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Work The Pond! Is Not Your Typical Networking Book (Review)

Work the Pond! Photo Credit: Amazon.caThanks to my participation in the Leaders of Tomorrow mentorship program, I’ve received a free copy of Work the Pond! Use the Power of Positive Networking to Leap Forward in Work and Life. Although it has a long title, the book itself is actually pretty short – about 200 pages including the index and the appendix.

During the holidays, I finally had the chance to read this book. One thing I’ve noticed is that this book is radically different from many books about networking. Now, granted, I haven’t read that many networking books — Who can blame me, though? They’re usually super boring! — but I think I’ve read enough to actually say that Work the Pond! is beyond the typical. Here are 5 reasons why.

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Get Social in Vancouver! Marketing-Related Events Around YVR (January 2011 Edition)

SFU Woodward'sThis post was inspired by the realization that my schedule this semester isn’t conducive to attending meetups. Looks like I’ll be missing most — if not all — the awesome meetups around Vancouver this next 3 months. And that’s a shame because I find a lot of value from attending them.

But just because I can’t attend meetups doesn’t mean that you have to suffer with me. Below is a list of meetups and other marketing-related events that I’m aware of for January and early February 2011. I thought this might be a good idea because there are dedicated Twitter accounts (e.g. @BestJobsinVan) and blogs (example) for Marketing jobs in Vancouver, but there’s really nothing for events. (I’ve checked with Google, too.)

This is a couple of meetups I regularly attend. Visit if you’d like to search for more. 

Third Tuesday Vancouver (January 20, Ceilis Irish Pub). This month’s meetup features a presentation from C.C. Chapman, co-author of Content Rules. Visit the Third Tuesday Vancouver’s Meetup page for complete details.

Net Tuesday Vancouver (February 1, Storyeum). This meetup will be attempting to answer the question “Should your nonprofit be selling merchandise?” The great thing about Net Tuesday is that they always have panelists, which means that you get at least two different perspectives. The last couple of Net Tuesday meetups I’ve been even had free food! Complete details are not out yet, but watch the Net Tuesday Meetup page for further info.

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Arianna Huffington’s Big Idea

In case you’re still looking for new year’s resolutions, here’s a good one from Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post.

Speaking at TEDWomen, Huffington in the video below encourages her audience of powerful women to — wait for it — sleep. Yup, you’ve read that right: sleep.

Drawing from her own experience (she fainted from exhaustion two and a half years ago) and using good humour, Huffington made a good case for her simple (and yet big) idea.

Many studies have confirmed the value of getting lots of sleep. Studies have suggested, for instance, that consistently getting a good night’s sleep might benefit your heart’s health and help you avoid the common cold. Huffington concluded that sleep can lead to “a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life”. Sleep a lot and be successful? Sounds like a good deal to me!

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The Difference Between Twitter and Facebook

When people who don’t use Twitter talk about Twitter, I usually get annoyed. The idea that Twitter is only about what you’re doing (i.e. eating lunch, watching a movie, taking a dump, etc.) is a misconception propagated only by those … Continue reading

Best Pop Singles of 2010!

Note: This post originally appears in my music blog, The Bionic Monster.  Follow me on Tumblr if you love pop music and pop culture.

2010 was an interesting year in pop music. It’s the year when Ke$ha ruled the charts, Katy Perry avoided the dreaded sophomore slump, Lady Gaga grew her ego, and Bruno Mars finally introduced himself to the scene. It’s the same year that saw Christina Aguilera’s professional and personal life take a hit and Glee take over the iTunes charts.

The next year is promising to be an even bigger one, with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyonce, and Kelly Clarkson (among others) all expected to drop new albums. Before we move on to 2011, though, I thought it might be fun to review the past year by looking at some of best songs we’ve heard this year. Just be warned that I’m a pop music junkie, so don’t expect too many rock/alternative/country,etc on this list.

Here’s a short list of pop songs that made me smile and dance in the last year:

10. Commander – Kelly Rowland feat. David Guetta

Fierce. Sexy. Ridiculous. It’s too bad that Kelly Rowland isn’t confident enough with her stuff to just release her new album already. This song is at least 100% better than the forgettable RnB trash she insists on releasing in North America. David Guetta and Kelly Rowland is a match made in dance music heaven.

9. Nothin’ On You – B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars

Two amazing newcomers came together for a great song. Sometimes hip hop gets a bad reputation for being disrespectful to women. This song proves that not all rap artists are all about grinding and booty shaking – i.e. that they can have substance. Oh, and the video is cute, too.

8. Half of My Heart – John Mayer

Despite all the controversy that faced John Mayer this year, you can’t really deny his talent. In “Half of My Heart”, Mayer does what he does best – playing the guitar, singing, and looking cute. He really should stick to those and avoid opening his mouth to Playboy.

This song also features Taylor Swift, but thankfully (for our ears) her involvement is put to a bare minimum, only providing some background vocals in the chorus.

7. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars released “Just the Way You Are” after ruling the Billboard charts with a couple of collaborations and after releasing an EP. This single is total perfection – infectious, heartfelt, and organic.

Bruno Mars is a breathe of fresh air after all the heavily-manufactured pop music we’ve endured in 2009. (Black Eyed Peas, I’m looking at you!) Let’s just hope he gets off the drugs and continue writing great songs instead.

6. Airplanes – B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams from Paramore

What first appeared to be an odd collaboration turned out to be one of the most epic efforts of 2010. It’s impossible not to like this song. The chorus is catchy, but what makes it awesome is the fact that we can all somehow relate to it. (Who couldn’t really use a wish right now?)

5. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Following a super massive hit (“California Gurls”), this song came at the perfect time of the year. The song captures the mood of the last few weeks of summer (and the first few days of fall) and what it means to fall in love for the first time.

The hot dude from the video doesn’t hurt either. Side note: I’m still not liking the Glee version of this song.

4. F*ck You – Cee Lo Green

This song rocks because it’s oddly good. It makes you want to randomly dance.  Cee Lo has soul, and it’s impossible not to get hooked with his music.

3. Billionaire – Travis McCoy feat. Bruno Mars

We’ve all fantasized about having lots of cash and being on the cover of Forbes magazine (smilin’ next to Oprah and the Queen), so it’s not really surprising that this song was a huge hit. The reggae influences in the song and the smooth vocals give the song a breezy vibe.

Check out the acoustic version to hear Travic McCoy and Bruno Mars perform this song perfectly.

2. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna

Probably the most epic collaboration of 2010. (In 2009, this distinction went to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys for “Empire State of Mind.) Radio outlets ate this song up like there’s no tomorrow, making it one of the most overplayed songs of the year. I can’t blame them, though.

Say what you want about Rihanna, but her voice is clearly made for pop radio. And her voice compliments Eminem’s never ending angst.

1. Dancing On My Own – Robyn

A brilliant song from a brilliant artist. This song is perfection. Check out Robyn’s live performances to truly appreciate this song. I’m definitely hoping that this song wins at next year’s Grammy’s.

What are your fave pop songs from 2010? Did I miss an awesome song that’s not included in this list? Leave a comment and let me know!


3 “Resolutions” I’m Adopting…Starting TODAY

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I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions. In fact, every time I hear people say “I’ll do xxx starting in January”, I am convinced that a unicorn dies. If you’re delaying changing something, the reality is that it’s … Continue reading