Meet the “World’s Most Connected” Man

Ferrazzi VoteMy friend, Keith Ferrazzi is acknowledged as “the worlds most connected individual,” according to Fortune and Inc. magazines.

Please visit his blog regularly (as I do each week) and VOTE on whether he should post 2X per week or 3X per week.

If he gets over one hundred comments on that “Survey” post, I’m pretty sure I can convince him to do a tele-interview with me … and YOU will be invited to listen in at no cost!

I conducted a similar Marketing Survey on my December 30th, 2008 post and got over 320 responses.  Please show-up for Keith and his Team by voting on his blog now.

Click here to vote on Keith’s blog because needs your advice.  When you’ve written your comment, come back here to read the rest of this post.

I told him my readers are [Read more...]

“Deep Dive” for a Fresh, New Perspective

Deep DiveI just reviewed my  favorite posts for 2009.  In today’s post I decided to list five of them (see below) for a “deep dive” and content review.

Please comment and share on all five and here they are in reverse chronological order:

The 4 Most Reliable Tele-Interview Questions
Click here to go to this post on September 24, 2009

Worldwide Survey to Define “Abundance”
Click here to go to this post on July 21, 2009

Why Multitasking Destroys Your Productivity
Click here to go to this post on April 28, 2009

History Of The “Entrepreneurial Revolution”
Click here to go to this post on March 3, 2009

3 Marketing Lessons Learned From Geese
Click here to go to this post on January 20, 2009

A daily “deep dive”  into material you’ve learned from in the past – blog posts, articles books and audio programs – is a great way to re-view and re-learn with a fresh and brand new perspective.

My suggested “deep dive” review (5 blog posts above) will take just 30 minutes out of your day, but the fresh new perspective you gain afterward may last you a lifetime!

My Morning Ritual: I do a “deep dive” into [Read more...]

Add Your “Gravatar” to Blog Comments

alex-head-shot1What is a GravatarGravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar and it’s an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things.

Gravatars help identify your posts on blogs - such as when you comment on this one - on web forums and other types of social media types of sites.

How do you get one?  Click here to sign up for a free Gravatar.com account.  All that’s required is your email address.  Once you’ve signed up, you can upload your image and in less than 10 minutes, you’ll start seeing it on gravatar enabled sites – such as this one.

Click on the GOLD COMMENTS button (upper-right) and then scroll down to the Reply section of this blog post to see my Gravatar.  Once you get your own Gravatar, your picture will accompany every one of your blog post replies. 

Hey, if a tech-challenged entrepreneur like me can do it, so can you!

How to Gravatar-enable your site:  Setting up Gravatars on your own site is easy and you don’t even need a Gravatar.com account.

Plugins are available for leading blog software and content management systems you can click here now to get answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

What To Do Now:  Click here to sign-up for your Gravatar and then post a comment on this blog to see your picture automatically appear right next to it in the Reply section.

Blog Survey: Shall I Post 3X Per Week In 2009?

looking-down.jpgI made a public declaration about six months ago to consistently post 2X (two times a week) for the rest of 2008.  It was more work than I originally realized, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of “referrals” and “comments” I’ve received ever on this blog ever since. Many thanks!

As I indicated on my Dec. 26th post, I’m only focusing on 4 marketing tasks to grow my business. I plan on “outsourcing” my weaknesses to vendors who play at things I work at.  One of my strengths is Blogging.

Here’s The Survey Question: If I blog 3X per week vs. 2X per week, will you read and comment on my posts?  If your answer is YES, then say so and give me your brief reason WHY. 

As Jim Rohn says, “The bigger the WHY, the easier the HOW.”  So if your answer is NO, I want your candor to tell me WHY.  Deal?

If I get a “Net Score” of 101 YESes (Total YESes minus Total NOs = Net Score), then every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2009 at 8:44am Eastern, you’ll see a new blog post.  If I don’t get that “Net Score” I’ll continue at 2X/week.

Make your YES/NO vote in the “Reply Box” (click “Comments”).

Strengthen Strengths, Outsource Weaknesses

strengths.jpgDuring the final 2 weeks of December, I typically review my goals for the upcoming year.  I enjoy the feeling of cheerful expectancy (as Earl Nightingale used to say) I have this time of year.

Your Strengths are your daily activities (the WHATs of your day) that “make you feel strong” according to Cambridge-educated researcher and author, Marcus Buckingham.

In an ideal world, you repeatedly want to focus on strengthening your Strengths and outsourcing your Weaknesses.  Buckingham defines a Weakness as an activity that consistently makes you feel weak, drained or bored.

You get it, right?

I got it about 3 years ago when I started to capture, clarify and confirm the daily activities that made me feel strong (my Strengths) and the activities that made me feel weak (my Weaknesses).

Wow!  What an eye-opener that was … and it still is!

I encourage you to do the same. It is WHAT you do that consumes your time.  Your efficiency of HOW you do things and your internal motivation behind WHY you do those things are not nearly as important to your success as WHAT you do.

You don’t have to believe me.  Just grab [Read more...]

Blogging and Tweeting – A Natural Combination

TwitterYou have your WordPress blog – don’t you?  If not, you should.  Now let’s hook up your blog to Twitter.  What’s Twitter, you ask?

Tweets are short little posts commenting on what you are doing right now. The key to using Twitter effectively is participation. You must listen as well as speak. The more you listen and respond, the more people will ‘follow you’.

When you tweet, your message is broadcast to everyone who is following you.  If your ‘tweet’ is interesting, your followers will want to see what you are all about and will click over to your blog and have the opportunity to opt-in.

The more you interact, the more people will interact with you. So, go over to Twitter and set up an account. Search for people you know and start following them. Start ‘tweeting’ and watch what happens!

NOW let’s connect your blog and Twitter.  Get the WordPress plugin TwitterTools.  This plugin allows you to create a tweet from every new blog post – automagically!

Want to know the real secret?  Don’t stop at Twitter Tools.  Go back to Twitter later and tweet about your blog post.  Double the value of Twitter Tools AND your blog.

The 3 “Marketing Paradoxes” Explained (Part 3)

30460087.jpgIn Part 1 of this Marketing Paradoxes three part series, you learned about the Paradox of Distribution which I defined as follows:

“You can’t get adequate distribution of a product until you’ve proven it can sell; but you can’t prove a product can sell until you’ve gotten adequate distribution in the market.”  

In Part 2, you learned about the Paradox of Choice which I defined as: 

“The more choices you have, the more paralyzed you become as a result of your inability to make clear buying decisions.  The more indecisive you become, the less freedom you have in making buying decisions.” 

In Part 3 (what you’re reading now), you’re about to discover [Read more...]

The 3 “Marketing Paradoxes” Explained (Part 1)

Man at Lake 2I’m glad you’re reading this 3-part series because although the three blog posts are in reverse order, I want you to review each one carefully and think about how they impact the growth of your business. 

I believe the 3 Marketing Paradoxes can have a profound impact on your business and marketing activities this upcoming year and many years to come. So it pays to re-read each post a few times to allow the message behind the message to sink in … just like they have for me.

According to Wikipedia, “a Paradox is a true statement that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition; or, inversely, it can be a contradiction that actually expresses a non-dual truth.”

Marketing is about “changing consumer minds” through the [Read more...]

Do You Believe These to be 9 Unarguable Truths?

write_110.jpgFacts or fiction?  That’s the question that accompanies this recent email I got from a friend. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t … but I thought it was worth passing along :-)

These should probably be taped to your bathroom mirror where you can read it every day. You may not realize it, but the original “sender” claimed that these are 100% true.

1) There are at least 2 people in this world that you would die for.

2) At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3) The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because [Read more...]

Do You ‘Tweet’ For Your Business?

TwitterDo you ‘tweet’ for your business? If you don’t you should. Twitter has really caught on as a traffic builder.

Tweets are short little posts commenting on what you are doing right now. The key to using Twitter effectively is participation. You must listen as well as speak. The more you listen and respond, the more people will ‘follow you’.

When you tweet, your message is broadcast to everyone who is following you.  If your ‘tweet’ is interesting, your followers will want to see what you are all about and will click over to your blog.

Write a new blog post? Tweet about it. Launching a new product? Tweet about it. Working on a new project? Tweet about it.

The more you interact, the more people will interact with you. So, go over to Twitter and set up an account. Search for people you know and start following them. Start ‘tweeting’ and watch what happens!

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