22 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Helpful Humor (and Cheesecake Appetizers) Break Response Patterns

I’ve been exploring the idea of “Helpful Humor” in some recent blog posts. First on the Emergency Coffee article and then on my coverage of Dollar Shave Club’s colon cancer awareness campaign. In both instances these companies used humor to break their prospect of a pre-programmed response. According to a study I found referenced on […]

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31 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Back-Up Coffee

This morning I arrived early for a meeting at a local Bob Evans. I told the greeter (who also turned out to be the server) that I was expecting to meet one other person. They noticed my laptop bag and asked if we’d need a place to plug-in. WOW… Nice job paying attention and trying […]

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11 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Wiping Out Cancer

Continuing on the trend of Helpful Humor I’ve been noticing lately, I wanted to share the activity of possibly one of the funniest businesses I’ve had the pleasure to spend my money with — Dollar Shave Club. Still the BEST commercial you’ll never see on television, these guys didn’t quit with a one-hit wonder (technically, […]

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03 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Emergency Coffee

A few weeks ago I was in San Diego taking a few vacation days after delivering three workshops at the DogWatch Hidden Fence annual Dealer conference in Huntington Beach, California. My fiance and I had asked an employee at The Nat gift shop if she could recommend any local restaurants near our hotel, and without […]

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27 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Don Draper meets Dr. Seuss

As most of you, as a kid I was a Dr. Seuss fan. Unlike most of you, I continued to not only be a Dr. Seuss fan as an adult — but look back on the old “children’s books” that Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and see lessons for grown-ups. As a child Green Eggs and […]

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05 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

SlideShare Smarts

About five years ago I discovered SlideShare and decided to upload a couple of my older slide presentations along with a version of my book “100-Whats of Creativity“. ¬†Every so often SlideShare sends me an email with a running count of views they’ve received and at one point the SlideShare version of my book earned […]

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04 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Scribbling on napkins

I am a very big fan of scribbling ideas and jotting notes and scrawling diagrams on napkins. Putting the tip of a rollerball pen to a napkin just seems to foster my creative spirit. The napkin is an informal method of sharing an idea or making plans. It usually means you’re in a casual location […]

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30 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The reason I called is…

The primary reason salespeople have a problem making cold calls (or reaching out to someone that don’t yet know) is fear of rejection. ¬†That expectation of rejection comes from not having a true sense of purpose in regard to making the call. The salesperson doesn’t have the value they bring to the prospect specifically defined […]

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28 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Scumbag Twitter

Selling banner impressions has always been anathema to me. Banners are either boring or obnoxious, usually have unengaging messages, and link to worthless homepages rather than helpful landing pages. From an Advertising or Media company standpoint, banners are not wholly profitable because the CPM (cost per thousand) market price keeps falling, while their effectiveness as […]

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24 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Jiggle The Handle

You’ve probably experienced this situation — you flush a toilet, but it won’t stop running because the flapper valve isn’t adjusted properly to form a good seal, allowing water to continually leak out of the tank, and therefore the tank continually attempts to fill itself. So, you stop the toilet from running by “jiggling the […]

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