How to Destroy All Negativity Destroying Your Life Right Now

I don't have all the answers, and I don't have any secrets to tell you. What I do have are anchors that have guided me through rough patches. I had a suspicion that they were helping me before this fever dream of a year. Now I'm sure of it.
Chris Dessi

How to Kill The Guilt of Your Unlived life

When you need help, help another. When you need compassion, be compassionate. When you need love, give it freely. When you crave connection, reach out. When you can't go on any longer, encourage someone. When you need understanding, listen. When you're angry, try to understand.

Here's How to Tell When It's Time to Quit

How to determine when you should pivot your start-up according to a Stanford University Professor

Why You Need To Find Your Tribe

Why finding like-minded supportive people in your life can become your super power
Chris Dessi

How to Be Motivated When Life is Insanely Difficult

It's been a remarkably awful year. A global pandemic, unscrupulous politicians, biased media pundits. You can be comfortable with being uncomfortable, but 2020 has been insanely difficult to motivate even the most resilient among us.
Chris Dessi

10 Daily Habits of The Most Confident People

I'm here to tell you there are proven ways to improve your self-confidence that will drive real, long lasting change in your life.
Chris Dessi Success

10 Unusual Ways to Manifest Success In Your Life

Too many think that if it doesn't feel good - you're not following your passion. Bull. If you have a vision and you know that you have to climb a mountain to get to the top, you're taking the steps to land on your passion.
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One Simple Life Hack to Help You Create Good Habits

I don't pretend to have all the answers. But lately I've been implementing a little trick that has helped me. I think it can help you too. My agency is growing. We have amazing clients. We also produce a world class conference. The conference and the clients are synergistic events on paper. In execution they are at odds. One takes from the other in time, energy and sweat equity. I needed to clone myself, or find a solution.
Chris Dessi on unemployment

The No. 1 Thing You Need to Do Right Now If You're Unemployed

I have lots of experience being out of work. It happened to me three times in a two-year span. Five times total throughout my career. I'm only 40, so that's a pretty impressive streak. Also - I split up a business partnership. I didn't read the fine print of our contract. I battled my partner for almost a year. I made almost no money.
15 Tips for Introverts Networking That Will Blow Your Mind
Three years ago I launched the first Westchester Digital Summit. Last month Forbes magazine called us one of the "Conferences That Will Keep You Ahead of Marketing Trends This Year." We've hosted over 1000 executives in that time. I'm an extrovert, and I understand the power of networking. What hurts me is to see introverts not capitalize on the opportunity of an event like the summit. So here are 15 practical tips you can use the next time you're at an event. I hope you join us at this year's summit and test them out.
Silverback at Fortina
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What a Year for Silverback Social

What a Year. A look back at 2014 for the Silverback Social team - Westchester Digital Summit, Baltimore Digital Summit, & clients like Legendary Pictures.
Chris Dessi Mindset
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How to Be 10% Better in 2020

I'm an avid reader. It's the best way I know to "sharpen my axe"and continuously improve. Last year I read 40 books. Included among them is a favorite that I've read three times already. Carol Dweck's Mindset: "The New Psychology of Success.
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4 Steps to Better Thinking for Your Business

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Shakespeare. Here are four ways to provoke thought that work for my team that I'd like to share: 1. Start with Simple. Understand the simple stuff deeply. Seek where…
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An Open Letter to Everyone Who Wants to be Great

Work Like Your Life Depends On it Today, I want you to work hard. Harder than you've ever worked. I want you to work with all of your heart and will all of the passion you can muster so that you can create a new reality for yourself. Do what…
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College Students: Four Easy Steps to Clean Up Your Facebook Page Before the Big Interview

I’m usually pretty liberal with the conent that I allow on Facebook – this is mostly because I’m a 37 year old married father of two, not a 21 year old about to graduate from College. The most scandelous photos that I’m tagged in usually involved baby vomit, not me vomiting at a frat party. However, when a photo popped up of my brother and I after having thrown back a few at a Villanova homecoming weekend (circa 1993?) It dawned on me that some photos that upcoming College graduates have on their current Facebook pages may not be as appropriate as others, and perhaps it was worth taking a closer look. So I started to poke around and found something really refreshing: Facebook is making it easier for us to curate our content. In this instance “curating” is just nice way of saying – delete all of the pics you don’t want your future boss to see. Phew! Here are three easy steps to help you curate away:
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5 Steps to Super Charge Your Facebook Fan Engagement Today

I’m blessed, really I am. I’m infinitely passionate about what I do for a living. I also love helping people. Despite some isolated incidents when I’ve felt that prospective clients have taken advantage of my good nature (which I’ve blogged about here), I love to share information that will help us all engage better via social media.
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5 Steps to True Social Media ROI

How do you get to the true ROI of social media? Here are some tips: 1) Start today
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In Response: Cathryn Sloane’s Social Media Article

This afternoon I was perusing my Twitter feed when I came across Noah Malin’s Paper-li The Social Media Thinkers Daily. This is also where I discovered Cathryn Sloane’s post titled: Why Every Social Media Manager Should be Under 25.
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In Business, Hugs Matter. Seriously.

I love to hug. Really, I do. I’m pretty good at it too- at least my daughters seem to think so. I thought I was up there in “hugger ranking” until last week when I met a special guy named Martin Rubin. Marty Rubin of Spectramedia Marty Rubin of Spectremedia I met Marty at an event where I was invited to speak. I was there to speak about social media to the good folks at the New Jersey Bank Marketing Association. My good friend Scott Agnoli, VP of Marketing with Investors Bank had invited me, and requested that I help educate the people in the audience, but I was the one who walked away with the biggest lesson. Let me explain:
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5 Sure-fire Ways to Get Your Boss to Pay More Attention to Social Media

I once heard Gary Vaynerchuk answer the question “What’s the ROI of social media.” His response was partially dismissive, mostly true, and certainly brought down the house. He replied with a fervent “What’s the ROI of putting on your pants.“ Image from Maries Claire I love that response, but I also understand why your boss may cringe after hearing it. She has a budget, key performance indicators, and responsibility. She’s asking you about ROI because she wants to support you. She needs to understand the ROI so she can allocate said budget, and analyze how well you’re doing. So how can you impress upon your boss that she must invest in social media today?
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3 Pieces of Good News for Not-for-Profits Engaging in Social Media

Nearly two years ago I started to work with my business partner Anthony Zarro at Drive Action Digital. Anthony had already been running the business on his own, and was successful at cultivating relationships with major brands building gorgeous web sites, managing SEM programs, assisting with SEO and generally offering a senior executives savvy and strategy in the digital space. Together we closed major deals with companies like Geico, Littlemissmatched and Lavanila. As our first year of work continued to develop we decided to hold our own social media seminar. We invited our clients and industry professionals to join. The seminar was a smashing success. As a result we were invited to speak at an event hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Both Anthony and I had never really considering working with Not-for-Porfit organizations until we were invited to speak at the event. As a result of speaking at the AFP event we have since begun working with two not for profit’s in our area - Hudson Valley Hosptial Center and Westchester Library System. Which brings me to the point of this post.