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LinkedIn has finally killed Broetry...good-bye and good riddance...

I have never been a fan of anything that smacks of a fad or "flavour of the month". Don't blame me. It's how I was raised. So while many LinkedIn members, including me, struggled to get the content they posted on LinkedIn status updates viewed, some members have had a great deal ...

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Clients From Hell: How to Avoid Them & How to set Boundaries if you Don't

Clients from hell....we've all had them.聽 Just like sexual harassment and problem bosses, we're all much too terrified to talk about it.聽 路 "My career will be over."聽 路 "I'll get ostracized and shunned." 路 "I'll look unprofessional."聽 路 聽"I'll never attract new clients."聽 路 So, w ...

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Is LinkedIn a Glorified Yellow Pages? Does it matter?

I have been working on a series about B2B social media marketing. Success stories have been hard to come by. In fact, it took me over 7 years to uncover any. 路 One thing is clear. For B2B marketing and lead generation, social media platforms are not "post it and they will come" c ...

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What team building trends are you seeing for 2018

Almost every year since 2013, my company has released its annual forecast of team building trends. Our latest report is hot off the press! 路 10 Team Building Trends for 2018 路 (HTML and PDF formats) - with videos 路 Just as in previous years, not all trends are positive. According ...

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LinkedIn and the Tinder Effect....Knock it off Already!

I've held my tongue about this one for a LONG time now.聽 I didn't want to appear to be mean but things are totally out of hand. So I am just going to go for it. If I draw fire.....so be it. I can no longer remain silent. 路 I almost called this post: 路 聽LinkedIn and the Kim Kardas ...

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LinkedIn: To Tag or not to Tag and the Going Viral Controversy

"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"聽 路 What a week this has been on LinkedIn. HEATED!! At times VICIOUS!!聽 Let me bring you up to date.聽 路 Reminder: I am posting this here because, if I post it in LinkedIn Publisher, I will be lu ...

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What strategies do you use to deal with bullies and other tyrants online and at work?

Unfortunately, a passive approach is not effective. 路 One of the reasons bullying and tyrannical behaviour thrive 路 on-line 路 and at work is that harmony at all costs is expected. 路 Often there are cultural factors at play. Some cultures (both corporate and national) encourage pa ...

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Suppliers Pitching Other Suppliers....Enough Already!

If you are a business owner who blogs, then, you probably spend a lot of time creating content and sharing it in social media updates. I know I do. I invest hours upon hours to create pages upon pages of 路 carefully crafted content and share it across many platforms. 路 This conte ...

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"Them's Fighting Words" - How to Deal with Rude People on Social Media?

"Avoid loud and aggressive persons, for they are vexatious to the spirit. "聽 Desiderata 路 Most people come to social media in a positive frame of mind. They welcome interaction and see every opportunity for engagement as a chance to learn, build support, and create positive rela ...

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2 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Inviting Professionals to Speak or Write for Free

When professionals are starting out in their careers, it may make sense for them to speak or write for free to gain experience and exposure. Everyone has to start somewhere.聽 路 Once an individual has a lot of experience under their belt (20+ years) is it reasonable to expect them ...

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Improving the Reach of LinkedIn Content - The Saga Continues

This post is a follow up to: 路 Improving the Reach of LinkedIn Content - The Never Ending Saga 路 Just to re-cap, I highlighted the frustration that many LinkedIn users are facing in trying to get organic reach for their posts. I suggested some strategies that were providing bette ...

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Showing you Mine.....My Writing That is.....

I accept the challenge issued by Phil Friedman. Then, I will issue the same challenge to you. Show me yours..... 路 I own Executive Oasis International, a Toronto based consulting firm specializing in the design and facilitation of team building and executive retreats. That hasn't ...

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Ever Feel Like a Wallflower on LinkedIn Publisher? You are not alone

Wallflower聽 A person who has no one to dance with or who feels excluded at a party. 路 To put it another way, your dance card聽is empty. 路 It's a tradition that died out in the 1950s.聽 路 At formal dances, ladies would be provided with a card listing the order of the dances. Men wou ...

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Improving the Reach of LinkedIn Content - The Never Ending Saga

It is no secret that the organic reach of LinkedIn content has declined significantly in recent years. This applies whether one is talking about posts in groups, LinkedIn Publisher posts, or status updates. There has been a lot of debate about why this is taking place and what to ...

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Team Building: 3 Ways to Get More Bang for Your Buck

Team building enhances team cohesiveness to improve business results. A facilitator guides participants through predictable phases of team development, exercises, and discussions. These are debriefed and mined for insights, tools, and strategies to improve team interaction and pe ...

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Netiquette: The Forgotten Art

Netiquette = net (as in internet) + etiquette 路 Netiquette is a collection of unwritten rules of engagement when interacting on-line. These rules have existed since the dawn of the Internet age. Some of them go back to bulletin boards. I notice a new generation seems to be forget ...

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B2B Social Media Marketing Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽....you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 路 Some people just can't bear to hear the truth. The truth is that Twitter has never been an effective tool for B2B lead generation or business development. 路 聽 路 For ...

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Facing The Elephant in the Room - The Reality of Racism for Entrepreneurs

Elephant in the room = an English-language metaphorical idiom for an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss, or a condition of groupthink no one wants to challenge. 路 Recently, in one of his posts,聽Javier 馃悵 beBee聽was open, vulnerable, and transparent about the challenge ...

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Why the fuss about letting people know about your services....on social media?

A Tempest in a Teapot.... 路 This post is inspired by Matt Sanders' LinkedIn status update chastising people for contacting him with a sales offer and some of the comments on:聽 路 Bullet Proof. The Ideal Alignment Of Business Organization & Communication by Jim Murray 路 First, I ag ...

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#covfefe, Foolishness, Folly, and #baaadteambuilding

Once again, I find myself tempted to write a one-word blog post.聽 路 Please聽help me to understand this. As consultants and bloggers, we've all been there. You take the time to carefully craft content and you share it on social media. There is hardly any response. Not a re-tweet in ...

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