You MUST Start With Just One!

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You MUST start with just one!

 

Yep, just one.

One what?

One follower (or one connection) on one social media site.

We are living in a world where many people want more.

More money.

More things.

More than the Jones’.

More fame & fortune.

And more followers than the next person.

Let’s get one thing straight. I admire your ambition even though I may not know you yet, but you’re probably not going to acquire more followers then “The Biebs” or “T-Swift”.

Start with one.

Start with one follower, and connect with them in just one place.

Then ask them to connect on other social networks where you consistently show up.

As your relationship develops, ask them to join your email list (if you have one).

Then if they live near you, perhaps grab a coffee and get to know each other better.

Then one day you could ask them if they know anyone else that you might be able to help.

Then one day they might purchase something from you.

Then one day you might introduce them to somebody else in your network to help them out, or refer business their way.

 

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But you have to start with one.

 

You need to connect in one place to make this all happen.

Not to collect followers, but to meet people and build relationships.

I’m a firm believer in social networks that quality over quantity wins. Expanded reach is always great, but not with crappy, non-responsive contacts.

You may already have a decent amount of connections on one or more social media sites, but how deep are those connections? Certainly you are not going to be “BFFs” with all of them, but is it time to get to know them better?

Take things to the next level!

But it just starts with one, and you can scale it from there.

As cliché as it is, you have to put in the work, be consistent, and be 100% committed to growing a valuable, engaging network.

 

 

You will never hear the words “shortcut” or “tricks” in my content. I despise them and think they are detrimental to everyone’s growth. There are certainly ways to be more efficient and effective without resorting to shortcuts or tricks. Those words infer “laziness” & “get rich quick” schemes that probably don’t exist.

I always think of things in smaller more achievable “chunks” for goals, so here’s an example of my perspective on growing your network one by one.

What would happen to the quality of your overall network if you added:

One quality connection per day?

Two?

Three?

Five?

Ten?

Ten sounds AMAZING, but is that realistic when you are just starting to focus on your network? Probably not.

So start with one. 

One person on one social network and go from there. If you are not active on other social networks, that’s ok. Build the best possible social network that you are currently active on, and branch off in to other channels over time as it makes sense for your business.

One of the worst things that I have seen entrepreneurs do is skip steps and try to cheat the system. They think like somebody who has been working at this for 5 years, but they’ve only been at it for 5 weeks. That is a massive difference and you need to understand what stage you are at.

I tried to cheat early on, on Twitter… and just randomly follow as many people as I could, in the hopes that they would follow back. Guess what? Not nearly as many people followed back as I would have hoped, and I hit a follow limit. I was stuck, and I could not follow any more people until others followed me. Yuk! Never again. I want people to follow me for their reasons, not just because I followed them.

Start with one quality connection per day, and see how it goes. You can accelerate this as you get more comfortable and decide to commit more time to this exercise daily.

 

 

I would love to hear how your network grows over time, AND most importantly, how many really cool people did you actually get to know.

Quick question!

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, what is the quality of the connections that you currently have in your social networks?

And…

  • If you really commit to this, what do you think that number can increase to in the next year?

If there’s one word that you remember from this post I hope that it is…………

ONE :-)

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Tip #1 Baby Steps Rather Than Giant Leaps

This is the first of an ongoing series of social networking and personal branding tips that I will be sharing via video.

Social networking takes work, but you need to have a plan and work at it at your pace.

My tip #1 is a video that may make you say “duh Tim, so obvious“, but how many people bite off more than they can chew, and quit when they may have a good thing going?

 

I would love your comments when you have a moment!

Have you been guilty of overextending yourself, or are you able to manage your social time appropriately?

 

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Ten Superstars That Keep Me PUMPED UP!

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Autumn can be rough.

Many people battle the blues after summer ends, especially northern climates like where I live when it can cool off quickly. We already have snow here in Edmonton, Canada :-(

The days get shorter, there is more darkness, and it’s common to get stuck in a rut.

There are many distractions, in my case kids in school, other activities to participate in, and the blessed TV :-)

We all have our guilty pleasure TV shows that we MUST watch, and many new programs start in September. Of course several sports leagues are in full swing this time of year. I battle this annually.

Like anything else right?

But when I need a little boost, I head directly to my social platforms and check in on my favourite people. I crank up the frequency of listening to podcasts, reading blogs, and books to keep me sharp and motivated.

Whose content do you check out when you need that extra boost?

I love to watch, listen &/or read:

Jane Anderson – https://www.jane-anderson.com/ Need some perspective on your personal brand, focusing on LinkedIn? Check out Jane’s content, and new book!

Fizzle – https://fizzle.co/ The Gang over at Fizzle just makes me happy :-) I listen to their podcast regularly, and I find the delivery so honest and entertaining! The team over there is awesome!

Angela Duckworth – http://angeladuckworth.com/ Her Ted Talk on Grit captivated me. I listen monthly, and am buying the book as soon as I can. I heard her recently on a local radio station and was so excited. The premise of her content is so helpful, and should motivate us all to do great things. Check out her Ted Talk http://bit.ly/1fZKIno

Mel Robbins – http://melrobbins.com/ She’s so awesome! I still watch her Ted Talk video “Stop Screwing yourself over” several times per year. She’s funny, incredibly direct, and gets you thinking for sure. It was a nice surprise to hear that she is now regularly contributing to Success Magazine. Check out her very popular Ted Talk http://bit.ly/1dK6evy

Paul Castain – http://yoursalesplaybook.com/ Paul’s one of the first guys that I followed in the sales and leadership space, and I’ve never wavered! He’s the man! His consistency of showing up, ability to inspire but give tough love when necessary is much needed. He’s a whole lot of fun, doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a HUGE LinkedIn group to compliment his business.

Pat Flynnhttp://www.smartpassiveincome.com/ I’ve been following Pat for years. Smart, sincere, family guy, amazing content AND a super singer :-)

Gary Vaynerchukhttps://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/ & http://askgaryveeshow.com/ I listen to him every day if possible. He’s a no bs type of guy, call’s it like it is, and an incredibly entertaining guy. He’s a pioneer online and is Massive!

Anthony Iannarinohttps://thesalesblog.com/ I LOVE his perspective on sales and leadership. He’s been around forever, has a new book out, and is a content creation machine!

Nametag Scotthttp://hellomynameisscott.com/ Scott’s been wearing a name tag for almost 6000 days, and makes money off it. How cool is that? You gotta check him out. His Ted Talk is http://bit.ly/22M4TMn

Tim Musheyhttp://timmushey.com/ & https://sellleadsucceed.com/ Now wait a minute! Why the heck would somebody put themselves on a list like this? This is not being arrogant, cocky or some weird attempt at being funny. But I regularly look back at my old content to remind myself that I am creative, I can make a difference and people like what I’m doing.

There have been many “ah-ha moments” over the years when I read a blog post, watched a video, or read all the comments I got for something I posted online and say, “darn, that was pretty good”.

Just a reminder. Would love if you took a minute to comment with who inspires you, and has go-to content that picks you back up when you are down (but not out).

Thanks!

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Richard Branson’s Take On Personal Branding!

Hey!

 

Hope you had an amazing summer if you live in the Northern Hemisphere!

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re just getting started :-)

I have a fantastic time with family, friends and colleagues. I seemed to be travelling most of the time and loving every minute of it!

Here in Edmonton, Canada, the weather seemed to change over night, and fall is upon us suddenly. Hopefully we are not done quite yet!

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to do with my business going forward, and I’m still throwing around a few different ideas. One thing I do know is I want to create more videos. I’ve really enjoyed the process, need to refine a few technical things and keep getting better at it. Look for some video series from me this fall.

In the meantime, my brain is in “branding-mode” 24-7. I was researching some quotes recently and came across this gem from Richard Branson.

Such a great description of personal branding by one of the best!

PB June 7

 

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I’ve Met Incredible People Through Social Networking

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As cliché as it sounds, putting yourself out there through social media channels can have tremendous benefits.

 

When I first started online, I was so sceptical, and afraid to reach out to industry experts. But as I reflect back after many years, I am quite proud of the list of FANTASTIC people who I have been able to connect with.

This list is not to brag, but just to illustrate how powerful it can be to just put yourself out there and not be afraid to reach out to anyone. I have corresponded with many of these people through social media.

They include:

  • John Corcoran
  • Paul Castain
  • Barbara Giamanco
  • Dan Waldschmidt
  • Kelley Robertson
  • Bob Burg
  • Kim Garst
  • Jordan Harbinger
  • Dany Iny
  • Mary Beth Storjohan
  • Mark Hunter
  • Jeb Blount
  • Michael Boyette
  • Jennifer Paige
  • Carrie Wilkerson

…. and many more!

Was it always them?

Hopefully!

Do some of them have assistant that help with their social media interactions?

Perhaps.

But I’ve formed a special relationship with Paul Castain, and help run a LinkedIn music group with him.

Click here to check out the group.

Barbara Giamanco interviewed me for her podcast.

Click here to check out the interview.

Michael Boyette reached out and asked me to guest post on his blog.

I had the distinct pleasure to speak to several people on this list via Skype or phone, most notably Dan Waldschmidt.

One thing I decided to do early on in my online journey, was to reply to key people when they send out emails to their lists. I got to know Mary Beth Storjohan and John Corcoran like that.

Did I mention that  Kim Garst and I tweet each other about NHL hockey :-)

Oh yeah.. Gary Freakin’ Vaynerchuk accepted my request to connect on LinkedIn! It took 18 months, but darn it, he did it!

Social networking can be very fun, and incredibly rewarding if you take the time to engage and put yourself out there. But if you think that you will not be able to connect with certain people because they are “too big”, you might be surprised who actually responds and who you become connected with.

 

 

Happy connecting, and let me know if you need any inspiration how to reach out to industry leaders.

If you’ve had the opportunity to connect with somebody, I’d love to hear your story.

Please leave a quick comment, or reach out via social media.

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Struggling With Time? These 5 Tips Will Help!

We are all busy. There never seems to be enough time in the day.

 

Running with full-time jobs, extra curricular activities, responsibilities with kids, volunteer things… I could go on and on.

For those of us who are working towards other business opportunities while working full time, it can be a daunting task to find the time to make it all happen.

Check out this quick 90 second video with my 5 best tips for finding the time to get it all done :-)

 

The Hard Selling Epidemic

This video is a follow up to my previous video, “95% Of People On LinkedIn Say Whatever To This”.

One of my followers made an interesting comment. They said that the one of the main reasons that people don’t reply to my “Thank You” email is……..

Sorry… you gotta watch the video :-)

It’s short and sweet.

Let me know if you agree when you are done watching!

I mention this blog post in the video – “The Connect & Barf Method Rarely Works

The blog post related to this video is – “95% Of People On LinkedIn Say Whatever To This

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Why All The Negative Online Garbage?

I’m a music fan. I love several different genres of music. I even like some bands that many people HATE like Nickelback and Cold Play.

GULP! There, I said it.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was recently on the Conan O’Brien show and spoke about all of the hate directed towards Nickelback and comedian Carrot Top. He made some great points.

It’s ok not to like a band’s music, a comedian’s jokes, or a sports team. But you don’t have to publicly SLAM, BASH & BERATE them.

My friends have an ongoing joke that they bug me about liking Cold Play. It’s cool – it’s fun. I expect it. It’s a joke :-)

There is so much online HATE dished out every second of every day.

Ever watch somebody get pummelled in an online discussion group for having a different opinion? Sad. We all have to agree on everything right?

Or how about the one person who shows up to a sporting event in your section with the visiting team’s jersey. LOOK OUT! To me, that’s one of the crazier “hates” that I have witnessed offline. Also sad. It can be made fun without the hate.

What does this say about our society today?

Why do many people focus on the negative instead of enjoying the positives of online interactions?

Watch the video, and check out my first online “rant” below. I posted this as a comment after seeing the Jim Gaffigan video as a trending topic on Facebook.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this “Tim’s Tangents” post either in the comments below, or via one of my social media channels.

 

My Video 95% Of People On LinkedIn Say WHATEVER To This!

Social media is supposed to be social isn’t it? I’m finding more and more each day that it’s becoming just “media”.

Broadcasting.

Spreading your message with little or no interaction. LinkedIn should be an amazing place to correspond with people, and it certainly can be. But often I find people connect and disappear in to the “internet abyss”.

What’s the deal with that?

This video is a follow up to a blog post I did on June 22, 2016 titled, “95% Of People On LinkedIn Say WHATEVER To This” to this.

Click here if you missed it.

I had several people chime in with comments, and it inspired this short three-minute video.

  • Do you agree?
  • Disagree?
  • Kind of agree?
  • Have a different theory altogether regarding unresponsiveness?

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, or via social media!

 

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