Posts by Will

Manner Moment: Cell Phone Use in Public

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013

Manner Moment   Cell phone calls should be a personal affair.   It doesn’t matter if it is a business associate or your closest friend on the other line, do not subject others to your dirty laundry.  Keep your voice down and try to find a low-key location if you must speak in public places, like a street or restaurant.  It amazes me how loud people can be when talking on the phone out in public, which just screams, “Hey, I’m super needy and want everyone to know I exist.”   Be courteous to both friends and strangers alike by not forcing them to hear the details of...

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Tweet Text Talk: Facebook and Shiny Happy People Holding Hands

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013

    Facebook is a great platform for promotion and connecting with others. In business, you cannot ignore this force. Facebook reports that there are now over 1 billion active users each month. This is a huge opportunity, but you need to keep in mind WHY people use Facebook.   First, people thrive off the chance to spotlight their “identity.” I am putting that in quotes because what people showcase is the brightest and shiniest version of themselves. Facebook is a venue for incredible self expression, but it is a combination of who a person is and how that person wants...

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Tweet Text Talk: Own Your Website

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013

This drives me crazy!  Too often people are substituting social media sites for websites.  Facebook is fine if you just need a page for a group of people to talk and share a hobby.  However, if you want to be taken seriously, and you are interested in being a business, then you need your own website.   For one thing, you will own your content.  People may decide that they hate Google+ or LinkedIn tomorrow, and migrate to the latest and greatest interface.  Where is all your content then?  We have already seen this happen with Facebook and Instagram.   Plus, there are so many...

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Drop the Mission Statement for a More Meaningful Simple Sense Sentence

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013

In business it is important to have a mission statement.  This is a moral compass, an overarching ideal that is to shape the direction of the company.  Similarly, individuals are often encouraged to come up with a personal mission statement to describe what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish, and who you want to become in a specified area of your life.  It’s intention is to help you to focus in on your priorities and serves as a reminder of your purpose.   I like the overall idea, but since I also believe Less is More Success, I think that it should be a Simple Sense...

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Manner Moment: Getting Off The Plane in Style

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013

  While traveling by air lately I have noticed a new phenomenon.  When the plane lands people from the back are bolting up the aisle to get to the front.  They are totally disregarding others and pushing to get off first.  They are completely ignoring the timeless rule of one aisle at a time starting with the front.   Now, people come to ride on plains for a variety of reasons, some positive and others negative.  I try to keep this in mind when I see someone acting a bit “boarish” – like rushing to the front of the airplane.  Maybe this person is rushing to a funeral,...

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