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Quotes of the week ending 24 Oct, 2009

“Let the little dogs lap, Mr. President. It’s good for the nation’s spleen.”

Kathleen Parker, on the noise from Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh on Obama’s attack Fox News

“For Rush and Glenn and Balloon Dad, the allure of media attention is too powerful to be curbed by a sense of social responsibility.”

John Del Cecato, of AKPD Message and Media.

“So there you have it. Ignite a future for the high-profile navel-gazers of tomorrow with your own bottle of Twitter wine, which goes for $20 a pop.”

AdRants, on Crushpad’s use of Twitter on wine labels

“It’s winemaking, which is usually for us a four or five person endeavor, mixed with Twitter.”

Michael Brill, president and CEO of Crushpad, the winery teaming with Twitter and the pro-literacy group Room to Read.

“Let’s hope the Millennial Generation isn’t becoming the latest Lost Generation.”

Chad Graham, in the Arizona Republic, on how graduates are worried about the present job outlook, their future and even retirement.

“My ‘maternity break’ will end in mid-November.”

Charlotte Shaff, CEO of The Media Push (who blogged about her pregnancy) interviewed by Linda Vandevrede at, on ‘Pregancy and PR.’

“First, I felt that after five years my blogging was getting long in the tooth….”

Steve Rubel, SVP and Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, interviewed by Tech Crunch

“For the people, for the planet, for jobs, for you!”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on the role of the UN, on the anniversary of the United Nations, which falls today –the day the UN Charter on 24 October 1945 was formed.


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Quotes for the week, ending 25 July, 2009

“Combine the ‘show don’t tell’ and ‘report with your senses’ rules to gather details that will paint pictures for your readers.”

Rosland Gammon at, on reporting details to paint a picture

“When it comes to influencing brand perception and purchase decisions… social networking… has a long way to go.”

Stephanie Molnar, CEO of WorkPlace Media, commenting on a study of social network usage in the workplace.

“When most people say, “prioritize,” I think they really mean to say, force-rank.”

43 Folders, on Mud Rooms, Red Letters and Real Priorities

“They have no friends left.”

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, commenting on North Korea, during her visit to Asia

“Twitter Generates $48 Million of Media Coverage in a Month”

Abbey Klaassen, in Ad Age, in a story that details how Twitter received almost 2.73 billion impressions in the past month. TV contributed to 57% of the PR value; newspapers 37%; magazines 5%.

“Employers hire winners, someone with demonstrated success in previous positions, and someone that inspires confidence from the get-go. Wallowing in self-pity isn’t remotely attractive. Neither is desperation.”

David Mann, former dir. of corporate communications, about maintaining a positive attitude during a job search

“Twitter is not a huge page-view driver, but it does bring in new people.”

Robert Quigley, in Media Bullseye on lessons learned from using Twitter

“He had this bizarre idea that he would ad-lib the newscast without a script … it lasted two days.”

Sanford Socolow, on Walter Cronkite, at the legendary anchor’s funeral.


Monster vs LinkedIn vs Twitter battle heats up

These guys are spoiling for a fight.

Just as the classified ad market was ‘stolen’ from newspapers by an upstart in San Francisco with a list server not a printing press –which is what Craigslist is after all –the employment + career solutions business has many forces aligned against it.

Monster revolutionized the career management, recruitment and talent search business when it first arrived on the scene in 1994.  I liked Monster so much (I was once hired away from a company thanks to Monster) I featured it in an article in 2006. Then the story was about the shift in search, and how your next job could find you, instead of the other way around.

There has been lots of coverage of the job boards and recruiting recently.

In Businessweek, a very timely piece on how the challenges are coming fast and furious from social networking site LinkedIn, and other social media Davids that threaten Goliath, um, Monster.

In the Wall Street Journal, the focus was about the software and the relevance of job boards.

Not far behind, however is Twitter that’s anecdotally turning into a recruitment tool as well. Lots of advice out there, for sure. Ever heard of Twitjobs UK? Guess what? They have a … LinkedIn presence !



What’s good for Gangplank is good for Phoenix, me!

I’ve been talking so a lot of entrepreneurs and people who are passionate about living in the Phoenix area recently.

The reason? I been unwittingly –unceremoniously– thrown into the job market that many of you know very well.

It’s got its downsides: too many looking for too few openings, people willing to try anything/ take on any job just to put food on the table.

I hear you. I’ve actually conducted a workshop for job seekers recently. In fact I am planning a few more.

But I am hugely optimistic, because there are entrepreneurs in this city that are truly inspiring. If you haven’t heard of Green Nurture and Gangplank, you have been missing something. (I did not pick the letter G at random, believe me.)

Gangplank’s beliefs should be enough to get anyone fired up:

  • We believe that Phoenix can be a fantastic center for innovation—once committed.
  • We believe that web professionals should focus on collaboration over competition, and that ideas should be shared freely.
  • We believe that small businesses, micro-businesses, and freelancers, bridged together in common cause, will be the core of this revolution in Phoenix.

So when people ask me if I am interested in looking outside the Valley, I say no. It’s bleak, it’s hot, and depending on what day you pick up the newspaper, it could be disappointing. I’m just not buying the doom and gloom.

I’m still at the Decision Theater, but am actively looking for a great new opportunity out here.

Give me a call at 602.750.3476.

I’ve got some ideas that could  redefine what it means to be the hottest state.


Quotes for the week ending 4 July, 2009

“Hire those who lean forward, who are curious and interested, who listen before they answer, who love learning.”

Valeria Maltoni, in a Twinterview with Jason Baer

“The marketing industry’s idea of a two-way communication is to put an 800 number or a web address in an ad and take orders.”

Josh Bernoff, Groundwell

“All those are my screwups”

Chris Anderson, on being accused of plagiarism in his new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price

“Venus played as if she had someplace to go and she was in a major league hurry to get a great dinner.”

Serena Williams’ father on watching his daughter in the semi-finals.

“… the menus on the Kindle DX need to be made so blind students can use them,”

Chris Danielson, director of public relations at the National Foundation of the Blind, commenting on the story that a blind student at Arizona State University filed a complaint against ASU to avoid the use of the reading device until the menus are accessible to blind students.

“The work we’ve done with Jack and Twitter is a good example of the way we can work with Silicon Valley companies.”

Jared Cohen, State Department’s policy planning staffer, on taking Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Twitter and other startups to talk to government officials, business people, and students in Iraq

“ambient awareness”

Clive Thompson, on what Twitter is good at creating; quoted by Steven Johnson in a TIME, about how Twitter cwill change the way we live.


Heavy lifting needed for today’s Comms jobs

Ever seen those job openings with meaningless phrases, and things that have carried over from the eighties? You probably see them so often you just don’t notice.

  • Out-of-the box thinker
  • Some heavy lifting is required
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to work in a consensus-oriented environment
  • Be able to work collaboratively in a high pressure, high visibility, and fast paced environment.

Do they still offer positions to folks with weak interpersonal skills? Inside-the-box thinkers? Those who only operate in a slow-paced office?

This one, for a Marketing and PR position coming via Ragan Communications, had a line that looked like those ‘other duties as required’ might mean stacking those unwanted brochures on tall shelves in the warehouse.

“A valid driver’s license and the ability to left up to 70 pounds also required.”

Heavy lifting required, I guess.

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Posted by on July 1, 2009 in Communications, Jobs


Can social media help you land a job?

The short answer to that question is: we’ll never know unless we try.

In February year, we were told we’d have to take unpaid Furlough. Unemployment was at 6.9% and climbing (today it is at 8.5%) Some 115,000 workers in Arizona had lost jobs in the past 45 days or so. In this context a pay cut didn’t seem so bad. I had an idea that many of us communicators here in the Phoenix area, who were employed, might be able to give a bit of our time to help those who were desperately seeking work.  My working title for a proposal I began circulating was JobCamp. Interestingly, of the half-dozen people who stepped forward, two senior communicators who said they would help, were also out of jobs.

The basis of my idea was that resumes are not enough. They are not exactly obsolete but need to be reworked in the context of how resumes are searched, how someone’s online reputation can be nurtured, and how best position oneself with current, forward-looking skills. And so it gave rise to:

  • WORKSHOPS NEXT MONTH. We plan to hold a few workshops based on a lot of feedback, requests and ideas I have been getting. Details and registration will be announced shortly
  • WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK: Somewhat related to this is a 2-hour workshop I am conducting for the Scottsdale Job Network. It’s a hands-on session on blogging, and how you might use a social media tool like this to enhance your job search.  Monday 27 April from 6 – 8 PM. I recommend you register here.

On the same page: I just stumbled upon LaidOffCamp, started by someone called Chris Hutchins. It’s a terrific idea, organized (just like Podcamp in an open source format) via a Wiki. The purpose is to help unemployed people network, share ideas and help them get back to work.


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