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APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch: a must-read

December 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Book Review

APE, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch is an absolute must-read for anyone who wants to write a book and self-publish. It’s packed with information, advice, tips and resources.
Even if you still dream of finding the ideal agent and the most prestigious publisher on the planet, chances are that you will be ignored. So [...]

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Job Candidate Experience: Treating people well is excellent business

May 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

How many times have HR Professionals heard Gerry Crispin discuss the importance of providing an outstanding candidate experience? How many companies truly act on his recommendations? Not enough. To evaluate how your company fares, check one of Gerry Crispin’s presentations or make sure to catch one of his talks. If you believe that your company is ahead of [...]

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The New Relationship Marketing by Mari Smith: High Tech and High Touch

February 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Book Review

Mari Smith, probably the ultimate Facebook guru (see my review in March 2011), is also the author of The New Relationship Marketing that came out last October.
Social networks tend to be perceived as channels, or as conduits that enable us to broadcast information in order to attract attention, and more often than not we may [...]

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The Macintosh Way by Guy Kawasaki: Ageless Insights into Entrepreneurial Audacity

January 19th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

The huge success of Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs, shows the scope of our fascination for one of the top industry visionaries ever. While most people have come to realize the meaning of Steve Jobs almost in retrospect, for entrepreneurs starting in the eighties, he was already a thought-leader, and the Macintosh was already a metaphor for entrepreneurial audacity. [...]

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Bootstrapping: OAC, or the Art of Empowering Aspiring Singers

June 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Book Review

Guest writer: Sophie Delphis
The program I’m doing this year, Opera Academy of California, is presenting a summer line up for pre-professional singers – including a series of master classes, five nights of selected opera scenes and three full operas – for the first time. This is a new venture, with a relatively small group and [...]

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Five tips for entrepreneurs in two minutes: Conversation with Jacques Birol

May 29th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Entrepreneurs

I was in Paris last month for the launch of the French version of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (”Enchantement“) at one of the great business schools over there, ESCP Europe. The following day, I met with fantastic entrepreneurs at Le Camping, a six-month accelerator program located inside the Palais Brongniart. I had a conversation on the [...]

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From abracadabra to SEO power words

April 19th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Entrepreneurs

By Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
Abracadabra, “create as I say” in Aramaic, has been the power word of magicians for centuries. Today, when we tweet or blog, we all look for the power words that will grab the readers’ attention. What are they? This was the theme of a speech I gave to the class of Angelika Blendstrup [...]

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Scoop.it: topic-centric and a new collaborative dimension to curation

April 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Curation has been a hot topic for at least a year, and I agree with Tom Foremski, that it’s not just a trend, or as he puts it in a recent post, “a flash in the pan.” We all need to make sense of the mass of information that comes to us, and present it [...]

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The enchantment of prefacing the French translation of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment (US translation)

March 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Entrepreneurs, Talents, Innovators

Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment is out today in the US and will be published in French by Diateino at the end of this month. To read the French version of this preface, please go to the Diateino blog. Thanks to my daughter, Sophie Delphis, for translation it into English!

Entrepreneurs, re-enchant the world!
There are people who [...]

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About Guy Kawasaki’s book Enchantment: Business enchantment through a child’s eyes

January 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Book Review

Guest writer: Sophie Delphis
My mother is currently finishing up her French translation of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, which comes out in the US on March 8th. As in past translation work she has done, I’ve been providing irregular advice on how to adapt certain phrases or anecdotes in [...]

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