Free Social Media Assessment for Twitter

I just tested a brand new Hootsuite tool called Grade Your Social. In less than a minute, it will assess your reach, measure your engagement, and show you where you can improve your overall effectiveness on Twitter.

In this brief review, I’ll share my score and why I think this is such a useful tool for individuals and for businesses.  Continue reading →

How To Stop Living In The Shadow Of Your To-Do List

To_Do_Shadow_PIRAre you tired of being bullied by your To-Do list? I sure was. Looking at all those undone tasks made me cringe and want to dive back under the bed covers.

Here’s The Problem

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How To Use Free Images Like A Pro

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Adding images to blogs and newsletters is like adding seasoning to your favourite food. A pinch of salt (or hot pepper flakes, if you’re like me) can turn a flat dish into a memorable experience.

Images are readily available from a number of paid sites like Shutterstock and iStock Photo, but what if you have little or no budget? You’re in luck. There are many free sites Continue reading →

Turning People Into Trees — Not Such A Crazy Idea

Photo of a majestic tree, with sun streaming through its leaves

Flickr: Yannick Soler

When autumn arrives, many of us are compelled to break away from the daily grind just long enough to appreciate the beauty of trees. The next time you do that, think about the people who try your patience—the ones you just can’t bring yourself to love—and see if this quote from Ram Dass softens the way you see them.
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Pharrell Williams and Your Dream Job

Steve Farber quote: Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do.When we do what we love and love what we do, it’s magic. Not only for us, but for those who encounter our work. It creates a magnetic situation; one that others will go out of their way to be a part of.

That is exactly what’s happening with Pharrell Williams’ song called Happy. People all over the world are Continue reading →

Social Media Etiquette for Brands via Twitter Chat

Invitation to #HSUchatIf you use social media, you’re probably familiar with Hootsuite. Millions use it to manage their online presence. What you may not know about Hootsuite is that they hold a weekly Twitter chat — and you’re invited! Continue reading →

The Magnificent Castle — How To Become Who You Are

by Guest Author: Tilla Brook

Photo of Tilla Brook - Guest authorSelf-image matters. We all know this. And so often our self-image is one that does not support us to become all of who we are. Particularly when we are looking for a new job or a change of career.

I am what I think. My thoughts shape my world. Yours do too. What you think about yourself and the world around you shapes your life. Those thoughts shape how you come over in your CV, applications and interviews. I can’t be the only one who looks back on some of mine and cringes!

So here’s my metaphor for reshaping your thoughts. Continue reading →

Less stress means more happiness

Less Stress At Work

Photo of child with outstretched arms toward blue skies to signify reduced stressLess stress — It’s the grownup equivalent of a child’s Candy Land fantasy.

Or is it?

Who says we have to accept a level of stress that diminishes career satisfaction and creeps into off hours? If I’m honest about the times when tension was highest for me, it was when Continue reading →