One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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June, 2006

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    Time for a change...

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    suddenly, I hate the title of my blog. Every time I see someone link, I wonder what they thought as they typed it out, with the quotation marks...zzzzzzz. Anyhoo, I'm feeling sassy and I am changing the name of my blog. Suggestions?
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    Rock Star: Supernova

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    Can you feel it? I think you can.
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    You can work on an award winning marketing team....literally

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    Funny how people throw around the term "award winning". Sometimes it even denotes that an award was won... Like the Stevie Award for "Best Marketing Team" won by our Corporate Marketing & Research Insight Group here at Microsoft. Back in the day...
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    I want you to want me

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    Groucho Marx may have had it right when it came to club membership . Well, he may not have had it right, but at least he was funny. When it comes to the business relationship, specifically the customer relationship, it's another story entirely. All...
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    I..don't...get it

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    I've even been to this Ikea and I just don't get it. For a chance to win a dining table and chairs? Someone should tell them they have a 100% chance of having to put their furniture together themselves. And this is all for a remodeling? Psst....people...
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    I'm flip-flopping on flip-flops

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    From Gawker (oh yeah, I admit it), people are wearing flip-flops to work . Flip-flops are abundant at Microsoft. Flip-flops are incredibly abundant in my closet. I can imagine situations at work when they aren't particularly appropriate (and I do pick...
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    Name that stink

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    I haven't been blogging much lately and I was going to apologize but have to admit that it annoys me a bit when bloggers apologize for an absence, as if the world wouldn't spin without them spewing their words of wisdom among its inhabitants. So I won...
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    I don't know how to make this any clearer for you: cancel my account!

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    Saw Vincent on the Today Show this AM. He's the guy that taped his call to AOL to cancel his account. It's one of those things you have to listen to, to believe. Here's the blog post Here's the call AOL's apology Here's his appearance on the...
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    The career pre-nup.What would you include?

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    I read about Nicole Kidman's pre-nuptial agreement ("Nicole Kindman in Love, Not Stupid" ...love the headline!). Let me preface this little blog post so as not to tick off anyone, married or not, with or without pre-nuptial agreements. I don't know jack...
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    Bill Gates' Success and How it Applies to your Career

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    In light of BillG's announcement that he will, over the next two years, transition to full-time work at the Gates Foundation, lots of people are talking about Gates, the man, and his contribution to the industry. There's talk from folks who had the opportunity...
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    Want to add more marketing goodness to your day?

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    MarketingSherpa is holding it's blog awards again . And while I couldn't be bothered to vote (having an opinion can be exhausting), I reviewed their nominees and added some to my blog reader. It's an interesting list (and proof that blog traffic does...
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    Career Networking Event in Redmond, WA

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    Remember when I blogged about what awesome looks like on a resume ? Well our invitational event with the hiring group that inspired the post is coming up. Whee! The event is on-campus, so we are looking for folks in the local area. If you are outside...
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    Run, Heather, Run!

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    I remember having to run in gym class in high school. I hated it. I hated that burning sensation in my lungs and I hated turning purple. Years later, I did some breathing tests at my allergists office but the damage was already done. It would be a very...
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    Fire the customer and make it snappy

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    I'm kind of fascinated by the concept of firing the customer. Seth Godin posts today about a couple that he wishes JetBlue would have fired long ago. While I think that firing the customer is something that is very serious and only to be used in extreme...
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    Marketing opportunity for Starbucks Liqueur

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    You decide. Science is weird. I suspect that caffeine + alcohol makes for very annoying bar patrons.
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    Anderson Cooper on the Daily Show tonight?

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    It's like some programming wizard at Comedy Central really loves me! I can't decide if there's chocolate in my peanut better or peanut butter on my chocolate (if you don't know what that means, ask your parents). Smarty-pants Heather and snarky Heather...
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    Bill Gates' Transition

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    I'm listening to the Town Hall Meeting right now but obviously, this is a public announcement . Here are my thoughts: I don't have any insight into how many technology decisions are being driven via Bill versus the people that work for him. I hear...
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    Are we cool now? What about now? Now?

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    Could it be true? Did Demetri Martin just sign a deal with Microsoft? Please bear with me as I calculate degrees of separation between me and Jon Stewart.
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    Being "too nice"...something I've never been accused of

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    Here's an article on MSN careers on the difference between being "nice" and "too nice" (a pushover). I've never been accused of being a pushover. But early in my career (ironically, when I worked for the company that produced the article), I have to admit...
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    Robert Scoble reportedly leaving Microsoft

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    First, I don't know if it's true. I'm reading it on blogs just like you. Aside from the occasional e-mail exchange, one phone call, being introduced twice (I'm sure he still couldn't pick me out in a crowd) and reading Robert's blog, I don't know him...
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    All about the interview

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    Lots of blog posts on interviewing recently....hmm, could be a sign of changes in the employment marketplace. Anyway, if someone does a good job of offering advice or insight, it keeps me from having to be charming with a post of my own. Better to just...
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    The long overdue death of finger quotes in my repertoire

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    You know finger quotes, those bunny ear motions you you make with your index and middle fingers to denote that what you are saying is "in quotes". Last night I watched Matt Lauer's Dateline interview with Brittney Spears. Oh don't judge...you're so...
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    When are you least productive?

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    Anthony blogs about productivity and time-of day here. I find it interesting that the time of day folks are the least productive is the time of day I am most likely at the gym. Trust me, I have my highs and lows, but at 2:16 on Monday/Wed/Friday (usually...
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    One customer, one experience

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    You might read Seth Godin's post about a card store customer's experience and wonder why the card store would go to so much trouble. Why not just send her a refund check for the card? And, of course, you would be missing the point. What the company...
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    Marketing with guilt...

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    It's working on me. Anything with dogs works on me. We are a big fan of Kongs in our family. Suspect it's only a matter of time before I assuage my guilt with one of these gizmos. Of course the link came from my dad...keepin' the guilt in the family...
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