Author: Jeffrey Simons

Guest blogger Jeffrey Simons has been in advertising since the mid-80s, when faxes were “new technology” and portable computers were the size of suitcases. Now, as Storyteller-in-Chief for his own social media consultancy, JL Simons Marketing & Advertising Consulting, he gets to tell true stories to interested readers for deserving brands.

  • The Difference between Having a Good Idea and Changing the World

    Jeffrey Simons

    The Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at StraighterLine By Jeffrey Simons Let’s face it: good ideas are a dime a dozen. Everybody gets them all the time. Especially when it comes to the “save the world” kind of good ideas. Does this sound familiar? You and a bunch of your friends are hanging out and someone brings up some recent news story that just sucks. Like the fact that there’s a giant swirling vortex of garbage in the Pacific Ocean that is hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of square miles in size. And then you and your friends spend the next half hour coming up with brilliant ideas to harvest the garbage and recycle it into product packaging, or clothing. And then you go on with your lives. What ...

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  • What can we learn about U.S. History from Assassin’s Creed III?

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons True story: I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about how easy and convenient it is to take college courses online with StraighterLine, and that for some courses that have lots of reading from textbooks, like U.S. History, it might even be better online. And my friend, who is a big gamer, said, “Yeah, I get all my history online. I’m learning about the Revolutionary War right now.” I said I didn’t know he was taking online history classes, and he said, “No, stupid, Assassins Creed 3. I learned about WWII from Call of Duty. And the Civil War from Gettysburg.” And then he laughed and drank another sip of his Sam Adams. (And no, I did not ask him if he was learning anything about the American ...

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  • Save Money on College Tip 10: Take Two Years of Courses at StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Today’s post is the last in a series of 10 tips on how to save money on college. Today’s tip is . . . Take Two Years of Courses at StraighterLine We hope you’ve been enjoying our series on how to cut the cost of college. For our last post, we have an out of the box suggestion that could change the way you think about your college experience entirely. Have you ever considered taking two whole years of college courses online with StraighterLine? Whether you’re going back to college as an adult learner, or starting college straight out of high school, if you want to lower your costs of college, this is a cost cutting idea that can save you thousands and thousands of dollars. Think about how much you can save ...

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  • Save Money on College Tip Eight: Get a Job and Let Your Employer Pay for Your College Courses

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Today’s post is the eighth in a series of short tips on how to save money on college. Today’s tip is . . . Get a Job and Let Your Employer Pay for Your College Courses Do you want to save money on college and graduate sooner? Here’s a powerfully simple strategy for you.  Get a job and let your employer pay for your college courses. When it comes to lowering the cost of college, one of the best ways to pay less is to get someone else to pay your college tuition for you. And believe it or not, a large percentage of the companies in the United States have programs that do exactly that. They’re called Tuition Assistance Plans or Tuition Reimbursement Plans, and many employers use them to help attract talent ...

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  • Save Money on College Tip Six: How to Get an Entire Year of College for only $760

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Today’s post is the six in a series of short tips on how to save money on college. Today’s tip is . . . Get an Entire Year of College for only $760 Do you want to save money on college and graduate sooner? Here’s a powerfully simple strategy for you.  Get an entire year of college for only $760. How to Complete a Year of College for only $760 What if I told you that you could earn 3 college credits for only $95? You heard me right. $95 for 3 credits. That’s only $31.67 per credit. At that price, taking four 3-credit courses per semester, or 24 credits per year, you could pay for an entire year of college for only $760. Want to know how? I’ll tell you, but I warn you now that there are a couple of ca ...

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