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How to Maximize the Power of Your Social Network With A Cup Of Coffee

As you build your social network always think of how you can help the people you connect with.

Change your mindset from how much effort it takes to build your social network to one that inspires you to connect people who have like minds. People who have the authority and ability to make a significant impact on the lives of others are the people you want to be around.

Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with the person you met on a social network like Twitter or LinkedIn as you will be amazed at the story they have that can change your life. Your online social network can be enhanced and strengthened when you meet your contact in a face-to-face environment. Your authentic self will shine when your online persona matches who you are in the offline environment. One of my favorite quotes is “You can run but you can’t hide” and is very true in this day and age.

An example of how I maximized my social network connections by making introductions to two people who inspire me. Ann Sieg and Tom Gonser are two entreprenuers with a similar vision. They are both working to help entrepreneurs gain exposure for their business and have a heart to help the economy to grow by creating solid and engaging communities.

In the picture below you will see the masters at work in a local coffee shop. A conversation that was probably taken to a new level because of the personal interaction verses a quick telephone call. I’m blessed to have the gift to connect people and it all started with a phone call.

Marketing Masterminds

Ann Sieg and Tom Gonser

 

I would love to hear how you are connecting and inspiring people in your social network too. Please leave a comment on my Facebook page too.

The Power of a Live Event

What Everyone Should Know About Live Events and Why Attending them Will Help You Grow Professionally and Personally.

Just this past weekend I spent three days in a power session with smart marketers. We were working on our marketing funnels, creating new content and best of all creating new friendships. For those of you who have not experienced a live event I can tell you from the heart that magic happens. I’m not talking about the “Rah-Rah” sessions where you sit in the audience and listen to a sales pitch but where you bring your laptop, your business and your marketing plan.

I really enjoy working in a room of people who all have different aspirations and are at different levels of success within their business. We inspire each other.

Lisa Saline and Angela BrooksFor example, I met Angela Brooks, who was the trainer for Social Media. Now you might think as a social media trainer myself I may have felt a bit uncomfortable with that. However, she was a gem to listen too and I picked up a few links that would help improve the management of social media with my clients. Plus we had a great time with the Twitter Hashtag #RAW3. This allowed the tweeters in the room to instantly connect with the people sitting across the table in the online world. I love it.

 

Another person I met was Kelly Kust. She is a single mom with a story that leaves a footprint onLisa Saline and Kelly your heart. Not only is she a single mom but one with 7 children. She lost her husband to a car accident while pregnant with her 7th child. Imagine the loneliness she felt when she delivered that child and soon after found out her little girl had Down Syndrome. Kelly is an inspiring woman who has the ability to impact and inspire so many people. I believe that is her business model all together. If you would like to find out more about Kelly’s story The Story is Here

 

 

Ann Sieg and Lisa SalineAnd last but certainly not least. The ability to have expert eyes on your work during a live session is life changing. Not often do you get to bend the ear of the expert in person. I appreciated the feedback I received and have taken the notes and turned them into a proper marketing funnel that will reward me and the people I connect with. Here’s to success.

 

 

Do me a favor and let me know if you have attended a workshop or live event for your business and what the results were for you. You can do that right on my Facebook Page  

 

The Different Leadership Styles

Leadership StylesThere are three accepted types of leadership styles: autocratic, democratic  and laissez-faire. Each carries its own advantages and problems, and you  will often find that a situation often requires just one, rather than  blending them together. These leadership styles, when used effectively and  in a situation that bests utilizes their strengths, will offer success. When  they are used in the wrong type of situation, however, you will easily see  their weaknesses. We intend to show you how to choose between them and find  a balance that works best for you.

Leadership styles: Autocratic

Of all the leadership styles, this is the most domineering and it requires a  strong force of will to manage it. With this style, you make all choices.  Your staff and coworkers have little, if any, say in what goes on with a  project. You assign work and then make sure it gets done; you take on all  major responsibilities and, if there are decisions to be made, you work them  out. The autocratic approach is one that requires a strong personality.  Those uncomfortable with positions of power and dealing with the  consequences should not try this.

Of course, it must be noted that this is usually the most hated form of  leadership. Your staff will want to have their opinions heard and the  autocratic form does not really allow for that. Sometimes, however, a  situation calls for this kind of strict leadership. Perhaps you have come in  to a staff that is used to missing deadlines or being coddled? An
established authority may be a necessity, even if it does make you less  popular.

Leadership styles: Democratic

If you happen to have a team that is reliable and filled with people of good  ideas, then this can be the right style for you. With democratic, you spend  less time making sure everything gets done and more listening to the input
of others. When you have a team that does not require your constant  supervision, you can enjoy their opinions and have the time to actually sort through them. The team is a part of the company, not just a part of you.

This is considered the most popular of styles as people will work  harder–theoretically–for a leader who includes them. Still, this style  will only work if you have a group that is willing to put their ideas into  action, not just wait for your signal.

Leadership styles: Laissez-faire

This is a style that can be either a massive success or a massive failure,  depending on how you handle. This gives your employees virtual run of  projects, letting them make decisions and take responsibility. As a form of  leadership, it’s somewhat of a contradiction as there is very little  “leading”. You trust your team to make things happen and deal with the  matters that directly concern you.

For a motivated group, this can work. The difficulty comes in keeping  everyone on time and on pace when you are not stepping in to check. The  laissez-faire is not recommended for most companies because it is such a  risky venture. If one member fails, then everyone can fail. It takes a special team to pull that off.

You can get more insight into these styles and strategies from classes in an organizational leadership masters program. You can also attend business seminars and conventions to get tips from other business leaders.

What can we learn from charismatic leadership?

Winston Churchill - A Charismatic LeaderFidel Castro and Winston Churchill. Jesus and Mohammed. All exemplify charismatic leadership, one of the three forms of leadership classified by sociologist Max Weber.

At the heart of Weber’s classification is a belief in the “exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual”. Significantly, it is a neutral term, implying neither good nor evil. Hitler, for example, was a charismatic leader as was Mohandas Ghandi.

One of the most fascinating attributes of charismatic leadership is that followers are drawn to the individual because of their personality or charisma. Like Ghandi, they do not have to hold a position of authority in order to inspire or lead people.

Instead, followers may see the leader as a parental figure who will nurture and guide them or as a prophet who can reveal higher truths. The leader may also be heralded as a hero based on previous triumphs or as a person of integrity, regarded for living by strong principles.

In recent years, charismatic leadership has fallen out of favor. Yet, it still plays a role in our society. When a Fortune 500 company needs a CEO to turn the tide of failing fortunes or a lackluster political party wants to boost its popularity in the polls, a charismatic leader can be relied upon to inspire renewed faith and optimism among the ranks.

Despite the naysayers, charismatic leadership can benefit society in multiple ways.

• Vision: these leaders express a compelling view of the future.
• Passion: they embody their belief.
• Energy: they commit boundless energy to realizing their goals.
• Creativity: they develop solutions to the problems that bog others down.
• Inspiration: they arouse confidence, faith and belief in their followers.

Given such positive associations, why would anyone question the role of charismatic leadership in our society today? The answer lies in how easily faith can be misplaced. When we consider a cult like that of the notorious Jim Jones, we can see how blindly following a leader can bring about pain, suffering and death.

Even in the service of a worthy cause, there are negative aspects to charismatic leadership. Heroic self-sacrifice, for example, can jeopardize family relationships and physical or financial health.

As history reveals, however, charismatic leadership can also be a positive and beneficial practice. The key lies in whether or not it is carried out ethically. In the best of all possible worlds, leaders act in the interests of their followers. Furthermore, they encourage their followers to take responsibility for their actions and ultimately become leaders themselves.

This is radically different from a situation like that created by Jim Jones or other cult leaders, where followers are required to accept the leader’s demands without question, regardless of how it affects them.

Too often, the latter is the situation that comes to mind when we think about charismatic leadership. Yet, when we look at the contributions of some exemplary leaders we can see how greatly it has benefited our world in the past and how much we continue to reap from it today.

Building a corporate culture of creativity

Building a corporate culture of creativity as well as accepting new ideas will capture the talent, energy and commitment of employees. Take 3 minutes to watch the movie “A Peacock in the Land of Penguins” to inspire you and your team.

How to Become an Ideal Leader

Are you a leader

Are you a leader

When you are at work, do you get frustrated because things don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be? You see people milling around but nothing gets accomplished. And in the daily hustle and bustle, do you feel that your goals remain just that – goals. Then maybe its time for you to stand up and do something about it.

Most people are content just to stand around listening for orders. And it isn’t unusual to adopt a follow-the-leader mentality. But maybe, somewhere inside of you, you feel the desire to make things happen – to be the head, not the tail. Then maybe leadership just suits you fine.

Some people believe that great leaders are made, not born. Yes, it may be true that some people are born with natural talents. However, without practice, without drive, without enthusiasm, and without experience, there can be no true development in leadership.

You must also remember that good leaders are continually working and studying to improve their natural skills. This takes a commitment to constantly improve in whatever endeavor a person chooses.

First of all, let’s define leadership. To be a leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish a goal, or an objective. He contributes to the organization and cohesion of a group.

Contrary to what most people believe, leadership is not about power. It is not about harassing people or driving them using fear. It is about encouraging others towards the goal of the organization. It is putting everyone on the same page and helping them see the big picture of the organization. You must be a leader not a boss.

First of all, you have to get people to follow you. How is this accomplished?

People follow others when they see a clear sense of purpose. People will only follow you if they see that you know where you are going. Remember that bumper sticker? The one that says, don’t follow me, I’m lost too? The same holds true for leadership. If you yourself do not know where you’re headed to, chances are people will not follow you at all.

You yourself must know the vision of the organization. Having a clear sense of hierarchy, knowing who the bosses are, who to talk to, the organization’s goals and objectives, and how the organization works is the only way to show others you know what you are doing.

Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It’s about who you are, what you know, and what you do. You are a reflection of what you’re subordinates must be.

Studies have shown that one other bases of good leadership is the trust and confidence your subordinates have of you. If they trust you they will go through hell and high water for you and for the organization.

Trust and confidence is built on good relationships, trustworthiness, and high ethics.

The way you deal with your people, and the relationships you build will lay the foundation for the strength of your group. The stronger your relationship, the stronger their trust and confidence is in your capabilities.

Once you have their trust and confidence, you may now proceed to communicate the goals and objectives you are to undertake.

Communication is a very important key to good leadership. Without this you can not be a good leader. The knowledge and technical expertise you have must be clearly imparted to other people.

Also, you can not be a good leader and unless you have good judgment. You must be able to assess situations, weigh the pros and cons of any decision, and actively seek out a solution.

It is this judgment that your subordinates will come to rely upon. Therefore, good decision-making is vital to the success of your organization.

Leaders are not do-it-all heroes. You should not claim to know everything, and you should not rely upon your skills alone.

You should recognize and take advantage of the skills and talents your subordinates have. Only when you come to this realization will you be able to work as one cohesive unit.

Remember being a leader takes a good deal of work and time. It is not learned overnight. Remember, also, that it is not about just you. It is about you and the people around you.

So, do you have the drive and the desire to serve required of leaders? Do you have the desire to work cooperatively with other people? Then start now. Take your stand and be leader today.

The only sure way for your people to lose is if they give up.

Following leadership article is from ArtWilliams.com
“The only sure way for your people to lose is if they give up. Your lack of encouragement should never be the reason a person quits. A leader must always keep believing in people, no matter what.”


No. 1 – Have confidence in your people.

  • See each person as a winner.
  • Expect success from everyone.
  • Let people know you think they can win.

No. 2 – Recognize each accomplishment, no matter how small.

  • Show people that you know what they do.
  • Make each small accomplishment seem major – it really is.
  • Make your praise public – people love to be recognized among their peers.

No. 3 – Sell the dream, again.

  • Never think you can stop “selling the dream.”
  • People need to be constantly reminded of the rewards of their hard work.
  • Encourage people to talk about their personal goals and dreams. (You could have a “dream” session and ask each person to tell his personal “success dream.”)

No. 4 – Don’t give up on people when they make mistakes.

  • Live with them through the tough times, as well as the easy times.
  • Care about each person as an individual.
  • Allow people to learn from their mistakes. Never criticize.

AND…Never be guilty of giving up AS A LEADER.

Some Helpful Public Speaking Tips

Speaker

Public Speaking

If the idea of getting up in front of a large crowd makes you feel ill, then
you may need to use public speaking tips as a way to calm your nerves and
learn how to overcome stress. These simple, but effective, suggestions will
help make giving speeches an easier thing. While we certainly cannot claim
that they will cure your nervousness (this is not magic, after all), we can
guarantee that using these public speaking tips will make the burden less of
one. While you may still hate having to give a speech, you will better know
how to handle yourself during one. And that can make all the difference.

Some helpful public speaking tips:

One: know your material. The worst thing you can do is show up unprepared.
Of all public speaking tips, this is the one you have to remember. Even if
you are not naturally gifted with speech-making and even if you cannot
manage more than a mono toned voice, you can still convey a message if you
know your material. It does not matter how charming you are or how witty you
can be; you need to know the information. Come prepared.

Two: know your audience. What sort of occasion is this? A wedding
reception? A business presentation? Understand who you are speaking with so
you can form something appropriate. You can turn any fact into something
suitable, if you just take the time to think about what the audience will
best respond to.

Three: practice. This should be among the most obvious of public
speaking tips. Just showing up to improvise is not a smart choice. Some
people can manage to do this; they thrive on spontaneity and pressure. Most,
however, do not. You should practice, reciting your speech and knowing
everything about it. It should be a second nature to you, not something you
wing at the last second.

Four: remember to move. Standing behind a lectern, clutching at its sides,
does not inspire confidence. Feel free to move about the area, use hand
gestures and connect with your audience through body language. It can
instantly send a message of conviction and confidence, even if you are a
complete mess inwardly. This will also keep you from unconsciously shuffling
papers or tapping your feet, nervous habits that will distract the audience.

Five: fake it. For the last of our public speaking tips, we encourage you
to fake ease. Even if you hate speeches, even if you are nothing more than
stress and panic, fake confidence. Smile, nod, make eye contact: do
everything you have to for a positive message. While this is not always
easy, it is necessary. You do not have to charm your audience, but you do
have to make them listen. Confidence will do that. Of course, it helps if
you believe in what you are saying but, even then, you may need to pretend.
Do everything you can to look casual. If this means you have to study body
language and mimic it, do so. If you have to practice for hours at a time to
learn every word so you won’t have to worry about forgetting your place, do
so. When it doubt, smile and fake how nervous you are.

With these public speaking tips, you can make the transition from an awkward
speaker to, at least, a more capable one.