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@Ali_Davies Hi Ali, my point about looking cool is actually based more on fact than the writing would suggest- I have had many admit to me they do it to look like a celebrity.  Certainly not all do, but many who have followed a lot in the past dumped them for perception.  That was my point.

1 year, 2 months ago on Why I Follow so Damn Many People on Twitter

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 @Chris_Eh_Young Co-sign on that Chris-- I wish more understood that!

1 year, 6 months ago on Advice vs. Support

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 @philgerb  So lucky to have awesome friends like you to share with.  xo

1 year, 8 months ago on Making Your Dreams Happen

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 @RichGallagher Thanks, Rich, for being part of the journey

1 year, 8 months ago on Making Your Dreams Happen

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 @LouImbriano thanks Lou, so appreciate you!

1 year, 8 months ago on Making Your Dreams Happen

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 @CanDoIt agreed- it may be fun to hear the sunshine part, but it can also waste a lot of time, money and effort.

1 year, 9 months ago on I Don’t Care About You, I Only Care About Me

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 @TRU_Vitality yes, sometimes the harsh truth is needed.  Thanks for the comment!

1 year, 9 months ago on I Don’t Care About You, I Only Care About Me

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 @RaulColon Thanks Raul- I wish someone would teach a course in it!

1 year, 9 months ago on I Don’t Care About You, I Only Care About Me

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 @TheRelationshipInsider I love this and completely agree with you.  The tone of the country starts at the top and we have collectively compromised our values.  Very well said.

2 years ago on Election: Biggest Issues Facing Small Businesses

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 @RichGallagher I have to argue this point all of the time, Rich. Thanks for bringing clarity.

2 years ago on Networking for Introverts

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 @TheRelationshipInsider Good thoughts- and if you know they have a particular hobby, etc, that's a natural lead-in for a convo.

2 years ago on Networking for Introverts

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 @Devesh Dwivedi  Thanks for weighing in, Devesh!

2 years ago on Networking for Introverts

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 @mfishbein Great point on the listening.  Come with a list of questions and you can get others to do all of the talking!

2 years ago on Networking for Introverts

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 @JohnMorgan that's a personal favorite of mine too.  Why are you sharing the content if you haven't read it? It makes no sense!

2 years, 4 months ago on Why We Need Context

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 @BradShorr Yes, in business and in other aspects of life.  We are taking things too much on face value, which will retard growth, innovation and probably intelligence

2 years, 4 months ago on Why We Need Context

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 @bonnyclark Keep going, Bonny and let that fuel you to your results.   Keep us posted on the search.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @DafnaMichaelsonJenet My pleasure- I feel like it's part of my job to share and I always enjoy it, even when re-living some of the bad stuff.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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Hi Kathi- I am very sorry for your losses and glad to have another who understands the power of keeping your power.   @kathikruse 

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @jeanniecw Thanks Jeannie.  It's fairly crazy the amount of things I have endured so early, but hoping that means more good stuff is down the road.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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Thanks Laura @LauraPetrolino  I got a bit sick of people assuming that I have had it "so easy", so I think sometimes it's good to show that assumptions can be dangerous.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @FranchiseKing Thanks Joel.  The Yiddish quotes are always very insightful.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @Enerpace_Elene A sister from another Mister--lol.  xo

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @Lena_M There were many tears along the way, for sure.  Thanks Lena.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @hackmanj You sort of expect to be tested eventually- I didn't realize that I would have so many tests.  It was like a masters' class in dealing with crap

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @CateTV So great to see you too Cate and thanks for these inspiring words

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @commoncentsmom It's so easy for others to look at someone at not fully appreciate where they have been, so I am glad I can at least give a glimpse.  Keep on keeping on!

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @Ali_Davies Ali, I am glad that your husband emerged ok.  You never know what's around the corner, so love your scruff of the neck visual!

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @Marshall Davis Thanks Marshall.  Yes, it was a weird series of calls where I knew something was wrong, but couldn't have imagined the "what".  I wouldn't have believed at the time that it would get better, but it always does.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @MichaelNeely Thanks Michael.  It's always my mantra. 

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @SteveWoodruff Thanks Steve.  I always think it's easy to make assumptions about people's life, so it's good to peel back the onion from time to time. xo

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @spaley Apparently when someone close to you is killed like that, the police are supposed to notify you and since I was young, they wanted to tell my father first.  After me not cooperating and enough time going by, the father just called me himself.

2 years, 5 months ago on What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You Stronger

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 @RichGallagher Very well said, Rich.  I agree that not everyone SHOULD publish a book and when you do, you want to make sure that it is as good as it can be.  My publisher improved the quality of my book for certain.

2 years, 6 months ago on Should I Self-Publish or Get a Book Deal?

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 @Lena_M Great point Lena!

2 years, 6 months ago on Let’s Be Honest, Size Matters

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 @Ryan Critchett Thanks for keeping it real, Ryan! 

2 years, 6 months ago on Let’s Be Honest, Size Matters

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So, I love to present differing viewpoints on this blog, and I thank Jim for this compelling discussion.  However, I do think that the self-publish decision has some gray area, depending on your objectives.

 

You need to understand your goals for your books in order to make a decision.  While self-publishing may be more and more aligned with those goals, there are times when they are not.

 

If you are in certain industries and using your book as a "calling card", some CEOs / executives give weight and credence to what publisher you use.

 

As a first time author, I did in fact get an advance, so it does depend on your platform.

 

If you are doing a book for a first time, it is also helpful to have a partner in the process.  My publisher and the editors were very value-added to the process.  Plus, the more you take on with the book, the less it becomes a "project" and the more a "business", which you may not have the time for.

 

For my first book, I was also able to get much wider distribution through my publisher than I believe I would have on my own. 

 

At the end of the day, book authors do take on the majority of marketing and are the success factor for their own book.  Think about your real goals and evaluate all options carefully!

 

2 years, 6 months ago on Should I Self-Publish or Get a Book Deal?

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 @lisarobbinyoung Oh yeah, that guy's a gem too!  :)

2 years, 6 months ago on Is Your Marketing Strategy “That Guy”?

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 @EdwardSmith1 Thanks Edward.  As someone who is on tv every week multiple times, I can tell you that tv can help, but it is extremely difficult to do, given the amount of books out there.  That doesn't mean that you shouldn't try, but have realistic expectations that it's a bit of a "Hail Mary".

2 years, 7 months ago on Books: Top Book Marketing Tips

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 @KamaTimbrell Such a good tip- gratitude is remembered!  Thank you!

2 years, 7 months ago on Books: Top Book Marketing Tips

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 @JimKukral Thanks Jim- fantastic tip! 

2 years, 7 months ago on Books: Top Book Marketing Tips

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 @Jen_at_YellowBirdBlogs Thanks for the kind comments.  Yes, it is probably one of the reasons why wasted talent drives me so crazy.  :)

2 years, 7 months ago on In Business You Need More than Passion- You Need Goals

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 @Ali_Davies Intention and purpose are so critical- I wish that my mother could have known, but hope this will help others.

2 years, 7 months ago on In Business You Need More than Passion- You Need Goals

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 @epicenterone I am glad it resonated with you.  Thanks for the comment.

2 years, 7 months ago on In Business You Need More than Passion- You Need Goals

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 @lisarobbinyoung Great additional tips, Lisa!  Thanks for sharing

2 years, 7 months ago on Entrepreneurs Should Always Be Marketing

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 @MorganBarnhart Agreed- I wrote about that last year.  It's amazing what people are willing to do online (that they don't have the balls to do in person)

 

http://www.carolroth.com/blog/social-media-humanizing-brands-and-dehumanizing-people/

2 years, 7 months ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy

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 @KyleRutkin Well, I appreciate your "real" response!  :)

2 years, 7 months ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy

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 @Rob Thomson_RiverHomes I think that Voltaire said that common sense wasn't that common (in French, of course).  The same can be said for common courtesy.

2 years, 7 months ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy

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 @dogwalkblog Thank you so much for sharing that article.  I appreciate you expending my horizons- very compelling piece.

2 years, 7 months ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy

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 @philgerb Maybe if Tungle could be embedded into the body of the email with a few suggestions- it's the clicking of links, etc. that drives me crazy!

2 years, 7 months ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy

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 @tsilvestre Thanks for sharing that post- excellent!

2 years, 7 months ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy

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 @EricReamer  @experiencepros Can't wait!

2 years, 7 months ago on Calling BS on Doing Your Best

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