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Gin and Topics: Righting Yourself In This Crazy World

By: Gini Dietrich | July 29, 2011 | 

Well, for the second time EVER, Spin Sucks has beat Danny Brown in the AdAge rankings.

Today we are #35 and he is #36.

Because the universe will have righted itself by Monday and he’ll jump back ahead of us, I have to take advantage and brag today!

My mom would say, “You’re going to break your arm patting yourself on the back.”

Love you tons, Danny, but I love beating you even more…even if it’s only for one day out of 13,000 gazillion billion.

OK…no more. Don’t want to break my arm.

Gin and Topics…at your service!

5. Where Good Ideas Come From. I found this awesome “good ideas” video on iBlogZone. So, thank you, Francisco Perez! I first saw this presentation format when Dan Pink did a 15 minute version of “Drive” and it’s become a fascination. If you haven’t ever experience it, this is a great intro because the information is excellent, too.

4. Six Signs You’ve Lost Faith In Yourself. I’m not going to sit here and pretend life is rosy for any of us. If you live in the U.S., the pending deadline for the debt ceiling is likely stressing you out. As a small business owner, I’m beyond stressed about it. If you’re feeling like you’re in a rut, this article will help. It has six tips for getting yourself back on track.

3. Seven Habits that Make Great Opportunities Happen. Liz Strauss writes this really intelligent piece for OpenForum about making things happen for yourself. I think we’re all guilty of doing the same thing over and over again so we get bored with it. We tend to forget that, even though we’re bored, the person we’re working with has never seen it before. Liz highlights this and other tips for encouraging a shift in fate.

2. The Last Mogul Moments. It’s no surprise I love Jeff Jarvis. But I hardly ever include him here because, well, it’s hard to get around his use of the F word. But I found a blog post that works! He’s not exactly been quiet about his feelings toward Rupert Murdoch and this post is no exception. But he makes a really interesting point that Murdoch is the last of the media moguls and we’re about to see the breed die. Completely.

1. Hey Ya! My friend Brankica Underwood had this posted on Google+ and I was so happy to find it! Watch the kid on the right. He has some SERIOUS moves.

And  now that you’re in a good mood, I want you to watch this Commit65 video with my friend Matt Pipkin. I think it’s important for everyone to see how far $30, a black marker, and some big paper goes to advancing a cause when you really believe in it.

And, if you can donate, even better!

Happy weekend! And, don’t forget, Sunday is unplug your technology day!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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50 responses to “Gin and Topics: Righting Yourself In This Crazy World”

  1. faybiz says:

    i always try to unplug on sunday

    TRY being the operative word

  2. albear says:

    @SpinSucks Oh hey, @Commit65 is in this post! And I’m in that video!!

  3. TheJackB says:

    That poor kid on the left is going to be known as the brother who can’t dance. So young and so unfair. 😉

    One day I am going to hire a team of monkeys to stuff the ballot boxes over at Ad Age and I’ll beat Spin Sucks and Danny. And when that day comes I’ll tape myself dancing a jig- boy what a moment that will be. 😉

  4. ParkRidgeDDS says:

    @TheJackB …in defense of the kid on the right, he was awesome at singing the song so, while he didn’t have the amazing moves that his silent brother had, I think he has a future in singing…perhaps a singing/dancing act? Hello….America’s Got Talent??? 😉

  5. ParkRidgeDDS says:

    Today’s Gin and Topics was just wonderful. I LOVED Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From….so compelling…I might Kindle his book. And lizstrauss post was awesome…inspirational and a reminder that we all DO have the power to create opportunity. The video of the twins was one I had seen before but was just as cute today…I’m hoping no one posts a video of me dancing last weekend at my nephew’s wedding….not a pretty site. And finally, the Commit 65: Days: Hours: Seconds was powerful…I was so moved by it, I shared the video on FB…something more people should know about. Thank you @ginidietrich xoxo

  6. nakeva says:

    RT @shonali Gin and Topics: Righting Yourself In This Crazy World via @ginidietrich

  7. Lisa Gerber says:

    From creepy (last week) to just totally hopeful, optimistic and downright inspirational this week. Awesome!!

    and themattpipkin from Idaho, you are amazing. That is a great video, and I love what you are doing.

  8. DannyBrown says:

    What’s AdAge? 😉

    See you on Monday – I have an evil plan to divert all the posts about Google+ by A-listers and such as to my blog’s feed, and jump up the list by eleventy billion places. Neh neh! 🙂

  9. NancyD68 says:

    Those kids are too cute. I need to take video of my son the baseball executive at my computer discussing possible trades.

    Love what they are doing with the Speak Your Silence campaign. That is great. What campuses will they be at?

    Loved the links this week too. “Six Signs You Lost Faith In Yourself” made a lot of sense to me.

    CONGRATS on beating Danny! he seems mad, maybe he needs a hug (or some cake!)

  10. themattpipkin says:

    @lisagerber Thanks so much, Lisa! I really appreciate the support!! 🙂

  11. DiTesco says:

    Those kids are awesome and clearly the one on the right has some moves that some of us may even envy, lol. The one on the left although lacks in moves, appears to be the “guy” with the cool voice 🙂 Good pair indeed.

    Thanks for the mention and have a great weekend. Off to check my #adage position to see if I am even close to Danny and yourself.. yeah, dreaming is good, lol

    Finally, the speak your silence video was very moving and it is something that needs to be shared.. The initiative is just great..

  12. […] 29, 2011 Thanks to my friend Gini Dietrich for sharing this video with me through her weekly Gin and Topics post on Spin Sucks.  I could be a real snot and not pay credit where credit is due, but I […]

  13. ginidietrich says:

    @PenPointer Funny, huh?! The one on the right with his hips? OH MY!

  14. ginidietrich says:

    @themattpipkin You’re welcome, nut case

  15. ginidietrich says:

    @lizscherer HAHAHAH! I saw you posted that to FB, too. So. Freaking. Funny.

  16. TomRedwine says:

    @KDillabough Haven’t tried that mixer yet, though it isnearly time for liquid experimentation to beGin!

  17. KenMueller says:

    I got better moves than that kid!

  18. autumnmthompson says:

    LOVE the kids! Especially how the one on the right can’t be bothered with all the singing!

    On a side note…..One of my friends and I use to do the same dance to this song. We tried to mimic Outkast but we weren’t as cute and usually had too many adult beverages. This video brought a smile to my face thinking about him. He was tragically killed on Thanksgiving 8 years ago. I think I will go have a gin and toast him. Thanks for reminding me of him today and realizing that I am blessed to be able to spend more time with my family.

  19. KDillabough says:

    @TomRedwine :))))))

  20. Dr_Mike_IHS says:

    @TobeyDeys @ginidietrich There is no shortage of madness and all sorts of excuses for bad behavior out there. Thanks 4 sanity.Dr. Mike

  21. Hajra says:

    The video of the kids was awesome! I missed it when Brankica posted it; the kid on the right definitely knows how to move his hips… Shakira, better watch out! And what, they are two of them…can’t get better than this!

  22. TobeyDeys says:

    @Dr_Mike_IHS It’s wonderful to have friends to help us, right? A brilliant day to you both! @ginidietrich #peace

  23. Dr_Mike_IHS says:

    @TobeyDeys @ginidietrich Thanks & Yes! That’s the short answer. Thinking – twitter friends and community – a new dimension. Enjoy! Dr. Mike

  24. TobeyDeys says:

    @Dr_Mike_IHS @ginidietrich small efforts made by many make a big difference … ants are mighty! 🙂 cc @click2cause

  25. Dr_Mike_IHS says:

    @TobeyDeys @ginidietrich @click2cause Yes! Thanks for good words and deeds.Off to work. Ciao for now.
    Dr. Mike

  26. People_Results says:

    @TedRubin @ginidietrich
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  27. People_Results says:

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  28. People_Results says:

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  29. People_Results says:

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  30. MeghanMBiro says:

    @angeladiaco Waves! Thanks for sharing 😉 Any fun weekend plans? Oh and Cheers.

  31. MeghanMBiro says:

    @angeladiaco Waves! Thanks for sharing 😉 Any fun weekend plans? Oh and Cheers.

  32. ruopolilusu5 says:


  33. KaalGroup says:

    @tedcoine @ginidietrich
    We;ll pass on the gin but will have a dip into the topics 🙂

  34. AmyMccTobin says:

    @DannyBrown Eleventy billion is what we need to solve this debit crisis.

  35. […] Ya), and a great initiative called commit65. If you want to see some serious moves, you have to check it out, and then come back here . Let me know what you think. I am sure that you will see that these kids […]

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  38. _DebbieRussell says:

    RT @thebarefootceo Gin and Topics: Righting Yourself In This Crazy World via @ginidietrich Luv this one!

  39. angeladiaco says:

    @MeghanMBiro No problem! I’ll be scouring Boston for a good drink. Happy weekend!

  40. Dr_Mike_IHS says:

    @TobeyDeys @ginidietrich @click2cause Thanks to all. Friends help get through tough days. Dr. Mike

  41. ginidietrich says:

    @Hajra I love how the one on the left sings and the one on the right swivels his hips. Clearly they’re destined for something huge!

  42. ginidietrich says:

    @autumnmthompson This comment made me laugh and cry all at once.

  43. ginidietrich says:

    @KenMueller You so DO NOT have better moves than that kid!

  44. ginidietrich says:

    @DiTesco isn’t the speak the silence video great? I love the work he’s doing and thought the way they’re raising money for this particular event is particularly moving. And you’re welcome for the mention! Thanks for the awesome find.

  45. ginidietrich says:

    @AmyMccTobin@DannyBrown I agree – eleventy billion would solve a lot of problems. Plus I really like that number.

  46. ginidietrich says:

    @faybiz I made it. Until 4:45 p.m. Sigh…

  47. ginidietrich says:

    @TheJackB I will let you beat me in exchange for the video of you dancing a jig!

  48. ginidietrich says:

    @ParkRidgeDDS Wait. There is video of you dancing? Off to YouTube!

  49. ginidietrich says:

    @Lisa Gerberthemattpipkin Oh yeah! Lisa, meet Matt. Matt, meet Lisa. Both Idahoans.

  50. […] Ya), and a great initiative called commit65. If you want to see some serious moves, you have to check it out, and then come back here . Let me know what you think. I am sure that you will see that these kids […]

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