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Is It Time To See “The Other Side Of The Fence?”

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I looked at many notebooks of my writing one day and …

Thought nobody would care what I had to say

Did not feel confident in my abilities

Was apprehensive and nervous

Realized nobody else I knew was doing this

Did not feel I was creative enough

Something inside of me finally clicked and I took action!

I started a blog

I was still scared

What if nobody viewed it?

What if I did not make any new connections?

What if I faded away in to “Google anonymity”?

To my surprise, posts …

Were viewed

Attained “likes”

Lead to followers

Were shared via social media

Acquired comments

But you have to …

Commit to do the work

Put yourself out there

Engage your community

Care

Show up regularly

The game changer for me occurred early on after I received a personal email from a reader.

It was simple and to the point, but it meant so much.

“Thanks for the post Tim. It really resonated with me. Keep up the great work!”

Validation!

If you are on the fence, I understand (more than you know). Been there done that! Why not jump over? You might like what you find on the other side 🙂

  • How has your writing experience been?
  • Better than expected?
  • More struggles than you bargained for?

Would love if you shared your thoughts in the comments section!

Timmy’s 10’s – 10 Friend’s Fantastic Blogs!

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I am lucky to have met many people online who have now become friends.

These blogs/websites are AWESOME, and are all developed by regular people like you and I who just took action.

I will peak your curiosity about each of these by just including names.

Click away and have a great day 🙂

The Five Star 5 – Why I Am LOVING Blogging!

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For those of you who have followed me for part (or all) of this two-year blogging  journey, you will know that I am having the time of my life!

Here’s why:

  1. Help others
  2. Share my message
  3. Meet incredible people
  4. Promote and share other’s content
  5. Learn from fellow bloggers
  • If you are currently blogging, why are you loving it?
  • If you are you on the verge of blogging, what are you most looking forward to?

Let’s connect!

Please keep me posted on your blogging journey. I will be posting some success stories!

Blogging Update – My 300th Post!

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick note to say thanks for following my on this blogging journey that is quickly approaching 2 years (wow times flies by)!

I have kept you updated on important milestone that I reached with my blog, and I have another one to share today.

Over the weekend, I published my 300th post!

Or as I like to say, I TOOK ACTION 300 times!

I recently backed up all of my posts and took count. Over 200 of those were original content. When I started out, I thought I could only write about like 8 things 🙂

All joking aside, I am very proud of this accomplishment and am looking forward to many more years of blogging and helping others.

One quick bit of advice if you are just getting started on a blog, or are in a bit of a “writing rut”

Don’t put pressure on yourself! Be open to creativity and be ready to take notes at a moment’s notice when ideas pop in to your head.

I have also gotten in to the habit of:

  • Reblogging other blogger’s content
  • Posting videos or links to cool stuff I find online
  • Reposting my earlier writing every 6-8 months

Take the pressure off, and just have fun! Get in the habit of supporting others too, and not just feel obligated to come up with new material .

Thanks again for your support!

It means the world to me..

Tim

The Five Star 5 – “Dinner? Not Again!”

How do you spell sales team dinner? “B.O.R.I.N.G.”

Ok, it is not always boring, but over my career the team dinner concept has been uneventful most of the time. Why not mix it up and plan an event that will be memorable to the team in the future?

If you are having trouble deciding what to do, ask them! Reward the winning creative idea with a gift card.

I can honestly tell you that I barely remember anything that happened at team dinners over the years. But from my list below, I have vivid memories of laughter and fun that will last a life time. You don’t have to make a big splash with an expensive outing for this to be effective. Just try something new to show the team that you are thinking outside the box.

I could blog for a couple of weeks straight sharing stories from participating in these events:

  • Weekend retreat at a Sales Manager’s cabin
  • Go Cart Racing with the sales team
  • Movie Night with the sales team
  • Golf outings (many gatherings were at dream locations in the picturesque Rocky Mountains)
  • Professional sporting events

Calling It What It Is!

I stumbled across Ashton’s blog a couple of months ago, and have really been enjoying it ever since. I can’t wait to see what he writes next!
Enjoy this post, and have an awesome day!

I really enjoyed this post by Carol Dougherty this morning. It is a thought-provoking look at teams generating ideas (or lack thereof). Enjoy!

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Does your team generate great ideas?  Are you open to all ideas?  Do you encourage even seemingly off the wall thoughts?  Does each of your team members feel they will be heard?  Do they all come up with unique ideas or concepts?

If you can answer yes to all of these your team is rolling along well and is open to any and all input.  Great!  Unfortunately most teams aren’t operating in this well.  There are several reasons this may be the case.

  1. Lacking Diversity – If the team all has the same job functions/ background you may not get unique ideas.  When everyone does the same thing or has the same background they tend to see things the same way.

Solution – Bring in people who are outside of the area of expertise of the team.  Open it up to internal or external customers and suppliers, or people from…

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