Month: February 2011

4 Ways to Bewilder and Enrage The Masses (via Groupon)

Groupon Insults Tibet With Their Super Bowl AdIf you watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, you probably caught Groupon’s ad featuring Timothy Hutton. If not, you can watch it here. I try not to take myself, or anyone else for that matter, too seriously. Sometimes, however, something like this will strike a nerve.

I kind of see what Groupon did here, but it took me a little while to get there. They were loosely poking fun at our supposed desire to save money and how it trumps our desire to help people. I get that, but the fact remains that they bothered me and a whole lot of other people.

Let’s look at some stuff they did wrong on both a human decency and a marketing level.

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What If We've Already Won?

victory in ChristWhat if we knew that every battle we were getting ready to face this week has already been fought and won for us?

  • Every personal addiction problem.
  • Every strained relationship.
  • Every troubling business situation.
  • Every financial security concern.
  • Every fight to please the people around us.

We spend most of our days fighting to ‘solve’ these ‘problems.’ We’re always sprinting towards the next solution. We strive for a state of peace. How would our lives look different if, instead of racing to the finish line, we graciously walked towards the winner’s circle?

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The Secret to Gaining and Maintaining Trust

Gaining Trust with Integrity

If you’re going to have a positive influence over anyone or anything, you’re going to need to earn trust. Trust is what allows you to lead a prospective customer to a sale, a team to victory, or a business to success.

“Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less.” John Maxwell

No Trust = No Influence = No Leadership

So how do we earn someone’s trust? Next, how do we maintain that trust?

Here’s the secret in one word:

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How to Get Tons of Work

How to Get Tons of Consulting Work

Give your best stuff away for free.

Plenty of you clicked that link and expected some sort of gimmick, but that’s what you got. Im sorry for the deception, but my small biz and consulting friends need to know this.

Let me explain…

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5 Tips For Becoming Brilliant Today

5 Tips For Becoming Brilliant Today

Today, I was blessed by a very thought-provoking conversation with 3 friends who challenge me and my business in some amazing ways. I decided to jack-leg that conversation and fit it into a blog post.

We’re going to look at 5 everyday ways to become a better learner. Practice these tips daily, and you just might find yourself tapping into brain cells you thought you lost in college.

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