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A Jew’s View of Christmas

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:19:34 +0000

Wife Paula, dog Brewster & some bearded guy. Photo by Shel [Note: I first posted this in December 2003 and have reposted it every December since. I hope you enjoy it.] I grew up in the 1950s in New Bedford, Mass., an overwhelmingly Christian city. Christmas was the biggest day of the year.  Schools were closed. Parents [...]

Remembering Charlie O’Brien 10 years later.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:06:42 +0000

Today is the 10th anniversary of the death of my best friend, Charlie O’Brien. His daughter Michelle and I have started a Facebook Page to commemorate this sad milestone and to share photos and memories. Charlie was my mentor and editor, but he did not live to see me write my first book, something he [...]

About my Shindig shindig

Thu, 31 May 2012 15:20:54 +0000

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, like a face-to-face engagement despite what we zealots of social media like to think. Group Twitter and Facebook chats have value, but they often are confusing and misunderstanding sometimes is an unintended consequence. Webinars have a definite value, but when I present in that way, I often feel during my [...]

Remembering Charlie O’Brien–10 Years Later

Mon, 28 May 2012 14:55:47 +0000

  My best friend Charlie O’Brien died ten years ago today. The sense of loss is still there. The pain is less frequent and a lot duller than it once was, I imagine like someone who has healed from the loss of a limb. Sometimes I go two-or-three days without thinking of him–but not often. [...]

Help Me With a Forbes Column on Google+

Thu, 03 May 2012 15:02:01 +0000

Ever since I started writing The Social Beat for Forbes, I’ve been wondering what to do with this, my beloved home blog. I have an idea. I currently crowd source my column ideas on Twitter and Facebook to get content, quotes and ideas that often find their way into the my columns. But people send [...]

Special Offer: Stellar Presentations for only $4.99!

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 14:38:19 +0000

I launched my new book, Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Giving Great Talks six weeks ago. It is the most critically acclaimed of my three books. On Amazon, 10 people have given it five stars, two people gave it four stars and no one has rated it lower. Other blog reviews have also been highly [...]

Come Visit me at

Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:53:29 +0000

I am writing a column for called The Social Beat. Everything I write related to Social media, the web, startups and the tech sector will appear there. It will be the primary venue for my online writing. Please come and visit me there. Occasionally, I will have something to say on other topics, particularly related [...]

A Stellar Presentations Excerpt: The Three Questions

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:32:11 +0000

The following is excerpted from Chapter One of my new book: Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Giving Great Talks. The Three Questions I was raised as the youngest son in a Jewish family.  That meant that each Passover I recited the ritual Four Questions that launched the story-telling part of our Passover dinner. These days, [...]

So, Why Is Stellar Presentations So Damn Short?

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:42:31 +0000

My new book, Stellar Presentations is 76-pages on length and costs about 10 bucks. I estimate it will take two hours of your time to read it. Four times in the three weeks since I launched the book, people have complained that the book is too short and that I should add more chapters to [...]

About my New Column

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 01:30:34 +0000

I am thrilled to announce I have started writing a column at It’s called ItSeemstoMe, which was the name of my first blog. While my original blog was about anything I wanted it to be, this new column is about issues, trends and news in the tech sector. I’ve already posted my first and [...]