Not only is today Thanksgiving Eve -- it's time to prep those stretch pants for turkey, stuffing, and pie, y'all -- it's also one of the busiest travel days of the entire year. I'll admit I'm pretty lucky, as my days of dashing through airports, racing to make trains, and wallowing in holiday traffic are behind me since I moved closer to home about 10 years ago. But that doesn't mean I want to leave you brave Turkey Day Road Warriors without inspiration as you chart your own journey home toward family, friends, loved ones, and tryptophan. To help you on your way, here are nine addictive podcast episodes across a wide range of topics: productivity, storytelling, leadership, UX, when life falls apart, time management, and everything in between.
While Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I would love to pretend our moments of creative genius are an effortless and ever-flowing constant, that's not reality. Do we have talent in spades? Of course. But, in addition to our education and experience, each of us calls upon a different set of applications and tools in our own creative toolboxes to execute, create, and deliver for our colleagues and clients. So, this week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we're pulling back the curtain on a few of the simple, yet powerful apps we're most thankful for.
For this week's episode, we were joined by a very special guest -- Vin Gaeta, IMPACT's Creative Director -- for deep dive into something we’ve touched upon before in a number of previous episodes. (Most recently, Episode #40 - When Creative Projects Go Off the Rails.) The idea of "speaking creative" to non-creatives.
Love 'em or hate 'em, processes exist for a reason.
Leaving aside the fact that writing content is the foundation of inbound marketing, tell me you don’t feel an immense sense of pride when you hit “publish” on a blog post, eBook, or whitepaper you’re really proud of -- no matter how hard it was to write.
Ah, Halloween. It's a festive holiday filled with goblins and ghouls, tricks and treats, and candy and costumes. For us IMPACTers, Halloween also brings with it a chance for us to judge brands on how well they "get in on the fun" with their advertisements. The results can be boo-tiful, but sometimes they're downright scary -- and not in the good way. (When it comes to holiday marketing of any kind, marketers have to walk a fine line.)
Every two weeks, Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I meet to brainstorm ideas for the podcast. Sometimes, we come up with topics based on questions we've been asked or common challenges we've seen just doing our jobs. But then there are those times when one of us comes to the virtual table and says, "Guys, this is what I need to talk about this week." (Our podcast can be a little like work therapy for us.) It was a moment just like that, that inspired this episode. Jessie-Lee came to us and said, "I need to talk about the word 'expert.' It makes me uncomfortable, and I want to get your thoughts on it." Though Jessie-Lee kept us in suspense until the day we recorded about why she didn't like the word and the story it tells, it was well worth the wait. Because, as it turned out, she wasn't alone.
Earlier this week, Jessie-Lee, Marcella, and I got together to record an episode of the Creator's Block podcast, during which we talked about the word "expert." More specifically, Jessie-Lee's personal beef with the word. (Don't worry. I'm not spoiling the episode, which you can listen to here. But it has inspired the related rant that follows.)