I chose this photo from the collection of fungi pictures I have taken throughout the years
as it indicates, to me: thinking outside of the box, capitalising on the back of what has been established,
popping up regularly but not always in the same place after having re-cycles the surrounding nutrients. M'reen
19 reasons why Creating a 2nd Blog separate
from your web site is a good idea.
18)All the blogs have hyperlinks (if you hold the
mouse pointer over the underlined words and hold down the Ctrl key and click
your mouse you will be taken directly to another article) This means that I can
direct people to articles in my other blogs or to earlier articles in this blog
thus taking advantage of the work I have done and extending the value available
to their reading.
19)And finally I give everyone the opportunity to
check out my sister blogs. You may
give another link to your website.
When in doubt, check out youtube as generally some kind
or the producers of the programme have posted tuition
We interviewed real Human Resource executives across the country about the amazingly stupid things people do or say in job interviews, and this video is the first installment illustrating a few of our favorite stories. Did you hear that? People actually did these things in job interviews!
So learn from their mistakes and don't do these things! If you like what you see here,
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How to Fail
Back in 2007, a friend
recommended me to read a book entitled Failing Forward by John
I listened quite interestingly, while continued to sip my iced coffee
in sunny Southern California.
I remember making calculations as to how dare
that friend wanted me to fail while all others
were up for success. I gave him
a straight no. "I am not going to buy failure" I mimicked.
Granted, I was both naive and
conservative at the time. I could not even conceive the idea
of having myself
go down a hill to test my temperature and tolerance for the uncertain world.
even got scared by the two-word title of the book, let alone read it.
dawned on me that to set myself for failure was part of my greater being.
Make no mistake, failure is
part of the human condition. We all fail at some point in life.
Whether it is a
relationship or a business venture, things go awkward. There is nothing to be afraid of. Indeed, the
question is not that we will fail, the question is how are we going to fail.
The best failure is when we do fail intelligently.
Experts on the subject
believe that failure and innovation are pretty inseparable.
That is, "the most inventive people are
usually the best at failing forward."
Basically, we could not light up our houses if Mr. Edison did not fail 9,999
Now, if you are wondering how
to fail, here are three ways to fail intelligently.
# 1. Assume that no one is perfect. And because the
world flourishes with imperfection,
it is not wise to expect you, or me, or
someone to be perfect.
This very recipe gives us the power to be human and do
wrong. The world's greatest political absurd
was due to failure. Do not think
that world leaders were kidding when they allowed innocents
to die for the sake
of the safety of the rest of the world. They took the leap and failed
# 2. Learn how to do mistakes. Above all, learn to how
to learn from mistakes/failures.
You fail when you call your fiancee the wrong
time. But unless you learn when not to call your fiancee,
you are learning from
it, and thus, not failing intelligently. The idea?
Never repeat an action the
same way if it failed previously.
Try to acknowledge the previous step and do
#3. Leave a footprint in your mind, and the minds of
others, where it reads something like this:
I know it doesn't work this way
because I tried once.
Beyond circumstances, our subconscious mind does its
business through awareness.
It never deletes the commands you give. Give your
subconscious mind to keep records for you
by printing footnotes. Your mind has
the ability to take you to the next level of success.
Robert Half was quoted as
saying that the "ability is useless unless it's used."
According to Maxwell, the
difference between average people and achieving people
is their perception of
and their response to failure.
Stated differently, failing forward is about to
Intelligent failure? "It is a willingness to learn from
and to accept that there is a certain level of risk when trying
out a new idea or approach."
If you are still not sure how
to failure forward, here are 6 steps on how to do so by Tim Ogilvie.
The idea here is to set your own alpha failure
prototype by focusing on learning and being honest
about your mistakes. "If YOU want to succeed you need to learn how to fail
forward", Irene Becker.
When was the last time you checked your microwave for radiation leakage?
Yes, I did say radiation leakage, because any microwave can start leaking radiation any time,
for whatever reasons.
And such a leakage is hazardous to humans and pets in the house.
You don't need to call in experts or to send your microwave to the dealer's workshop for a leakage test.
That's time consuming, inconvenient and costly.
Here's how you can test your microwave for radiation leakage, right in your own house, at no cost.
Just follow these simple steps >>>
1. Switch-off and un-plug the microwave from the electrical socket.
2. Place your mobile phone inside the microwave and shut the door.
3. Using another mobile phone, dial the phone that's inside the microwave.
4. If the outside phone says "the number you are dialing is not reachable, or is out of coverage area,
or is switched off; then your microwave is safe.
5. But if the phone inside the microwave lights up and rings, your microwave is leaking radiation.
Just throw away the damn thing and get a new one.
(Believe me, the medical treatment of the side-effects of radiation leaks is costlier
than the price of maybe 10 new microwaves.)
Remember, just because the door of your microwave appears to shut properly does not conclusively mean that it is not leaking radiation.
Stay safe, and test your microwave regularly at frequent intervals.
The frequency of testing depends on the extent of usage, and you are the best judge of that.
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How To Build Loyalty Through Blogging Communities NormaDoiron
Blogging is the most incredible opportunity you have to market your business. It’s also a very inexpensive place where you can share your expertise, your knowledge, your wisdom and your experience.
Don’t fly by the seat of
your pants, winging it blindly!
Map out a road map with major keys to help you
build credibility between you and your readers.
One of the most important steps is
to build a blogging community that will be loyal to you.
This is not
something that will happen overnight: it will take time, lots of
energy and plenty of focus on your part. Building friendships &
relationships is also a huge part of the building.
As much as you can, stay in tune
to what you promised your readers.
People stay loyal to brands who don’t change
too much or too often; they are looking for you
to deliver what you said you
would deliver. They don’t much like it when the flavors change.
Nothing ruins followers loyalty
more than inconsistency. (Besides, being inconsistent makes it hard for
search engines to find or follow you.) Blog at the same time of day
for people are creatures
of habit; train them to expect certain things at
certain times, and they will be on the lookout for you.
builds credibility in you and your blog.
Aim to blog once per week,
building to more. Consistency is the driving force behind your success.
Why should anyone go to your blog
if there’s nothing new?
schedule with an Editorial Blogging Calendar (Plugin) for content, draft posts
and to keep you focused and on track.
of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
drop to change your post dates.
your drafts with our new drafts drawer.
edit post titles, contents, and times.
posts or manage drafts.
see the status of your posts.
posts from multiple authors.
I’ve got a GIFT FOR YOU!
Your Free Guide to Your Chaotic Blogging Calendar- is a blogging calendar for you to decide how many
posts you’ll do, what you’ll talk about, the time you’ll post, etc…
Then follow your own rules. Planning in advance sets you up for success.
your eyes and ears open to the need of your audience. They tell you what they
want to know more about. Plan it out! Decide how you’ll do this – have a plan.
Be Active on Your Community
take on the habit of posting articles, then not checking your comments.
When visitors arrive to your blog and see comments, it makes them feel this is
a nice place to hang out so they’ll stay, comment and engage with
you. Engaging with bloggers is key! Also visit, read and comment on
other blogs in your niche. Start conversations with other bloggers.
important to be active in your blog community and to respond to comments.
Readers who take time to comment deserve to be heard…
Don’t lose sight of the
very people you’re looking to connect with. (This is one I’m working
Be a Resource of Value
the habit of providing useful tips and offers of value that your readers will
Also be on the lookout for a way you can resolve their problem.
This will set you up as an authority in your field, exactly how you want to be
seen. People will learn to go to you to get things solved.
Give free insight,
but don’t give it all away!
passionate when writing your content – write for your readers in such a way
that it will resonate with their needs. Use quality information and targeted
copy. Ask questions, listen to the answers. Then, check out your analytics and
sort through your posts to see which topics get the most comments, where they
come from, the keywords used and the lenght stayed on your site.
Analytics allows you to track your success and adjust your message along the
Not watching your statistics is like driving at night
You’ll get to your destination, but the ride won’t be
Know Where To Hang Out
where your audience is hanging out. Most bloggers are extremely active on
but your readers may be hanging out on Facebook or Google+.
share options to ALL of the major social media platforms available on your
Show Your Passion
enthusiastic in everything you say and do. Use positive information, resources,
or services. Show them their need, how to get it and how to
close the deal.
people get to know you on a more intimate level. When replying to a comment,
you’re taking advantage of a huge opportunity. Think about it: you get the
privilege to answer their question!
Your readers will see you care about needs
and that you are hands on. That builds trust.
with the “why” in place. Clearly define your blog’s purpose and you will
Writing VS Promoting
content to engage; draw clients in vs bashing them over the head with constant
clients want to understand what you do, how you help them and why working with
is the best. They need to see your human side more than facts &
figures: don’t be afraid
to show who you are.
Readers Will Find You
blog is a vital piece of your marketing .
Promote it in all of your
marketing and advertising.
Your clients will not just miraculously find
Add links to your emails, newsletters and other promotional items.
Entry #238 – Don’t Waste the New-Hire Opportunity
is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~Albert
achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” ~Charles
no surprise that how you treat your new hires in the first day, first week, and
first month shapes their expectations. For this reason, slick presentations,
fun teambuilding, access to Executives, sessions on Brand and Culture, and a
number of freebies have become the norm.
In many companies, being a new-hire is
more like Christmas than work for the first week or more. Now I’m not saying
these shouldn’t be a part of the process, but I would add one more:
them into their role sooner than you think you should
expect them to ACT? To be challenged to find SOLUTIONS?
And do you expect them
to CONTRIBUTE. Now I’m not saying don’t give them training, but I am saying to
give them access to their job for at least some part of their day WHILE they
not talking about side-by-side shadowing; I’m talking about giving them
applicable job duties and expecting production from them. This accomplishes a
a culture of challenge and contribution –
You are expected to fight through
the struggle and still produce. And everyone
is taught to contribute immediately.
powerful are those two things to culture? Forget the session that waxes poetic
organization’s culture. SHOW THEM how it works when the rubber meets the road.
the energy of new hires – I’ve talked
before about how new-hires
energy into any operation. Why wait a week or two for it to cool down
they go through training? Get that energy into your current operation right
your training better – Getting hands on
experience is how many people learn best,
beyond that, it allows anyone to come back and ask questions, share
share best practices. This enhances the quality of the training for everyone.
new productivity ASAP – And let’s not
forget that if your new-hires are making
immediate contribution to the productivity of the organization, you’re already
on hiring them. Forget weeks of payroll that pays off later, get some of that
on the above factors, there’s big upside.
first few weeks on a new job should be very exciting, but they should also be
very challenging. If you aren’t pushing your new-hires to be phenomenal during
are you expecting to do it? Yes, you need to set them up for success
clear understanding of duties, but we all have aspects of our team’s day to day
that can be taught quickly and we all hire people with specialties that
can be folded
quickly, so what’s holding you back?
your team towards being exceptional by demanding it early on.
Are your limiting thoughts and beliefs
holding you back from the success that you
I spent the last four days in a workshop learning how to let go of my limiting
and attitudes. The workshop, called "The Mental
Cleanse" with Byron Katie
is appropriately named. I've flushed out a
whole host of thoughts that have
been holding me back one way or another.
Do you have limiting thoughts that
are holding you back?
The insidious thing about limiting thoughts is that we don't really think them.
They think us.
That is, we identify with them so
completely that they become the gospel truth to us -
even as they undermine our
best intentions in life and in work.
M’reen: Years ago I seeded
for myself, “whenever I think a negative thought
about myself, I immediately
think of a truer more balanced thought.”
Now, I always automatically balance negative thoughts, no matter
I even balance the thoughts of
others. A sad face turned into a brilliant smile
when I said, “but, you have
helped me, you’ve given me the first step on the way.”
Working with thousands of Independent Professionals over the past twenty years,
I've noticed many repeating themes of these
kinds of limiting thoughts.
Are any of them familiar to you?
"I'm not the marketing
type." Can you really know that? What is "the
marketing type" anyway?
Think of all the negative stereotypes you
have about marketing types.
Who says you have to fit a stereotype?
In my experience, the marketing type is someone, just like you or me,
who learned some marketing ideas and tried
them out and got some results
and kept working at it. Does that sound so
"It's hard for me to talk about
my business." Often a thought like this will have an
underlying belief such as "people aren't interested
in my services." What's your proof?
How do you really know at this early stage?
We tend to get a rejection or two and
conclude that people will never understand us.
Isn't it really a matter of trial and error? You try a message and gauge the
and then try something new until it
resonates with the marketplace.
Pretty soon it gets easy.
"I'm just not a good
what criteria? Who are you comparing yourself to?
Marketing writing isn't fine literature.
It's simply a narrative about how your
services can help your clients:
"Here's the problem as I see it.
Here's the desired solution you're looking for.
And here's what I can do for you to get
If your writing style feels awkward, don't worry; it will improve with
And if you need help along the way, you can
always hire an editor.
"Public speaking scares me to death" You'll
die if you speak in public? Is that really true? Haven't seen it once, yet.
What's really the worst that could happen?
Your presentation might bore some people.
Could you handle that? With a little
practice don't you think you'd improve? Of course.
Many of the world's greatest speakers still experience some nervousness before
But it doesn't stop them. And the more they
speak the better they get.
"All this technology
intimidates me" Really?
Does it hold a gun to your head? Doesn't it just sit there passively
until you do something with it? The systems
out there to help you market online,
for instance, are getting easier and easier
In a couple hours you can set up an eZine
with a tool like AWeber
Why let this thought hold you back? Like
all limiting thoughts, try to see the other side
of the equation and notice if the upside
benefit isn't a lot more powerful.
If technology could transform your marketing
(it can), wouldn't you be a little less intimidated?
"I just don't have the time to
market myself." This
is a big one for a lot of people. What always puzzles me is that the people
who have the fewest clients seem to have no
time to market.
Successful people always find the time to
fit it in by making it a priority.
It's not time, it's the thought.
Start noticing all the time-wasters you let creep into your day.
If you could eliminate just a few of them,
you'd have more than enough time
for marketing activities.
"But it's so easy for you" Are
you sure? How do you know that?
And what do I have to do with your
Why are you comparing? Wouldn't it make
more sense to ask,
"What do you do to make it easy for
You might discover several strategies that
could make it easy for you as well.
Every limiting thought becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It's true because you say it's true.
And if you don't question your thoughts,
they will continue to control your destiny.
The technique called "The Work"
that I learned from Byron Katie
and have used with surprising (and almost immediate)
results works as follows:
First, write down a limiting thought like
the ones I've listed above.
Then ask the following four questions,
writing down your answers.
Do it slowly, really pondering before you
give an answer:
1. Is this thought true? (Or is it just a
thought you've attached to?)
2. (If yes, or not sure) Can I absolutely know that it's true?
3. How do I react when I think that thought?
a long list of your actions, behaviour, feelings
other thoughts that arise in the wake of the original thought.
4. Who would I be without that thought? If you were facing a marketing
as writing an article, and you simply could not have the thought,
not a good marketing writer" how would things be different?
Finally, turn the thought around. That
is, state the limiting thought in reverse:
am a good marketing writer." And then ask yourself if that new statement
just as true or truer than the original. You may be surprised by your answer.
This year, your marketing results will be
determined not by your circumstances
but by your thinking. If you think limiting
thoughts you have no right to expect
anything beyond those limiting thoughts.
If you start to question your limiting
thoughts and beliefs,
I guarantee that new and exciting
possibilities will open up to you.
You might even start to think of yourself
as a marketing type!
One of the keys to letting go of limiting
thoughts is recognizing them in the first place.
Here are some things to notice:
* Limiting thoughts become like the water
we swim in:
"Limiting thoughts? What limiting
thoughts? The stronger the identification
or attachment to particular thoughts or
the more likely that they become limiting.
We do not become attached to expansive,
(And if we do, such as turning them into
rules, they ultimately become limiting.)
* Limiting thoughts are stressful in nature. That is, it doesn't feel great
You tend to feel constricted and diminished
when you think them.
The funny thing is, you hope they will make
you feel better and they never do.
* Limiting thoughts are angry and fearful in nature. They are often accusing,
and criticizing. "He did" and
"She did" are limiting thoughts.
They are putting the fault on something
outside of yourself.
* Limiting thoughts are often attached to the following words:
can't, hard, difficult, impossible.
They can also be attached to words like
want, need, should, shouldn't, always and never.
Limiting words equal limiting thoughts.
* Limiting thoughts are often about your own identity
of what you can and cannot be, do or have.
"I think of myself as...." is
almost always a limiting thought even if it sounds positive!
Who you are is unlimited. There's no
identity to that. Just freedom.
all the best, Robert
Middleton - Action Plan Marketinghttp://www.actionplan.com