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January: Top 5 Things to do while Stranded at the Airport (StickyFigure blog). Having some downtime in O’Hare Airport due to weather, I dashed off this post which seemed to hit a number of funny bones throughout the year.
February: Branding a Department (StickyFigure blog). Everyone is familiar with branding products, or even oneself (personal branding), but what is involved with branding a department within a corporation?
March: This Wasn’t in the Script (Steve’s Leaves blog). A muse on the fact that no matter how much you plan, child-rearing is unpredictable, and results aren’t guaranteed.
April: The Power of Networking (Impactiviti blog). Fresh off a wonderful weekend socializing with 80 other bloggers in NYC (Blogger social ’08), a reflection on the amazing relationship-building tools and opportunities we share.
May: Be Prepared – Like, Right Now! (Impactiviti blog). Eight ways to build a professional network before you need it, why it should be done NOW!
June: A 3-D View of Insecurity (Steve’s Leaves blog). There are 3 “D’s” to responding to our insecurites. Only one – Determination – is healthy.
July: One Interface to Rule them All (StickyFigure blog). Experiencing social media fragmentation? This is the first post of a seven-part series exploring what the ideal “everything” web interface might look like. Warning: moderately high geek factor!
August: Go Ahead – Pitch a Fit! (MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog). Many make the mistake, when “pitching” to prospective clients, of trying to say everything. Instead, pitch a fit – tell precisely how your offerings match up to the client needs.
September: Marketing Swagger (MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog). I confess – I like marketing swag. But what goes into the best and most memorable giveaways? An interesting discussion that carries on into the comments.
October: New TwIndependent Party Springs up Overnight (StickyFigure blog). This, in a series of “spoof” posts during the year, proved to be a popular entry, as two well-known bloggers were drafted into the presidential race without their knowledge.
November: Personal Branding – What’s your Value-Add? (MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog). What is your personal brand? More to the point – what value to do you add to your company, your community, and your clients?
December: Finding Grace (Steve’s Leaves blog). A well-know parable, re-told with a modern spin.
Steve Woodruff (Twitter: @swoodruff) is an entrepreneur, consultant, blogger, husband, and father. His writing is spread out over several blogs, including Impactiviti (Steve’s pharmaceutical consulting business); StickyFigure (marketing/branding/social media thoughts); MarketingProfs Daily Fix (one of many bloggers contributing on marketing and business); and Steve’s Leaves (personal blog with musings on life). Steve lives in northern NJ with his five sons and his bride of 27 years, Sandy.
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