Face Your Presentation Fears by Running Into the Chaos

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We stumbled upon this advertisement for the US Marines a while back, and realized, wow, this basically SCREAMS the philosophy here at SquarePlanet. I mean literally, this ad spoke to us, and we’ve been referencing it since. There are few who run towards the chaos. It’s because going into chaos, as opposed to running straight in the opposite direction, goes against …

Fill In the Blank: Yes, and __________.

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Over and over I’ve heard the rules of improv applied to everything besides improv. I have realized that one rule in particular can actually make a difference in everything we do. That rule is saying “yes, and…” A while back, I read a famous quote by Thomas Edison that really resonated with me: “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed …

Life: Not Available on the App Store

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This morning, I was patiently sitting at the bus stop. What a perfect opportunity to check my email, glaze over Instagram and Facebook! As my morning ritual would have it, I’d already done these things a few times but I was hoping some revelatory news would grace the screen of my iPhone. So, I continued to refresh and switch back and …

Average Guy Gives Yet Another Predictable Power Point Presentation

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Chicago, IL In perhaps the most typical conference meeting of all time, an audience of roughly fourteen salespeople were forced against their will to politely humor their colleague in what appeared to be yet another poorly strategized power point presentation. The unnamed presenter was evidently taken over by a combination of stage fright and lack of preparation. The result was …

Small Talk, Big Opportunity

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Picture this. It’s a typical Tuesday morning, and you’ve just stepped into the elevator on your way up to work. In the hall in front of you, you see a fellow building-dweller hustle, despite slightly fumbling their morning coffee, to catch the elevator door before it closes. So, you stick your arm out to catch the door, and save this poor stranger from …

Do Your Job… or it may just disappear.

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I was asked to do a keynote presentation at a financial industry event in Santa Monica, CA recently and in preparation of the event, I looked into the hotel I’d be staying at: the Loews Santa Monica. Now, let me start by saying I have no beef with Loews. I’ve stayed at many of their hotels and enjoyed many of their movie …

The Hotel Gift Shop… WTF Were They Thinking?!

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The team of communication gurus at SquarePlanet can really do some amazing stuff.  This little group of hard-working, smart and observant people can quickly assess and offer quality suggestions for improvement to most any communications vehicle. Oh sure, the easy ones are the types of projects we do all the time:  meeting content, pitch competitions, corporate messages, keynote speeches, websites, …

Be Bold, the Theme Song.

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Fortune Favors the Bold. We’re nothing if not authentic, so in tribute to one of our foundational beliefs, we decided to create a rockin’ video. With the help of our favorite editor and friend Scott Roberts (or as we lovingly call him, FISH), we think we did just that. The basis …