Category Archives: Communication

New mobile ‘Apperating’ systems are changing the way we use our smart phones

Give Wired Magazine the credit for coming up with the term ‘Apperating system’ as it applies to the home screens and general navigation on smart phone devices.  Writer @ryantate did an excellent job in his June 2013 article, explaining the concept … Continue reading

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Protecting your LinkedIn network is essential

I read an interesting and surprising statistic related to LinkedIn this week.    Only 17% of professional people have a LinkedIn account.   When I dug deeper for the correlating data I was only able to find an article from March 2012 … Continue reading

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To become a better listener try not saying anything

I’ve always thought of myself as being a pretty good listener.   People that have been in sales-oriented careers like me know it’s obvious that being a good listener is a crucial skill.   Despite that, I know that I could be … Continue reading

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Free Conference call – one of the best deals around for its users

The web is rife with companies that have what seem to be unfathomable business models.   We are regular users of http://www.freeconferencecall.com and every time I use it I think what a good service it is and of course you cannot … Continue reading

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How online video gamers learn business management skills

I have two grown children – a son who will be 24 next month and a daughter that will be 20 this summer.   Their digital skills as digital natives exceed mine despite my great efforts to keep up with the … Continue reading

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Are you a last word person?

You know the type.   The person who regardless of the situation (online or offline) has to always have the last word.   It can be a beyond annoying habit.   In person, most people are somewhat aware of and on guard to … Continue reading

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WeChat – the best voice texting application I’ve seen but can it make it in the U.S.?

My Mandarin teacher first introduced me to WeChat last year.    In China it is known as Wei Xin from Shenzhen based QQ.  Wei Xin or WeChat has many similarities to another more well known texting app called WhatsApp which is becoming … Continue reading

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Be careful with Google translate!

This past Friday morning my Mandarin teacher cancelled our lesson due to an early March east coast U.S. snow.  She sent me the message entirely in Chinese characters and I understood what she wrote without using Google Translate.  I have … Continue reading

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Out of the office really does not matter anymore

I have not used Out-of-Office via MS Outlook in a couple of years. After a 16 hour flight to Hong Kong from JFK where I caught maybe 4 hours of sleep I am wired and working late on a Friday … Continue reading

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Ty Cobb – A Hall of Fame content marketer

Marketers talk about ‘content marketing’ as if it is something new and shiny. In fact if you go and sit with a prospective or current client and talk about your agency’s experience in using content marketing to increase brand equity … Continue reading

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