Pinterest has the ability to surprise me; it has random, yet perfect photos that inspire me.

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I love this quote because it’s true! I’ve always loved meeting new people. Whether it’s someone new at work or a complete stranger waiting in line at CVS, I’ve always found myself open to having conversations with new people.

Oh, and I also love this quote because Bill Nye was the commencement speaker at my college graduation!

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I’m proud to say I survived my first focus group.

No, I wasn’t invited to one; I planned and held one at work with a group of 25 professionals. The planning process was a little crazy at times, but I was lucky enough to have some great coworkers help me throughout the process.

The end result? We had a fantastic turnout, and our publication now has a much better insight at what our readers want to see. (In case you’re wondering, it’s implementing QR codes, bridging the gap between web and print, and investing in a solid iPad app for reading longer articles.)

Focus groups are a great way to connect with your market – in our case, it was to get real readers into our offices and pick their brains about what they’d like us to change about our publication.

Do you have experience as a focus group participant or as a focus group planner?