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#TradeshowMaven Tip: #TakeCareofYourTootsies #SPC14 #Conv14 @thewalkingco

So, this question has come up over and over again in forums and by folks asking me what kind of shoes I wear to get through a week long tradeshow.

Here are a few tips specifically for Las Vegas and the SharePoint Conference #SPC14 the first week of March but they apply really to any event.

#LifeisGood - Notes from a Great Keynote

I had the good fortune to see the lovely and excellent Frisbee-thrower Bert Jacobs , CEO - Chief Executive Optimist (one half of the dynamic sibling duo) who own and run the wonderful company Life is Good.  I love their story, how they run their company and their marketing.  I reference this OneNote page from a couple of years ago quite a bit and there's a ton of goodness that I thought I'd share. Cheers!

Start With Yourself - #HappyFathersDay

This has always hung in my Dad's office and he gave me a copy of it when I was in college and it hangs in mine.   When I feel out on a limb working to change something I look at this and remember where to start, to be an example and to hope to be the change that I want to see in the world.

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

But, it too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.

From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.  Start With Yourself.

Author Unknown, Westminster Abbey

Love you Dad!

Me and My Dad

Productivity Tip - Block It Out - #TimeTrickery

If you want someone to "do" something. (review, write, think, etc...and you really need it done)

  • Schedule a meeting/block the time in their calendar.
  • Subject:  Not a Meeting, Time for You to "do what I need you to do"

If you want to have a moment to actually be productive.

  • Block out time every day in your calendar to:
  • Work, not a "meeting"
  • Workout - we all should
  • Eat lunch/drink water
  • Read or do something inspiring for 20 minutes

Even if you cancel this time or schedule over it, if it's not in your calendar you probably will not do it.

If you want to hit a due date.

  • Give yourself and your team some what I call "wiggle" - tell them its due 3-5 days sooner and stick to it.

Time Trickery should be used on one's self and others.

Try it and see if it helps.

and Happy New Year!

Art/Internet/Shopping - a Retail Technology Trifecta

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This is from her LinkedIn profile:


I know a lot about art, the internet and online marketing. I know more about all three put together than anyone you know.

I love bad ass artygeeky women.  Follow Jen she's one to keep an eye on....