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Stop Talking. Start Listening: How to be a better listener

Most people think improving communication has to do with being able to speak and present confidently. Sure, that is important, but the best communicators are also good listeners. Listening builds trust and improves business relationships.

In a Gallup Podcast, Susan Brady, CEO of the Simmons Unive…

Marana Group

 
Telling a Great Story
What do you do when your company name and identity no longer reflect what you do? You change your name and update your brand with a new look. But there is still work to be done. You need to communicate the changes to your existing customers and attract new on…

3 Hot Marketing Trends

We thought the pandemic was behind us – it is not. As the world continues to try to find new ways of doing business, it is more important than ever to stay on top of marketing efforts to help us communicate with existing customers and convert prospects to new fans.

Here’s a look at 3 hot mark…

Blandford Nature Center

 
Telling a Great Story
CK and CO has worked with Blandford Nature Center for many years to create engaging stories, promote the organization, and raise funds for their capital campaigns. We also produced a full-length documentary on Mary Jane Dockery, the renowned geologist and naturalist wh…

Location, Location, Location

“Location! Location! Location!” It’s a favorite saying of real estate agents when it comes to finding a home or a great spot for retail or other business. But location is something that many ignore when it comes to video creation.

We can’t tell you how many times our crew shows up to a bu…

Meals on Wheels West Michigan

 
Telling a Great Story
 
In this case study, see how CK & CO worked together with Meals on Wheels
of Western Michigan to create video assets that helped the nonprofit raise awareness
and funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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5 Hot Tips for Corporate Video

In case you haven’t been paying attention – video is hot. And I’m not just saying that because I own a media company. Each year, Cisco releases an annual internet report that includes predictions about the amount of video traffic generated. And each year video content consistently outpaces the…

Three Hot Marketing Trends

The lyrics to a famous song are, “To everything there is a season.” And while that’s true for most things – it isn’t the case for marketing…it’s ALWAYS in season! No matter what’s happening around the world, or within your business, marketing should be a consistent and well-planned effort. Need …

Virtual Events: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Virtual. Tired of the word? We are! But the reality is, virtual meetings and events are here for a while. We’ve produced a lot of them and wanted to share the good, the bad, and the ugly facts. 

Let’s start with the ugly. Many virtual events are downright boring. They are too l…

How to Be a Better Listener. Stop Talking, Start Listening.

In today’s post, we discuss some tips on how to be a better listener. Whether in a live or virtual setting, these tips will help you better absorb and process information presented to you.

Cynthia Kay’s tips for how to become a better listener:
Focus

Dial in on the speaker and tune everyt…

Before You Plan Your Holiday Meal Read This

This time of year can be stressful, even under “normal” circumstances. So this holiday, we’re taking a little off your plate…literally!

Whether you’re gathering with loved ones or staying home, we’ve put together a meal that is sure to delight.

Check out our “Three Recipes, Three Ingredients…

Let’s Think about Thought Leadership

Yes, it’s a buzzword. Thought Leadership…but if you do it well, it can have a big impact.  

A LinkedIn Edelman Survey shows “B2B decision-makers and CXOs say strong thought leadership content not only strengthens a company’s reputation but also positively impacts RFP invitations, wins…

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