Why Do Words Matter?

In this crowded environment of media channels, we have to compete with a lot of noise. It’s everywhere you go. Some of it is promotional, some of it is entertainment, and then there’s the 24/7 news cycle that can often seem like both. Social media adds yet another dimension to the noisy landscape. So, how do you slice through it all and motivate your target audience? In the end, it comes down to words.

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The Re-assimilation Transition

In the last two weeks, we’ve seen mask mandates lifted, people getting out more, and businesses attempting to “get back to normal.”   And, more people are getting vaccinated every day. Considering where we’ve been, these are better times indeed. But as entrepreneurs, we need to be cautious of our approach and considerate of those around us - including our clients and other business associates.

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What Now?

With the election behind us, we can all take a deep breath and expect stability now, right? Well, it would be an understatement at the very least to say “maybe not.” As expected, the Corona virus is surging again, we’re still arguing about whether people should be wearing masks during a global pandemic, the economy is preparing for more lockdowns, and the current president has not conceded to the president elect. It’s going to be a long couple of months, for sure.

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The Age of the Short-Term Business Plan

We have entered the age of the short-term business plan. Of course, long-term planning  is still an important aspect of your over-all business strategy and trajectory. However, survival reflexes and immediate reactionary responses have moved front-and-center. Before we can worry about the future, we need a way to get past the present. Right now, it’s all about problem solving.

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The Death of The Blog

I have heard many people give this advice to others; “write a blog, get out there, fill it with keywords, and be more visible.” I’m sure that advice was offered with the best of intentions, but that kind of thinking has led to an onslaught of empty business blogs seemingly targeted to search engine bots instead of a human target audience. Let’s kill those old blogs off, starting now.

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The Art of Failure

I run a think-tank for entrepreneurs called Thinking Out Loud. We often discuss pressing topics including business development, marketing, creativity, and current events. Of course, the recent months have kept us busy interpreting a changing world and the resulting challenges for businesses and consumers. We recently discussed the concept of missteps and failures. We’ve all been there. - and more times than not. But have you considered how important these missteps are to our overall trajectory? Is there an art to failing?

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Who Are You Talking To?

The language of business is often misunderstood and misused. We can get caught up in our own orbit - and the language of our brands can reflect that. In order to effectively connect with our target audiences, we need to convince them we understand what their focus is and what their challenges are. Only from that standpoint are we able have their ear when it comes to offering solutions. We can get there by speaking their language.

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