Ok, Ok, I’ll Go Network…

Today I was reminded that human interaction is always a good thing.  These days it’s much more comfortable for us to sit at the computer and connect virtually.  It means we don’t have to produce much effort in order to feel ‘networked.’

Yet every time I go to a local event in the community, I always leave invigorated/inspired/motivated.  In the digital world we’re in, it’s so easy for us to like, follow,  and connect without having to actually shake hands.  Which – hey – I’m not knocking social networking.  It’s because of Twitter and LinkedIn that I’ve been able to ‘meet’ amazing marketing communications professionals that I may have never met otherwise.

But, there is something special about human interaction and engagement.  Shaking hands, looking people in the eye, and conversing with others truly builds confidence and communication skills.  It also teaches you how to listen and spurs creativity.

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Don’t Quack like a Duck.

My husband and I went on a run around the lake near our house the other day.  As we were rounding a corner, there was a duck all reared up and little ducklings under her wings.  You could tell that mamma duck was MAD and did NOT want us to come near her or her young. She was on the attack for sure.  It totally startled me and I ran as far around her and her clan as possible.  My husband didn’t seem to mind and simply slowed down his approach and walked by calmly before returning to a run.

I’ve thought about that a couple times now – mainly how scared I was that the duck was going to eat me…and how that doesn’t make sense…

But, let’s apply this to us marketers and communication professionals for a minute.

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Be Courageous.

I had lunch with the ever-inspiring social media consultant Mark Schaefer yesterday. The hour was jam packed with all sorts of advice and really cool stories.  He was kind enough to provide guidance on both the personal branding and corporate marketing fronts.

He said several things I jotted down in my notebook – when he speaks, you just listen and absorb.  I tried my best to do both.

He made a few key points I’m going to share.

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A Collection of Quotes I’m Digging.

I love to record verses/quotes that inspire, motivate, and move me.   I’ve gathered several in the last few months through various social media outlets- Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, blogs, etc.  that I’d like to share.  (Note some that I found are attributed, others are not.)

Leave me a comment with a favorite quote of yours…I want to keep adding to my list!

“Failure is success in progress.”

“Vision without action is a daydream; action without vision is a nightmare.” -Chinese Proverb

“You have two ears and one mouth. Follow that ratio. Listen more, talk less.”

“There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.” Franz Kafka

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Taking Note from Garden & Gun CEO Rebecca Darwin.

Garden & Gun President and CEO Rebecca Darwin was just profiled in Publishing Executive on how she “created The New Yorker of the South.”  I encourage you to read the full article here.

As a loyal Garden & Gun reader + passionate marketeer,  this piece captivated me — and also led me to Google her name to see if there were any other interviews/features of this extremely talented publisher (yeah, may have stalked her a little bit).

She simply and pointedly  conveyed the heart of the Garden & Gun brand and its readership.

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