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The Redhead Wrap-Up: Hot-lanta Edition

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The view from my Atlanta hotel room

Good morning from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m here today to attend TEDxPeachtree and immerse myself in all sorta knowledge and experience as only The South can deliver. I attended last year and am delighted to have been invited back this year, especially following my own adrenaline and endorphin-filled experience at TEDxBoulder 2012 as part of the speaker roster.

I am also typing this email from a very posh bed — ever so much more posh than my own. There is no way this is fitting in my carry on luggage. God. Dammit.

Do you ever walk into a hotel room and think, “I could pee everywhere in here and I wouldn’t have to clean it up.”? Just me? I digress.

Also, I lost at pool this week. I can play astonishingly shitty when I set my mind to it. The wager entails me doing a friend’s dishes while wearing white. It’s an inside joke. I’ll be wearing a bra. And no, there won’t be any fucking pictures. Pervs.

Important note for all subscribers: I’m going to be porting the feed for RedheadWriting over to Feedblitz soon (possibly January 1, possibly sooner if I get moody). The look of your blog emails that land in your inbox will change, but that’s just because Feedburner (the provider of my current blog feed) from Google is no longer a “supported” Google service. Which means that if shit breaks, no one will help me unbreak it. Which is bogus. Your readership means more to me than using some janky, unsupported delivery method (like a drunk midwife), so the shift is happening to a specialized (and paid) RSS and email delivery service. If you have your feed burned through Feedburner, check out Feedblitz. I’ve also heard great things about MailChimp (which is free for lists under 2,000 subscribers up to 12,000 emails/month).

What’s been going on this week? It’s been pretty wonderful — so if you missed what’s filling your inbox from my email address, here’s an easy way to get all caught up (and fast).

Thank you, Irreverent Sales Girl. Last week, you met her as a guest blogger. This week, she kinda knocked my socks off with her own post about me and shit. Thank you, lady. If you haven’t stopped by to see what the what, check it (and her) out. OH! And she has a new (free) eBook coming out soon and I’ll be sure to send you a link so you can gitcha summdat.

Can you refuse this offer? There are already 78 comments on this post from people who are asking for help with something regarding their business. There are no strings, no cost. The only way to get help, though, is to ask. The deadline is end-of-day, TODAY, though! If you have a business question, send it our way. Jason Womack and I are assembling a team of kickass to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Current folks on board to help include Jason Womack, Stephen Denny, Erin Weed, The Irreverent Sales Girl, and Dan Waldschmidt. Pass this opportunity up at your own risk. And something pretty cool is happening, too — YOU guys are responding to other readers’ questions. This kicks epic, hippopotamus-sized ass. Keep it up.

Apparently, you can do things the ‘Erika Napoletano Way.’ Yep. If it’s in print, it must be true. In advance of my speaking engagement and book event at next week’s ad:tech conference in NYC (yes, it’s still happening), Aby Sam Thomas from Allvoices sat down with me to chat about the whats and wherefores of what I do and think for a living. He was an absolute doll and I’m totally looking forward to meeting him at the conference in NY next week!

That whole “two years” thing. It’s completely surreal to know that this week marked two years since I kissed Jason’s forehead and said goodbye. It was a much brighter week than I anticipated — and I talked a bit about my favorite shade of blue (y’know, the one you can’t replicate when you see it in the sky) and my thoughts on how we consistently need to be taking inventory in our lives.

Ass kickings, delivered. 2013 is around the corner — what are YOU doing to get your ass in gear for the coming business year? My latest column in Entrepreneur Magazine is live with tips designed to kick your keister into gear. Snark + solutions. Gitchasum.

My book was named to a listy-thing for Best Small Business Books of 2013, yo. Shit howdy, The Power of Unpopular was named #4 on a list of 8 of the best books for small business in 2013 by the National Federation of Independent Business. This just landed in my inbox yesterday. Made me smile.

And this week — with the election year (thank christ) coming to a close — I’ll leave you with a simple thought that I shared on my personal Facebook page — with my friends — yesterday:

“It saddens me that people use politics as an excuse for spreading vitriol and that they use elections as signpost events to say they stand for something. Why not stand for something every day and become a part of the solution instead a part of the growing masses who yell, kick, and scream, needing to disparage another in advancement of your own rarely celebrated and oft ignored agenda? If you haven’t noticed, America is something that happens, changes, and improves every day…not every 4 years. Go grab your Starbucks this morning and think about THAT.”

What inspired it? A community from the Brigantine coastal region affected by Hurricane Sandy posted this picture on their Facebook page and it erupted into a spew of hate-filled political-speak (like “fuck our President” — so classy). They removed it once due to the vitriol and reposted it, only to have the same nastiness happen once again.

I don’t care which way you bend. What I do care about is that you get your ass to the polls on Tuesday. If you think your vote doesn’t count, it does. And the next time you see a picture of one of our nation’s leaders hugging a woman who just lost everything — consider a smile. Hugs fix a lot of things. And seeing this picture made me happy. So happy, in fact, that I’m posting it. Don’t like it? >>> There’s the door. Go hug someone today — and mean it.

Obama Brigantine Hug

The Redhead Wrap-Up: The “So, I Was Playing Pool” Edition

redhead wrap up pool editionI was out the other night on a date (stranger things have happened). The joint happened to be one where you order right from the kitchen — no waitstaff of fanciness. Just a great dive burger/beer/wings joint with a couple of pool tables and decorations everywhere that confirm that it’s definitely not a destination you want to (ever) drop acid and patronize. The pool cues were straight and there were four games. There was confusion about which ball was the 8 ball (evidenced by the picture). Balls were flying and I was hittin’ ’em with a stick. Thankfully, my date escape uninjured. But I digress.

There I was, at the window of the kitchen, ordering some wings. The cook asks whether I want ranch or blue cheese. I reply that there is only one answer to that question (blue cheese), and he affirms my choice. I then postulate that there is a certain circle of hell that Dante conveniently left out for people who order ranch with their wings. It’s right next to the one reserved for iPhone thieves. I’ll dub it the Shitty Wings and Stolen iPhones Theory of the Afterlife.

Having been on the ground in Boulder for nearly two weeks now, I thought it was high time I started doing some recap posts. Y’all are nice enough to let me into your Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as email inboxes, and I know that when content starts flowing, it can be hard to keep up with it all. So each Friday from here on out, you’ll see the Redhead Wrap-Up in your inbox with everything you might have missed for the week (complete with links) and a few bonus items. This way, you can get on whatcha wanna see and read like Lindsay Lohan on criminal charges — and at your convenience.

So let’s go — and just for the record, I won the first two games of pool on Wednesday evening. The other two games were bullshit and the table is crooked***.

*** another disclaimer brought to you by “It’s My Blog and I Can Tell the Stories How I Wanna.”

The TEDx Talk (dang)

Even though the video view counter has been jammed for about 3-4 days now, nearly 12,000 of you have stopped by to spend 16 minutes of your day with me, leave a comment on the video (to which I’ve been trying to respond!), and share the video with your world. So thanks — here’s the video if you missed it (click here to watch it if you subscribe by email) and the post I wrote right after TEDxBoulder about how it all felt.



 

Moe Abdou with 33Voices is a Complete Sweetheart

I’m still that girl who’s amazed that anyone wants my opinion on anything, much less wants to interview me. I had a hoot about a month ago chatting with Mou Abdou, founder of 33 Voices, and he posted the interview this week. He’s an absolute JOY to speak with and gives great interview. He also called out some of his favorite highlights from the time we spent together — which I love. As if you’re time-crunched and want the entrée without the apps, you can get some great soundbytes and head on your merry way. You can listen to the interview here.

 

It’s Been Nearly Two Years…

Since Jason died. In my world, that’s an astonishing thought. I spent a fair piece thinking about where my world was and where it is today over the weekend and posted On Becoming Better this past Tuesday. You guys sent me some fantastic emails and comments in response to this — so thank you for that. Maybe your life is one that’s en route towards “better” as well.

 

I Object to You Overcoming My Objections!

Guest posts? Yes, please. On Wednesday, I published the first guest post in a fair piece from The Irreverent Sales Girl. She’s a career sales pro and had some must-share ideas on the concept of overcoming objections. I’d enver really thought of it before, but nothing pisses me off more than when someone tries to overcome my objections. Maybe you don’t want to be overcome, either. Drop by to check out TISG’s ideas on this hot topic. Oh — I also put a copy of Jason Womack’s book up for grabs and today announce that the winner of that book is Deb Lamb. Deb, drop me an email on my contact form with your deets — I’ve got a signed copy of Jason’s book with your name on it!

 

Well, THIS Post Got You All in a Tizzy…

Christ on a unicycle…with over 700 Facebook LIKES and over 100 comments, y’all latched on to this one like a binder fulla womenz. The comments keep rolling in and what I love most is that you’re commenting to one another and not just to me. Fucking BRILLIANT. So, if you missed the one where Ann Coulter calls our nation’s Commander-in-Chief a “retard” (and repeatedly), have a look at this week’s Bitch Slap: Being Polite vs. Being Respectful. This also related back to my TEDx talk, where I stated clearly that I’m exhausted with being polite. That ruffled some feathers, so I expanded on the issue here (when I have a bit longer than 16 minutes) and worked in why I feel politeness and respect are two different things.

 

And this.

I didn’t email this out. I just posted it on the Facebook page and I know some of you aren’t on Facebook. It’s just worth 1:39 (that’s one minute, fifty-nine seconds) of your day. And thanks to the reader who dropped me an email with the link to it, which is why I’m able to share it with you. Click here to view online if you’re reading this in your email.