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I took on Instagram’s Legal Team and…..

A few weeks ago, I joined a Facebook group to help me find guests for my Instagram themed podcast, called “The Instagram Stories”. I posted my request for guests who were versed on building a following, then checked back later to see this response from a random person: “Daniel, I’ve...

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Episode #12 – Instagram Hacks with Beverley Theresa

Beverley is a Social Media Strategist from Canada. Her title is “Your Favorite Social Media Strategist”, which is one of the greatest titles I’ve ever heard. She gave some great information on this episode, including: 1. Start building a content database of striking images. Take pictures wherever you are and...

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The One Tool Your Calendar Needs – And It’s Free

To have guests on my podcast, I’d email them asking if they’d be interested in coming on, they’d respond saying they’d love to, then I’d send over some times/dates that would work, then they would respond with some other times/dates that would work for them, then we’d agree on one,...

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How to Solve the Biggest Problems With hashtags

Hashtags are typically described as discovery tools. “The best discovery method”, you might hear. “The best way to be found,” someone might say.  But ask yourself – when was the last time you personally clicked on a hashtag? If you’re like me, you don’t click on hashtags very often. You...

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The Instagram 101

I remember hearing about Instagram in 2012, signing up, and being confused at the concept. “Why do we need Instagram if Facebook already exists? Who wants to see pictures of other people’s food?” And this was before the selfie craze was born. Here’s the way to think about it, using...

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What Are Your Defense Mechanisms?

I was standing on the train platform, waiting for the subway uptown. I’d been waiting for a few minutes, but no sign on the train. They made an announcement over the loudspeaker and the woman next to me angrily removed her earbuds in impatience. “What did they say?” I could...

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How To Hack An Email Account

A few years ago, my wife Lauren, along with some friends of hers, planned a surprise baby shower for her best friend. My wife sent out an email to her pregnant friend with their “pretend” plans to get lunch and BCC’d (blind carbon copied) the other friends she was planning the...

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How to Use Snapchat

How to Use Snapchat. 1. Download the app. Go to the Google Play Store or iTunes Store, search for “Snapchat”. Install. (Note: there’s no “computer” version – this is phone/tablet only.) 2. Open up the app. It looks like this: 3. Once you’ve installed the app, open it up, and...

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Why Snapchat Matters in 2016

In 2010, I went on a job interview with a tech company that made mobile apps. Toward the end of the interview, the interviewer told me one of their clients was a major bank who wanted a Facebook app for their customers to use for transactions.  At that time, Facebook...

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How Do You Feel About Getting Older?

How do you feel about getting older? Personally, I’m not a fan. Not at all. I can accept it, but I don’t have to like it. I have a good amount of gray hair, which I’m not thrilled with. It’s been a thing people commented on for years. It started...

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Ideas Are the New Currency

On Thursday night, I went to a “Choose Yourself” meetup, which was titled as an “Idea Mixer”. The point is to come up with ideas – ideas are the new currency – and take one idea and combine it with another idea, until you have a completely new idea baby....

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Stories Need To Be Uncovered

“Have you ever ridden in an ambulance before?” That was the EMT’s first question. “No,” I responded. “You’re going to love it. This vehicle costs a quarter of a million dollars, and this thing MOVES.” He was right. We were definitely doing 90 MPH on Route 287, with my wife...

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What Stories Do You Have?

I like to ask people questions. One of my favorite activities is to ask people who are probably ignored by the general population about their day, or for their greatest story while on-the-job.It’s actually reached the point where I do this without realizing. A few weeks ago, my wife and...

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Are You Bored At Work?

Are you on Buzzfeed right now? Or Facebook? Or LinkedIn? Let me guess what you’re doing. You’re sitting at work, reading articles all day, pretending to be working. You’re bored. You’re frustrated. You feel trapped. You know you’re slowly wasting your life sitting and working for someone else. But you’re...

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Do You Have a Fear of Public Speaking?

I recently gave a talk at 12:30 PM. That’s when I eat lunch, so I figured others would probably be hungry, and their minds might be thinking about food rather than what I was saying. Do you get nervous when it comes to public speaking? According to surveys, fear of...

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What Holds Me Back from Greatness

I don’t write as much I want to. Not nearly as much as I should. There’s this voice. It’s constantly talking. It’s so loud I can’t concentrate. Do you have it too? It’s the voice (or maybe there are multiple voices?) telling you that you’re not good enough. The voice...

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How To Lose 30 Pounds

Everyone says “I want to lose weight.” But very few make the changes needed to accomplish their goals. Here’s my story. I remember the moment I decided I needed to lose weight. I went to buy new jeans, and I hunted through the entire store looking for jeans that could...

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Does Job Stability Exist Anymore?

Last year, about this time, my boss IM’d me and my counterpart, her other direct report. “Can you both please call into my conference bridge?” I dialed in first, and as we were momentarily the only ones on the bridge, she began. “Dan. I’ve been offered another position at another...

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Building a Following (Webinar Replay)

On Tuesday night, I did an online session using Google Hangouts, where I discussed building a following online or locally – one person at a time. It’s about 30 minutes long and I specifically discuss: 1. Building Your Voice 2. Using Social Media 3. Making Money The time went really...

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Have You Ever Felt Lucky Just to Have a Job?

Can you imagine if someone told you they were in an abusive relationship, but then, in the same breath said, “well, I just feel lucky to have a boyfriend (or girlfriend)!” You’d think, “Wow, you need help.” Not all abusive relationships happen in our personal lives. It was mid-2008. The...

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