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Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.

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Everything old is new again, isn’t it?

Facebook is the new anti-competitive whipping boy. Everyone from Senator Elizabeth Warren to one of the founders of Facebook are calling for the company to be broken up. It’s too big. It’s a monopoly.

Back in 1998, Microsoft was accused of the same thing (and making it hard for third parties to integrate into the IE browser). Just under two years, and many tax dollars later, they were “split into two companies” with no discernible effect.

And my take on this go-round with Facebook is the same as it was back then: no, neither are monopolies.

If you’re going to accuse Facebook and other tech megacompanies of anything nefarious, make sure your accusations are accurate.

Here’s what I mean.


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Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

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I was coaching a peer in how to offer appropriate feedback when teaching performers, and we discussed her penchant for “diving deep.”

What can happen when you try to super-size your product or service offering is two-fold: it can cause severe fatigue and impact retention, and it can begin to undermine your ability to lead a client to “fish” as opposed to “catching fish” for them.

Here’s what I mean by that.


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A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters

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A friend asked me recently how I handle haters. I asked what was happening with him, and he related a story of how a woman he knew fairly well in real life, felt slighted by an innocent event, and began taking out her anger with him in vicious posts on social media.

I shared with him the true secret of dealing with haters and trolls.


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A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers

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Back in the 80s, after answering machines had their heyday, IVR systems started becoming popular and a new avenue of income for voice talent was born. It became so lucrative that we teach an entire class on it in the Pro curriculum.

Today, a similar technology is presenting itself as a possible source of work for you: voice assistance and smart speaker apps.

Let’s take a look at the concepts and the lingo you need to know to speak intelligently about Siri, Alexa and their cousins.


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Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

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Ever been involved in a relationship that just went on too long? Or a project you really should have scrapped sooner than you did?

Or even continued with a creative process to the end, only to be severely disappointed with the less-than-stellar results?

Want to change that in the future? On a consistent and regular basis? I’ve got some great advice for you in this episode.


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Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies

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These last two fallacies I want to share with you are very…clingy.

To fall prey to either of these two can be a huge waste of our time, and can be very discouraging to continue with our journey.

One’s about respect and alliance, and the other often applies to pricing and value.


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Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

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The fallacies I want to talk about today are almost humorous in nature.

Almost.

They might make you chuckle when you identify how they occur in your life, but they can be debilitating to a performer.

There are three of these in today’s video for you. Then, two last fallacies in the next episode.


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