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Distance Doesn't Stop Connection


November 17, 2019

What does it mean to connect to someone?

I’ve asked this question a lot. I get asked this question a lot as well. It’s a hazard of being a writer who made his latest name by “connecting” with people. I’ve heard a lot of definitions for what “connecting” is. Some of them...

November 11, 2019

I recently attended the SOCi Summit, a 3-day conference focused on social marketing at the local level. We were immersed in data and lessons presented by key figures from some of the biggest social media companies.   

I discovered that Google My Business is be...

November 4, 2019



It’s November 9th, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Up above the city streets on the roof of a wood-paneled restaurant with sunshine-yellow trim, a distraught young woman (early 20s) is approached...

October 28, 2019

There are times in our life when we reunite with those who share some experience with us. Veterans laugh and joke over the stories from many thousands of bored minutes before the moments that will make the history books, or won’t. People gather in the lobby of a hotel...

October 22, 2019

Roads are amazing things. Some of them are well carved, paved, and laid out for us clearly defined. These are the roads we all know, the safe ones; at least they are on the surface. Other roads are harder to define, barely present trails that scare us a bit more. Still...

October 14, 2019

Take a moment and think about the last line you stood in. Not a quick line, but a line with a ton of people and inconvenience. A line that kept you from something important, something you wanted. Maybe it was the grocery store or traffic on the way home, it doesn’t mat...

October 7, 2019

“Be yourself.”

This is probably the best advice I ever received and, for the life of me, I can’t remember when I first heard it. Few of us can, though so many of us have heard these words before. On our first day of school, heading out to our first date, or even saying...

September 30, 2019

Name a show you like. How about a band? A sports team? A favorite book? Any of these seemingly innocuous things have the astounding ability to bond you to another, to set the stage for a conversation, a connection, perhaps even a friendship. My friend Curt and I both l...

September 23, 2019

The world never ceases to amaze me with how incredibly close our paths come, just a breath from crossing. People you just met may have been so close to crossing your path previously. How did your paths miss each other? What prevented you meeting before? These are the m...

September 16, 2019

What do you want?

It’s one of the hardest questions you can ever be asked. It’s simple, direct, and leaves you no place to hide. The greatest truths of life, the people who will change you the most, are often the same way.

My friend Hilary, one of the first 100, introduc...

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