with These 12 Ideas

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@rebecca.happy1 Thanks for stopping by! I don't find it as weird as I did at first, the "creeping" you refer to. I find it's just sort of the normal way we do things now - instead of calling someone to see how they are doing we can see it in their stream. It doesn't replace direct contact, for sure, but it does enhance the times when we do meet up in person. 

I find it amusing when sometimes someone will walk up to me at an event and ask an obscure question  about something I may have posted on my timeine weeks prior - it always takes a few moments to recall exactly what they are talking about! : )

1 year, 1 month ago on Do You Know Who Your Real Friends Are?

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I think that "introverted extrovert" is something a lot of people in our circles have in common. I know I'm certainly one of them and I can peg several others too. I think that's part of what makes us all click so well - the fact that we GET each other on a pretty deep level, because we share a lot of the same personality traits.

I loved the conference, and I loved seeing you, and Gini, and everyone else. But boy did I like not having to talk to anyone on Sunday. :)

1 year, 1 month ago on I’m OK, You’re OK: Social Friendship and Gut Instincts

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@JohnMeadows Great points John! Learning how to give a compelling, in-person Executive Summary is a critical skill in this day and age. Don't death by Powerpoint people - actually SHOW them things. Real example win every time. 

1 year, 1 month ago on The Secret to Getting Executive Buy-In for Social Media

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@OzData Love this! The cereal is intriguing to me - we don't have Trader Joe's products here in Canadaville. I just got back from a meeting at Starbucks, and I didn't even know you could make homemade sweetened condensed milk. 

Look at what I've learned just from an ordinary comment. That's the stuff I love! 

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s Okay to be Ordinary

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Oh, I share quite a bit of ordinary. :) but maybe one people don't know about is how one of my favourite things to do is watch science documentaries!

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s Okay to be Ordinary

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Precisely, Anne! I loved reading this little story. What was the last movie you saw at the Bytowne?

1 year, 1 month ago on It’s Okay to be Ordinary

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Thanks for the shout out lady! It seems like everyone is looking for the secret sauce. There is no secret sauce. Social media takes time, effort, experimentation and energy. Can you be focused and strategic about it? Sure! But that in itself does not guarantee success. People need to lose the fear, and start trying more things. 

As for my telephone strategy - these days it's to use it as little as possible. Face to face, baby! 

1 year, 2 months ago on Answering the Top Five Social Media Questions Marketers Ask

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@hanstacey I do see your point that in some industries and schools, the system seems to be working against students rather than for them. Does it need an adjustment? Probably. But this is not the case everywhere and there are plenty of examples of unpaid internships that do result in good experiences for students and employers. 

Where I take issue is your statements around expectations of unpaid interns - just because you're not being paid is no reason to slack off, show up late, and not care about doing a good job. That ultimately is only going to hinder your chances of finding meaningful employment down the road. Getting in at a good agency relies heavily on references and referrals - if you slack off at an unpaid placement, then you definitely won't have that referral, I guarantee. 

I have been there - I graduated from college in 1990 with a degree in TV production. That same year was the worst slump in recent history for that industry in Canada. I too was desperate for work, and the rejection letters just piled up. I thought I'd have to move to Toronto, which, like London, is far more expensive then where I live. I felt like I was out of options until I realized that I could work a job outside my industry and that would afford me the ability to be able to volunteer inside my industry to get experience. It was hard, I was broke most of the time, but I did it anyway and I was able to break in eventually. 

I'm sorry, but with all due respect, graduating with a degree in any field is not the end - it's the beginning. Work hard, build your network, even if that means not getting paid all the time and even if it means taking work on the side not in your field. Slog it out and the opportunities will come. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Five Things You Can’t Expect from an Unpaid Intern

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While I don't agree with lengthy unpaid internships (like, 6 months or a year), I am okay with shorter terms. Algonquin college where I work does unpaid 4-6 week "work placements" and my company brings students on every year. Two of the people who now work for us were at one time unpaid work placement students that we hired directly after they completed their term. We hired them because they had some skills, a great attitude, took the work seriously and worked hard.

What I disagree most with in this article is the attitude that if you're not getting paid, then don't give it your all, show up on time, or care about what you're doing. Seriously? Do you want to have a shot at being successful in your career? Then dump that attitude immediately. Because if you go around with a sense of entitlement like that, you'll be hard pressed to find any kind of meaningful paid work after college.

Like Lindsay, I volunteered at a local cable station for months before landing my first paid job in TV. I was broke, but the experience I gained was invaluable. And when the producing job I wanted finally came open, it was literally handed to me.

While I agree that companies should not take advantage as interns being "free labour", there's a mutual respect that needs to be shown - a give and take of providing skills and training in exchange for hard work and most importantly, a good attitude. Ditch the sense of entitlement. Just because you graduated from college doesn't mean the world gets handed to you on a platter. Now the real work begins.

1 year, 2 months ago on Five Things You Can’t Expect from an Unpaid Intern

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@ginidietrich that is so true. And thank you for having me on the blog, I loved writing this and so happy to share it with you! Hi Martin! :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Business Tips from the World of Stand-Up Comedy

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@JoeCardillo my comedian friends can attest to that very thing! It's a long process indeed. Overnight success often takes years and years - that too is true in business!

1 year, 4 months ago on Business Tips from the World of Stand-Up Comedy

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@rdopping thanks for your comment! I am indeed a beer drinker, and no I don't drink Bud Light. But if you've ever spent any time at a comedy club you'll know that the beer selection is often not exactly premium. Hence the example :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Business Tips from the World of Stand-Up Comedy

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Thanks for including me in this article, it's great to see so many other teachers having as much success as I am with the flipped model.

I should point out for clarification that I have not actually flipped classes in the social media program, those classes are already delivered online and in hybrid format so they see the benefits of using online delivery of materials.

The class I did flip this Fall was my video production class, and it worked wonderfully as I said in my blog posts. This Winter I plan to flip by Web media class, which is a course about social media. I hope to realize the same results!

2 years, 7 months ago on 15 Schools Using Flipped Classrooms Right Now

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I can't help but think there is a level of common sense that goes along with this - common courtesy, if you will - if someone does something nice for you, invests in you, that you'll do something to return that investment at some point. It's how real friends work. It's how business relationships work.You bring up a very important point about how relationships that don't have a reciprocal pattern of give and take over time often fail.I often rely on my instincts to gauge when is the right time to return the investment others have made in me. I listen for clues as to when someone might need help, or a kind word, and I go with my gut. It often works out.

3 years, 7 months ago on Return on Investments

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My philosophy is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. :) I like your design the way it is.

3 years, 8 months ago on All Your Blog Redesign Are Belong to Us

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