How to Connect Facebook And WordPress Plugins

                          The topic we’re going to talk about is how to connect Facebook and WordPress plugins.  We’re going to talk about using JetPack, a multi-faceted plugin developed and maintained by Automattic, the publisher of WordPress.  While JetPack has a whole host of cool tools built in to supercharge your WordPress site, we’re only going to focus on using the WordPress JetPack Facebook module. (more…)

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A Meeting At 5 p.m. On A Friday? That’s Just Rude

You’re kicking back a little. You’ve busted it all week to make sure you can skate out on Friday without a hitch and have a fantastic weekend. Then he walks up to you. Puts his coffee cup on the wall of your cubicle and says it. The most dreaded words in businessdom … ‘I just sent you a meeting invite for 5 p.m. today.’ And while he blubbers an apology, the smirky smile cancels out the regret he pretends to feel and you resign to the fact your work week just got a few hours longer. It doesn’t matter whether you are a full time employee or a contractor, late ...

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Resume Mistakes: ‘Looking To Be A Awesome Sells Manager’

No we are not idiots. You read the headline correctly. The headline of this entry is the text a (not-so) potential employee sent as a lead-in to his resume. What made it a little worse, is  a few of the resumes came from a recruiter. This candidate, through his lack of attention to grammar, didn’t get a resume read past the first few lines -- although it did make for a great bank shot in a game of garbage can basketball. A resume is a reflection of a person’s professional experience, professional acumen, career accomplishments and future goals. It explains ...

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Swimming with Sharks: A Lesson In Crisis Management

I’m a runner and I like to compete in marathons and triathlons when time allows.  Triathlon training requires cross training on a bicycle, swimming and running. One morning, I was running from my apartment along Collins Avenue in Miami.  It was not a particularly hot morning but severely muggy from an overnight rain, so it was zapping my energy and I was overheating like crazy.  I decided to run to the beach for a swim. At the beach, I took off my shoes, socks and shirt and jumped in. I was practicing my breaststroke, breathing techniques and kicking. For me, ...

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When All Fails, Optimism Is The Best Motivator

As an entrepreneur, I've often been asked how I can deal with the many rejections business owners have to face on a daily basis. Am I blind not to see the warning signs? Am I scared of the risk of not gaining business? How will I survive? I don't think that I am any super hero in particular. I am, however, at the risk of sounding egotistical, either a glutton for punishment or someone who is calm and collected in the face of adversity. I think I'm somewhere in the middle. I know that I am not perfect and I'm as human as the next person. But I do not let my fears control ...

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New Business Tips: How To Make It To Year 5

I was checking my updates on LinkedIn and noticed something that completely took me by surprise.  Apparently I was so pre-occupied with all activities of my business, I didn’t realize Build.Automate, had turned 5.  I am a very details-oriented person so it took me about 10 seconds to actually process -- so much for being on top of things! All jokes aside, this is an important milestone for me especially as most businesses don’t survive past their third year, according to the latest Census Bureau data. In the services sector, 47.6% of new businesses survive the first ...

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Process Efficiencies Require Willingness to Put Up With Current Inefficiencies

As the school year has come to a close, it is a time to reflect on many things.  The fact that I now have a child going into high school certainly gives me pause, if not a bit of trepidation.  It also gives me time to reflect on the efficiencies and inefficiencies of everything I do in the morning to get my children ready for school each day.  You see every morning I drive my children to school.  It is a very straightforward route that consists of a series of right turns and only a few traffic lights.  My son and daughter can expect to arrive at school within 4 ...

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Winning The Brand Game One Inning At A Time

While watching one of my favorite baseball Kevin Costner movies, a Ray Liotta line struck a chord with me. ‘If you build it, they will come.’ This line from ‘Field of Dreams’ spoken by Shoeless Joe Jackson to wannabe farmer Ray Consella, compelled Ray to mow down one of his Iowa corn fields and build a baseball diamond for the ghosts of wayward baseball players to come out and let off some steam. And while he had the faith to build the field despite all the criticism, for the longest time, the only people who could see the value of what he had done was him and his ...

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Sometimes Coffee Time is a Luxury

I'm sitting here at the coffee shop this morning.  I'm just taking a little break to enjoy a very tasty coffee and to listen to some tunes!  Nice to hear "new" music.  I feel so out of touch with the rest of the world because of the whirlwind ride the last 4 months.  A restructuring and realignment is not an easy thing to do!  However, I am definitely excited about the future of Build.Automate.  There are so many new things that are coming for us that I am actually very "giddy"!   I just wanted to say 'Thank You Very Much' to the many loyal followers and customers ...

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What does it take to become a successful consultant?

[row][span6] Consulting: A very difficult career in which to be successful. I've thought of so many things and lessons learned about what makes a great, successful consultant. Is it always listening to the customer? Is it always telling the customer he or she should do the right thing? Maybe not. I've been reflecting lately and looking back over my twenty plus year career (I started consulting and programming professionally in 1989) and I've been thinking about how a great consultant or programmer can become a successful consultant. Great consultants and great ...

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