Google+ has been around since 2011. Posting photos and status updates are two of the main things that people do on this social network. Another interesting feature is the ability to group people in to circles, which act like lists of people to follow. One thing that I keep hearing about is Google Hangouts. These are multi-person instant messaging, text and video chats. I can’t wait to try one.
There is also the ability to edit and upload photos to private albums that are based in “the cloud“. In case you did not know, “the cloud” is,
“A viable mass of condensed water vapour floating in the atmosphere, typically above the ground”.
Ooops! Wrong cloud 🙂
Essentially cloud based storage is a technical term where data is stored online. It’s not saved to a hard drive or memory stick.
I first picked up a pen and paper in February of 2010. I had just started a new job, after losing the previous one three months earlier.
I fell in love with the idea of creating an online business, making it rich as fast as I could, and relocating to an island paradise. I’m still not sure what made me think that could happen, but I thought that way for a while. Then a heart-to-heart conversation with my wife made me realize that was unrealistic.
Once I had that reality check, I started to write as often as I could – sometimes a few times a week, sometimes less. I really enjoyed writing about sales and leadership, and kept a few other business ideas in a “For Later” file. I was hesitant to launch a blog. Who the heck would care what I had to say? I was just a regular guy, with no expert status, no nothing. I kept writing, and in the interim starting to meet many fantastic people on the social media channels that I had joined (LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter).
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“Selling in a New World: A Sales Mastery Interview with Tim Mushey”
by Barbara Giamanco
The only way that you are going to get better at something is through practice. I read a quote in a hockey book once that really caught my attention,
Even those with raw talent have to practice regularly. Engaging others in professional roles should not be limited to work relationships. You should practice engaging others when possible.
My dad was a teacher, and is still very engaging to this day – partially because of his personality. But it was also a necessity for his career. Could you imagine being in front of a class of kids and not holding their attention? Teachers who could captivate the “crowd” were always the ones that remained memorable to me.
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Only you know the answer to that! Even if you are just starting to build your social networks, you must have somebody whose content and personality that you admire already.
Take a moment to think about it.
How does your best online connection make you feel when…
- they teach you about something
- they connect you with other like-minded people
- share your content
- make you laugh
- pick you up when you need it most
Hopefully they feel the same when you do some (or hopefully all) of those things for them too!
When I started my online journey several years ago I battled uncertainty and doubt. Thoughts regularly came up like:
- So many other people are already excelling in (insert niche)
- What could I possibly share that hasn’t been discussed before?
- What value could a newcomer like myself bring to the “party”?
Over time as I gained momentum and started to feel pretty good about things, I certainly realized that I had an “Edge”.
I have been lucky enough to work out of a home office for most of my career. The few years that I had an office to report in to, I would get stuck in traffic daily. It gave me many opportunities to look at other people’s faces, as their days were off to very “slow” starts too.
- Some looked sad
- Others had blank stares on their faces
- Some looked angry or frustrated
- Others even looked dazed
On occasion, some were smiling, while others where actually singing! It blew my mind how many people looked unhappy though. Is it realistic to believe that all of them looked that way because they were unhappy going to work? Of course not. Some may have been dealing with other issues too (many were of course frustrated by the continual traffic jams).
It was April of 2011, and I had been writing for many months. As I reflect back now, it was well over a year that I was carrying around a notebook writing about various topics, specifically sales.
But I was feeling lost. It felt like I was stranded on an island, wondering if my message would have meaning to anyone else. I was quickly coming to the realization that Google was “letting me down” when I needed it the most.
What I mean by that was I was having trouble finding out what I really wanted to know about sales and who the key players were. I wanted to connect with influential people in the industry, but just did not know how.