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The hidden power of (email) relationships

The hidden power of (email) relationships

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Email is so last decade. Or is it? The world is talking about social media this and social media that. Likes, followers and tweets dominate the headlines. Most people think, “We need to be more active on social media.” They’re not thinking, “We need to use email more.”

In fact, when most of us think of email, we think of a never-ending stream of time-sucking requests, to-do’s and priorities that we swat away like little gnats on a humid day. We’re on a constant quest for the mythical “inbox zero”, that dreamlike scenario when we have no emails in our inboxes. Keep dreaming.

But, while email certainly isn’t perfect, there is a valuable, business-building secret hiding within it. We’re building a business on it, and you can, too. Here’s how. Read More

The importance of a handshake

The importance of a handshake

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff, Quick Tips

We live in a digital world. In one afternoon, through LinkedIn research, I’ve made more contacts in one day than I have at some trade shows. But the truth is, we are all humans and we want to connect in person. Call me crazy, but I’ve always been a fan of networking in big crowds. It may be the reason I was first to volunteer to run the cash register on Black Fridays during my retail job in high school. Or, perhaps it’s the reason I was a top cookie seller in my Girl Scout troop. Through the years, I’ve taken this love of meeting new people to a new level with my professional networking. Here are a few things I’ve learned about connecting and developing meaningful relationships.

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Thoughts on iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

Thoughts on iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff, The Web

Here’s a shocker. At Forge3, we love technology. All kinds of technology. Through technology, we see opportunity. A lot of opportunity. Technology connects us. It helps us communicate. It makes us more productive. It allows us to work remotely. We can do more with less. In fact, we can literally run the entire Forge3 business from a smartphone. So, there’s no doubt that we have access to some incredible tools. And, in many ways, Apple continues to push us all ahead. Case in point – this week’s announcement of iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay.

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Power to the Pita (a story of being different)

Power to the Pita (a story of being different)

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Quick story. A few weeks ago, my parents were visiting from Florida. It’s always great to see them, especially now that we have two little kiddos for them to spoil. One night, we needed something quick for dinner, so we headed across the street to The Pita Pit. My wife Eileen stayed home with Connor (our little 7 month old), so it was just Ella (now 2.5 years old), my folks (older than 2) and me (somewhere in between). The last thing on my mind was business, but life has a funny way of surprising us, doesn’t it? Read More

How last place pushed me to work harder

How last place pushed me to work harder

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

During my 5am spin class on Monday morning, I wanted to stop pedaling during the challenging parts and just take a break. Every gasp for breath and sharp pain in my legs made me want to quit. But something deep within me kept me moving. It was a familiar feeling deep in my core. A feeling I had experienced during sports practices, studying for finals in college, and preparing for presentations during my career. Where did I develop this fire in the belly, the desire to keep pushing? Then it hit me. It’s because I am a horrible athlete.

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Are you a fruit fly?

Are you a fruit fly?

By Off the Cuff

Do you ever wish you had less time in the day? Do you feel like the world is spinning a little too slowly? Of course not! We’re all running around juggling a million priorities (work AND life, by the way) fantasizing about the day when life becomes easy. Slower. More relaxed. Full of golf and sunsets. Snap! Back to reality. Your phone just dinged with another email. And another. Ring ring. There’s the phone. Maybe something is happening on Facebook…even though you just checked 2 minutes ago. What’s for dinner tonight? You get the idea. We’re busy. Really busy. And, as a result, we have the attention span of a fruit fly. For example… Read More

Content calendars, the secret to content marketing sanity

Content calendars, the secret to content marketing sanity

By Off the Cuff, Quick Tips, Social Media, The Web

Does this sound familiar? You’re staring at a blank screen, deadline looming, wondering what to write as streams of creative and witty content flood your inbox and social news feeds. Where do those people come up with that stuff?! Here’s the secret sauce. Content calendars. Learn how to develop some kickin’ content with these simple steps, just like the pros.

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Doolittle Raider Richard Cole, pride of work

Doolittle Raider Richard Cole, pride of work

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Have you heard of Lieutenant Richard E. “Dick” Cole? Probably not. I didn’t either. He was copilot on one of the B-25B Mitchell medium bombers launched April 18, 1942 to strike Tokyo, Japan during WWII. Now in his 90s, he’s one of only a handful of surviving members of that fateful mission (read more about it here). I was lucky enough to meet him this past weekend. And, as usual, I learned something. Read More

Tee-time

Tee time!

By Inspiration, Off the Cuff

Beyond the beautiful fairways and (often) frustrating hole locations, somewhere between the collared shirts and fresh-cut grass, it became obvious to me that there’s more to golf than keeping my eye on the ball and left arm straight. In fact, golf is, in many ways, a reflection of business. Here’s what I mean. Read More

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