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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Gravatar.com (202) Checklist

To get a PDF document of the Gravatar.com (202) Checklist please click below:

Download your Gravatar.com (202) Checklist

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Adding and Editing Your Public Profile with Gravatar.com (202) – Tutorial

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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Your Blog – Not Just a Place to Write!

We’re fairly certain that most people think of blogging as just writing, writing and writing some more. Well think again! There are so many different content formats that can be added to a blog.

Let’s take a look at a few of them…

1. Video:

There are more than one way to use video on a blog, and more than one type or style of video. There is the standard Talking Head variety… just film yourself talking about a subject of choice and post it in your blog. Pretty simple.

Then there’s the next step up… a “YouTube” type of video. One with a little more in it than just you. This may get the visitors to your blog to stay a while longer than they normally would have.

There is also another format that looks like video, really engages your visitor and allows them to abs0rb the information from your post in a user-controlled, searchable presentation.

2. Pictures:

OK… we’ve talked about video… the “moving pictures”, the presentations that have “action”. But still pictures are also an awesome addition to a blog post. A picture is worth a thousand words, they stay in your readers’ minds longer and have more impact than just words.

3. Audio:

There are programs that allow you to record audio and then place it in your blog. This is another good way to get the visitors to your blog to hang out a bit longer. Instead of having to take the time to read text, they can listen to it. Again, involving them in a different way.

So… we’re wondering…

Have you added other media to your blog than just written text?

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As well… let us know what other types of media you have used, which one is your favorite, and which one you still have challenges with in the comments section below.

Basically, the main point here is this… mix it up! Have fun! Use other formats of information and content delivery in your blog. There’s a great chance your visitors will spend more time there and make return visits more often.

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Has the Universe Ever Surprised You?

When we started this blog a few years back, one of the things we wanted to do is tell the stories of people we have met through this wonderful business called Information Marketing; people who have touched our hearts and minds while working or networking with them as we enjoy this journey.

So how this connecting story goes…

Sometimes people come into our lives without us really knowing why they do. We had heard of this person through some mutual friends and finally got to meet her at Alex Mandossian’s Teleseminar Secrets Reunion in March of this year. What a pleasant surprise it was to connect with her.

She loves to interview ordinary people who have extraordinary stories and that have created extraordinary lives by using what they have rather than focusing on what they do not have.

Here are a few people that she has interviewed:

  • Raven Blair Davies (CNN Radio’s Award Winning Talk Show Host)
    Check out that interview HERE
  • Pauline Victoria (she has no arms or legs, and is a Mom who inspires others)
    Check out that interview HERE
  • Kwai Yu (Founder of UK Leaders Café Foundation – one man’s vision of affecting over 20 million people by the year 2020)
    This is part of her “5 Days of Amazing Interviews from Leaders”, you’ll need to opt-in to listen to that amazing interview.

Another area that she focuses on and is passionate about is working with tomorrow’s leaders, which are our teenagers. She has a couple of sites dedicated to teenagers…

In RaisingFearlessTeens.com she reveals the #1 secret to raising successful positive teenagers – in today’s crazy mixed up world.

We have been working with her on some networking and private coaching. She always has a way of asking a question or re-framing a question that we’ve asked, so that we re-focus on ourselves to ask better internal questions and get clear on our solution or intention.

The Power of Tribes

She has been teaching us about the power of Syndication and the multitude power of Tribe Syndication for the last couple of months. The Tribe Syndication concept has captured the imagination of so many people and it was only a matter of time before this Tribe Movement and Systems would begin appearing all over the web in different shapes and forms.

A great book on Tribes is by Seth Godin and is simply called Tribes. One of the key principles is the act of reciprocity or mutual cooperative interchange.

You’ve heard of The Secret and The Law of Attraction, well this is The Tribe Secret and The Law of Reciprocity.

A few people you may want to check out in this tribe space is Katie Freiling, Dave and Dawn Cook, Gavin Mountford, Michael Feil, and Kary Rogney to name a few.

A couple of Syndication groups that you may want to check out are:

Free Groups
Tribe Syndication Association (TSA) created by Dave and Dawn Cook
The Networking Superstars Tribe created by Gavin Mountford
(Note that these two groups just formed an alliance and the details are still being worked out)

Paid Group
The Unified Tribe created by Katie Freiling

Sorry about the little rant on Tribes, but we thought it would be important to you.

Now back to our mentor and colleague, but most importantly someone who we have the pleasure to call a friend.

As you work and network with a person, you really get to know them and find out how much heart and soul they truly have. And this dear person has a huge heart and a heartfelt soul. If we had more people like this in the world, the world would be a much better place.

She has taught me (Pat) so much about connecting my head to my heart, which is an area she specializes in, and an area that I (Pat) need to work on. I think it may be my programming background as I was always using my head and logic and not having to rely on my heart.

I have some very close (girl) friends that always ask me “How are you feeling?” I don’t know if this is right or wrong, but I (Pat) find that woman seem to be more connected to their feelings then us men. I know Lorna is for sure. What do you think men?

The biggest thing she has taught us is connecting, and the importance of connecting the inside world to the outside world. How important it is to connect with your prospects, customers, and raving fans… connecting to your family, but most of all connecting with yourself.

We have both been totally blessed for her coming into our lives and we would like to introduce you to our friend Kellie Frazier.

On our COOLEST factor, Kellie is definitely 5 star :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

If you get a chance, we encourage you to check her blog out at KellieFrazier.com and if you ever get to meet in person, she gives out great hugs.

Thanks Kellie for all that you do and all that you’ve done and for reminding us that we all need to connect our heads to our hearts.

Love,
~ Pat & Lorna

A Quote on Connecting
Anytime that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you’re really connecting ~ Casey Kasem

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Conversing with People on Twitter Leads to More Online Traffic with Liz Hindley

Conversing with People on Twitter Leads to More Online Traffic with Liz Hindley

We were tickled pink to be able to catch Liz Hindley for a COOL interview during the Marketing Funnel Mastery event held in Las Vegas.

In this video Liz shares with us the importance of conversing with people and building relationships on Twitter. It’s not all about promotion. Don’t take our word for it; listen to the interview with Liz!!!

You need to watch the entire video…  the peanut gallery pipes up at the end and gives us all a laugh! Something about naked….

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

To find out more about Liz visit her at: NakedPilot.com

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Top 5 Reasons to Organize All Your Information and Knowledge

Like everyone else, there seems to be no end to the amount of information and knowledge you’ve acquired through interesting articles or blog posts you’ve read, courses or e-courses you’ve taken, and all the other types of information research you’ve done.

You’re absolutely sure you’ve stored all of this somewhere… but where? Can you easily find it when you need it? And… you may be wondering why it really matters if you can find this or not.

Well… just in case you are wondering, here are the top 5 reasons why you really DO need to organize all your information and knowledge:

5) How Do I…?
You’re stuck… and you know you have the answer somewhere in the information you’ve gathered… but where? Make your organizational system searchable so you can find the exact info you need, when you need it.

4) Content Creation
You’ve got blog posts and articles to write. What about that e-course you planned on releasing? Researching all the information you have is a great source for content. It’s right under your nose. Again, organize it and make it searchable.
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How Creating a COOL Action Plan Will Move You Beyond Procrastination with Mike Klingler

We were extremely honored to be able to catch Mike Klingler for a COOL interview during his Marketing Funnel Mastery event held in Las Vegas.

In this video Mike shared why having a clear, concise plan of action, and believing in the plan, will help you through procrastination. Don’t take our word for it; listen to the interview with Mike!!!
The MFM event itself draws an empowered group of individuals (really more like a family) of committed
and very dedicated solo entrepreneurs, coaches and small business owners.

We were spellbound as we watched Mike Klingler share his 12 million dollar funnel with the whole group. Mike is totally about giving… that’s for sure.

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

Facing the Giants

What could you really do if you didn’t have all these ANTs in your mind. (ANT=Automatic Negative Thought)

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IQMatrix Free Visual Maps Within “The Brain”

We’ve always loved Mind Maps! It’s totally amazing how they allow us to recap a whole lot of information and knowledge all in one place. Honestly, if you wrote out all the information contained in just one mind map, like the ones to the left, it would be like writing a small novel.

The question then becomes… “What happens when you have a lot of Mind Maps?” For example, Adam Sicinski over at IQMatrix.com currently has over 150 Mind Maps in his IQMatrix Lifetime Membership .

We purchased the Lifetime Membership a while back and yet he still keeps adding more and more maps almost monthly. We’re guessing it helps him get his ideas out of his head… and keep his clients up to date. So how do we manage and keep track of these 150+ maps, so that when we need them we can find them quickly?

We could tell you, but that wouldn’t do it justice. So we’ll show you what we do to manage the 25+ Visual Maps from IQMatrix that Adam is currently giving away (for free!), and how we connect these maps to the blog posts that have been created for them. It’s all very COOL!!!

Downloading IQMatrix Free Visual Maps with “TheBrain”

So here they are (drum roll please)…
The steps to download the IQMatrix Free Visual Maps within “The Brain”:

Step #1 - Download the PersonalBrain desktop software and install it. Don’t worry, it runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
=> ToTheBrain.com

That gives you 30 days of access to all the features of the software. But don’t fret… after the 30 days the IQMatrix Visual Maps will still work.

Step #2 - Download the BrianZip of the IQ Matrix Free Visual Maps that we created.
=> Download the IQMatrix Free Visual Maps BrainZip

Once that is downloaded, all you need to do is double click on the BrainZip and TheBrain will unpack and install the IQMatrix Visual Maps on your local machine. It’s as simple as that!

And trust us, once you start using ‘The Brain’ you might just happen to fall in love with it :)

We have also posted a web version (called WebBrain) of the IQMatrix Visual Maps.
To access that version ==> Go Here!
Before you go there… we’d just like to point out that WebBrain is still under development and doesn’t work as well as it does when running on your local machine. Basically, it’s slower and doesn’t have as many features as the computer-based version… but it does work!

And one last thing… if you decide to purchase IQMatrix Lifetime Membership through our affiliate link, send us a copy of your invoice and we’ll send you a BrainZip of the 150+ Mind Maps contained in the IQMatrix Membership.

Now this last point is a very limited-time offer. We could pull this offer at any time because of the time required for us to create the BrainZips.

We would love to hear your feedback and comments below (really, we would!)… Thanks!

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