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This week’s edition of the Home Business Carnival, Customer Service Do’s and Don’ts, features my post about my experiences with customer service. One of my favorite posts in that carnival this week comes from Debra Moorhead’s 9 Business Faux Pas. What’s great is that she increases her list by adding 5 major email faux-pas as well! My friend Chris, who runs a retail store in San Jose, will be particularly interested in this post, as it pretty much hits on a lot of the things he (and his store) does correctly.

Then the Carnival of Entrepreneurs has my post about the three articles I posted to What’s interesting is that they don’t seem to have understood why I sent in the link (my fault for not being more clear). I didn’t want entrepreneurs to go read the articles. Rather, I wanted entrepreneurs to think about how big their ideas really are, and whether they can break them up a bit and sell off just a piece at a time.

One of my favorite posts from that carnival is from TrustedAdvisor: Empowering Incompetents, which talks about the whole “believe you can, then you can!” mentality. I mentioned this in my Helium article that was featured last week, about the fact that most people believe they are better at a task than they really are. Yes, it’s really obvious in American Idol. But it’s also really obvious everywhere else, from writing to cooking to managing people. Who do you know who overestimate their abilities in a particular way? Speak up– tell me about the “empowered incompetents” in your life!

January 2007: Book Reviews

This is an archive of my shorter book reviews and notes, which historically have been posted over at the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal, but which I’m starting to move over here. I’m posting them with altered date-stamps, but they might show up in my LiveJournal cross-post anyway. Bear with me, please.

Note: Many of these books also have full reviews available in the book review podcast (RSS).
Continue reading January 2007: Book Reviews

Speedlinks du jour

In blog/vlog news:
BBC NEWS | Business | YouTubers to get ad money share Finally! YouTube members have a chance at seeing some of the millions of dollars that everyone else is making off of their content! Sadly, it’s just advertising shares. I’m beginning to hate the ad model for online business…. » Blog Archive » What were the best tech stories of 2006? Steven Levy is editing the Best Technology Writing. That’s Technology Writing, not “Tech Writing” as boingboing incorrectly called it– “Tech Writing” or “Technical Writing” is a particular type of writing, Cory, and is not the same as technology writing, tech blogging, or tech journalism. We who participate in the art would be shocked if anyone read our work in the original, much less if it were anthologized.
And for anyone trying to be more productive this year :
MetroMan – Confessions of a Metrosexual Dad: Why the Hipster PDA is Rubbish!. I agree with about half of his 43 reasons not to use a notepad as your organizer, and add that a notepad is really ideal for the “capture” stage of organization, but is terribly inefficient when you have to sort and make decisions and sort information. Archiving is pretty easy, though, if you have a paper-based archive system. For those who are paperless, though, you end up needing to either scan or type in your notes, which can be inefficient at best.

Speedlinks du jour: Consumerism and DIY

Affluenza: Rampant consumerism erodes us – Yahoo! News

Wil Shetterly expounds on the religious ramifications of screwing poor people, and what Congress isn’t doing about it (but hopefully will).

The result of Shetterly’s post reminds me to go check out some of the microloans seeking sponsorship over at One-to-one microloans for as little as $25? Yeah, this is one worthy of an “ad:”

Also, via Make, I have found the perfect accessory to my Paperless Office. [note: this makes more sense if you realize that all the other accessories on my desk, like my pencil cup and odds-and-ends containers, are wood carved to look like books.)

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