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The Blinker

For the past couple weeks it’s been happening.

I’ve been logging on with the best of intentions.  Intentions of updating my stuff with witty banter and deep insights.  Intentions of being useful and putting together some really good content for people to read.  Intentions of at least hitting “publish” as that little blinking blog cursor taunts me with it’s flashing.

Sure, I’ve had the random case of writer’s block that snuck up on me out of no where and reared it’s ugly head at some very inopportune moments.  Like that annoying ex that shuns and ignores you for years but suddenly decides to be your BFF again (generally about the same time you update your Facebook status to read “In A Relationship.”)Continue reading

Jenny Blake

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #4 With Jenny Blake

 

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Jenny Blake is a bestselling author, blogger, career coach, and  business strategist. She started her blog, LifeAfterCollege.org, in 2005 and translated it into a popular book, Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want. It serves as a portable life coach for 20-somethings filled with tips, quotes, and coaching exercises to help people focus on the big picture of their lives, not just the details.  Jenny has been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, and Real Simple magazine, and has spoken at several major universities and top companies such as Columbia, TEDxCMU, Google, and Best Buy.

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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