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Screen grab of the revolutionary iPhone 4 from the Apple website

The new iPhone 4 officially went on sale yesterday. This machine is truly worthy of the cliche, “Game Changer”.

 

It wasn’t long after Margaret Kadlick was diagnosed with breast cancer that she called me about helping her with an idea she had. Before hearing any of the details, I blurted out, “I’m in.” Margaret was my cycling coach. I had a lot of respect for her, both as my coach and as my friend. Now she was really sick. I was willing to do whatever I could to help her.

Margaret is not the type that allows herself to wallow in a pool of self pity. Instead of letting cancer beat down her spirit, she was determined to beat it first. Frequent visits to the Livestrong website made her realize that her experience could serve as an example to others. She had found her own inspiration at the Livestrong website, where she would go to admire the photos that fellow cancer patients had posted. She decided to make her own “Livestrong” photo. She wanted me to shoot it. I was honored that she asked me.

Margaret wanted the photo to illustrate the support that her triathlon teammates were giving her, so we setup a photo shoot that would include them. The result was a powerful set of photos that Margaret was able to post to the Livestrong site. During the shoot we also shot some quick video clips and did a brief interview with Margaret and her husband Chris. The edit above was made with the footage from that day. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Screen capture of BNI's homepage

You know the old saying, “it’s hard to get a haircut over the phone,” because a haircut is an activity that requires your physical presence. That’s the way its been with business referrals for a long time. Building a network of trusted business contacts was just something you did face to face. That’s why I became involved with the business networking organization BNI.

The BNI referral system features a weekly meeting where each member is given 60 secs to educate the other members about their business and to ask for referrals. Referrals only happen when members establish trust in each other. Members get to know each other through participation in the the weekly group meetings and through individual 1 to 1 meetings.

My participation in BNI has strengthened my belief that social media is the “online haircut” of relationship building for business. Obviously nothing can replicate the experience of face to face contact, but most of the benefits achieved through personal relationship building, can now be achieved through social media. The added bonus with social media is it’s enormous potential reach. All without the hassle of having going to the barber. -Jack