Mike Allton's blog

Saying No can sometimes get you to Yes

One of the easy pitfalls when you're first starting your business (or really at any time) is to say Yes to a client and take on a job that you really didn't want and should not have taken on in the first place. There are all kinds of reasons why we do this; we need the money is typically the culprit. But it's also easy to give in to situations where you think you're helping the client, or perhaps you think it might lead to future opportunities, or other mistaken and misguided reasons.

How not to use LinkedIn: Cold Calling and Emailing

LinkedIn has said time and time again that its desire is for its members to only connect with other members with whom they have had previous interaction, either through a shared work experience, school, or as a vendor. Members who don't yet know each other are encouraged to connect only after having been introduced or referred by a shared connection.

What Guild Wars can teach you about Teamwork and Networking

Guild Wars is an MMORPG. That stands for Massive Multi-player Online Role Playing Game. If you're not familiar with Guild Wars, or games like World of Warcraft, you create an account and with that account, you can create one or more characters. These characters start at basic levels of competency, and as you play the game, the characters gain experience and resources.

Why getting online at your local coffee shop may not be safe.

If you're like me, whenever you're at a coffee shop, or anyplace else that offers free WiFi, you probably take advantage of that and connect your phone. While the free WiFi isn't always faster than my 4G cell phone service, connecting to WiFi makes sure I don't impact my cell phone plan's data quota, and some apps and downloads will only work on WiFi. So what's the problem?