In July, I put together what I thought were Seven Habits that I had observed some of the most effecitive Google+ members utilizing. The article was extremely well-received. A graphic summary was created by a fan, several other blogs requested permission to post the article in multiple languages, and now +Jeff Sieh has put together an extremely impressive video of the major points of the article.
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The following is the text of my presentation for local businesses,
The Power of the +Plus.
Monday, July 1, I achieved the most viral post I've ever had, to date.
I first read and fell in love with A Game of Thrones back in 1998. I waited a year for the second volume in the series to come out, then another year for the third volume... after discovering that author George R.R. Martin decided to extend the series from a trilogy all the way to seven volumes... and waited five then six years for volumes four and five, respectively.
One of the most common negative experiences people have on social media is to get "flamed" by other people for making a mistake. To Flame means to harshly criticize someone for their error, degrading them in the process. So someone makes an error, does something wrong, and the resulting comments are negative, even hurtful, and are nothing short of online bullying.
This is a post I have been holding off on writing for a while. You see, back in April, my daughter's great grandmother passed away. Tai Ma, as she called her in Cantonese, was 85 and had been in failing health for years. My wife and I thought we were blessed when Grandma was able to attend our wedding in 2010. And then a year later, when our daughter Cadence was born, words could not describe the joy that my little girl brought this lady who had worked so hard all her life.
I am, by most accounts, an email power user. I send and receive hundreds of messages a day, and do so from multiple devices. I have custom signatures and email templates, and can conduct business and transactions via email with ease. My entire business is run on and depends on email communication. So you can imagine my distress when suddenly, irrevocably, that was all taken away.
If you aren't a fan of the iconic Science Fiction show Star Trek, bear with me here. I think you're going to be pretty amazed at what's been happening lately.
One of the easy pitfalls when you're first starting your business (or really at any time) is to say Yes to a client and take on a job that you really didn't want and should not have taken on in the first place. There are all kinds of reasons why we do this; we need the money is typically the culprit. But it's also easy to give in to situations where you think you're helping the client, or perhaps you think it might lead to future opportunities, or other mistaken and misguided reasons.