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Should busy executives use Twitter? Hmmm. There is a line (or a tweet) in the sand on this one. It's a hot topic guaranteed to bring out heated opinions. And be sure to get your gloves on if you enter this dialogue. A recent Business Week article on CEOs tweeting can give you insights into how top global big wigs use the micro-blogging service. But what if we approached "To Tweet or Not to Tweet" purely from the perspective of advancing your CXO communication? Should you use Twitter as an executive messaging platform? Let's explore some pros and cons. Twitter as a communication platform? YES! Twitter is a great vehicle: 1. To disseminate timely and important information. 2. To connect with customers/partners and feel their collective pulse. Talk and listen. 3. To establish your brand online (in addition to creating a blog and using other social networking sites). 4. To con... (more)

Can You Hear Me NOW?

Normal 0 0 1 521 2975 Core Ideas Communication 24 5 3653 10.265 0 0 0 As an IT professional, you talk about IT issues all the time. But when you speak to a business crowd, well… it can sometimes be very challenging, to say the least. Have you ever been faced with this type of communication challenge? Let's say you're talking about cloud computing to your business users. After two minutes of speaking, your audience's eyes glaze over, brows furrow and zombie-like faces stare back at you. And no matter how many times you rephrase and restate your ideas, still, you're talking to a bl... (more)

Have a Brand Like Lady Gaga

What do Steve Jobs, Lady Gaga and Bill Clinton have in common? You guessed it: a powerful personal brand. But how did they get that brand? Were they born with a charismatic brand or did they shape and hone it? My guess is that Lady Gaga, Bill and Steve all grew up the same as everyone else. They did not come out of the womb with a strong personal brand. They developed it. Personal Brands Are Made Most brands are made, not born. That means there is hope for everyone seeking to advance their personal brand. Not everyone is a Steve Jobs or Lady Gaga or Bill Clinton.  But we can all fo... (more)

Does Cloud Computing Need a Shrink?

What if "The Cloud" visited a psychiatrist? Does Cloud and Cloud Computing need therapy? Are they suffering from split personality disorder? With so many people giving different definitions of what Cloud Computing is, no wonder The Cloud has an identity crisis. Be a fly on the wall and listen in to the Cloud's therapy session. Scene: Office of Dr. Virgil I. Zation, a noted Silicon Valley Psychiatrist. Dr. Zation is having a therapy session with a new patient named Cloud. Doctor: How can I help you, Mr. Cloud? Cloud: You can drop the "Mr." and just call me "The Cloud." Doctor: Ok, Cl... (more)

IT Personnel Hit Hard by New Flu Outbreak

The newest target population is IT presenters, and the geographic scope of this nascent disease is now global. Rapid onslaught of symptoms include the inability to focus and then agitation. Physical symptoms are fidgeting, then heavy sighing, culminating in the urge to scream.  The final symptom is Cerebral Mortis: the brain just shuts down. The original or parent disease is DBP: Death by Power Point, but a recent variation, the F5 strain, is gaining strength especially in the IT community. What is this new mutation of Death by Power Point? Embedded  Content The new strain embeds ... (more)