Monthly Blog Archives: March 2011

It’s Almost Blog Challenge Time
Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

Calling all BLOGGERS!!  It is time for the Ultimate Blog Challenge again.   If you haven’t participated in the blog challenge yet, you might be thinking “What the heck is a blog challenge?” or “Why would I want to add another challenge to my life?”.  Both questions are legit so sit back and let me tell you a little about why you should be participating in our blog challenge.

What is a Blog Challenge?

It is a super cool and fun way to get the word out about your blog.  In the simplest terms as the blogger you commit to post 30 blog posts (on your own blog) in the 30 days of April (doesn’t have to be 1 a day – just 30 in 30 days) and support your fellow bloggers by re-tweeting their posts, reading and commenting and sharing on other forms of social media.

By Michele A Scism

Find Time and Flexibility With TinyMCE Plugins for WordPress!
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Finding time to make your blog more attractive and user friendly … both to your readers and for you when you’re posting … is time well spent!  One of the best ways that I have found to save time with my WordPress blog is to take advantage of some of the excellent Plugins that are available.

Plugins can significantly enhance and extend the functioning of your blog. There are plugins for just about any task you can think of … from catching spam to creating forms and widgets, to making it easier for people to add your posts to their Twitter feeds and Facebook pages.

I especially love it when I am able to learn about Plugins from people who have actually tried them.  So today I’d like to do that for you, as I share two plugins my VA recently explored and thought were very useful.

By Paula Eder

The Tripe of Hype – Time Out on Majestic Monikers
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Have you heard from the Maven of Mojo? How about the Event Evangelist or the PR Potentate? No? Then maybe the Sultana of Sales or the Grand Poo Bah of Publicity have contacted you.

OK, maybe not all those monikers are taken, but there is no shortage of internet entrepreneurs with very small businesses and very grand titles: the Diva of This or the Goddess of That. In fact, I often get asked to help clients come up with their own sonorous soubriquet. But I refuse to do it.

It’s not because I’m the “Queen of Mean”, or “Shannon the Loose Cannon.” I know these alliterative aliases are fun. Who hasn’t created nice, or naughty, nicknames at some time in their life? And it’s certainly not because I don’t have a way with words. No, the reason I won’t create these majestic monikers is that I know they are more likely to harm your business than help it.

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6 Ways to Prevent Visitors From Sharing Your Website
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Tired of getting traffic to your website?  Frustrated when you see your URL or name pop up on Facebook or Twitter?

Never fear!  I can solve this problem for you!

Here’s how to make sure it’s difficult for people to share your website.

After all, if they want to share it they should have to work hard to do that, since we’ve all got extra time on our hands.

1.  Don’t Give Them Anything to Share

Make sure that your best content is either hard to find or nowhere to be found on your website.  If there’s nothing worth sharing, no one will share.  Now you don’t even need to read the other 5 tips!  🙂

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Find Time to Give Yourself Traction AND Flexibility When Setting Goals!
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Finding time to set goals for yourself creates two states of mind that can improve your life whether you achieve your objectives or not. They are “awareness” and “flexibility”. Today I’d like to focus on the link between setting goals and “flexibility”.

If you’re like many, you may think that once a goal is set, it shouldn’t be changed. Do you see your only options as either achieving your goals or not? I think a lot of us do … but consider how dangerous it is to eliminate any middle ground.

You set yourself up to either succeed or fail. And since experience demonstrates that most goals are not achieved – or certainly not on the first try – you might begin to question the value of goal-setting. After all, why create a situation in which you are likely to end up feeling badly?

By Paula Eder

Profits: 3 Essential Areas to Focus On
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One area of business management that I see very little discussion on is profits! I see LOTS of talk about revenues, i.e. six-figure businesses, multi-six-figure businesses, seven-figure businesses, but you never seem to get to the real story behind these headlines – profits!

A six- or even seven-figure business sounds great, but it’s not so great if the profits aren’t there, i.e. you’re only making a $10k profit from a $100k business.

Profits are basically what’s left over (pre-tax or gross) after a business’ expenses have been deducted from its revenues – and this is one area of business that you need to keep a close eye on. So, taking two different scenarios, let’s look at some simple math in determining the profits of a six-figure business and a smaller five-figure business:

By Admin Text-Only Editing

The Big Storm
Lisa Bloom - Speaker, Author, Coach, Storyteller

They say a big storm is coming.

For days they’ve been telling us that we should expect heavy rain, wild winds and snow in the mountains.   They say it will be the biggest storm this winter and there may be damage done.

So far it has not appeared but as I write these words, I see the trees moving in the wind and the sky is dull.

Often the anticipation of an event is so much more stressful than the event itself.

It was August 1992, I was working on cruise ships in the Caribbean and my contract was just finishing.

As we were sailing back towards Miami and I was due to disembark for the very last time, we starting hearing the news flashes about the hurricane.

By Lisa Bloom

Loads of Money or Loads of Victims
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“Money begets money.” At least it seems to for some presenters I’ve seen at business conferences. I bet you’ve seen them too, up on stage waving a fat roll of big bills in the air. “I’ve got loads of money!”

And let me let you in on their little secret: it’s  just a wad of singles with a hundred dollar bill at each end, but it seems to impress some people in the audience. (Seriously, I’ve seen it first hand at an event I was speaking at!)

It makes me laugh….until I see people giving these BS artists their hard-earned dollars. Then it makes me angry.

“Look at the size of my wad! I’ve made loads of cash,” they claim, “and you can too, if you pay me to tell you how.” And some people do pay them.

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The Gift of Divine Guidance
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Since the dawn of human kind we have been in contact with the spiritual realm. The truth is that we all have a direct connection to our Higher Self, Angels, Guides and the Divine; it is a natural ability given to all human beings.

We are just physical extensions of the non-physical Source Energy many know as God, God Source, Source Energy, All That Is, Universe, or whatever you want to personally call it. When you can learn to access that part of yourself, develop that connection to the greater part of yourself, then you are able to understand the great practical value it has in your life.

We are all born with this ability. As we grew older, that connection was sometimes closed as we were told to grow up and face reality, but I assure it is real and it exists. We all have it, whether you realize it or not. And we all have the ability to develop it further.

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Find Time, Energy and Resilience When You Put a Little Love in Your Heart!
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Finding time takes more than making and completing to-do lists, as you well know. For one thing, you need lots of resourcefulness and resilience when setbacks arise. Your instinctive response when plans are threatened may be to entrench yourself in rigid patterns, but that’s a temptation to avoid.   It creates a cycle that can then set you back further and further.

Instead, if you feel the tug to dig in your heels when you hit a bump in the road, turn to your heart.  Let yourself soften into a compassionate place, and see what bubbles up for you.

Compassion helps you get unstuck, no matter what has you in its grip.  The more you cultivate compassion, the more you’ll thrive in the face of change – seeing the possibilities more than the hurdles. Compassion helps you build flexibility, courage, and creativity, too. Given life’s unending stream of challenges, fostering your power of compassion can provide lifetime strength. For example, your heart-based choice to live from your compassion helps you:

By Paula Eder

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