success

The Art of the Conversation

by Steve Holt February 11, 2014
Thumbnail image for The Art of the Conversation

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 […]

Read the full post here

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

by Steve Holt January 20, 2014
Thumbnail image for My 2014 New Year’s Resolution For You (and me)

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 […]

Read the full post here

New Beginnings

by Steve Holt December 6, 2013
Thumbnail image for New Beginnings

Sometimes in life you come to the point where you need to start over.  Sometimes that means taking a step backwards and sometimes it means taking a step forwards.  At 45 years old, in the middle of my effective working life expectancy, I am taking a step forward and making a turn in my career […]

Read the full post here

Why Social Media Metrics Aren’t As Important As You Think

by Steve Holt October 31, 2013
Thumbnail image for Why Social Media Metrics Aren’t As Important As You Think

Social media metric tools are plentiful and getting better and better every day. I often recommend various types of tools so that my customers can keep track of their progress and effectiveness in their social media outreach. There are a bunch of free ones as well as some great professional tools that you have to […]

Read the full post here

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

by Steve Holt September 25, 2013
Thumbnail image for Your Brand Is Dying: Here’s How To Save It

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 […]

Read the full post here

It’s Time To Give Back

by Steve Holt March 23, 2013
Thumbnail image for It’s Time To Give Back

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 […]

Read the full post here

How Not To Screw Up At Work

by Steve Holt March 12, 2013
Thumbnail image for How Not To Screw Up At Work

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 […]

Read the full post here

Small Talk: The New Sales Pitch

by Steve Holt February 21, 2013
Thumbnail image for Small Talk: The New Sales Pitch

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. […]

Read the full post here

5 Reasons They Aren’t Liking Your Facebook Page

by Steve Holt February 4, 2013
Thumbnail image for 5 Reasons They Aren’t Liking Your Facebook Page

You may have noticed over the past couple of months that in addition to the number of likes on your page growing at a slower pace than before, the number of people commenting, liking, and sharing your Facebook page content has gone down.  It’s happened to me.  It’s happened to everyone.  These are strategic decisions […]

Read the full post here

Surprise them

by Steve Holt January 14, 2013
Thumbnail image for Surprise them

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 […]

Read the full post here

The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It

by Steve Holt December 3, 2012
Thumbnail image for The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It

A few months ago I was helping one of my clients with their marketing outreach.  We talked a great deal about their social media outreach and where it fit in their overall marketing plan.  We had spent a great deal of time over the past year revamping and updating their look on all their social […]

Read the full post here

Let Them See Your Passion

by Steve Holt November 14, 2012
Thumbnail image for Let Them See Your Passion

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 […]

Read the full post here

18 Inches

by Steve Holt June 3, 2012
Thumbnail image for 18 Inches

My head told me one thing, and my heart told me another. It was that pivotal moment when you have to decide who will win… your head or your heart. We have all been there, and you can probably chime in with examples from both your personal life and your business. And I’ve made the […]

Read the full post here

The Top 10 Things I Learned/Found In 2011

by Steve Holt January 7, 2012
Thumbnail image for The Top 10 Things I Learned/Found In 2011

Seems like everyone is doing articles about what to look forward to in 2012, including me, so I decided to talk for just a few minutes about the best things I learned/found in 2011. I hope that you can find some goodies in this list that you didn’t know about, so that you can (of […]

Read the full post here

Once Upon A Time…

by Steve Holt January 1, 2012
Thumbnail image for Once Upon A Time…

Once upon a time there was a small business owner named Bob who was busy. So busy in fact, that he struggled to find time to do all the things that he needed to do. Each morning when the sun shown through his window and awakened his eyes he struggled to get out of bed […]

Read the full post here

Sometimes You Just Have To Do Something Different

by Steve Holt December 9, 2011
Thumbnail image for Sometimes You Just Have To Do Something Different

Here’s a bit of trivia for you Fab-Four fans. Who was the first non-Beatles musician to play on a Beatles’ record? The story is pretty amazing, and I wanted to share it with you. Several years ago George Harrison shared a story about the events surrounding the writing of his signature song, While My Guitar […]

Read the full post here