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Business mistakes: Start slow when you pitch

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Yesterday, I wrote a post over on LinkedIn Pulse about how not to pitch me with your products and wares, and it was a reaction to an interaction I had just a few minutes before where someone had no idea how to take no for an answer. When it comes …

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Stop sharing this Facebook scam!

Another day, another Facebook hoax that you’re helping to spread like wildfire because you don’t take a second to read it and realize how ridiculous it is. When a friend reminded me of this earlier today, one friend had shared it. Now, 2 hours later, we’re up to three. No …

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Apple is an agent of chaos

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Rumors have been swirling about Apple planning to remove the headphone jack on the next iPhone to make it thinner, and therefore requiring headphones and earbuds to be connected via lightning cable. I think the Joker said it best in The Dark Knight: “Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established …

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Thanksgiving dinner with the homeless

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This will be the 6th year where I deliver Thanksgiving dinner to Chicago’s homeless. I think it’s important that I share this story with you. I remember thinking back in 2010 about the leftovers that often go to waste after a big holiday meal. You always say you’re going to …

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The Friday Fix: Nov. 20, 2015

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Welcome to the Friday Fix, where I share random thoughts to ponder before the weekend. So here’s the real Chicago weather forecast for tonight and Saturday. There’s a winter storm warning for heavy snow that may or may not stick. Accumulations could range from 1-6 inches downtown to as much …

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The Friday Fix: Nov. 13, 2015

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Welcome to the Friday Fix, where I share random thoughts to ponder before the weekend. This cold weather in Chicago isn’t cold at all. The normal high temperature for this date is 50 degrees. It’s 48 now and we’re all bundled up and freezing and complaining like we’ve got icicles …

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Facebook Notify: What problem does it solve?

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Facebook released its long-awaited Notify app. We’ve heard a lot about it, but little about what it actually would do. Many instantly thought it was a competitor and knockout punch to Twitter and its new Moments feature. Turns out, Notify isn’t that at all. In fact, Notify has nothing to …

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Jesus Christ, this Starbucks red cup story!

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What happens when a so called evangelist and social media personality with the most Jewish name ever gets Christians fired up over Starbucks? Specifically, the coffee chain’s lack of love for Jesus on its red holiday cups? “I think in the age of political correctness we become so open-minded our …

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‘My name is Earnest. Please help me’

What if you could make someone’s day for $4.30 and you only had to walk 10 steps out of your way? Would you do it? I was on the treadmill at the gym, which is across from a very popular and crowded breakfast place and a Dunkin’ Donuts. When I’m …

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The Friday Fix: Nov. 6, 2015

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Welcome to the Friday Fix, where I share random thoughts to ponder before the weekend. The salted caramel hot chocolate at Ghirardelli is amazingly good. I’ve had salted caramel drinks before and usually the salt is a bit overpowering. This was just right. I’ve been very cautious lately when it …

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