Principal, Lanier Upshaw Inc Business consultant/insurance broker. I will be engaging and humorous so don't let this bio put you to sleep. Social is for social, right? http://billdorman.me
@ginidietrich I didn't think so Friday; went home mid-morning thinking a couple of hours of rest would revive me but didn't get back out of bed until 8 am on Sat. Much better today; headed to the Cleveland area tomorrow 'til Fri and then the beach as soon as I get back until Memorial Day.
1 week ago on A Blogging Community: Why it’s Important to Have One
I missed it; I've been out of it w/ some bad mojo bug, getting ready for a bidness trip and my vacation to the beach. HOWEVER, give me his name and I will break out the Kung Fu grip on him. Anybody messes with your peeps, there will be hell to pay.
BTW - I would be happy to be found on the bottom of page two...
Chris Sale should have been a Cubbie.
It's never the wrong time to do the right thing; ever.
@Howie Goldfarb If me, my brand had 1 million followers and each of them would send me a quarter, I would consider that a success. Of course, it would have to be cash because otherwise my wife would get her hands on it.
So, what do you do to make it 'successful' and quantifiable?
1 week, 1 day ago on The Best of the Least Engaged Brands on Twitter
Yes, I had that dream too, but I was in a casket...:). However, most of everybody I knew did show up.
I totally agree with the different personas as I act different around my buddies than I do my family (wife) and my customers. Since I'm so closely tied socially to my corporation www.lanierupshaw.com I do have to be somewhat conservative with my online presence to 'protect' the corporation. However, and @Shonali has met me in person and would probably say I'm pretty consistent and there are no Jekyll & Hydes lurking in there.
I'm comfortable with who I am, I don't need to try and be someone else; it's hard enough to be me...:).
1 week, 4 days ago on Would the Real Holly Dawson Please Stand Up?
@ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb Zirtually....
1 week, 5 days ago on Guide to Hiring a Digital Agency
@Howie Goldfarb I'm quitting my day job to start a digital agency. I heard there was easy money to be had.
Just like I could really use a personal assistant, I really could use a digital personal assistant as well. Will you work for food?
Peeps love video, I would say give it a run and see how it works out.
Hackers suck root BTW.
1 week, 5 days ago on A Distraction
Since I am the 'leader' of my team, the buck stops with me. No, I don't review every piece of correspondence that goes out but if it hits the fan then ultimately I will take the arrows for my team. I know how hard they work and I wouldn't be where I am without them.
My main account manager/assistant has been working with me for 12+ years. We know each other well. One of my key accounts is a stickler for accuracy with premium, I mean down to the penny. We had a quirky deal where we needed a policy extension so I told my AM make sure the premium is right. When I saw the numbers they didn't look right so I asked her to double check. She was a little put off I asked and assured me they were correct so this is what I presented.
Guess what? They weren't right and what we presented was about $12,000 less that what the customer needed to pay. I had to go to him with hat in hand and tell him 'I' messed up. Essentially, I had to strip the commission out of the account and get w/ management to work around the rest, but we got it done and honored our numbers.
Because nowhere in the conversations did I put any blame on my key person, she knew I would always have her back. She couldn't have apologized to me anymore and I told her 'stuff happens,' unfortunately in our industry there is usually a dollar amount involved when things go sideways.
I felt it was the right thing to do as I'm not a big fan of pointing fingers.
1 week, 5 days ago on Who Is YOUR Scapegoat – Story of the 3 Letters
I think I'm good, especially with # 2; not # 2 in the literal sense, but # 2 on your list....
Have fun whatever you are doing, and you won't have many regrets.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Success Trap and Regrets of the Dying
@Howie Goldfarb The nuclear fish are the glow in the dark variety typically saved for romantic dinners and you can forgo that fire hazard, candles. Now that's risk management....
2 weeks ago on Five Steps to Create Compelling Content
Staple.....we already have plenty of stables on the farm.....
If you can paint a picture by the stories you tell, it will definitely make it more compelling. And if you tie it to the customer and their questions, or common questions, this will draw the reader in as well.
Your advice sounds like a plan to me.
@Lori Yes, I think you can 'worry' yourself sick. Not surprised because I don't think it's mumbo jumbo feel good stuff; I think it's quantifiable 'real' stuff.
2 weeks ago on Do You Believe the Mind, Body and Emotions are Connected?
I'm a firm believer that are all deeply connected. The challenge is finding the right balance to optimize 'wellness' in all 3 areas. I also think some do a better job of getting closer to that optimal level on their own without even having to really think about how they got there.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Do You Believe the Mind, Body and Emotions are Connected?
I like Klout, I got an Egg(white) McMuffin this week from them...
I guess it depends on the industry you are working with but I see it as similar to what we do when we 'sell' safety and risk management; if you don't have buy-in or support from the customer and they expect us to do all the heavy lifting, it probably won't succeed. I'm guessing if someone hires a PR firm, then there are certain things they should be willing to commit to as well.
I wish we had a PR person or firm again. The majority of our efforts drill down to an individual basis and how much we are willing to get out there and be the face of @LanierUpshaw. For us, it's all about creating opportunities and I feel with the right support it could be a win-win for us.
Please don't go away; I won't have anyone to play with then...:(
2 weeks, 1 day ago on How to Measure PR: Use These Tools
@AmyMccTobin Oh, are you still doing posts? I sure haven't seen any in Triberr.....doh.....hope that's not a sensitive subject.
I'll be in Anna Maria the 17th thru the 24th....
2 weeks, 4 days ago on We ALL Support Double Standards
First and foremost, you know I'm a big sports fan. However, because of the double standard on fouls and the fact they never call traveling I find the NBA un-watchable. I think the officiating is horrific.
In my world of commercial insurance sales we have to be careful and stick with our 'ideal' customers because if we go out and try to write everything, there is no possible way we can provide the same level of service to every customer. If we have a double standard, then we don't look good.
I have a certain level of expectations when I deal with outsiders and hope others treat me like they would want to be treated. We know that is not always the case.
I just try to treat others, professionally and personally, as I would like to be treated. If I get in a situation that makes me crinkle my nose, then I know I better fix it.
Impressive; that would be quite the experience. I don't think I can top that one...:).
2 weeks, 4 days ago on When I Met, and Almost Lost, Mother Teresa
Politicians, government AND kids; now that's a monumental task....
If you saw my Facebook share and mentioned how hard you must have had to work to get a spot after @creativeoncall effort, of course I was kidding. The only person who worked harder than Chuck was me and fortunately I was first because after he raised the bar w/ talent and creativity, I just picked up my ball and went home.
Keep up the good work, it's good to see there are still 'good' people out there making it happen. Nice to know ya....
2 weeks, 4 days ago on #FollowFriday: Liz Reusswig
Pretty awesome; all that hard work and being 'you' in the process is paying off.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on If You’ve Ever Needed Validation that YOU is Enough to Build a Brand…
@ExtremelyAvg Don't think I don't see you Brian Meeks; I'm coming after your brand...:).