business

Drinking From the Fire Hose

by Steve Holt March 31, 2014
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When I was a kid we would sometimes see the fire department come by and test the fire hydrants in our neighborhood.  They would turn on the hydrant for a little while to make sure that the water flowed like it was supposed to, and of course the neighborhood kids got the chance to play […]

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The Art of the Conversation

by Steve Holt February 11, 2014
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I am thoroughly convinced that most people don’t know how to converse with others.  And that’s a shame because I am also convinced that the most successful people in the world are the ones who understand the art of the conversation. I don’t suppose I can place blame too much.  Advances in technology that make […]

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My 2014 New Year’s Resolution For You (and me)

by Steve Holt January 20, 2014
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So my first article of 2014 is about something that is very personal to me.  I spent the majority of 2013 in a slump. I can’t sing ‘woe is me’ too loud because alot of people were much worse off than me in 2013.  But it was one of those times… maybe you know what […]

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Your Brand Is Dying: Here’s How To Save It

by Steve Holt September 25, 2013
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I remember not too long ago when Facebook rolled out new ‘like’ pages that looked like and acted like personal profile pages. I remember the cries of ‘What is Facebook doing?? This is disastrous. Facebook is trying to kill businesses in Facebook.’ What we know now is that Facebook was trying to set businesses up […]

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Make More Money by Having Fun

by Steve Holt August 10, 2013
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She said “I tried what you said about having fun.  So I started to post fun questions and silly pictures, and it worked.  Suddenly people started talking to me and paying attention to what I was saying.  I am engaging with my customers like I never have before!” It’s comments like this from my customers […]

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5 Ways To Promote Others

by Steve Holt July 21, 2013
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One of the things I am fond of telling my audiences during my keynotes is that when it comes to social media you need to follow the ’10-to-1′ rule.  That means for every 10 times that you talk about someone else, you get to talk about yourself once.  But that doesn’t just work in the […]

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Twitter: The Greatest Business Development Tool Ever Created

by Steve Holt June 22, 2013
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I kept hearing about it and quite frankly, was a little annoyed by all the hype.  You know what I mean, like when you hear that same song over and over again on the radio? Eventually you get fed up with it and start to just make fun of it. That’s what happened with me […]

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Big Footprint, Small Footprint

by Steve Holt May 20, 2013
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For the past 5 years we have recycled at my house.  I bought some of those big plastic tubs at Walmart and we began to collect the standard stuff… cardboard, glass, cans, plastic, and paper.  Honestly, I didn’t do this out of an overwhelming concern for the environment.  I mean, I don’t like wasting anything […]

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How Technology Can Make You A Better Leader

by Steve Holt April 25, 2013
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Today I spoke to a group of dynamic leaders who are learning how to be even better leaders.  I shared with them some leadership traits that make a good leader, and some technology tools that can help them enhance that trait.  Every leader has their own personal style, so hopefully one of these tools will […]

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The Rear View Mirror Is Smaller… For A Reason

by Steve Holt April 8, 2013
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When my wife and I bought our first minivan about 5 years ago we discovered an interesting feature. I won’t talk about how hurt our feelings were that we had to buy a minivan in the first place… that’s another post for another day. But I will tell you that it was a welcome feature […]

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It’s Time To Give Back

by Steve Holt March 23, 2013
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I have been humbled.  There have been numerous times in the past several weeks that I have been taken down a notch when presented with the good works that others are doing.  My father calls it ‘gettin too big for your britches’.  I call it laziness and arrogance.  Just when I think I am doing […]

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How Not To Screw Up At Work

by Steve Holt March 12, 2013
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Looking back over the jobs that I have had ever since I started working, I can see some valuable lessons learned. I learned some things from some very wise people, and I learned alot of things the hard way, because I was hard-headed. So I was asked the other day by some college students what […]

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Small Talk: The New Sales Pitch

by Steve Holt February 21, 2013
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Selling is not easy. Every successful salesman has their own formula, their own secret. And certain things work for some, and not for others. I have a good friend named Michael Angelo Caruso who is an established expert on selling, and he has trained thousands of people over the years on the art of selling. […]

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5 Ways To Manage Your Business On Social Media

by Steve Holt February 15, 2013
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So you jumped into social media with various networks, and you are overwhelmed.  Am I right?  You were pretty excited in the beginning but now that the firehose that is social media is hitting you in the face, you need some way to save you from drowning. Here are 5 ways that you can get […]

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Using Your Smartphone For Business

by Steve Holt January 28, 2013
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For better or worse, my smartphone is an extension of just about every aspect of my life, including my business. It’s my camera, my communications lifeline, my calendar, and my organizational tool. And I am sure many of you would say the same thing. So I wanted to share with you how I use my […]

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Surprise them

by Steve Holt January 14, 2013
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One of my favorite snacks as a kid was Cracker Jacks. The reason was simple…. there was a prize inside. Same deal with cereal boxes. My brother and I would pick the ones that had a prize inside because, well, we just couldn’t get enough of secret decoder rings and fake tattoo stickers. Toys in […]

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Your 2013 Gameplan… 4 steps to success

by Steve Holt December 26, 2012
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So you’re getting ready to make some new year’s resolutions, right? Or maybe you already have and you are waiting to finish off that pumpkin pie before starting your gym membership up again next week. Well, I want to encourage you, if you haven’t already, to start planning your social media and Internet marketing outreach […]

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Steve Holt on ‘Dialogue’ – EPlusTV 6 (Video)

by Steve Holt December 14, 2012
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I was fortunate to be asked to to appear on the Dialogue show on Jackson Energy Authority’s Internet television station called EPlusTV6.  We had 30 min. to talk about the right and wrong way to engage in social media. Here are all 3 segments of the show. I would love to hear what you think […]

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Five Guys Marketing

by Steve Holt November 21, 2012
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There is an ongoing debate between me and some of my family and friends.  I am convinced that Five Guys makes the best burger, like ever.  Others are convinced that you can get a better burger at In-N-Out, or at a restaurant.  Sorry guys, but I have had those other burgers, and you just can’t […]

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Let Them See Your Passion

by Steve Holt November 14, 2012
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I recently attended a choir concert of one of my kids. It was a pretty big affair, with a choir of about 200, and the choir conductor was an African American gentleman in black tie and tails who appeared to be soft-spoken and genteel. Until the music started. The first song out of the gate […]

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