True Story: Social Media Morality Tale

By Tim Berry

The Chronicle of Higher reported last week on this news item on a social media director getting caught lying about her resume and exposed via social media: … social-media director quit her post on Monday after it was alleged that she had lied about graduating from college on her résumé—an assertion that, ironically, first bubbled up... Read More »

Let’s All Demand Killer’s Names Not Be Published

By Tim Berry

Here is something we all could do to make these horrific multiple murders less likely to happen: Let’s not publish killers’ names or pictures. Let’s all agree. Sign petitions. Make demands. Tell the New York Times and Huffington Post and Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and all the newspapers, all the new channels, all... Read More »

Can Research Make You Dumber?

By Tim Berry

(Reposted with permission from my social media business plans blog) Can research make you dumber? It can if you believe it. I just read Can Facebook Make You Fat and Poor? on Mashable. It’s a post by David Mielach, of BusinessNewsDaily. In particular, the researchers found that social media users were more likely to binge eat and... Read More »

Q&A: Who Do I Follow For Business Twitter

By Tim Berry

(Note: This is my post from smbplans.com, where I posted it yesterday. I was asked to repost it here.)  Here’s another good question I received from my Ask-me form on my Timberry.com website: If I’m trying to build my Twitter presence to support my [omitted] business, who should I follow? How do I find them?... Read More »

Biggest Mistake? Mistaking Business for Life

By Tim Berry

(Note: I’m posting here my latest column for the Eugene Register Guard Blue Chip monthly magazine. These are not new themes for this blog, but I like what I say here. This is reposted here with permission.) Let’s put startups, entrepreneurship and life in proportion. A webinar participant asked me last week about what I... Read More »

A Conflict-Free Organization is Near Death. Really?

By Tim Berry

I saw an interesting post on Inc.com last week, with a title that was hard to resist: A conflct-free organization isn’t great. It’s near death. Hmm … there’s one to think about. It was posted by “serial CEO” Margaret Heffernan. Margaret had spent a day at a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London. Here’s... Read More »

On Trying to Start Two Businesses At Once

By Tim Berry

Do you recognize this question: “Do I start two businesses at one or just one at a time?” I received it over the weekend from my ask-me form on my website. And I have two completely contradictory answers and then an explanation. First, the question (leaving out parts of it that would identify the person asking... Read More »

A Marketing Expert’s Must-Read Advice on Living Better

By Tim Berry

I’m proud to say John Jantsch, the world’s number one expert on small business marketing,  is a friend of mine. I’ve worked with him for years and I’ve learned a lot from him. For example, I still use his definition of marketing (“getting people to know, like, and trust you”) almost daily. His wisdom has... Read More »

10 Ways to Be Smart in Business Discussions

By Tim Berry

Listen. Look at the eyes of the person talking. Don’t be thinking about how to interrupt and make your point; absorb that person’s point first.  Keep your mind open. Smart people don’t win arguments; they gain insight. Let your argument go. Acknowledge points made by others. Absorb those points. Get them. Get them before you... Read More »

Sticky Questions on Startup Ownership and Buy-Sell

By Tim Berry

I received this interesting detailed question from the ask me form on my website. I’ve decided to answer it here. I think my answer might be useful for others with similar questions. I’m putting the question in quotes, paragraph by paragraph, and adding my response directly where it comes in the question. It starts like... Read More »