I’m a “zero email” enthusiast. I’m obsessed with getting my email inbox down to zero emails. It turns our millions of us have this same addiction. The problem with those like me who suffer with email zero is that with 300 or so emails a day, we spend so much time focused on email that we are never in the productivity zone.Read More
“Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media.”
I just finished the book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. This is an important book if you want to learn how the young generation—both girls and boys—use their smartphones. It’s an essential read if you have teenagers or tweens in your life.Read More
Disrupted chronicles Lyons’ employment as marketing fellow at HubSpot from April 2013 to December 2014.Read More
My birthday was this weekend and I gave myself the gift of several athletic personal bests.
The only reason I could celebrate my birthday in this way was that five years ago this weekend, on my 50th birthday, I chose to change my mindset and focus on exercise and eating right. Five years ago I gave myself a life-changing gift. My transformation also benefited my family because my new mindset has made me a better person.Read More
Social networks are a great place to share content, to interact with others, to listen in on what’s happening, and yes, if approached carefully, social networks can be a way to get the word out about you and your business. However as I review people’s business-related social streams I find way too much selling going on.
When I speak with people at conferences, many want to know, specifically, how to use social networking feeds such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook to communicate effectively as a marketing and sales tool.Read More
I just finished Michael Lewis’ fantastic new book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt and enjoyed it immensely. I’ve been a Lewis fan from the beginning. Lewis is about my age and his book Liar’s Poker, which I loved, released when I was working on Wall Street in the 1980s.
Lewis has gotten tons of press for Flash Boys. He was on 60 Minutes, a huge way to launch a book and since then he seems to be everywhere in the media. Walking through a bunch of airports last week, I saw piles and piles of the book stacked in not only airport bookstores, but newsstands as well.Read More
Two years ago I wrote a post titled How to get a book deal where I outlined my thoughts on how to convince a major publisher to take on your work. The example I used was Summer Land - who I met at one of my talks in Sydney, Australia - and who took my advice and did the hard work required.Read More
I recently finished Mitch Joel's new book Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It and enjoyed it very much, I asked Mitch to answer some questions for us.Read More
Last week, John Jantsch hosted an awesome video debate called Media Manipulation – fact or fiction – a frank conversation.
The discussion featured Ryan Holiday, author of Trust Me I'm Lying – Confessions of a Media Manipulator debating Peter Shankman, VP, Small Business Evangelist at Vocus (and founder of HARO). I was also on hand together with Shel Holtz to jump in now and then with comments and questions.Read More