Beach Walk 637 – How to Complain

Complaining is very popular these days. Surprisingly, I am not altogether against it. It has a role to play in giving each other feedback on what’s not working. I think we are more effective though when we apply a little consciousness to the task, instead of unfettered reactions. There are some funny commercials on DirecTV, though the one I just saw complaining about the customers doesn’t appear to be posted just yet. I also blogged about messy customers too; “There is magic and millions in those messes.” Bonus: Sunrise footage.

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Hawaiian word:
Namunamu: complain

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Beach Walk 621 – Lucid Oddballs

I watched a biography of Andy Warhol (Andy Warhol – The Complete Picture), and one of the show guests described him as having a “lucid recognition of his own limitations.”

That phrasing really stuck with me. I have often envisioned a world where we can embrace our shortcomings, our neuroses, and lay them out on the table. They lose some of the detracting power and in group settings, we can support each other and collaborate more effectively. It’s so easy to be blind-sided by those little odd secrets we keep about ourselves. Earlier this week, we talked about accepting situations; today is really about accepting ourselves.

Hawaiian word:
Maopopo: understand

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Beach Walk 616 – Be Here Now for Business

I find it just as easy and tempting to stay stuck in the past with business relationships as I do in personal ones.

But I was feeling satisfied with an email I wrote to a client this morning, and thought I would bring that even more into awareness, by talking about it here. On a side note, you can see from Shane’s beautiful pan at the end – the silvery volcanic ash-vog to the south and the clear beauty towards the north. What a switch from yesterday!

As I was working on these show notes, this post on social media etiquette came to my Inbox. Thanks Toby perfect timing!

Hawaiian word:
Mahalo: respect; thank you; gratitude

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Beach Walk 613 – Edgy is the New Normal

My thoughts continued on from yesterday’s episode, thinking about how this plain vs pretty applies to business.

I find it curious that companies want to advertise on those mainstream TV reality shows but are reluctant to sponsor the admittedly slightly edgy yet creative and community-building independently-produced internet TV shows.

Thanks to Keith Wolzinger, a pilot who also does the Klezmer Podcast for telling me about the airplane video. You can watch the American Airlines Boston to Paris video here.
You can read How to Kill a Concept here.
You can read about the Walmart Fake Blog here.
Learn more about the Word of Mouth Marketing Association here.

Hawaiian word:
ʻAno hou: new-fashioned

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Beach Walk 581 – Contain the Energy

At the beginning of a project, the world seems so full of potential.

Being able to sustain that potential is another job altogether. One of the biggest lessons I have learned from doing Beach Walks is to know when to shut up! When we started, we discussed at length, “How often should we do a show?” At the time, Rocketboom was the only show that was going “daily” – that is M-F or 5 days a week. Most others were doing a weekly show, or sporadically according to multiple factors.

Since it is my practice to go to the beach every day (it is my time to de-stress!) we just started doing it every day. But we did not announce it as a daily show. That allowed us to explore the possibilities without the pressure to deliver on a promise we had no idea if we could keep. Though trust me, my little #2 was saying, “Oh of COURSE you can do it every day and think of the advantage you will get by telling everyone!!”

As it turned out, we did an episode every day for 400 days, then finally wised up! (From exhaustion…) I don’t know how this stuff happened, I am just sharing what I have learned and I truly believe we have been able to sustain this not by promising that we will, but by NOT promising, and letting the energy feed us instead of the pressure draining us.

Check out our friend, Vu Goes Vegan and tell me how you manage your energy! By coincidence, I also tripped across this post from Phillip Banks about podfading while writing up these notes.

Hawaiian Word:
Hoʻokaomi: pressure

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