Stop Reading and Start Doing

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I read. A lot. Books, blogs, reports, research. Tweets (of course). You name it; I read it. Throughout my adult life  I’ve believed that I read because I’m curious. I’ve told myself and others that I read because I am a proud life-long learner.

Of course I am both of those things. But if, like me, you spend more time reading than doing, you may detect the deeper problem here — can you spot it?

Truth is, there is a deeper story. I read because I’m scared. I read to avoid what I do best, which is write.  In my moment of truth I had to ask, am I really learning or simply running?

Do you read as a way to postpone real action? It’s cool if you don’t want to raise your hand. I’ll be honest; writing this blog post is uncomfortable. It stirs feelings of shame that here I am — with a God-given talent — and I’m not fully using it. I’m hiding in the pages of someone else’s good writing.

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Chock Full of Goodness: 10+ Article Faves

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Here are 10 share-worthy articles from 2009.  If you care about communication, collaboration or leadership, dedicate your next coffee break to reading them.

  1. The Value of Visual Thinking in Social Business – Slideshare (David Armano)
  2. A Selection of 2009 Collaboration Posts (collected by Oliver Marks)
  3. Stop, Collaborate and Listen: knowledge management has a brand new adventure (James Gurd)
  4. Advice for Saving the WorldOutside Magazine (Nicholas Kristof) FAVE
  5. Media Heroes and Villains of 2009 (Trevor Butterworth)

  6. Best of 2009: 24 social media experts interviewed (Graham Charlton)
  7. The Social Customer Manifesto (Christopher Carfi)
  8. PR Disasters That Aren’t (Shel Holtz)
  9. This I Believe: A Manifesto for Web Marketers and Analysts (Avinash Kaushik)
  10. Five Ugly Numbers You Can’t Ignore: It’s Time to Calculate Hiring Failures (John Sullivan)

It’d be a crime to leave these links out of my list of 2009 faves:

  1. Blogging Starter Checklist (Rajesh Setty)

Fresh Articles that Make You Go “Hmmm”

Control Freaks Hate Community

Control freaks hate community. And most recruiters are control freaks. Ergo, recruiters hate community. Perhaps my deduction is a little harsh (and purposely attention-grabbing). Maybe a better way to describe how many recruiters feel about community is that they are suspicious, or at the very least skeptical

Freshly posted to ere.net, this article lays out several compelling reasons why community and relationships (formed there) are essential in the 21st century Web 2.0 model of recruiting.

I just discovered the author Marvin Smith, who is a Talent Community Evangelist at Microsoft. Smith’s use of social media for recruiting  and his understanding of how community and branding make him worthy of your RSS Feed.

How to Decide How Much to Reveal About Yourself

People ask me all the time how I can be so honest about my life in my blog. They want to know how I can write about marriage, sex, abortions, or running out of money over and over again. It’s an endless list really, of the stuff I write about that people can’t believe I’m writing about

This is fabulous first-person article written by Penelope Trunk.  She shares the powerful and personal reason behind her ability to lay it out there for everyone to read.

Trunk, is the founder of 3 startups — most recently, Brazen Careerist, a social network to help young people manage their careers.

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking on a New Client

At the start of their careers, most freelancers take on every new client that comes along. But as we mature and gain more experience, we become more discerning when we’re choosing who we work with

This is a short, solid article that every freelancer or self-employed professional should read. Written by Celine Roque, it’s just one example of the great content on Web Worker Daily.

What is EQ and Why Should You Care?

75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.”  — The Center for Creative Leadership, 1994

EQ is the acronym for Emotional Intelligence, and it represents your ability to handle yourself and others.

I took  my first EQ test when I joined an executive team of fellas.  I wasn’t surprised that my ability to manage my emotions eclipsed the rest of the gang, but I learned that a high EQ won’t buy you job security.  In retrospect,  it does come in handy when your boss tells you you’re off the team.

Life coach and consultant Margaret Meloni authored this new article which is posted at PickTheBrain

How much time do you invest in your blog?

There’s no way around it — blog content takes time to create.  Writing has its process, and good ‘ol process requires time.

How much time does it take you to create a single blog article? Chime in (as a comment) about the challenges you’ve encountered if you’re writing blog content for the first time.

Bonus Reading for Bloggers

Blogging Workload: a Poll

If you are a leader, then you ought to be blogging.”~Hugh Hewitt,
author of Blog, Understanding the Information Reformation

That sounds good (and it’s true), but how much time does it really take to write a single blog article? I’m guessing that most people underestimate what it takes.

Weigh in on how much time it takes you to write any given article!

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