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DNN Hangout - September 2015 - Miscellaneous DNN News and Goodies

DNN Hangout: September Edition

We had planned to speak with Phillip Becker this month, but he had a personal emergency he had to tend to.  We’ll get that rescheduled for you soon…  Go figure – we got the technical issues solved, and we loose the speaker.  This left us to get creative last minute and come up with a show for you – and we did.  In this show, we pull out some of our tips and tricks, in addition to bringing you the typical DNN news.

DNN Hangout - August 2015 - Understanding the DNN Platform Source Code

Understanding the DNN Platform Source Code

Every now and again, we’ll throw in a special episode of DNN Hangout, where we talk about something that we believe will be extra beneficial to the community.  Sometimes this will have one or more special guests attached to it, sometimes it won’t.  In this special episode, Joe Brinkman and I walk through the source code of DNN platform.  It’s grown so much over the years that we realize just how intimidating it can be to someone.  After watching this hangout, that intimidation should be at a minimum.

DNN Hangout - August 2015 - Introducing Aricie’s PortalKeeper Module

Jean-Sylvain Boige introduces us to PortalKeeper by Aricie

It’s always exciting for me to meet someone in the DNN community that I haven’t met before.  This hangout is one of those times.  In this hangout, we speak with Jess (or Jean-Sylvain Boige) of Aricie.  He’s the CTO of Aricie and the genius mind behind the module for DNN called PortalKeeper.  I must admit, I didn’t know anything about PortalKeeper before this hangout, but rest assured… this is going to be a pretty standard tool of mine for current and future projects.  If you’ve gotten even the beginnings of a technical bone in your body, you’re sure to geek-out just like I did!

Should You Accept That LinkedIn Connection Request?

Bruce Lee:

In most social networks, connecting with someone else can feel like a personal decision.  After all, if you accept a friend request in Facebook, you’ve just given access to all of your “private” images and updates.  They’ll see that embarrassing photo of you at the beach.  {GASP!}  This has trained us to be weary of who we allow to be “connected” with us online.  So much so that some people have private Twitter accounts.  (Something that I have yet to understand.)

Inbox Zero Principle of Leadership

Computer closed, work done

There are numerous ways as a leader to measure yourself, your progress, and your goals.  Not all of them are scientific, but they give you a way to move forward to improve yourself.  Sometimes you will have the benefit of measurable progress indicators, and luckily, your email inbox is one of them.  You can easily use your inbox to gauge several things, including when you need to delegate and focus on specific areas of the business.

Know Your ABB’s: Always Be Branding!

A filtered view of yourself

When people look at you, they see you brand, whether intentional or not.  It’s a lot like looking at things through a camera lense.  It’s a similar thing when you look at any successful business.  No matter if you see it’s sign on the side of the road, in an ad on a website or billboard, or you visit their booth at a conference – you know where you are and who you’re interacting with.  When you walk into any In-N-Out location or visit their website, you can feel their brand all around you.  You’ll never look at one and confuse it with Burger King or McDonald’s.  When you think about your personal brand, you need to attempt to achieve this as best you can.  Be the CMO of your brand!

Embracing the Jack of All Trades in Yourself

What would you say you do here?

This article isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve found yourself reading this far, you probably consider yourself a jack-of-all-trades, or someone has said that about you.  It’s a double-edged sword to be known as someone who can do everything.  As the saying goes, “Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.”  When you’re good at a lot of things, it’s highly unlikely that you’re an expert at any one of those things.  This makes you difficult to hire in most cases, but don’t fret.  This also makes you one of the most valuable people in any company you find yourself in.

Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of LinkedIn Photos

Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of LinkedIn Photos

In many ways, LinkedIn is just like every other social network.  It allows you to create a profile.  You add details about yourself, upload your preferred photo, and connect with other people.  You post status updates, and like and/or comment on updates by others.  However, as we continuously point out on this site, LinkedIn is not like every other social network.  You need to carefully consider how you update your profile on LinkedIn, beginning with your profile photo.

DNN Hangout - July 2015 - How Many Ways Can You Extend DNN?

DNN Hangout July 2015: Mitchel Sellers presents all of the ways you can extend DNN

This month we had the pleasure to speak with Mitchel Sellers.  He’s a long-time DNN supporter and advocate.  Aside from being a DNN and Microsoft MVP, he’s literally written the book on extending DNN through modules.  He’s regularly found at community events, and pretty much everywhere online, attempting to help people with their C# and DNN needs. 

Why You Should Focus on LinkedIn to Build Your Brand

LinkedIn chocolates

When LinkedIn first came about, we weren’t sure what to do with it.  MySpace was still around, and it was battling with Facebook for our social networking attention (albeit, at this point, MySpace was in the decline already).  It wasn’t unusual for most of us to think, “Why should I use LinkedIn? I already use Facebook (or Twitter).”  The fact of the matter is this, LinkedIn isn’t going anywhere, and it’s the single most powerful thing that you can use to build your brand.