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Common Sense

Common Sense: It’s not as common as you think!

What is common sense? How important is it in business? In business, I believe knowledge and experience make for common sense. If you don’t have both, you’re working from opinion. Common sense is a way of thinking, based on what you know for sure. You might have heard your grandmother say: “that girl is full […]

Creating rich content

Want to create RICH CONTENT? What’s your plan?

In life, we need a plan. To create rich content, we need a plan. There’s a lot of buzz around content and content creation. For those new to content and content creation, it can get confusing. What is content? In a nutshell: content = information. Rich content = great information. I’ll give you an example of what’s meant by content (information). As an […]

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Business Opportunities: What’s luck got to do with it?

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  Stephen Leacock, Canadian writer and humourist Canada’s Stephen Leacock had it right way back when. In his typical satirical style, he was saying: we make our own luck. We certainly do in business. Business opportunities and […]

Chat Slang

Chat Slang: Is it the new business casual?

Chat slang is no longer just about the kids; it’s not even about the rest of us ‘getting down with the kids.’ It hasn’t been for quite a while! Hard to believe, but texting has been around for 23 years The first text message was sent in 1992 by a 22-year-old test engineer from his […]

Creative Routine

A slave to routine or ritual? You’re in great company!

Do you have a creative routine or ritual? If you’re creative, work in the creative field, or simply find yourself a slave to routine or ritual, read this book: Daily Rituals. How Artists Work, by Mason Currey. You’ll feel better about it all — your procrastination, your late-night working habit, the note pad beside your bed on […]

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The Persuasive Power of MORE

Most of us want more: more time, more fun, maybe more money, more apps and upgrades to help us do what we do faster and more efficiently, more stuff to help us minimize chores we hate doing. I believe in ‘more,’ I do. (I want to take more trips!) If something can help me do […]

Great Content

Great Content Creation: Good ingredients matter.

Great Content is King! Social Media is our current best friend. It allows us to talk regularly about our businesses (and ourselves) to anyone who’s interested. And there’s the rub: “anyone who’s interested.” The aim of great content creation is to get people interested! Content’s job is to engage. Content creation isn’t rocket science, but […]

ValueAdded

Value Added: where’s the value?

Is the concept of ‘value add’ or ‘value added’ overused? Perhaps it’s more correct to ask, is it misused? Has ‘value added’ become like the tipping issue? Many of us tip automatically, whether it’s deserved or not. Has the term ‘value add’ become interchangeable with just doing a good job, or simply meeting expectations, not exceeding […]

Two-way Fit

Things your new creative hire absolutely needs from you!

I’ve blogged about 7 Things I absolutely Need in a New Creative Hire and my slightly tongue-in-cheek 7 Quirky Questions to Ask a New Creative Hire, but there is another important viewpoint to consider – that of the person you’re hiring. What does the person you’re thinking of hiring absolutely need in order to say […]

Take the temperature of your headline

Hot or cold? Take the temperature of your ad headline

The big ‘headline’ first made front page news during the 19th century newspaper wars when papers everywhere were fighting for readers’ attention. You’ve seen it in old movies — the kid on the street corner hawking the newspaper by yelling out the day’s headline! We’re still hawking with headlines. But are they effective? And do the […]

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