Do Typos Matter?

Do Typos Matter?

Ok, this is a bit of a quirky one, but it’s been quite the last 6 months, and one thing I’ve noticed is that my fairly decent track record of written communication has slid into the land of the typo. In fact, one of the pieces I wrote for LinkedIn had a typo in it, and a nice gentleman was happy to point it out in public. Thanks. But seriously, thanks.

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Age = Expertise: Don't Waste It

Age = Expertise: Don't Waste It

I am now a few years over the 50-year old line. So far age has been kind to me - in terms of health and overall energy. And that’s a good thing, because I have never been so energized around my work. Malcom Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers’ talks about the ‘ten-thousand hour rule,’ basically, it takes at least that long doing something fairly consistently to gain any type of expertise.

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Is Beauty Overrated? Maybe It Should Be

Is Beauty Overrated? Maybe It Should Be

I’ve had the privilege to work with two of the largest beauty brands in the world: Revlon and L'Oréal Paris. It was a bit of a blast for all the reasons you would think. Free product! Actually, that's not true. I do invest in my beauty, and no offense intended, I think the more expensive brands provide a better quality experience. But anyway… One of the reasons I loved it was the nostalgia, because when I was younger with less disposable income they were my go-to brands, especially for lipstick and mascara. But for powder, it was CoverGirl all the way.

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Design Matters

Design Matters

Like her or don’t like her, Martha Stewart did do a lot for the look of America’s home. She democratized design and helped usher in the era of the well-designed life. Target picked up the mantle, and there were so many others including but not limited to designer Philippe Starck, fashion retailer H&M and West Elm. Fast fashion, affordable home design, we’ve all become a better looking, and possibly a better feeling, culture.

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Can You Be Too Confident?

Can You Be Too Confident?

Confidence is a key ingredient in most recipes for success. Who is going to take you seriously if all you do is waffle around, not presenting yourself as someone people can trust?  I’ve always admired confident people and have done my best to appear that way when necessary - I have certainly not always felt that way. But I wonder if confidence is overrated?

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When Personal Branding Feels Obnoxious

When Personal Branding Feels Obnoxious

Branding ‘yourself’ is not necessarily a new enterprise. The practice has been around for millennium helping to solidify the narcissistic endeavors of kings, queens and dictators across the globe. Now, with the democratization of the news agency just about ‘everyone everywhere’ can easily gain a platform to promote him or herself. So why doesn’t everyone do it? 

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