I just wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas to you and your families!
All the best in 2014.
2013 was a wonderful year of meeting fantastic people over at my blog, and I am expecting more of the same in the coming years.
Thanks again and all the best!
Stanford Smith from PushingSocial.com recently put out a request to his readers to share a story. He wanted people to write about how they gained the first 100 readers on their blog. I was very excited to take part. You can see my submission here:
I was :
… as I embarked on the first part of my blogging journey! But in January 2012 I stopped thinking about it and finally TOOK ACTION!
I did not think anyone would care what I would have to say. I did not think I would get any comments. I closed my eyes and hoped for at least a few views of my first post.
From the moment that I got my first comment (from somebody other than a family member or close friend) I WAS HOOKED!
I still remember the feeling that came over me when I received an email from a reader thanking me for writing a post. It had affected them in a positive way.
Once again, you can check out my story at:
There is a method to the madness though. Please read my story, others, and what the heck, take 10 minutes and share your story for Stanford too. If you are just starting out, there should be great ideas to implement ASAP!
- If you have any helpful blogging resources that got the ball rolling, or keep you motivated on a regular basis, would love if you commented below!
Pushing Social is one of my favourites, but I would love to hear what else is out there.
Have an incredible day!
In April I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Barbara Giamanco from Social Centred Selling. We met through the Sales Playbook LinkedIn discussion group several months ago, and have followed each other’s content ever since.
I was very excited to talk about many cool topics like the sales profession, leadership and something that has become a passion of mine – social media!
Here is the link:
You can connect with Barbara at:
- Website – http://www.BarbaraGiamanco.com
- Website – http://scs-connect.com
- Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/SocialCenteredSelling
- Twitter – @BarbaraGiamanco
The “Push For 400” is on… stop by and check out my Facebook page at:
WOW! I just stumbled across this post I did last June! I was on fire that morning. Enjoy the trip down memory lane..
I literally don’t where to start this morning. I went to the hit movie “Rock of Ages” with my wife last night, and it was an incredible experience. I tried to convince her to see it again at the late show, but no luck! We plan to see the musical when it comes to Edmonton this November, and I can’t wait.
I was a clean-cut kid who grew up in the 1980’s, but I loved rock music (and still love it do this day). Many people make fun of 1980’s rock and all the legendary characters that make it up. But do a little exercise for me this morning.
Head over to the website www.pollstar.com and search some classic bands from the 1980’s. Many of them are still touring! Some have had line-up changes, some band members have passed away, and others have gained a little weight, and/or lost a little hair. Some disappeared altogether, and then reappeared only because performing is all they know how to do (and the pay cheque does not hurt either)
But my favourite bands like Def Leppard and Bon Jovi continue to amaze me with their popularity to this day. The cool part is they never left, never conformed to popular trends, and have both been doing it their way for well over 30 years now. That is truly an accomplishment in the ultra-competitive music industry.
If you go to a concert today for one of these bands, children of the 80’s fans are going to the shows now, and a whole new generation is being introduced to the music we loved growing up.
I still remember like yesterday:
- My first Bon Jovi show in 1989 sitting in the 2nd row on the floor just being in awe
- The first time a friend played the entire Hysteria album by Def Leppard for me, and being hooked ever since
- The first time I heard a note uttered by Steve Perry from Journey, and Lou Gramm from Foreigner, and knowing that I just heard two of the purest voices of our generation
- Hearing Slash strike the first note on his guitar on Sweet Child of Mine for the first time, and knowing that song was going to mean something for many people for generations to come
- Hearing the piano kick in for the first time on Sister Christian and literally getting shivers up my spine
- Watching a friend perform “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” in a karaoke booth at the local festival in front of a large audience and doing very well
- “Car singing” with my best friend countless times and actually imagining we were in those bands! I think I was Richie, and he was Jon!
I will stop there because this list could be several pages long!
The biggest take-a-way of this message is this music bridges the generations, and is still very popular today for many reasons. I think one of the biggest reasons is it takes people back to a very happy time in their lives; simpler times of going to concerts, having fun, and not having a care in the world. Whatever was going on in my life at the time (even to this day) is put on hold during a concert and I just take it all in.
Every other band sounds the same today, and the unique characters of the 1980’s still burn brightly today for the most part. Sure we could have done without Brett Michael’s “Rock of Love Bus”, but you know what I mean!
Trying to narrow it down to one memory today is a very difficult task. I have to go with listening to the 33 inch album single on my record player of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” over and over again in 1987. The music was fun, their energy was incredible, and the song still gets the same reaction from fans to this day. There is a reason this video has nearly 32 million views!
Have a great weekend everyone.
It’s Pearl Jam
It’s unplugged from the early 90’s
State Of Love And Trust is a fantastic track
And this live version is magical
Still makes me very happy every time I watch it!
Have a FANTASTIC weekend…
For the first time in 18 months, I am having a bit of trouble keeping up with my blog. I still love writing, I still love corresponding with my network, and I still love influencing people’s lives in positive ways.
But the truth is…..
I am having more trouble committing the time to it.
- The demands of my new job working out of an office (and not at home) are much greater
- We have a new little one at home which takes up more of my time
- I am exercising more now than I did over the winter. Ok I did not exercise at all over the winter!
- Our short summer has started
But you know what? I am still moving forward.
- I am still doing a little bit every day (I still write or do social media every day)
- I still respond to every person that corresponds with me via social media and my blog
- I still love the feeling of people taking something positive from one of my blog posts
- I still love the feeling of putting myself out there and seeing what people think
If you are thinking of giving up whatever your blogging and online goals are …. DON’T
Life is not easy, and living day-to-day can certainly get in the way of other “fun stuff”. But giving up will certainly not put more “fun stuff” in your life.
When I first got online in a big way over three years ago, I was certain that I had to have the next big idea to be successful. What I soon realized after following some of the biggest names in internet marketing, sales & leadership is it does not have to be that way at all.
The truth is…..
It is all about showing up on a regular basis! And corresponding with your network. It is not about you. Make it all about them.
If you are thinking about packing it in today, and going back to your “regular life” take a deep breath and keep plugging away.
Remember how much fun you had when you first started your online journey?
Exactly… now go get ’em!
I am so excited to introduce one of my best friends, Roger Demas to everyone. I have the distinct pleasure of posting his first writing online. He picked my blog to post on before his even launches! His take on networking is entertaining and provides lessons that we can all learn from. Enjoy!
Networking is pointless!
…. Or is it truly the basis of almost every long lasting personal and business relationship?
I was inspired to write this by a recent online discussion. I saw a question about networking and whether it was effective. One of the first responses was a bold “all caps” –
“Networking is a waste of time.”
Ironically, this discussion was on a social networking site!
Not only do I completely disagree with the statement, but I feel that networking can and does happen all the time.
We network every day. Speaking on the phone, sending email or other electronic communication, engaging through social media and traditional face to face dialog – it is all networking.
Networking situations can have positive results, if you want them to. When I introduce myself to a new neighbor and ask what they do, I am networking. When I am riding my bike and say hello to a passerby, I am networking. When I post or share something on social media, I am networking.
It is ultimately what you do next that makes the networking worthwhile. If I introduce my neighbor to someone else that they might be able to do business with, that is effective. If I stop and engage in casual conversation with that passerby and find out more about them, that is effective. And if I take the next step to introduce myself and offer help to a fellow social networker, that is effective.
Every person that I meet and learn about can become part of my network. It really comes back to the age old theological principle of “give and you shall receive”. The more I put myself out there and the more I can provide positive sentiment to others, the more likely I am to receive positive sentiment in return. Those budding relationships become the friends, loved ones and potential business relationships or referrals that we have now and in the future.
I can say with pride that I have met and conversed with many people in different social networks that I now consider friends (even though we may have never met in person and may never do business together). I was fortunate enough that many of these people either reached out to me or responded when I reached out.
Taking that extra step to be “social” on social networks and not just “broadcasting” makes all the difference. Now I am able to connect with great people from all over the world which confirms that networking is NEVER pointless.
You can connect with Roger at:
His blog is coming soon if you want a sneak peak at: http://www.sunnycanuck.com
I have been having the time of my life the past three weeks getting my Facebook Fan page for Sell Lead Succeed up and running building a larger community.
To my amazement, I have gone from “45 likes” to “205 likes” in that time period. I am very fortunate to have an incredible network supporting me. But it did take a “little” hard work which I am very glad that I did.
If you have not joined us yet, what are you waiting for? Stop by, “like” and join the conversation at:
If you know of anyone else who is interested in sales, leadership, social media, music, speaking, and some random content from a good ole’ Canadian boy please send them my way.
If you have a page that you would like me to “like” please send the link.
Oh yeah.. Have A Laugh Fridays and Saturday Music Memories will be seen exclusively on my Facebook Page this week.
Have an awesome weekend.