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30 November 2010

Considering a new client/project? Investigate before saying “yes” or making it a “NO” – 3rd in series

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In this third article in my series of “Saying NO to prospective clients,” the content featured is the detailed response from JJ DiGeronimo, Strategic Manager for VMware, a cloud computing company.  She was responding to the CompuKol version of my story introduced as a discussion topic in the LinkedIn group ForbesWoman: Discussion: Say No Like a [...]

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29 November 2010

Avoid Future Problems by Saying NO Now — 2nd in series

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To make continual improvements in your environment AND be more successful, according to Chris Brogan (with help from Tony Robbins), you must learn to say NO more often — at least every time it is appropriate. Chris Brogan’s recent How to Say No post suggested starting with a Thank You, then being clear and polite. Meanwhile grow [...]

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28 November 2010

Saying NO to a New Client may be your Best Business Move

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The end of the year is a great time to be re-examining What’s Worked and What Hasn’t — in business and personal lives & relationships. My latest assignment for the CompuKol blog discussed How to say NO to prospective clients when doing business with them could be more trouble than value. In addition to Googling [...]

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18 November 2010

The “Secret” to Online Success — and offline, as well: GIVERS GAIN

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[Another BRIEFLY STATED post, which means that it's easy to read, think about, and add your own thoughts] This past week at one of my face-to-face networking activities, I heard one tip about networking that really resonates with me: When you attend any networking function, do NOT go with the idea that you want to [...]

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13 November 2010

How I Used LinkedIn to Buy My New Car

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When my 2003 Buick Century got rear-ended at a traffic light, and I took it to a body shop and discovered the damage was more than $4,000, I decided Time For A New Car. Step One turned out to be checking the Enterprise Rental Car sales lot when I picked up a rental car. I [...]

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11 November 2010

The Art of Social Change [begins new blog category "Briefly Stated"]

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just heard on Nov 1 FIR podcast: 5 tips to trigger Social Change from Michael Netzley’s Singapore report: 1) Create a sense of urgency 2) Respect all sides 3) Attract local influencers 4) Create institutions, not just rhetoric 5) Aim for widespread application Click here to read full article Note: One key to the evolution [...]

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3 November 2010

Social Media Marketing is not an Automatic WIN

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Why isn’t your Marketing 2.0 working? That was the title of a great blog article I just read by Mark Gibson, a certified inbound marketing professional with 29 years of international sales, marketing and business success. Mark’s post addressed common concerns expressed by many Baby Boomer entrepreneurs and managers, some of whom believe Social Media [...]

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29 October 2010

New LinkedIn Profile Feature Adds Skills, Publications, and More

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As more and more small, medium, and large organizations are learning that Social Media Is Not A Fad, their leaders and employees are understanding the power of LinkedIn to increase the chances they can be found online as the “Go-To Source” for products, services and expertise. I depend on my friend and fellow blogger Suzanne [...]

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28 October 2010

Is this Social Media “success story” silly? Or is that just my opinion?

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I participated in a Social Business conference here in the North Bay area of San Francisco, which was on the whole a great experience; however, one particular roundtable discussion left me “unimpressed” — if not downright exasperated. This technology company has had a pretty lackluster, stodgy reputation, so their “objective” was to become cool and [...]

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17 October 2010

Planning Your PR Strategy Using LinkedIn

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If you want to network with public relations professionals all over the globe, then clearly LinkedIn is the place to find them. Simply search the Group Directory for the terms “Public Relations” in “Professional Groups” and you will discover dozens of PAGES of potential groups to join. I’ve chosen a half dozen of these groups [...]

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11 October 2010

“I’m so lucky. I just found a way to update to ALL my sites at the same time!”

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My stomach turns, my eyes roll, and I heave a deep sigh every time I hear people say to me how lucky they are to be able to write the exact same thing on all their sites at exactly the same time . . . so that they can get on with the really important [...]

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2 October 2010

What’s Really Wrong With the “LIKE” Buttons

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When we are really “all about” LIKE — and forget what  might be most beneficial — then we’ve got a problem. The Topic Du Jour in the blogosphere is Influence vs. Popularity. One wonders why we should even be discussing the subject. Isn’t it obvious? Apparently not. Some of my favorite bloggers, including Brian Solis [...]

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