Motorola releases the Moto X and It’s Pretty Cool

A few weeks ago, Guy Kawasaki invited me and a whole cast of interesting characters out to Google headquarters to meet the new Moto X phone. Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 6.50.56 PM

Being that I don’t tend to write posts with any great detail about the tech guts and stuff (you’ll have to read Robert Scoble’s piece or wait for Leo Laporte or any host of really smart people who care about megapixels and stuff. But what I really loved about the phone bears talking about, for sure.

Awesome Battery Life

If you’re a smart phone user, you know one thing: battery renders all of us fierce wall-scanners, seeking out the power outlets in any public place and asking several strangers (poor restaurant and bar staff) to plug in our phones at the drop of a hat.…

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The Connections Will Always Matter

In business, we’re told to focus on our primary function. But some tend to do this to the exclusion of any other efforts. The connections will always matter.

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There’s a conversation I have with S. Anthony Iannarino often about this fork in the road, he observes, between transactional selling and relationship-minded selling. He writes about it often (one example). It’s funny, we both observe, that so many people “say” they’re in the relationship business, but they work from the transactional mindset. Sell. Move on. Sell. Move on. Forget the person as soon as you’ve sold them.…

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Sponsored Post – There Are No Cubicles

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” – William Gibson 2013-07-25 10.48.04

The following is a sponsored post for Cloud Powered Work. All the ideas are mine. They just want you to think about this space a little bit. Are you?

I just finished up a Skype call with someone for his book project. Before that, I had a quick call on my cell phone while running an errand. I’m writing this post on my nifty Dell XPS10, and will upload it to the web by tethering to my iPhone. I’m working. If you saw me, if you looked over at any point in my day or saw me sitting on the park bench by the river, you’d wonder what kind of role I had.…

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Your Out of Office Message Stinks

Wow, your out of office message stinks.

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As an email marketer, every time I send out a letter, I get a chance to peruse the “out of office” and bounce replies. Some of them are so amazing.

“It’s our busy season.” < - wait, so you're not going to reply to a prospect because you're busy for an ENTIRE SEASON? Why would I take advantage of your company's offerings.

“I’m away at the beach.” < - while I laud your honesty and lifestyle, lie to me. I'm at the office.

“If you need this, do ____. If you need this, do ____. If you want pizza, press 4.” < - or something like that. I get it. It's helpful. But holy cats. You must be one really busy jack of all trades.

My Ideal Out of Office Message

If I had to craft the idea message for a business or professional who’s out of office for some duration of time, it would read like this:

Subject: Away from __ until __ and not checking (or limited access) to email.…

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Do We Have an Inherent Problem With Sharing?

I took my kids to a water park the other day, and around certain areas, there are chairs set up for parents so they can watch their kids play in the giant toilets pools. Notice something in this picture? 2013-07-21 13.21.06

People have “staked out” their chairs, but technically don’t need them. They are somewhere else. So over 90% of the “community” chairs aren’t available for what they’re intended to do: let people sit on them. I think this bears consideration.

Do we have a problem with sharing?

There are lots of new apps and businesses built around sharing. AirBNB is about sharing your home or vacation place while you’re not there.…

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Language Shifts

Sometimes a shift happens in culture and we don’t notice it, or don’t think it has much to do with us, or we just don’t care. Other times, we should perk up and take heed. I think this is one of those times. 2013-07-20 11.09.52

This post by Nick Bilton is, on the surface, not exactly mindblowing, and yet, it is. It might be. It’s something worth thinking about. And yet, something a lot of us hav been doing without thinking much about it for a while.

Essentially, the idea is that the way we communicate is (has been) shifting towards visual cues.

I wrote about the rise of the Junkweb a while back. The concept was different, but it relates to this.…

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Hold No Ground Solid

It’s so easy to get set in our thinking. I spent 2013 working hard on creating courses, and paid a little less attention to my media efforts. I’ve also started work on some rebranding efforts. All of it gives you and I a lot to think about.2013-07-18 10.21.35

What In Your Plans Are You Holding As Solid?

For all of 2013, most of my business has come from offering courses to help people grow their businesses. Some are about blogging. Others are about productivity. Others are about building out a better digital channel for marketing and business-making. Zero are about “social media.” Most people still think of me as a “social media” guy, which is irksome, but whatever.…

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The Shifts We Will Barely Feel

My son is working away on a browser-based game on our new Dell XPS18 computer. But by “computer,” I mean it’s a very portable computer that feels a lot more like a big-ass tablet with a stand and a keyboard. XPS18

To be honest, I had to actually go online to look it up, whether it was technically a big tablet or a really thin computer. And honestly, this isn’t a post about a kind of computer. It’s a post about how you and I will do shifting and new things without really even noticing that.

Shifts Happen

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Neither of my kids care about owning their music. iTunes isn’t interesting to them.…

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Be Willing to Be Wrong

The amount of mental energy we expend by trying to be right all the time is a waste. gym

I have come to learn that it’s a lot easier to be wrong from time to time, and that the process of being wrong can certainly speed up the finding of what it is that ends up being right. In my case, this is pretty much hard coded into how I do things. I almost have to be wrong first before I find out what’s right. Almost always do I have to walk down the wrong path, do the thing everyone told me would be a waste. I’m pretty much set into a system of “do this, figure out it’s wrong, and then do the right thing.”

Only my “right” is usually something that few people will see as right, unless it’s something obvious.…

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Sponsored Post – Excuse Free Beach Days

One way the whole cloud powered work experience has changed my business life is that everyone in my company can work from the beach and not hide that fact. 2013-06-21 11.05.05-1

The following is a sponsored post for Cloud Powered Work, but beyond them being kind enough to give me some loot to have this specific conversation, they haven’t influenced my words at all. This is all me.

The Beach Versus a Cubicle

There’s something delightful about working on a spreadsheet from underneath an umbrella while swirling some ice cubes around in a delicious glass of iced tea. I love being able to hear kids shouting from the water, watch surfers and skateboarders out doing their thing, and then get back to the work of getting numbers in the right boxes (especially when the numbers are trending in the right direction).…

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