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Power in the Positive

We’ve all experienced a well-meaning advice that resulted in disaster… or was completely ignored. And nobody wants to be Debbie Downer (check out this classic and hilarious SNL video): The way you communicate advice determines whether others can and will listen to what you have to say. Then they might even act on your feedback.…

Fewer Options Equal More Sales

As Costco fans, we watched a documentary by CNBC called, The Costco Craze. It was interesting to see the reporter delve into all the reasons that Cosco is so successful with a loyal following. The show focused on a few major points: low prices fostering a sense of discovery with unexpected, frequently changing items limited…
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2019 STL Tunes

Great music around the corner.If you have an appreciation for quality tunes or ever played an instrument in your lifetime, consider checking out these events. I hope to be at as many as I can!😉 Sunday, May 19, 2019, 7pmSnarky Puppy Pavilion at Atomic Cowboy$35+FEEShttps://www.atomiccowboystl.com/concert-listing/8930475/snarky-puppy/ Saturday, June 15, 2019, 3:00pm-10:30pmCHESTERFIELD WINE & JAZZ FESTIVALDave Weckl…

Cord Cutting Fun with Tablo Over The Air (OTA) Digital Tuner and DVR

Cord cutting is nothing new, but folks like me like $$, or keeping as much of it as they can. I do find it ironic that many now pay close to cable costs with the multiple streaming services. I am not one of those, currently just holding onto Netflix (even with their ridiculous regular increases)…
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How I Programmed Philips Hue Lights to Notify Me of Baseball Scores for Icee Deals

Update (May 2019): ESPN has discontinued IFTTT integration months ago, and I’m still looking for a simple alternative rather than scraping scores with some custom Python code or something similar. Suggestions welcome, as the below info May no longer apply. Hacker Fun for Baseball Drink Deals: Want to take advantage of local deals based on…

2018 June and July Tunes

Look for me! I’m pretty excited about some upcoming musicianship here in St. Louis, both held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Only 15 minutes away for me and got a buddy coming from WI, so you know it’s worthy. 😉 It’s tough finding great videos because many labels and artists haven’t all recognized the benefit of…
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Article Review: Find a Path through the E-Commerce Jungle

Review by Sonia Coleman How to navigate eBusiness decisions is one of the top concerns of many wholesale leaders. There’s a lot to digest: what technologies to select, how much resources are needed, what are the costs and challenges and how to get it to work well with existing staff and systems? tED Magazine recently…
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3 Ways to Respond to Changing Expectations of B2B Buyers

By Sonia Coleman This is a summary of an article that originally appeared in the Tech 360 Briefing published by IDEA entitled, “What’s Driving Purchasing Changes?” Disruption is occurring in many established industries…and the wholesale industry is feeling the heat from the Amazon effect. For IDEA’s Tech 360 Briefing, I spoke with people from all sides…
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Pumpkin Yum – Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes for Thanksgiving

As pumpkin lovers, this time of year is amazing! Many pumpkin recipes, so little time We had gathered up a bunch of great sounding recipes from friends, blogs and social media… Now what to do? Make a bunch of pumpkin recipes on a cold Saturday, that’s what! The contenders Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars Ultra-healthy vegan…
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App Inspiration: Time-saving apps for transcribing video, podcasts and interviews

I’ve been interviewing folks for two decades. Print. Video. Web. Podcast. You name it. And one of the most tedious parts of writing and publishing is: transcription. The medical and legal world have conquered the transcription beast with special software and recorders. But for the rest of us, it’s been a pain. Why are transcripts…