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Collaboration is its Own Reward

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“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge

It all began with “It’s About Sharing Success.” Three years year, I’m still driven by this purpose. And for being committed to helping people succeed, I continue to be rewarded for my collaboration efforts.

I’m honored to be invited as a guest blogger for relevant resources that support global communicators. Recently, I collaborated with these two internal communication experts:

I’m also proud to support these highly interactive collaboration and learning events:

If these resources helped you, please pay it forward by sharing what you’ve learned with others. The rewards are greater than you may realize.

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” – Dalai Lama XIV

 

 


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Hope is in the Stars and on YouTube

Meteor showerPhoto: Looking for the Perseids meteor shower in Luhasoo bog in Estonia. In the photo there is one Perseid, Milky Way and Andromega galaxy and light pollution on the horizon. By Martin Mark. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Vincent van Gogh said that “Hope is in the stars.” Looking at the stars and featuring them in his work was a way to help give him comfort and hope. He wanted to bring that feeling to others too.

That’s what inspired me to create Starry Blue Brilliance in 2013. Through my work in communication (also an art), I want to bring hope and success to others. In turn, I receive hope and success through the work and inspiration of others, through you, my followers and future followers.

Most recently, I began a new adventure of building a whole new Starry Blue World, based on collaboration, the foundation of hope and success. See what I mean in my new video, “Collaboration Begins Here.”

Collaboration begins here. With all of us. Together.

Thank you for continuing to inspire me, and most of all, giving me hope. 🙂


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How to Stay Ahead of Media Disruption in 2016

Beach at Fort Lauderdale, FloridaPhoto: Fort Lauderdale beach on July 4, 2014 by JTOcchialini. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016. Another year of challenges in a new world of media.

New media products, channels and platforms continue to emerge. How do we stay ahead of this disruption as we strive to engage and stay relevant?

Join me Feb. 1-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the Institute for International Research’s Media Insights & Engagement Conference. Together we’ll learn about the future of media, new media disruptors and partnerships for success.

This year’s theme, “Embracing a New Paradigm: The Year of Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational & Multi-Platform,” supports a dynamic format and keynote speakers to help you stay relevant in audience engagement, content development and new standards of measurement.

Dubbed “the Golden Globes of the media industry” by Tom Ziangas, SVP, Research, AMC Networks  Inc., this three-day event will set you on course to navigate the new media landscape of 2016.

Please share this information with your networks. The Twitter hashtag is #MediaInsights16.

In the meantime, watch for my conference posts on The Market Research Event Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Starry Blue Brilliance.

Thank you very much for your continued support and readership. I’m looking forward to attending this event with you!


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A Whole New Starry Blue World

IMG_0527“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent van Gogh

That’s my feeling as I’m creating a whole new Starry Blue world dedicated to growing your business legacy through communication design.

I’ve updated my website and “conversation” materials (aka marketing materials) with a fabulous new design by Kong Cheong, design entrepreneur.

A huge thank you also to Stephanie Graf, UI/UX designer, for designing my logo, which expresses the heart of my brand.

Please check out the new content on my Home page and About Me page and let me know your thoughts.

My new Starry Blue world will be on exhibit at the Intranets for Internal Communications Conference, Dec. 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re planning to attend, use Priority/VIP Code SBB when registering to receive a $200 discount on Regular pricing.

My mission remains the same: To provide you with masterpiece communications, resources and insights that will help you succeed.

Starry Blue Brilliance will always be our collective masterpiece. For that, I’m truly grateful. Thank you for your continued support and readership!


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How Writing Led to My Next Adventure

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I’ve always been a writer. And I’ve always used this talent to help people be successful at whatever they are trying to do. Engaging blog posts. Relevant content marketing and branding strategies. Stellar relationships with customers and employees. Collaboration and continuous learning. If it involves improving people’s lives, I am always willing to help! 🙂

It’s this passion for writing and helping others that led me to create Starry Blue Brilliance, a collection of masterpiece communications, resources and insights. Through this website, I’m dedicated to helping you build your business legacy through communication design.

Vincent van Gogh inspires my work. Through the iconic The Starry Night, van Gogh mixes “dreams and reality, observation and imagination.”  My goal is to make masterpiece communications that people will recognize and remember today, tomorrow, always.

Please let me know how I can help you and your business succeed. After all, “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent van Gogh.


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Collaboration Begins Here

Peggy Bieniek, ABC at Switch SUPERNAP's Innevation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

Switch SUPERNAP’s Innevation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada inspired creativity and collaboration during WordCamp Vegas 2015. It’s the perfect venue to showcase how WordPress and its community supports continuous learning and success.

Collaboration thrives in creative environments. Your organization’s success depends on it.

Environments also affect your emotions and how you feel about your work. In “How to Design Your Workspace to Encourage Positive Emotions at Work,” Beatriz Arantes asserts that “it’s when people are in environments that promote positive emotions that they’re able to do their best work.”

This premise also applies to digital environments. Join me Dec. 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada for Advanced Learning Institute’s “Intranets, Content, & Collaboration” Conference.

Together we’ll learn about reinventing our intranets and creating digital workplaces that drive productivity, engagement, innovation and measurable business results.

As a conference supporter, I can offer you special pricing to attend this event:

  • Now through October 28, anyone who uses Priority/VIP code SBB when registering will receive a $200 discount on Early Bird pricing.
  • After October 28, anyone who uses Priority/VIP Code SBB when registering will a receive a $200 discount on Regular pricing.

Please share this information with your networks. The Twitter hashtag is #ALI_Intranets.

In the meantime, watch for my conference posts on LinkedIn,Twitter, Google+ and Starry Blue Brilliance.

Collaboration begins here. With all of us. Together.


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Join Me in Las Vegas for Intranets, Content, and Collaboration

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Join me Dec. 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada for Advanced Learning Institute’s “Intranets, Content, & Collaboration” Conference. Together we’ll learn about reinventing our intranets and creating digital workplaces that drive productivity, engagement, innovation and measurable business results.

Here’s a peek at a few of the presentations and speakers:

  • “Culture is King: Using Your Intranet to Enhance and Reflect an Authentic Community,” Sharif Ezzat, Sr. Manager, Brand & Digital Communications, Genentech
  • “Transforming a Multi-Generational Culture Using Collaboration Tools, New Technologies and Social Media,” Woody Goulart, President, IABC Las Vegas
  • “How to Empower Your Employees to Tell Your Organization’s Story by Using an Inside-Out Approach,” Christy Punch, Digital Media Consultant & Product Manager, Wells Fargo

As a conference supporter, I can offer you special pricing to attend this event:

  • Now through October 28, anyone who uses Priority/VIP code SBB when registering will receive a $200 discount on Early Bird pricing.
  • After October 28, anyone who uses Priority/VIP Code SBB when registering will a receive a $200 discount on Regular pricing.

Please share this information with your networks. The Twitter hashtag is #ALI_Intranets.

In the meantime, watch for my conference posts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Starry Blue Brilliance.

Thank you very much for your continued support and readership. I’m looking forward to attending this event with you!


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Thank You WordPress Community!

 

So happy to attend WordCamp Vegas 2015!

So happy to attend WordCamp Vegas 2015!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

When I signed up with WordPress in 2013, I knew I was getting a fabulous platform for my website, Starry Blue Brilliance. But I had no idea that I was getting so much more.

This past weekend, I was fortunate to attend WordCamp Vegas 2015. Here I discovered what WordPress is really all about. It’s about a community of generous people sharing a common purpose of helping each other be successful online and off.

I couldn’t let another day go by without saying “thank you” to my WordPress community who made me feel welcome and most importantly, grateful.

I’d also like to thank WordCamp Vegas 2015 organizers (Russell Aaron and team!) and all of our wonderful speakers and sponsors for their time, resources and dedication to the WordPress community.

Big shout out to Switch’s InNEVation Center for hosting the event and providing a creative, vibrant, community-focused environment.

I now understand that code really is poetry and WordPress is community!

 

 

 

 


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How to Prepare for the Customer of the Future

 

Day_EndPhoto by Barry Haynes. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

How can YOU prepare for the customer of the future?

Join me June 3-4 in Miami, Fla. for the Total CX Leaders Conference sponsored by the Institute for International Research USA (IIR USA). This year’s event will help you “learn how to listen to your customers, understand their differences and set the foundation to build a roadmap to create a seamless experience for modern customers.”

With hands-on workshops and featured speakers from companies like AT&T and Marriott International, the Total CX Leaders Conference “brings together thought-leadership to focus on higher level thinking around the strategic alignment of customer strategy, technology and business aspirations.”

2015 content areas include:

  • User Experience Design
  • Data-Rich Insights & Analytics
  • Digitizing the Customer Journey
  • Customer Loyalty
  • Design Thinking
  • Omnichannel Experience
  • Analyzing and Measuring VOC
  • Aligning Data Touchpoints
  • Customer Centric-Culture
  • Customer Behavior Trends
  • Translating Insights into Actions
  • New Technologies & Methodologies
  • Big Data Initiatives

This is my second year as a guest blogger for this event. I will post daily during this timeframe to IIR’s Customers 1st blog and to Starry Blue Brilliance.

Here are other ways to stay connected with this event:

  • twitter.com/#TCXL15
  • linkedin.com/Total Customer Experience Leaders
  • facebook.com/Total Customer Experience Leaders

Be sure to check it out, and please share this information with those who might be interested in attending this event.

In the meantime, watch for my pre-event and post-event stories on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Customers 1st blog, and my blog. Please share with your networks – let’s keep the conversations going!

Thank you for following and engaging. I’m very excited about helping you prepare for the customer of the future!


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Celebrating One Year of Starry Blue Brilliance

1024px-Van_Gogh_from_Space*Photo: Van Gogh from Space, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Credit: USGS/NASA/Landsat 7, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Thanks to your encouragement and loyal readership, my website starrybluebrilliance.com turned 1 this week.

I started Starry Blue Brilliance one year ago as a resource for learning and sharing corporate communication best practices to help our businesses and organizations succeed.

With your support, it continues as a “masterpiece” in progress that we create together as shown by these stats:

  • 63 total posts
  • 405 subscribers
  • Viewed by 96 countries

and these comments:

“Peggy, when I met you several years ago I recognized you as a great mom to my student Chris, but also as someone who was a great communicator. I only learned later that it was in fact your career. When starrybluebrilliance.com was launched, I was blown away. As you remember, I recommended that you should not only be writing, but should be consulting to companies. Peggy, you are great. Let’s let the world know.” – Bill Bryson, retired businessman and teacher

“Thanks Peggy for continuing to provide such great info time after time. I don’t know how you do it! You’ve created a unique blog that is a must-read for communicators looking for insights and tips that are immediately useful. I especially appreciate the many templates and forms you’ve made available for download including the Storytelling Feedback Tools and the Perfect Fit questions. You always have great content, great links and great artwork. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to the next year. Keep it coming!”Paul Barton, ABC, Principal Consultant, Paul Barton Communications LLC

Thank you again for making this important milestone possible!

“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me  a story and it will live in my heart forever.” – Indian Proverb

*Photo description: In the style of Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night, massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Population explosions, or blooms, of phytoplankton, like the one shown here, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters, fueling the growth and reproduction of these tiny plants. To learn more about the Landsat satellite, visit http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/