I recently had the opportunity to speak at Career Day at the school where my kids go – Heards Ferry Elementary School in Sandy Springs, GA. I spoke to 100+ fourth graders about a career in marketing.

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Heards Ferry Elementary School

Now, I’ve given presentations in front of some very large audiences in recent years.  But this was by far the most nerve wracking public speaking experience I’ve ever had.

When I’m speaking in front of a room of marketers or executives, I know the audience.  I know how to talk to them.  I know what kinds of jokes they’ll laugh at.  I know how to structure a presentation that will provide real value.

This was different.  I had to explain my job to 4th graders.  And that’s not nearly as easy as it seems.  I once asked my kids the question: “What does Daddy do for a living?” You can see their answer in the video below.

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Sunday, February 4th, was a day I will never forget.  That’s the day the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history.  

I am a lifelong Eagles fan.  I was born at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and grew up outside of Philly, or as some people call it, Southern New Jersey (Exit 4 on the Turnpike in case you were wondering).  If you’re not familiar with how it works, let me explain. Southern New Jersey roots for the Eagles and Northern New Jersey roots for the Giants.  The only exception is the former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who inexplicably roots for the Dallas Cowboys, probably a big reason for his very low approval ratings in the Garden State. Read More

10 Things That Make Atlanta Great

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I’m not originally from Atlanta. I didn’t grow up here. I’m from the Philly area so I have a deep-seeded hatred for the Braves, Falcons and Hawks. But, like many Northeastern transplants, I now call Atlanta home.

And I have to say Atlanta is pretty awesome in many ways. That’s why I was a bit bummed when I read this recent Forbes article – Why You Should Travel to Atlanta This Winter. It was all about the chain hotels and football. It just made Atlanta seems so lame.

I started thinking about the things that make Atlanta great. Why would people want to travel or relocate here? So I put together this list of the ten things that make Atlanta a great city to live in and do business. Here we go…

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The Career Manifesto

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steibMy friend Mike Steib, former Googler, current CEO of XO Group, and a guy with a ridiculously full head of hair for a 40+ year old, recently published a great book entitled The Career Manifesto, based on a Jerry Maguire-esque mission statement he had written many years ago while working at Google. Writing a book is no small feat so I’m super-happy for Mike and his success.  You can learn more about The Career Manifesto on Amazon.

Mike’s book really provides an excellent framework for managing your career. Most of us are so busy every day, that we forget to take the long view on our career. Reading Mike’s book was a good reminder that it’s important to define your goals and think about what it’s going to take to achieve them.  I wish I had this book earlier in my career. I’d say it’s a must-read for young professionals starting their career journey.

I thought I’d add a few points of my own to Mike’s book. Here they are.

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Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2017

People who know me know that I listen to a lot of podcasts. That’s usually how I pass the time driving to and from work or on long road trips. It’s amazing to me how many good podcasts are out there and more seem to pop up every day. So, as we approach the end of 2017, I thought I’d list my favorite podcast episodes of the year. Read More

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