How to Lose Friends and Alienate People on Social Media

LinkedIn Answers is a pretty neat tool. People post questions on certain topics, like PR or Writing, and the LinkedIn universe offers answers. It’s a great way to get your questions answered and it’s useful for people who want to position themselves as experts (and enjoy the karmic benefits of helping others). Sometimes people post […]

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One Hour That Will Change Your Entire Afternoon!

I’ll be on the radio this morning (Thursday the 26th) talking Act Like You Mean Business on All Sides with Ann Fisher (WOSU Columbus Public Radio). We’ll be going for an hour and taking questions from callers. You can listen online and hear some of the best lessons from the book brought to life. Tune in at […]

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It’s Not Me — It’s You

Why do we tend to blame ourselves first? I’m at an offsite workshop for a couple of days and yesterday a fellow participant mentioned to the group where he went to college. It happens to be an ACC school, something you don’t often hear in these parts (the Midwest). So, being a UVa. alum, I […]

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3 Things I Hate About Twitter

3 Things I Hate About Your Tweets

I am far from a social media expert, but there are three things Twitter users do that drive me insane and that absolutely violate fundamental principles of good communication. 1. Auto Tweets I understand it’s an efficient way for busy people to schedule out their tweets over the course of a day, but it’s important […]

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Ignore the Experts

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of being told what to do. Just this morning before breakfast I had more than 100 people giving me advice via articles and blog posts in my RSS feeds, email subscriptions, LinkedIn and Facebook. (And that’s not including Twitter.) The Dos and Don’ts of This and […]

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How Not to Communicate in a Crisis

There’s quite the tempest going on at my alma mater, the University of Virginia. And they don’t seem to be handling it well. The school’s president has been essentially ousted by the Board with seemingly no notice and little explanation. Apparently she was well respected by the faculty and popular with students and everyone is […]

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Five Stupid Customer Service Tricks

Far too many companies couldn’t make the customer service experience more aggravating if they tried. It makes you wonder if they actually are trying. Here are a few of my biggest customer service peeves. They may be small, but it’s the little daily aggravations that tend to add up to life’s major frustrations. And so […]

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How To Say Almost Anything Better, The Godfather Way

In the best fiction, great characters are revealed through their actions, mannerisms and appearance. In the opening scene of The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone, dressed in a tuxedo, sits in a darkened office behind a big desk. Across from him sits a man pleading for his help in correcting an injustice. What do we learn? […]

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Nobody Listens

People don’t listen. It’s true. Sometimes it’s obvious. Their gaze drifts or their eyes glaze over. Though that’s not even a reliable indicator, since apparently the kids these days are training themselves to maintain eye contact while texting. So unless you put them on the spot and quiz them on what you just said, you may never […]

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(Don’t) Give the People What They Want

We’re all supposed to be keenly attuned to the needs and wants of our customers, viewers, listeners, readers, etc. So we ask them what they want, and we adjust our agenda, our content, our programming accordingly. But how do we know that they know what they want? On the webinar I did recently, I had the opportunity to ask participants what […]

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