I Am a Chief Evangelist Keep Earning Your Title

I Am a Chief Evangelist Keep Earning Your Title

What is in a Title I have had various titles on my business card since I started Vivid Image back in 1995.  Entrepreneur, Owner, Marketing Specialist, Digital Strategist, and President to name a few.  But I have now had the same title on my business cards since 2002...
Control and Choice

Control and Choice

One of my favorite books is Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  In the book, Frankl explains that between ‘stimulus’ and ‘response’ we have the freedom to choose.  I often share in the workshops I facilitate that we have the...
Why Is It Getting Hard to Get Things Done

Why Is It Getting Hard to Get Things Done

We all know the things we are not good at doing.  Things that we should have someone else do, but we do them anyway, thinking we will save time or money.  I can be stubborn and do things that I really should not be doing.  And when I do that, I am not taking advantage...
3 Guiding Words for 2016

3 Guiding Words for 2016

Each year, rather than set a New Years Resolution, I pick three works that become guiding themes for my year. These themes help create a process of improvement and paying attention to what is important to me and continue to be the person that is always smiling –...
Wedding Rings and Forward Progress

Wedding Rings and Forward Progress

Always Running I run a lot.  Literally.  A typical Saturday is a 20+ mile run followed by a 10+ mile run on Sunday.  30+ mile weekends give you a lot of time to think and ponder.  It is my time to recharge and enjoy the beauty of the world. A Secret I have never told...
Core Purpose

Core Purpose

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. I have been working on my core purpose in business for years now.  No matter what direction I try to go, I always end up back here.  This is the 5 step process we have used at Vivid Image to help our clients. Inspire...
Simple Things

Simple Things

I have been tying my shoes incorrectly for decades.  How I tie my shoes has worked for me, but I was always frustrated when my running shoes would come untied half way through a race.  I could tie them in a double knot, but if I needed to get a rock out of the bottom...
Consistency

Consistency

One Simple Action You Can Take Today Gather all of the materials that you share with customers.  Ads, brochures, business cards, letter head, booklets — what ever you have.  Do they all share a common theme?  Are they consistent with what you tell your customers in...

Everybody is a Genius

What makes you #Remark!able? It can be hard to see or feel inside what truly sets you apart.  Everyday we unfairly compare ourselves to others.  We see on Facebook how wonderful life is for our friends.  Photos are posted on Instagram on a great event that you just...
9+ Lessons I Learned from Running Ultra-Marathons

9+ Lessons I Learned from Running Ultra-Marathons

I was fat.  From not being able to run a lap around my house when playing with my kids, to running my first 50 mile race two years later is something I am proud to say I accomplished.  I completed two 50 miles races last year.  As I reflect on my goals for this year,...

My Point of View – Part 2

This is a continuation of the post:  “Where do you want to go.” My Point of View The business owners I consult have two primary goals they want to measure in 2014.  They want to increase leads and increase loyalty. Increasing Leads Increasing leads is not...

Where do you want to go – Part 1

We are currently in a “Polar Vortex” in Minnesota and it got me thinking more about taking a vacation to a Caribbean Island.  But rather than take a trip, I thought a marketing metaphor would be just as good! We are all on a journey As a marketer, I am...

How do you show you care

Caring. I wanted to title this post:  Do you really give a damn? Do you really care about your job, your co-workers, your clients, even your family? More and more I see people texting at meetings instead of listening.  Checking email while working on other projects. ...
What I Found Interesting and Inspiring Last Week

What I Found Interesting and Inspiring Last Week

There were five articles this week that really captured my attention. Have you started using Quora yet?  I signed up a few months ago and I am beginning to see the value of this question and answer tool.  Here are 10 tips from Inc Magazine on how to use it to build...
Insight from Around the Web

Insight from Around the Web

I was sent even more articles this past week from all of you.  Here are three  post that I found insightful: There were two posts about Facebook that I loved.  The first one was written by Beth that outlines many of the changes that are happening to your Facebook Fan...
Things You Might Have Missed

Things You Might Have Missed

Each week I am sent hundreds of blog articles on topics from social media, leadership, sales, customer services, and more.  I wanted to share some of the things that have been passed on to me over the week to provide you with some inspiration (or just plain...