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In the authenticity age, maybe hype is a has-been

Joel at the Hyde Park Associates blog tackles the foam-flecked attacks from right-wing bloggers on Al Gore for his recent speech in Saudi Arabia. His telling concluding paragraph: I would have been much more impressed (and influenced) had the conservatives simply...

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Don’t laugh. It worked.

Mark at Notes from a Teacher: Mark on Media caught the session I led at Northern Voice yesterday on social change. With all three other panelists unable to attend, I was alone on stage. We were hoping to bring in one of the absent panelists, Marnie Webb, by Skype, but...

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At the Ragan Speechwriter’s Conference 2006

If you've come to this page, chances are good that you attended my session at the Ragan Speechwriter's Conference on February 10, 2006 in Washington, DC. And you're probably looking for the notes from my presentation. Well, you can download them right here (in PDF...

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Links instead of a post

As so often seems to be the case here at chaos central, I'm up to my eyeballs in work. Fortunately, there's a lot of other stuff out there worth reading: Fighting a Campaign Online – Crawford Kilian recounts his challenges as an e-campaigner for NDP candidate Sherry...

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:-o (still not patented)

From The Register: Cingular, the United States' largest mobile phone network this week applied to patent emoticons, better known as smileys. The application refers to selecting emoticons on mobile phones or handheld devices over a wireless, and makes 35 claims in all....

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Take a swing at the Bad Pitch Blog

You can spend a lot of time memorizing the rules of public relations. ("#15. Don't say your target audience will blow money intended for their kids on beer and popcorn.") But nothing drives the lesson home quite like the odious example of what happens when people...

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One last post-election things-I’ll-miss

John Bowman's Blog Report at Some blogs – like this one, I guess – have a limited lifespan and will be shutting down soon. That's a shame. Not to go crazy with claims about the influence or reach of Canadian blogging, but it's a nice, deep well of opinion...

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Spam score: Spammers 1, Akisment 68

If you're being tortured by comment spam on your WordPress blog, have a look at Akismet, the plugin from the folks who brought you, well, WordPress. The secret sauce: cooperation. Akismet relies on clever folks like you and me to help teach it what is and isn't spam....

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NetSquared North: a tech bootcamp for non-profits

February 10th, 2006 UBC Robson Square, HSBC Hall Does your nonprofit want to reach more members or a broader public -- and could use the Internet to help? Are you an activist looking to get your message out to a larger audience -- and could use online tools to do it...

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Who will save us from the record labels? Maybe a record label.

But it isn’t what you think.Nettwerk, the great Canadian label that represents Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne and the Barenaked Ladies, has taken sides in the Recording Industry Association of America’s war on users….  “The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists’ best interests.”Nettwerk is paying the family’s legal bills, and has announced it will cover any fines the court ultimately levies.This is classy.

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Public speaking and speechwriting: the essential guides

(photo of books with text) Leadership communications: the essential guides

Looking for advice on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communications? Here are some of my most comprehensive posts, on topics that people ask me about most often.

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