The Power of Noticing

Today, I got a message from Seth Godin.   To be more accurate, I got a reply back to my note thanking him for his work, which has been incredibly influential to me.   He's one of the most in-demand authors and speakers in the world. To even send a few words, to say "I … Continue reading The Power of Noticing

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Paying to Play

I recently received an invitation to be interviewed for an online show that focuses on helping artists in terms of their creative process and being paid for their work. It sounded like a good fit, especially since I wrote two books and host a daily podcast show that focuses on this exact subject. I've done … Continue reading Paying to Play

If it Looks Like a Rat…

There's a viral video right now that apparently shows a rat showering like a human. It's covered in soap, standing up, and rubbing it's face, arm pits, and body. People are enamored with it because we love it when animals do anything that resemble human behavior - dogs driving cars, cats wearing sunglasses, etc. - … Continue reading If it Looks Like a Rat…

The Direct Approach

If you're active on Linkedin, chances are that you receive generic pitches in your feed or messages on a regular basis. Today, I received one that said "We work with a lot of Principals in your industry," which clearly meant that he didn't bother to see what my industry was, A few days ago, I … Continue reading The Direct Approach

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

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

Guest Curating State of Wonder on OPB

  Today, I was a guest curator on OPB's State of Wonder, a show about the arts, talking about my newly released book, Music Business Hacks. I was blessed to be joined by some incredible people: Frank Portman, YA author and lead singer of The Mr. T Experience Angela Weber, one half of The Doubleclicks … Continue reading Guest Curating State of Wonder on OPB

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

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