Title Princess “Techie Talk”

I am launching my Title Princess ~ “Techie Talk” this year.  With the goal of helping my clients and followers optimize their social media marketing footprint.  Information overload is so common these days in our business world, so my job is to help you sift through all this information quicker and more efficiently.  I hope to find and post the best tips and tools of the trade that I think will be useful to you in your business.  We are moving at the speed of light in our new business world, so grab on, hold on, and enjoy the ride!!

This month who better to start our year off with valuable social media tips than Mashable.  I don’t know what it is about the number 10, but we seem to listen when ever we see “Top Ten” lists… so here is another one to ponder.  “The 10 Stages of Social Media Business Integration.”

1. Observe & Report
2. Setting the Stage + Dress Rehearsal
3. Socializing Media
4. Finding a Voice and a Sense of Purpose
5. Finding a Voice and a Sense of Purpose
6. Humanizing the Brand and Defining the Experience
7. Community
8. Social Darwinism
9. The Socialization of Business Processes
10. Business Performance Metrics

(read more here)

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A New Year…A New You!

With all the talk of the new year and making new year’s resolutions,   my thoughts have been swimming through all the typicals: you know them.  Lose weight, Get in Shape, Eliminate your debt, yadda…yadda…yadda.   The web has endless possibilities to consider, to name a few . . . take Goals Guy’s Top Ten: 

1. Lose Weight and Get in Better Physical Shape  ~  2. Stick to a Budget  ~  3. Debt Reduction  ~   4. Enjoy More Quality Time with Family & Friends  ~   5. Find My Soul Mate  ~   6. Quit Smoking  ~   7. Find a Better Job  ~   8. Learn Something New  ~   9. Volunteer and Help Others  ~   10. Get Organized

Nothing new here to consider.  I need something a little more real.  With all my passion and excitement in the world of social media, I then discovered another Top ten List.   Aliza Sherman’s “10 Golden Rules of Social Media,”  now this was getting much warmer!   These tips are awesome!  Here they are in a nutshell. . .  

1. Respect the Spirit of the ‘Net   2. Listen   3. Add Value   4. Respond   5. Do Good Things    6. Share the Wealth   7. Give Kudos   8. Don’t Spam   9. Be Real   10. Collaborate

So, here are my suggestions and my own personal “Top Ten” things to accomplish in 2010:

 1.  To Live Every Day with Passion!  

2.  To have special days with my family.  What this means is Monday – is family night, Tuesday – is game night, Wednesday – is learn to cook night, Thursday – is sports night, Friday – is movie night. 

3.  Discipline!! To Time-block better. Meaning work while I’m at work and turn off my computer and phone when I am at home.  I don’t know if any of you feel the same, but it seems harder and harder in life to set limits and disconnect from technology and work when you should and be home when you should.

4.  To learn or grow one talent.  For me this means to take on a sport, rock climbing, that I have always enjoyed and turn it into a strong passion.  To learn all I can about the sport and practice it until I become an expert.  Every adult needs one thing that is theirs.  We are too inundated with life sometimes that these escapes are critical to our survival.  Women are especially guilty on not doing this; we tend to nurture everyone else and everything in our lives except ourselves.

5. To Vacation or camp in 3 new places.  My girls love nothing better than to go on an adventure in the pop-up camper and spend the weekend motorcycing by day and roasting marshmallows by night.  The simple moments seem to always be the most memorable.

6.  To buy my first Real Estate Investment Property.  I have always wanted to be a true real estate investor.  This is a scary, yet exciting thing to undertake.  I need to finally stop “hoping” for that goal, but to put my dreams into action and start the real journey to actually invest.

7. To Pay off One Big Debt. You always here the cliche goal of “I want to get out of debt”, but my thoughts are be specific.  Take it one thing at a time and slowly this general statement will be come a reality.  Six more months and my Beemer will finally be paid off!! 

8. To Write One Page a week.  I have a dream of writing my first book.  I love teaching and consulting others in social media and would love to be able to write about those experiences.  To be able to share my knowledge with others is one of the most fulfilling parts of my life.  But when I think about writing a book, I easily get overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.  So, once again, I need to keep it simple and take it one day at a time.

9.   Work out differently.  Working out and staying in shape can become so mundane.  That is why we fall of the wagon so quickly and easily.  Take on a new class at the gym that you have never tried before, like Zamba (is that what its called.)  Or start the cycle class once a week and meet new people.

10. Reconnect with Spiritual things.  Life is so fast-paced and overwhelming at times.  We live in information overload society.  How do we keep up.  I need to establish some habits of prayer and meditation that help me reconnect with God and my purpose in life.  This makes everything else make sense.

These are my goals and dreams for 2010.  I hope they inspire you to seriously think about yours and write them down.  Post them where you can read them everyday, and before you know it your dreams will quickly become a reality.

One of my favorite quote so elegantly sums it up… “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined” (Thoreau)

 

Thanksgiving Traditions?? . . .

         

Thanksgiving is Here!   Another year is nearly gone already.  I haven’t been as diligent as I should in keeping up my blogging activity.  So this week as I wrap up the month, I began to ponder a bit about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday next week.  For many the holiday this year may be stressful, or melancholy, for others full of tradition, family and lots of Turkey!  For me. . . not quite sure yet.  But one thing I am sure of, is that no matter how hard life may seem at times, I know that I have an amazing life and a lot to be thankful for!

The Denver post had a great blog posting regarding this upcoming day…  I can’t think of our family traditions?  It seems to be more of just a classic day that is our tradition, I guess.  It goes something like this…..  I try to sleep in until atleast eight a.m., if I am lucky. Then, the cooking begins, as well as the constant snacking and nibbling all morning too.  Of course, we watch the ‘Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”   Making pies with my sweet Grandma, setting the table with turkey place settings, and a house full of family.  Then the actual feast commences, with all the immediate family and cousins and friends.  Everyone takes a turn to share what they are thankful for.  Now too full to even walk, I roll onto the couch and resign to watching football with my brothers, fall asleep, wake up to family cards, then do absolutely nothing the rest of the day.  So is this whole day considered a tradition?  Does anyone of this sound familiar?

So the Denver Post forum regarding Thanksgiving traditions really struck a cord this year.   Some of the traditions shared were pretty funny, and some gave me some great ideas to try to inaugurate into my family traditions for the holiday. 

“I am the Queen of Traditions except for Thanksgiving. We usually go for a hike on the Turkey Trot trail and saying something for which we are thankful at the dinner table. Otherwise, our holiday seems to fall a little flat. What Thanksgiving traditions do you have in your family? (posted by ‘crazy canuk.)  We do a turkey bowl every year (as in go bowling).  I have also been wanting to expand our traditions and found this great list on Ezinearticles . . .  (more….) 

I like the “Turkey Bowl” idea as well as idea #8 the best:  “Show your gratitude to an unsung hero. Get together with your family and decide on a person or a group in your community who could use an extra pat on the back, ie. firefighters, soldiers, police officers, volunteers. Put together a special plate of goodies and deliver it (or pack it up for shipping) as a family.”  I think I might just add some of these ideas to my own family traditions this year.     

Happy Thanksgiving to all and thank you for all you do!  And don’t forget to enjoy a little classic Charlie Brown!

Wow! Firestorm . . .

firestorm

I had no idea what a firestorm of controversy and comments I would get from my last post!!  Unfortunately for our industry, slanderous articles and opinion pieces by some of the largest news organizations across the nation continually allow articles like these for their front/top news.  We are constantly having to fight this everyday.  I strongly believe that the more knowledgeable we are and professional in knowing how to combat this exact kind of mentality, the better equipped we will be and in turn the better perceived we will be as well. 

The fact is that I was alarmed by the piece!  When I said “I found a great article,” I was stating that sarcastically.  Realtors are some of the hardest working, selfless people I know!  People absolutely need Real Estate Brokers to help them buy or sell their homes!  This is one of the most complex and emotionally vested transactions most people will ever make in their lives!!  Professional realtors are the people who make it all happen and for dreams to come through for the average American family!  Truly!! 

So, we are a profession that is so undervalued and stomped on.  But if we can have this knowledge, yet not feed into the energy of the negativity, but be consistent and steadfast in advocating professionalism, then maybe, just maybe we can slowly change this perception. I guess this is a great lesson for all of us.  Perception plays such a huge role in our world!  Be cautious and sincere in your quest to help others be better than they were yesterday!  I just recently finished a book that helps keep us moving forward in a positive, steadfast light.  It is called “The Angel Inside,” by Chris Widener, which retells some experiences through Michelangelo’s life.  I highly recommend it.  So keep this thought in mind as you go through your day,

“Every person has this tremendous capacity to be both king and warrior, a person of value and a person of accomplishment – of beauty and power.  There is an angel in all of us.  This day will forever change your life.”

10 things your Real Estate broker won’t say . . .

 

BEWARE!!

BEWARE!!

How apropos for this upcoming holiday season. . . I saw this great article on MSN’s Real Estate website today.  I think this is important for all my clients and real estate friends to be aware of, and make sure you aren’t one of these they talk about. 

Here are the 10 to keep in mind:

1~ “Your open house is really just a networking party for me.”

2~ “My fees are negotiable.”

3~”Think you’ve had no offers? Actually, there have been several.”

4~”I’m not obligated to keep my mouth shut for you.”

5~”Sometimes I forget whose side I’m on.”

6~”I know zilch about zoning.”

7~”I won’t let termites — or pesky inspectors — kill a deal.”

8~”I sometimes forget I’m not a lawyer.”

9~”My Web site is a dead end.”

10~”You can probably do this without me.”

(to Read full article click here…)

It is alarming to me that MSN would post such a skewed and such a blatantly untrue article!  Real Estate professionals are some of the hardest working professionals out there that get beat up on time and time again in the mainstream media.  The fact is, people need realtors to sell their homes… bottom line.  So, let’s prove to our communities that we are specialists in our field, with knowledge and a high level of  professionalism.  Don’t let ignorant media define your business.

Outsourcing Meat…Really?

Alright, I get it that many companies are needing to outsource, especially in this economy.  I’ll give you.  But Meat…..really?  This article is truly disturbing!  I already despise McDonald’s – primarily due to the nightmares of previous trips to the kid zones.  But this does it for me. 

I’m sure those of you who aren’t in the cattle business don’t understand the issues here. But to those of us whose living depends on the cattle market, selling cattle, raising the best beef possible… This is frustrating… This will keep us from ever stopping there again, even for a drink.  The original message is from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association American cattle producers are very passionate about this.
 
McDonald’s claims that there is not enough beef in the USA to support their restaurants… Well, we know that is not so. Our opinion is they are looking to save money at our expense.  The sad thing of it is that the people of the USA are the ones who made McDonald’s successful in the first place, but we are not good enough to provide beef.cows

We personally are no longer eating at McDonald’s, which I am sure does not make an impact, but if we pass this around maybe there will be an impact felt.  All Americans that sell cows at a livestock auction barn had to sign a paper stating that we NOT EVER feed our cows any part of another cow.  South Americans are not required to do this as of yet.

McDonald’s has announced that they are going to start importing much of their beef from South America.    The problem is that South Americans aren’t under the same regulations as American beef producers, and  the regulations they have are loosely controlled.  They can spray numerous pesticides on their pastures  that have been banned here at home because of residues found in the beef. They can also use
various hormones and growth regulators that we can’t. The American public needs to be aware of this problem and that they may be putting themselves at risk from now on by eating at good old McDonald’s..

American ranchers raise the highest quality beef in the world and this is what Americans deserve to eat.    Not beef from countries where quality is loosely controlled.  Therefore, I am proposing a boycott of McDonald’s until they see the light.  I’m sorry but everything is not always about the bottom line, and when it comes to jeopardizing my family’s health, that is where I draw the line.”
 David W. Forrest, Ph.D ., PAS, Dipl.
ACAP Department of Animal Science
Texas A&M University

Motivation! Where are you? . . .

Summer is over and fall is in full swing.  Typically the last quarter of the year is the hardest for businesses.  This is the critical time to build your business in preparation for next year.  So, you say, Where has my motivation gone?  Positive attitude and surrounding yourself with motivational people is so critical to keep your outlook strong and you will sail above the competition if you do! 

Recently I just created my new vision/Dream board!  This was so fun and motivational!!  Here are some of my favorite pictures that I posted, that I wanted to share:

Next month a motivational business seminar is coming on October 13th to Denver.  This all day event will include some of the most dynamic motivational speakers in the country: including Zig Ziglar, Colin Powell, John Elway, and many more.  This event is through getmotivated.com.  I am excited for this event and to have the opportunity to listen to such phenomenal speakers!  I have many tickets and would love to have you join us for this event! 

No time is better than today to live the life of your dreams and go all the way! 

In closing, here’s the quote of the day:

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President)