Secret Things Only An Olympic Athlete In Beijing Would Know

I spent the morning today at a press event for a handful of Lenovo’s athlete bloggers all talking about their experience of blogging during the Olympics. The three participants we had were Peter Lopez (a Peruvian Tae Kwon Do athlete), Carissa Gump (an American weightlifter), and Seth Kelsey (an American fencer). The event was slightly

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How To Bargain Effectively In Olympic Beijing, China

The one thing I always relearn every time I return to Asia is the art of bargaining. It is one that is strangely missing from most people’s daily lives if they live in America. Perhaps that is the reason many Americans are so bad at it. When you live in a culture where bargaining is

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Kleenex Premieres Olympic Documentary "Let It Out"

If you are one of those people that gets in front of the television every evening with a box of tissues to get ready for the melodramatic overload that is the American television coverage of the Olympics, then you’ll be thrilled to know that as part of their sponsorship of the US Olympic team, Kleenex

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A Great Day For India: Abhinav Bindra & Raj Bhavsar

Today I’m at the Olympics and I’m very proud to be Indian. You might have heard the story of Abhinav Bindra, the Shooter from India who just won the country’s first Gold medal in over 25 years and first individual Gold medal ever. To say he is a hero to more than a billion people

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Dinner With The Namibians

When I boarded my flight to Beijing, I didn’t have a single ticket for any Olympic events and I wasn’t worried. To understand why, I need to tell you about my best day during the Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000. I was living there and had one night where I was heading out to

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An Inside Look At Beijing During The Olympics

I have officially been in Beijing for 4 days now. I start this post with that admission, because before you read this I want you to know that I’m no expert on Beijing or China. Before this current trip, I have been here once before. Aside from a few useful phrases, I don’t really speak

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The Rise of "Egommunication"

There is a magic power that a growing number of people are starting to have. It’s happening all around us with social media and yet most of the time it is going without notice. I can now communicate with someone without communicating with them. I can tell them something without talking to them. And I

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4 Unexpected Observations From BlogHer

I spent all last week attending events from two Mashable parties to the PSFK conference. Along the way I had the chance last thursday evening to attend the opening parties for Blogher – the conference dedicated to women bloggers. The first party was co-sponsored by Alltop and Kirtsy and held in Guy Kawasaki’s house in

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The Right And Wrong Way to Steal My Stuff

I’m a blogger, so I’m used to my ideas getting taken and used – and I usually encourage it. One of the biggest learning curves I had to deal with when writing my book was that in the publishing world, you need written permission for just about any quote. That’s one of the reasons I

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Speaking To A Room Full Of Speakers at BlogPotomac

Last night I had an interesting challenge: to speak at the Speaker’s Dinner before BlogPotomac (a gathering discussing social media right here in the DC area today). The majority of people in the room had top blogs, spoke at events frequently, and several had authored their own books. Added to that was the fact that

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