Entrepreneur, speaker, life-long learner

Tag: business

5 Confessions of This Public Speaker

Just over a week ago I spoke at Creative South where hundreds of creatives from across the globe gather each year. I commanded the stage like a seasoned pro, shared a poignant story of failure, taught from the heart, and confidently walked off stage knowing I had nailed it. When it comes to public speaking, I’m a natural. It’s as simple as that. View this post on Instagram Today I drove home from a one of a kind conference,...

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A (crappy) week in the life of this entrepreneur

Ahhhh life as an entrepreneur. It’s so glamorous with things like not having a boss, money falling from the sky, being looked up to by everyone—not to mention the cars, the vacations, and, well, the life! Okay, so if you’re an entrepreneur reading this you’ve probably already laughed. You know how sarcastic that statement really is. Anyone selling the story above is just selling a lie. At least—if that’s the only part of the story they...

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This Business Stuff is Hard

This morning I was greeted on my Facebook feed by a "memory" of mine. It was a post from 1 year ago that I appreciated being on the receiving end of today. I wanted to share it here too. I have the opportunity to speak with other business owners nearly every week in various contexts. Some of them I have personal relationships with outside of entrepreneurship, others I hardly know but we were connected via someone else. Certain themes come up...

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You Never Know

Have you ever been meeting, collaborating, or chatting with someone who seemed a little "off" from their norm? If you work with the same people regularly you know what I mean. Sometimes you can just tell when they aren't "themselves" in some way. Maybe they're more irritable. Maybe they're quicker to argue, or get offended. Or maybe it's worse and they act or speak in a way that's damaging to a relationship. I've definitely experienced this...

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10 Years Later

Time is a funny thing. In multiple ways, certain events seem simultaneously like forever ago and like yesterday. Meeting you, Bill, is one of those events. This month marks 10 years since we first met to talk about doing some client work together. It was “Ideal Design” meets “Designs by Erik.” I wish I could remember how I stumbled across your website that said you were looking for Flash help. Google certainly wasn’t then what it is today....

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