Archive for the ‘networking’ category

How do you feel about digital memories?

September 14, 2009

digital ageListening the OnPoint, the topic is whether it is possible to create a “total recall” for all our memories of our lives. With all the social networks like Twitter and Facebook–not to mention the plethora of others–should we as human beings be recording all the minutiae of our lives to be retrieved at a later time?

Should we supplement our memory with the digital gadgets like cell phones, iPods, social networks or other aids?

Is there anything to the argument that the more you memorize, the more ability you have to memorize other things in the future? With children, it’s clear that the more you stress their brain with input of classical music or shapes/colors, the smarter the child will become and the faster her brain will be able to process new input.

What do you think? Should we record things that we don’t “need” to remember in our lives?

Let me hear your four seconds!

September 2, 2009

How many times have you answered the phone and some telemarketer spends the first 30 seconds not taking a breath or allowing you to get a word in edgewise? Chances are, more often than not.

Experts say that we, the business professionals of the world, have a total of four–count ’em–four seconds to entice someone into doing business with you or buying whatever product you happen to be hawking.

Did you get that? You have to say something in the first four seconds of your conversation which will make someone decide if they are going to work with you. If you haven’t got them in four seconds, it’s time to move on to someone else.

I know I need to work on my pitch, and I’m having a hard time finding others who really know how to effectively pitch to prospects. If you’ve got a good pitch, let me hear it. If your pitch needs a little work, let me hear that, too, and we can offer hints or ways to improve.

Remember, YOU only have FOUR free seconds before someone tunes you out and starts playing computer games, so make ’em good.

How ’bout it?

Readjusting My Goals…

May 28, 2009

linkedin1If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you may have noticed that I have made the statement that I will begin affecting change in my life by becoming accountable to YOU, the blogosphere.

Well, I started out pretty well, but then it sort of lost the appeal as I was a bit uncertain as to the actual number of people who were reading my posts. Hmm….

However, I have found renewed inspiration and am working now on some new goals which I will share with you as I become comfortable with the idea of letting the world (or the couple dozen people who click on my posts) know what my plans are.

But what I do want to tell you is this: I’m trying to become more active on LinkedIn and am always looking to make new connections. If you are interested in connecting with me, my email address is in the “ABOUT” page on my blog. However, if it appears that I’m getting tremendous amounts of spam to my inbox, I will then take action and remove it.

Are you trying out new things in your business? If so, I’d love to hear about them!

How ’bout it?

Making Changes

May 4, 2009

bk-powerofintentionOver the past couple of weeks, I have stated that I’m going to make some changes to my personal/business life. Here’s what I have endeavored to do:

  1. Make contact with mainstream media people on social networks like facebook and LinkedIn.
  2. Become more accountable to others in the business world by making posts like this on a fairly regular basis.
  3. Use my time more wisely. I’m beginning to feel guilty about the hours I while away playing online games.

Well, good news! I have been more accountable through my frequent posts. I have implemented using a timer on my iPod while spending time on social networks like Facebook. That suggestion was made by a friend who commented on one of my previous posts.

I have begun making contacts with people in the mainstream media. Today, I have already contacted a handful of people who have some affiliation with a major television broadcasting station.

And like I’ve already said, I’m making myself more accountable to those who read and respond to my posts by making more of them. So for this week, it’s a three for three! (I’ll try not to break my arm patting myself on the back.)

For this week, I intend to continue making connections and using a timer when I’m not engaged in something that is actively bringing me money.

  • Also, I intend to pursue contacts with people with whom I have spoken and have the potential to become clients of mine.
  • I will check out a website and provide a facebook “friend” with my opinion of his articles.
  • I will go tomorrow and finish up all the yearbook stuff going on at school. (Only have to give some yearbooks out and hopefully will be finished with it for a few months!)

How ’bout it?

Keeping Me Accountable

April 30, 2009

One of my latest posts stated that I was going to chronicle change in my life. And to do this, I thought I could use some accountability partners — some people to say, what happened? Why didn’t you post? Why didn’t you do what you said you would.

Well, more than a week has gone by, and I’m just now making the first of my accountability posts. Truth be told, I’ve kind of been neglecting my blog because I fell a little short when reaching the goals I set last week.

As a reminder, here are the goals I made:

  1. I intend to begin to chronicle change.
  2. I intend to establish more connections on social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) with people who are involved in media.
  3. I intend to become more active in activities which will prove to be effective in my goal to show people the benefits of social networks for business.

Time to face the music.

  • With these posts, I did, in fact, begin to chronicle change. I had initially hoped I would make more frequent posts than once or twice a week, but unfortunately, I was either too busy or distracted to make more posts happen. Maybe next week.
  • My second goal from last week was to make connections with other people who are in traditional media. I failed to do this at all. I don’t know what happened to me, but I just felt like I lacked the energy to connect with others who could help me either bring business or other connections to people who are in the positions which could establish me as a prominent businessman. So that one will be on the list again.
  • The third and final goal I made last week was to become more active in activities which proved beneficial to my ultimate goal of showing the world how advantageous social networks were for business. For this one, I did fairly well, but I still found myself going to applications in Facebook which devoured HOURS of my time and energy. However, I have made a point to make calls to business people who are in positions to hire me.

How do you think I did? I can go through my lists and give myself a point value, but I realize that what I’m asking for is forĀ  contributions! On a scale of 0 – 10, with 0 being not at all and 10 being remarkable work, how do you think I did?

I intend to make more goals and post them on Monday, May 4.

How ’bout it?

Did You KNOW???

April 23, 2009

A friend sent me the link to this video this morning, and its message is both exciting and a little scary. Did you know that in only one year, the top 10 in-demand jobs did not exist only five years ago?

Sometimes information is too much for us to process, and sometimes we are immobilized by too much of it. Watch this 5 minute video, and thenĀ  let me know what your thoughts are about it.

Does this information come at us to fast for us to fully comprehend? Is anyone else frightened by the information overload which is occurring every second of every day 365 days a year?

How ’bout it?

Accountability Partners

April 20, 2009

weightwatchers

weightwatchersMillions of people have reaped the benefits of accountability for their actions (what they eat) with Weight Watchers. Millions have been inspired to change themselves by the NBC show “The Biggest Loser.” They are not only making changes to their diets and exercise routines–they are making life-changes!

Reading this post, I am hoping that you are up to the challenge of becoming my accountability partner(s). This post is my first attempt to chronicle change, which I am endeavoring to make in my life.

As I said in the previous post, I welcome your thoughts and your input. In the words of Indiana Jones, “I’m makin’ this up as I go.” If there are things I should have done better, or things I could have done differently, please let me know.

This week:

  • I intend to begin to chronicle change.
  • I intend to establish more connections on social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) with people who are involved in media.
  • I intend to become more active in activities which will prove to be effective in my goal to show people the benefits of social networks for business.

Later this week, or possibly next week, I will let you know how I’ve done with these goals. Please remember that Web 2.0 is all about maintaining open lines of communication with the audience/customers/clients, so post your comments about this experiment.

How ’bout it?