Facing Facebook

Starting your day on Facebook can be even more depressing than the slanted, early morning news. Here are some of the tropes that are widely used and also useless: • Why can’t we do that in the US? This usually cites some social welfare approach in a country that could fit into Central Park and ignores the impracticality of doing it here (or the stupidity of the idea). • We don’t do this because we’re too busy building missiles. The …


Discretion

On the shuttle to the airport this morning in San Francisco I sat among two pilots and a flight attendant from American Airlines. They were discussing the best places to drink, with the cheapest liquor, in Las Vegas. I was happy to be flying United.



Kloutless

Klout.com has gone out of business. All those people measuring their social media standings as if they meant anything are now bereft. They’ll have to go back to “click-throughs” or “likes” or “reacts” or other nonsense to bolster fragile egos. I think when you get an “unsubscribe” in the morning and it immediately ruins your day, you need therapy. Maybe someone can create an “alt-Klout” which can reaffirm everyone’s acceptance and popularity just by wishful thinking. It can work because …


Free Griping

I’ve found that people receiving something for free are more demanding than people who are paying for a service or product! There seems to be a bizarre sense of entitlement that accompanies the “freebie.” When I’ve spoken pro bono for many association chapters, I’ve sometimes been treated very cavalierly, had demands made in terms of my timing or content, and been treated rudely by chapter officers who insist all attention be focused on them. But when someone is paying me $35,000 …


TED: Tedious, Excessive Delivery

I know this is politically incorrect, but it seems to me that there are only about ten topics on TED that keep repeating with a different person each time. How many 20-minute, carefully choreographed talks on saving the planet, recovering from disease, overcoming prejudice, and basically leftist political agendas can we listen to without becoming rather glazed and inured? At this point, 98% of the content is formulaic, politically correct, assuredly diverse, pseudo-intellectualism. I watch those cutaways to the people …


Instant Fame, Just Add Money and Zero Self-Respect

I heard about a speaker in the sales business—a name you’d recognize if you’re in that business—who was selling book testimonials. That’s right, if you want his endorsement on a book it costs thousands of dollars. I’ve encountered speakers bureaus which demand payments to review people’s video and/or to even include them in their catalog! It’s easy to get into virtually any Who’s Who—if you pay for it by purchasing the books. You can speak at “industry conferences” by paying …


Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me

This is probably my character flaw, but one of the most irritating things I find on Facebook, that is also totally self-absorbed, is people “marking themselves safe” when some disaster or tragedy strikes their general geographic area. It’s as if everyone has stopped what they’re doing wondering if that person was harmed by the hailstorm. If you’re concerned about loved ones being worried about you, write to them. But you don’t have to proclaim it to the Facebook universe. It …


Sweepers

I increasingly deal with people who just want to get the problem off their desk and onto someone else’s. They don’t want to be bothered with work, and customers just get in the way of trying to be totally unproductive. I call these people “sweepers” because they want to sweep any kind of accountability out of their area. The main reason for this is that they don’t own the business. They have no skin in the game, no pride in …


Breathe

We are a blasé bunch. We arrogantly ignore the airline safety announcements while we tend to the vital matters on our smart phones and iPads. Yet in every photo I’ve seen of people on that flight with the blown engine, almost everyone is using the oxygen mask incorrectly (placing it only over their mouths when it should also be over their noses).