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Do you suffer from Writer's Block? Try this...
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"The adulating portrait of the perfect writer who never blots a line comes express mail from fairyland."  Nice :)
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Working with college students ... I can say this is true! 
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
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I'm giving away 3 registrations to our Las Vegas Social Media Summit. Have you entered our contest yet? http://bit.ly/sZovQZ
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Does it matter if the U.S. president is dumb?

Most people would answer immediately, "of course it matters."
Not so New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.

Bruni argues that a president's intelligence has never predicted success in The White House.

The question of presidential intelligence arose after Politico ran the headline, "Is Rick Perry Dumb, " over a recent story analyzing some of the Texas governor's positions and statements. Here is a man who bluntly states that evolution is just a theory. Sure, many Americans tout creationism as holding equal weight with Darwin. But do want a U.S. president to believe that the Earth is only 5,000 years old?

Bruni cites studies and gives examples of presidents who accomplished much with ordinary brain power.

"(R)elatively ordinary smarts yielded extraordinary accomplishment (Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman) while extreme intelligence led to defeat (Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Herbert Hoover)," he writes in today's NYT Opinion section.

What do you think? Does it bother you that an American president would advocate the teaching of creationism side by side with evolution in the classroom. Or that Perry couldn't provide a single, specific answer about a Perry policy approach to China during a recent interview?

Putting it another way, has Obama's unquestioned intelligence helped him in the White House?

What do you think?
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Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama were all reputed to be geniuses. And yet, they were three of the most ineffective presidents we have had. All three took a dictatorial approach to Congress; all three failed. While we expect a certain level of intellect and academic achievement in our leaders, those attributes are not sufficient for executive success. EQ and charisma - qualities these men lacked - seem just as important.

P.S. As for Obama's much-touted law journal editorship? Note that not once did he publish a piece in said journal, before or during his tenure. That is very unusual. So let's stop using that as evidence of his intellect, since there is no there there.
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Can you add to this list? I like to collect horrible verbs for my workshops. I need your help!
Replace them with these much stronger alternatives.
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Hi Mark, I changed my account. I hope you add me again on this one :) Thanks!
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Fortune names Google as #1 Company to Work For in the US

Employee communication and transparency plays huge role in selection.
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This may be the most popular story from PR Daily this year. The comments at the end are hilarious.
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Has Facebook failed as a tool for driving business growth? Are marketers wasting their time with contests, sweepstakes and other gimmicky strategies to pump up their Likes?

The author of the article below thinks so.

I would love to hear YOUR thoughts. I am teaching a Social Media Bootcamp tomorrow in Calgary. I will include any Comments here in our discussions about brand strategies for Facebook.

I am also hosting a Hangout at 2:15 CT. If the technical gods are cooperating, I will be doing a live Q&A with our Hangout guests and the audience here. Please come back to my profile at that time to join in.

And I really would welcome your comments to the article below.
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I would think that the teen demo would be the area that companies would target on facebook and other social media sites. Not sure of the stats but I would guess sales would be better by advertising to a younger demo that is on facebook, twitter etc. Then again the teen demo is picky and does not trust corporate america and any large corporate brand.
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Do you like that Google+ is uncluttered with business brand pages?

Or, if you are a marketer and social media strategist, are you counting the days until Google+ opens the site to businesses?

If you scroll down to my post before this one, you'll see a lot of great comments on what communicators love about Google+, and the brand-free environment was the last point made.

Would love to hear from more of you the pros and cons of this site. I plan on presenting your comments during a presentation in Calgary on Sept. 13.

Thanks everyone for sharing!
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I am counting the days until our pals at Google force everyone to look at our stuff before proceeding to their accounts :)
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