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First, I love your logo.

Your list provided me with another butt kicking, while leading me to believe it isn't too late. Butt kicking can be good...

When I read, "Do people want or need the product you’re offering?" I started shaking my head. I initially asked myself that question, and answered, heck yes...about 91 million people need what I'm going to offer. I didn't think about the follow-up question...do they know they need it? Heck, no!

Now, I wonder if I can use my existing website as my "Crappy Prototype" and move forward...

Thanks for the great article.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Startup Checklist: Five Key Things to do Before You Launch

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@ginidietrich @SJSnelling @KateFinley Possibly on an interim basis (out of necessity), yet when one answers the question, "what would you define as your target audience" and the realistic answer is every owner-occupied, single-family, detached homeowner except those is California...choke!

Professionals are the ONLY honest answer.

Speaking of answers...this topic appears to be headed to the "viral" category! Great posting!

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Media Relations: How to Do it On Your Own

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@KateFinley Your last paragraph is exactly where I have found myself...it certainly wasn't my plan, yet when I had to face it...you know the rest.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Media Relations: How to Do it On Your Own

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I'm feeling that pain...while loving your posting.

From my perspective, as a website presence waiting to actually be a presence...or not, you've provided, as have those adding their voices, a reinforcement to what I've come to understand; professionals cannot, and should not be eliminated from the equation.

Prior to embarking on my website project, I read every piece I could find on how to get my concept launched. It was nearly unanimous to find those I started recognizing as "in the know" stressed the importance of professional PR. Thus, it was included in my initial budget.

Eight years later, and after mind-boggling cost overruns, a website was launched with zero left for what should have been the top priority...professional PR. You in the professional PR world (nearly everyone here) don't even need me to type the following words...no traffic...no buzz.

Moving forward, what's my number one priority? Building up my coffers, in order to do it correctly!

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Media Relations: How to Do it On Your Own

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@ClayMorgan No mincing words. Valuable perspective.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Media Relations: How to Do it On Your Own

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@JoeCardillo @SJSnelling I felt it better to leave some "rocker" doubt.

I actually thrive on this type of living in flux...testing and never hesitating to tell myself, whoops.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Three Things Internet Startups Can Teach Big Business

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What a relief! I tried to tell them I hadn't gone completely off my rocker, as I sat forming a plan, remolding it...again-and-again, talking to myself as if I was a one-person board meeting on steroids. You eloquently described one of my more "typical" days.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Three Things Internet Startups Can Teach Big Business

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@RobBiesenbach@SJSnellingThank you for the article suggestion. While culling some ideas and leads to other resources, I was struck by, 'What's our narrative?' Because even if you don't have a conscious one, you've been living one."That's a statement intended to ground oneself...falls inline with your comment of looking for patterns.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Let’s Talk About Me: Writing a Professional Bio

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@RobBiesenbach "It may be a little harder for those starting out..." yes, yes, and yes. I hope I'm not the only one slipping into a mild panic mode. 

While reading the blog posting, I flipped a couple times to my own bio <sweat beads forming on the forehead>. Then reading your words of wisdom, especially, "Framing it all in a story arc..." <profuse sweat beads>.

Oh, do I have some work to do...

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Let’s Talk About Me: Writing a Professional Bio

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@KateFinley @Soulati | Hybrid PR Just noticed the Evernote ... 

Thanks

Now to see if I can keep up with the Q&A


1 year ago on Join Chuck Hemann for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

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First, I loved the posting. I chuckled, especially over the strategic use of the "strike-out."

Being planted in the middle of my own rural hayfield, noises, other than such things as the local, singing coyotes, are minimal. Therefore, it was interesting to see how the other half lived, in their world of creativity. Possibly, it was my intense love of good coffee, or a yearning for something other than a staycation, regardless of the reason(s) I didn't find Coffitivity a distraction...I kept sipping my coffee as if nothing had changed.

Yes, I find background music keeps me clicking.

1 year ago on Coffitivity: Coffee Shop Noise and Creativity

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Oh, the memories this elicited...

During my career as a property tax assessor, attempting to maintain a high level of customer-service often seemed more appropriately considered a matter of survival. I'm here, so I must have squeaked by.

Though I never actually thought of being at the top, I knew the goal was to make my clients (taxpayers) realize I listened and that they were the most important person in the office.

Lightness aside, most people visiting their tax assessor come prepared to do battle. It always amazed me to watch their armor start dropping when they realized I truly believed I worked for them!

Timely reminder for me, as I delve into the realm of e-commerce...

Thanks for the help

1 year ago on Customer Service: Should You Try for Second Place?

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Interesting (and fun...yes, I still have time for fun) survey tool, Bob.

I mirrored a poll from my website and though it has only been a few hours, the results from Poutsch are most certainly on-track.

Started a second survey to see if results remain consistent.

1 year ago on Poutsch: A New Way to Ask and Answer Questions

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