• #211
    Mar 30, 2014
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    Marrying Someone Else

    The Responsibility of Someone Else's Vows

    Pastors like to talk about Jesus’ first published miracle happening at a wedding, but I’m not a pastor. I just play one on TV. And pastors like to mention that God attended the first wedding in the Garden of Eden. But I read that story last week, and Jesus didn’t make Eve repeat any vows or have Adam get a ring for his bride. He just brought Eve to Adam.

  • #210
    Mar 26, 2014
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    Branding Lessons from a High-Rise Crane Operator

    Rudolph Portrait
    A Unique Perspective on "Core Strength"

    I highly doubt Rudolph realized the inherent advice that he was giving. It’s the same advice I give college juniors and seniors who ask me how to build a successful business and the advice I give nascent auctioneers in the halls at conferences: “Focus on your core competencies. Find what you do best, and focus on the niche market that values that.” It’s advice I had to learn from experience.

  • #209
    Mar 16, 2014
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    Bungy Jumping into Community

    Bloukrans Bungy
    Support for When We Are Stretched

    The challenge, especially for those of us who consider ourselves self-sufficient, is to reach out to our friends. The reward for this vulnerability is more than refreshment. It brings a renewed sense of purpose, a sense of belonging, an appreciation of the Sovereign.

  • #208
    Mar 12, 2014

    Asking the Wrong Branding Question

    Which came first?
    Chicken or the Egg?

    It’s not even a “chicken or the egg?” enigma, because brochures and websites are both eggs. The chicken is your brand. Every way that your brand is expressed hatches from the hen that gives it her DNA—its appearance, its personality, its intrinsic qualities.

  • #207
    Feb 26, 2014

    The 4 Steps to Advertising Success

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    The Importance of Audience Preferences

    There are no universal marketing guarantees, but starting from our audience’s perspective helps us ask the right strategic questions throughout a campaign. It’s not always easy to look through our audience’s lens, because we are often in a different head space than our prospect. When we do, though, we improve your chances of a successful campaign.

  • #206
    Feb 19, 2014
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    A Ticket to Spontaneity

    Crane Operator
    My Biggest Accomplishment in South Africa

    Back at my hostel, folks asked where I’d been; and I told them.

    Responses included, “They let you do that!?” and “How did you arrange that?”

    “I asked.”

    There are some big lessons in there for me—professional, relational, and spiritual ramifications that I’ve been processing since then. But on my first morning in Cape Town, I made the rest of the trip unnecessary. This would not be topped. This would be the story of the trip.

  • #205
    Feb 11, 2014

    Rebranding Strategies from Super Bowl Commercials

    Jaguar Super Bowl
    Changing Brand Perceptions

    Both had the same goal: change their respective brand’s engrained perceptions. Radio Shack had been wearing a pocket protector long before Best Buy took its lunch money, broke its soldering gun, and stuffed it in a locker. Jaguar had been showing people it’s yearbooks from the 1960′s, while yelling at Audi to get off its lawn.

  • #204
    Feb 7, 2014
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    The Adrenaline Rush I Didn’t Expect

    Chevrolet Spark
    Danger Comes in Small Packages

    If I were to measure the adrenaline rushes of my life in terms of cost per hour of participation, negotiating the Garden Route proved far more affordable than bungy jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, etc. That said, I wouldn’t mind paying extravagantly for safer ways to get my hits of endorphins, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

  • #203
    Feb 5, 2014
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    The Invisible God I Saw on Vacation

    Arenal Waterfalls
    The Symmetry of Symbiosis

    My wife and I were on a romantic getaway in a jungle hotel. We toured the Arenal rain forest with a public-university-trained nature guide explaining the eccentricities of the flora and fauna that we saw as we meandered. What struck me more than anything were all the symbiotic relationships—both plants with creatures and creatures with other creatures. In their current state, neither could survive in their current form without the other in its current form.

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