Branding Yourself Online is Very Important to Your Success with Al Carlson

We were extremely honoured to be able to catch Al Carlson for a COOL interview during the Marketing Funnel Mastery event held in Las Vegas.

In this video Al shares how having a brand that portrays who you are helps to grow your online business success. Don’t take our word for it; listen to the interview with Al!!!

Al is passionate about sharing his experience on self branding, and it shows.

If you got any value from this interview, please comment and share.

To find out more about Al visit him at: PersonalBrandingGold.com

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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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What a Tangled Web We Weave in Our Head

Web in our BrainDo this, do that, run this errand, pick up that… damn! Forgot I needed to do that other thing!

Yes, there is a lot to do in your life, and quite often it seems like you’re out of control. The great news? It doesn’t have to be that way.

Feeling like you have life running smoothly boils down to having an organizational system and then using it! The problem is so many people keep things in their head and think they can remember it all and remind themselves at the appropriate time to do something. Wrong!

And it doesn’t have anything to do with how smart you are, humans just don’t work that way (yet).

The first step in getting your life running smoothly is getting all that stuff out of your head and into a system that you will review and take action on.

Sound simple? Yay! That’s exactly what it is. The hard part is changing your habits to use and follow that system.

Start today, and once you get going your momentum will carry you on.

Top 5 Reasons to Organize Your Social Media Relationships

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You, like most everyone else, have a ton of contacts you’ve met through Twitter, Facebook, your blog, and numerous other Social Media networking sites. And that’s where any information you have regarding those relationships stays… on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

You need to organize and manage those relationships… for your benefit and theirs. So now you’re wondering… how beneficial can that really be?

Well here it is (drum roll, please)… the Top 5 Reasons why you need to organize and manage your Social Media relationships:

5) Facebook, Twitter, etc…
With all the contacts you have today, some seriously potential relationships can slip away without you even being aware of it. You need to keep track of your major relationships… at least have the names of your contacts, their Twitter page, Facebook page, and website or blog.

4) Joint Ventures
You have a great idea for an amazing online or offline business venture. What you need is someone else with specific skills to make the idea work and rocket to success. If you’ve organized your Social Media relationships, and have basic information on those contacts, your joint venture partner may be as close as your keyboard.
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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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Online Business; Anytime, Anywhere… Do It Your Way

Picture this… you’re soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach, or perhaps skiing down a pristine snow-covered slope. This is the life! And you’re thinking… it feels like I’ve won the lottery. Later, back in your spacious suite, you pull out the laptop, connect to the Internet and voila… you’re in business. What? This isn’t how it works for you? It could be.

We’ve been there… whether it was the breathtaking mountains of Whistler, B.C. or Banff, Alberta… or the lush wine country in California… we’ve enjoyed all there was to offer and still kept in touch with our online business.

It is so cool having a business that focuses on e-courses, e-learning, online videos, or any other kind of online web presentation. The logistical freedom is liberating.

The Internet can be accessed almost anywhere. Granted, if you are in the deep jungles of Borneo searching for a rare frog it may not work, but those are the times when you are really “getting away from it all”. By making use of the Internet’s accessibility you can create your products and market them while you are virtually anywhere in the world.

No longer does owning your own business mean that you are tied down. It doesn’t have to keep you stuck at home, never being able to take vacations. Seriously, isn’t that the reason you would want to start your own business in the first place… the freedom?

We’d really appreciate it if you would share with us…

What is your biggest challenge in getting your business to the point where you have the time and freedom to enjoy life and take your business "on the road"?

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So… start by thinking… how can I take something I am passionate about and turn it into a business that will lend itself to online products or services? Then, of course, you will have to do the market research to ensure that enough people will want to buy what you have to offer. Once you’ve established a market and have come up with products that people will pay for, you either create the products yourself or outsource it to someone else. Then market like crazy.

We know that we’ve seriously condensed and generalized the whole process. There are numerous courses, books and websites dedicated to each part of creating a business that operates online… study, learn, do it, make mistakes, do it some more, and above all… enjoy the journey.

Enjoying the journey, the freedom of doing business online, is to us the best part. You can do it from anywhere, and anytime you want. The structure of being at a specific location during specific times of the day is a thing of the past… move your business online and liberate yourself!

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Monetizing Your Passion and Focusing on Your Plan with Rich and Natasha

It was so very cool to be able to catch Natasha Nassar and Rich Hazlett for a COOL interview during the Marketing Funnel Mastery event held in Las Vegas.

In the video Natasha shares with us that now is an opportune time to monetize our passion online, and Rich encourages us to focus on buying products and learning strategies that are congruent with our online business plan. Don’t take our word for it; listen to the interview with Natasha and Rich!!!

Not only was this interview extremely informative, it was also a whole bunch of fun too! Natasha and Rich gave a lot of their time over the MFM event helping others to move forward on their business plans… a very supportive couple… that’s for sure.

If you got any value from this interview, please comment and share.

To find out more about Rich and Natasha visit them at: BuildASavvyBusiness.com

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Tag You’re It! Are Your Connections Still Inside Your Camera?

Click on the Picture to See the Tagging Party in Action

You go to a seminar or event, and you take what seems to be a million pictures with the speakers and attendees that are there. So what do you do with those pictures? Do you take action and post them on your Facebook profile, with all the people tagged, while you’re still at the seminar? Or do you promise yourself (and others) that you’ll do that as soon as you get home?

What usually happens when choosing the latter situation, is you get home and the pictures don’t even make it off the camera. Or… you download them off your camera, and they still take days, weeks, even months to make it to your Facebook profile. By then, half the people don’t even remember who you are (or you don’t remember who they are).

People love it when others remember their name, and they also love it when the pictures they volunteered their time for are actually posted with their name attached. And if you want to contact them later for help or to joint venture with them… do you think they’d be more willing to say yes if they felt you actually took the time and effort to acknowledge them before? We’re pretty sure they would.

You asked people to have a picture taken with you for a reason… and you’ve made the connection with them. Don’t lose that through procrastination on posting your pictures. In fact, they will be tickled pink if they go back to their room at the seminar and find the picture they took with you a few short hours earlier was already online.

Here’s what someone wrote to us, and a few others, after finding out her picture was posted and tagged when she got home from the seminar…

Your business is about relationships… and you need to be diligent in maintaining those connections you’ve made. Making sure you post and tag your pictures as soon as possible after you’ve taken them is one way of strengthening that connection.

We also understand how much of a challenge it can be to remember who all the people are that you’ve connected with, and to know where to keep in touch with them. We have a system for doing just that, and it works amazingly well.

To see how we organize and manage our connections, Go Here!

So when it comes to staying connected and maintaining relationships, one very COOL step is to take action and get those photos posted!

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It’s Amazing What You Can Accomplish When You’re Connected

Yes, it is definitely COOL to connect with friends and be a social butterfly on the social network sites. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social networks are cost effective (free) sites… which makes connecting with your friends that much more fun.

Think about this… what if you could build your list, get more customers and even find some joint venture partners on the same sites you visit with your friends and followers? Well, you can.

Be warned though, social networks still need to be social. That means you do not go on these sites and continually push your sites, blogs, products or services. You need to build rapport with the people who connect with you on these sites… build some solid relationships.

Offer up some free advice or information on your topic of expertise… help other people first and become the expert in their eyes. Once you’ve done that, people will be a lot more receptive to you offering up what you are selling. Still… even once you’ve got the relationships built, the majority of your tweets, posts, etc. need to be social or about helping others.
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Paul Potts’ – 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.

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