“Social Media Made Me Do It” and Other Silly Notions


I love a spicy debate over new technology or social trends, and these days it’s impossible to mention Twitter or Facebook without triggering a verbal throw-down.

peeking through fingersOnce as separate as church and state, technology and social engagement are now inextricably bound together.

The whole notion scares the bejeebees out of people. Thanks to the near-mainstreaming of Twitter, Facebook and other community platforms, it’s a cinch to elicit a stream of grunts and eye-rolling from your spouse, colleagues and friends.

That Twitter Thing

As you read these words, someone down the corridor or across the room at Starbucks is clucking over this “Twitter thing.”  It goes something like this: Continue reading

The Break-up Notebook

A few weeks ago, my employer and I broke up.  We parted friends, but I’ll admit it — I took a sucker punch to my pride.  In the days that followed, my friend Brooke Green marveled at my process for dealing with the circumstances.

The conversation sparked a topic for Brooke’s podcast (The Ultimate Sales Chick), so I joined her on a recording.  We talked about my process, in particular, how I used a Break-up Notebook to flush my head trash.

My process for anything involves writing, so the notebook is merely a means to an end. The power comes from the introspection.  By moving it out of your head and onto paper, you diffuse the negative stuff and give rise to why you’re stellar at what you do.

10 Things To Write in Your Break-up Notebook

  1. What I Won’t Miss
  2. What I Hated
  3. The Challenges (Objective Version)
  4. Defining Moments (aka the Forks in the Road)
  5. Stellar Performances
  6. Then & Now (aka Life Before & After Me)
  7. A Timeline of Events
  8. What I Didn’t Get To
  9. What I’ll Miss the Most
  10. 5 Lessons