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Social media defined

A great way to explain social media channels and differences!

social media explained

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Amazing person, fascinating technology!

Amazing person, fascinating technology!

This is my nephew Derek Herrera – a Marine, he was shot in Afghanistan a year ago and was in a wheelchair – but now he has this exoskeleton which allows him to walk!

“I was offered the opportunity to model the Argo ReWalk Exo-Skeleton for a major publication, to which they were named one of the Ten Best Innovations of 2013,” he said. “Hopefully you will see it published in the next month or so. The photographers were pleased with my modeling skills, but, as always, Shaggy stole the show. At the end of the shoot they suggested I talk to a dog agent to get Shaggy some more gigs. He performed admirably, but got very scared of the incredibly bright flash they were using and refused to shoot any more pictures after the first volley of flashes.”

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Communication 101 – part 2

A continuation of my previous post on communicating effectively with an audience, here’s the second installment:  audience analysis. Part 3 will focus on audience adaptation.

Communicating for results

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A fresh perspective on job vs. career

I found these comments and accompanying video fascinating! What is your “job?” Step back and take a closer look. This is from Fred Kofman, Ph.D. on LinkedIn:

Is your job your career?

 

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Communication 101 – it’s all about the audience

Through years of teaching and advising managers on effective communication strategies and techniques, one of the things I’ve noticed consistently has been the lack of awareness of audience/s. A speaker (or writer) wants to “communicate” something to achieve a desired result – for instance, they’re trying to persuade listeners to donate money to a cause.

However, the speaker seems to have little regard for the audience. Who are they? Why are they there? 

It’s not enough for a communicator to have a strong desire to posit his/her point of view without thinking about the audience. So often we are “me-focused” when it comes to communication. Do this or that – because it’s what I think, or believe, and that should be enough to persuade you.

Remember, your listeners are saying “What’s in it for me” to themselves as you give your presentation or make your case in writing. 

I’ll blog more in the next few days (watch for Communication 101 – part 2) with recommendations on how to connect to your audience.

 

 

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Derek and special company

Derek and special company

Derek, my nephew, was recently in Kennebunkport, Maine. He was traveling in support of the MARSOC Foundation dedicated to helping wounded warriors and had the opportunity to meet two U.S. presidents!

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My inspiration

My nephew is a constant source of inspiration to me. A Marine, he was injured in Afghanistan just over a year ago. Check out his website and I think you’ll be inspired, too!

http://www.derekherrera.com

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Focusing on the positive

Job search is exhausting and sometimes frustrating. It’s easy to get disillusioned and discouraged. This is when good friends mean so much! I’m fortunate to have some wonderful friends who offer job leads and check in on me from time to time. I am thankful for the kindness and friendship extended to me on this winding road. My goal is to focus on the positive more often!

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Job search

After being laid off from my last job, I’ve discovered that looking for a new job is a full-time job!

There are many more contract opportunities available than I expected for writers and designers. A sign of the times, I think – employers need help but due to ever-changing conditions in the economy, they are reluctant to hire full-time employees when contractors give them the flexibility they need.

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Welcome

Welcome to my blog! Glad you’re here.