Richard Branson’s Take On Personal Branding!



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!

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I’ve Met Incredible People Through Social Networking

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?


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


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.

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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”.


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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My First Video! I’m Pumped Up!




My first video has been created!

I used every excuse in the book to put this off for the past several months.

I was so excited to get going I even forgot to hold the camera sideways 🙂

All good. I left it in!

Please share if you find this the least bit entertaining!


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I look forward to creating more videos going forward!




95% Of People On LinkedIn Say “Whatever” To This!

I love LinkedIn! I really enjoy connecting with old classmates, work colleagues, friends and even long-lost family. Oh yeah, did I mention all the great people I have met working towards an online business the past few years too?

But I am quite fascinated by something.

It’s the lack of responsiveness on a personalized email that I send after initially connecting with somebody.

Please do not misconstrue my message as being bitter, or that I think the world owes me something. It doesn’t.

But I always find it very interesting that….

95% of people do not reply on LinkedIn when I send them a “welcome” email after I connect.

I send if after somebody invites me to connect, and when I invite somebody to connect with me.

Simply, I send a couple quick lines thanking them for connecting, and make sure to include a personal touch. I might bring up something I saw on their profile, or if I already know them it’s even easier to get personal! Then I list (with links) all of the other social media channels that they can connect with me on if interested. Finally, I include a quick summary sentence or two thanking them again for connecting.

Paul Castain from Sales Playbook taught me this years ago, and it makes a whole lotta sense.

The startling results, after several years of doing this, are 95% of people don’t reply.

One Hello On A Mountain Run – Really?


Way way back in 2011, in a galaxy far away, I was at a conference in the incredible Rocky Mountains of Jasper, Alberta, Canada. I was there for two days and had the distinct pleasure of staying at the Jasper Park Lodge; the best accommodations in the area!

Before an evening function, I decided to go for a late afternoon run. Behind the resort was a lake, golf course, and what looked like a running path through the woods. I figured, there were worse places in the world to run, so I would check it out!

Part way through my run, as I was avoiding bears and other wildlife (just kidding), I noticed another man doing the same thing. We crossed paths at some point and I said, “hello”. One thing lead to another and I found out he was from Atlanta, Georgia. I told him I grew up in Winnipeg, Canada. I also found out that he was a hockey fan, a referee and all round sports guy. As fate would have it, Atlanta was about to lose their NHL hockey team (the Thrashers), to Winnipeg (the Jets) and I was getting hockey back in my hometown after a 16 year absence!

You know that awkward moment when you sometimes say hello to somebody, they reply, and an uncomfortable pause insues from there?

Yeah that did not happen this time!

We were totally engaged, and that common love of professional hockey, and the strange occurrence of one team leaving the league, and one joining really bonded us. We have stayed in touch periodically over the last five years, and FINALLY Skyped yesterday. Where would we be without social media to keep us connected?

We’ve promised to speak again in July, stay in touch more frequently, and explore a business collaborations together.

Why did this all happen?


Because I said hello on a run.

And he replied hello.

Then I found out where he lived and what he did for work.

Then I probed some more and found out that he was a hockey fan.

Then we connected the dots to that strange situation where his hometown hockey team was moving to my hometown.

Then we agreed to exchange contact information.

Then we connected on some key social media channels like LinkedIn.

Then life got in the way and we did not correspond for long stretches of time. But we were still connected.

Then I sent him a note to say that my new website was live, and he should pop by and check it out some time.

Then he said great, and suggested that we set up a Skype call to finally speak in person.

And that lead to yesterday.




This does not have to be complicated. You just have to put yourself out there. Always remember this takes practice. I have all the respect in the world for people who are shy and more introverted. That’s ok. I totally get it. I’ve stuttered all of my life. I’m sure that I stumbled on some words when I was speaking with Jim, but I did not care. I’m well past that now.

All I said was hello.

“It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet”.


Sorry for some reason I started to write Adele lyrics!

I actually just said hello to him!

Now I have a fantastic connection for life, and a great story to share at speaking events, training sessions and via social media for years to come.

I’m a big proponent that everything happens for a reason, but I’m also a believer that good things happen to those that put themselves out there and are laser focused towards achieving their goals.

I’m always in “networking” mode, and I learned that from my parents who were teachers. They are still well-known in our community, and are always locked and loaded with a friendly smile and a warm “hello” waiting for a stranger or friend.

Say hi to people.



You never know where it might lead.



Here is the link to another of my blog post that hopefully inspires you to start more conversations.

Engaging People Is Not Only A “Work Thing”.  


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