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@woofslc Thank you Melissa! In my mind the photos are in many ways more important than the stories themselves. Being able to replace those negative images in people's minds is extremely powerful! We feel very lucky to have you as a part of our team :)

2 years, 11 months ago on Capturing the Moment

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@Annie BRown Thank you so much Annie! We really appreciate your kind words and support :)

2 years, 11 months ago on A Look Inside StubbyDog

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I love this Lisa! So true, life really is the journey and too often people stop living while they are trying to get to a certain destination, instead of enjoying everything each moment has to offer. Being present in the journey opens up opportunities you would never have realized had you been too focused on the singular goal (professionally, this is a problem that is very common with entrepreneurs....they are so mono-focused, they let their businesses fail by refusing to observe the opportunities around them).

Life can be tough, uncertain, frightening and all the above at once, but that's part of the ride...and many ways the best part. I may not know exactly where I'm going, I probably won't understand the route I'm taking, but I have faith that I'm always heading in the right direction :)

2 years, 11 months ago on Enjoy the Ride

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@theprettychic I love that "bully their way into the hearts and lives of those they touch"...so well said! And thank you, for being such a valuable part of our community!

2 years, 11 months ago on A Look Inside StubbyDog

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@SocialMediaDDS@WordsDoneWrite I have to admit, I'm such a wimp I wasn't able to get through the whole thing...I had to click out of it and even just the first little bit served to give me nightmares!

2 years, 11 months ago on Gin and Topics: Lollipops, Donkeys, and Misrepresentations

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@ExtremelyAvg Ah...the old monkey and bacon trick...works every time!

2 years, 12 months ago on Gin and Topics: Lollipops, Donkeys, and Misrepresentations

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@ExtremelyAvg You are probably just as qualified as anyone. I can't resist but a little mini rant about this....heck I might write my own post as well, however I fear it would turn into a three part series of me ranting and throwing my arms around spastically (I'm italian, I can't help it)

1) No doubt the media is agenda setting. That is true in this topic, it is true in politics, it is true in many, many, many things. There is no doubt about that fact

2) Woman and men are different. That is a law of nature. Women who try to succeed by trying to succeed 'as a man' will undoubtedly lose. However, there is nothing that prevents women to succeed by trying to succeed 'as a woman'. Because that is what we are. We are women, not men...and in that we have our own power. Sadly, too many women overlook this fact.

3) As a whole, women are their own worst enemies. This is not just true in gender equality, but in any circumstance where one sector of the populations feels they are being marginalized based on their (gender, culture, religion, race, sexual orientation, etc.). Go out, create your own reality, live the life you want, be the person you want to be. The biggest limitations are ALWAYS self imposed.

The End....for now.... :)

2 years, 12 months ago on Gin and Topics: Lollipops, Donkeys, and Misrepresentations

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ohhhh......I have so much to say about the Miss Representation doc I just don't know where to begin! I look forward to your commentary on it!

2 years, 12 months ago on Gin and Topics: Lollipops, Donkeys, and Misrepresentations

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As a proud Florida resident, I have to say that this is a fine example of how fantastically the citizen's of Florida care about the well being of our people. Just because our beautiful state is dominated by botoxed lips, liposucked tummies and silicon boobs (and I'm not just referring to the female populous) , does not mean that we don't respect the rights and hope to improve the quality of life for all citizens. These dwarfs deserve the right to have a career, they deserve the right to be successful, they deserve the right to be tossed dammit!

As it is the only well paying, respectful position available to dwarfs are acting jobs at Disney with Snow White. Meanwhile, thousands of dwarfs are forced to go with out job while they patiently wait for the current Sneezy or Doc to pass on. Unless this ban is repealed the dwarf population will continue to suffer, continue to toil without a job, without a future, without hope of a better tomorrow....

3 years ago on Gin and Topics: The Dwarf-Tossing Ban

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@KenMueller Couldn't have said it better Ken!

3 years ago on Debunking the Myths of Occupy Wall Street

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I was in the process of moving when this came out, so I'm just finally making my way over here. This is such a great article and I think really speaks to the current situation faced by consultants in every field. One would hope that a more knowledgable client base would only help business because it they would become aware of why they needed help. Knowledge is like a blackhole the further you go the more distance you see you need to travel to truly understand. At times this is the case and I have clients come to me saying "I didn't actually know how much I needed someone like you to help me until I was reading .....".

But at times it prevents people from reaching out for help because they are convinced that they know what they are doing, when they really are clueless.

"I may not know how to run a business, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night"

The good thing is that i think a more knowledgable client base helps weed out the overwhelming about of faux consultants out there (i.e. people that also don't know much more than an cockroach about running or promoting businesses) because they have a harder time relying on high end BS to hook a client

3 years ago on Four Ways to Deal with Your Dangerously Educated Client

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@keithbloemendaal Let's be honest Keith...was it your memory or the cocktails at fault here ;)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@hackmanj Awesome! I love it! (And I"m sure poor Janet did as well, flight attendants have it the worst!) Nice work Joe :)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@ginidietrich Absolutely love it!

I've long thought that TSA needed a totally rebranding. If done correctly they could position themselves in a way that resonated with peopie's desire to feel protected, instead in most cases they completely disregard the fact that the people going through their lines are living, breathing, feeling human beings and herd us like cows going to slaughter, yelling, berating, strip searching. Instead, if they took a breath and targeted their message at the individual desire to be cared for and taken care of and made small adjustments to how they communicated with us, the whole process would be alot less miserable on both sides.

Amazing how that one small change affects the whole perception of the process. The agent's simple act of treating people....gasp....like people, created a much better opinion of TSA than any multi-million dollar horrendously ugly (because you know it would be) billboard saying "TSA cares" (most likely with a smiling Asian woman so they could be 'multi-cultural") ever could.

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Al Smith You are exactly right Al! We are in a world where we communicate more and connect less...and that is pretty tragic!

Love your blog by the way!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@ginidietrich@Griddy Hehe! Obviously Ingrid was naturally drawn to my aura of awesomeness....who can blame her?

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@EricaAllison So well said Erica! Thanks :)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Griddy Such a fantastic story Ingrid! Especially interesting the power of name dropping in a situation like this where that was the one variable that changed the nature of the relationship. It's almost like I have you on payroll...to help validate my post :) (let me know where to send the check)

And I love this last quote "I hope more people realize the worth of others"...and I think that is exactly it to a tee. We are so used to interacting with technology that we often forget how to interact with humans, who unlike computers have value and worth that deserves to be acknowledged.

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@jshuey Hahaha! Wow, the number of 'South Park-esque" jokes about being in your 'tickler file' are never ending.....But YES, we definitely need to set aside the time to make it happen this fall!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@hackmanj Thanks Joe, appreciate you stopping by to comment! Drop me a line, would love to catch up and see what your latest and greatest is!

So exciting, three of my favorite J-Men, Joe @hackmaj, Jeff @jshuey and Joel @FranchiseKing all dropping by!!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@jennalanger@lisa I simply can't stop laughing about my festive-ness! From this point onward, I'm going to end all of my posts with a "ho, ho, ho"

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@FranchiseKing Good thing you are royalty, or I might have some choice words for you, King #@$%! :)

It's Princess 'Blondie' to you :)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@jshuey Ah...thank you Jeff! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words! How are you doing?

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@kamichat hahaha! Honestly, I'm not the greatest at remembering peoples names either. I can remember details about them, and I record conversations in my head so that tends to be much easier for me to recall in a tight situation. Try that and see if it works better for you...so for example, if I see someone, I 'should' know and can't remember their name right off, I'll normally instantly go up to them and bring up something about our past conversation, "How is your dog doing, I know you said he was sick last time we talked". That way, I"ve still made it clear, I KNOW and CARE about them, even without having a name :)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Lisa Gerber@lauraclick Yep, I'm the exact same way......it really is the little things, this is why it KILLS me when I see people pour tons of money into elaborate 'marketing' campaigns, all the while they are forgetting the simple details that really make a difference!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Lisa Gerber@jennalanger Dashing through the snow...in a one horse open sleigh...for the hills we go, laughing all the way, Hahahaha

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Ameena Falchetto @KenMueller@Lisa Gerber@Brankica Hahaha! I think people tend to get so caught up in just getting 'the task' done, they forget that people aren't robots and the way your (and your business/services) resonate emotionally with them is really all that matters in the end.

I also hear the, "I'm busy, I don't have time for those details" excuse....which makes me angrier than just about anything. Really? You don't have time, that whole five seconds that it takes to look up a name really cut down on the hours you spend playing farmville didn't it...plus you just lost a customer (but you saved your crops, so in the end that is all that really matters, huh?)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@lauraclick Very true! It really doesn't matter what form the communications outreach takes, on or offline, people want to feel special.

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Ameena Falchetto Probably a bit of both. Also 'communications overwhelm". I often see that people get so overwhelmed by trying to use the most newfangled communications platform and monitoring their 'impressions' or their 'influence' they forget the basics.

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@JackiePurnell Oh my gosh Jackie! That made me laugh so hard!! Yes, please use name dropping carefully! I should have put a disclaimer. "I will not be held liable for any restraining orders that are put in place due to inappropriate use of Operation Name Drop"

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@Lisa Gerber No...I have no idea how the hat got on my head! Ho ho ho!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@KenMueller Nope, moved here about 3 years ago.....love it! I'm not sure if those places are still around...I'll check in out! I'm guessing they probably are, St. Pete has been great at keeping their heritage alive!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@ginidietrich Haha....I have such a great mental picture of myself in Saks, "Excuse me, do you know who I am? I tweeted at @ginidietrich this morning, you need to treat me with respect! "

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@joshhumble Thanks Josh, and you make very good points. Knowing the name is a symbol of caring about the person. Not to mention taking the time to know and understand our clients can only helps us improve the business/service we provide for

For a consultant interacting with clients, I believe in really taking this one step further and working to 'know' them as individuals, beyond their business. After all business are run by people and those people can't be separated from their lives, individual stories, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses....when I'm working to help a business succeed, I'm also helping a person succeed, and I need to know that person well in order to do so.

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@John Fitzgerald Please do and let me know how it goes!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@cshaffer Perfection! Group D is definitely the way to go! Plus Salmon is full with essential fatty acids which have been shown to boost brain power and concentration. Winning!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@KenMueller St. Pete has changed drastically in the last few years....but still such a dynamic city! I can grill your Salmon for you :)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@CarlThress It's so simple, and really gives such a good look into human nature. We all want to know we matter. People are always amazed at the 'special treatment' I get everywhere I go. My friends joke that I'm like the "Mayor of Tampa" because I know (like really know the stories and lives and details) of people pretty much everywhere I go....now although I like to think that this is because I'm just so amazingly awesome, people are naturally attracted to me....I know most likely I'm one of the few people that actually acknowledge they exist.

It constantly amazes and saddens me the way we have forgotten how to connect human to human...so simple, but sooo forgotten :(

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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@KenMueller Exactamente! It really is amazing. In general we live in a very disconnected world, when you make that extra effort to actually 'connect' with people it makes a HUGE difference and you stand out. You show you care about them and thus they care about you right back! Shock and awe!

And the weather down here is absolutely amazing! Let me know if you venture down this way and I'll take you out for some Salmon :)

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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Um...I'm not sure why my avatar has a santa hat on it! LOL!!!!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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Haha! Next time I'm up in Chicago, we will definitely have a date! You, me (@Ginidietrich if she's nice) and the best cedar-planked Salmon we can find!

3 years, 1 month ago on Operation Name Drop: A New Communication Method

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I give five thumbs up to this FF (I have two, but I'm sure I can find a few other willing peeps to borrow some from) I love, love, love Valeria and Conversation Agent....I have a small handful of blogs that I read daily...no matter what....and Conversation Agent is one of those, always amazing content and specific take aways that I can apply to something I'm doing that day.

3 years, 10 months ago on #FollowFriday: Valeria Maltoni

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Woo hoo! Go David Go!!!

3 years, 10 months ago on #FollowFriday: David Siteman Garland

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