How to Communicate with Stakeholders: Why Gilmore Girls Got it Wrong

If you’ve never heard of Gilmore Girls before, here’s the 5-second intro. It’s an American TV drama/comedy that started in 2000, lasted seven full seasons, generating 153 episodes, featuring strong female characters (girl power!), and creating stardom for its two main actors Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. In those seven seasons, the show became well-known for its “walk-and-talks” (scenes where characters exchange important dialogue while walking), the non-stop pop culture references, the rapid-fire banter between characters, and the obscene amounts of coffee (and other foods) that the characters consume. Underneath it all though was a warm, comforting story about familial ties between three generations.

In 2016, Netflix filmed and released a sequel to the series, called Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, made up of four episodes, taking place five years after the TV series left off. And the response to it has been nothing short of phenomenal.

So what in blue blazes does this feel-good TV show have to do with project stakeholder management? And how exactly did they mess up their project stakeholder management?

I’ll get to it. But first, in true Gilmore Girls style, you need to grab a cup of coffee.

Life is better after a cup… or four.

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Why Every Business Needs a Blog

Blogging is no longer simply an avenue for prepubescent teens to expose angst about school and relationships (that’s more social media than blogging anyway)– these days blogs are the lifeblood of any web property. They inject fresh, relevant content to your website, helping your brand be more visible in search engines to your prospective customers.

Blogging isn’t merely for interesting stories about what you had for lunch. It’s about establishing credibility, thought leadership, and search engine ranking.

Here are 5 important reasons why you need to build and maintain a blog for your business:

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But aren’t Blogs Nothing but Online Diaries?

Every now and then a client who is new to the idea of blogging will ask me: “But isn’t a blog nothing more than a diary that’s online?” And I realize that while the content marketing world may be growing by leaps and bounds, there are still small business owners who feel it strange to use blogs — a tool once equated with personal journals — to help promote their brand and their business. Here are a few thoughts that should lay it to rest.
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The 5 C’s of Defining Your Blog’s Niche

In Monday’s blog post, I talked about one simple way to build your blog: to define your niche, whether you’re a personal blogger or a small business trying to market its services to the world.

Well, Problogger has three gorgeously simple approaches to defining your niche, and I reword them here so they all start with the letter “C” and at the end I’ve added two more tips of my own:
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4 Free Ways to Ask What Your Readers Want

Content which draws in prospects and turns them into leads is content which is user-centric. As all the social media experts and web 2.0 gurus remind us, it’s no longer about our company or our brand — it’s all about the end-user, our consumers, our target market. Which raises the question: how do you know what your end-users want? The simplest answer is: ask them. Here are four ways to gather feedback about what your readers want to see more of.
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