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Posts made in August, 2013

TCCs Top 10 Links of the Week

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Customers. Medicatin, Healing, Influencers, Laziness, Mating, Mobile Marketing | 0 comments

Fridays are the best day of the week! Because you know you have done a job well done during the week and now you get to enjoy a rest filled weekend. So why not take time to catch up on your reading. And you missed some awesome stuff this week. That’s right. It’s time for the Top 10 Links of the Week. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, tips or tricks, here is the place to be. Whether you agree or disagree, feedback is always appreciated. So without further ado, here are your Top 10 Links of the Week!

  1. 7 Tips to Begin Healing from Wounds from Mom & Dad
  2. Two Obvious But Powerful Steps To Stand Out 
  3. Mating Call August 2013
  4. How to Write Your Way to the Top of Your Industry 
  5. How to Get Influencers to Say Yes to Your Ideas (The 16 Laws You’re Probably Not Following)
  6. How Not to Get Sued When You Start Mobile Marketing 
  7. 7 Powerful Tips to Get Rid of Laziness and Stay Active
  8. 5 Outside the Box Twitter Marketing Tips That Pay Off in a Big Way!
  9. 5 Great Questions You Should Ask Your Customers
  10. 10 Question to Ask Before Starting Any Medication
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Video of the Week: How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Adam Leipzig, Life Purpose, TEDxMalibu | 0 comments

Earlier this week I wrote a post about missing your purpose. So I decided to continue the theme with this week’s video – How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu. Mr. Leipzip works in the entertainment industry and has been quite successful. Watch below as he gives a short and sweet presentation on how to find your life purpose in 5 minutes. The whole video is about 10 minutes long and leaves you with some food for thought. I mean, who doesn’t want to figure out their purpose. So sit back, relax, and discover your purpose today!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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6 Reasons Why You Should Join Toastmasters

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Coaching, Communication, Constructive Criticism, Leadership, Public Speaking, Speech, Toastmasters International | 0 comments

One of the most important skills you as a professional can master is communication. But one of the most fear inducing forms of communication is public speaking. I know there have been times where I have been called to give an impromptu speech. To be honest I would have disappeared if I could when asked. But I am becoming more comfortable with public speaking through Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping others become more proficient in public speaking. Established in 1924, Toastmasters has over 14,000 clubs in 122 countries that meet on a regular basis (weekly, twice a month, or once a month). Some clubs are less formal than others, but the all follow the same general format and meetings last between 60-90 minutes. But let me tell some really awesome reasons you should join a Toastmasters near you.

1. Safe Environment – The goal of Toastmasters is to help build confidence as a speaker. I have been to several clubs, and I have never been to one where members were berated or intimidated. When speeches are evaluated, constructive criticism is used.

2. Cost Effective – The cost for a six month membership is on average $36. Some clubs cost a little more. But for an average of $6 a month to attend a regular skill building workshop, you can’t beat that with a stick.

3. Learn Impromptu Speaking – One of the features of a Toastmasters meeting is Table Topics. During Table Topics, members are asked to give a 1-2 minute speech on a random topic (i.e. your worst trip ever). It helps prepare you for situations such as interviews or team meetings when you’re asked a question that seems like it came out of left field.

4. Develop Speeches for Different Occasions – Once you become a member, you’ll receive the Competent Communication Manual. The manual contains 10 speech projects you can complete at your own pace. An example of one of the projects you’ll complete is a speech using visual aides. After completing the 1st manual, you can continue in the Advanced series and complete as many speeches as you like. The point of the series is to prepare you for different situations.

5. Develop Leadership Skills – Toastmasters is nothing without it’s members. And each member is given the opportunity to take part in a leadership role if they so choose. There is even a leadership manual that discusses how to perform each role in the club, and there are many.

6. Learn How to Give (and Receive) Constructive Criticism – One of the features of the club is speeches are evaluated. Through Toastmasters, you’ll learn how to give an evaluation that is meant to build up, not tear down the speaker. This is an essential tool for managers or business owners when coaching employees. It is also beneficial for learning how to accept feedback without becoming defensive.

Final Tip: If you’re going to join a club, smaller clubs offer more opportunities for leadership roles and to give speeches. That’s helpful if you need to improve your skills in a shorter amount of time. Also, if there’s no club in your area, consider starting your own!

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Quote of the Week: There is no greater tragedy than a life that is lived without purpose. Ed Young

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Ed Young, Life, Purpose, Tragedy | 0 comments

There is no greater tragedy than a life that is lived without purpose.  Ed Young

Purpose – The reason for which something is created.

For awhile, I worked in nursing homes. I had countless clients, most of whom were well past the age of 75. I listened to many stories. But the ones I found the most heartbreaking were the ones from people who had not found their true purpose in life. Or if they found their purpose, squandered it.

One of my clients I remember vividly is Mr. Jones*. He was a handsome man in his day. He was also athletic and talented. But he was a bit of a ne’er do well. He spent more time in jail than out. He had plenty of potential and boatloads of squandered opportunities. But more importantly, he coasted through life, no direction, no purpose. Mr. Jones died a few months after I met him. But I would often sit and wonder what he could he have accomplished had he found his true calling and followed it. I wondered that about many of my former patients. Years before I started working in the nursing homes, I used to wonder about my own purpose. I worked for years in the IT industry, but I hated it. I didn’t feel like I was making a difference. So I changed course.

Do you feel this way? Do you feel like you are drifting along in life with no direction? Are you still trying to figure out your purpose? Are you scared that you are wasting your life? Then take action today. Figure out your true path in life. But you don’t have to go it alone. If you want to get out of that rut you’re in, contact me today for a free coaching session. Let’s get you on the right path today.

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Failure as Feedback

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Coca-Cola, Failure, Feedback, Lessons, New Coke | 0 comments

Failure isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it can be the best thing that can happen to you. Failure teaches you things that success cannot. Here is a prime example. Do you remember “New Coke?” If you don’t, here’s a recap. In April 1985, Coca-Cola announced they were changing the formula. Keep in mind that Coke was the best selling soft drink in the world at the time. But they wanted to take a risk. Bring something new to the table. Well, “New Coke” went over like a lead balloon. Once word got out that the formula was changing, people started hoarding cokes, protest groups formed across the country, and the company was receiving 1500 calls and countless letters a day. Within 3 months, Coca-Cola brought back the old formula. Coca-Cola continued to sell the  “New Coke”, but it eventually went the way of the dinosaur. In the process of analyzing the biggest blunder in company history,  they learned some valuable lessons. They learned that their customers liked the old formula just fine. They recognized that to continue to give the customers something they didn’t want, would lead to disaster. They also learned that new doesn’t always mean better. But, most importantly, when they saw the mistakes that were made, they didn’t curl into the fetal position. They used the feedback they received, changed course, and came back as strong as ever. You can do the same thing, too.

Its always good to try something new and different. It may not always work out. If it doesn’t work out, examine the situation. Why didn’t it work? Did you need a stronger marketing campaign? What feedback did you get from your customers? Do you need to keep going in the same direction and make some minor adjustments? Do you need to change course completely? Only you decide what actions to take next. But never waste a failure. Learn from it and move forward.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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