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.

Abundance Vs. Scarcity… It’s All About Our Mindset

Most people believe there are finite resources from which we all share… and that the more we have, the less others have (or vice versa). This scarcity thinking is holding us back as individuals and as a society.

What we find truly important in life, is to replace this scarcity mindset with that of abundance. And that is what it truly is… a mindset.

From the side of scarcity, people say things like:
“I can’t afford it.”
“I just don’t have any options.”
“I never have enough time to pursue my ideal life.”

Abundant thinking says:
“How can I afford this?”
“I know I have unlimited options, I just need to find a way to realize them.”
“How can I create more space so I have time to pursue my passions?”

Basically, it is how you look at the world… scarcity is limited, and abundance is limitless.

It’s our choice… to view life abundantly, to think and act abundantly and eliminate our fear of loss and scarcity. We do have a choice… and that’s what it’s all about… choice. It’s up to us as to what our lives are like… vibrantly abundant or minimized by the fear of not having enough, and that others have what we want but cannot have ourselves.

The path to overcoming the myth of scarcity is for us to realize and accept the abundant nature of our environment and of our potential as creative beings. It is up to us… we create the reality of abundance or the fear of lack and scarcity.

How perfect that this is the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. This is the time of year when people focus on what they have to be thankful for… they focus on the abundance they have in their lives.

Our challenge… make this thankful, grateful, abundance-focused mindset one that lasts all year long. Then watch what starts to show up in your life… it’s amazing what a shift in your mindset can create.

If you’re already there… in a mindset of abundance… fantastic! Keep it up and help to show others what we can accomplish in our lives and in our world when we focus on abundance.

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Did You Know? (V1.0)

This is video #1 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod. This video was not originally posted to YouTube (in 2007), but has become very popular. The original name started as “Shift Happpens”, but know has become known as “Did You Know” series.

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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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Did You Know? (V3.0)

This is video #3 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod.

This video was posted to YouTube (in November 2008), but has become very popular with over 2.3 million views. It was even adapted by Sony BMG at an executive meeting they held in Rome of that year.

So how fast is everything moving at you today? Did you ever wonder why some days you feel so overwhelmed? Guess what, it’s not you! Watch the video below to find out why.

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Connections and Relationships… And Other Things We Are Thankful For

As we sat here in the comfort of our home office, we thought about how thankful we are to have a house to live in. Others are not so fortunate… they do not have a place to call home.

So then we asked ourselves… what else do we have to be thankful for? A LOT!

We’ve outlined a few of the things we’re thankful for in this mindmap:

Thankful

So who said Thanksgiving comes around only once a year? We can be thankful (grateful) for what we have all year round. Think about and write down what you are thankful for, it’s a very uplifting experience.

For us, our connections and relationships are especially important. On a daily basis we connect with so many people… in person as well as through all the wonderful social sites and technologies. Without even really being conscious about it, we are continually connecting with others.

These people teach us, support us, enable our success, bring us more joy… and basically complete us as human beings.

That is why on our blog we invite you to “Be Social With Us”! It is also the reason we organize and manage our relationships inside our knowledge maps. It is important for us to develop new relationships and to keep our established relationships alive.

It’s all about relationships… how do you stay connected?

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Did You Know (V4.0)

This is video #4 in the “Did You Know” series by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod.

This video was posted to YouTube (in September 2009), but has become popular with over .5 million views.

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Saving Yourself Time With ShortKeys

ShortKeys is a utility that allows you to set up replacement text or paragraphs for any given number of user defined keystrokes. ShortKeys monitors the keyboard activity on a global nature and anytime a user defined keystroke combination is typed in, it will be replaced with the replacement text.

You can download a copy of ShortKeys HERE.

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Seth Godin: Book – Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Here is a link to Amazon for Seth Godin Book on Tribes called “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”

To Connect With Your Social Network Relationships… Pay Attention!

How do you connect with the people in your social network relationships? You connect with them in a way and through the channels they are familiar with and use on a regular basis.

If you are forcing them to communicate in a way that’s unfamiliar, outdated, or totally new, it’s highly unlikely that they will stay in touch or get involved with what you are doing.

It’s a digital world, and that is definitely how people are learning and communicating. If you want to be found, noticed and connected… you best be getting involved in this ever-expanding digital community.

To get more in depth with what we are saying, take a look at this video on how today’s students learn. Although this video is geared towards students and learning, it is oh so important to take this lesson and use it in our social networking relationships.

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