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Olympic Lifting Prep: 4-Point Mobility Assessment | Movement and …

To an outsider looking in, Olympic Lifting may seem frightening as the athlete moves explosively underneath a heavily weighted barbell with an unforgiving margin of error. Seems dangerous, but Olympic lifters have some of …

To an outsider looking in, Olympic Lifting may seem frightening as the athlete moves explosively underneath a heavily weighted barbell with an unforgiving margin of error. Seems dangerous, but Olympic lifters have some of the lowest injury rates in sports, primarily being that their entire body has been prepared and trained to handle a high degree of movement under heavy loads. In Olympic Lifting, your body has to work seamlessly together, requiring the perfect balance of joint mobility and stability. Strong as you may be, without the necessary mobility, you’re far more likely to get injured or suffer thru some very uncomfortable moments. You’ll find much greater success and enjoyment in Olympic Lifting if you take the time to improve your mobility first.

Here’s a simple 4-point assessment to highlight any areas lacking mobility that you should address prior to Olympic Lifting:

1. Overhead Squat


SetupFeet Shoulder Width or Slightly WiderElbows 90 Degrees with Stick Touching HeadPress Stick Overhead, Elbows Locked Out and Stick Aligned with Ears (Over Mid-Foot)Hands Remain Gripping StickKeep Torso Vertical as PossibleSquat as Low as Possible w/o Heels Coming Off GroundAssessmentIf Stick Shifts Forward = Tight Lats, Pecs, Thoracic SpineIf Hips Not Below Parallel = Tight Hips or AnklesIf Hips Not Below Parallel then Raise Heels 2″, if this corrects = Tight Ankles (Achilles or Calf)



How Does Being an Outsider Give You a Creative Advantage? | #Creativity 

When you experience rejection, it’s natural to take certain measures in order to preserve your self- esteem, like trying to fit in with a social group and gain their approval. However, research has shown that people who view themselves as independent may be somewhat immune to the negative effects of rejection, and may even use social rejection as creative fuel.


Sharon Kim and her colleagues, who conducted the study, hypothesized that these boosts in creativity were fueled by a differentiation mind- set, or as they put it, “salient feelings of being different from others.” Independent people not only may be resistant to the negative consequences of rejection but indeed may be strengthened by experiences that reaffirm their sense of independence. As Kim puts it, “Independent selves are motivated to remain distinctly separate from others.” This motivation may, in turn, trigger psychological processes that boost creative thinking. Rejection is not just a catalyst for creativity—it can also be a by-product of it. As the study’s authors write, “The very traits that distinguish highly creative people, such as unconventionality, make them easy targets for rejection.”


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75 Content Marketing Tools You Can’t Live Without & Scenttrail Comments 

Must Have Content Marketing Tools
We thought we would add out 2 cents on tools we know, use and love:

Agree, if you can’t create a “knowledge base” or Q&A engine on your site use Quora until you can. Q&A content is beyond important that is why we are answering a marketing question a day on Quora ( 😉

We can’t figure Reddit out. If you have, please write and tell us the secret. As an outsider Reddit isn’t weloming or friendly. Make a mistake and they yell at you and all you do at first is make mistakes. We have had content shared there and it does blow up, but finding ways to play within the rules have left us out of Reddit so far.
New to us and sounds cool. We will join today. 

Wouldn’t be on our list. Too much work, too little reward. 

We don’t use it anymore preferring to be live at all times on social media. Is that decision hurting our traffic? Maybe, but “being present matters. 

We use TweetDeck (purchased by Twitter and so closer to Twitter’s APIs now). 

We prefer Haiku Deck, but SS still gives great SEO. Wish they would make their profile template look better (looks like a train wreck now and no way to fix I know of short of hiring a programmer). 

Yeah, Yeah…wouldn’t have been on our TOP list. Who reads press releases anymore if they aren’t related to you? Answer: NO ONE. 

We prefer BuzzSumo

We use GA (who doesn’t), SpyFu and Moz

Sounds interesting will report back.

We used to prefer Topsy but don’t what has happened to them so may take another look at this if we get obsessed about our social content reach again. No analytics tool does a great job reporting the multi-layered nature of social media marketing. 

Simply Measured
Okay, you had us at “more to socila media than publishing”, so we will check out and report back

We prefer SpyFu

Now THIS looks worthy and cool. Finding influencers is a bear, anything that makes that nasty task easier we are interested in trying. 

Use it, like it and wish it did more. 

Used it but prefer Medium now
Used it, liked it but fell off and not sure why. Infographics are KEY and this is one of the better tools to make, share and discover infographics. 

Don’t know, but will check out.

Waste of time. 

Cheaper Marketo now owned by Sales Force. Cheaper doesn’t mean affordable if you aren’t enterp;rise level. 

Have used this inboud tool and prefer it to Hubspot or Pardot or Eloqua


Have used it but very much an “enterprise” beast of a CRM

Used it, liked it and recommend it for A/B testing

Trying to figure out this feed master tool now. Feeds are in all of our future so finding out how to use Zapier can pay many dividends 

Used it, liked it and good value for money if you need project management support (and you only need that if you have too many planes up in the air at any one time)

Help A Reporter Out = great idea and I’ve used it, but boy they will be spamming your ass to death

Email Marketing
We prefer the dinosaur (Bronto), but many of our SMBs don’t need that nuclear weapon yet so Mail Chimp or Constant Contact will do (and that is the order we would recommend with Mail Chimp about half better than CC). 


We are leaving WordPress because it has gotten too complex for what we need it for (simple blogging). 

If you use WP you need Yoast for SEO and because it makes complex WP things easier to understand 

Google Keyword Planner
YES YES and YES you should be using this tool whether you use Adwords or not since it provides reads on search volume by keywords. 

Saved one of our favorite “future of publishing” and content curation tools to the last one. YES you should master Feedly and Zapier since you must process more content than you are doing now and you need to find ways to automate as much as possible.
Curagami (us) on Feedly:


WAIT, There’s More
If we didn’t weigh in it is because we don’t know and don’t care about some of the goofy tools on this list. How a list so exhaustive could have forgotten these content marketing tools tells us whoever created it isn’t as DEEP in content marketing as our friends and us:
Best community builder for least amount of effort ont he planet. 
Our ;
Best community builder for more effort on the planet. Best place to test content before you blog about it too. 
Me on
@Martin (Marty) Smith 

Best storytelling tool on the planet and strong community of smart curators and writers. 
Curagmai on Medium ;

Haiku Deck
Not as good at SEO as SlideShare, but much better tool with their Creative Commons overlay and TED-like way of insuring you don’t kill your audience with PowerPoint. ;


We lost Flipboard for a bit, but now that streams are coming back we powered it back up and have liked the experience: ;


Same with Tumblr. We lost it there for a bit, but the visual marketing nature of this tool and the ease of use once you are used to the strange UI makes Tumblr a must add. ;


Behance may be a “portfolio” manager technically, but it is a great place to tell visual stories. We are using it to help script our videos. ;

Hello, you are going to need to put some time in with the world’s most advanced photo editing software unless you do everything by phone and we don’t suggest that since the phone is hard to resize to fit social networks preferred sizes.

We are still babes in the woods on Illustratrator, but there are times when vectors win and we are always confused and have to attempt to pick our way through (to little success). 

Agile by
We are moving from WordPress to our friend Eric’s “Agile” content marketing platform because….well read our reasons for leaving WordPress on Curagami. 

We could go on with tools like Vine and Snapchat, but you get the idea. Even at 75 tools the their list is not exhaustive. It does have a lot of thigns we’ve never heard of and don’t care about, a few things we will check out and many tools we’ve used. 

If you are new to content marketing DON’T READ that post (lol). You need a blogging platform (and blogger would do to start and it is very easy), the “usual suspects” in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Gplus) and a good community where you can learn (so, Medium, Stack Overflow or something you’ve found). 

Why learn to play golf with 75 clubs? You need a putter (blogging), a driver (Twitter), a few irons (GPlus, Facebook) and a sandwedge (community where you can learn). Other than that you are wasting time…at least at first. 

Good luck, Marty 




Here’s What Really Goes On At Planned Parenthood Every Day

For many, Planned Parenthood is synonymous with one thing: legal abortion. But nationally, abortion makes up only 3 percent of the services the health care provider performs – and clinical services represent only a portion of the organization’s overall work. In light of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion care in Texas, it’s important to understand what clinics like Planned Parenthood actually do.

“Most people don’t have any clue about the breadth of work we do,” says Joan Malin, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood New York City, or PPNYC, which has four health centers – one in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island, with one opening in Queens next year. In 2013, for example, PPNYC provided roughly 88,000 tests for sexually transmitted infections; 26,800 HIV tests; 64,200 family planning visits; 17,800 abortions; and set up some 6,300 clients with public health insurance, according to internal figures. PPNYC opened its doors to The Huffington Post, and its staff members gave us a glimpse of what happens in their offices on a given day, in their own words: 


They provide medical services (yes, that includes abortion).

Dr. Stacy De-Lin, associate director, PPNYC:

I work primarily in abortion services, which is a small part of what we do, but it’s an important part. The fact that we’re based in New York City means we’re able to operate without a lot of restrictions – when a patient comes in, if she wants a same-day procedure, we can offer her that. We’re not burdened by issues like waiting periods, or some of the other onerous legislation that occurs in the rest of the country. I always feel like it’s important to emphasize how much easier I, as a physician, have it here. I have colleagues who work in areas that require they read information to their patients that they know to be medically untrue – that [abortion] will cause breast cancer, it will cause depression, increased risk of suicide or possible infertility. Those things are all false.

We have patients from a lot of surrounding areas. The other day I saw a patient and asked her how she was feeling. She said she was very tired. She’d driven from a very rural area in northern New York – five hours throughout the night – to get to us.

Outside of the building we do have protestors, but luckily not as bad as other places. Across from our Bronx Center, there is a crisis pregnancy center and we unfortunately have patients who think that’s the Planned Parenthood, because they see a sign that says, “Are you pregnant? Come in here!” They’re often told they’ll be very badly injured, that it will lead to infertility … [or that] they’ll become suicidal. It really makes you understand how much a woman who has decided to terminate a pregnancy is willing to sacrifice, because having heard all of that false information, she’ll still come and find us.

“A lot of my job is just reassuring women that abortion is actually one of the safest medical procedures that exists out there.”

When patients come in, we have counselors who revisit all of the options with them: adoption, parenthood or abortion. Based on that conversation, and what’s most medically appropriate for them, a patient who wants an abortion will choose between either a medication or a surgical procedure. Just over 30 percent of our abortions at this affiliate are medication.

The [surgical] procedures themselves are very quick – patients are able to leave within a few hours to give time for the anesthesia [to wear off]. Most of the general counseling here is done before I see a patient, but I still spend five to 10 minutes answering any last-minute questions they have. A lot of my job is just reassuring women that abortion is actually one of the safest medical procedures that exists out there.

I’m out and open as an abortion provider, but I have colleagues [elsewhere in the country] who’ve been asked to leave their jobs, who’ve had protestors who show up to their houses, so they fear for their children’s lives. I feel privileged to work in New York City and for an organization that supports me. I’ve worked in hospitals before where women with severe lethal fetal anomalies, who were heartbroken, weren’t ever given the option of abortion. They were told they had to continue an obviously devastating pregnancy that was not going to result in a healthy child in any way.

They help women get health insurance.

Nikki Tani, director, entitlement, PPNYC:

Basically anybody that walks into any of our centers who is having financial issues gets sent to us. If someone is told their visit is $175 and the person says, “I don’t have that,” we screen them for programs that can help. We ask how old they are, if they’re a [United States] citizen, and then it’s a financially based application depending on what their income is. We also can apply people for health insurance through the portal for the Affordable Care Act. A lot of the women who come here qualify for some kind of Medicaid-based program.

“This is not just a numbers game. There are emotions involved in this.”

You could be in the office for 10 minutes, or up to an hour – it really depends on the person. Some people are a little afraid, because it might be their first time ever applying for Medicaid. They wonder, ‘Is this going to stay on my record?’ There can be a stigma attached to it for some people. Often times, when people are concerned, it’s because they don’t really understand what it is, or they’ve been to an office in the past where people didn’t treat them like a human being for applying for such a service. If you’ve never had health insurance before, you may not understand what monthly premiums mean, what a deductible is – we go through step by step.

Anyone who comes here will get services no matter what – their immigration status does not matter. If it’s not Medicaid they qualify for, there are other programs or we offer a sliding scale depending on income. On an average day, I could see anywhere from five to 23, 24 patients.

But this is not just a numbers game. There are emotions involved in this. People are so relieved. They just had no idea they could get health insurance, and then they can go to the dentist two days later, because of that.

They serve at-risk men and women on the street.


Marcella Tillett, associate vice president, Project Street Beat:

We have two sites – one in the Bronx, one in Brooklyn – and our mobile health unit, which is a large RV. The people who come to us are not typically comfortable going into a clinic or hospital. They’re not always welcome. They may not smell their best. They may not look their best. They’re in a hard spot. Our staff is there to look at them as human beings. I would say that 60 to 75 percent of the people we work with – particularly at the point of initial contact – are unstably housed, which may mean they’re living on the street, they’re couch-surfing or floor-surfing. They’re finding a place to crash night by night.

On the mobile unit – which goes out five to six shifts a week – you can get STI screening and treatment; we distribute clean syringes and teach people how to clean them and use them properly; we provide reproductive health services. We can be out in the South Bronx at two in the morning giving a Pap smear to someone.

“The people that come to us for services are not typically comfortable going into a clinic or hospital. … They may not smell their best. They may not look their best.”

The work we do is grant-funded, from the city, state and federal government as well as private grant funds, which keeps our services at no-cost to the people who receive them. The people we work with really are living in poverty – [some of our funding requires they be] 435 percent below the poverty level. They have no money to pay for these services.

We also have more in-depth collaborations with a handful of organizations – shelters, a methadone maintenance clinic that provides medication to people who have an opiate addiction. There’s a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, for example, that we’ve had a relationship with for the past four or five years. We started by showing up with our mobile medical unit, but then we started doing things like trainings with staff around STI and HIV training 101. We work with groups of women to talk about risk reduction, encouraging safer sex – if they’re HIV-positive, viral supression. If they’re using substances, how are they using those substances? Are they using needles? Are they clean needles? We really look to have a realistic plan for people. You can, as an outsider, say, “Well, you should do XYZ. If you drink, you shouldn’t drink. You do crack? You should stop.” But that might not be their goal. If they are drinking five times a week, and they say, “I still want to drink,” it might be about helping them make a plan around drinking two times a week.

They teach adults about sex and reproductive health.

Randa Dean, director, adult and professional programs, PPNYC:

Our education department has two branches: youth services and adult and professional programs. Within that, we have programs for adults that are just for their own learning, programs for parents and then programs for professionals working out in the community, who maybe don’t work in sexual and reproductive health, but who are getting questions about it – say librarians, or after-school providers.

More than half of our team is made up of field-based educators. We have a program, called promotoras de salud, that trains key leaders in the community to become adult peer educators as part-time staff. They go out to laundromats, hair salons, community-based organizations to meet people and connect with them. It’s focused largely on serving Latina women and their families, who are often disconnected from the health care system for a lot of reasons. They may not know what’s available. These services may not be legal in the country they’re coming from. They may not know that they can be seen even if they don’t know how they’re going to pay for the services. The promotoras serve as a link. 

We also have the parent education program. We really want to support parents as the primary sex educators of their children, but we know it’s hard for parents and caregivers for a lot of reasons – maybe they never talked to their own parents about it, or they don’t know how to start the conversation. Now we have 10 of what we call “adult role models” – they’re part-time – who conduct workshops in schools, faith-based organizations, community organizations. A lot of it is about encouraging parents to really genuinely listen to their child about what they know and the questions they have, then share the family value around whatever they’re talking about. Young people consistently say that the group that most influences their decisions around sex and reproductive health are their parents.


These accounts have been edited and condensed. This story has been adapted from an earlier 2014 piece. 

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How to become a ‘social purpose leader’

Most companies try hard to be seen as socially responsible, but there’s more involved than writing CSR reports


Paul Klein, founder of Impakt, a consulting firm that works with companies on areas of social responsibility, is photographed in his office in Toronto, Ont. Feb. 7, 2013.

The Globe and Mail

How to become a ‘social purpose leader’



Published Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 07:00PM EST

Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 08:41AM EST


When Paul Klein started approaching companies in 2001 to use the services of Impakt, his Toronto-based consulting firm focused on social responsibility, it was hard to open doors.


“Nobody would listen to you. [Social responsibility] was seen as a below-marginal activity, something flaky, but now it has become an important business driver,” he said in an interview.


The problem now, Mr. Klein said, is that we are seeing “management by check box,” with organizations making sure they tick off all the prerequisites of a program, such as having a vice-president of social responsibility and a sustainability report, but without much sparkle.


“There’s a lot of action but not a lot of results because they haven’t figured out why they are doing it,” he said.


He has even edged away from the term corporate social responsibility (CSR), and urges his clients to become “social purpose leaders” – an organization that understands how it does business will have meaningful social impact and results. Companies need to understand the direct social and environmental impact of their products and services and how it connects to social issues.


IBM, Mr. Klein notes, has defined its social purpose as using its capacity to gather and integrate huge amount of data with its smart people, and is using that to help in areas such as urban transportation or epidemiology. Starbucks has started roasting coffee in the United States again, to build jobs at home. In Canada, natural resources companies are working with aboriginal people, realizing they have an important societal role to play in fostering economic development in aboriginal communities and aboriginal entrepreneurs.


Mr. Klein recently put together some provocative thoughts for social leaders in a article, including these:


Set up an advisory council

Gather people from your community and not-for-profit groups who can meet quarterly to give you unfiltered feedback on your social responsibility activities. “Too often corporations surround themselves with people like themselves and they all drink the same Kool Aid. You need people who will challenge you,” he said in the interview.


In the article, he cited Barrick Gold’s CSR advisory board, which acts as an external sounding board on a range of issues, from sustainable development to climate change to human rights.


Drop the CSR reports

Many companies are proud of their sustainability and CSR annual reports, but Mr. Klein said there is no point to printing them, at great cost and with little readership, in addition to annual reports. Integrate the material into your regular annual report, where it belongs. PepsiCo did this in 2011.


Have outsiders contribute to annual report

If putting the CSR report into your main annual report isn’t controversial enough, Mr. Klein urges you to give space in the annual report to those outsiders you are aiming to help with your social efforts. There’s no better way to have an assessment of what you are doing than to have it authored by the people you are trying to help. “It’s scary,” he acknowledged in the interview. “But why not start? Pick one community and approach them.”


Link with controversial NGOs

Companies may see the need to partner with non-governmental organizations involved in social issues, but they usually pick the safe, moderate groups. Mr. Klein urges you to take some risks. “Sometimes it’s appropriate to have an alignment with somebody who will scare you. Imagine a mining company having a partnership with Mining Watch,” he said in the interview, referring to the tough Canadian watchdog.


He also urges companies to consider exchanges in which some of its staff might work for a stint in the NGO – and vice versa – to understand each other better and gain from each others’ talents. Or hire outside your sector from such NGO partners. That would bring in house someone with expertise in social change.


Create a stakeholders blog

Set aside space on your website, or on a partner’s website, for people to write about your organization. They do it anyway, so why not accept and support such discussion? “You’ll learn a lot,” Mr. Klein said in the interview. “You don’t learn from people endlessly congratulating you.”


Don’t hide bad news

If you find yourself in a ticklish situation – he points, as an example, to companies that find child labour in their supply chain – don’t try to cover up or hope it won’t become public. Go to the news media, explain all sides of the situation, and let it come out without your company being forced into a defensive posture. “You get ahead of the issue,” he explained. “It creates a higher level of credibility in how people view you.”


Be provocative

“Most corporate and civil-society leaders believe that it’s too risky to take a strong stand on a social issue for fear of negative backlash from their stakeholders and/or the media,” Mr. Klein noted in the article. “ In 2013, declare your commitment to an issue and commit to do something remarkable. Your people and your customers will pay more attention and be more loyal.”


Special to The Globe and Mail

Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter


How Startups Can Gain Visibility and Reputation by Curating Great Content

Jan Gordon: I selected this wonderful piece by Michael J. Fern of Intigi because it reinforces the importance of curation and has a lot of great insights.


In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble, who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.


He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence. Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:


Here’s what especially caught my attention:


a) Thought Leadership   

If outsiders view your company as a key source of  industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.


b) Hub of Information   

By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.


c) Collections    

By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.


d) Content with Commentary    

Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000


One Takeaway: 

Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content



Curated by Jan Gordon covering “Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond”


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Advantages & Disadvantages of IRC



   1.   The main advantage of Internet relay chat is the ability to communicate over the Internet in real time. Users can discuss information and exchange files.


   2.   It allows private channels are advantageous for educational settings and class-to-class chats since the channel won’t show on the channel list and outsiders won’t be able to send off-topic messages.


   3.   User can type a message in real time to one or more Internet users, and almost instantaneously, the message appears on the monitors of all the other users who are monitoring the transmission.



   1.   A disadvantage is that generally anyone can access an Internet relay chat and may send malicious files to your computer.


   2.   Multiple conversations and topics can be on-going and it may be hard to easily follow up on the topic/conversation you are engaged in


   3.   Posts in some cases may be misunderstood by others, given that they lack the gestures and or tone of voice to better understand the meaning of words.


   4.   With the absence of “face to face” between the two sides, users must be careful when writing posts which may offend others without that being the intention.