We are currently spending quite a bit of time helping clients learn how to tell great stories. In days gone by, we might have referred to this coaching as "media" or "presentation skills" training. But today, thanks to the proliferation of social media and networking, savvy executives recognize the only way to truly communicate and connect is to share relevant stories that capture the hearts, minds and souls of the people they are trying to reach.

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In my last post, I provided an overview of how the NLRB has been reining in corporate social media policies to make sure that they don’t infringe on employees’ right to communicate with each other about wages, benefits, and working conditions. The NLRB has interpreted that right broadly, and we identified 14 areas commonly addressed by corporate social media policies that the NLRB rulings have touched upon. Bear in mind that what we’re talking about here are policies that limit the things employees can do in personal social media use. Companies have much greater latitude to limit what is said in their name.

There are some real surprises here, but with a little care, I believe most of your social media policy objectives can be met while avoiding problems with the NLRB.

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Settling on one or two things from SXSWi 2013 to capture in a blog post is, let’s just say, a challenge. The sessions were varied; some filled with “a-ha” moments, many with “duh” moments and many more with sales pitches. But among the great ones, a session on 3D printing stood out in my three-day whirlwind.

I wouldn’t be surprised if many of my fellow attendees will be raving about the possibilities of 3D printing in the coming days; let’s be clear, it’s pretty incredible.  But I was struck by something different.

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For years, SXSWi has hosted the launch of major social apps and technologies. The likes of Twitter and Foursquare benefited from the "SXSW bump," moving into mainstream consciousness, and consequently into the minds of organizations.

This year, however, it was not a hot new social app that dominated conversations in and between sessions. It was data. What is it good for? Where do we get it? How do we make use of it? Here are three key considerations from data applications—big and small—discussed at SXSWi:

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