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The Friday Blog Round-Up 5/18/11

18th May 2012

The Friday Blog Round-Up 5/18/11

First up we have a post from Erich Campbell about how to avoid letting a need for perfection get in the way of shipping product.   We all understand the need to put out our best work,  but if you’re dithering over every little detail you won’t be putting out any work at all, which certainly won’t be good for business.  Erich outlines some tips for avoiding this problem in his post.

Next on the list is a post by Seth Godin giving advice on how to make money online.   I love a lot of things about this post, but I think the best thing is that the first piece of advice is “stop Googling things like, “how to make money online.” “   Making money anywhere,  online or offline, takes a lot of hard work and thought and effort and guts.    It also takes community and support, which ties in nicely with his last point.   I highly recommend this post to anyone who wants to build a business on the Internet.

Third at bat is a post from Brass Tack Thinking about how to be an expert without being an ass.    I’m a huge fan of people who are knowledgeable and willing to share what they know,  but they’re not cocky or arrogant about it.    Everyone deserves respect and admiration for the work they’ve done and the skills they’ve learned,  but there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about publicizing what you know.   This post details the right way.

Fourth on the docket is a post from Jay Fleet about how to plan presentations.   Now anyone who has given a talk to a professional audience knows it’s a long way from the index cards and transparencies that were used in high school (o.k., when I was in high school, now they probably use laptops and PowerPoint).   Jay suggests a new way to structure your presentation, and gives you a step by step guide to creating that structure.  I’m definitely bookmarking this post and referring to it the next time I have to build a presentation.

Finally, we have a post from Erika Napoletano, aka Redhead Writing.  I love her posts because there’s a lot of common sense in them, and also some salty language (so be warned).   This particular post is about the fact that not everyone will like what you do,  and if you’re going to succeed in business you’re going to need to be o.k. with that fact.    Sometimes you might even (gasp!) listen to those who don’t agree with you or don’t like what you’re doing and see what you can learn.    This post is a good reminder that we can’t please everyone and trying to do so will only make us nuts and probably lead to less than our best work.

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