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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #72

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Book Review: The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

It’s been years since I haven’t finished a book. I felt a little guilty not making it through this book, but alas, my time was better spent elsewhere with this one…

The author maintains that, “All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.” This book provides the reader with 32 practical exercises on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned during her long career.

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Top 5 Social Media Blogs You Should Follow

I started my business 3 years ago and at that time, businesses were just beginning to get curious about social media and how to use it to create relationships with their clients and prospects. Today, most organizations incorporate at least SOME components of digital marketing in their overall marketing strategy. If you're not getting outside consulting/coaching, below are the top 5 social media blogs you should follow to stay up to date on best practices and trends:

  1. Social Media Examiner
  2. SocialMediaToday
  3. SocialMouths
  4. Social Media Explorer
  5. Social Fresh

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Practical Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

If you're careful and follow some simple rules for protecting your privacy, you can still win the war against cybercrime. Here are some things you absolutely should already be doing - or, failing that, start doing - today:

  • Never reply to emails with personal information.
  • Never click a link in an email to go to your banking web site.
  • Use a unique password on every site.
  • Use 2-factor authentication whenever possible.
  • Be careful what you say online.
  • Password protect your devices.

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Suzanne Hull
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Contemporary Business Solutions

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As the "Get It Done Girl", I help small businesses become more efficient by offering a variety of services on an as-needed basis:
  • Social Media Coaching and Community Management
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Event Planning and Conference Management
  • General Business Support
  • Basic Website Development
  • German/Spanish Translation & German Tutoring
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I have office hours on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Smokey Row from 9-11am. I set aside this time to answer people's questions regarding social media, their websites, general marketing, starting their own business and anything else they want to talk about. FOR FREE!


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Suzanne is a Des Moines transplant who has realized the Power of being a Free Agent. Well-versed in many and varied skills, she has a passion for helping organizations and people achieve their potential. Suzanne = wife, traveler, multi-linguist, triathlete and cook.


I have worked with Suzanne on several projects and have been more than impressed with her. Suzanne is committed to understanding my business needs, she is extremely empathetic to our needs and she is wonderful at creating solutions that work within the scope of those requirements and resources. She is a consummate professional and she always provides value to the working relationship. Aside from being a great business person, she is also wonderful to work with and an absolute joy to be around. Suzanne can help you on so many levels and her expertise would be a feather in the cap of any business...big or small. I would gladly hire her again and would highly recommend her.

Brian VanHeuverswyn
Electronic Media Director
August Home Publishing
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