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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!

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2013 Year In Review – Sell Lead Succeed Blog!

WordPress has a very cool feature that sends a “Year In Review” summary of all the activity on my blog.

I have always been open about how things have gone with my blog and social media presence, so this is a FANTASTIC opportunity to share my results with you.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or email me at TimMushey@gmail.com

Have an incredible week, and thanks for making 2013 a very memorable year!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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

My Blogging Story – The 1st 100 Readers!

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:

http://www.first100readers.com/

I was :

  • scared
  • apprehensive
  • skeptical
  • overwhelmed
  • nervous

… 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:

http://www.first100readers.com/

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!

The Five Star 5 – Why I Don’t Sell In The Summer!

Summers are short in Northern Canada, so I have to make the best of the warm weather and longer days!

I actually do sell in the summer, and just wanted to get your attention with a catchy title 🙂

Here are the top 5 things that I like to do with customers and/or prospects when most of my competitors are on the golf course:

  • Drop by later in the day with cold drinks and snacks. Most people are stuck at their desks just counting down the minutes until they get to leave and enjoy the sun too!
  • Take them out to lunch! Make sure to sit on a patio and take in the great weather.
  • Attend an outdoor sports game, concert or other outdoor event. No better way to get to know them than enjoying these activities together
  • Plan a trip with key customers. Every time I hear about customer trips they rave about the good fun for years to come!
  • Have a “there are still people to sell to” mentality vs. “everyone is off ’til September so I will just coast” mentality.

These business building activities will pay dividends in the long run. Nobody likes being stuck in the office when the weather is balmy!

I am sure there are many other great ideas that I am missing. But the key is to:

  • get creative
  • build rapport
  • get sales!

You don’t want to risk your competitors having all the great ideas!

7 Blogs For 7 Days

Susan Wright-Boucher and I have been following each other’s content and corresponding for quite some time now. She is a fellow Canadian and has a very cool blog. She recently did a post titled “7 Blogs For 7 Days”.

I was lucky enough to be one of the blogs featured on this fantastic post! Stop by and check it out when you have a sec…

 

Taking Chances And A Fool’s Eye View!

I am a firm believer that you have to be good to be lucky, and lucky to be good. Whatever the case me be, I am very fortunate that Broc Edwards has come in to my life.

I love reading his blog:

http://www.foolwithaplan.wordpress.com

A Fool’s Eye View of  Human Resources” is a breath of fresh air in a profession that can sometimes lack “jam”. He has a new book out called “What Thinks You?” which I am just loving! It is a collection of his best blog posts.

Check it out at:  http://amzn.to/17a3BRk

Before I got in to the meat of the book, I stopped in my tracks at the foreword. Check out this fantastic piece of writing by Joe Gerstandt titled “Taking Chances”.

jump in, just jump in, just jump.

moving forward,

leaning forward.

Forward Momentum.

always off balance.

carried forward,

never quite falling, but failing

well.

and failing often.

on the verge,

in flux,

something other than

comfortable.

open door.

serendipity.

opportunity

risk and reward

dance hand in hand.

Choose something.

Chase something.

Lean forward.

feel the thrill in your throat,

feel the electricity in your belly.

step away from what you know,

and dance.

be exposed, be known.

yes there are consequences,

always consequences

when you provoke the future

– Joe Gerstandt

http://www.joegerstandt.com

I wanted you start the week with a powerful message. Hope this did the trick. Please connect with Broc and Joe and check out Broc’s book. It will be well worth your time.

Have a fantastic week!

When Will You Stop….

  • Letting life get in the way?
  • Saying “I’ll do that tomorrow”
  • Thinking “I won’t provide value or inspire others”
  • Having doubts and being uncertain about your abilities

I was lucky enough 2 ½ years ago to borrow several Tony Robbins audio cds from a friend. It was from a series where he interviewed some of the top internet marketers in the world. These incredible people are “to blame” for me finally taking action. They drilled in to my head that my story matters, and my expertise and life experiences can be valuable to others.

Have you been wanting to share your message with others (and make some extra money along the way)?

If so check out perspectives from some of the best in the business:

Russell Brunson http://www.russellbrunson.com/

Gary Vaynerchuk http://garyvaynerchuk.com/

Jeff Walker http://jeffwalker.com/

Brendan Burchard http://www.brendonburchard.com/

Two others incredible talents are Eben Pagan and Frank Kern. They do not have go-to websites at this time. But search their names and have a look. I recommend that you get on YouTube and check out videos from everyone as well.

If you want a great resource on telling your story, I strongly recommend:

Michael Margolis http://www.getstoried.com/

If you have any questions, please comment or email me at TimMushey@gmail.com

I have followed this industry closely for over two years and would love to share some of my experiences!

Can Business Really Be That Easy?

My wife is pregnant, and I figured that she might need a late night snack a couple of weeks ago. Truth be told, she was not that hungry, but I was up for some take out food! I convinced her to order something with me, and off I went. This was not a fast food restaurant, and had an above average menu.

I placed my order at the counter, and proceeded to sit down at one of the booths. It was half an hour before close, and I was the only patron left in the restaurant. There was a cook preparing my food, and one Manager/Owner.

The Manager caught my attention for the wrong reasons. He had a frown stapled to his face, and looked like he would rather have been anywhere else but there. This was not a young adult, it was somebody in their late 40’s/early 50’s who had probably been in business for some time. He seemed to be hovering behind the counter, watching the cook’s every more.

He walked right past me on two or three occasions as well, and never said one word.

I received my order a few minutes later and left.

I described my observations of what happened with the manager with my wife, and noted that he did not even say one word to me in an empty restaurant.

Her reply (grin included),

“Maybe you are expecting too much.”

Here is how I would have approached “myself” if I was the manager in that situation.

  • “Hey, how are you today?”
  • “Oh great! Have you been to our restaurant before? How was the food/service?”
  • “Fantastic! Just to let you know that we are under new management, and are appreciative of your continued support.”
  • “I will tell you what. Here are a few $5 off coupons for you and your friends to come by later. I would love if you help us spread the word! Thanks so much!”

Truth be told, I would have probably settled for,

“Hello, how are you today?”

But I am always trying to take things to the next level, and expect more than a simple hello!”

  • What type of interaction (if any) would you have expected from the manager in that situation?
  • How would you have interpreted his constant frown, hovering over the cook, and lack of interaction with me?
  • The million dollar question…. was I expecting too much?