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Online Presentations & Webinars on LinkedIn & Personal Branding

When I wasn’t running Vision Board Media and LinkedIn-Makeover.com, I was standing in front of groups of people, presenting on the importance of their LinkedIn profile and how to use it to tell their professional story. The audiences sat elbow to elbow, colleague next to colleague. 

As of right now, tightly packed rooms won’t be happening anytime soon.  

And that is okay!  There are plenty of other ways to get our messages across to other people.

Webinars and video conferences are perfect platforms to talk about Branding and LinkedIn. My office hosts a perfect setup for video conferences and webinars: professional backdrop, microphone, camera and lighting.

We also offer online video e-courses that are self-paced that take participants through crafting a strong LinkedIn profile themselves. 

If you’d like to explore ideas, just give me a call: 215-839-0008.  

Chain and Joke Emails, and other SPAM

It started almost immediately. It was the mid-1990’s and I signed up with a local Internet Service Provider (Prolog, remember them?) and got myself online. I shared my email with friends and families… the few who knew what email was… and after the crashing sounds of the modem connecting, emails would start piling into Eudora, my old email client. The emails that would crowd my inbox then, just as now, tended to be jokes, silly cartoons, political commentary, old wives tales, or chain emails.

And let me tell you, I’ve been on the ‘net long enough that I have read almost every single joke and I’ve seen every silly cartoon or photograph.

For the longest of time I treated it like SPAM. I’d hightlight it and click the delete button. GONE! ZAP!

I don’t know when I had the epiphany but at some point I realized that… hey, this person is reaching out to me! Yeah, I’ve seen the joke before but this was their first time and I should be more kind. So I changed my ways. Now when I get an email, whether it is a joke or a chain email or whatever, I RESPOND. If only to just write, “Thanks for thinking of me” or “What a hoot!” or “I don’t participate in email chains but thanks for including me anyway!”

What I found is people send me less garbage! They know I am going to respond and they don’t want to bother me with stupid stuff. Plus, the chain emails have stopped almost entirely. I rarely get them anymore. Maybe because I’ve let people know I don’t participate OR they are suddenly wising up to the stupidity of it.

I’ve always lived my life by the motto, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” And because of this, it’s important to conduct yourself in cyberspace as you would in meatspace. Imagine if a person came up to you and told you a silly joke. You wouldn’t just walk away, would you? Of course not! So respond! Let them know you are happy to have been included. Let them know you found it interesting. And watch what happens!

Thanksgiving Passed

I survived Thanksgiving. I didn’t bust at the seams having ate one too many wafer-thin after dinner mints! My father deep-fried the turkey and it came out lovely. No need to call the fire squad! I stayed away from the stores on Black Friday deciding instead to lay low and work on my knitting. Did you hear about the poor fellow in Long Island who was trampled to death by a stampeding crowd of Walmart shoppers? Horrific!

No matter how times are changing, for me, the start of the Christmas Season starts right after Thanksgiving. This year I endulged in a toy from my childhood, an Advent Calendar. I bought it at Target for 2.99 and the name on the box is actually “Christmas Countdown.” Whatever it’s called, I have such sweet memories of opening the little doors and eating the chocolate treats. Of course I was never one for delayed gratification so I ate all the chocolates at once. I am hoping now that I am older, I will be able to control myself and limit myself to the chocolate for the current day only. We shall see!

Thanksgiving

Microdesk has given us a half day today. What a nice early start to Thanksgiving! I am not sure if I will be closing up shop at 1– still so many things to do! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I will be spending it with my mom, dad, my sister Lisa and her dog Beauregard Duke Bebop W. LeMoko (but we call him Bo for short). My dad is in charge of the turkey and for the last 5 years he’s been deep frying it! We start early and get out the peanut oil, gas, burner and caldron. Before we know it, neighbors gather holding their turkeys and we take turns deep frying. What’s nice about deep frying the turkey is that it’s quick. It only takes a couple minutes per pound. Plus, when it’s done, the turkey floats up so there is really no guesswork. In addition to the turkey we will make Stuffing (from my Aunt Vernie’s recipe), Pineapple Bread Pudding and Sweet Potato Casserole. I am hoping my mom will make her famous Pumpkin Pie.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I find that it’s so easy to take things for granted and it’s important to sit down and honestly give thanks. I am so thankful that I have a job that I love and that I work with colleagues and customers that are kind, friendly, facinating people. I am thankful I rolled over my 401K and kept it in cash prior to the stock market tanking. I am thankful Autodesk has included AutoCAD Architecture in the Revit Architecture Suite. I am thankful I have a great family and wonderful friends. Okay, there’s more but I won’t bore you with it.
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I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for visiting my little blog! Take care and be safe this holiday!

Microdesk Orange

The Microdesk logo changed back at the beginning of the year. We ditched the royal blue and in its place we’ve adopted a bright happy orange! I love it!

I am happy to report that last week we finally updated our Philadelphia office to the new color scheme! We also got a brand new sign! Check it out!