How “Social” is Social Networking?

Social networking is somewhat of a misnomer, because in reality, there’s really not much “social” about it. Being “social” is about getting to know someone through conversation and establishing a connection over time—it’s not only about visiting an Instagram page (although, be sure to give us a follow 😉). However, in our technology driven world, it feels like computers or smart phones are the main interaction methods. We use LinkedIn and Facebook to stay in touch with everyone from grandparents to former classmates to our children. It makes things a lot easier, right? We have access to all these people at the click of a mouse or…

SHE’S MY FAVORITE CLIENT, SHE’S MY PRIDE AND JOY

Stevie Ray Vaughan says: “Well you’ve heard about love givin’ sight to the blind. My baby’s lovin’ cause the sun to shine.” How do you think your clients or customers would react if you treated each of them like they were your pride and joy? Do you think they would refer you to their friends and associates? Would they try to go out of their way to give you more business? Maybe they would call your boss and let him know how well they were treated? If they changed jobs, perhaps they would “take you with them?” Those all sound…

I Ain’t Wasting Time No More!

What do your days look like? Are they chunks of frenetic activity, interspersed with catching up on a thousand emails? Do you control your days, or do they control you? We’ve all heard the same advice: email is obtrusive, turn it off or don’t look at it for extended periods of each day, and your productivity will soar. Really? Have those advice-givers ever actually tried it? If so, and if they were successful at it, then they are clearly not as in-demand as the rest of us are! Everyone has a different dynamic in their position or job. Some jobs…