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LavaCon: Knowledge Nuggets: Day 2

The LavaCon 2010 conference covered innovation in digital media and content strategy. This post is a summary of thoughts from the Day 2 Keynote Speakers.

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LavaCon: Knowledge Nuggets – Day 1

After a single day at LavaCon, my mind is like a treasure chest of solid goodness. The opening day offered four powerful keynotes. For those following from afar, I wanted to share key thoughts from each…

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Relentless

A friend once referred to me as “relentless”, as in “unwilling to relent.” We’re about to find out if this is so… Many of you know, I’ve been just a little bit excited about LavaCon these past few months. I have been waiting to LiveBlog LavaCon like skaters wait for the olympics, like flower shops […]

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Musical Chairs

The room spins as you march in a circle, laughing to a lively tune. As your mind wanders from dizzy repetition, you return to reality with a start: The music has STOPPED! Throwing yourself backward toward a chair, you meet the ground with a rude thud. With a sheepish grin, you slowly look up to […]

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Unlocking Hidden Levels

Who doesn’t love a secret passageway? The thrill of gaining access to concealed corridors is found in so many childhood tales, from Narnia’s Wardrobe to Hogwart’s train station. By using social media tools to live-blog and live-tweet industry events, we “unlock” these “hidden levels” for our peers.

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LavaCon: Cooler than Star Wars?

Earlier this month, I took my 11-year old son and his best buddy to Star Wars Celebration V. For Junior Jedi like them, this was a long awaited, can’t miss event. All their heroes were in one place. George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were there: Not to mention the entire voice acting cast […]

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Purpose-Driven Productivity

Could it be that YOUR daily work is helping someone, significantly? If you take the time to figure out who and how, you just may see extra spring in your steps today. Perspective brings purpose, and purpose drives productivity.

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The Respect Requirement

My heart was racing like a single-seat Formula One car: It was my first morning on the new job. I was already worried that I might be unemployed by lunch time! As I stepped slowly through the abandoned print-shop, the words “stealth-mode start-up” took on new meaning. Ventilation tubes swung from an open ceiling and […]

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The Honor of New Audiences

Though few will own up to it, most of us have likely spent at least one late night singing into a mirror, holding a hair-brush and dreaming of an audience. My most memorable “mirror moment” was in 1987 in a college dorm room – alone on a Saturday night – wailing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna […]

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The Sky Is Falling!

I feel like Chicken Little. I’ve been clucking about the radical changes heading toward the Technical Writing profession for as long as I’ve been in the field. For the past 15 years, I’ve been alerting teams about changes heading their way. I’ve been spurring them on to make the necessary preparations. In the 1990s, I […]

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