Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 353 Are You Exploiting Your Talent? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 353

We all have our talents or as some may call it our gifts or calling. In my article; One Note at a Time that I wrote earlier this year, I outlined the distinctions between talented musicians and those performing on a completely different level. I then posed key questions to connect these distinctions to the business world. As noted in that article. The key distinction I observed are: Learning your craft and continuing your pursuit of knowledge. What are your...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 352 What is Your Biggest Regret? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 352

What is Your Biggest Regret? A brave individual put a blackboard in a public park with just that question scrawled across the top waiting to see what passersby would write on the board. The board quickly filled up. “Not saying I love you.” “Burning bridges.” “Not staying in touch.” “Not being a better friend.” By the end of the day, the project creator noticed a common theme among the responses. The regrets were all about chances not taken, words not...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 351 It’s Good to be the King Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 351

It’s hard to believe that on this day in 1962, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, debuted. The show, with Carson at the desk, continued for 30 years straight with famous featured guest hosts filling in during his occasional absence. Everyone remembers, “Here’s Johnny”, as his sidekick Ed McMahon would introduce him. How did he become the king of late-night television? Why did everyone stay up until 11:30 just to catch the opening, see the celebrities or the latest comedian...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 350 What is the Art You Are Creating? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 350

I just came across a great new book, Horse Museum, by the late Dr. Seuss, which was published this month. It examines the concept of what art is all about and how it is interpreted differently by various artists and people. The book is so good that I immediately got a copy for myself and one for my grandkids. I highly recommend you look into purchasing one too. One definition of art is: “Works produced by human creative skill and...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 349 Have You SMACKED Your Clients Lately? Redux Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 349

As most of you know, I believe that a powerful image speaks a thousand words. I therefore love creating transformation visuals® to communicate such messages. I wrote the article Have You SMACKED Your Clients Lately? Back in 2012 to help our clients create more powerful podcasts. I communicated these concepts through the acronym SMACKED. Here is what it stands for: Smile while you talk, which will make the podcasts fun and demonstrate that you are enjoying it as well. If...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 348 How Have We Grown Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 348

Here we are again. September 11, 2019, now 18 years since that horrific attack on our nation that we simply remember as 9/11. Forever ingrained in our brains, those numbers, 9/11, only conjure up that which is evil and still incomprehensible. How have we grown? What have we learned and how has the world changed since that fateful day? I look back on this past year and reflect upon the senseless loss of life from mass shootings, the political turmoil...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 347 Message In The Lantern Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 347

My wife and I recently attended the Water Lantern Festival on Cleveland’s Lake Erie coast at Voinovich park. On a beautiful, warm Cleveland evening, I, along with thousands of others, spread our numbers out, milling around and socializing over the lawns and walkways and waited for the sunset to be begin. Each participant received a bag containing a paper lantern and marker, on which to write our thoughts, hopes and wishes, a wooden base and a battery powered candle. It...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 346 Cyber Strategy Success – Redux Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 346

Back in 2015, I wrote about the attributes of Cyber Strategy Success. I find this article very much applicable to today’s landscape, which provides the answers to many of the questions I often get. In the spirit of repurposing older and valuable content while Raising the Barr® by adding more value in the form of this new Transformation Visual®, here it is: My clients often refer to me as their cyber strategist. So, as I was reflecting about the essence...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 345 When Do Answers Reveal Themselves? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 345

Most people, when developing their new creative idea, take time to plan and think through the steps, envision the process, visualize the finished product or goal and most importantly, attempt to answer all possible questions. Nothing hatches without preparation and time; a concept we can easily learn from the animal kingdom and ourselves. But what happens when we spend too much time planning, designing, strategizing, thinking about the journey and struggling to develop the answers to all anticipated questions and...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 344 Why Invest in Your Web Presence? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 344

Should you invest or keep investing in your web presence? Obviously, I am somewhat biased since this is the essence of my business. I have developed 17 reasons why you should consider doing so. Here they are: Transform appearance. It gives you the opportunity to recreate and innovate the way you look, the way you are perceived and your overall virtual presentation. It becomes your 24×7 representative. Rebrand messaging. What are your positioning statement and the stories you are telling?...

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