Month: February 2011

The Blessing of Conviction

Blessing of ConvictionA common theme has been coming up in my life over the past few days. It is the idea of conviction. I’m not talking about conviction in the sense of a firmly held belief. Nor am I speaking about a guilty verdict in a courtroom, although that concept may apply.

The conviction I’m talking about is a personal recognition of error and need for change. I’d like to unpack that a little more by starting out with what conviction is not.


5 Ways PodCamp Rocked My World in 2010

podcamp nashvillePodCamp:Nashville is on its way back to town on March 26th and I’m the next stop on the PCN ’11 Blog Tour.

I’ll borrow the following description from a copywriter more talented than I:

PodCamp is the ultimate symposium for anyone interested in online media to share ideas, hear from industry leaders, and participate in discussions and demonstrations. It’s a forum for bloggers, marketers, content creators, educators, podcasters and the like to gather, network and learn about the latest trends, tricks and technologies in the interactive world.


Stop Asking For Permission

Stop Asking For Permission

I  stumbled upon this great quote tonight:

“If you want to achieve greatness,
stop asking for permission.”

It stopped me in my tracks. After giving it the ‘ol SU thumbs up, I sat and thought about it for a little while. It’s an interesting thought because many of us struggle with this to some degree.


An Idea Becomes Reality

Are you in the loop?I love to create things.

In fact, I’m creating something today. I’ve actually been creating it for some time, but today is the day that I’m going to share it with you. If you’ll indulge me through my entrepreneurial-creative process, I’ll gladly tell you all about it.

It all starts with…


The Greatest Blog Post Ever

Greatest Blog Post EverHere you are. A friend just re-tweeted an article titled, ‘The Greatest Blog Post Ever,” so you felt compelled to click and enjoy. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to settle for really good. You’ve just become the victim of hyperbole, social media style.

A few weeks ago, a friend wrote a great post (seriously) about how we lie on social media. We see this daily on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and so on. From friends discovering the burger to end all burgers to folks raving about their most recent trip to Chipotle.

We love that social media makes this kind of rave review possible, but how long will it be until we all get numb? When everything becomes awesome, doesn’t the word ‘awesome’ lose its meaning? Do we need to develop a new word? Super-awesome?

In hopes of avoiding this frightful devolution, I’m offering 3 questions for you to ask yourself before your next post:


In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him

Planning - In All Your Ways Acknowledge HimSometimes, we’ve got our plan all worked out. We know exactly what we’re doing, where we’re doing it, why we’re doing it, and how it’s all going to shake out. This is a ‘safe’ place to be.

Other times, we’re twisting in the wind. A few key pieces didn’t come together and now the bottom is dropping out. We’ll figure out our next move when it happens to us. This is a ‘dangerous’ place to be.


Fun Friday: What's The Dumbest Thing You Did This Week?

Wet iPhone in Water Dumb ThingSo there I was, brushing my teeth in front of the sink as one would customarily do. Sometimes, I leave the water running. It’s a vice; I know. I’m sorry. Also, my bathroom sink has been suffering from a partially clogged drain. Therefore, the sink was full of water.

While brushing away, I felt a familiar buzz in my left front pocket. The hyper-communicator in me just had to know who or what that was all about. So, I reach in (still brushing) and gracelessly extract my phone from the pocket.

One bobble later, my phone was hurdling towards the full sink of water. In it went. I tossed out a solid Christian cuss word and snatched it out immediately. Sadly, it was too late. The damage was done. Long story short, I have a new phone and I’m committed to AT&T for another 2 years.

That’s my dumb story for the week. I would love to hear yours.

What’s the dumbest thing you did this week?

TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

“People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.”

People don’t connect with the what; the products and services that you provide. What they do connect with is the passion behind your purpose. This video brilliantly expands on this point. I’ve seen it at least 5 times and I just had to share it with you.


You can download Simon’s amazing book here:
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Do me a favor and share your favorite TED talk in the comments below.

Drinking From the Fire Hose: How to Filter Social Media

Drinking From the Fire Hose: How to Filter Social MediaIf you’ve been using social networking tools for any period of time, you’ve probably experienced an overload of information. Every second…

  • Facebook adds 8 new users.
  • 600 tweets are written.
  • 17 blog posts are published.

By the time you reach the end of this post 90,000 tweets will have been written, 1,200 new users added to Facebook, and 2,550 blogs posted. How can we possibly keep up with even 1% of that?