Can’t shut me up: A year for public speaking

I like to think I put a lot of time into learning and trying new things. I’m a curious person and I try to challenge myself professionally. One skill I’ve always been a bit jealous of is excellent public speaking. I went to my first HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership) conference as an ambassador my sophomore yearContinue reading “Can’t shut me up: A year for public speaking”

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Never Eat Alone: 4 Networking Tips

I’m always telling people about how Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi is my favourite business book. It made me cry (not sure if that’s a normal reaction). It was a gift from my best friend senior year of college. Ferrazzi put into words exactly what I had on my mind, but didn’t know howContinue reading “Never Eat Alone: 4 Networking Tips”

What trends are you seeing today?

Going to local events with crowd-sourced talks such as TEDx and Ignite are a great way to understand current trends in our industries. Several key messages and themes tend to resurface during the talks, and it’s not because the speakers are unoriginal. They are just putting into words, what’s on the minds of many inContinue reading “What trends are you seeing today?”

Rules of Twitter: Are you following me?

A friend from the blogging world, Tim (aka @anotherguy) brought up an interesting topic related to Twitter this week. He tweeted “If I unfollowed everyone and instead put the people I follow into lists, how many of you would hate me forever?”  I was surprised by this. I’ve had chats with Tim before online andContinue reading “Rules of Twitter: Are you following me?”

Letting Your Blog Be Your Online Home

I’m not the most consistent blogger.  I always regret that I don’t write more often and envy those who are able to find time to write relevant posts on a daily basis. I’ve heard people use this as an excuse for not blogging altogether. “I don’t have time to start a blog” or “I wouldContinue reading “Letting Your Blog Be Your Online Home”

Lessons Learned from Playing in the Dirt

I worked a few hours for my Dad and Uncle this summer helping out at their business. They own a sand and gravel company that’s been in our family since 1979. While selling dirt to landscapers and homeowners doesn’t seem related to the world of online communications, I still felt that my time spent thereContinue reading “Lessons Learned from Playing in the Dirt”

3 Ways I Check Engagement on Twitter

1. Who are you talking to? When someone follows me I always go to their page, check if they have a bio and photo and then start to look through some of their recent tweets. I want to make sure they are someone who is interesting and add value, but sometimes even more important thanContinue reading “3 Ways I Check Engagement on Twitter”

It’s Happening: FutureMidwest

A couple weeks ago I attended FutureMidwest a “technology and knowledge” conference held in Royal Oak, Michigan. They did a fantastic job with programming and the event overall. There were some short key lessons I wanted to share that I took away from the speakers. Online integration forces listening. Tim Schaden, CEO of Fluency MediaContinue reading “It’s Happening: FutureMidwest”