5 foolproof ways to break through writer’s block

By Inspiration, Quick Tips, Social Media

If you’re a blogger, you know how important it is to keep your content up to date. Keeping your blog full of fresh, new content will keep your current readers engaged and increase your chances of expanding your fan base. So what do you do when you encounter a case of writer’s block? Read on for 5 foolproof ways to make a writer’s block breakthrough, and put your mind on the mend from those blogging blues! Read More


From bad to good, my experience at the W Washington D.C.

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

I’m always on the lookout for examples of businesses doing things right. Ones that go above and beyond and leave a lasting impression. It’s inspiring to see. There are so many little lessons to be learned from watching others do good (and bad). So, I wanted to share a recent experience my wife and I had at the W Washington D.C. It didn’t start well. But, more importantly, it ended well. How? Here’s a short story on how they went above and beyond to turn a bad experience into a good one. Read More


It’s not one thing

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

We were talking with a business a little while ago about their tagline. They were completely hung up on it. We brainstormed a bunch of options together, but they couldn’t find one that everyone liked. Weeks passed. Months passed. Today, they’re still stuck. How important is a tagline? Or your logo? Or your website? Or any other piece of the puzzle? It’s not one thing. It’s the collection of ALL things that make you who you are. Read More


Fall down, get up, fall down, get up

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Forge3 was founded in 2004 – almost nine years ago. Has it always been smooth sailing? Heck no! Not even close. If you own a small business, you know exactly what I mean. There are days that you’re on top of the world. There are also days when it feels like the world is against you and nothing you do is working out. We fall down a lot. We get bruised and battered. That’s not important. What IS important is that we get back up – just like my little girl who’s learning to take her first steps. Read More


What NOT to take away from the Oscars

By In the Office, Inspiration

40.3 million people tuned in to watch the Oscars on Sunday night – Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. Although the show’s ratings have been questionable in recent years, the Oscars usually always deliver one thing – great people watching! The who’s who of Hollywood come decked out in their best (and sometimes worst) and the next day we all want to know how to nab those same looks for less. That’s fine, but let’s apply this copycat approach to business for a second. Here’s what we mean. Read More


Are you an Apple or an orange?

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Apple, Inc. just announced its best quarter ever. For Q1 2012, they booked $13.06 billion profit on $46.33 billion in revenue. That’s over 50% more than its previous record in Q3 2011! As I type this, their stock is at an all-time high. They are bigger than Exxon and have over $97.6 billion in the bank. Not bad for a company that was almost bankrupt 15 years ago. How did they do it? I think the answer is really simple – and one that each of us can use to improve our own businesses RIGHT NOW. Read More


2012 – the year YOU make a difference

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

We made it. Another year is here. Welcome to 2012! As with any new year, the gyms are packed with resolution-resolved newbies and businesses are scrambling to figure out how to make this year better than the last. And, if you’re like me, it can be a bit overwhelming to look ahead at all of the to-do’s and goals in front of us. Right? Here are a few of my thoughts to make 2012 the best year yet. Are you ready? Read More

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