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@ginidietrich I would've liked to have known that when I locked myself out of my house when I was six months pregnant and had to stand on the garbage can to crawl thru the window. (I was so broke then I couldn't afford a locksmith. True story)
2 months, 1 week ago on Join Chris Brogan for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
@ginidietrich Howz about I send her to Chicago and you can teach her how. I'll go to Mexico. Deal?
@ginidietrich @chrisbrogan @belllindsay What if I sit at my desk AND smoke a pack of cigarettes? Is that bad?
@djwaldow @belllindsay @ginidietrich @chrisbrogan DJ is the best! And, pretty good at that thang called "email marketing."
@ginidietrich Do they go there because it is free or because they really get good information? I went to YouTube to find out how to teach Miss M how to tie her shoes. I'm a right-y, she's a lefty. I found some videos but they didn't really help me help her. (She still wears velcro tennis shoes!)
@ginidietrich Plus, I was busy doing something else. ;-)
@chrisbrogan That makes sense. I'll look at Vevo's story. Do you think that applies as well to professionals? How are they learning?
@ginidietrich I already saw that. At least it was good talking vs. "OMG..isn't she you know a XX"
@chrisbrogan What are your thoughts on the future of video as a learning mechanism? Seems like the "kids" generation, i.e. anybody younger than me, like to learn via video versus books.
@chrisbrogan @ginidietrich I love you guys!!!!! I try not to have favorites but...well, don't tell @djwaldow
@chrisbrogan @ginidietrich Awww..Chris! I thought you were all signed up for G+for Business, third edition. ;-)
@ElissaFreeman I respectfully disagree that this is a man vs. woman thing. A lot of people are trying to make it that but to me that isn't even relevant. What I see to be the problem is the suddenness of it as well as the potential to lose good talent in lieu of a sweeping policy. Sure, there are remote workers who are poor workers but putting them in an office isn't going to make them better workers. And, there are loads of non-performing workers who are on-site. It's like saying "If you have a red shirt on today, go to HR for your severance package." It generalizes people, which is always a problem.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Yahoo! Letter: Was Their Communications Team Consulted?
I predict 2014 will be a very fine year.
11 months, 1 week ago on Responding (Or Not) to Blog Comments
Cough, cough :-)
I've actually watched several episodes and they are not at all like the Kardashians. It is more about living as Muslim in America (hence the title) but it is done in a thoughtful, respectful way. I've learned quite a lot from it.
1 year, 5 months ago on Lowe’s Caves to Pressure without Strategy
When I lived in Oakland and my Mexican boyfriend (yes, it IS relevant to the story) and I went into little Mexican food dives, he made a point of immediately speaking in Spanish to the host/servers. I asked him "why do you do that?" He said that he wanted them to know that if they made disparaging comments about me or the fact he was with a white woman, he could understand them. He was basically heading it off by speaking Spanish right away. I found that fascinating.
1 year, 6 months ago on Judging a Book by its Cover
Shonali Exactly. If the descriptor doesn't impact the storytelling, why say it? That said, I might describe a friend of mine as: "XX is African-American and grew up on the South side of Chicago, his grandmother raised him b/c his father had been killed and his mother was in prison. He has become one of the highest ranking execs at XX company." In that case, it may not be relevent to mention he's black unless you know this part of Chicago. But the descriptor of a man who got himself out of poverty is not meant to be racist but rather to show his strength b/c so few do get out of poverty-striicken childhoods. We all know to be a fact no matter your color.
I should add that it was also the tone my nephew used. It doesn't translate a well in th written word but his tone was shameful. He was properly chastised, I think, once I made him fully aware of the wrath of Aunt Katherine in a follow-up e-mail. :-)
Shonali, my older sister and I were just discussing this last week. Background: My nephew, her son, a 19 year old at IU had made a off-handed racial reference and semi-misogynistic comment to me about a missing co-ed at IU. "She's a New York Jew and she did a lot of hard drugs," he said. I went nuts. I said "Don't you ever say that again. That is incredibly racist and it will get you fired one day. Be a leader not a follower" I was so disturbed that I told my sister about it. I couldn't believe he had actually said that.
From that, my sister and I talked about how we find ourselves tagging people in a story as "this friend of mine, who is black" or "a guy I know, who is Jewish." and how much we want to bite our tongues off, because 99% of the time, this description isn't relevant to the story. But we do it and we don't know why. Is it because we are both descriptive storytellers or are we somehow inserting some prejudice into the story? Neither of us are prejudice but there must be something there b/c why say it?
Long way of saying that little prejudices and stereotypes creep into our words and thoughts as much as we don't want them to. I like how you brought this up in such a gentle and classy way.
Awesome review and spot on, Nicole! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you in person at the Que party for his book. Jason speaks so highly of you.
1 year, 6 months ago on Jason Falls Pulls the Plug on Social Media BS
Can I win a book? No? Oh, right, shoot, I'm their editor!
I'll raise Gini's offer by two additional books so now Maddie and Jamie have to pick FOUR of the best responses. Hi Maddie and Jamie! Surprise! :-)
1 year, 6 months ago on Review: Humanize by Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter