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Erik Deckers
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Lives in Indianapolis, IN
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Now That I Have Your Attention
Erik is out of the office this week, so we're reprinting a column from 2004. Hopefully you'll think about this and not, well, you know. . . What are you thinking of right at this moment? If you're a good reader, you said, "Gee Erik, I'm thinking about all t...
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I think you spent a lot of your time pushing that opening show and selling those tickets, and it worked. You did great! Of course, now you have a whole new show to push. FOUR new shows, in fact. You either need to treat each show as a new opening show, and do 4 big pushes, or you need to do a much bigger campaign and get as many people to the ticket purchase site as possible. They'll choose the show they want. Just think "ticket visits." If you can get people to click the links to buy the tickets online, they'll take care of the rest.

As a writer, it's hard to bounce back from a big success and do it all over again. It's especially hard when it's a major success. In the business world, one big success begets an even bigger success. In the arts world, one big success is just one day, just like one big failure. You wake up the next morning and start all over. As sucky as that sounds, it's at least preferable to the business-y "I had a big success, now I'm afraid to fail."

You'll do great. You always do. 3:15 on a Wednesday might see a sparser crowd, but you'll be awesome.
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The Joys of School Supplies
When I was a kid, there was always something fun about September, when it was time to go back to school. (Hear that, kids? We went back to school after Labor Day. None of this beginning-of-August-wasted-summer stuff for us! Neener neener!) Going back to sch...
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Vevay’s Swiss Wine Festival celebrates 44th year
From my friend, Kendal Miller, executive director of Switzerland County Tourism about the upcoming Swiss Wine Festival : Organizers of Indiana's 44th Swiss Wine Festival invite the public to the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay – "Where the Good Times Flo...
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Karl the Curmudgeon Says Pluto's a Planet
"Kid, let me ask you a question," my friend, Karl, said one day. "Your answer could have a major impact on our relationship." This sounds serious, I said. What is it? Karl searched my eyes for a second, took a deep breath, and said, "What do you think about...
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On The Trail of Fred the White Goat of Vevay, Indiana
This post originally appeared on the VisitIndiana.com website on August 26, 2014. However, after I left the department , my name was removed from the roster of authors (I don't blame them), so it doesn't show up under my name anymore. I wanted to repost it ...
This post originally appeared on the VisitIndiana.com website on August 26, 2014. However, after I left the department, my name was removed from the roster of authors (I don't blame them), so it doesn't show up under my name ...
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Things Men Shouldn't Own After They're 30
"There's an old saying that you're not a man until you have everything out of your parents' house," my dad said to me once. "Who said that?" I asked. "Me, mostly." He was trying to get me to remove my childhood belongings that were still in his attic. Of co...
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Are You Laughing Wrong?
Online communication's biggest problem is the lack of nonverbal communication. We can't tell what people are thinking or feeling just based on reading their words. Take that last paragraph. Was I happy? Sad? Shouting at the top of my lungs? So relaxed that ...
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It turns out, there's a lot of stuff we creative types can learn from each other, and it's not just tricks like "buy a $1 drink at McDonald's and then sit on their wifi for 3 hours because it's cheaper than Starbucks."
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An Open Letter to Open Letter Writers
Dear Open Letter Writers, I applaud you and your public bravery. That special way you share your public-but-should-be-private finger wagging with celebrities, athletes, politicians, or that guy who cut in front of you at Starbucks serves as a reminder of yo...
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Fred the White Goat of Vevay, Indiana
Not since Charlotte the spider wrote "SOME PIG" about her friend, Wilbur, has such a fuss been made about one farm animal. But in the town of Vevay, Indiana, Fred the white goat was a town favorite. Vevay (pronounced VEE-vee; you will be corrected) is nestl...
Not since Charlotte the spider wrote "SOME PIG" about her friend, Wilbur, has such a fuss been made about one farm animal. But in the town of Vevay, Indiana, Fred the white goat was a town favorite. Vevay (pronounced VEE-vee;...
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We're the Rodney Dangerfields of Comedy
Erik is out of the office this week, but he's doing a humor reading this coming Friday, so we're reprinting a 2004 column about humor writing. I'm often asked what it's like to be a humor writer. Humor writing is simple. So simple, in fact, that — er, I mea...
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, travel writer
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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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Indianapolis, IN
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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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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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