Behind-the-scenes advice for busy professionals,
courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

Category: Today I Blog

  • have 23 emails in my inbox.

    Well, actually, many more than that. But these 23 are all about the same thing: These are all people who emailed to request a free download of my “activity tracking sheet” that I mentioned in my newsletter last week. I offered to send it for free to anyone who sent me an email to request it. Instead of…

  • received a gift in the mail.

    It came from the company that manages my email and related services (Cumulus Global), and included a handwritten thank you note from the company owner. It was significant: an Anker 521 Power Bank. I know, I had no idea what that is either. But when I looked it up (it’s a thing that charges many devices…

  • received three newsletters (at 10 am).

    I have nothing against 10 am; it’s a very pleasant time of day. And the newsletters themselves were perfectly fine. But sending a newsletter at the top – and, only slightly better, the bottom – of the hour, has two problems with it: #1. Lots of people do the same thing. These are crowded times. You’ll have…

  • have received five messages.

    From… … a colleague thanking me for connecting her with another colleague who she just hired. … a guy I worked with 20+ years ago who invited me to have lunch after I sent him a message last week on LinkedIn. … a guy who saw my LinkedIn post two weeks ago and was inquiring…

  • saw a post in my Instagram feed.

    It’s from a guy who shows up there from time to time with a simple schtick:  He goes up to people on the beach who are in terrific physical shape and asks them what their workout routine is. I know. I can’t believe he hasn’t found me yet either. But here’s what I’ve noticed about…