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MBJ August 1st Digital Edition

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‘Get on Up’ movie opens in Madison with Chadwick Boseman and Tate Taylor walking the red carpet

Hundreds of Mississippians turned out to the Malco Cinema in Madison for the Metro area premiere of the James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ as star Chadwick Boseman and director, Mississippi native Tate Taylor, among others walked the red carpet. Here are some scenes from the event as photographed by Sarah Dill Reily. [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — The difference between PR and advertising

by Published: July 25,2014

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Forbes just published a piece discussing, in some detail, “the real difference between PR and advertising.” This realness in difference begins with an old saying: “Advertising is what you pay for, publicity is what you pray for.” Or, boiled down, advertising is paid media, public relations is earned media. It’s a simple maxim from a […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Looking at the bright side of failure

Spending 320 pages reading about failure may not seem like the most compelling idea, but hear me out. Economics and business journalist Megan McArdle’s first book makes a strong and thought-provoking case for the importance of failure. McArdle walks us through failures of all kinds: her own personal failures, numerous stories of business and entrepreneurial […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Tyler Raborn finds success and fulfillment with Raborn Media

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, column, law, Mississippi, Raborn Media, Steve Jobs

If we are not careful, we can find ourselves living someone else’s version of our life rather than our own. Whether from a parent, spouse, friend or simply societal expectations, the pressure to follow a path in life that is not our own choosing can be enormous. In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, […] [...]

FELONS NEED NOT APPLY — Two schools in state offer training for casino dealers

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, casinos, education, gambling, gaming, Mississippi

Are you thinking about becoming a dealer in one of Mississippi’s casinos? There are two licensed gaming schools in the state, with three locations, ready to teach you the games. Just one thing you need to know first: Felons need not apply. Before starting classes at Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending in Gulfport […] [...]

USM entities unite in dyslexia therapy

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, workforce training

Several factors came together as the impetus for the inaugural class of the dyslexia therapy master’s program at the University of Southern Mississippi, the first of its kind at a public institution in the state. Dyslexia, or specific language-based learning disabilities, affects 15 to 20 percent of the population to some degree. That means in […] [...]

FRANK BROWN: A pitch for kindness could become a big hit

by Published: July 25,2014

Tags: Business, column, Delta, Frank Brown, kindness, Leland, Mississippi

My brother had alerted me that a package was heading my way, but I was a still slightly surprised and even more curious when I pulled the rectangular, hand-addressed cardboard box from my mailbox. His work is about to uproot him from his Florida home and send him overseas, so I suspected he had found […] [...]

MBJ July 25th Digital Edition

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GITOMER: The ultimate response to ‘I want to think about it.’

When a customer says “I want to think about it” or “I need some time to think it over” it’s one of the most frustrating expressions a salesperson can hear. You feel helpless, or if you’ve been poorly trained, you lapse into some manipulative dialogue that proves you’re both a crappy salesperson and you’re only […] [...]

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