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Staying up late… to build a community… presentation

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Audio Post

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Google + is Happening

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Pecha Kucha Event (and World Cafe)

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An Email Post

Now I’m just testing the capability to post by email. I know this feature has been around for a while, but I’ve never tried it.

Seems simple enough.

This does make it easy, so there’s really no excuse not to post more often. The only problem is coming up with good content. So with this blog I’ll keep the freedom of posting about anything, whereas on my http://grootship.com blog I need to be more focused.

Thanks for paying attention.

…if you are.

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1st Audio Post – Too Cool!

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The Importance of Story

When I was a kid, about 7 or 8 years old, word got out that for my birthday I wanted some Hot Wheels cars.  On that day, I had a big party with lots of friends over which also meant lots of presents.  I was so excited.

When I opened my first present, it just what I wanted, Hot Wheels cars! Perfect.  Next present, more Hot Wheels.  This was working out great.  The next one, Hot Wheels again!  I couldn’t believe my luck.

Then it happened, present after present, every single gift I received that day, all matched my desire: Hot Wheels!  It was like a dream come true…  except for one thing. 

It was too much. 

Sure, I wanted some Hot Wheels cars, but I liked other stuff too.  I didn’t necessarily want every present to be Hot Wheels.  Couldn’t someone be a little creative and think of something else?

It was one of the strangest birthdays I ever had.  I was excited and happy about what I received, but not quite fulfilled because the final outcome wasn’t really what I wanted.  I learned that very basic lesson of “be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.” But to me it answered the question, “Is that all you want?”

Sometimes it takes an experience to really learn something.  And each experience is a story. 

We learn the most from stories.

Whether they are our own, or we read or hear them from someone else.  They are powerful.  And that is why they have been used for generations since the beginning of man to teach basic principles.

If stories have been so effective throughout time, then maybe we ought to use them more often today.  Well, some people do.

Some of us just need more practice.  Do you?  Will you?

 

Post inspired by Chris Brogan: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/importance-of-story/

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Get Published!

Have you ever thought about publishing your own book?

Does it seem just out of the realm of possibility for you?

Well, break that old mindset my friend, because this is the 21st century and self publishing is here for everyone!

Wouldn’t it be the coolest thing to see your book on the shelf, with your name in big letters as the author?  That can easily happen without you having to sell one copy (although you might want to buy one for yourself.)

Self publishing is getting to be big business with multiple sites offering a variety of resources and services:

Lulu
CreateSpace
Arbor Books
Self Publishing

There are even a truckload of books about self publishing. (Ironically, those seem to be the most popular.)

So there’s really no excuse to not create your own book these days.  Except of course, you don’t have anything to write about.  But that’s absurd.  Everyone has a story.  You’re creating one right now, by your choices.  And everyone can choose to create the life story they want to be told.

So create it.  Then publish it.

Or, publish something, so it becomes part of your story.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about one of my friends who published her own book.  She has an amazing story.  Plus, her content is super useful and relevant for many people these days (everyone really.)

I was completely inspired and motivated.  And I think you will be too, when you read her book.

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A Strategy of Constant Change

My friend Steven has written a book.  It’s a free ebook that you can share with anyone.  It’s about the new ways of dealing with change.

So check it out here.

It’s a new world of idea flooding.  With the ease of publishing the written word these days, we are more readily exposed to great minds like Steven’s.  This allows more of us to influence and be influenced by the ideas of everyone else. 

But in order to be the right kind of catalyst for change, we need to be involved, connected.  We need to be in the places where we can run into great work like this, and have a chance to influence others with our own ideas.

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Incomplete

 Stress comes from incompletions.

When something is incomplete, it is unresolved.  It means there is a open loop that has not been closed.

Types of incompletions could be:

  • unclear commitments,
  • worries, complaints, problems,
  • unclear direction,
  • lack of acknowledgement,
  • missing or hard to find information,
  • unfinished blog post.

How these things exist for you determines your level of stress or feeling of being overwhelmed.  It depends entirely on your perception of these incompletions.  The same exact incompletion may not bother one person, but could throw another person into a panic.

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Urgent!

How do you get people to immediately stop what they’re doing and willingly help you do what ever you ask?crying-child-cropped1

Just walk in with a crying baby or toddler.

Nothing demands attention more than the constant cries of a child in pain.

This is what they call in business, “a burning platform.”  In other words, it is something that everyone should be concerned about, something that everyone is willing to help resolve because it is in their best interest and the best interest of the group.

But if you don’t happen to have a crying baby handy, how do you communicate a ‘burning platform’ message to others who need to hear it?

 

photo by egg on stilts

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Now What?

After 21 days of posting, where do I go from here?

Start over.

Here’s a site where you can find all kinds of stuff – Mashable

Try one thing that looks interesting to you.  Spend some time learning how to use it…

and in no time…

you’re an expert! At least to some of your friends who have never seen that tool or website or widget.

There’s so much out there that it is easy to become a local expert at something.