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@JoeCardillo That's very true that it should be an ongoing process. You might think you've got the right fit from the interview process, only to learn that the person doesn't work with the team when put into actual professional situations. It should be an ongoing conversation, and I think it's important to remember that values may change over time and to keep hiring for the right fit, even if the right fit is something different than it once was.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Two Big Questions to Foster Social Business Success

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@LauraPetrolino Interesting! I should have linked that article up :) 


And yes, exactly. I am what I am. People can change their work skills but they can't change who they are. Thanks, Laura!

1 week ago on Two Big Questions to Foster Social Business Success

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@biggreenpen Exactly, Paula, on your second point. This is only one layer of addressing the issues. The HR team absolutely must understand the cultural values of the company and even more importantly, the CEO/leadership team must develop them. It's total business mindset that should be engrained in the entire team both for their own well-being and for the well-being of their future employees' success.

1 week ago on Two Big Questions to Foster Social Business Success

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@Eleanor Pierce Exactly what I was thinking! I'm extroverted in the way that I love people, but introverted in that I really need alone time to recharge. That alone time (headphones in and writing, for example) doesn't mean I'm anti-social, just expressing myself in another way.


I think about cultural elements to well-being as things like flexible hours, working from home if wanted, company outings, FitBit challenges, that kind of thing. Those things would tap into my values of independence, family, and fitness, for example.

1 week, 1 day ago on Two Big Questions to Foster Social Business Success

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Oh man, I want to be that All By Myself guy's wife. I bet their life is constantly hilarious!

1 month, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Your First Moon Party

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Cindy, I admire you for writing about your experience so eloquently. I'm sure there were days when you were sad and frustrated, but you'd never know it... I could feel your positive energy radiating in this post! I truly believe a positive mindset and a will to succeed can do wonders, not only for a professional career but for personal health as well. It's clear to me that you approached your recovery in the best way possible and I am so grateful that you were open to sharing your story with us. So happy for you and so glad that you've been able to work through this with your amazing family and team at Social Media Examiner. Here's to much more love, fun, and happiness in the years to come!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on How to Keep Working When Life Throws You a Major Curve Ball

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You forgot the panel!! :) Thanks for having me, Mike. I had a great time making new friends and getting to know acquaintances. Always one of my favorite times of the year! Hope to see you soon.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Year 10 of the Ohio Growth Summit

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@belllindsay I seriously don't understand why customer service people think it's okay to be jerks. That happened to me recently too, and I was like, "ISN'T THIS YOUR JOB?!" 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Five Easy Ways to Adopt Social Customer Service

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@LauraPetrolino It is starting to sound a little tired to me, I mean EVERYONE is talking about humanity and being human, but so few companies actually practice what we preach. I thought it was a worthwhile reminder with actual action items that anyone can do right now! And yes, I thought maybe it would help people get in the mindset to think of themselves as a Twitter bird with a headset ;)

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Five Easy Ways to Adopt Social Customer Service

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Don't Panic is looking for an intern... could it be YOU??!!


Just kidding :) 


I never wanted to say anything, but had a sneaking suspicion that you were on the brink of something like this. Maybe because we've spent so much time emailing... for years now... and I can read your mind through the internet! I'm excited about your next chapter and even more excited to collaborate more in the future, I hope! Hugs!

2 months ago on Why I Quit My Job (and what’s next)

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I’ve read his books, stalked his blog, made sure to spend some time with him when we’re at the same conferences, and even hired his virtual assistant (whom I adore!).

AWWWW! I am blushing. So much love!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jay Baer

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@ginidietrich @JoeCardillo  I think if I wasn't in a relationship I'd have a harder time disconnecting at nights and on the weekends... my Andy gives me a hard time if he sees me on my phone when we're spending time together! It has made me re-evaluate ALL of my relationships, and I think that's the point here - we are sacrificing our personal relationships for online ones. It's bad! I like your system, though. Seems to work for a lot of people.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Social Media Addiction is Real. How Do We Recover?

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@belllindsay  I can't believe you didn't even bring your phone! That's crazycakes. I at least would need Candy Crush while waiting to take off... spoken like a true addict. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media Addiction is Real. How Do We Recover?

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@biggreenpen Sounds wonderful. You'll have to report back on how it went!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media Addiction is Real. How Do We Recover?

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@biggreenpen  You always survive, right?? I timed this post with my vacation which is coming up next week. Sort of a reminder to myself that I CAN take a break and I won't explode! Sounds like it's time for you to take another break, too...

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Social Media Addiction is Real. How Do We Recover?

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@lauraclick Thanks, Laura!! Added yours to my Pocket to read later :)

3 months ago on Monday Roundup: Challenge the Status Quo

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I love this theme and had such a fun time writing that post. Thanks so much for including me alongside these amazing thinkers and writers! 


And I am also glad to hear the pup is doing better. One day at a time!

3 months ago on Monday Roundup: Challenge the Status Quo

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@corinamanea  You're spot on with that (and so is Warren!). It's just a shortsighted approach to life when people don't realize what consequences are coming to them.

3 months, 1 week ago on Don’t Maintain Your Reputation, Build It

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@LauraPetrolino  LOL. Oh Jeff...


You're right, it's really more sad than anything else. I always wonder how this person is faring in life and whether she's taking advantage of more trusting souls like me. Big sigh. I would never be able to live with myself if I did something like that!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Don’t Maintain Your Reputation, Build It

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@Eleanor Pierce  OMG, GREAT point! I hadn't thought about it that way, but that's truly what I'm saying here. They always say first impressions are the most important, but I think you could totally botch your first impression and still build up a strong relationship with someone and reputation for yourself. I don't understand how people can be so short-sighted about these things. They don't realize that every decision they make affects their future. And yes, we do make mistakes sometimes, but it's less important WHAT happens to you and more important HOW you deal with it.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Don’t Maintain Your Reputation, Build It

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I would love to see Lindsay and Gini's first Twitter interaction!


So glad to get to know you better, Lindsay. I absolutely love learning from you, you're so SMAHT! I can't wait to meet in person. Someday!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Lindsay Bell

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SPIN SUCKS!!!! I'm going to have my boyfriend read this because he's always "spinning" stories to make himself sound more sexy. He doesn't do it as much anymore after I called him out THE SECOND we met, but really, he doesn't need to do that! Gini said so!! 


So happy for you! Now, pardon me while I go read the book... (eeeep!)

4 months ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!

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@Howie Goldfarb @jessostroff @crestodina  I just laughed out loud on the airplane. I must not have squeezed him tight enough yesterday!!

4 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Andy Crestodina

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I just love @crestodina. He always brings a warm smile and a good laugh. Plus he's huggable.


Do you guys ever allow guests at your nerd dinners??

4 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Andy Crestodina

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@ginidietrich  Next time I'm in Chicago we can go together :)

4 months, 1 week ago on Business Development: What the Flying Trapeze Can Teach Us

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@belllindsay  When you visit New York you can come to a class and I'm sure it will make you feel better :) Notice how I said WHEN and not IF. Wee!

4 months, 1 week ago on Business Development: What the Flying Trapeze Can Teach Us

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@Eleanor Pierce  Totally!! I think there is something to be said for persistency, but it's more about listening to your people, being intuitive about what they need, and finding the right time. Thanks for reading, Eleanor :)

4 months, 1 week ago on Business Development: What the Flying Trapeze Can Teach Us

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@corinamanea  It's hard, but definitely pays off in the long run :) Thanks so much for reading!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 3 Productivity Habits (Not Tools!) for Busy Professionals

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@HeatherWhaling @Holly Jefferis  I used to use Post-Its to get things done. It was great but ended up taking a lot of time to prepare and then I didn't have a digital list of what I had accomplished. It was fun though - I would use different colors for different clients and put one task on each note and put them above my computer. When I finished the task, I would rip it off the wall and throw it away. Very rewarding :) I also heard about the method that Heather mentioned, and I think it's great for bigger goals... just not always for smaller tasks!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 3 Productivity Habits (Not Tools!) for Busy Professionals

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@HeatherWhaling @ericajmoss  I was with both of you for a while, but I realized that doing many things at once was causing me to take longer on everything, instead of just doing one thing at a time. Multitasking is bad! I sometimes have to take a deep breath and just tell myself that, keeping the "one thing at a time" mantra in mind. It does take practice, that's why it's a habit :) Keep me posted if you try it!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on 3 Productivity Habits (Not Tools!) for Busy Professionals

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Love your videos, Kate! So cute, yet still professional, and not too long! Perfection! :)

6 months ago on PR Tip: How to Get Media to Reply to Your Pitches *Video*

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@Digital_DRK That's awesome! Do you find it makes a big difference in how you use the tool?

7 months, 1 week ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro

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@lizreusswigSure thing! Let me know what you think after you try a few :)

7 months, 1 week ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro

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@ginidietrich Exactly what I was doing too! For some reason I liked the interface on this one enough that I remembered to check it when I had some down time, mostly on my iPad. When I'm taking a break, I can read the stuff I had saved there without the distraction of the other 999 browser windows. But yes, it did take some time before I remembered to remember that there were things I wanted to read :)

7 months, 1 week ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro

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@JRHalloran Yeah, but this is only 12, there are a billion more! Hoping to narrow it down a bit with this list :) Let me know what you think if you check them out. And I love Pocket too, so much!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro

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@JoeCardillo Ha!! That's so awesome! Thanks, Joe :)

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro

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@jasonkonopinski @ClayMorgan @ginidietrich I've heard about this but haven't tried it yet. I assume it pulls in all kinds of Google Calendars as well as Outlook? 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Twelve Productivity Tools for the Digital Marketing Pro

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Woohoo! I'm so happy to be a part of this growing (and thriving) team of brilliant ladies. What a journey this first year has been for you, and I know it will only get better!

8 months, 2 weeks ago on BIG NEWS: We’re Growing + Meet Heather Allen!

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Sending hugs and love your way, Shonali. As always, if there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to ask. I think you're making a smart and brave decision here and I admire you and your strength! xoxo

10 months, 1 week ago on When Life and S**t Happens

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@Danny Brown Hey Danny! I think the reason I like it is because we've created a pretty static HTML template that I never have to edit manually. The content that changes in the template comes from feeds vs. manual editing, and that's why I like it. I agree though that if you are doing a lot of manual editing, those other services may be best. Thanks for reading :)

1 year, 1 month ago on How FeedBlitz Can Replace Traditional Email Service Providers

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@Erin F. @Shonali I was really trying to completely unplug during my vacation, and that's when this goodness took place so I'm so sorry for the late reply!

I am a big proponent of investing time and money into whatever it takes to make you look professional (assuming you actually ARE a professional!). I didn't launch my website until I had the money to hire a designer and was (mostly) satisfied with it. Before that, I just had my email address and phone number on my business card, no website URL. I had a PDF that I would send to potential new clients since I had no site to show my work, but I thought it was worth it instead of putting up something quickly that I wasn't proud of. Creating an LLC, having a professional email address (even if you don't have a website), and being really careful about what you publish on social networks are all things that I think business owners should do. You never know who's watching (or listening!) and I think that constant level of professionalism goes a long way.

Erin, I am sure we will get to meet again soon in a smaller and less insane setting! I look forward to it.

I hope @Shonali Burke still thinks I am professional after meeting IRL! I certainly feel that way about her :)

1 year, 3 months ago on Should You Brand Your Business Email Address?

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Finally listened and remembered how much FUN it was talking to you two! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I'm still so happy that you are doing this show. I hope you start to hear from people how much it helps them (if you haven't heard anything already) and I hope I can continue to be a part of the awesome :) THANK YOU!

1 year, 4 months ago on Jess Ostroff on Virtual Assistants

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Come move to NYC and we can work together!!! :)

1 year, 5 months ago on 5 Reasons Why Working at Home Sucks (and Ways to Improve the Lifestyle) [VIDEO]

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@JayBaer Soooo much better. Rarrr.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Art of the Comment

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@Brade I agree on the crazy commenting systems but want to support some friends by trying this one. I also thought the idea behind the new commenting systems was a good one because it could link to your social networks and that seemed to be the poison of choice, as I mentioned. And I appreciate your thoughts always in general although I wasn't suggesting this is an issue for me! I realized this whole post may have been mislead. Alas! These are just thoughts. Does Google Reader allow you to comment within?

1 year, 7 months ago on The Art of the Comment

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Coooooool! I'd love to write AND help organize if you need. I could see this being much bigger than a Moleskine. 

Woohoo!

1 year, 7 months ago on My latest crazy idea – and how you can help

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 @jasonkonopinski I feel like burnout is the least of our worries though, don't you? It's doing so much more than that! Like what Jay said below, studies show that it's messing with our entire brain chemistry. Not to mention that feeling of withdrawal that I've been going through. Scary stuff!

1 year, 9 months ago on Hyperconnectivity and The Power of Habit

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 @JayBaer Yeah, my mom sends me articles about the brain all the time (she teaches a class on it) and a lot of them have to do with what happens when we look at screens all the time, especially before bed. Apple should offer some kind of Anonymous group for us!

1 year, 9 months ago on Hyperconnectivity and The Power of Habit

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