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Being Serious vs Being Taken Seriously

“Why would you ever use that as your profile picture?”

There wasn’t even a trace of sarcasm or concern in her question. It was pure horror. I might as well have been climbing up her chair trying to eat her brain.

“What do you mean? It isn’t a bad picture. I like it.”

We were discussing my choice to use the picture to the left out of all of the beautiful photos from the shoot Melissa Mullen did during my last visit home as my avatar on multiple social profiles.

“You have so many other pictures that look so much better. You aren’t making some weird stupid face.”Continue reading

Peter Shankman

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #3 With Peter Shankman

 

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A best-selling author, speaker, and serial entrepreneur, Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO), the social media website that redefined how journalism and PR work by connecting millions of sources with hundreds of thousands of journalists around the world each day for free. He also created The Geek Factory, Inc., a boutique Social Media, Marketing, and PR Strategy firm located in New York City, with clients worldwide. His newest pursuit, ShankMinds, is a roaming mastermind specifically for entrepreneurs and big idea thinkers who are looking for feedback and kickstarts to take their businesses to the next level. Peter sits on the advisory board of NASA, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, and is a successful angel investor with multiple start-up companies in his portfolio.Continue reading

Chris Guillebeau

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #2 With Chris Guillebeau

 

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Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Non-Conformity, The $100 Startup,  and his newest book, The Happiness of Pursuit. His e-guides and manifestos, “A Brief Guide to World Domination” and “279 Days of Overnight Success,” have been downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides.  Chris hosts the “World Domination Summit” in Portland, Oregon every summer, which is a gathering of thousands of creative, remarkable people.Continue reading

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #1 With Elisa Doucette

 

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Writer and Editor Elisa Doucette (that’s me!) built a word empire on the humble beginnings of voracious book reading and creative writing studies.

Now featured in publications like The New York Times and Huffington Post, with my own online column on Forbes.com, and a guest on shows such as Frommer’s Radio and Entrepreneur on Fire, I’m sharing the background and story of how I trained myself to write well, create compelling content, make words sexy, and start this podcast to learn how others have done the same.Continue reading