Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 360 Let It Go Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 360

Our grandchildren visited us recently at the same time the movie Frozen 2 opened. They insisted on being the first to see it and they, along with hundreds of other kids, waited in line for a viewing on opening day. The reviews were spectacular along with the new music, but they couldn’t forget the original song, Let It Go. As this year draws to an end and we begin looking ahead to 2020, I began taking inventory of my accomplishments...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 359 My Web Presence Predictions for 2020 Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 359

As I reflect each year on all the innovation that took place, I am in awe of the amazing new thinkers and creations the world reveals each year. Here are my predictions for this upcoming year and some critical questions I share with you to contemplate: Mobile devices will further increase in their popularity and practical use. What new functions should you release next year that leverage these mobile devices? Social interactions will advance to a higher level while opening...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 358 My Thanksgiving is Perpetual Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 358

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.(Henry David Thoreau) As I look around my office, my home, my community and business sphere, I stop to take notice and am filled with gratitude. It’s almost unimaginable that 44 years ago when I arrived here with $200 in my pocket that I would be enjoying the life that I have worked hard to create in a country that has offered so much opportunity. Thanksgiving is truly...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 357 Connecting the Past with the Future Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 357

Many Americans and perhaps others around the world, have spent at least a few minutes watching the live testimony of the impeachment inquiry this week. While researching a topic for this newsletter, I discovered that on this day, November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As a naturalized citizen, I had never read this short speech, 271 words to be exact, one that Lincoln delivered in just 2 minutes. In its...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 356 Struggling for New Ideas? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 356

“Chad, I have no idea what to write about or what content to create. Where do you get your creative content creation ideas from?” This is probably one of the most common questions I get from my clients and prospective clients as well as during my presentations. During these live presentations I turn to the audience at one point and ask them to share their toughest challenges they wish they could overcome. I call it the “magic wand” wish. In...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 355 Architecting Your Future Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 355

As many of you know, one of my many passions is photography. Other passions of mine include: the development of web strategies and digital content for us and our clients, playing the guitar, spending precious time with my family (did I tell you about my grandkids yet?) and my most recent passion, playing the hottest and fastest growing sport in the US – Pickle Ball. More on that soon. I was recently drawn to photographing the fascinating world of architecture...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 354 21 Biggest Content Marketing Mistakes Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 354

One of the key attributes of the most successful global thought leaders is the fact that they are prolific publishers of remarkable content and they do so provocatively, consistently in a large variety of media formats and online platforms. In other words, they leverage content marketing brilliantly and become game changers in their respected industries. Yet many make serious mistakes when creating their content marketing. Below are the top 21 mistakes I see entrepreneurs and organizations make: Not repurposing your...

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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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