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The Quickest Way to Achieve Success | Episode 009

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We all want to know the secret to success. We look at what others are doing around us and wonder, “what is it that they’re doing because it seems to be working.” There is, in fact, a secret to success – though honestly it’s not as interesting as your typical secret.

In the world of building your brand and creating an online business there is one thing you must do if you want to achieve success at a significant pace and here it is: suck up your pride and learn from others.

You may see four or five others who are building their business and it seems like everything is just falling into place – so what is it that they’re doing that is bringing success? While it may not be a prescription for what you should do it may be a good description that you could adapt for yourself.

In this episode of #dactalk Dave Shrein and Meiko Seymour team up to talk about their most recent experiences of learning and share some of their favorite places to listen to the success and failures of others.

Your Biz and Tech Questions | 008

Starting an online business doesn’t have to be complicated. The biggest issue budding entrepreneurs run into is often a completely unnecessary issue: tech problems. When you’re starting an online business it is essential to be clear on what you want to do so you can identify exactly which services and products will help you launch successfully.

In this episode of #dactalk we talk all about the tech questions that haunt most entrepreneurs and how to overcome them. This is good stuff!

The Value of Twitter with Brady Shearer

Brady Shearer is an entrepreneur who runs a multi-media business, has a podcast and has launched a new product called the Church Graphics Handbook. What is the value of Twitter to someone like Brady? I asked him that question and he was straight up with his answer. Check it out!

Followers and Following | Who Should I Follow on Twitter?

Too often we get caught up in the margins of whatever it is we’re going after. On GIANT social media margin is the question, “who should I follow on Twitter?” Another one, and closely related too, is,” I don’t have very many followers so it’s not worth it.”

We are naturally attracted to folks who share similar interests and have complimentary personalities and in the same way it takes time in real life to find these people, it takes time on Twitter… except real life doesn’t have something called a search tool! Likewise, we naturally attract these same folks to ourselves.

So what’s the key to making this happen on Twitter?

Dreaming Is Dangerous

The above clip was taken from #dactalk Episode 005, Selling On Social Without Sounding Like a Salesman

In an earlier post I wrote about the danger we face when dreaming. I didn’t realize it when I initially wrote it, but this is a topic that I am apparently pretty passionate about.

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I host a entrepreneur Google Hangout every other week with my co-host Charissa Moore and the topic of danger in selling came up. I took the opportunity to elaborate on the danger of dreaming.

What is the dream you have for your life? I don’t care how old you are or unprepared you are or unable you are… please share below what dream you currently have for your life. There is great power in committing a dream to words so…

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM TODAY?

How to Transition Out of Your Job | 30 in 30 with Justin Trapp

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Recently a new friend of mine, Justin Trapp, send me an email asking if I’d be willing to share my story on his 30 in 30 program. The whole concept, WHICH I LOVE, is Justin taking 30 days to interview 30 different influential leaders and I was honored to be invited to talk with Justin.

A Practical Way to Use a Communication Volunteer

We often have a hard time assimilating volunteers onto a church communication team for one of several reasons:

  1. They need to be present in the office in order to accomplish the task
  2. They need to have specialized skills to run particular softwares
  3. They need to have time to dedicate to thinking on a plain beyond checking off to-dos
  4. They need to possess a discernment that cannot be taught

There are more, but I’ve found my main issues tend to be related to one of these. However, there is one way I have chosen to incorporate my volunteers which saves me hours a month and is not simply filing or accomplishing menial tasks.

Watch the video for a practical way you can begin using volunteers in your church communication department.

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Recruit, Train, Mobilize, Appreciate :: Tim Peters

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If you’ve never had the opportunity of connecting with Tim Peters, you’re missing out. Though I’ve only connected with Tim within this last year, the impact he has had on my life cannot be overstated. His blog, TimPeters.org has been one of my primary go-to places for encouragement, challenge, ideas and thought development.

This month Tim has released a very welcomed resource to the communications world: The Volunteer Mobilization Bundle. The greatest challenge I have experienced as a communications leader has been building a team of strong and professional volunteers. For three years I fought this battle alone. After one conversation with Tim in January of 2013, I hit the ground running and constructed my communications dream team. When I saw Tim had put together this bundle (from this blog post) I had to interview him and give him an opportunity to share why this bundle is so important!