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May your 2011 be filled with…


Happy New Year!


May your New Year be filled with…

  • Passion for your work
  • Passion for your clients
  • And a passion for life and family


  • Effective communication between your team and your clients
  • Effective communication between you and your team
  • And effective communication in all you relationships


  • A solid, achievable, measureable and effective strategic marketing plan
  • The right person/people (staff or marketing coach) dedicated to executing the strategy
  • And a solid, achievable and effective Personal Growth Plan

 Be safe… 



Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are spending today with family and friends. See you tomorrow!


Thursday Threads

The Gratitude List

I often make gratitude lists.  Especially if I have a bad attitude or things are not “going my way”.  Gratitude lists help me focus on the important things in my life and gain perspective. The priority items on my gratitude list include God, my husband, my kids, my home and my dogs.

But wait, there’s more…

More Things I am Thankful for:

  1. Grace – without it I am not sure where I’d be
  2. Perspective – it keeps me from overreacting
  3. Age – there are certain ages I DO NOT want to be again
  4. Experience (even the “bad” ones) – every experience has brought me to the place I am in my life and career
    1. I Like it here
  5. Failures – they teach me about me and about what not to do again
  6. Difficult people – they also teach me about me and give me opportunities to practice tolerance
  7. Speed limits – without them I would really drive too fast

Full of gratitude…



Chop and Grind

My husband and I have a blended family with four teenagers. When we married over 3 ½ years ago: our kids were teens and pre-teens. We went into it with eyes open knowing it would be challenging and did everything we could to prepare ahead of time.

We were not prepared.

Whoever came up with the phrase “blended family” obviously never had one.  To me blending conjures up images of a smooth fusion of two or more elements.  My blender is broken – sometimes it is stuck on chop and grind.

Sometimes small business owners have a blender that is also stuck on chop and grind. Blending “old school” marketing and the new social marketing world of today can be messy and many get it wrong. Having a well-planned social media strategy out of the starting gate can help that blender move past chop and grind into smooth fusion.

Here are some tips to help you blend more smoothly:

  1. Define who you are trying to reach (old school)
  2. Identify the social media platforms in which you wish to engage (new world)
  3. Research your audience on those platforms (old school and new world)
  4. Listen to (read) what they are saying (old school)
  5. Find your “voice” for the medium (old school and new world)
    1. Note: Do not just push your product or business – remember you must contribute value to the conversation)
  6. Learn from the mistakes you will make (old school and new world)
  7. Review and revise your strategy as you gain more knowledge and followers, fans, friends, connections, etc. (new world)
  8. Seek help in getting started if you need it (old school and new world)
    1. Find a social media coach to guide you

Still blending…



Thursday Threads

Blinding flashes of the obvious… 

  • It is difficult to deliver a good product for your client if everyone on your team is unhappy
  •  Poor communication will not make your team happy
  •  Communication is not effective if no one understands what you are talking about
  • Communication is not effective if you do not listen
  •  People like to be heard
  •  If you ignore your clients, they will move on
  •  If you ignore your family, they won’t be happy
  •  Everything in your life does not have to be about work
  •  Finding balance is a good thing
  •  If you are passionate about something (God, your family, your work, a cause, etc.) it becomes contagious
  •  Apathy can also be contagious
  •  Apathy can kill an organization
  •  Passion can bring an organization to life

Got Passion?



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