I Won The Lottery Today…

No Really…  It’s Real So a trip to the local convenient store was better than usual today. Yes, I threw out a $10 bill with the hopes of not losing it, but I was pleasantly surprised.  There is an old joke that goes…  A man goes to heaven and tells God that he had a [...]

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3 Reasons NOT To Use Social Media

Pick Your Brains How many times have you gotten this call or gone out for this coffee??? “I just want to pick your brains…  How can I…” – Translation “I want some free advice to see if I can truly do this myself.”  If you are like me you have absolutely no problem with this. [...]

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Branding vs Banding

Which one of the 1000 messages that reached you today changed your life? Driving into Chicago to give a presentation last week, I was met with bumper to bumper traffic for over an hour and a half. Driving down the Eisenhower Expressway, I started to take in the landscape with each tap of the brakes. [...]

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It Takes a Virtual Village

Buddy Guy Had 2 Hours to Live Buddy Guy (BG) is our black lab that we adopted 2 years ago. He was only 2 days away from being euthanized, when we learned about him a friend sent a video of him playing ball in a Chicago pound. It was July 2012 and someone stole the [...]

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Transitions, Transactions, and Testimonials!

Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes… If you are are like most people, you have had to face CHANGE, head on over the last few years! If you have not, I would love to know your secret! Sitting in a Panera Bread, meeting with a potential client, I asked him… “Three years ago could you have imagined [...]

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Is Your Marketing Like Sock Puppets?

“My Father Was A Tailor…  Down in New Orleans.” Really he was a tailor in New York City. When I was a little kid he taught me how to sew. Some may say that sewing and dolls are for girls (not really), but puppets are for everyone! I loved making sock puppets, then I made [...]

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I Want To Give You All My Money Because…

Having been in the audio recording business, I can’t watch a movie like most people. I am often so focused on the soundtrack (listening to the sound effects, mix of the music and such), that I miss some of the visual cues that director and other creatives intended me to catch. You may or may [...]

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Successophobia – Fear Not!

When I was a little kid, shopping was a mortifying experience.  While all the other kids got to shop in the “Childrens’ Clothes”, I was redirected to the “Husky Department”.  Let’s face it…  I was fat. Call it genes, lifestyle, or whatever, my parents always did their best to make me feel important and special. [...]

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SCORE… Knowing Your Audience’s… Audience!

Have you ever been surprised in business?  If not… then I’ll have what you’re having! It was a very cold and snowy morning last Tuesday. There were very limited expectations when I was asked to give a presentation to our local S.C.O.R.E. chapter about social networking.  When I showed up (15 minutes ahead of time because [...]

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The Perfect Audience…

Many of you know I have a two man acoustic band named Dough! We have been playing together for almost 15 years. I had booked jobs for January and March, and then Mark informed me he needed a break. I called the place to let them know and they said “Could you do it solo?”, so [...]

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