For years I’ve opined privately on how I dislike insurance. I need insurance for my house, my cars, my motorcycle, my health, my teeth, my eyes… it feels like I pay all this money into a system that only cares about taking my money – and more of it every year.
Then in the last six weeks – seriously, six weeks to the day – I’ve had two car/deer accidents. Besides the thought that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” I’ve started thinking about the lessons I’ve learned from the interactions with the same industry I’ve whined about, and others involved in my accident recovery. I’ve come to the conclusion that customer service, while it’s not complicated to execute, it seems to elude so many.
Fortunately for me, the players in this adventure have all stepped up and taught me the lessons with what they’ve done well. Continue reading
It was Thanksgiving week. Like most years, I started to reflect on what I was grateful for, which brought me to some amazing blessings.
This particular year, I was working for a world-changing company run by a good man with whom I’d wanted to work for years. The work was rewarding and challenging; it put me in touch with inspiring thought leaders around the world. It didn’t hurt that the work was remote, so I had a home office and could go anywhere to work. The money was good – much better than where I was just 7 years earlier struggling to provide for my family in a job I’d grown to despise.
Recently, podcast guru Jordan Harbinger (formerly of The Art of Charm, now with The Jordan Harbinger Show) offered advice to anyone (especially business-focused people) thinking about starting a podcast. The title gives it away: Thinking of starting a podcast? Don’t.
Jordan’s reasons – it’s not an easy money maker, there’s too much noise, competing against big media – all seem legitimate. However, I’m a bit stubborn.
I decided to start a podcast as a passion project. Interviewing storytellers about their craft fascinates me. If I can learn a little something about becoming a better storyteller, while sharing it with others, then I feel like I leave the world a little bit better for the future. Continue reading
Is guest blogging dead? Is podcast interview marketing the new guest blogging?
It used to be true that guest blogging was a legitimate “hack” to content marketing. It was one of the most inbound-y tactics in inbound marketing. The marketing team places content on a relevant blog with a back link (use the right anchor text!) and you not only reach a new audience that trusts the site you’re on… but you get SEO value!
The host of your guest post gets (hopefully) great content and gets to get in front of your social media audience as your team promotes the post. It’s a win-win situation. One problem: are blog articles as engaging and magnetic as they once were? Continue reading
I wrote this a while back. It’s inspired by true events.
Honor Flight: THE IMPACT
Teaching the next generation about honor and respect.
The short answer to “Who is Honor Flight?” is easy: We are a volunteer-run, non-profit organization honoring our WWII veterans with an all-expense-paid one-day trip to Washington, DC to visit the national monuments built in their honor. We also now fly Korean War veterans. Some hubs are flying Vietnam veterans, too. Continue reading
Leading an organization, a group, a team or even yourself can be difficult.
Great leadership can also seem so simple, it’s misleading.
In thinking about my leadership and that of others around me – great leaders and lacking leaders alike – I thought I’d put together leadership lessons I’ve learned and strive for. Yes I miss the mark sometimes, but it’s something I definitely work on every day. I’m blessed to have had 2 years of leadership training at a previous job – thank you AmeriFirst – and I study leaders to try and make myself better.
Here’s my list of leadership lessons I’ve cultivated. Continue reading
I’m sharing this essay to honor my friend Linda, as well as showcase my oldest daughter. I had the honor of serving alongside Linda with Talons Out Honor Flight. She was taken from us on May 10, 2017. Ava, a 6th grader, chose Linda as the subject of end-of-year essay. Here is her essay.
A Hero’s Tale by Ava Moyle Continue reading