How do you get a lot of ideas?

Don The Idea Guy Linus Pauling said the best way to get a good idea was to get a lot of ideas -- but the question then becomes, how do you get a lot of ideas? The answer is easy... DON THE IDEA GUY!

01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Idea After The Idea

I was recently reading an article warning start-up entrepreneurs against developing and pitching internet business ideas that investors had all seen before.  Counted among the walking dead of concepts were social and business networking sites, online dating sites, search engines, micro payment/loan/investment sites, and portal/single sign-on sites. The problem is, the author of this article is not […]

20 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Seth Godin Partnering with The Idea Guy!

I was recently reading about HubPages acquiring marketing guru Seth Godin’s highly experimental and highly successful web business Squidoo, and I started wondering what would be next for one of my favorite authors and meatball sundae philosopher. The idea that popped into my head was wouldn’t it be cool if he decided to come work with […]

04 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Hot Button vs. The Start Button

The Hot Button is usually described as a key point that gets someone to whom you’re talking to react emotionally. Usually in a positive manner, but sometimes negatively. Salespeople and Marketers seek out the Hot Button in an effort to uncover buying motives, objections, and basically learn (and capitalize on) the things a prospect loves (or hates) […]

10 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Be Your Own Genie

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for…Fame? Fortune? A vacation in Hawaii? Many people spend hours and hours (amounting to years of their life) wishing for their ideal situation.  Think of the time spent wishing for more money, a better job, to be an artist, an actor, an author. Wishing they could find the perfect […]

08 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

When The Student is Ready The Teacher Disappears

I followed a “recent articles” link from Steven Pressfield‘s wonderful blog and email newsletter (First Look Access) — I really enjoy his “Writing Wednesdays” category — and came across a short essay on his friend Liam who applied for one of Seth Godin‘s rare and coveted (and generous) week long seminars (I think it qualifies […]

03 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Blogging Down Barriers

I’m a big fan of blogging. I’ve been doing it since people still knew the word was an amalgam of “web log”. Blogger.com launched in 1999 and I think I used that as my own launching point for blogging (up until then I was posting static articles on websites and sharing ideas in online groups and bulletin […]

01 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Trying to be more creative? Give up!

Have you been trying to be more creative? Reading a lot of books on how to come up with “big ideas”? Checking out websites for tips on how to facilitate brainstorms? Scribbling down your thoughts in a hip Moleskine notebook? Are you constantly trying to corral co-workers into a conference room and bounce ideas off the wall? […]

20 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Empty Tank Full Mind

Recently a professional speaker posed this question to a group of her peers: “How far are you willing to travel to a 3-hour workshop that meets your needs?” First, let’s ignore the whole “meets your needs” limitation. That’s entire article unto itself. “Meets your needs” smacks of “customer satisfaction” and we all know how worthless that is. As is […]

10 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Productivity Shaming

I’m sure you’ve heard of pet shaming photos by now. People take pictures of their pet along with a (usually handwritten) sign that explains the dastardly deed for which they should be ashamed of themselves. You’ve probably even shared a few of those photos on Twitter or Facebook yourself. As much as we tend to humanize our […]

03 June 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Whats and Hows and Whys

Bad corporate training consists of a lot of Whats and Hows and not nearly enough Whys. Good corporate training provides the Whys behind the Whats and Hows being taught.  Not simply teaching “this is the way our company does this task” but also adding insight by sharing the Whys — the reasons behind the way you do things. […]