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Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.
—Franklin P. Adams

Dear readers and friends, crowd around. Seeing you at our luncheon once again makes this a real treat. This week’s a bit different from my usual Round Table themes. I’d like to shine the spotlight on a few friends who I can say without any exaggeration, should be reaching the entire civilized world with their wit and wisdom. (I have no doubt this will confirm their worst suspicions about me!) I’ve linked to them before, and folks, it’ll happen again, just as long as they continue to amaze me each week with insights that make me say Thank Goodness for the Interwebs.

I don’t know what I did before I discovered these six authors, consistently churning out aha! moments for you and I to revel in, and I hope you’ll feel the same. Enjoy getting to know them. I’ve linked to some truly inspirational posts—please leave them a comment and then subscribe to each so their incredibly fresh insights can help you take your business to the next level, and come on back to share your thoughts around the Maximum Customer Experience Round Table!

George Tannenbaum writes on the future of advertising, the decline of the English language, and oh, so many other frivolities at AdAged. (I’m trying not to gush too much. Go subscribe, and you can gush over him, too.) With his keen eye for the absurd and the outrageous, he’ll often have you hopping mad, intensely thoughtful, and laughing out loud—all within the same post. Mrs. Parker would have loved to have him and his slicing wit at her own Round Table. Ah, I wish there were more Georges in the world.

Andy Nulman, author of this year’s most stunning book for your business, Pow! Right Between the Eyes! from the long-running and equally inspiring blog of the same name, where he gives away insights that could easily fill a dozen books with Pow! I’m happy to say I’ve been reading his blog since before he became a fancy book-author (when he was only a fancy blog-author), and I plan to keep reading until he does fill a dozen more.

Charlie Pabst says he writes Ignite Living to give you tips for simple, productive, and happy living, but I have to tell you, it’s the flame he knows how to light with his words that keeps me glued to my inbox, wishing he’d grace us with another post just as soon as his fingers can fly back to the keyboard. He never fails to ignite my thoughts, my imagination, or my actions.

Mark Stevens is, I believe, the only blogger who’s ever made me cry. Oh, I’ve sniffled at a few posts here and there around blog-o-land, and many thanks if you’re one of the folks who’s made me reach for a tissue, but at the Unconventional Thinking blog (from the author of one of my all-time favorite books, Your Marketing S**ks), one day you’re reading between the lines, taking notes on ways to dig deeper for your business’ growth; the next day, you’re reexamining your whole. darn. life. And maybe just once, crying your doggone eyes out for a million happy and sad reasons. That’s just how Mark writes. He’s an unstoppable thought-powerhouse.

Vicki Flaugher writes SmartWomanGuides from the unique perspective of empowering female entrepreneurs at what she calls the “magic age,” when we’re ready to do what we love instead of what we’re supposed to do. Hang on, gents, because when I’m reading there I frequently forget she’s aiming at women. You’ll love her. Vicki is full of good, solid business advice from the trenches—and because she is aiming at emerging entrepreneurs, she’s always got ideas that require only your dedication, not your thinly-stretched wallet.

David Sherwin: designer, Art Director, and chief-zen-thought-leader at ChangeOrder, is one of those rare folks deep inside an industry who can see it from the outside at the same time—which is what makes ChangeOrder such a delight to read. His great empathy for fellow designers might help you to understand why the job they do is so doggone hard. His empathy for his clients—and for their customers (that’s all of us)—is what separates this from any other design blog.

Full disclosure: I happen to know that each and every one of these folks is a truly nice person. As well as being a bunch of geniuses. Thought I should let you know.

Back so soon from subscribing? Well, in case you don’t feel I’ve engaged in enough fawning (with not a drop of hyperbole, mind you), I’m off to Princeton, New Jersey tonight to be enraptured by Tony Levin (he of King Crimson fame, one incredible band I hope you didn’t miss out on back in your spirited youth) and his wildly inventive new group the Stick Men. I leave you with taste of Stick Men from a few nights ago, thanks to yankeeG in downstate New York (the vid’s a bit spotty but the song, Relentless, is heaven):

Thanks, as always, for the pleasure of your company and your commentary. Let’s do lunch again soon.

Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Learn something fantastic as you clicked around? Think I missed the best one of the week? Have your say in the comments—you know you want to!


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson

If you’re going to write, don’t pretend to write down. It’s going to be the best you can do, and it’s the fact that it’s the best you can do that kills you.
—Dorothy Parker


Last time, Mrs. Erickson and the Vision Circle (that’s you) entertained:

To Grow Your Business You’ve Got to Get Closer. Closer…

Craving dessert? Click here to see all the posts in the Round Table series, along with other great recommended reading from MCE!


P.S. (It’s my blog and I can go off-topic if I want to.) Was the show any good? Oh, yes. I’m still smiling. I can’t resist putting up a sketch I did, to give you a taste…

Tony Levin, Stick Men, Princeton, NJ

Tony Levin in ecstasy.