Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent – 1st Audition

Do you need a pick-me-up today, this video will make you feel good and bring a smile to you.

Supporting, Cheering and Getting Involved… Even Amidst the Chaos


Picture this… two large groups of people running amok and tossing and kicking a ball around, while they tackle each other to the ground, and hold on to each other as they push and shove the other group… basically running them over. And on the sideline you, as a “fan”, are supposed to be cheering and offering support… but for what?

When we first started dating, Pat was a part of that scenario… he was playing Rugby… and I was there to “cheer” him on. But I guess I didn’t quite make my presence known on the sidelines, and Pat asked… “Why aren’t you cheering me on? I can’t hear you out on the field.” My reply… “I don’t know what I’m supposed to be cheering for.” I really didn’t understand the game and couldn’t offer a lot of support… at least not anything that would make any sense.

Later that night at a Rugby party (two words that are synonymous with each other) a new womens’ Rugby team was recruiting for players. So Pat had a brilliant idea… why don’t I try out for the team? Even if I don’t like it, at least I’ll understand the game and be able to both enjoy the game more and offer Pat support from the sidelines.

So I signed up… and for the next six years both Pat and I had a wonderful time playing a very cool sport while supporting each other along the way.

Support and actually understanding where the other person is coming from are, in our opinion, two critical aspects of a great relationship… whether in a marriage, family, friendship, tribe or community.

Being that social media is a crucial part of tribes and communities, we’ve put together this quick poll to collect your thoughts on your experiences with social media. We would appreciate your input :)

As discussed in the TSA Webinar…

Of the following areas, which do you feel you have the biggest challenge with?

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Thank you for your feedback! Hey, if you would like to elaborate on your answer, then by all means add that in the comment section below.

Support and understanding is a huge part of what a tribe is all about… and the tribe that we support and where we receive support in turn, is Tribe Syndication Association (TSA). You can find them HERE.

Thanks for participating in our little blog poll… and we look forward to hearing about your experiences and challenges in the realm of social media.

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Are You Maximizing the Value of the Seminars You Attend? There’s a Map for That!

It’s exciting! You’ve purchased a ticket to go to a seminar covering a topic you are passionate about. Whether it’s internet marketing, holistic healing, personal development, or how to expand your comic book collection, there are things you can do to ensure you get as much out of the seminar as possible.

Some seminars may be held in the city you live in, and some in other (maybe far off) places. Whether you’re going to Hawaii, Orlando, New York, or just staying home… going to a seminar can be fun and eventful… with amazing benefits.

What are those benefits?…

Well, the benefits include the information the speakers present, the people you meet, and the relationships you build while you’re at the seminar… but that’s not all. To make the most of the seminars you attend, there are things you can do before, during and after the event to maximize your investment in the seminar.

Before, During and After?? Oh yes…

After all, you’ve made an investment… an investment of your time and money to go to this event… why not make the most of it?

So… to best show you the coolest factors in maximizing the value of the seminars you attend, we’ve created a mind map outlining the things to do and discover before, during and after these events.

Click to Download your PDF of => Tips to Get Maximum Value from Any Seminar

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Unorganized and Overwhelmed? What’s the Real Cost of Not Having it Together?

Are you overwhelmed… drowning in a flood of online contacts and information? Yep! Like most people operating a business online, you are bombarded with “stuff” every day; and if you are unorganized, anything of value just floats away with all of the garbage.

What does this mean to you and your audience?

It means that you cannot connect with and reach people who could really benefit from your message and what you have to offer. And… you miss out on a lot of information, that added to your knowledge base could make a huge impact in your customers’ lives.

So not only do you and your business miss out on an opportunity to grow and move forward, you are cheating a lot of other people out of an opportunity to learn, grow and move forward as well.

How do you get it all together? Find a way to organize it all that makes sense to you and in a format where you can find things and take action on them.

For an example of the system we use to make the most of everything online… Go Here!

You owe it to the world to share your passion and expertise… but if people can’t connect with you… and you lose the information that’s valuable to them… you are falling short in the potential you have to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

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Did You Know? (V2.0)

This is video #2 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod. This video was originally posted to YouTube (in June 2007), but has become very popular with over 3 million views.

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Preparation… Then Bam! It All Breaks Loose… Are You Ready?

Wow… we’re right in the middle of dance competition season. Our daughter is involved in four different types of dance, so it seems we are constantly running back and forth to some venue to watch her compete.

It seems like eons have passed since September when she first began this season of dance. That means for seven months she has been learning and training for these three short weeks of competition.

The amazing thing is how these dances develop over those few months. First they need to learn and master the new steps and movements and then they learn and practice the actual dance. Plus… the costumes and make-up need to be chosen and purchased to put the finishing touches together.

All that preparation… the calm before the storm… laying the foundation for what’s to come…

So hang on… ’cause that is exactly what happens in your business. You start by laying the foundations… creating your blog, setting up your Facebook profile and fan page, joining Twitter and all the other relevant social media sites that are going to help you on your way to success.
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Inspirational Speech by Dr. Randy Pausch on the Oprah Winfrey Show

This is a very inspirational video by Dr. Randy Pausch when he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. It made us hug our kids just a little harder before bed.

  1. Always be dreaming… never lose that spirit. “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted”
  2. The brick walls that are in our way are there for a reason, to let us prove how badly we want things.
  3. Remember the importance of People vs. Things
  4. Decide if you’re a Tigger or an Eeyore. Never underestimate the power of having fun.
  5. Work & Play well with others.
  6. Show gratitude.
  7. Don’t complain, just work harder…

If you lead your life the right way… the dreams will come to you.

On a very sad note, Randy Pausch passed away on July 25, 2008. His energy and aliveness will be missed.

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Where Are Your Customers? Find Out… Be There… Your Sales Depend On It

Customers have changed… they no longer contact vendors for information, get involved in their sales process, or buy into their “references”.

Today, the customer can and does find all the information they need on the web. It’s all there… and more. It’s not just information… they can also find and connect with others who have had experience with the products and services they are looking at purchasing.

That says it all right there…

People are connecting with other people when it comes to their purchases. Seeing an ad, or talking to a sales person just doesn’t cut it anymore.

If you are looking to connect with your prospective customers, then you must go to where they are. You need to visit them in their social networks and communities. Find out where they are and be there.
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The Silent Majority – Get Them Involved


Like most everyone else online, you have a blog. And on that blog you get some comments. Some people get what would be considered a lot of comments, and some people get only a few (or maybe none).

Consider this… the people commenting on your blog are not the only people who have visited your site. Other people have stopped by, and for some reason (usually unknown to us) have chosen not to leave a comment. There are so many people who read blog posts, get what they want from it, and move on (the silent majority).

So how do you capture the attention of those who usually pass on leaving a comment, enough to engage them into what you are saying, so they feel compelled to comment?

Here are some of our suggestions:
1) Make your information relevant. If a person feels connected to the information, they will be more compelled to leave their input.
2) Stir up a little controversy. People love to comment on something they disagree with or have a strong opinion on.
3) Call to action. At the end, or anywhere else in the post, give them a call to action (leave a comment, participate in a poll, watch a video, etc.). The more things they actually “do”, the more likely they are to leave a comment.

Basically… get them involved… if they feel included in what you are up to, they will be more inclined to leave you a comment… and end their silence.

A Spectacular Inspiration – Nick Vujicic

We just love Nick  (Get Up – Don’t Give Up). In the video you can see how much he loves teaching the kids and his message.

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