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The Yoga of Marketing: Part One

“I quit.” After nearly twenty years in the A/E/C industry as a professional marketer and business developer, these were the words I uttered to my boss just before my son, Daniel, was born in 2006. I was Fried…with a capital F. I walked away...

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Princesses are Pretty, Not Proposals

“Marketing prettied up our proposal, so we can send it out now.” Ah yes, the true measure of a marketing department’s effort on a winning proposal and surely every top-performing marketer’s dream compliment. After working all week to perfect a proposal...

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Ready, Set, BLOG!

It's a new SMPS year, people...and great things are on the horizon! OK, OK, you got me. It's not time to burst open the champagne bottle and bust out the noise makers...YET. But it IS time to get ready for a brand new SMPS Leadership team.

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Bon Voyage: A Heartfelt Farewell From our 2014/15 President

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou The first draft of my final address started out with a reflection on what we had accomplished this

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It's Transition Time!

"Transition is in your future." Yep, there's no doubt about it...we are on the cusp of a new 2015/16 SMPS Arizona leadership team and that means it's transition time!

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Millennials & The Generational Gap: Part 1

How to recruit and retain talent; it’s at the top of mind for most A/E/C firms these days. We just can’t staff up fast enough to meet the growing demands of a recovering economy.

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"8BITSME" Read the License Plate

I have this quirky little habit of reading personalized license plates; I just love trying to decode people’s one-line messages to the world. Sometimes my interest is the result of traffic-induced boredom and sometimes it’s just for the entertainment...

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The Tao of Booth

According to Wikipedia, Tao or Dao is a Chinese concept signifying 'way, 'path,' 'route,' or sometimes more loosely, 'doctrine' or 'principle.' Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, the Tao is the intuitive knowing of "life,"

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The Imposter

When I was growing up, my absolute favorite movie was The Wizard of Oz. I even dressed up as Dorothy for my fourth grade Halloween costume; blue smock, braids, straw basket and a small stuffed dog that barked when I squeezed it. But despite my love...

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Beatblogger's Brain is getting recharged...

Phoenix weather: hot, hotter and hotter than hell LOL! With temperatures reaching 115 degrees, I think it's safe to say that most of our brains are reaching their boiling points. We're feverish and flustered and the summer has only just begun. So how

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