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I cringe when I read my old blog posts, my entire career is documented from inexperienced thoughts, hobby blogs to the last post before departing a fad platform (teenage Chris trying to chat up girls is still archived on MySpace).
In the all-sharing post-privacy world our entire lives are being broadcast online. It brings a beautiful humanization to us, the dreaded drunken teenage night out photos are more acceptable to future employees than they used to be, in fact mostly celebrated in their documentation. Less seems to embarrass us, could be entering a post-embarrassment era?
I recently acquired my Google Adwords Certification by taking the fundamentals and advanced display network exams. Every week I presented to a group of individuals the course materials, with the open book exam these presentations serves as a great reference point for the exams.
Sign up for the exams and view the full course material here – https://adwords.google.com/professionals
If you are about to take the exams, good luck!
A few great marketing trends for 2013 in a short snappy vid from Trend Hunter
I believe that being creative and innovative is hard work, it also takes a concerted effort and time. To the annoyance of many I start my day reading blogs on Google Reader ahead of opening my inbox (the biggest creativity killer). I finally caught on that meetings at my desk are unproductive and taking a 10 minute break to watch cats on YouTube can actually be helpful in your productivity.
What do you do to help your creativity?
Something I feel is getting lost in the 8 hour desk job work shifts is the importance of play. 90% of people believe it’s important to play, but only 50% find the time to.
“Pay isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. Play is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising. Play teaches us how to manage and transform our ‘negative’ emotions and experiences. It supercharges learning, helps us relieve stress and connects us to others and the world around us. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.”
—GINA KEMP, MELINDA SMITH, BERNIE DEKOVEN and JEANNE SEGAL, “Play, Creativity and Lifelong Learning: Why Play Matters for Both Kids and Adults,” Helpguide.org, February 2012.
[Our culture] is not really what I would call conducive to play, so you’d have to make a conscious choice to have fun, and that’s very hard. And oddly enough, it takes a lot of discipline, because you have to give yourself permission.” —BERNIE DEKOVEN, game designer, fun theorist and author.
The question that drives [Millennials’] work is ‘What do I need to respond to?’ rather than ‘What should I create today?’ They swat emails that fly at them, sit in meetings that they unthinkingly agreed to two months earlier, take phone calls seeking their approval or advice. But they don’t build. They don’t sit and think.” —PRIYA PARKER, founder of visioning and strategy firm Thrive Labs, CNN.com, March 2012