10 Social Media Tasks for Summer Interns Wednesday, May 6 2009 


A a r o n

I follow Webster University (my alma mater) on Twitter. They forwarded a nice link to a blog called Disruptology  > Aaron Uhrmacher on Social Media & Communications <. Today’s post was titled > “10 Social Media Tasks for Summer Interns.” <

Two thoughts:

numeral-1If you are fortunate enough to have a summer intern, this is a great to-do list for her/him, and you will have a great foundation set for building your social media for the rest of the year. 

  If you don’t have an intern, see how many of these tasks you can accomplish
  yourself.  Try one/week to start.


Bottom line for me is get a strategy set and execution started for your employer &/or yourself, one way or another, to stay relevant!  These are important skills, and if you don’t have them yet, all the software you need to add them to your skill set is either on the Web or between your ears.

I’ll blogroll Aaron’s site so you can check in on him from time to time from my sidebar.


Thinking of starting your own business? Tuesday, Mar 10 2009 

I got an e-mail today from a colleague about a three-hour Business Boot Camp for new entrepreneurs coming up May 12 and being held on the main campus at Webster University in the Sunnen Room. I gave it a quick glance, but didn’t dig too deeply veteransday-fbginto it when it first my my InBox. Giving it a closer read, it has some really good stuff in it.

Check it out; it never hurts to know the things he’s got covered in these sessions.
Price is right: It’s FREE.

Here’s a > LINK < to the Business Boot Camp info and other free seminars offer by this .

I don’t know Dr. Stan Fine, but here’s a > LINK < to his Web site. He seems to have some decent testimonials.  His bio says, “Dr. Fine has held high-level marketing positions with numerous Fortune 100 companies. As a national business speaker, Dr. Fine has presented to thousands of people around the United States. He has taught management seminars for Inc. Magazine, appeared on radio and television talk shows, and presented at a United Nations conference.

Dr. Fine is a past member of the National Speakers Association. He is a frequent guest on numerous syndicated radio talk shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. His sales and marketing expertise has been featured in multiple publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri Meetings and Events Magazine, St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

Dr. Fine has a Ph.D. in Business. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis Community College and is currently producing a new TV Show on Channel 10 STLTV “Dr. Stan: The Business Doctor – Business Boot Camp Tip of the Week.” 


Editorial Note: If you don’t want to go to the Business Boot Camp, but you have graphic design Web skills, you might e-mail Dr. Fine and pitch a redesign of his Web site. He may be a business expert, but his Web page (especially the layout of the text) could use some help to add credibility to his brand.

There’s your first entrepreneurial opportunity.



US soldier image courtesy Dr. Stan Fine
Ralphie Parker and his Red Ryder BB Gun image courtesy Christmas Tree Films

“Kindness is a great way to cope with difficult times.” Sunday, Mar 8 2009 



This was the title of an article in the St. Louis Business Journal (February 27 issue) by Anna Navarro. If you are a regular reader of the “Biz Journal,” you have seen her column and know that she is the owner of a local firm called Work Transitions, is a nationawide career consultant and is internationally respected for her insights on the workplace. The subtitle to the article is, “Job hunting is all about building good relationships.”

anna_about1I got behind on my reading the last few weeks, and I took a day yesterday to get caught up when I came across Anna’s “Kindness” article. It’s good advice, and I think everyone here is thinking the same way Anna is thinking. I’ll link her article here for you.

> Anna Navarro’s article in the St. Louis Business Journal on February 27, 2009 <

I’d be interested to know if anyone has worked with Anna or any other career coach.

I have worked with one, myself. Her name is Dory Hollander, Ph.D. Her company, Wise Workplaces, is based in the Washington, D.C., region (Alexandria, Va.), and she keeps an office in Clayton, Missouri, for local clients here. Her roots to St. Louis go back to the founding of a Psychology department at Webster (College) University, where she was instrumental in that development of that program there. hollander_with-text-copy2

Dory is currently on a hiatus, but I can highly recommend her first-hand when she begins accepting new clients again. She has been on 20/20, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today and other national media. She also has a book called The Doom Loop System, about keeping your career on an upward swing, which you can find on Amazon.

Here are links to Anna Navarro’s Work Transitions Web site, Dory Hollander’s Web site, and to her book on Amazon.

> Anna Navarro | Work Transitions <

> Dory Hollander | Wise Workplaces <

> Doom Loop System on Amazon.com <

These are two excellent resouces for career coaching and professional development. If you find yourself in a position that’s being eliminated are able to negotiate a severance package to include money for this kind of thing, do it. If not, see if you can budget for a few sessions. If that’s out of the questions, don’t rule out offering to trade in-kind services in your area of specialty with the coach for a couple of sessions. If you are in a stable position and want to discover how to become more valuable as an employee, a career coach is the way to go.

If any of the readers here have had experience with a coach you can recommend (including either of those mentioned here), please post your info to share with all of us!