Garry Vander Voort

Garry has a versatile skill set including web development, team management, project management and social media marketing. He is a problem solver praised for having a calming influence on demanding clients. He is a skilled communicator able to explain technical concepts in straightforward terms, and adept at strategic staffing, resource management and cost control.

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I want people to blog. Publishing and putting yourself out there can be a life-altering event.  It can lead to new connections, skills and career options.  It is very important. So I dislike saying anything that would discourage people from blogging. But if you are a person who is using ad-supported blogging solutions, I am about to do that. Let me tell you a story. you have an idea for a blog and are ready…
You might notice, I don’t have comments on the Crazy Third Option. This does not prevent people from commenting on my posts. Why?  Because commenting has largely moved to social media. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are your comments sections.  By not having an account on these platforms, you are telling people, “I don’t care what you think about what I have to say.” So to properly engage with your audience, you are going to need…
I had a lot of social media accounts.  Not just a wide array of accounts on different services, but also a lot of accounts on the same services.  For example, somehow over the years, I had accumulated 8 Twitter accounts. How did this happen? Well, how does anything online happen?  It started with with some idea.  Usually an idea for a blog or podcast that I didn’t follow through on.  Over the last year I…
Have you ever talked to a child about passwords? They are a generation that was born with the username/password paradigm deeply entrenched into every aspect of life. It is fascinating and often humorous. But remember, they are kids. They don’t understand risk. They don’t see the bigger picture. So all the ones I have talked to, and this is a sample related to my family, have a simplistic view. They think of things they can…
I started my Twitter account in April of 2008.  I had heard a lot about Twitter, and how it was going to change the Internet, so I thought I would give it a shot. After all, I was a person who has a lot of things to say. It turns out, I had very little to say once I started. So I shared some stuff,  most  info about myself and posts I found interesting.  Unsurprisingly…
A lot has been written about the negative effects of social media on people. Some would argue you just need to drop out completely, while others suggest you might be surrounding yourself with the wrong people. I want to take a look at the success side of social media.  What happens when you appear do be doing very well.  You have followers and people are liking your stuff. Life is great. For many…
In the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, the fast chain In-N-Out Burger has a location.  It is a sort of big deal location-wise.  Tourists flock to this area of San Francisco, many of them from locations not served by In-N-Out.  So they make it a point to treat themselves to this legendary burger establishment. This is many people’s first impression of the chain and they work hard to manage expectations there.  It is a…
Recording a podcast is a lot of work. From research to editing and all the places in between, a lot can go wrong.  So what do you do when you are listening to a podcast you recorded and are not happy with the results? Helpful Podcasting Hint It might seem obvious to some, but ALWAYS listen to your podcast again before releasing it for your listeners.  ALWAYS. I bring this up because I was recently…
Last week I wrote about a minimum viable menu for a Fast Food restaurant.  I stand by my suggestions even more so after re-reading McDonald’s: Behind the Arches.  The book is a great behind-the-scenes look at the burger giant, it also talks about how the restaurant evolved from offering a simple menu of fresh food served quickly into the behemoth it is today.  Well, 1985, since that is when the book was first…
Dick’s Drive-In is a popular fast food hamburger chain in the Greater Seattle Area.  They are a “drive-in” in that you arrive to almost all of their locations via car, then get out and order your food.  They do have one non-drive-in location in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, which follows the same ordering system, but with a convenient indoor place to eat after ordering. The one thing all of these location have in common…