Archive for October, 2006

Making Something Happen

Seth Godin’s advice for today was to “Make Something Happen.”  In the spirit of that sentiment, I did exactly that. I made something happen. This morning I turned in my letter of resignation to Reynolds and Reynolds. In 2 weeks I will begin my new position as Sales Project Manager for Dayton, Ohio based Hafenbrack Marketing. Hafenbrack is a small company with a great reputation for doing quality work, and I am thrilled to be joining their talented team. It is a place where I can make something happen – everyday, and I am thrilled about it. Today I chose to move from Big to Small in terms of employer size, but from small to big in terms of my ability to do something remarkable. Today I made something happen.

Thanks to everyone at Reynolds who made my time there so much fun. I will miss you, and I wish you all the best of luck.

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Getting more out of Google…for Free!

Google Docs & SpreadsheetsSo Happy Together: Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Google has now combined Writely and Google Spreadsheets into one place with the release of Google Docs & Spreadsheets. This site puts everything in one easy to find, easy to share, easy to search place. You can upload existing files, download back into Word or Excel, and collaborate with others on any project you are working on. Google offers these tools for you to use absolutely free of charge. They also store everything for you for free. Need to back up some important files? Try using Google Docs and Spreadsheets. While they do not possess the complete range of functionality offered by their Microsoft counterparts, they have all of the basic elements covered. Further, they make regular enhancements and additions to the programs based on the feedback of the user community. No matter your motivation, Google Docs and Spreadsheets is worth a look. Create a Google account and check them out for yourself.

Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Updated Google RSS Reader

Also worth a look is the newly revised Google RSS Reader. Brilliantly labeled by Google as “your inbox for the web,” the Google RSS Reader is a tool worth checking out for yourself. I began using it full time last week, following the latest set of enhancements to the product. This tool makes it easy to comb through hundreds, even thousands of stories, articles, news items, coupons, coming events, and other noteworthy articles in minutes. RSS shapes the World Wide Web to better serve you- effortlessly delivering content you deem relevant directly to you as it is created. While RSS has been around for some time now, it has yet to truly explode. That will change soon, and you should get onboard with this technology now. The Google RSS Reader is a great tool to help get you started.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets Tour

43 Folders: Getting Things Done Podcasts

Merlin Mann recently kicked off a series of Podcasts in which he speaks with David Allen, author of the popular book Getting Things Done. The first segment focuses on procrastination. If you are looking to improve your personal productivity, I would recommend giving it a listen – and don’t put it off until later. I found the podcast to be informative and entertaining, as both Allen and Mann conversed candidly for about 10 minutes. On the topic of procrastination, Allen sited another of my favorite books, “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. He touches on the idea that much of overcoming procrastination comes from facing down your fears. There interview is filled with great advice, and I look forward to future installments. Give it a listen for yourself.

Podcast: Interview with GTD’s David Allen on Procrastination | 43 Folders

Dayton Marketing Community on Squidoo

Squidoo I would like to announce the release of my newest lens on Squidoo, “Dayton Marketing Community.” The site is a centralized repository for all things marketing related in the Dayton, Ohio area. Thus far the site features job postings for marketing positions in Dayton, links to professional marketing organizations, local business news, and more. You can even subscribe to the RSS feed for the site, which will keep you posted as updates are added. I plan to add a coming events section, which will highlight specific items that may be of interest to local marketing professionals. Please check it out, and offer me your suggestions. Know of a new organization, a coming event, or a remarkable story about Marketing in Dayton, Ohio? Let me know about it. I will do my best to incorporate it into the site. Your feedback may help strengthen the Dayton Marketing Community.

Dayton Marketing Community on Squidoo