I’m Fed Up

  Rant warning: most of my writing is analytical, calm, cool, and collected. This post isn’t. This post is about something I don’t do very well or very often: feelings. I’m truly pissed off about some things (which also means passionate), and I have been for years. I hide it too often under dispassionate analysis. But here […]

The Joy of Networking

As a businessperson and a solopreneur, it’s very natural to approach my networking with other professionals as a strategic endeavor. Networking is truly the strategic heartbeat of my business. But then I’m reminded what a joy it is. I mean, just plain wonderful! I had a delightful coffee this week with a new friend, who was introduced […]

How Can You Get More Referrals?

I find it very easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole – that fascinating, fast-moving rabbit hole – of digital marketing/content marketing/social media. I’ve been deeply involved in it for many years; and yet, do you know what the most important question has always been, no matter how that space has evolved? How can […]

Networking is Gold-Mining

I had such a great time this week meeting with three different people for coffee, on 3 consecutive mornings. One is an emerging musician and entrepreneur. Another is a fellow local networker with an over-full plate of responsibilities. Another is someone considering a new career direction. In each instance, besides mutually shared empathy and advice, potentially […]

Are You a Business Mayor? (not a misspelling)

I spent most of this past week in Scottsdale at a major industry conference for Life Sciences Trainers and Educators (LTEN) – much of my consulting and network-building over the last 2 decades has focused on that community. (quick hint about Arizona: when it’s over 100 degrees out, that’s probably not the time or place to […]

Networking? Surrender To Serendipity (the results can be amazing)!

Serendipity. You know what it means, right? You take a vacation – let’s say an Alaskan cruise – and as you’re walking the deck one evening, lo and behold, you stumble into one of your long-lost friends from high school! Unexpected. Unplanned. What are the chances? That’s serendipity. My friend Dave Delaney underscored the importance […]

Clarity Interview: Meet Dave Delaney, Nashville’s Networking Evangelist

Dave Delaney wrote the book on professional networking. Really – he did. And it’s a good one – New Business Networking: How to Effectively Grow Your Business Network Using Online and Offline Methods (Amazon affiliate link) Dave is quite well-known as an active networker in social media circles; but, in this interview, we’re drilling down to what […]

How Facebook Could Bury Google+ and Twitter

  Let’s face it – Google+ never really got to mainstream adoption as a social network, and its future is now uncertain as Google redeploys internal talent away from developing it. And Twitter? It has lost its heart. In recent days, good friends like Chris Brogan, Joe Cascio, and Carrie Wilkerson have lamented the shift […]

5 Reflections on Social Media Marketing World 2014

(note: a collection of many other re-cap links for SMMW14 are at the bottom of this post!) I had the privilege of spending several days in San Diego attending a social media conference (Social Media Marketing World 2014) last week. From most conferences, I return feeling drained by IEWS (Introvert Energy Wipeout Syndrome). However, after […]

Want To Build Your Network? Here’s Your Guide!

  Over the years, I’ve read a lot of business volumes, and a bunch of social media books. Some have disappointed. Not this one… Dave Delaney‘s New Business Networking has just taken the top spot, in my thinking, for a practical book that will walk you through the steps you need to take for building […]