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Chris Chambers

The business side

How to be unforgettable

Every September, I get a call from my wood guy. He contacts me just this one time each year to set up the delivery for my winter cords just before the air turns cold and always before my mind has even begun to move out of summer and into fall. (baseball artist – alternate)…
Chris Chambers
April 6, 2018
The business side

Page 57 just isn’t enough

What if I asked you for your opinion and edits on my just-written 400 page novel…and then handed you page 57…and said ‘go’… Of course, you could read that one page. And you could offer that the chapter name is a bit odd. You might suggest that the ‘Bill’ character…
Chris Chambers
June 6, 2018
The business side

One team, one fight

I have a brother-in-law that went to West Point and two nieces that attend Annapolis. It’s a family affair. It’s Army vs. Navy. And it’s one of the oldest rivalries in the U.S. It’s a fierce rivalry—something you would know if you’ve ever attended or tuned into the Army/Navy football…
Chris Chambers
January 12, 2018
Tactics

Message extenders: Music

Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Bryan Adams Heaven comes on the radio and in an instant you’re back in junior high, dancing with your crush. You can smell the unmistakable aroma of the school gym. You can feel the way the button-down shirt clings so…
Chris Chambers
February 12, 2018
Tactics

If you build it…

…they’ll still come, but they might not own it. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of Jones Soda. Here’s a micro-brewing soda company that was competing against Coke and Pepsi because it had to, because they’re there, huge and not likely to go away any time soon. So, Jones Soda had to…
Chris Chambers
March 12, 2018
Tactics

When it doesn’t matter where it goes

Imagine you’re a newspaper reporter…and you’re on assignment to write the article of the century—front page, above the fold, breaking news. It’s going to take at least a year to research and write the story. But the newspaper world is a bit, shall we say, shaky…and your editor honestly can’t…
Chris Chambers
May 7, 2018
StrategyTactics

Choices: the guts of ‘invention’

A songwriter can write an original song, but she doesn’t invent new notes. A painter can paint an original painting, but he doesn’t invent the colors. A writer can write an original story, but she doesn’t invent new letters. A chef can cook an original dish, but he doesn’t invent…
Chris Chambers
December 11, 2017
StrategyTactics

There’s more than one way to skin a…

Note: I am fascinated by LEGO® products . Always have been. And I recently learned some things that took the WOW factor up several notches. * There is a proprietary software used by LEGO Group that takes any image and transforms it into a 3-D image…a blueprint of LEGO bricks, layer by…
Chris Chambers
July 6, 2018
Strategy

Even without the vowels

See if you can read this sentence: “th brwn dg jmpd n th bx.” Studies show that you can. That even though the vowels are missing, your brain puts everything exactly where it should be. Have you ever tried to proofread a document that you’ve been working on for hours, even…
Chris Chambers
August 5, 2018
StrategyThe business side

Thousands of attempts

Thomas Edison made thousands of attempts before the light bulb actually worked. And it was great when it worked. And I’ve never heard anyone bemoan the thousands of failures. They were, dare I say, worth it to get to the end result. There’s this video that I love. And by love I mean, I might have…
Chris Chambers
September 5, 2018