Branding vs Banding

Which one of the 1000 messages that reached you today changed your life? Driving into Chicago to give a presentation last week, I was met with bumper to bumper traffic for over an hour and a half. Driving down the Eisenhower Expressway, I started to take in the landscape with each tap of the brakes.…

Is Your Marketing Like Sock Puppets?

“My Father Was A Tailor…  Down in New Orleans.” Really he was a tailor in New York City. When I was a little kid he taught me how to sew. Some may say that sewing and dolls are for girls (not really), but puppets are for everyone! I loved making sock puppets, then I made…

I Want To Give You All My Money Because…

Having been in the audio recording business, I can’t watch a movie like most people. I am often so focused on the soundtrack (listening to the sound effects, mix of the music and such), that I miss some of the visual cues that director and other creatives intended me to catch. You may or may…

The Perfect Audience…

Many of you know I have a two man acoustic band named Dough! We have been playing together for almost 15 years. I had booked jobs for January and March, and then Mark informed me he needed a break. I called the place to let them know and they said “Could you do it solo?”, so…

In the New Year Really New?

It’s been a while since I have been to a water park. There is nothing better on a hot summer day. There are all kinds of rides where it feels like you are in control of the directions you are headed, but when you really look at it, you are really just going with the…

3 Ways to Deal With Change

The past is “History”, the future is a “Mystery”, today is a “Gift” and that’s why we call it the “Present.” I was just listening to a friends podcast about becoming a new parent…  Change Happens! He was describing how much his life has changed having to care for another very needy human being 24/7.…

3 Things That Make Every Post A Gift

How Things Change What was that one Christmas (Hanukkah, holiday) present that changed your life? If you never had one… then bear with me. I was blessed with some great parents who did everything they could to make Christmas special for us kids. The one that really changed my life was my first boom box.…

Experience vs Exuberance

While enjoying a Starbucks meeting with my mentor and best selling author (100/0 Principle) Al Ritter, we wondered down a path in our conversation that got us thinking. He was telling me that he had meeting with someone who was 35 and how it struck him that this seems so young. Young is a relative term…

Don’t Beg for Attention… Earn It!

Making Noise On a trip from Chicago to LA, I decided I needed a pair of those noise canceling headphones.  Now, I did not plan ahead and go to the Bose store and buy those cool ones advertised in the SkyMall. I chose to stop in a terminal news store and buy some from Sony.…