Friday, 12 December 2014

Strategies to Build Closer Relationships : Improving Your Workplace

Building closer relationships is a key part of improving your workplace. 
Learn about strategies to build closer relationships 
with help from a professional certified mediator in this free video clip.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

19 reasons why Creating a 2nd Blog separate from your web site is a good idea.

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.
Written by: M’reen

Hi Laxmiben,
I re-posted your poem and thoughts, ‘The Mirror on the wall. Self Esteem.’
I then went back to your blog page on your web-site,
and, only checking your blog page, I felt that you was not making the most of your talent and time.
Your blog posts were attractively displayed one underneath the other, and that was that.

For arguments sake, let’s say you post one blog per week and your last blog was your tenth blog.
Might I suggest that you consider creating a second blog using blogspot
for the following reasons, by using this free site you could:

1)      recycle your blogs and they would appear ten weeks behind your new ones.
2)      It is highly likely you would generate a new audience for your work
3)      that would, potentially, access your web site.
4)      If you scroll down to the bottom of this blog you will find an opportunity for readers to                     sign up to my blog and receive in their inbox every new blog as soon as it is posted.
5)      At the bottom there is also the opportunity to see who is in my google+ circles                    
        and for you to add me to your circle/s and then I have the opportunity to add you back.
6)      At the top you can see a number of social media icons with an extra Pintrest icon and these       are there so that readers can post my content directly to their own social media platforms.
7)      There is a Subscribe to (the blog’s name) with 2 fields named Posts and Comments
  the little orange box is an RSS feed which means that people can automatically                        
  have my blog appear on their blog so increasing their content for their readers.
8)      The lower banner has a link to my main blog because I have 4 blogs – 
        it just happened that way. You might create another link to your website.
9)      I have: Search this blog. Popular posts. Blog archive, I have deleted the list of key words,         
        and there are many other facilities I could use if I wished.
10)   At the top I advertise the titles of the last 5 posts on my main Turbo Charged Reading blog.
11)   On some of my blogs there is a my photo with profile                                                                     and another opportunity to follow me on google+
12)   Some youtubes and some posts have my photo and profile below them.
13)   As soon as I post my blog it appears on google+
14)   The blogs automatically are posted to my twitter accounts.
15)   I prefer to put my blogs independently on Pintrest
16)    Facebook - join me please.
17)   And Linkedin: Mreen Hunt.
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 person
or the producers of the programme have posted tuition videos.

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:            gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life       describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers          just for fun

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Friday, 7 November 2014

How to Fail Intelligently. How to fail at interviews.

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, 
subscribe to my channel and find me on social media. Thanks for sharing! -- Jeff Havens

How to Fail Intelligently   Abdiqani Farah

Back in 2007, a friend recommended me to read a book entitled Failing Forward by John Maxwell. 
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. 
I even got scared by the two-word title of the book, let alone read it. 
It never 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 times.

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 intelligently.

# 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 it differently.

#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 fail intelligently. 
Intelligent failure? "It is a willingness to learn from our mistakes 
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.

If You Manage Your Time Terribly, You'll Get More Done.

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:            gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life       describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers          just for fun

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Thursday, 30 October 2014

5 steps to testing your microwave for radiation leakage?

Photo Taken by M'reen.
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.


Mobile phones and being locked out of your car with other useful tips.
Other mobile phone important information.

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:            gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life       describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers          just for fun

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Thursday, 16 October 2014

How To Build Loyalty Through Blogging Communities

How To Build Loyalty Through Blogging Communities

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.

Brand Loyalty
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.

Post Regularly
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. 
Posting regularly 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?  
Create a schedule with an Editorial Blogging Calendar (Plugin) for content, draft posts 
and to keep you focused and on track.
See all of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
Drag and drop to change your post dates.
Manage your drafts with our new drafts drawer.
Quick edit post titles, contents, and times.
Publish posts or manage drafts.
Easily see the status of your posts.
Manage 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.  
Keep 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
Don’t 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.
It’s 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 on!) 
Be a Resource of Value
Get into the habit of providing useful tips and offers of value that your readers will appreciate. 
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!

Valuable Content
Be 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.  
Google Analytics allows you to track your success and adjust your message along the way.
Not watching your statistics is like driving at night without headlights.  
You’ll get to your destination, but the ride won’t be pretty!

Know Where To Hang Out 
Know where your audience is hanging out.  Most bloggers are extremely active on Twitter 
but your readers may be hanging out on Facebook or Google+.  
Have share options to ALL of the major social media platforms available on your blog.

Show Your Passion
Be enthusiastic in everything you say and do. Use positive information, resources, offers, products, 
or services. Show them their need, how to get it and how to close the deal.

Have Conversations
Let 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.
Begin with the “why” in place.  Clearly define your blog’s purpose and you will find direction.

Writing VS Promoting
Use your content to engage; draw clients in vs bashing them over the head with constant promotion.  
Your clients want to understand what you do, how you help them and why working with you 
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
Your blog is a vital piece of your marketing .  
Promote it in all of your marketing and advertising.  
Your clients will not just miraculously find you! 
Add links to your emails, newsletters and other promotional items.

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:            gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life       describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers          just for fun

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Friday, 10 October 2014

Diary Entry #238 – Don’t Waste the New-Hire Opportunity

Photo Taken by M'reen

Diary Entry #238 – Don’t Waste the New-Hire Opportunity
Written by Cameron

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” ~Albert Schweitzer  
“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” ~Charles Kettering  

It is 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:

Throw them into their role sooner than you think you should
Do you 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 are training.
And I’m not talking about side-by-side shadowing; I’m talking about giving them applicable job duties and expecting production from them. This accomplishes a few things:

Establishes a culture of challenge and contribution – You are expected to fight through 
the struggle and still produce. And everyone is taught to contribute immediately.
How powerful are those two things to culture? Forget the session that waxes poetic 
about the organization’s culture. SHOW THEM how it works when the rubber meets the road.

Leverages the energy of new hires – I’ve talked before about how new-hires 
infuse fresh energy into any operation. Why wait a week or two for it to cool down
while they go through training? Get that energy into your current operation right away.

Makes your training better – Getting hands on experience is how many people learn best,
but beyond that, it allows anyone to come back and ask questions, share observations,
and share best practices. This enhances the quality of the training for everyone.

Gets new productivity ASAP – And let’s not forget that if your new-hires are making
an immediate contribution to the productivity of the organization, you’re already getting
an ROI on hiring them. Forget weeks of payroll that pays off later, get some of that now.
Based on the above factors, there’s big upside.

The 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 this time,
when are you expecting to do it? Yes, you need to set them up for success
with a clear understanding of duties, but we all have aspects of our team’s day to day work 
that can be taught quickly and we all hire people with specialties that can be folded
into operations quickly, so what’s holding you back?
Push your team towards being exceptional by demanding it early on.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Are your limiting thoughts and beliefs about marketing holding you back from the success that you seek?

Photo taken by M'reen

Are your limiting thoughts and beliefs about marketing
holding you back from the success that you seek?
Limiting Thoughts?
I spent the last four days in a workshop learning how to let go of my limiting thoughts, beliefs 
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 how small.
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 awful?

"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 interest
and then try something new until it resonates with the marketplace.
Pretty soon it gets easy.

"I'm just not a good writer."
By 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 that solution."
If your writing style feels awkward, don't worry; it will improve with practice.
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 a talk.
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 to use.
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 marketing efforts?
Why are you comparing? Wouldn't it make more sense to ask,
"What do you do to make it easy for yourself?"
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?
    Make a long list of your actions, behaviour, feelings
    and 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 challenge,
    such as writing an article, and you simply could not have the thought,
   "I'm not a good marketing writer" how would things be different?
   Finally, turn the thought around. That is, state the limiting thought in reverse:
  "I am a good marketing writer." And then ask yourself if that new statement
  is 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 beliefs,
the more likely that they become limiting.
We do not become attached to expansive, unlimited thoughts.
(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 thinking them.
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, blaming
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 Marketing

Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:            gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life       describes the steps to reading in the way your mind prefers          just for fun

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”