Presence Is Something You Could Build Now

I started my blog way back in 1998, when it was called journaling. I had no idea what to do with it. I started the way lots of people did back then: I wrote about whatever was on my mind, however trivial. Every media software I’ve used since then has been some mix of personal presence building plus an attempt to add some level of value to the larger story. Both are important. And there’s no great time to start. But there’s always a chance to be “too late.” Chris Brogan

Build Your Digital Presence Now

Start an account somewhere that lets you tell the story you want to tell, in the way you want to tell it.…

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Are You Ready to Do?

I had the chance to review Kevin Kelly’s new book, DO! the pursuit of xceptional execution (aff link), and it’s really worth checking out. He’s got a lot of ideas that will help you, especially if you’re the kind that thinks about it but doesn’t always pull the trigger. do

Do you need a book about doing?

If the book tried to spend all its pages telling me “you’ve just gotta get started and do something,” I’d probably lose my mind about ten pages in, but Kelly has a lot packed in here. His chapter on being a student forever was a particular favorite, as was his mindset around customer relationships.…

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Vision and Innovation Come From Seeing Past the Map

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There’s a reason Vanity Fair covered Jay-Z. He went far beyond the label of recording artist, blew past the concepts of hip hop and rapper and all those terms that just don’t fit. The man has diverse holdings in clothing lines, in a basketball team, in a liquor brand, in a talent agency for sports professionals, and so much more. Filmmaker Ron Howard even shot a documentary about one of his latest projects, Made in America, a genre busting concert and festival series that sees everyone from Run DMC to Pearl Jam to Skrillix taking the stage, sponsored by a huge brand but promoting the concepts of universal acceptance.…

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End Sex Trafficking

End Sex Trafficking

Erin Giles has brought to my attention something pretty astounding. Almost 30 million people are currently enslaved by someone else. Not in the past, or in any historical context, but right now, today. Nuts, right? To bring some attention to this, Erin has created the End Sex Trafficking Day campaign so that we could all do something to help.

Erin is setting out to raise $25,000 for 5 non profits that are hitting the ground everyday fighting for the enslaved. She’s chosen non profits that are making impact in every area of ending sex trafficking: awareness, prevention, rescue and recovery. Your contributions will go directly to aid with the work that these non profits will be able to do with the $5,000 each receives from this project.…

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27 Tweets to Annoy Geeks and Nerds

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Want to really upset some nerdy types? Use any of these tweets on them (it’s totally okay if NONE of this makes sense to you – just try it!). And if few or none of these seem wrong to you, well, that okay, too. Points if you get each of the references.

  1. Hal Jordan wasn’t the original Green Arrow, you know!
  2. I don’t care what anyone says. Capt. Mal Reynolds was the best captain in Star Fleet.
  3. Everyone knows Bantha walk side by side to overstate their numbers.
  4. Spider-man’s mutant healing powers get messed up by Kryptonite. Duh!
  5. Little known fact: Frank Zappa voiced and controlled the Yoda puppet in Star Wars.
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Your Business Magazine Awaits

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I built you a business magazine. I did it because I wanted you to find ways to improve your worth, to grow your capabilities and connections. I did it because I wanted you to have the business curriculum for the future. I did it because 20 or so columnists can tell a much more colorful story than just me alone.

What’s the Idea?

The concept behind Owner is that whether you own your cubicle, your company, or just your life, you’ll find something in Owner magazine. The goal is to connect you with people who take ownership of their choices, who run their businesses and/or their jobs with pride and intent.…

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One Way That I Love Helping

2013-09-28 16.08.03 I had a really great call via my consulting by phone offer the other day with Glen. What I loved was that he had really good, crisp questions ready to go, and that he was able to complete all of his requests for information within twenty minutes. In such a short time, Glen was able to question some assumptions, seek my previous experience, get my take on a few related items, and also be introduced to someone who will help him advance his project. All for what came to less than $200.

I’ve had other great calls, like with Autumn Anderson, who’s working on reconciling some interesting branding challenges, while doing what she can to move her interests closer to her heart’s desires.…

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Sponsored Post – Think Like an Enterprise

2013-09-21 14.21.00The following is a post sponsored by Cloud Powered Work. What that means is that they paid me to talk about something they want me to talk about. What that doesn’t mean is that they influence my words AT ALL. These are my thoughts on something I think is useful to you.

When I was working for a wireless telecom company back in the day, one of my projects was disaster recovery compliance. In a very short amount of time, I learned a lot about what we would never ever think about: what happens when something breaks. It got really interesting really quickly.

What happens if Tom’s laptop is stolen? (Happened twice.) What happens if we lose connection to these servers in this one building?…

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Why I Much Prefer the Business Partnership Model

grittychris As part of what I’m doing for Owner magazine, I’m working on partnership offerings for businesses who want to work with us. This is in place of what some people would call “ads” and what others know to be interruptions on one end, and less useful on the other end. I intend to help partners find more customers/buyers, and I intend to serve the community at Owner. Why don’t more businesses think this way?

When we don’t understand a new model, it’s hard to fund it. I was talking with smart man Derek Halpern about my ideas for partnership with Owner. He was very encouraging, but he also pointed out a truth: based on what I’m selling (a mix of speaking, online events, consulting, link ads, banner ads, and performance selling, to name most of them), it’s hard to know which budget to take these from.…

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Put Your Work In Where It Makes Sense

Now that Owner Magazine is up and running, I have new work in front of me. On one level, I work with all my authors to make sure we’re creating really useful business information for people just like you. I work with Rob Hatch to ensure that we’re creating interesting opportunities for our launch partners and future sponsors/advertisers. But my primary goal beyond that is building the community and attract new readers, and to empower the Monchu. Part of what I’m learning is what matters for those efforts and what doesn’t, what works and what doesn’t. 2013-09-16 10.13.43

I know, for instance, that subscribers to my newsletter are FAR more responsive and interactive than any other digital touchpoint I have.…

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