52nd Biennial NAD Conference in Atlanta, GA

I attended the 52nd Biennial National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia. During this conference, I had the amazing opportunity of representing Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) as a delegate and exhibitor, and also presented a workshop on maximizing social media for businesses (click here for a link to my PPT on SlideShare). Even though I attended and presented at the 2012 NAD Conference…

Knowing and Communicating your Brand – Vital to Success

Frequently, when I ask newly minted business small business owners what they do, I’m left wishing I didn’t even ask in the first place. But once I remember I was once a new business owner, I cut them some slack. When I first started my business, Synergetic Business Solutions (SBS), several years ago, I thought we were going to offer a variety of different business services. However, as time passed, SBS’ broad…

Social Media for Small Business in Start-up Mode

The million dollar question small business owners in start-up mode continuously ask: what social media channel(s) should my business be on? There are many different options, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. There is no right answer; however, there is one rule to follow: don’t let this decision overwhelm you. Oftentimes, I see small business owners committing to more than what is feasible, desirable, or necessary. As small…

A Son’s Tribute to His Father

There are several days a year I stay off of social media, and one of these days is Father’s Day. People say holidays are some of the toughest times to be without loved ones, and they’re right. Since losing my father in March of 2012 and my grandmother in February of 2013, holidays are simply not the same. There’s this indescribable feeling inside, much like emptiness, and sometimes social media…

Presentation Tips and Tricks That Work

“There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.” -Mark Twain Surveys about people’s fears commonly show fear of public speaking at the top of the list, even ahead of death. The mere thought of being the center of attention can be uncomfortable and scary to a number of people; however, it is important to recognize fears are a byproduct of the brain preparing…