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Professionally Speaking

You Don’t Know Tweet!

1 2 3 4 - That'll Never Happen Again :)
1 2 3 4 - That'll Never Happen Again 🙂

So many business professionals think they know Twitter. They think you Tweet something and the world sees it.

Yeah right. Rubbish.

How do I know? Because I know more about social media than most people.

And there are quite a few who make me look like a beginner. They are years ahead of me, and you.

Social media will not work for you unless you are patiently and consistently using it yourself to promote your own message, and can see your own metrics, to understand what works and what doesn’t.

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Professionally Speaking

Are You An Investor?

Hmmmm.....
Hmmmm.....

Yesterday, a buddy from Church, and a fellow Cub Scout Dad sent me an email with this advertisement for a professional development opportunity here in Orlando, later this Fall.

When you do the right things for the right reasons, eventually, you begin to see dividends, but only if you don’t give up and if you never tire of the basics.

Continually learning, through books, seminars, blogs, university, volunteering, will pay dividends, but only if you consider yourself an investor.

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Common Sense, Not Common Professionally Speaking

Four Things

Guard Against Boring Teachers
Guard Against Boring Teachers

Who doesn’t like to learn new, cool, helpful stuff?

Do you have to, or get to, teach others?  You know, teaching other adults, co-workers, children, parents, your boss, etc.

You most likely never think of how effective you are when you teach. So here’s a test.

When a great teacher teaches you, they are aiming for four criteria, to be effective.  Bob Pike, the Walt Disney of Training, developed four questions. “Did you?”:

  1. Like it
  2. Learn it
  3. Use it
  4. Make a difference

Then Don Kirkpatrick comes along and adds to this with his four.  “Was there?”

  1. Reaction
  2. Learning
  3. Behavior
  4. Results

No matter how you slice it as a leader, the more you know and the simpler you keep it, well, you decide.

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Professionally Speaking

The Price of Freedom

Sums It Up Pretty Well
Sums It Up Pretty Well

Many businesses will honor the United States tradition of closing their doors to doing business, and take a day off from work, to remember the price of freedom.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. Fly the American Flag proudly. Honor our United States Military, even if you are against war.

In fact, no one likes war. And yet our Service Men and Service Women put their very lives on the line so that we can sleep under a blanket of freedom each night that few have ever known.

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Professionally Speaking

Three Big Answers

Be Willing To Burn The Ships
Be Willing To Burn The Ships

Unrelated to yesterday’s post about questions, wanted to share some very interesting answers from a man on the plane a few days ago.

He appeared to be a very successful business man. Not by the way he dressed, but by the way he talked. So I asked him, “What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?”

1.  You must have unquenchable passion for the “failure is not an option” attitude.

2.  You should not borrow money to finance your business. Early on it becomes too big a burden.

3.  Never be afraid to ask anyone anything.

He’s doing well at what he loves.  His office is attached to his home, and overlooks a pond in the mountains of North Carolina.