Tech Tips

Do You Need 500 LinkedIn Connections?

When LinkedIn first came out everyone raced to get 500 connections. It was a badge of honor, and it demonstrated networking prowess. I remember being happy to see “500+” LinkedIn connections on my profile. Now most of my clients ask if that number is...

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Just Tell Me No (A Sales Skill)

“The second thing I want to hear from a prospect is ‘No’ “, a financial professional recently told me. “I love hearing ‘yes’, but I like hearing ‘no’ from prospective clients. That sounded crazy when I first heard...

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5 Ways to Get People to Open Your Email

Remember when email was cool? I used to receive a few emails everyday from people I knew. Now I delete more emails than I actually read. The average professional receives 121  emails per day. Emails are like commercials on television and junk mail at home. For...

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5 Things NOT Mentioned in the Apple Event

Apple does a great job of getting people hyped for their events, and today was no exception. There were a lot of Apple rumors covered by MacRumors, 9to5Mac and TheVerge, and most of those proved to be true. Today’s event covered most of what we were expecting,...

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Wash Your Hands (and other Business Travel Tips)

I travel across the country 50% of the time, and my most productive workspaces are hotels,  airports and cramped seats at 30,000 feet. I’m also a triathlete, marathon runner and fitness addict. So it became very frustrating when I started putting on weight, and my...

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LinkedIn 201: Generating Leads and Sales

Setting up a LinkedIn profile is easy. There are hundreds of companies and services coaching professionals to add a picture, complete the education section and get to 500 connections. In the past few years, financial professionals keep asking me, “What’s...

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Is Alexa Listening to Your Conversations? Yes!

Yes. Amazon’s official answer is the Echo Line of products is only activated using one of four wake words: Alexa, Echo, Computer or Amazon. There have been several reports of these devices transcribing conversations and even texting co-workers without knowledge...

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I Bought a Car Through Carvana and It Didn’t Suck!

Recently I bought a car through Carvana, and traditional car dealerships should be worried. I hate buying cars and cringe when the salesperson says, “What do I need to do to put you in a car today?” Or when they say, “Hold on, I need to talk to my...

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I’m Keeping Facebook. Here’s Why

I’m keeping Facebook, and I am not ashamed. Following the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook story, I’ve talked to a lot of people who deleted their Facebook account. I understand. What Facebook did is unconscionable and irresponsible. They gambled with...

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Growing Up with Amazon

Remember when all Amazon did was get you books? They are spending billions of dollars to grow into dozens of industries: music streaming, groceries, retail, the internet of things and managed web services. Their Amazon Echo line (Dot, Show, Look, Spot, etc) is a lead...

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3 LinkedIn Secret Tips and Tricks

There are dozens of LinkedIn secret tips and tricks the average user is not aware of. These LinkedIn secret tips benefit sales, business development and relationship building. Financial advisors, lawyers and healthcare professionals have accounts, but they can save...

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Employees: The Weakest Link in Cybersecurity

The ILOVEYOU virus spread rapidly in 2000 affecting almost 80% of Fortune 100 companies because Microsoft users opened an email with the subject ILOVEYOU. They thought was from friends and associates. MyDoom holds the record for being the fastest spreading and most...

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