Meet Samsung's Galaxy Note8

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

As a freelancer and small business owner, having a reliable, multi-functional mobile device is essential. Samsung recently #Unpacked its latest phone, the Galaxy Note8, featuring a dual camera with optical image stabilization, S Pen stylus — and a bigger-than-ever screen. Does bigger mean better when it comes to business? I talked to Samsung's Eric McCarty to find out.

Learn some of my other keys for business success in this article from CNBC, in which Lisa Ferber documents how I've built relationships with brands like American Express, Samsung and Shark Tank's Mark Cuban. 

Unconvinced by my success tips? I may be able to change your mind about changing your mind. :)

Head to Dow Jones’ Moneyish to read my thoughts on how to change your position on an issue – convincingly.

And speaking of changing your position, is it time to change your WiFi login? Head to New York Times to read my thoughts about how WiFi logins can represent individuality and personality. 

The Power of Onlyness with Women at Forbes

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“Some questions you can't answer, but also can't stop thinking about.”

Thanks to Women@Forbes for inviting me to be part of a Q&A panel with the incredibly talented Nilofer Merchant about her new book The Power of Onlyness.

Merchant's inspiring book talks about how it's more possible than ever to make a difference in the world, regardless of status or rank. Check out the full Q&A on Facebook Live here

Shoutout to my fellow panelists Sabrina HersiNatalia Oberti Noguera and Emily Ladau

The Future of Banking

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

Take note!

Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is built for business (and rain). I talked to Kevin Gilroy about some of the phone's best new features. Check out the interview here.  

I also had the pleasure of talking to Reg Jones, Samsung’s director of solutions for financial services. As banking becomes largely digital, financial institutions are faced with the challenge of serving customers both on and offline. See what Jones had to say about the future of banking. 

And speaking of the future of business...

Head over to Inc. for some personal social media tips that can help you get ahead professionally, and head to Forbes for tips on automating your business!

Summer SPiN Off

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Life's a racket!

Last week, I invited some friends to SPiN New York for my annual end-of-summer bash — I think it was our best one yet! 

Thanks to SPiN New York for hosting us and to everyone who came out! 

#SummerSpinOff

Ted to Toe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ted Baker. The opinions and text are all my own.

As you may have seen, I've been on the go a lot lately: Baltimore, The Hamptons and Europe, to name a few stops over the last month. Huge thanks to Ted Baker for helping me look fab along the way, from city to city - from desk to dinner and everything in between. 

Click the pictures to shop each look!

#TedtoToe

Braking for Innovation with Samsung

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

It's been an exciting summer exploring innovation with Samsung.

Back in June, I had the chance to check out FedEx's new, first-of-its-kind Samsung-authorized repair center in the heart of New York City.

I also talked to Samsung director of marketing Jon Wong about the costs associated with losing a phone for both the individual and businesses. 

Can't imagine a reality without your phone? (Me either.) So I spoke with Accenture's wearable technology leader and pioneer Brent Blum about the best use cases for virtual reality and augmented reality.

And when it comes to VR, it's no surprise that Samsung leads the pack.

In July, I got to tour Samsung Bus, which features everything from the Samsung DeX station to the Knox security platform to virtual reality.

The bus will be going on a nationwide tour to spotlight Samsung's latest products and business solutions, so stay on the look out!

Building a Personal Brand with WeWork

Last week, I traveled to Prague, where I had the pleasure of taking over WeWork's Instagram Stories for the day. WeWork provides shared workspace for entrepreneurs and freelancers all over the world... And as a proud freelancer and social media entrepreneur, traveling helps me stay inspired, creative and do what I love… which - fun fact - is WeWork's motto!

This week, I joined lifestyle expert Latham Thomas for a Facebook Live at WeWork's Financial District location in New York. We covered everything from building your personal brand to becoming your own boss, based on our personal experience as solopreneurs. 

Learn more about WeWork here, and check out our full Facebook Live here!

Virtual Reality Takes Flight

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How do you solve a big enterprise problem on a small watch screen?

I talked to mobile app development company, Mokriya, about how technology should only be integrated as a problem-solving tactic. Check out full interview here

I also had the pleasure this week of talking to San Diego International Airport's director of innovation about how virtual reality is taking flight. Check out my interview with Rick Belliotti here

Mashable #BizChat: Full-Time to Freelance

Fun fact: More than 50% of Americans will be freelance by 2020. 

Transitioning into the world of freelance can be both scary and immensely rewarding. I should know — I made the transition five years ago and never looked back. 

Last week I joined Mashable Business' Tracey Edourard to share my top five tips for succeeding at freelancing, which include reading the market, isolating your skills and spotting new business opportunities. 

For the full set of tips, check out the Facebook Live

Summer 2017 Playlist, Powered by Moen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Moen. The opinions and text are all my own.

As some of you may know, my first job was writing about music for Rolling Stone back in 2008.

It’s been nearly a decade, but my love for music (and great pop) has not wavered (especially now that it’s not my job). ;)

So when Moen asked me to share my Summer 2017 playlist, I jumped at the chance!

Check out some of my favorite jams below, and click here to hear Moen’s Summer 2017 Playlist. (Make sure you're logged in to Spotify!) 

  • “Got My Mind Set on You” by George Harrison
  • “Smile” by Daniel Skye
  • “Cold Water” by Major Lazer, Justin Bieber
  • “Island in the Sun” by Weezer
  • “Handclap” by Fitz and the Tantrums

Social Media Tips on NBC Connecticut

Can social media help you land your dream job? 

Last month, I went on air at NBC Connecticut to share my top tips for teens using social media to launch a career, including building your brand, exercising restraint and reinforcing your network. 

Check out my full interview, and happy job searching! 

#WorkSmartSnackSmart with Wonderful Pistachios

By now, you might have figured out that I work from home. And that I'm pretty darn proud of it.

What you might not know is how challenging it can be to snack healthy from home – especially when the refrigerator is in your peripheral view.

All.

Damn.

Day.

Pistachios – which is one of the highest protein and fiber snack nuts – have always been my go-to snack since I was a kid, so when Wonderful Pistachios approached me about their #WorkSmartSnackSmart campaign, I couldn't have been more excited.

Also known as "The Mindful Nut," pistachios often help you feel fuller (partially because cracking open shells slows down consumption time). Not to mention – seeing that pile of empty shells reminds me when I’ve had enough!

Wonderful Pistachios also offers a multipack, with 9 perfectly-portioned 1.5oz bags – a perfect fit for a snack drawer.

And if you find yourself snacking on the road (or in the back of a Lyft, like me) - Wonderful Pistachios also has a No Shells variety.

This summer, I'm going nuts (ha!) and loading up my snack drawer with these!

Try doing the same, and don't miss the chance to win an #WPGiveaway office makeover – deets here!

Plus, enjoy 20% off either 32oz Roasted Salted Wonderful Pistachios or 6oz shelled Wonderful Pistachios on Amazon, using promo code 20SNCKSMRT7.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wonderful Pistachios. The opinions and text are all mine.

Outsmarting Smart Devices

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

Some devices are smart, but not all are intelligent and certainly not all are secure. 

Back in May, I traveled with Samsung to the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit, where I spoke with Erik Bjontegard, founder of Spark Compass, about how the company is maximizing the capability of smart devices with new information-based technology. See the full interview here

I also had the pleasure of speaking with Samsung's SDS' business development manager for enterprise wearables, Gabe Murphy, about how Samsung works to protect data on not only phones and tablets, but smartwatches and other wearables.

Check out that interview here

From Full-Time to Freelance

Isn’t it time to make our work, work for us?

In 2011, I made the unorthodox decision to transition from a steady, salary job with benefits to a self-employed social media consultant. On-demand work is quickly becoming mainstream, and sites like WorkMarket are making it easier for contractors and companies to meet, fill job listings and coordinate payment.

Head to Mashable - Business to learn more about my move from full-time to freelance, the three steps I took to get there and how my salary tripled in the first year. 

Talking AR, VR with Samsung

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

Last month, I traveled with Samsung to San Diego for the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit, where I had the opportunity to chat with a dozen technology experts to discuss the impact of virtual reality, augmented reality and wearables in business.

The future of VR is bright, from improving public safety to training employees and everything in between. Check out my full interview with Librestream Technologies' Jereme Pitts and Samsung's Gabriel Murphy. 

And with VR comes great possibilities. Bharat Saini, founder and chief technologist of Hipaax, shared with me some of the advantages of wearables in the workplace. (Fun fact: Samsung recently announced its partnership with Hipaax to advance the incorporation of smartwatches in the workplace.)

I also spoke with Samsung's Wonjin Kim about what makes smartwatches help businesses run efficiently. Still don't believe the benefits of wearables? Just watch.

Got Game? Retailers Play It Big with Gamification

“If you do great things around the brand, the halo effect is that you sell more stuff.”

This month, I wrote my first article for Intel's IQ Magazine about gamification in business - aka the art of using elements of gaming to draw interest and drive consumer engagement.

Read my latest on the art - and ROI - of retail gamification here.

And head to Forbes to read my open letter to people who don't use social media, if you haven't already.