All About Them - Bruce Turkel

All About Them

Do You Think With Your Heart or Your Liver?

Do You Think With Your Heart or Your Liver?

Are you a consultant, a professional, a coach or a service provider who has had a client do something egregious that really pissed you off? If so, how did you respond? I’m writing this blog on November 23rd, which is the birthday of my long-time business partner and friend Roberto. Thinking about him on his ...

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Don’t Buy The Car. Buy The Seller.

Don’t Buy The Car. Buy The Seller.

There’s an old line in the classic car business worth thinking about: “Don’t buy the car, buy the seller.” Its meaning should be obvious. And it is only becoming more important now thanks to emerging technologies and the Covid crisis. People are buying collector cars sight unseen over the Internet. Of course, back in the ...

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Analog Activities In A Digital Age.

Analog Activities In A Digital Age.

People used to sit on the porch or in the parlor and play musical instruments. Today we just hit the “play” button on Apple Music or Spotify and listen to anything we want. People used to grow seasonally-appropriate fruits and vegetables in window boxes and backyard gardens. Today we pick any fruits or vegetables we ...

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The Difference That Makes The Difference.

The Difference That Makes The Difference.

My friend Will told me a great story the other day… After college Will ended up in the entertainment business. He lived his life on the road managing famous bands. He grew his business into the largest tour management company in the country. Will’s roommate in college was Charlie who also ended up in the ...

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I Am A Bonehead.

I Am A Bonehead.

Years ago a good friend of mine was invited to speak at one of those big motivational speaker events. You know the kind – the ones that advertise celebrity speakers such as George W. Bush, Mr. T, and some famous Southern college football coach. They set the admission price really low to fill the venue ...

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It’s Not Magic, It’s Music.

It’s Not Magic, It’s Music.

Gloria and I were watching some music awards show where Bruno Mars was performing Amy Winehouse’s song Valerie. During the performance, the horn players were doing a little dance when all of a sudden they jumped up and did a coordinated dance move. Of course they did it at precisely the same time. If you ...

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I Had No Idea What Was Going To Happen.

I Had No Idea What Was Going To Happen.

Not very long ago – sometime in early to mid-April – it seemed as if almost everyone I know was calling and telling me they were how concerned they were. Covid. Unrest. Lockdown. Politics. The economy. Despite their concerns, the common word they all seemed to use was “uncertainty.” After hearing different versions of the ...

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How Competent Are You Really?

How Competent Are You Really?

Do you think you’re smarter or more talented than the people around you? More to the point, do you think you’re smarter or more talented than you really are? If so, you’re not alone. The Dunning-Kruger Effect describes a specific cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate their knowledge or ability. Simply put, it explains ...

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Reality and Madness. Sadness or Euphoria.

Reality and Madness. Sadness or Euphoria.

I think that Billy Joel is one of the greatest songwriters in modern American pop music. Joel stands along with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, and Bruce Springsteen. Of course your list may vary. My favorite Billy Joel song? Summer Highland Falls, from his Turnstiles album ...

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How You Can Write A Book.

How You Can Write A Book.

You know the old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, man, practice. Here’s today’s version: How do you write a book? Write, man, write. At least once a week someone asks my advice about writing a book. The conversation usually goes something like this: Potential author: “Hey Bruce… you’ve published a bunch ...

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Is Your Brand Racist or Racial?

Is Your Brand Racist or Racial?

Recently all of these storied brands have come under protest and scrutiny for being offensive: Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Eskimo Pie, Barbie, GI Joe, the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves. How about all of those Disney movies you grew up with? Jungle Book, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Or ...

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Surprises From The MasterMind

Surprises From The MasterMind

Surprises From The MasterMind About ten years ago I heard about a MasterMind that was being created for what I’m calling the “superstar speakers.” It was put together by the top seven or eight money-makers in my industry. I wanted into that club. Badly. Or so I thought. So I signed up for the three-day ...

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Coronavirus and the Tyranny of Seamlessness.

Coronavirus and the Tyranny of Seamlessness.

Coronavirus and the Tyranny of Seamlessness. Ironically enough, one of the most important aspects to shooting good video is the audio. I’ve learned that viewers will put up with fuzzy shots or shaky images, but if the sound is bad or hard to hear, they’ll sign off almost immediately. Because of that, I’m always fretting ...

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What Will Coronavirus Change? What Will Coronavirus Not Change?

What Will Coronavirus Change? What Will Coronavirus Not Change?

What Will Coronavirus Change? What Will Coronavirus Not Change? People who look ahead to let us know what’s going to happen call themselves futurists or prophets. The more cynical amongst us call them crystal ball gazers or witch doctors. After all, if fortune tellers are so good at their craft, why do they labor in ...

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Healing the Coronavirus’ Effect on Small Business

Healing the Coronavirus’ Effect on Small Business

Healing the Coronavirus’ Effect on Small Business 25 or so years ago, a prestigious design magazine held a competition; They asked famous graphic designers to create a poster about themselves. Needless to say, most of the winning responses were beautifully designed examples of the designers’ egos run amuck. All but one. My friend Michael Bierut’s ...

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Words That Don’t Go Together

Words That Don’t Go Together

An oxymoron is defined as a contradiction in terms. In other words, an oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect. Perhaps you’ve noticed oxymorons such as cruel kindness, living death, reality television, non-dairy creamer, clearly confused or act naturally. But how about asbestos baby powder? ...

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The Message and Michelangelo

The Message and Michelangelo

Recently I was interviewed by author and business growth specialist Jeff Blackman. I thought you’d enjoy reading the interview. Bruce Turkel sees things from a fascinating perspective. And it’s not because he stands six-foot-four. Instead, it’s because he has the ability to help leaders and companies “…futureproof their brands in a world of constant disruptive ...

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Exploration, Examination, Expression.

Exploration, Examination, Expression.

This morning I read Who Will Lead? It’s one of my favorite blogs, written by my old friend John Calia. John was discussing how conflicted he felt about a recent radio appearance he’d made. Examining his feelings, John wrote, “…it has been a difficult journey to this imperfect place at which I behave imperfectly. It is especially difficult ...

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The Power of Three Words

L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables wrote that the most powerful sentences in English are three words or fewer: “He is gone.” “She is dead.” “Too late.” The advertising industry seems to back up a count of three words as well: “Just Do It.” “Think Different.” “Got Milk?” And successful political campaigns, too, ...

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Iannarino: All About Anthony

First an admission with some very strange timing: Anthony Iannarino wrote a new book that you simply have to read. Why is the timing strange for this recommendation? Because as you’ve no doubt seen, I’ve spent the last few weeks incessantly promoting my new book, All About Them. I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter, interviewed ...

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5 P’s #3 Positioning – The Search for Meaning.

Today it’s time to talk about the third P of creating an All About Them brand, positioning. After all, once you’ve dealt with Price and Product, it’s important to understand what your product stands for. Here’s what your product doesn’t stand for: the function of what you do. As we discussed yesterday, function is cost ...

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People Don’t Buy What You Do. The 5 Ps – Product

You’ve spent almost all your time getting really good at what you do. College, maybe graduate school. An internship, entry-level job, moving up the ladder – learning, improving your skills, sharpening your abilities. Now you’re running your own business or movin’ on up the the C-suite and you’re on the top of your game. Making ...

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Write a Book

I could have written All About Them to help friends and readers like you tackle the new world we all find ourselves in. Of course I could have written it to serve as the post-modern guidebook for businesses, professionals, and entrepreneurs to learn how to not just survive but to thrive in today’s increasingly connected environment. And yes, I could have written it to show you proven, step-by-step techniques to build a powerful brand. But c’mon. We’ve been blog friends now for as many as nine years and we’ve always been honest with each other. The reason to write a book was to make my mother happy.

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