Comments for Firebrand Ideas Ignition http://blog.firebrandtalent.com Ideas Ignition Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:18:42 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish by BZhttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2011/07/no-you-are-not-running-late-you-are-rude-and-selfish/#comment-1024566 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:18:42 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/new/?p=764#comment-1024566 I’ll be honest with you. I am persistently “late” by 2-10 mins. to an informal weekly meeting at 7pm in a church activities room held on the same day each/every week of the year. The reason for my delay is because I must fix my husband’s dinner before I can leave home to voluntarily attend these charitable association meetings. I’m not required to go, but have a standing invitation to come when I can or want to. I don’t consider it to be rude, inconsiderate or selfish of me in any way to be a late-comer (or even a no-show) to any of these meetings and I don’t believe any of the other attendees do either.

If I arrive late, I wait before entering to respect any prayer or speaker. Then I find an appropriate seat to quietly take, so as to avoid distraction & interruption of on-going business. Mind you, in general, none of the folks there ask or know if I’ll be coming to these meetings. It can & often is a different mix of folks every week. Unless you introduce yourself, no one even knows your name. Now, IF I had made a commitment to make a presentation, speak or bring something I had promised to any of these meetings, then that would be a different story indeed. But in this case, I have absolutely no obligations to attend. However, I still thank our meeting leader/spokesperson at the end of the meeting & talk with attendees.

In my life, I have been late due to many reasons that are beyond my control; including: heavy traffic, police stops, car accidents, lack of parking, personal assault, incomplete directions/instructions for attendance, a few requests to “grab on you way & bring”, or just because invitation says: “Please drop by Whenever You Can for our Party between 5-9pm on Sunday. BYOB!”

Although, it is particularly embarrassing to be late when attending Weddings & Funerals, I do think it is alright to slip in quietly late at an appropriate point, so long as you have a proper invitation to be there.

The point is that occasionally things happen that are completely beyond our control and psychologists say it is better to recognize that things beyond our control should not cause perilous stress & anxiety. In this hectic unpredictable world many of us turn up late, not because of lack of forethought & timely planning to arrive punctually; but b/c of unanticipated circumstances we cannot control. If making amends to anyone offended is appropriate, then graciously & sincerely apologize, but don’t waste their time with superfluous excuses. If you missed a previously arranged serving time for food&drink, particu-larly if hosts were expecting you, then shame on you. But, at least you’re still alive to enjoy their company &/or hospitality; or, be held accountable for a mandatory business meeting.

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Comment on What it takes to be a thought leader today by Trevor Younghttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/what-it-takes-to-be-a-thought-leader-today/#comment-1019588 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:36:49 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6749#comment-1019588 Hi Nick, thanks for your comment – while I believe a thought leader needs to be willing to have perspective on their topic or issue of choice and be able to articulate that view strongly by via various mediums, I certainly don’t subscribe to the idea that a ranter or raver qualifies as being a ‘new’ thought leader today.

Indeed, I’m pretty resolute that a thought leader needs to be inclusive and empathetic to others’ views – hence I wrote “they also must be willing to bring people along for the ride; this is the leadership aspect of being a thought leader”. I like (and agree with) with your summation that a thought leader “is someone who has the Vision to see opportunities other’s don’t…and the Leadership skills to communicate that in a way that inspires and motivates others to act or follow.” I think we’re very much in-sync there :)
- Trevor

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Comment on What it takes to be a thought leader today by Nick Aridashttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/what-it-takes-to-be-a-thought-leader-today/#comment-1018261 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:56:10 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6749#comment-1018261 I don’t entirely agree with this definition, as it implies someone who rants & raves and has a strong opinion is doing enough to qualify as a ‘Thought Leader’.

For me, a ‘Thought Leader’ is someone who has the Vision to see opportunities other’s don’t…and the Leadership skills to communicate that in a way that inspires and motivates others to act or follow.

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Comment on Personal Branding: 10 words you should NEVER use to describe yourself by AlisonFhttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/personal-branding-10-words-you-should-never-use-to-describe-yourself/#comment-1017965 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:07:17 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6839#comment-1017965 Great article, short and sweet – what a legend ;)

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Comment on Social media research for job seekers: 5 tips to help you land your perfect job by jim moritzhttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/social-media-research-for-job-seekers-5-tips-to-help-you-land-your-perfect-job/#comment-1015773 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:44:11 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6863#comment-1015773 Rather a lot of outstanding tips as well as incredibly alive conversation.
Therefore excellent to utilize the new strategy for job seekers in social media research you as a way of thanks:)

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Comment on The ugly side of brand, culture, and flexibility in the workplace by Kristinahttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/the-ugly-side-of-brand-culture-and-flexibility-in-the-workplace/#comment-1005630 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:49:23 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6780#comment-1005630 Unfortunately, I worked for a lot of similar companies to this very early in my career. But not knowing any better and believing this was just the way things were in the corporate world, I accepted it. I now know that culture fit is one of the most important aspects of a role for me and have also found that my first impression and “gut feeling” at the interview stage usually proves right. An interview goes both ways!

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Comment on No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish by Marcohttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2011/07/no-you-are-not-running-late-you-are-rude-and-selfish/#comment-1001711 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:01:17 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/new/?p=764#comment-1001711 Nothing makes me laugh more than this, if you think i am going to make my time free for others because of ‘manners’ you can think again, nobody is more important than me, and I am being serious :). I know i’m not alone when I say that because that is universal truth. If time is more important to you then that is fine, but don’t expect others to take this point of view on that easily

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Comment on Personal Branding: 10 words you should NEVER use to describe yourself by Laurie Williamshttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/personal-branding-10-words-you-should-never-use-to-describe-yourself/#comment-966049 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:24:05 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6839#comment-966049 Oh how I wish I’d written this! I can’t decide what offends me more; this sort of nonsense or resumes / profiles full of buzz words and corporate double speak. Let’s all try being honest rather than telling everyone that we are…

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Comment on Advertising conferences: Let me sell you a story by Timhttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2014/10/advertising-conferences-let-me-sell-you-a-story/#comment-961581 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:28:19 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/?p=6845#comment-961581 I very much agree with many of your points, Barry. Keynotes should be just that, playing a new note, pushing the agenda of the whole industry forward. Or provoking the hell out of it. Unfortunately I feel tempted to miss most of them these days. Whoever gets up on stage should have certain skills and not insult a paying audience’s attention and intelligence.
SXSW still has a different feel for me. Maybe that’s because of its program’s vastness run with entities withand academic, artistic or less of an immediate sales-agenda. Additionally (as you mentioned) it features a lot of crowd-sourced and independently-directed content.

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Comment on What does a PR professional do anyway? by Erinhttp://blog.firebrandtalent.com/2012/05/what-does-a-pr-professional-do-anyway/#comment-933305 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:23:09 +0000 http://blog.firebrandtalent.com/new/?p=2339#comment-933305 Love this post, I’m looking into taking PR at school and wanted to know what it was all about, this summed it up very well. Is there a way you can tell if PR is right for you?

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