6 things Weird Al can teach us about business

Whether or not you’re a long-time fan, you can’t help but be impressed when a musician debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the fourth decade of his career. This past month, Weird Al Yankovic was everywhere. How the heck did he do it, and what in the world does this have to do with good business practices?

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You gotta be sincere

My mentor and friend, PRI founder Rich Mansfield, liked to talk about the importance of sincerity, and wind it up with song lyrics. “You gotta be sincere,” he’d quote from “Honestly Sincere” from Bye Bye Birdie. “You gotta feel it here,” he’d add, with hand over heart.

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It can be a polite world after all

I’m polite. All the time? No. For corroboration, ask my present realtor.

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One, two, three . . . what’s your message?

You can stay on message. So can everyone with whom you work. Your message becomes the way people think of you, it’s how they will position you in their minds: Oh yes, that’s the company with a better light bulb.

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Sharing your designs with clients: Less is more

It’s easy to want to work tirelessly to provide a client with an overindulgence of options for their design project. It’s even easier to assume that showing many design options will get you to the project finish line faster. Typically, however, the reverse is true. Too many choices can affect your project’s progress and weaken your client relationships.

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Repurposeful content strategy

Writing content for your company is resource intensive. The costs of writing, editing, fact-checking, and then reviewing for SEO are amortized when you take that same content and make it available through a variety of outlets to reach different audiences via social media and more.

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Stand by your best work, for the rest ‘Let It Go’

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year (or don’t have school-aged children in your home) you've heard Frozen’s Oscar-winning ballad “Let it Go.” Did I say ballad? I mean ANTHEM OF POWER.

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Let’s get engaged and live in the Gmail inbox

You want your emails to be read, and not hidden in the spam folder. Technical reasons explain why and how an email lands in spam, but, let’s keep it brief. John F. Kennedy’s speech writers were charged to write with short words and phrases, with simplicity and clarity the goal. So, we’ll try to follow in their footsteps.

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Chewing broken bottles and effective communication


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