Own the Stage

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Photo credit: Elizabeth Singer. At some point in your life, you will need to learn how to work a stage properly, whether you are a student presenting a paper to your classmates or an executive sharing company news with your employees. Make no mistake: you are on stage, however informal the ...

Will Beacons Help Target Improve the Shopping Experience?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Target recently announced the rollout of beacons at 50 stores in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. Beacons are devices placed in locations that make it possible to share content (such as offers) with a person's mobile device. Through beacons, Target will offer deals ...

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Photo credit: Wayne Hile "Get comfortable being uncomfortable" is one of those pearls of wisdom that career coaches are fond of sharing to inspire others to succeed. The notion makes sense: only by stretching your comfort zone can you learn and grow, whether you are a student, a software designer, or ...

Will the Truth Set Dr. Dre Free?

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Did Dr. Dre's apology go far enough? On August 21, hip-hop legend and now Apple consultant Dr. Dre issued a statement to The New York Times addressing longstanding reports about his history of violence against women, including a 1991 incident in which he attacked journalist Denise “Dee” Barnes in a nightclub (for ...

How Movie Theaters Are Competing Harder for Your Time and Money

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Movie theaters face the same challenge as sports stadiums: they need to fill seats even when they cannot control the quality of the product they offer. Wrigley Field must sell tickets and concessions whether the Chicago Cubs are contending for the pennant or dwelling in the cellar. iPic Theaters and ...

How Musician Alison Goldfrapp Creates Social Media Mystique

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Recently, I was talking with a director about how artists use social media. He vowed never to use it. "Lifting the veil to your private life ruins the artist's mystique," he said. And he has a point. Sharing on social can connect artists with their fans, but social media can ...

Would Led Zeppelin Succeed Today?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Led Zeppelin. The name evokes the hammer of the gods, hypnotic music forged in the mists of Mordor and the mountains of Kashmir, and the heavy gravitas of legend. Here is a band whose place in rock history is secure. Five of its albums are listed in Rolling Stone's ranking of ...

Fake It Until You Make It

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Photo Credit: Brian Schultz How would you like to have a job that requires you to be always on? Where the cameras are always rolling, and someone is always watching you? Where you smile and laugh no matter what kind of day you're having? Would you be energized? Mortified? Maybe a ...

“Amy” and the Unsolved Mystery of Amy Winehouse

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Amy, the new documentary about Amy Winehouse, is an unsolved mystery and an all-too-familiar one. You know the story: a mercurial artist dies before her time, leaving behind grieving fans and an unfinished body of work. The movie leaves us pondering why she self-destructed and provides no easy answers. Over the ...

“Be Prepared to Never Make Money on Your Work”: A Music Industry Insider Speaks

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

If you want to understand the future of the music industry, follow Cortney Harding. She is an expert at helping emerging artists find audiences through the intersection of music, branding, and technology -- the three essential requirements for any artist to succeed in the reinvented music industry. Her resume includes ...