Welcome to the blog I keep for all my little lightbulb moments on Social HR, Recruiting, Digital Strategy & of course.. Being Crystal.

Quick Thoughts: Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Heard this recently in conversation and thought it was a pretty interesting turn of phrase.  Almost always, it either precedes or sums up communication unpleasantries. Bottom line, it means two things: That the bearer of bad news doesn’t want to take accountability for whatever it was being said because it “wasn’t their call,” and That(…)

You Don’t Want Me That Way…. (At Least You Shouldn’t)

There’s a trend that’s growing (1) that I’m not particularly fond of.  That trend, my friends, is shaming people.  Not as a punishment like in the picture, though; but rather shaming someone into a desired action or outcome.  In fact, as a society it seems like we’ve been busy “shaming” people all over the place, all over(…)

  1. Stephen O'Donnell: In all forms of online communications, especially SM, lines are being crossed all over the place. Without the benefit of…

Bless Your Heart: Nothing’s Free – Including Your Speech

I’m not going to weigh in on the right or wrong of the Duck Dynasty Phil’s statement. He said what he said. He and his family seem quite prepared to take accountability for it, whatever that looks like.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, you can read the story here.  I’d rather weigh in(…)

All I Want For Christmas…

It’s that time of year where the question “What do you want for Christmas” gets asked of us all… a lot.  This question is the bane of my December existence, because typically?? I. Don’t. Know.  Is there stuff I want?  Sure – I’d like new pots and pans because I love to cook, I want(…)

Rocking #InTalent and My #LinkedIn Profile

I’ve landed again in Las Vegas, this time at the MGM Grand for LinkedIn’s Annual User Conference,Talent Connect 2013.  They’ve wasted no time with getting users ready to “rock” all things LinkedIn:  from the conference, to loads of product training sessions, even to the individual profile.  Jason Seiden is back again with his “army of(…)

#NeverForget – Thoughts on Patriot Day 2013

It’s been twelve years. Twelve years since I was at home (for a change), folding laundry and watching GMA when I saw what I thought was likely a movie stunt: this plane that flew into one of the Towers behind the newscasters.  Now of course, we know it wasn’t:  it was the kick-off of a(…)

The Value of “Old” Connections

We just wrapped up Illinois SHRM State Conference, of which I was very proud to be a part of.  Next week I’ll post my presentation with recorded voice, so even if you weren’t there?? It’ll seem like you could have been (and if you live in Illinois, hopefully give you incentive to check it out(…)

It’s The End Of #EdgeRank As We Know It.. & #Facebook Is Fine

Everybody wants their posts to be “seen and heard.”  When it comes to being seen on Facebook however, it is a very crowded space:  as of August 2013 there are 1.15 BILLION users on Facebook and over 18 MILLION Brand Pages.   Frequently, I’ll read a blog or hear marketers/agencies explain how content is ranked and(…)

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Being Crystal:  #Roar

Being Crystal: #Roar

By getting back up when people metaphorically push you down and not letting people steal the joy out of the good that’s in your life?? You choose stand for something instead of being a victim… and in that place? You can accomplish really amazing things & that kind of courage helps others find courage, too.

  1. Blake: You should tell people that while they're reading your blog post to be playing the song because it helps with…

    • Crystal: Absolutely! Good idea. :) Thanks, Blake.

  2. Stephen O'Donnell: Love the idea of suggesting a track to play, whilst reading each post. I don't know you, or your family…

Being Crystal:  Let’s Hear it For the Boys!

Being Crystal: Let’s Hear it For the Boys!

Because I am a heterosexual woman dating in Dallas, I write a lot about the boneheaded things men do in an effort to not be alone.  The truth is, of course, guys are not the only ones to do ridiculous and sometimes outright shameful things to the opposite sex in dating.  The more I talk to my guy friends?(…)

  1. Jim Durbin: You nailed that one. Guys who spend money to impress girls are doing it to act out their insecurities. As…

    • Crystal: Man, I should be so set then! I think I'm nice (although maybe I'm not the right person to judge…

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