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Those who create content need their space, especially when suffering from writer’s block. Some need quiet. Some need motion. Some need deadlines. Some need extensions. Some need clutter. Some need clean. What they all need, though, to break a creative impasse is to ditch their smartphone. Not permanently, of course. Just until you have a breakthrough. Unlike cellphones of old, we now carry Internet-connected computers in our hands, so we can work or play online...

Got Writer’s Block? Ditch Your Smartphone!

He can’t pass a flower garden without frantically ripping out a few trophies. And a sun-baked worm is a delicacy that’s never left behind. No, I tell myself … I’m not extracting that yucky prize from this puppy’s tangle of razor-sharp teeth. I surrender to the fact that it’s protein. In early spring, three years had passed since our previous dog’s death. At 15 years old, Twister was entrenched in our home and hearts. I...

Managing Disruptions That Affect Your Productivity

A pithy and seemingly superficial greeting accompanied by a request from a long-lost business associate arrived in my inbox. You know the type: “Hi … it’s been a while … can you direct me to copious leads for my services?” I’m paraphrasing, but that was the nub.  I enjoy the role of bridging those in my network with bountiful opportunities, and gaining from the reciprocal benefits. But, in the case of this peer, her past...

Go Ahead and Leverage Your Network

Over the years I’ve used different note-taking modes in meetings and conference sessions. Sometimes I use a laptop or tablet; other times, I go with paper and pen. One thing I’ve noticed in that time is how little I actually retain when I am taking notes electronically. Then again, I can make sense of my notes, which isn’t always the case with handwritten ones. Several years ago, a Harvard Business Review intern  wrote about what we...

Is Your Note-taking a Help or a Hindrance?

Which content marketing resources by B2Bs selling pricey technology solutions should be available to customers on demand? First, marketers must realize that their target decision-makers still span three generations (Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers)—dominators of the U.S. labor force. Second, marketers must understand buyers’ unique decision-making process based on their generation. MarketingSherpa reports that Arketi Group recently surveyed managers and executives from telecommunications, technology, education, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, government and business services industries. The...

Selling Tech: Understanding Each Generation’s Decision Process

It may be difficult for someone from the Baby Boomer generation to understand the resistance from a Millennial when asked to work in an office setting from 8 a.m. to the wee hours of the night to meet a deadline. Or, it may be awkward for a Millennial to receive a phone call from a client or coworker, in favor of a text or email. Three generations dominated the U.S. labor force in 2017—Millennials, Gen...

In the Mix: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z … and Robots and AI

Most of us juggle multiple projects or manage many people in a day’s work. As a result, some projects fall by the wayside to make more room to complete others. Priorities may be based on deadlines or impact. Eventually, though, older must-do projects move back to the forefront. How, though, do you muster the enthusiasm, energy and effort to awaken dormant ideas and turn cold notes into hot copy or imagery? I should politely nod...

8 Tips to Warm Up a Cold Project

The other month I went with a friend to see a movie about a father dealing with his drug-addicted son. Knowing this should have prepared me for a depressing storyline, and yet, toward the end of the film, I was fighting back tears. To keep from crying, I told myself to think of something to make me happy. It was a big fail. Every person or pet I conjured made me want to weep more....

Getting through ‘Family Holidays’

The woman pulled up to the tree removal team in a silver Durango, demanding to know what they were doing tearing down aspens that bordered two properties. “This is my house!” she shouted. Only it wasn’t her house; it was mine. She’d been the victim of an online scam using a fake Craigslist rental listing as bait. If you ever use free online forums, especially Craigslist, to find a place to live, you likely will...

Protecting Your Content from Cybercriminals

My friend Carol works as part of a sales team of four … well, now three, since her coworker, Jack, was recently fired. Carol tells me Jack was, on average, moderately successful in his role. Some months, Jack pulled in skyrocketing revenue, giving management hope of greatness in his abilities. But in other months his numbers were flat. Mostly I heard “here’s another Jack story for you” from a very miffed (and sometimes amused) Carol...

Go Big or Go Home — The Smart Way to Make Bold Moves