Gini Dietrich

Caught in the Busy Trap: Is it Making Us Less Productive?

By: Gini Dietrich | July 9, 2012 | 
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A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times had a great OpEd about how busy we are. The author, Tim Kreider, relayed a story about asking a friend to blow off work to check out the new American Wing at the Met and the friend said he was super busy, but to let him know if there was a special event or something and he’d try [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Kermit, Celebrating America, and Van Gogh

By: Gini Dietrich | July 6, 2012 | 
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Wow. For the first time in months, I don’t have a Gin and Topics draft blog post ready for my tweaks on Friday morning. I’d love to blame it on all of you, but I am dreadfully far behind in my Twitter DM stream and email. I know I have submissions from Deb Dobson and Mark Wohlschlegel. But Ifdy Perez! Where is your submission?! Are you [&hellip... Read More
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Miracle Max Presents 11 Things that Aren’t Quite Dead

By: Guest | July 5, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Margie Clayman. Have you ever watched The Princess Bride? If not, you really need to get on that. Go ahead. I’ll wait for you. Just kidding. Now for the rest of you, I’m sure you know and remember Miracle Max, the character played by Billy Crystal and a lot of make-up. Max is the one who tells Andre the Giant [&hellip... Read More
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Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

By: Gini Dietrich | July 5, 2012 | 
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Last week, Shonali Burke wrote a blog post called, “Travel Essentials for PR Pros…Or What’s in Your Wallet?” Because it’s the day after the Fourth and most Americans are probably wondering how they’re going to get through today without a nap, I thought I’d copy her and do the same. It’s a fun little exercise and won’t require a ton of thinking from you. But mine [&hellip... Read More
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How Instagram Makes Communities Better

By: Guest | July 3, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Christopher Ryan. My little sis said to me the other day, “Isn’t it weird Instagram doesn’t have a website and you can only use it on a mobile device?” “No, not really,” I said. Attention is shifting to mobile and that’s where the people are. Our conversation reminded me of Jeff Jarvis’ What Would Google Do? In the fourth chapter, New Society: [&hellip... Read More
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Seven Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

By: Gini Dietrich | July 3, 2012 | 
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I know this has nothing to do with PR, marketing, or anything digital, but it’s important to me. And, I figured, it’s a holiday in the U.S. tomorrow and Canadians are coming back to work today, so I don’t think you’ll mind. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a pretty avid cyclist. I’m not one of the best, but I definitely can hold my [&hellip... Read More
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Overcome Writer’s Block Forever

By: Guest | July 2, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Andy Crestodina. Take a nap. Eat a sandwich. Call a friend. Take a hot shower. Music, nature, and 99 other tips are… not in this article. This article is about the true source behind writer’s block... Read More
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You Can Be the Next YouTube Star

By: Gini Dietrich | July 2, 2012 | 
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Last night, Joe Jaffe, Alan Wolk, Bob Knorpp, and I recorded episode 207 of BeanCast, in which we discussed whether or not size matters. No, no. Not that kind of size. The online kind of size. You know…the comments, viewers, followers, fans, community kind. We talked about Facebook and mobile payments and the right time of day and week to update your social networks. But the portion [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Talking Animals and Sexy Farm Boys

By: Gini Dietrich | June 29, 2012 | 
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So, is it hot where you are? I’ve been getting a kick out of everyone posting the temperatures in their city. It turns out, it’s hot EVERYWHERE. Yesterday, Chicago had its first 100 degree in seven years. Think global warming is a farce? Explain this! I hate to see what August is going to bring. But the good news, I can ride when it’s hot so [&hellip... Read More