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Heads Up Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 254

nov15-2017

Planning a brainstorming meeting with colleagues or masterminds? Here’s the checklist: Peruse your calendar to find an open day/time. Prepare list of topics and ideas to discuss. Prepare questions and format. Contact colleagues. Confirm date, time and place. Gather all pertinent materials. Meet colleagues at agreed upon date and time. Be seated. Pull out cellphone. What???? Unfortunately, the incredible technology available on our smartphones today …

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Beware of What You Share Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 252

nov1-2017

While checking out the profiles of individuals on various social media platforms, I’ve concluded that many of these people are either naïve or clueless about the impact of their digital identities and the lifestyle they reveal. I see silly photos of wild parties, drunken moments, images of injured body parts, pontification on subjects of which they are ignorant, boasting of the places they’ve visited, constantly …

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Don’t Fall For It! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 237

july19-2017

Last weekend, my wife and I traveled to hear The Cleveland Orchestra perform at Blossom Music Center, which is one of the most beautiful summer concert venues in Northeast Ohio. Being somewhat in a hurry, I quickly launched my browser and searched for available online tickets. I clicked on the first link that came up and to my surprise it showed only a few tickets …

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Do Your Photos Lie? Why They Should Always Tell the Truth Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 215

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What does your business have in common with online dating? As it turns out, quite a lot. In both situations, the images you post can make all the difference between a great connection or a really sour interaction. Posting misleading photos on dating websites—like that glamour shot from 1997 that shows you 20 years younger and 20 pounds lighter—will only hurt you when the actual …

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Are You Caught in the Web? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 177

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This week’s reflection point: We all know that the Internet is the world’s best tool—right at our fingertips—to transform our lives and improve our businesses. But the web is also the world’s biggest distraction, and one of the worst enemies of productivity. Do you leverage the web to its full potential? Or are you one of the scores of people “caught” in the web, mostly …

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The Almost Credible Web Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 163

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This week’s refection point: The amount of fraud that takes place on the web is mindboggling. Here are a few examples: Receiving phishing emails from various financial institutions that look authentic and lure the recipient to click and enter their confidential information, only to find out that their identity has been compromised or stolen. Spam emails that promise amazing investment opportunities that guarantee your future …

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The New Family Dinner Hour Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 152

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This week’s reflection point: Has technology taken over your family dinner hour? Many decades ago when frozen TV dinners were the newest craze, we began losing precious family time staring at the TV while we ate. The family dinner time to talk about business, schoolwork or highlights of our day stared slipping away. Today, we are incessantly checking for emails, messages, Instagram or Facebook posts …

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The New Oxford Dictionary Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 143

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This week’s reflection point: Do the acronyms: BRB, LOL, IMHO, CYL, or IDK, seem familiar to you? When it comes to web acronyms, or Internet jargon, how hip are you? I’ve noticed the popularity of such acronyms growing significantly over the years where one may probably need a special dictionary to interpret incoming messages. I suspect the trend started years ago with the invention of …

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Taking Control of Technology Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 134

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This week’s reflection point: Does it ever feel like technology is controlling you, rather than empowering you? If so, it’s easy to understand why. We live in a world where machines seem to conquer all. Back in 2011, IBM’s “Watson” computer beat out Jeopardy!‘s two best players to win over $70,000 in a landslide victory. And since 1996, when the first computer beat the top-rated …

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Walking the Talk Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 131

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This week’s reflection point: It’s easy to give your clients advice. What’s more difficult is following it yourself. Admittedly, it can be challenging to “walk the talk” when it comes to doing the very things you tell your clients to do. But if you fail to implement your own strategies, why should your clients trust you? Of course, the answer is that they probably shouldn’t. …

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