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Summer Pie-Days (Bushwick Edition)

Friday, I planned to do my usual, hit Four and Twenty Blackbirds for a new tradition I’m calling Summer Pie-days. It’s a chance to sit down and think about small business marketing — what I can write, what resources I can create, how I can build connections. This Pie-day had different plans for me however. […]

Fostering Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (A #SMW panel)

I attended quite a few events during Social Media Week, and I enjoyed them all immensely, but this particular event was one that I thought was worth sharing. It was hosted by American Express OPEN Forum, and featured speakers who come from the startup, venture funding and public policy worlds. How do we make the entrepreneurial environment […]

Six social media sacred cows worth slaughtering

I had an amazing corporate training gig a couple of months ago. I was brought in to lead a communications training that covered effective copywriting and social media tactics to a major media company. A very funny media company. One that is wildly, wildly successful in social media. Could basically write the book on building raving […]

The Art of the Ask

I have a huge respect for those who “ask” for a living. Fundraising pros, salespeople. It’s tough. I recently had a pretty high pressure job that kept me up at night. Why? I realized after thinking about it that it was the job was about asking, cajoling, negotiating. When I like to be the person who gives, […]