All About Them - Bruce Turkel

All About Them

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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All Different Hobbies Are The Same.

All Different Hobbies Are The Same.

Friends invited us to join them for dinner at their sailing club the other night. Thanks to Coronavirus, the restaurant isn’t open but they’re allowed to bring in food. So we were able to sit by the water and enjoy delicious take-out Thai food while we watched the boats and the pelicans and enjoyed some ...

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You Are Known By The Company You Keep.

You Are Known By The Company You Keep.

I like it when I see a collection of political candidate signs clustered together on someone’s yard. Especially when the assortment includes a sign for their preferred presidential candidate. That’s because as much as I try to stay up-to-date with local and regional politics, I often don’t know about a specific commissioner, judge, or state ...

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If it’s Not Worth it to Them, it’s Not Worth it to You.

If it’s Not Worth it to Them, it’s Not Worth it to You.

My father was a general contractor on Miami Beach in the 1960s. As innovative as my dad was, the business was still a rather analog affair. Supplies were delivered on flatbeds, building materials were inventoried on a clipboard, boards were nailed together by hand, and job sites were cleaned up by laborers with shovels, push ...

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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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The Psychologist’s Fallacy and Your Business.

The Psychologist’s Fallacy and Your Business.

Back in 1996 I was browsing the shelves of a bookstore (remember them?) when I happened across Caleb Carr’s novel The Alienist. I was already a big fan of historical fiction, especially concerning the Victorian age, and the book became an instant favor of mine. My memory of it was so strong that when I ...

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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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Job Opportunities for Millennials and More

Job Opportunities for Millennials and More Are you looking for job opportunities? You probably don’t need me to tell you that for certain groups these are unprecedented economic times. Our children are the first generation in living memory predicted not to do better than their parents. And this despite the history of our great country ...

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Can you Transcend Politics?

Transcend politics. Companies including Uber, Lyft, Under Armor, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Anheuser Busch have all found themselves on one side or the other of the current chasm of political polarization. Celebrities including Beyoncé, Steph Curry, The Rock, Tom Brady, Mike Tyson, and Dennis Rodman have too. Once upon a time it was business suicide to ...

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The Brand Battlefield – Trump vs. Business vs. Trump

The Brand Battlefield The Trump administration banned immigration from seven predominately Muslim countries. Two days later Starbucks’ chairman and chief executive officer, Howard Schultz, marched onto the brand battlefield and promised the company will hire 10,000 refugees over five years across 75 countries. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rolled onto the brand battlefield stating Trump’s order would, “affect ...

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Even Idiots Don’t Like Being Told They’re Idiots.

Even Idiots Don’t Like Being Told They’re Idiots. Years and years ago I came up with a brilliant idea for attracting new business. In my daily scouring of newspapers, magazines, and other media (thankfully this was before the Internet) I’d look for advertising that I thought was poorly done. I’d rip the offending page out of ...

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Saying No To Business is Easier Than You Think.

It’s the way your brand makes your customers feel about themselves that creates both value and desire. And that’s how to differentiate yourself from the clueless companies by simply thinking about your customers. After all, it’s not like they can’t find what you do somewhere else. And as we’ve said so many times before, in today’s connected world the function of your business is simply cost of entry.

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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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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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