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July 13, 2014: Sharing your phone number

Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
If you are required to submit your telephone number when posting a blog comment, the author of that blog is obviously collecting contact information. So, expect a call.

May 27, 2014: So what?

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Posted by: David M Patt
Delivering more than you promised is not as valued as you might think.

May 01, 2014: Miles, not kilometers

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Posted by: David M Patt
When communicating with American audiences, remember to convey information in American terms.

Speed limits and distances are measured in miles, not kilometers. Runners track mile splits, not kilometer splits (even in 5k and 10k races).

Short distances are measured in yards and feet, not meters. Peoples' heights are feet and inches.

Objects are weighed in pounds and ounces, not grams or kilograms.

Liquid measurements are gallons, quarts, and pints, not liters.

Temperatures are conveyed in Fahrenheit, not Celsius.

Many people who live and work in the United States may have lived or worked in other countries and instinctively use measurement tools from those places.

Be sure they convert back to American terms when communicating with American audiences and when utilizing American streets, stores, and other venues.

March 10, 2014: Fun

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Posted by: David M Patt
Before you decide your association, or Board, or working group should do something "that's fun," make sure the people you are involving think it's fun and want to have fun. And be sure their definition of "fun" is the same as yours.

Not everybody wants to have "fun."

February 07, 2014: Maybe you shouldn't sleep

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Posted by: David M Patt
Mobile users are driven by the fear of missing something, says Marketing Profs.

Find out more about mobile users.

January 28, 2014: In memory

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Posted by: David M Patt

January 20, 2014: Sharing history

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Posted by: David M Patt
"That's too important for one person to possess," said David Copperfield, referring to a taped recording of interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King that he had purchased and donated to the National Civil Rights Museum.

"You have to share that with people to remind as many people as possible of the message," he stressed.

Does your association own anything important or valuable enough to be shared?

December 26, 2013: A more personal touch

Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
A top real estate CEO told Crain's Chicago Business that he has resolved to stop texting and emailing while driving. "Even when I'm stuck in stop-and-go traffic," he added. (Good, because those activities are illegal and dangerous).

He intends to do more in-person or "on-the-phone-live conversations," rather than relying on email to communicate at work.

"It's a good way to build strong relationships," he believes.

NOTE: Using a hand-held device while driving will be illegal in Illinois on January 1.

November 14, 2013: Remember who brung ya

Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
Organizations of all kinds often have short memories. They know who helped them yesterday, last week, or maybe last month.

But they often forget, or just don't bother to remember, who helped them many years ago, when they really needed help.

So, don't forget the leaders whose efforts made your work possible. Invite them to major events (at no cost), list them on the web site, and relate their accomplishments when writing about past organizational activities (and you should write about past organizational activities).

Without the leaders of yesterday, your organization might not exist today.


Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
Check out this prescient concern about the amount of available information and the inability of people to effectively access it.

Thanks to Courtney Hunt for pointing to it.
 
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