Category: Life

This is the second in a series of posts from hand-picked guest bloggers about trust. The idea was kicked off by me rewatching Game of Thrones and thinking about its twin themes of power and trust.   My second guest blogger is Steve Davis. Steve is an Adelaide-based marketing consultant and radio commentator who keeps a personal blog at stevedavis.com.au. You can also find him on Twitter, where we first connected. Steve is actively engaged in the Adelaide marketing community. Whenever the subject of trust arises, I always think of the two important insights I’ve gleaned from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly

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This is the first of a series of posts from hand-picked guest bloggers about trust. The idea was kicked off by me rewatching Game of Thrones and thinking about its twin themes of power and trust.   My first guest blogger is Cullen Habel, who I know personally, but first met via Twitter. I have great respect for Cullen because he is a straight shooter and tells it like it is, and this brilliant post is no exception (being a straight shooter myself, I know what a burden this can be!). Cullen has worked in academia, sales, hospitality, retail and

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Easter, unlike Christmas, has got to be my favourite religious holiday. Not that I’m at all religious, mind you, but I’m happy to buy in to the concept for the holidays! There are a few reasons for this, so in the interests of community service, I thought I’d put them out there. Clearly, the first reason Easter is so butt-kicking is chocolate. Lots of it, and a licence to scoff it down for weeks after. In fact, if you are anything like me, you have a stash of Easter chocolate hidden around the house that’s good to go for at least 6

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(will insert picture later!) Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have my guest postpublished on Sukh Pabial’s Thinking About Learning blog. Sukh is a learning and development practitioner based in the UK. I know Sukh on Twitter as @naturalgrump and I stumbled across him when I was searching for learning and development professionals and thought leaders. Sukh and I tweet each other just about every day now, sometimes about learning and development, but most times not. The other day, Sukh kindly opened up his blog to guest bloggers to write about their biggest learning in life, and I put up

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People often ask me about Twitter and how it works, because they are either on it, have tried it and don’t get it. Or they are not on it and don’t get it. Or they are on it and it’s not doing what they think it could, would or should. Or they think it’s just about telling people what you had for breakfast (it isn’t). The best explanation I can come up with is that using Twitter is like sending an SMS to the world about stuff that interests you, and the world can respond (providing you don’t protect your

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Bruce Campbell, for those of you who are blissfully unaware of such things, was an actor boy in 80s com-horror movies and other such capers. Among other things, he was Autolycus in Hercules in the 1990s, and is now in Burn Notice as ex-MarineNavy Seal, Sam Axe. To many, he is a cult hero. But this post is not about that. This post is about how @groovybruce has taken the boring celebrity tweet (and there are so many of them) and made his tweets engaging, interesting and relevant to other tweeters, and at the same time, built his brand. Bruce responds

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Ok. I’ll admit it. My name is Diane, and I’m a twitterholic. To be more precise, I’m twitterholic who is addicted to the hashtag. For people not familiar with Twitter, it is usually described as a micro-blogging site. You have 140 characters in which you can do pretty much anything (as long as you limit yourself to 140 characters!): spruik a business message, share interesting information, chat to other tweeters, butt into conversations, participate in debates, find like-minded people, search for interesting stuff, make friends, and even bring down a despot or two. (I have written a post if you aren’t

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I tried to disconnect from my digital world one day a few weeks ago. I lasted from 10am until approximately 3.30pm. After less than six hours, I was back on Twitter, tweeting about an overpriced cheesecake I had purchased from a cafe in a less than overpriced suburb, and I had a photo to prove it. A couple of years ago, I was vaguely into Facebook. I was a blogger, so was not completely devoid of social networking experience. I had a reasonable knowledge of building and maintaining a website, which often came in handy. Then I took a contract,

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I’m a late starter. I’ve only just got a passport at the ripe old age of 46. I’ve always wanted to travel, but in my late teens and twenties I was too busy exploring my immediate world to worry about going further afield. It was the 80s, man, and there was so much fun to be had right on my doorstep! At 29, I had my daughter. And was a solo parent, so had to worry about keeping a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs. Overseas travel was a pipe dream, not to mention impractical! So I

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