Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

A few weeks ago, I put my notice in at work with no set plans, no confirmed next step. I just knew that it was no longer my place. That night, I received affirmation by way of fortune cookie: Some thoughts: I realize how many of us end up in a trap. We have been … Continue reading Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Yes, Read the Comments Section

My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title ("Yes, Read the Comments Section") might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At … Continue reading Yes, Read the Comments Section

How Social Media Affects Elections

Today, I participated in a panel from City Club of Portland's Friday Forum on how social media affects elections in Oregon. I was honored to join a distinguished group of experts, each with a unique perspective into the role that new media plays with social change. Below is the Storify recap of social media posts … Continue reading How Social Media Affects Elections

How to Get a TED Talk

My newest TED talk, "How to Get a TED Talk," has just been uploaded to YouTube (though it has been retitled to "Pitching Your Way to the TEDx Stage"). Here it is: I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please consider sharing it. Thank you!

Free Book Promotion

This weekend, my first book, How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements, will be free to download on Amazon.com! Building a relationship with a corporate sponsor is one of the most important things an organization needs to do in order to achieve its mission. Sponsors can not only provide a source of income, but also increased … Continue reading Free Book Promotion

7 Essential Tips to Prepare for Your TED Talk

This is a follow up to my first guide on How to Get a TED Talk (and what to do when you get there). As I am getting ready to present my fifth TEDx talk, I wanted to share some of the best practices I’ve learned along the way on preparing for a TED talk. … Continue reading 7 Essential Tips to Prepare for Your TED Talk

Social Media Listening Tools That Everyone Should Be Using

Are you listening? Are you really listening? I’ve mentioned it a few times before: treat social media more like a telephone and less like a megaphone. However, some might not know how or where  to listen. This is important because you want to know what’s being said about you and where are they saying it. You’ll also want to know how … Continue reading Social Media Listening Tools That Everyone Should Be Using

Thoughts about the Status Quo

During a long drive today, I had some time to think about the status quo, tradition, and people who justify their actions because "that's the way it's always been done." Here are some thoughts about that: If you do what you've always done, you'll never achieve more than you ever have. In fact, the law … Continue reading Thoughts about the Status Quo

Using Social Media to Deliver Strategic Communications

It's common to hear phrases like "think strategically," "strategic communications," or "marketing strategy." Yet, for all of our education and focus on using strategy to deliver key initiatives, one thing is often overlooked: delivery of that information. This seems to be especially the case with social media and how many organizations approach it. In my experience, … Continue reading Using Social Media to Deliver Strategic Communications

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

I've been out sick most of this week so I decided to pick up Simon Sinek's Start With Why and Guy Kawasaki's Enchantment.  Hoping to read them tomorrow when I'm feeling a little better. I love Sinek's notion that people don't buy what you do but rather why you do what you do. It's the reason why … Continue reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek