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If Only I had Known
“Looking back, and knowing what you know now… what would you have done differently, and why?” This question (and many of its variations), is really popular among those interviewing the rich and famous. It’s meant to elicit golden nuggets of priceless information, acquired over a long and illustrious career. It’s an old trick, and it […]
How Not To Be Like Jeremy Clarkson
Last Sunday, the BBC premiered the 23rd season of Top Gear with a new team of presenters. The program drew disappointing ratings in the UK and abroad. This had a lot to do with the absence of star presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who was forced to leave the show. More about that later. Because Clarkson was such […]
Don’t Ever Do This To A Client
Sometimes I think I’m in the wrong business. Has that ever happened to you? Especially during a dry spell, I start looking around, and I see people with a different skill set and a different level of education making tons of money. All the time. How fair is that? Take Tom, for instance. Tom runs a […]
Filling In The Blanks
“It’s too risky, too challenging, too expensive, and you’ll be very lonely”. That’s what people told me when I announced that I was going to become self-employed. This was many, many moons ago. I’m sure these folks meant well, but what struck me most was the fact that these self-appointed business coaches were all working in […]
Is Your Client Driving You Crazy?
After last week’s story about bad clients, one reader wanted to know: “Have you ever fired a client, and why? I have one customer who is driving me nuts, but I can’t afford to lose his business.” First of all, that’s a horrible position to be in. Many freelancers choose to run their own business […]
Are You in Bed with a Bad Client?
I’m not going to waste any time introducing today’s topic. Here’s what I want you to do. Read the statements below, and tell me if any of them sound familiar. “I’ll put in a good word for you.” “I will keep you in mind.” “Next time we will definitely call you.” “One of the best […]
The Cult of Kumbaya
Not long ago, Adam Aron, the CEO of America’s biggest movie theater chain, had a brilliant idea. To attract a younger audience, he wanted to make his AMC theaters smartphone-friendly. If it were up to him, texting would be allowed, and he told Variety why: “You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. […]
Those Silly Americans
Here’s a question I get asked a lot: “What’s it like to be a Dutch voice-over, living and working in the United States?” Who wants to know? Mostly European colleagues, who either think I’m totally nuts, or who secretly want to do what I did and move to this land of milk, honey, and doughnuts. […]
The Mistake You Don’t Want To Make
In his books and seminars, motivational speaker and coach Tony Robbins shares what he calls his Ultimate Success Formula. It’s a deceptively simple five-step process: 1. Decide what you want. 2. Know your reasons why. 3. Take massive action. 4. Notice what’s working or not. 5. Change your approach until you achieve what your want. I could […]
The Weight Of The World
Paris. Ankara. Istanbul. Brussels. On some days this beautiful planet is so full of hatred and hardship that I feel guilty writing about such trivial things as “work.” It sure is fun to blog about freelancing, marketing, and microphone technique, but I have to ask: “To what avail?” Does it lead to a deeper understanding of the human psyche? […]