User Error! – The Power of Negative Thinking

I watched a great Tedx talk today by Jeannie Walters. Gini Dietrich – thankfully – posted the video on her regular Gin and Topics round up. Titled Meaningful Micro-engagements (you can watch it here) it got me thinking on this fine Saturday morning.

In the talk, Jeannie makes a passionate plea to all of us: actually, you really SHOULD sweat the small stuff! The details. She makes us consider the bazillion little moments of connection we all have every single day. With people. With brands. With organizations. With technology.

Each one of those moments – if not well thought out and beautifully produced – can throw a wrench into a person’s day. Or, at the very least, leave them with a bad taste in their mouth. Continue reading

Social Media Secret Santa

December’s a funny month. While we’re all “G’ah!! Winter!!” we’re also all “Uh. What?? Christmas is here already!?” December might be the only month of the year where we spend the *entire* month focussed on one event. For some of you, that focus starts even earlier (who *are* you people!?). Those of us who’ve been around the block a few times know this same focus happens in the business world. What starts in a mad scramble of end of year reports, wrapping up projects and planning for 2012, ends with Secret Santas, in-office parties and out of office parties. Lots of parties. Basically, if you’re on the job hunt at this time of the year, you’re screwed. Continue reading

Keep It Simple: Stop Social Media Speak

Early mornings on the Twittersphere never cease to amaze and inspire me. This morning, it was a post by Mitch Joel that flew by in my stream, retweeted by someone or another. I passed over it at first. Then something drew me back to it, and I clicked the link.

Now, anyone who knows Mitch Joel (personally or otherwise) or frequents his blog Six Pixels of Separation knows he is one smart guy. And a straight up writer. And the post I read today didn’t disappoint. Titled “9 Glorious Truths About Creating Great Content”, it lists important considerations like ‘You are not a machine’ – and my personal favourite – ‘Editing content is hard.’ But it was number 8 that really caught my eye – ‘Complex is bad.’ Continue reading