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@Luke Tracy Thanks for reading Luke. It really is important to understand that a given business deals with a number of factors that must be accounted for in order for the business to be successful.

1 week, 3 days ago on The Political Realities of Business

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@cbclarenbach Thank you. I actually did a one-on-one training for my networking group. It makes a big difference.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on How to conduct effective one-on-one networking meetings

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@cbclarenbach Knowing your target audience can help a lot, especially in terms of telling other people around you what and who you are looking for. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on How to turn Abundance Thinking into Abundance Living

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@Joel Pinto Romero This is why its useful to ask and reflect on what is enough.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Problem of Growth in Business

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@JamesHarrison1 Wise advice. I agree that vetting the moving companies is a good idea to make sure you are in good hands.

1 year, 4 months ago on 6 Tips for a Smooth Office Move

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@OldGreen I agree that internal alchemy should be at the core of each practitioner's work. I think if it was, we'd see a very different approach to magic as a result.

1 year, 4 months ago on The Role of Magic in Solving Problems

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@MorganOxley I feel the same way with my clients. We are soling their problems and so they need to play an active role in finding the solution.

1 year, 5 months ago on Why you can’t charge for the first date

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@MorganOxley It is good to let them go. That story about your dad sounds funny, but under the right circumstances I could see myself doing the same.

1 year, 5 months ago on Why you can’t charge for the first date

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@Joel Pinto Romero Thanks for sharing it Joel. I agree with you that people do equate overwhelmed with being successful, but as you say they need to delegate and learn to cut back on doing so many things.

1 year, 6 months ago on Why being overwhelmed shouldn’t become your normal state of business and life

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@Joel Pinto I've noticed something that I consider quite curious about many business owners. They seem to want to avoid thinking about money or dealing with it in a proactive manner. I find it puzzling because money is the life blood of their business, but I think part of the issue is that money is so wrapped up in our survival instincts that it probably creates a lot of stress to think about it. Nonetheless I don't feel like I'm on track with my business if I'm not reviewing the books every couple of days or planning how the money will be used to grow the business.

1 year, 9 months ago on The role of money in your planning

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@Joel Pinto Hello Joel.

I agree that there is a difference between following the wrong and your dream, though qualifying what a wrong dream is can take some work if its the one you are following. Certainly it did for me, but the work has paid and continues to.

1 year, 10 months ago on Learning flexibility as a business strategy

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@Joel Pinto Thanks for stopping by and sharing this article.

1 year, 12 months ago on Put service first

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 @MikeDriggers The point is that choosing to do things your own way is a tradeoff in some way. It' not bad, but being informed about what you are trading off is important so that you can make effective choices.

2 years ago on What are you willing to trade off?

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 @attorney I'm glad this post was so helpful for you. Are you looking for help with your business?

2 years ago on What are you trying to accomplish with your business?

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@desgray I agree with you. The problems we encounter are, at the very least, defined by our own limited perception, and often are self-inflicted. Mastering your self can lead to greater creativity. Internal work is a necessity for that mastery, which is why I advocate doing some type of meditation.

2 years, 1 month ago on The difference between Optimism and Positive Thinking

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@Vickilind1 Yes it is. Fortunately its a skill that can be cultivated.

2 years, 1 month ago on Intelligence and Business

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 @lmose2002 Hi there! If you rsvped with me for the class via email I sent out an initial email with the call-in information. I also sent a reminder email last night. I'd be happy to send you the recording of the class if you'd like to email me at imagineyourreality [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks!

2 years, 3 months ago on How to Tell your Business Story in 30 Seconds or less

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 @RedheadWriting Your Welcome! It's a really good book! I'm taking my time with it, but already I've been trying some of the ideas out and I'm noticing more interaction as a result via the social networks (have to wait until next week for the in-person networks). I'll definitely be writing more about it and also doing a review of it on here and amazon. Being an author myself, I know how important those reviews can be!

2 years, 3 months ago on The value of unpopular

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 @Jon Turino Those are some good additional examples of this principle. Thanks for sharing!

2 years, 3 months ago on The role of price in marketing

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 @share market I agree. There's really a variety of ways creativity can be expressed both and offline with business.

2 years, 4 months ago on The importance of creativity for working on your business

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 @GaryPowell I saw your reply, but for whatever reason it didn't show up on here. In regards to your response my response would be that each process is customized to the client, so the initial step would really be about discovering what, if anything, in your business needs work or needs to be addressed, and then developing a process around those areas that need work.

2 years, 4 months ago on When Free can keep you from getting business

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 @GaryPowell That's a good point Gary, but when you have a person attend multiple free classes that you offer, obviously you've made enough of an impression that they get something valuable from the classes and want to get more information.

2 years, 4 months ago on When Free can keep you from getting business

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 @guynirpaz Good points. I agree that customer success is pro-active and creates that customer experience that ideally leads to life time customers. It definitely is win-win.

2 years, 4 months ago on What makes a customer experience

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@Andrew@AdviceTheory.com Good point Andrew. I agree with you that sometimes you've got to take a risk and work through the resistance around that risk. In fact, my choice to rebrand my business is a risk that had a lot of resistance around it, but now that I've faced it, I'm moving ahead and seeing what happens.

2 years, 8 months ago on The role of Resistance in your Business

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Businesses are afraid to be transparent because of how out of touch they may be with their market. If their market is unhappy with them and they are transparent, the thought that probably runs their heads is that they'll lose a lot of business. So they worry more about the loss of income, than understanding that relationships based on trust are what ensure that a business will actually continue to get money from the market.

2 years, 9 months ago on The Power of Transparent Marketing to Rock Your Business in 2012 and Beyond

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@fergusonsarah Glad you find it useful! I'll have more to share in the days ahead!

2 years, 10 months ago on What’s the story you tell about your business?

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@RussellMickler I'm looking forward to seeing how I can use a smart phone to save money and time. I think it will be a good investment.

2 years, 10 months ago on Are you implementing your tech effectively?

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@RussellMickler Thanks. It's something I think needs to be said sometimes.

2 years, 10 months ago on Are you implementing your tech effectively?

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@Joel Pinto Thank you. It's something I've learned from hard experience. It's important to feel passion for what you do.

2 years, 11 months ago on If you don’t believe in it, don’t sell it

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@Joel Pinto Hi Joel, Thanks for sharing your post. It is very insightful and relevant to what I wrote. Thanks for sharing!

2 years, 11 months ago on Social Media’s role in client retention

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I'm probably unique among social media consultants in that I don't use location based technology. I think the majority of Americans have common sense and Don't want to broadcast their exact location to people who could potentially stalk or rob them. Certainly I advise my own clients against using such services to check in

3 years ago on Social Media Lessons From the Offline Real World

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and where people like me come in as well. I regularly help clients with the customer service end of social media.

3 years ago on 70% of Companies Ignore Customer Complaints on Twitter

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It honestly surprises me how many companies still don't respond to social media criticism. Social media is ideal for customer service for the reasons you mention and also for showing that the company cares. And most people will be reasonable if they feel like someoen from the company is listening and trying to resolve the problem.

3 years ago on 70% of Companies Ignore Customer Complaints on Twitter

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Thanks for the review. I think he's pointing things out that social media marketers should already know, in terms of writing to your audience and also recognizing consumer power. It surprises me how often this is treated as if its something new.

3 years ago on The Power of Consumer Choice Drives Social Media Importance

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I agree with you Jay. I think we've developed the technology faster than we can adapt. It's important to allow time for people to adapt and learn the technology instead of just rushing ahead.

3 years, 1 month ago on Social Media Success is About the Wizard, Not the Wand

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@Joel Pinto Hi Joel that's the best approach to take. People prefer an authentic voice over something which feels constructed just to get found.

3 years, 1 month ago on Write for your audience and yourself

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@jasoncobine Hello Jason good points to consider. I think there is tendency for companies to come down hard on people when it comes to social media because of how public it is, but if the policies in place don't adequately address the issue, it seems the error lies more on the company.

3 years, 1 month ago on Another argument for why social media policies need to include best practices

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@Joel PintoHi Joel, that's an accurate assessment. A lot of such pages feel more like an advertisement, which goes against the social purposes of social media. I get that businesses want to drive people to their websites, but I think social engagement goes a lot further to do that.

3 years, 1 month ago on Why the wall is the best landing page

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@SarahGarrison The reason you give for liking the landing page is why I like the wall. I want to get to know the people who I might do business with. I check the info page after I've looked at their wall and gotten a feel for their personality.

3 years, 1 month ago on Why the wall is the best landing page

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Hello Jay.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

But I disagree. It's not social media's fault nor is it technology. I see the same behavior you've mentioned above at in-person networking events. There are many people I've met at in-person networking events who I've gotten to know to some degree, but there's still only a surface level knowing of the person.

Social media makes this more apparent to us, but its always been there to some degree. There are only a few people in my life who know me in great detail and there are many people who know somethings, but not others.

It's a tragedy that someone can be so alone and yet so surrounded by people and yet I think it is indicative of a desensitizing of community. We aren't really a community anymore, not in person and not even with social media.

I think that can be changed, but it's also very dependent on how much people want to really know about someone.

3 years, 1 month ago on Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy

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@Joel Pinto Hi Joel,

Glad you liked it. I think people make social media more complicated because they get caught up in the technology and in figuring out how to manage the content. But some planning can really make it go easier...certainly does with my clients!

3 years, 1 month ago on Can Social Media be Simple?

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@JayBaer I agree. It's not necessarily easy and I think people trying to go for easy are fooling themselves in terms of what that will accomplish for them. Taking the short cut can be less helpful than people think.

3 years, 2 months ago on Nobody Said Social Media Should Be Simple

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Thought provoking post. I wrote an article a little while back on Biznik which argues social media can be simple: http://biznik.com/members/taylor-ellwood/articles/social-media-can-be-simple I'm not advocating for automation, which I disagree with, but I am advocating for figuring out what you need to do to make social media be effective. In any case, I agree with your point that social media is a cumulative effort...focusing on short term results doesn't even begin to explore what social media can do.

3 years, 2 months ago on Nobody Said Social Media Should Be Simple

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@JayBaer I can see that as well, which then suggests that companies need to be more targeted in their social interactions...show enough interest in the customer that the customer knows the company cares, but also keep it focused enough on business that the customer doesn't feel annoyed or bugged by over friendliness.

3 years, 2 months ago on Is Technology Ruining Online Community

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@Joel Pinto I find it interesting that so many people are only now realizing that people want social interactions on social media. This shouldn't be any great mystery and yet it is.

3 years, 2 months ago on The value of using Facebook as your business page

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What stops most companies from doing what you've described above is an inadequate understanding of why people are on social media sites. They are on social media sites, for social reasons. They don't want to be marketed too. They want to be engaged. Businesses that approach social media from a social perspective do better than businesses that are always marketing.

3 years, 2 months ago on Is Technology Ruining Online Community

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@JoelJohannPintoRomero If you click on the box that says books and then click on the link for my first book, you'll be able to order it on that page.

3 years, 2 months ago on Over the Top Online Selling

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@ehaake That's a good tip and a good way to be social.

3 years, 2 months ago on The etiquette of retweets

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@Joel Pinto Business owners need someone who can help them see their weaknesses and strengths. If they are running away, then its because they are afraid. It's important to help them embrace that fear and turn it into an ally.

3 years, 2 months ago on Over the Top Online Selling

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@Joel Pinto Hi Joel, I don't think we are. I think it's better to cultivate a relationship of respect instead of one where you are trying to something from someone. In the end, it also comes down to being comfortably ethically and morally with how you represent yourself and your business.

3 years, 2 months ago on Over the Top Online Selling

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