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Erik Deckers
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Lives in Indianapolis, IN
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Town Slogans Offer Insights Into Their History
Cultural reprobate and filmmaker John Waters ("Hairspray," "Cry-Baby") said that a motto is a success if he can't think of a nasty twist on it. Which means his hometown's new slogan "Baltimore: Birthplace of The Star-Spangled Banner" may be a winner. It's s...
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One solution to the bicyclists problem is walking sticks. . .
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I've been to pretty much all the oldest bars in NYC. I like Pete's and McSorley's along with Old Town and PJ Clarke's
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I'm Misunderstood In Several Languages
We have a weird accent in the Midwest. That is, we sound weird to other people in this country because of the way we talk. "You don't sound like anything," my Southern friends tell me. "You sound like a TV newscaster." We Midwesterners have that non-accent ...
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A Graduation Speech to 8th Graders
This time each year, I like to write a Graduation Speech I'll Never Give. This time, it's to all the 8th graders who are "graduating" and moving up to high school in the fall. Thank you, Principal Harbinger, parents, and "graduates." I say "graduates" with ...
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I'm tired of people saying they have "data driven" content marketing. If you're letting the data, and the bean counters, drive your content marketing, you've got the wrong person in the driver's seat. You hired creatives for a reason. Let the analytics count the results, not dictate the direction.
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Wholeheartedly agree. These companies don't do any real testing or analysis. They take past performance and consider it an indicator of future performance. So wrong. 
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Shots of the Pagoda, the Media Center, and the press conferences for Gabby Chaves (fastest rookie); Graham Rahal (5th), Charlie Kimball (3rd), and Will Power (2nd); and, the winner's press conference with Juan Pablo Montoya, owner Roger  Penske of Penske Racing, team president Tim Cindric, and team strategist Jon Bouslog.
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Meh, OED Adds 500 New Words
It really must be my birthday. I mean, it is — I turned 48 last Saturday. Or as I'm now calling it "nearly f---ing fifty." In fact, that's going to be my response when people ask my age: nearly f---ing fifty. I just hope no one asks me at church. But for my...
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Karl the Curmudgeon Is Sick Of Your Crap
"When did people become so self-centered, Kid?" Karl asked me. Is this a trick question, Karl? Am I supposed to say 'The Garden of Eden' or something? "No, I mean when did people start thinking their opinion mattered?" I stared at Karl. This was pretty brut...
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The Fever Set a Guinness World Record, Fall Short Against Minnesota
My family and I are now part of a Guinness World Record. Last Saturday, we were able to attend the Indiana Fever's home opener against the Minnesota Lynx, in a rematch of the 2013 WNBA finals where the Fever wanted to set a world record by having the most g...
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Looking Beyond 2015 with the Indiana Fever
Stephanie White may be nervous, but it doesn't show. She's been preparing to take over as a WNBA head coach for the last several years. And she's been thinking about the mark she's going to leave on the game, especially with her former teammate and now star...
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TRIGGER WARNING: This Column Has Ideas In It
Kurt Vonnegut once said, "I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases." More and more people are becoming afraid of certain ideas, and want to put warning labels on them before anyone gets hurt. The lab...
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, travel writer
Skills
Writing, Public Speaking, Blogging, Social Media Marketing
Employment
  • Professional Blog Service
    President, 2009 - present
  • Indiana Office of Tourism Development
    Travel Writer, 2009 - 2012
  • VisionDirect
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Indiana State Department of Health
    Risk Communication Director, 2006 - 2007
  • GW Micro
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2004 - 2005
  • WE International, Inc.
    Director of Marketing, 1994 - 2004
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Currently
Indianapolis, IN
Previously
Muncie, IN - Syracuse, IN - Normal, IL - McCordsville, IN - Noblesville, IN - Indianapolis, IN
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer
Introduction
Owner of Pro Blog Service, professional speaker, 19-year newspaper humor columnist, and book author. Co-authored "Branding Yourself," "No Bullshit Social Media," and "The Owned Media Doctrine." Helped write "Twitter Marketing for Dummies." I like penguins.
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Co-author of 4 books on social media, 19 year newspaper humor columnist
Education
  • Ball State University
    Philosophy, 1985 - 1989
  • Ball State University
    College Student Personnel Administration (M.A.), 1989 - 1990
  • Ball State University
    Speech Communication (M.A.), 1992 - 1993
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It never fails when we come here: someone's silverware is never clean, the tables feel like they haven't been wiped down properly, and this time, my lunch was cold.
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Good Chicago dog, but I wasn't wild about the slaw on the Carolina dog. It may be to some people's taste, it just didn't suit me. Good dogs though!
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reviewed 3 months ago
Outstanding pastries; I only wish their coffee didn't come from a Nescafe machine. Still, it's better than some coffee shops that over roast their beans.
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Good coffee, nice atmosphere. Very quiet on a Friday night. Seems like a cool place to hang out and write, if you're into that sort of thing.
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