goal-setting

Sales and marketing professionals typically cringe when they hear the “F word” in team meetings and individual reports. No, not that F word; I’m talking about forecasting. In almost every interview I conduct with a subject matter expert, I ask where a solution, company, trend or industry will be in two to five years. I am basically asking for a forecast. It turns out chief executives and field experts hate to forecast too. Many people...

The ‘F’ Word in Content Marketing

The chase was on. Prey drive was engaged. The only thing between my Boston Terrier and the frantic fly on the window was the pale-colored linen couch I had just painstakingly cleaned. Beans missed his target but left behind his signature muddy paw prints. Before this mishap, I had allocated two hours to refurbish the second-hand couch. I researched how to care for the fabric and wooden legs, gathered the materials needed, carved out time,...

Light-Colored Linen, Muddy Paws, and the Planning Fallacy

There are times when I find solace tinkering with design and copy details in my role as a creative director. I find that precision sows a mindful state. While paying great attention to details is essential, there is something equally practical to consider during every phase of a project: the end goal. Author and marketer Seth Godin aptly offered an example of moving beyond project details in a recent blog post by stating: “I’m pretty...

Never Lose Sight of Your End Goal

One of my favorite April activities is spring cleaning. It’s not that I enjoy sorting, donating or tossing and then cleaning down an area from ceiling to floor. I just love how I feel when the annual task is done, and I again enjoy my freshly scrubbed surroundings. With so many of us now permanently working from home or some hybrid, it’s easy for papers, boxes, files and dirt to pile up. Here are some...

Spring Cleaning: What to Purge and What to Keep

A young professional friend, Jen, works in a large enterprise. Jen told me how an interim manager from an unassociated department requested major rework done on a 60-page standard document that her team had submitted for approval. This request left the team stunned as the requirement seemed ill-considered. Jen admits she and her team came away from the meeting not fully understanding what the revisions for the document should be. A panicky feeling fell over...

Taking Control by Using a Proven Process

January 2022

Managing Deadlines

Creating successful content marketing takes creativity and skill, and it takes adhering to an established production schedule so that deliverables are timely. A production schedule lays out the workflow for team members by directing them how and when to work on a project, motivating everyone through deadlines. In whatever way you meet a deadline—either by completing your task a few days ahead of plan, or up against it thriving on eleventh-hour adrenalin—you also have to...

Managing Deadlines

There are a lot of well-intentioned people trying to earnestly be better this year—at working, exercising, eating, budgeting and relaxing. We did a series of graphics-centric content last year that might help you stick with a goal. These brief-but-potent bits of advice are based on Twirling Tiger Media leaders’ many years of experience in creating content and companies and clients. We’ve seen and done it all, and we want you to avoid the pitfalls we...

Do You Have What It Takes to Stick with a Goal?

December 2021

Listen Here

At its best, skilled listening is an exchange of emotion, a human connection and a reciprocal conversation. The reputation and growth of a business depend heavily on listening skills. What often gets in the way of proficient listening is distraction, emotion and ego.  Listening skills impact a company’s interaction with partners and customers. When done right, entire projects succeed, trust is assured and a good reputation is maintained … all by team members understanding instructions,...

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