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Great lesson Danny. I highly recommend that people read the book The Fred Factor. It is about a postman who made a huge impact on peoples' lives while delivering mail. He did his job the best that he could, and despite it being just an ordinary job, he used it to do great things for people. The lesson of the story is that we should all do the best work that we can no matter what job we are doing, and we should try to make the lives better of the people we come in contact with in our daily lives.
2 years, 10 months ago on The Most Important Job in the World?
That's a nice set up. Ever since I read that article about sitting at work killing you, I have been thinking of ways to sit less. This is a great idea.
2 years, 11 months ago on Treadmill Desk and Multi-tasking
Wow, I don't think I have ever seen that before. That team will be talking about that play for years.
2 years, 11 months ago on Weekend Video: Great HS Football Trick Play
Great post Frank. I'll add a suggestion--spend a lot of time on your About Page. Next to my Home Page, my About Page is my second most visited page. New visitors want to know what you are all about. It is your job to tell your message in a concise way so that they want to come back.
2 years, 11 months ago on Six Things You Can Do Today To Improve Your Blog
@KenMueller This looks like a lot of lip service.
2 years, 11 months ago on White House Creates Crowdsourcing Site
I feel that this sweeps under the rug the real issue surrounding transparency. President Obama promised to not conduct policy making sessions behind closed doors. He promised a new level of transparency that allowed U.S. citizens to see what is being considered and discussed by our Federal officials. Unfortunately, no real transparency has occurred. In fact, I think we have taken a step backwards over the last few years.
@ArthurAnswers I am liking JetPack too.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Best Blogging Platform and Plugins
I will add a plugin - WordPress SEO by Joost. It rocks!
Great write-up. I especially agree with your reason #4.
2 years, 11 months ago on Frank's #FollowFriday: Marcus Sheridan
Any story about a former Eagle gets my attention! With so many web profiles out there, it can be very difficult keeping all the information up to date.
2 years, 11 months ago on Small Business Tip Tuesday: Don’t Be a Donovan McNabb
I couldn't agree with you more Sarah. Having a swipe file is huge. I have a swipe file for launches, email marketing, and how to articles. But, I really need to create one for headlines. That is an excellent idea.
2 years, 11 months ago on What is a Swipe file and should a blogger have one?
Great tips Margie. It is so important to understand how to create more shareable content.
2 years, 12 months ago on 12 Most Probable Reasons I’m Not Curating Your Posts
Interesting Frank. I have thought about trying Headway out on some of my other blogs. Maybe I will have to pull the trigger.
3 years ago on 7 Reasons I Switched Back To Headway Themes
Great article Gini. I think that women need to be confident, but I think they have to act like men. The best women bosses that I have had have been confident, but relied on their natural strengths, not fake assertiveness.
One woman comes to mind in particular. She was an absolute people person. She made me feel important and needed. She certainly was assertive, but she was a great leader.
3 years ago on Achieving Workplace Equality
@firstname.lastname@example.org We definitely need a clean sweep. I don't understand why we don't demand term limits. It's time to end the career politician.
3 years ago on Leadership Lessons In Washington
I completely agree @debmorello . When President Obama first took office, a vast majority of Americans truly hoped that he would bring a new tone to Washington (that was his promise). But, beginning with the healthcare bill, he allowed Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to control the bill. He did not lead the debate. We saw the same thing last week with the debt ceiling debate. Every time there is a big issue he shrinks from leadership role.
@Danny Brown I agree with you on your point that the U.K. government should not shut down Facebook or any other parts of the Internet. People must not allow any government to take away their right to free speech.
Having said that, your statement about needing to fix the cause of mob rule sounds as if you are excusing the barbaric behavior of these criminals. We all want better opportunities, but we can't expect government to give them to us. We need to create them for ourselves. Bad opportunities certainly don't excuse hurting people or stealing their property.
3 years ago on Gin and Topics: Gaming, the Economy, and Riots
Great article @deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis! I definitely think that Google's goal with G+ is search. However, I also think there is a defensive play as well. While Google is the dominant search engine, more and more searches are taking place in Facebook. If this trend continues to grow, Google's market share of search will be affected by this. Therefore, I think Google needs a way to attract social search traffic.
3 years ago on Google+ Is the Social Network That’s All About Search
In a way I have already experienced this. Nine years ago, I was suffering from twenty-four hour, seven days a week headaches. At first I assumed it was just stress, but after two solid months of headaches, with me popping twenty-four Advil a day, I could not deny it an longer. I went for an MRI, and the radiologist told me that I had a mass in my brain, and it was probably a brain tumor. The second doctor I saw told me that I likely had cancer that metastasized from another area of my body. I thought I was a dead man.
For the one to two months that I thought I was going to die, life became really clear. I truly only cared about my family and friends, but mostly my family. I really only had one regret, not getting to make my wife a mother. I cried many nights thinking about the family that I was never going to have.
I have many reasons to be thankful for that incident. God spared me from having cancer, instead I had a brain infection. But, in addition to regaining my health, the clarity I had then was truly a gift from God. Unfortunately, as time moves me further from that moment, my memory and clarity become less clear. To this day, I try to take myself back to that place. It helps me to remain thankful for my life and for my family (now a beautiful wife and three children).
p.s. I never regretted not getting to work more.
3 years ago on If You Only Had One Year to Live…
Great ideas @KenMueller. My number one source for inspiration is Google Reader. I subscribe to over 400 blogs, and I can always find an idea there.
3 years ago on 8 Out of the Way Sources for Blogging Ideas
@ginidietrich That might be a great way to make it a part of my marketing efforts. Thanks!
3 years ago on Five Tips for Using LinkedIn for Business Growth
Great ideas Gini. I really think LinkedIn is the perfect social media network for me, but I have a hard time getting myself to go there. As a business coach, LinkedIn is a primary watering hole for my ideal client. I think I just need a plan to incorporate it into my daily activities.
I love these kind of posts Jack. Here are my favorites.
5 Favorite Movies
2. Red Dawn
3. Dumb and Dumber
4. Space Balls
5 Favorite Music Artists
1. Guns N' Roses
2. Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Brad Paisley
4. Gin Blossoms
5 Favorite Authors
1. Thomas Sowell
2. James Rollins
3. J.R.R. Tolkien
4. Jonah Goldberg
5. Friedrich Hayek
3 years ago on 5 Favorites
@Danny Brown @TheJackB I like the @ reply system too. I forgot to mention that in my comment above.
3 years ago on Welcoming Livefyre Comments Back to the Blog
I haven't tried livefyre on my site yet because I just don't see the value. I like the idea of real-time commenting, but that seems to be the only benefit for me. I get all excited about it when I see you and@TheJackB using it. But, then when I think about switching, something holds me back each time.
Great article @ShennandoahDiaz . For blogs, what is the best way to give your community a way to talk? Commenting certainly comes to mind. Are there other ways? I would love to open up my site more to my community.
3 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Basic Elements For Building A Community Around Your Brand
Great tips, Marijean. My favorite way to get out of a blogging rut is to read. The first place I turn is to my RSS reader (Google Reader). I love RSS: the best Internet innovation EVER.
The second place I turn is to a new book. I always get unstuck when I pick up a book.
3 years, 1 month ago on Four New Ways to Spark Blogging Inspiration
This is so important Gini. Thank you for reminding us all about this. Us entrepreneurs get so busy with helping our clients that we forget to work on our own businesses. Thanks.
3 years, 1 month ago on Working On Your Business, Not In It
Thanks for sharing this. This is an awesome example of social media done right.
3 years, 1 month ago on Think Like a Rockstar: Create something amazing for the people that love you
@Griddy I think that nittyGriddy is a great name. It is so memorable.
3 years, 1 month ago on What Do You Call Your Blog?
The name of my blog is nothing too creative, SoloBizCoach.com. I was trying to make it obvious what my business is about. I help solo entrepreneurs create awesome businesses. I love working with solopreneurs because I love their creativity and passion. Also, my own side business developed from a passion of mine and now it is one of the best things I have ever built. So, I love to help others do the same.
Thanks @TheJackB for giving me a chance to share my story! That is awesome!
I really wish I was better with Photoshop. I would love to be able to create cool graphics for my blog posts, but my Photoshop skills just aren't up to snuff.
3 years, 1 month ago on What Frustrates You The Most About Blogging?
Great explanation of broad and exact keywords Kevin. So many people have trouble with this.
I found a great tool that I think you will love - https://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/gtrends/. It is not 100% accurate, but it is a great way to do some quick and dirty keyword research. It is always the place I start. Then I move to Market Samurai.
3 years, 1 month ago on Niche, Where's My Money?- Adventures in Keyword Research
@Shonali @morriswm That is a great suggestion @Shonali . I really need to use hashtags more regularly.
3 years, 1 month ago on Twitter’s Context Problem
I love your videos Gini. They are always information, thought provoking, and just the right length.
With respect to dealing with difficult clients, I have two strategies that I use.
1. Suggest He Delegate - My best advice is to suggest that the client delegate his work to someone on his team. This way the subordinate will feel pressure to do what his boss asked him to do.
2. Develop a Personal Relationship - I run into difficult clients all the time as a lawyer. Everyone hates dealing with legal matters because they always involve difficult decisions and the possibility of a bad outcome. However, if I can meet a client face-to-face, and especially in a casual setting, the relationship evolves from a mere work relationship into a personal relationship. People are much more likely to cooperate with someone they have a personal relationship with.
3 years, 1 month ago on Managing Unruly Clients
Awesome post Ken. You have shared so many great tips. I want to highlight point nine. I have found linking to others to be a great way to get more traffic. This is due to the relationships you build when you help bring awareness to other bloggers.
3 years, 2 months ago on How I Nearly Tripled My Blog Traffic
I think that every accident that I have been in (luckily only two very minor fendor benders) were due to fooling around with the radio. It is so easy to get into an accident when you take your eyes off the road.
As for applying this concept out of the car, I find this a much harder task. "Multitasking" is such a difficult habit to break. And, I do think that it is a bad habit. Critical thinking is not an easy task, and I think people are fooling themselves if they think that they can do their best thinking while multitasking.
I hope I pick up some good tips in the comments to this video.
3 years, 2 months ago on The Culture of Accessibility
@KaryD @jaykeith I totally agree about Twitter becoming an introduction platform. That is a great way to think about it.
What are your thoughts about Facebook compared to Twitter?
3 years, 2 months ago on Three Reasons Twitter Is Beginning to Suck
I tend to agree with you about this. I use twitter to get to know people that I want to get to know. But, it is a really inefficient communication tool. Sometimes it feels like my tweets are billboards in a ghost town.
@NickWDeane A little intuition goes a long way.
3 years, 2 months ago on Where Does Social Belong?
@NickWDeane I agree that there is a ton of pressure to measure everything, but I am not sure that it is justified. We have swung way too far in our desire to measure everything. I think this leads to inefficiency and inaction.
@Zoidland I love your comics Jeff. It's great to run into you on the web.
3 years, 2 months ago on The Social Life of Frank & Linh: MicroSkype!