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The Lovely People of Puerto Rico — SharePoint Saturday Caribbean

The Lovely People of Puerto Rico — SharePoint Saturday Caribbean

Wherever I travel the thing that lights me up about a city is always its people. The cities I love the most trend to similar affinities. Many times they are beach communities with musicians, artists, surfers, skaters and street art, and have an eclectic mix of people.

San Juan, Puerto Rico has all of the above. Talking with the local technology community and locals working in San Juan, they speak of being on the mend, still in need and still wondering why they were otherwise forgotten.

Shaving Off Toxic Masculinity — The Best an Ad Can Get?

Shaving Off Toxic Masculinity — The Best an Ad Can Get?

Toxicity, harassment and bullying have no place in our world, by anyone, anywhere at any time. Our world continues to change, evolve and grow. How we behave matters, “just because that’s the way it has always been” doesn’t work anymore. How we all show up every day, how companies show up is important and something that we as consumers consider when we buy and something I deeply contemplate as a marketer and a human.

25 Things About Starting a Business

25 Things About Starting a Business

1. Quotes, meetings, invoices, taxes and collecting payments are over half the job.

2. Read your contracts, NDAs and get them signed, religiously.

3. Your customers and clients are the heroes, you are the guide and problem solver.

4. Never start a project without a contract.

5. Charge 50% or more up front every time.

6. Even your best friend or favorite client will not pay you on time, sometimes.

7. 30 min is more than enough for “can I run something by you.”

8. Be your own project manager.

9. Always be learning, growing and evolving.

10. Never promise something the next day.

11. Run your brand like you run a client project.

12. Your brand is your calling card - dress, speak, act appropriately and be on time.

13. Get a lawyer and have them know you and your business.

14. Learn and know how to handle your finances and cash flow.

15. Ask for the raise, ask for more than you think you are worth.

16. Don’t expect anyone else to work as hard as you do, even when paid well.

17. Build your alliances and allies fiercely.

18. Don’t let anyone push you to quit when you deserve to be there.

19. Never shit where you eat.

20. That cool name was probably thought of by someone else, do your research.

21. Focus on helping people, not the money.

22. Build relationships — one person at a time.

23. Automate, optimize and hire people smarter than you for the things you don’t like doing.

24. Know your exit strategy.

25. Define your passion and go for it, redefine as needed.

Bonus round: its not work if you love what you do.

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Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

What a week. May has traditionally been a big month for SharePoint, and the SharePoint Conference NA was chock full of announcements.

Going to SharePoint Conference North America? Check out the Diversity & Inclusion Program

Going to SharePoint Conference North America? Check out the Diversity & Inclusion Program

Announcing the Inaugural SharePoint Conference North America 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Program sponsored by Microsoft.  

If you are heading to Las Vegas, May 21-23, 2018 for SharePoint Conference NA 2018, mark your calendar for our Diversity & Inclusion Programming all week at the event. 

Back to Basics: Microsoft Partner Network 101 Webinars - Marketing is an All-Play

Back to Basics: Microsoft Partner Network 101 Webinars - Marketing is an All-Play

This week I sat in on a Microsoft Partner Network 101: New Marketing Tools and Resources Webinar led by Chinmayi Bhavanishankar & Diana Emleila Ishak both awesome marketers to follow on LinkedIn and on Twitter. They are part of Microsoft US OCP, which stands for Microsoft One Commercial Partner.

There is No Benefit to the Doubt

There is No Benefit to the Doubt

In observing many people present ideas, pitches, and presentations over the years, I continue to hear the following phrases in meetings:

“Well, you know, um, I think that…”

“Well, maybe, we could…”

“I’m not sure about this, however….”

“This may not be the best idea, but….”

These are all examples of “Doubt language.”

It's All Your Fault - @theswingshiftco

It's All Your Fault - @theswingshiftco

I often tell certain people in my life that “it’s all your fault.”

And with Nancy McSharry-Jensen it is her fault. It’s her fault that I have this beautiful career working in and around Microsoft.