Personal Coaching – Top 7 Basics and an Important Key

Personal Coaching is becoming more popular in day-to-day living, to set goals, stay on track and achieve goals, while balancing family and work.

Personal Coaching helps a client to realize more of his potential, achieve his goals and enjoy success in many areas of life. Personal coaching also helps a client to succeed in business while maintaining quality time with family and a rewarding personal life.

Coaching is defined as- “a strategy used to help a client reach her fullest potential and achieve her goals. The coach first helps to define the goals, and then supports the client in executing them by mapping out a strategy and helping her stay on track. Coaching helps to balance work, family and social demands as well as leisure and spiritual activities.” -by East End Guild of Wholistic Practitioners (

Top Seven Basics:

1) Why Coaching

Even when you have all the facts, it is easy to get distracted and lose focus. If your ambitions and goals are important to you, you need to make sure that you will stay on track. Coaching provides a solid opportunity to achieve your goals fast.

“Coaching can certainly help you strengthen your sense of self-worth, focus on your goals — and get there, fast.” – The London Daily Telegraph

People who are already successful in professional sports, in the entertainment industry or in the business world still have a coach because they understand the value that comes from coaching. That is how they keep on winning and make further progress.

2) When to Get Coaching

If I were preparing for a marathon, I would get a coach. If I am planning to start a new business, but do not know how, I would get a coach. I could have used coaching when I was trying to host my first website or when I was trying to learn a new tool. I could use coaching when I want to make progress in life or in business, or live a disciplined life. I could use coaching to set goals, to get support in executing them by mapping out a strategy and to get help to stay on track.

Can I do without coaching? Yes. I can learn on my own and do whatever is necessary to accomplish the desired outcomes. However, it takes longer and becomes difficult and there are pitfalls of giving up. If I can afford, I would get a coach, so that I can focus on achieving my goals and live a rewarding life with discipline. Coaching helps me to keep myself accountable and on track.

3) How to Find a Coach

Searching on the internet can bring you many options. You may also ask around in your personal network. When you ask around, look for the facts, not the opinions. Everyone’s needs and goals are different. Choose the one that is suitable and affordable to your needs. See the expertise of the coach below.

4) Competence and Expertise of the Coach

Personal and Business Coaches Daniel Midson-Short and David Wood, PCC note that – coaches do not need to be certified to begin coaching, though it is important for development of the skill and the coaching profession. In addition, that – coaching the clients and helping them to change and improve their lives will give a coach more confidence and marketability than all the certificates the resume can hold. (Independent Report on Coach Training and Certification by Daniel Midson-Short & David Wood, PCC)

There are many successful coaches – some are certified, some are not.

A client should choose a coach with whom he feels comfortable and who is suitable for his specific needs. Client can try the free sessions and see if a particular coaching program is suitable and affordable for his or her needs.

If you are looking for a general life coaching, any life coach may do. If you have specific goals and needs, you need a coach who is competent enough or who has experience in coaching others with similar goals. Example: Starting a web based business, online marketing, investment and trading, learning a new software language, developing and marketing software etc. Coaching is not training but a coach having knowledge of a particular field can greatly reduce your time and efforts.

5) Coaching Relationship

A solid coaching relationship is important for long-term success and ongoing progress of the client in accomplishing his goals with less stress and in less time. James Flaherty notes in “Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others” that the elements in a coaching relationship comprise of – mutual respect, mutual trust, mutual freedom of expression. Confidentiality is an important part of the communication in coaching. Client should open up to sharing the actual situations than what he thinks the coach wants to hear. Coach should be open enough to observe the things that matter without judging.

6) Commitment

Commitment to the coaching process should be from both client and coach. Both should agree about schedules, about what is possible and what is acceptable. Address any obstacles. Client is the one who needs to take action and it is his or her interest in focus in coaching. Coach holds the client accountable and encourages doing more. The schedules and action plans are flexible and can be adjusted based on the new circumstances or possibilities. Coach should state clearly the practical steps involved in accomplishing the desired outcomes, without trying to sugar coat, but at the same time believing in client’s ability to achieve them through a practical approach.

7) Coaching Process

Identify the immediate concerns and future possibilities. Set goals, establish a strategy, and make an action plan. The purpose of the coaching is to help the client take action and stay on track. Therefore, it is an ongoing process for the duration of the coaching period. Coach and client communicate on scheduled intervals, anywhere from weekly to monthly basis. Client can be assigned with homework and assignments.

Coaching is a process of observation, correction and improvements. The purpose of the coaching has the client’s best interests in focus. The same techniques become less effective overtime. That is how so many New Year resolutions fail. Therefore, the ongoing communication is an important key to get the full benefits of coaching. Rather than just a course, coaching is an ongoing, evolving process through questions and feedback.

Coach’s goal is to keep the coaching sessions and the process as practical as possible for the client to succeed, as the client may already be busy with his own tasks.

When you establish goals and create an action plan, the progress should be measurable. Ex: If a client is struggling to stay motivated and disciplined to exercise regularly, with the help of a coach, if he is able to exercise regularly for 60 days, then this is identifiable. Coach’s goal is to make the client take action towards the attainment of desired outcomes.

* Important Key: Commitment, Communication and Hope

Understanding the fact that coaching is for client’s own benefit helps him stay committed to the coaching relationship. One’s own resolution to continue the process is what keeps it going. It is easy to get bored and give up. Client and coach keep the communication going and address any obstacles and hindrances, and implement the required solutions and plans.

There must be something worthwhile that you (client) are trying to accomplish. Never lose sight of the HOPE – there is always a hope of getting to where you want be, as long as you do not give up.

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Positive Environment Vs Negative Environment

If someone is still not success in life, it might high possibility due to the environment you are in. Have you ever take it seriously when analysis your environment? Who do you stick with? What’s your working environment? What’s your learning environment? What you learn from the environment? And what you apply, follow the environment?

Let’s check out some simple example: Singapore is one of the world’s fastest walkers. Why not only half of it walking fast and the other half walk slowly? It’s because of environment. Notice it or not, your environments will change your living habits.

For another example, why some country crown as most commit suicide rate country? So you think its coincidence? It’s because of the environment too.

*I’m not telling you to blame the environment, as you can choose to change or stick and grow with it.

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. | W. Clement Stone

How positive environment can help you in achieving great success in your life? When you stick with lots of people with great knowledge, you’ll “automatic” gain lots of knowledge when you’re with them, and even better, they’ll change your habits to go out and seek for more knowledge.

Let’s compare 2 working environment, in which here I’m taking sales as example:

Environment A is a team of salesman with positive attitude, hard working, consistence, high experience in sales, always seek and learn more, and with monthly achieve of 1 million sales and above!

Environment B is a team of salesman with lazy, blame this and that attitude, “waiting for salary” habit, with monthly sales achieve of below 5K.

Which do you think will help you grow faster and achieve more? Definitely that Environment A will change you to become more positive, in terms of work hard, positive attitude, mindset and also your achievement. That’s why successful people will likely and prefer to stick with other successful people, because they know how important is the environment and people they stick to.

What you know is not important, but who is know, yes.

*Of course, it won’t judge the 100% of you, but somehow you’ll get affected by the environment no matter its positive or negative environment.

Some of the real life example that I’ve always seen is that, children from very poor life, it’s either they’ll be the same poor as their parents do, or they’ll have a strong desire to giving his/her family a great life, thus they’ll work much harder than others on everything, because they know they need to and they must, in order to survive. In an opposite example, those who comes from a very rich family, they’ll either with a great environment, or “great environment” that determine who he/she will be in the future. A great environment would be how his/her parents teach them and grow them; while some of the rich people, their children will only be enjoying life to the fullest without knowing what’s their life target. Usually those from “great environment”, they’ll end up losing the ability to survive in the society, and become dependent towards the family. Again, the environment changes a person’s life.

Even the school you’re studying is changing and inputting new thinking in your mind. When teachers whip on you due to your poor result, bad habits, they are actually inputting mindset that: when soft ways won’t work, brutal can.

Stay in a good environment, and you’re taking a leap to success.

There’re a lots more about environment that can change your life? So what’s yours?

Do you live under a great environment? If you’re not achieving great success in life, is the environment one of the factor? If it is a bad environment, when will you take action to change?

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Japanese Culture and Japan’s Role in the World Economy and International Relations

Japan is a fascinating country of economic might, rich culture and technical wizardry. Japan was the world’s second largest economy for more than 40 years from 1968 to 2010. Tokyo is the world’s largest metropolitan area, with a population of 32.5 million people. Despite having an area close to the size of California, Japan is the world’s tenth largest country by population, with 127.3 million people.

Japan’s Economy, Business and Development

Japan is the world’s third largest economy, having ceded the second spot to China in 2010. Since the collapse of the property bubble, Japan has endured a long period of economic stagnation, deflation and relatively high unemployment, compared with the country’s historically low levels. Among other issues, Japan’s economy continues to be hampered by weak domestic demand and a rigid labor market.

Despite Japan’s challenging domestic economic environment, many Japanese companies have continued to perform well on the world stage. Toyota became the world’s largest car company in 2009, before losing a bit of ground to unprecedented product recalls. Nintendo’s innovative Wii marked a virtual revolution in the large, global market for gaming and family entertainment products.

Japanese companies have continued to push the technology envelope in fields such as robotics, medical devices, clean energy, satellite communications and spacecraft, water processing and other high-tech industries.

Japanese Society, Language and Culture

Japanese society is strikingly homogeneous. Ethnic Japanese account for 98.5 percent of the country’s sizable population. While different areas of Japan, particularly the central Kansai region encompassing Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, are known for having distinctive, colorful local dialects, the whole country essentially speaks the same language.

Traditional Japanese society and culture stress the values of harmony, consensus decision-making and social conformity. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is a common Japanese saying and guideline of social behavior.

Japan’s Aging, Shrinking Population

Japan’s population has been aging and shrinking at an alarming rate due to the combination of a disproportionately large elderly population, one of the lowest fertility rates of any developed, OECD country and minimal net immigration. Japan’s fertility rate of roughly 1.2 children born for every Japanese woman is well below the replacement level of 2.1 children per woman that is needed to maintain the existing population level. By 2050, the population of Japan has been forecast to contract by more than 25 percent to about 95 million people.

International Relations and Foreign Policy

Japan has deliberately elected to take a largely passive stance toward involvement in international conflicts and disputes for most of its post-WWII history. Article 9 of The Constitution of Japan, adopted on November 3, 1946, renounces going to war or “the use of force as a means of settling international disputes.” In lieu of a conventional military, Japan established the Japan Self-Defense Forces (also known as the SDF, JSDF or Jietai) as an extension of the Japanese police force and a strictly defensive mechanism to provide for the country’s national security and assist with national emergencies.

Japan first deployed the SDF abroad in 1991 when it dispatched minesweepers to the Persian Gulf after fighting ceased in the 1991 Gulf War. Since Japan enacted the International Peace Cooperation Law in 1992, the Japanese government has deployed the SDF on certain overseas missions to support the U.N.’s international peacekeeping operations.

Japan largely relies on the U.S. for protection against external threats. Under the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the U.S., the U.S. has agreed to defend Japan if the country or any of its territories come under attack. Roughly 40,000 U.S. military personnel and civilians in defense roles are stationed or employed on U.S. military bases located across Japan.

The majority of U.S. military personnel in Japan are stationed on the main island of Okinawa Prefecture in Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, where U.S. military bases occupy about 18 percent of the territory. Japan pays roughly $2 billion as annual host-nation support to cover the costs and defense services of the U.S. military presence in Japan.

This article and set of facts about Japan comes from my site Global Sherpa, which publishes articles on current topics in world news, globalization, international development, cities and foreign policy.

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Tips On How To Make Money With Webinars

You’ve likely been on a webinar, web conference, online training, whatever the word is they use to describe it. Webinars are huge a hit in the IM world right now, but they’ve actually been used in all sorts of niches pulling in big bucks for a long time.

I’ve done several of them now, where the webinar itself really was nothing but education (no selling) and then others where it’s a combination of education and something to sell. Here is how you can literally make big cash using Webinars.

What Is A Webinar

Just to put everyone on a level playing field, let’s talk about what a basic webinar is. Most webinars I’ve seen (where it’s LIVE, not talking about these recorded ones) are all run through GotoWebinar. They can host up to 1000 people on a webinar.

Several other companies exist offering similar services, but GotoWebinar seems to be one of the most popular.

Attendees are typically invited through an email invitation sent out by the host or promoters of the webinar. You sign up, and will get reminders along with a link to join the webinar during the scheduled time.

Most webinars are Voice over IP, meaning you will hear the host(s) speaking through your computer speakers, and you won’t have the ability to speak. You will be able to communicate to the hosts and ask questions to the host through a ‘question’ panel within the gotowebinar application. Now GotoWebinar does allow you to speak in your microphone but most webinars aren’t set up that way as there are too many people to have everyone talking.

The host will share their screen which will likely be a slide presentation, or sometimes doing live demonstrations from their screen, but it’s unlikely any video (of the hosts) is involved, just screen sharing.

Attendees get the opportunity to ask questions throughout if the hosts are going to be taking questions, or more often they’ll leave a Q&A session near the end to answer any questions.

How To Make Money With Webinars

Webinars are a great selling platform, because you have the attendees’ attention and ability to connect with them as they’ve shown interest. Most successful webinars that I’ve participated in involve educating the attendees on a particular topic.

Don’t kid yourself though, it’s all selling, education too. Careful planning goes into the slides, creating open loops and selling while educating at the same time.

You will find most people will arrange something special for the webinar attendees to purchase at the end, it could be a special ‘bonus’ to the first X amount of people or a discounted price too. But whatever the additional benefit is, it’s only available to those on the webinar and when the webinar is over, if you choose to not take the hosts up on their offer, you won’t have access to it again.

It’s kind of like free coaching; it does depend on who is putting the webinar on. I have been on plenty where they give almost nothing in terms of value, or education. I prefer to go with providing value, so whomever attended, if they decided not to buy they still came out with some sort of additional knowledge they can use beyond what the ‘offer’ was about.

I’ve heard of people selling $100,000 of webinars, now that would be friggin amazing, but I haven’t reached such a level (yet).

Joint Venture Webinars

I’ve done approximately 7 or so webinars for Local Video Method over the last 8 months, which were purely presenting information, doing some Q&A, and I didn’t have a single thing to offer in terms of ‘selling’, just straight up information.

As part of the launch for Local Video Method v2.0 I wanted to reach out to some new audiences. So what I did is put some time and effort into preparing a good webinar that educates and sells at the same time. This webinar is about offline consulting, getting clients, marketing yourself etc, and also talks about the actual process of video reviews as a lead gen, which is what LVM is.

Now people who want to try it themselves, CAN, but if they want to learn how to do it the quicker way, they can purchase. So the webinar provides great value and information, and an offer at the same time.

Now you can go around to people who have lists of what you would consider potential buyers. So for me, I’m going to try and reach out (via Skype, email, VIDEO!) and talk to people who are also in the same niche (offline consulting).

I’ve now got a prepared webinar; they just have to promote the webinar. We’ll do it together (I do most of the talking) and then any sales from that webinar are split typically 50/50 (joint venture).

This has worked tremendously well, I’ve done two JV’s for LVM 2.0 in the last month or so totalling just over $17,000 and I have more to come! That’s not a lot compared to some other big names, but it’s a great start and the numbers are outstanding. 1 webinar converting at 30% with an earnings per click of over $12.00!

So I can approach people now with numbers, a complete ‘package’ and all they have to do is promote it and cash in. They get to provide a high quality product (if I do say so myself) which makes them look good for the recommendation, they have some money in their pocket as do I, and I now have some new clients.

They’re a fantastic way to quickly build a list and to get cash and build relationships as they bring a flood of traffic very quickly. I have something to offer and the JV partner has the list!

Webinar Leverage

Most of the time webinars will be recorded and used later down the road which is a great leverage strategy for the webinar itself. You can send out replays to your list to help drive more sales (for those that couldn’t make it, forgot, or never got the invite). You can also use the video and cut it up, allowing you to create several videos from one.

I could upload those to YouTube and optimize those for some keywords I’d like to target, driving traffic back to my sales page. I’ve personally used it as part of the premium content within the Local Video Method membership as a value add. Anyone who purchases Local Video Method has access to the webinar library.

I’ve also created a 6 part video series in my autoresponder, that’s spread out over two weeks and provides free training to those on my list whom have never purchased Local Video Method. It gives them a taste of what the full package is all about.

You can easily schedule several webinars in a week. That will take some coordination but it’s more than possible, each webinar really takes about 2 or so hours to deliver and some admin work on the side to set it up, promote it, but it’s hardly a full day’s work.

I’m sure there are many more ways to leverage them, but this is how I’ve leveraged my webinar recordings.

Webinar Tips

Here are some tips for you if you’re deciding to run a webinar.

1. Schedule it out about 1 week out, with all the timezones, weekends etc. give people the opportunity to read your invitation and sign up.

2. Schedule a 24 hour reminder and a 2 hour reminder email to go out (I use AWeber)

3. Close any programs that may pop-up or interfere with your screen, you’re going to be sharing it with hundreds of people!:)

4. If you’re going to show your browser, please clear your history to avoid anything embarrassing appearing in your recording and to your attendees.

5. Test everything 15 minutes before hand, then sit and wait. You’d be surprised at the tiny things that’ll mess up right before you’re suppose to start.

6. Start on-time, respect the time of those who showed up on time!

7. Record every webinar, you can always get rid of it afterwards, but if you don’t record it and want it, you’ll be out of luck. You can use Camtasia or Screenflow to record the webinar (including audio/video).

8. Try to keep the background noise to a minimum, interruptions can make it more ‘human’ but to a minimum.

9. You may say this goes without saying, but whatever you do, don’t say anything bad or derogatory about the attendees or anyone or anything while on the webinar, even if you think you’ve hit mute or it’s not on. The only way to be certain it’s not on is GotoWebinar is closed! Many people have been burned by thinking it’s off-air mean while they’re voice is still being heard by all the attendees.

10. I like to have nice presentations, that’s just me, some images and so on keep what is a semi-boring event (no video etc) a little more interested and engaging.

11. Like most presentations, keep your list of bullet points on your slides to a minimum (per slide).

12. You will not be given a list of email addresses of attendees to easily use. I highly recommend implementing some tool (such as this one) to sign people up to your email list AND the webinar. When you’re on the webinar, and you promise to send people something, if you don’t have them on a list, that will be very difficult if not impossible. There is no easy way to get your webinar attendee email addresses to your auto-responder afterwards.

13. When speaking, speak slowly, and vary your tone, again helps keep it from sounding boring

14. Promote your registration page as much as possible and those of you who want to do JV’s, you can set up an affiliate link for an affiliate to land on the registration page. That way any traffic they send to their affiliate link will go to the webinar registration page and track the purchase to them! Gives them a great incentive to promote your webinar!

15. Don’t forget that you’re selling, so remember to show value, create open loops, close them, keep them enticed and when you’re ready don’t be afraid to make the pitch. Some people say talk about the pitch early, others say wait till later, that will depend on your audience (from my experience). Ask your JV partner how their list has been groomed with previous webinars.

16. Don’t panic if you forgot to hit record in the mindset of starting your webinar. Send out an email to those who attended and I bet you someone recorded it for themselves and would be happy to provide you with a copy. (Can you tell that happened to me?)

17. If you find this list useful, please hit the like button and share it on Facebook for anyone else interesting in running their own webinars!

That should give you a good start. The first one is always a little nerve-wracking, but just get it over with and move onto the next one, they only get better each time you do them, and you won’t even worry from that point.

Don’t worry about the questions that come through Q&A, you don’t have to answer everyone’s question, it’s up to you what you respond to (questions are only visible to the admins).

So if you have an offer, put together a great webinar and go find people who have the customers you would like to be in front of and propose something. A mentor of mine once told me (when I was basically making excuses about not approaching someone) “if you don’t ask, the answer is already no”. So get out there! I am actively working on this myself; it’s about relationships, asking for a little help, talking to people etc. But you can make a lot of money doing JV webinars and getting to a wider audience, not to mention just doing your own webinars to your own list if you have one.

Happy Educating!

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G+ Means that the Networking Walls are Down

I was on Google Plus before it was open for everyoneMark Zuckerberg on Google Plus” I wasn’t much of a Wave user and never really got into Buzz, but I’m kinda digging G+ so far. Still much improvement to be made, but the conversations are flying and it’s so easy to connect with anyone you want. 🙂 G+ is a better way to experience all of Google, not necessarily a threat to Facebook (or Twitter or Flickr or whatever); but my guess is a large cross-section of people will simply choose to spend more time on G+ vs. other sites.”

This is the “take” of Mari Smith someone I respect a lot about this stuff.

Have spent much of the last 5 days on Google+. Has been fascinating

“It’s so easy to connect with anyone you want” This is so true. The Walls have been broken down. Whereas before you may get a 140 tweet from someone occassionally now you can full conversations in threads and pop in and out of hangouts with people you barely dreamed of connecting with. So many of us stick to a relatively small circle of friends on Facebook and Twitter but right now on Google+ it is open slather.

Without hashtags Twitter is still king but as for Facebook? Google have better tools and respect so expect to see the “time on Facebook” half over the next few weeks or so as people build their Google + presence and refine their circles and familiarise themselves with the amazing website.

So play cool. Be fun and friendly and you will be added to circles. Spam, talk about yourself to much and you will be removed from circles. Define your niche and stick to it in comments. Suddenly there are a lot of people watching you that you dinot know but people you want relationships with. Now is the chance!

The Android application gives us the ability to text in huddles and this may come to email soon I guess. Definetely exciting times for connecting and for the spreading of love,wisdom and consciousness.

Thank you Google

Today an analytics website revealed the top 100 Google+ users so far. Very clever of them as there is no API yet. Guess who has been added to the most circles?

Who Are Your Best Social Media Friends? Are You Building Your “Community”?

Honoured that you have stopped by to check this out

Right now I`m lovin’ this from the Black Eyed Peas

Groove along with it while you ponder my post and the great comments down below


OK guys these are my thoughts on community building

Who are your real peeps?

How do you keep a relationsip with them while building them with others?

Like it or not by participating in Social Media we are each building a community.This is happening whether we are a business, a charity or even just having fun.

This will be more successful and happen faster if

  • You decide clearly who you are and who you are not and stick tothat niche
  • Are fun and show gratitude
  • You have a strategy

Recently I have been giving a lot of thought to who my real community is. Is it growing too fast and would it be stronger in the long term to just hang out online with a smaller group??

I guess this a presssing need for me as I am at the limit of 5000 Facebook friends and getting around 40-70 requests a day. I usually take about 10 and then go in and remove 10 or so that I have not really had any communication with.

I am looking at different techniques as to how to define who my real peeps are and looking to give them more attention and shout outs.

I do this by constantly building lists of who ~

  • Comments on my Facebook notes
  • Tags me in notes,photos and videos on facebook
  • Clicks like or comments on my links or status updates on Facebook
  • Retweets me
  • Sends me #FollowFriday shout outs
  • Comments on my You Tube videos and my blog posts

Especially I am interested in who adds me to Twitter lists and most of all who follows my lists.I am a massive believer in the power of Twitter lists and am now on around 6000 spread across my 5 Twitter accounts.

I truly believe that these people are the ones that are becoming my community.

If we go really wide too early and do not build a base of people that know and trust us and thus do not or even do not know enough about us to recommend us then we risk trying to be everything to everyone.

This will not work in Social Media as establishing yourself in your niche and being constantly recommended in public are key to being influential and successful.

I have the goal of building a community of 4950 or so Facebook friends who I interact with and do business with and share inspiration with forever.To do this requires constant monitoring and refining and time efficient techniques of 1 to 4950 relationship building. As we are in a completely new space with new tools and insights appearing daily this is a constant work in progress.

So I read a lot and try out new tools and techniques as much as possible.

It is vital to continue evolving and pushing boundaries


  1. Give out massive amounts of value for free,
  2. Be friendly and fun,
  3. Say thank you, a lot,
  4. Connect up lots of people,
  5. Compliment people,
  6. Edify people`s content (by retweeting or sharing),
  7. When you visit someone`s page or blog or youtube channel or video LEAVE A MEANINGFUL COMMENT (Biggest tip!),
  8. Be consistent to your niche,
  9. Answer people back on the same day,
  10. NEVER fight in public


(Oh.11. Try you best not to sell stuff.Be marketer not a salesperson)

+12 “chose your words carefully and with love”. (from Charles Ward)

What are you doing to build a community around you, your business or your cause?

Any tips for us all??

New Plug-In Shows Best Folk to Follow on Twitter

Klout LogoWe are all busy right? Firefox knows that and have authored a new plug in for Twitter. Once downloaded it shows the Klout score of the people on there.

This will enable you in more cases to make a fast following decision.

In the last few days Klout has been incredibly active with @maryregan guesting on several Twitter chats, the new +K recommendation tool being rolled out, a LinkedIn hook up, the ability to make lists and more.

Klout perks are also being extended even though still only stateside. Are you listening Joe Fernandez?? Free Starbucks for scores over 80 in Australia?? Maybe one day

I love Klout because it encourages us to connect more, define and refine who we are and whether we have our social media ducks in a row and to extend ourselves generally. The +K recommendations have been a revelation and have encouraged mutual praise and networking which can only be good. The Mayans prophesised that between 1999 and 2011 we would connect and set the stage for the spreading of wisdom and consciousness. Thank you Klout, Mozilla and Twitter for combing and for playing a big part in the deepening of the connection process.

Let us all know below what you’d like a +K for and you never know your luck!

What other collaborations can you envisage

Lets get together and feel allright


Oh and here it is..

What Do People Say About You? Can They Recommend You??

RecommendI had a fairly freaky experience during the week and it made me really remember what I have been lacking.
Why no one can tell me (or more importantly other people) what I do. What value I have.

This is especially important in the realm of social media as we all have a lot of connections and we also have a lot of power to easily recommend them. IF we know what they do.

During his Wealth Dynamics Experience Weekend Roger Hamilton speaks a lot about Station Names.
Everyone round the world is buzzing about on their own train and occassionally visiting stations.

You need a name or no one will visit.
Once you get them there you have to
-Give them value
so they will;
1. Stay for a while
2. Come back
3. Recommend you to people

You have to make this easy for them to do.

I am a star with dynamic energy. Useless for finsishing things but good with networking. Like Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Stars more than other profiles must control what people say about them.

My freaky experience relates to 2 separate but consecutive discussions with business colleagues.I asked them who introduced them to our business. They both answered quickly and surely.
Oh “Jonathan the Real Tech Guy. You know him right?”

I do.
Many people know Jonathan.
He has created a fantastic business in 9 months with zero capital. He started a worldwide Real Estate Agents referral network through a Facebook group. His group now has over 30,000 members from over 80 different countries. He gets a small cut if they successfully refer.

A lot of that had to do with his personal branding. The “Real Tech Guy”
Real is for real estate. It also infers genuineness
Tech is not usually associated with real estate so this stands out.
It infers internet, technology, modern. Savvy.

These 2 words are easy to remember and repeat. Jonathan is controlling completely what is said about him and in a strong and memorable way. Brilliant
I hardly know Jonathan but I know what he does and can tell people that.

So who are you?
How do I describe you to a mutual acquaintance or to someone who does not know you?

I am Michael from Tokyo and am into Twitter and the Environment.
I see this as meaning I am an environmentalist, use and know the internet, have a big network and am internationally minded (Living in Tokyo).

I believe the internet will save the planet by spreading and enhancing consciousness , breaking down national borders and conflicting interests and bring economic parity.

I am into that.

I am focused on mastering the tools of the internet in order to promote the cause of a sustainable economy governed by a single responsible body representative of all peoples.

I offer value as a teacher about using the internet, as a partner and am living my dream of saving the planet with total passion and purpose

Have you thought much about what people say about you??

11 Success Tips for Empire Avenue

I am loving Empire Avenue and meeting great people and learning so much every day.

I firmly believe that my understanding of Social Media has tripled since I joined and today I even made my own .com blog. Awesome!

So here are some tips after you have joined at

  1. Do not go too wide too fast. Comment on blogs and YouTube channels etc of top engagers in your index. Choose WHO you want to network with in your niche.
  2. Endorse blogs and feeds especially when you see that people need their 5 done.
  3. Be FUN if and when possible. It’s a party!
  4. Do not worry too much about your share price but DO focus on getting 5 good scores. Your top 5 count. Eg Blog, Flickr, EA, FB, Twitter etc.
  5. Always keep at least 5,000 eaves so that if you see a recommendation you can quickly invest.
  6. Read Making Friends and Influencing People by Dale Carnegie. Dale was born for Empire Avenue.
  7. Get into Tumblr.
  8. Take relationships to Twitter and RT people in your niche who buy a lot of shares in you. Comment on their blogs too.
  9. Be fun (a further reminder). People come here for fun.
  10. Rule 10.There are no rules. Simply soak up as much advice as you can from successful people. Ask questions publicly and apply your own style.
  11. Oh OK, Make a Twitter list of your shareholders and engage with them there. As always Twitter is the glue.

Join here and get 2,000 extra eaves to play with. Enjoy!

Any questions??


There are only 6 types of Tweet. Simple right?

Again and again people I meet in real life or on Facebook tell me that they do not “get” Twitter.

Twitter is very simple!

It is essentially about 6 kinds of messages (called tweets).

1. Conversation (like text messages) You can all do this right??!!

2. Simply posting links
For example: Posting links to good info or maybe posting a quote you like. The aim of these is to get them shared by others (see No 4) Anything goes!For example “The 6 main types of tweet by @mqtodd

3. Expressing opinions or thoughts or simply what you are doing or a combination of 2 or 3 of these things.
For example “It’s a beautiful day in #Tokyo. Hope we get a good crowd for the @TokyoGarden Party at the @PinkCow tonight” or
“Time for Japanese to follow the lead of Germany (in embracing non nuclear energy alternatives)”.
These kind of tweets will often get your Twitter followers to comment and conversation will ensue that will often drag in others.

4. Sharing good tweets from others. (“Retweets” or “RTs”)
For example ” RT @ramikantari Signs Of Twimg, #Twitter’s Photo Hosting, In The Wild by @sbhsbh RT @mqtodd @silverstar22b” So someone called @sbhsbh wrote this. @silverstar22b saw it and shared it and so did I and @ramikantari then saw my tweet and shared it too. So the orginal content by @sbhsbh went to potentially hundreds of thousands of people.

5. Connect and promote. Tweets designed to connect or promote other people.
For example Key SM networkers in Asia > @kzamri @dryorikotodd @i4harold @NealSchaffer @vanwouw @AskAaronLee @MerrinPearse @JayOatway
So here I have connected Kaz, Yoriko, Harold, Neal, Neil, Aaron, Merrin and Jay with each other plus also recommended them to all my followers. And all their followers will also see the tweet. Can you see the power of doing this in public rather than doing it just in private??

6. Thank! The power of gratitude.
If somebody shares your tweet or connects or promotes you or adds you to a list of their favourite followers then thank them. This seems absolutely basic by only around 1% of people do it. The ones that do are invariably the ones who succeed the most. Dale Carnegie would have loved Twitter.

So this is pretty much what Twitter is so just keep a balance of these 5 different kinds of tweets.

Firstly decide 3 main things that your account is about. You can easily see that mine is about Japan, the Environment and Twitter/Social Media. Talk mainly about these things and people will then go to you for info and/or recommend you to others.

At the start do 40 % of Number 4 as that will make you known to the key people in your niche and gain their engagement with you.

Do 10- 15% of each of the other 5 kind of tweets and you will soon see your account blossom.

Follow aggressively (it is not like friending people just simply indicating you are interested in what they say).

Unlike Facebook where things are extremely formulaic Twitter has NO rules. What I have said are basic guidelines you may choose to use to get started with. Many have succeeded by doing things a completely different way and solely post links or solely converse or solely offer opinions!

3 more slightly high level things that are not absolutely necessary but if implemented will make a massive difference for you.

1. Study what #hashtags are ( I have made a You Tube video about this). They link conversations and links about a particlar subject together and enable search and branding.You can see that in Number 3 and 4 above I have hashtagged #Tokyo and #Twitter.This makes me stand out as being interested in these topics and gets my tweets searched for by people wanting info about these things.

2. Build lists of your favourite tweeters on your different favourite topics.You can make 20 lists and have 500 people on each list. Why wouldn’t you?? Even non twitter users can then go to that list as a constantly updating source of fantastic information. For example I love my list for the very best in tech news
3. Use people’s twitter names when mentioning them.Then they will see your tweet and your followers will be able to connect with them readily too. For example in Number 2 above I used @TokyoGarden and @PinkCow rather than for example their real names Tokyo Garden Party and The Pink Cow. Twitter language I guess.

Twitter is not so hard right?? It is an amazing community and we welcome everyone warmly.

Be fun, have fun, be giving and receive. It’s a party!

Thats about it! Any questions???

Anything to add by way of advice for newbies that I have overlooked?

Twitter is at least 10 times as powerful as Facebook for meeting great new people, finding relevant real time information and spreading messages. Just do it!


How to Get Cheap Targeted Traffic Retweeting

As an Internet marketer, targeted traffic is key to my success. How one gets traffic to his web page does matter. It’s one thing to get a good product to sell and it’s another thing to be able to drive traffic to the product sale page. However, driving traffic to the page is not really the case. How relevant the traffic is to the product is what makes the difference. A used car seller evidently is not very interested in visitors looking computer accessories as these people will soon close the site and move to the next.

Targeted Traffic Retweeting

As there are many paid and free traffic services online today, I personally use Twitter’s Retweeting feature. This is an excellent feature that enables me take my affiliate links to the profiles of other Twitter users in exchange for something. One particular thing I like about retweeting is that it does not depend on the number of followers I have to function. Even with zero followers, you can still retweet.

Retweeting on Twitter and Twitter Applications

Many Twitter applications make it possible to retweet. Some are specifically designed to retweet. What happens is that you set your message and others retweet to their profile in exchange of some payments. This is particularly interesting as with a little or no fee, your can set your message and watch it pushed to the profiles of others. This is basically a great way to get cheap targeted traffic.

What to Retweet

There is no limit as to what kind of information can be retweeted. You should only be careful not to cast your followers away by retweeting irritating materials. On the other hand, you can set your message including your affiliate links, blog post, web page, YouTube videos links, etc

Retweeting as the main source of traffic

This is like using Twitter as the main traffic source. Yes, this can produce desired results. For a couple of weeks now, I have been using this as the main source of cheap targeted traffic and the results have been encouraging. The key advantage here is that you don’t have to do any SEO hard work or write some long articles. All you need is the appropriate retweeting Twitter applications. What I do is grab my affiliate links, shorten it using and post them to my retweeting applications. I also write friendly messages to encourage members to retweet. If you sound like a robot, you will not get good results.

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Twitter Profits For You In 7 Easy Steps

witter has been with us for five or six years, and almost everyone knows about it. Is it time for you to start using it? Well, as you know, Twitter is a micro blogging platform, a very successful popular social media community online. It is an information portal too, where you can frequently be in contact with friends and family. Twitter then, gives you the chance to even create profits by joining other people with whom you are very interested to join venture with. So now, let us concentrate on the 7 easy steps to achieve Twitter profits.

It is much better if you already have a squeeze page set up or a website so that your growing base of followers, have a place to go, to get your free offers of information that they are after.

So the first step is, after you create your profile, since Twitter is very much liked for its simplicity, is to quickly make posts of 140 characters updates and snippets, instead of lengthy and detailed profiles in your blogs and updates on your account. This way, you are free to dedicate plenty of time to running your business and, at the same time, taking advantage of Twitter’s global outreach.

Start gathering following by using existing contacts first or join Twitter’s based community directory sites and looking for new contacts simply by following people already in your community or market niche you are in. This will allow you to create some or many campaigns with Twitter that will make a huge difference to your business.

It is with your profile in Twitter, that your followers will get to know more about you and what you do and have to offer. Like everything else in this platform, it has to be a short bio, your URL and contact information.

You concentrate at this stage in offering quality, good information and free goodies of value to establish your presence within your market in the Twitter platform. A good idea is to design a squeeze page just for those that follow you in this medium. You can then personalize their experience and connect with them more directly.

And this takes us to the second step which is to create a newsletter, or report that you can offer to those that come to your landing page. You could offer it to them at set intervals, weekly for example. You can even give them a full report about the niche you are in, but remember that Twitter is a social media environment, and that, therefore, you must refrain from openly market to your followers or they will not look to that practice kindly. Wait till you are well established and trusted by your followers before, very gently lead them to your services or products.

If you give a lot to them, often, your value in your community of followers, will be very welcome and they will be glad to follow you. Your following will grow exponentially when they perceive so much value.

Consider also, if you are able to create good content, to compile special training and information about your niche, that you can pass on to your followers, so they can benefit from your efforts. This way, you will, over time, gain lots of customers.

Many of these customers will take notice of your link in your Twitter profile, to your website or blog, giving you the chance then, to openly market to them for your products and services or even for your affiliate links.

Remember that Twitter is primarily a social network where the community that uses it, does so for the purpose of learning more about others and to share their passions, interests, thoughts and everyday activities. These groups of people do not want to be marketed to, so they are not there to buy products and services.

Which takes us to step three and your interest in building relationships with your followers and subscribers. The way to do this is to offer value to them consistently. Focus on them and connect with them to establish trust and although this takes time and patience, in the end you will be reworded for this practice.

It is in your interests to keep providing value to your visitors so that they will trust and value your offers and later opt in to your list of subscribers.

And these bring us to step four which is to concentrate in the value that you provide to your subscribers. Connect with them at a personal level. Don’t think that it is enough to have just names in your list; you need to build a good rapport with the people in your list for their trust in you to grow.

You do not want to start bombarding them with special offers, sales letters etc. until you have a real footing in their relationship with you. Be in touch with your efforts to help them. And even if this takes a bit of time to accomplish, in the end you’ll be rewarded for your patience and persistence.

Step five: make a direct link to your squeeze page right on your Twitter profile account, when you have established a following. You then begin posting information, updates to direct traffic to your site.

Have an opt in form to appear in every page of your site, as well as considering to download WordPress to create a niche oriented blog. This is really simple to create and you can schedule content to auto post on a regular basis, thus freeing up your time and resources.

Remember to allow an opt in box to appear on the side template of your WordPress blog, so that is visible on every page.

Step six: Get active in the Twitter communities arena, such as and others. We Follow is a full featured Twitter directory, to where you can quickly add your Twitter account information to the directory, as well as categorize your focus, so that your Twitter account is placed within a specific area of the site in your niche. This will allow people to find you easily and will begin following your tweets.

There are other popular Twitter directories like and

Step seven: Automate your list building method with Twitter, by using the services of You then, can send automatic direct messages to those who begin to follow your updates. And include a direct link to your website, blog or better still, to your squeeze page where you offer each Twitter user a free incentive, such as an e-book, article content, guide or report on your niche market.

Try to offer your followers something original, even if it’s a short report or mini-product, the more exclusive it is to your list, the more likely that your visitors will subscribe to your newsletter

By posting useful and entertaining tweets you get to build a more successful business with Twitter. This shows that you are focusing on spending your time wisely and making every tweet count towards helping you further your brand.

Those followers that you manage to send to your blog or to your website, and if you have done a good job at developing relationships with them, can quite easily subscribe to your newsletter or purchase your products.

So focus more on giving, than receiving and you will quickly discover how effective Twitter is in helping you further your brand and building your online business. Also by providing help and answering your followers’ questions and offering tips and advice on what they ask you, establishes you as a credible source for information within your niche market.

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Social Marketing Media Tactics For the Social Introvert

Social marketing seems on the surface to be the most unlikely development of the past 20 years. In fact, it’s a marketing phenomenon that I would have found hard to predict in any era. The idea of bringing together large numbers of computer geeks in order to virtually socialize makes no sense at first blush. However, these days the term “geek” has become downright socially acceptable. Geeks are commonly thought of as that not-so-rare breed of highly developed technicians who are by nature prone to blurt randomly, snort when they laugh, suffer from occasional wind, and wax poetic about their Pez collections. How do I know this? Well… I married one. I also have a tad bit of that recessive Geek gene myself. (Don’t worry: I remanded the Pez collection in the divorce, and I take Beano as a matter of intelligent self-interest.) If you haven’t yet found social success online, there’s still hope for you yet. Here’s how you can successfully use social marketing media, even if you’re a bit of a social introvert.

The Internet itself was formed on just such a premise: the idea of uniting smart, quirky, typically introverted individuals through electronic means. The Internet morphed from the ARPANET of the mid-1960’s, an electronic hang-out where some of the geekiest members of society such as U.S. government employees and college professors could share research, compare topical news features, and (yes!) socialize. Fast forward to the present day, and even soft drink companies and pizza vendors are eschewing Super Bowl advertising in favor of spending the big bucks on Facebook. Madison Avenue is now putting hundreds of millions of dollars directly into social marketing. Who knew? The advent of social media puts pressure on the non-conformist to tow the social line and be counted in networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn. This is not an easy place to be for those of us who didn’t go to the prom or even notice who was elected homecoming king and queen.

Even if you’re not a total geek, you may feel uncomfortable using social marketing media to put your point across in a business setting. If so, you’re not alone. Take heart, because I’m about to clue you in on a couple of very reassuring points for using social marketing media tactics, whether or not you are a social introvert.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received came to me when I was a shy 18-year-old, making ends meet as a shop girl in New York City. The advice was delivered like a paper doily over a glass of fine vintage wine I was too inexperienced to appreciate. The messenger was a wealthy middle-aged socialite from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, sharing her pointed wisdom with me like a stock tip while my college roommate, her daughter, flirted notoriously with the restaurant waiter, a Greek (the “R” is intentional) fresh off the boat with a thick head of hair, a handsome face, and a slight leer. I decided right then that you could get away with just about anything if you had good manners.

That was the first part of the message. The other part was what my roommate’s mother told me directly about socializing: in conversation, put the focus on the person you’re speaking with. Ask them about themselves, their education, their upbringing, their work, their family. Draw them out. Listen closely to what they’re telling you, and thoughtfully work to understand them. Don’t be a pest, mind you, but do express genuine interest in what makes them tick. If you can do this, not only will you have a very decent store of inside information, but you’ll also win the hearts and minds of raving fans. In short you’ll be a social success. More to the point, you won’t be focused on your boring Pez collection or your own feelings of social awkwardness. In fact thinking about yourself when presented with the astonishing array of details about society at large will appear all but silly by contrast. Get outside of yourself. Learn about others. Be of service.

So many people use social marketing as a platform for droning on about themselves, enumerating their accomplishments and trying to impress others in the hope of a sale or making the right connection. It’s a waste of time. Instead, deliver value to your network. Share your authentic self and the best of your knowledge. Share it like vintage wine, even if you think others are too inexperienced to appreciate it. If you do that, your social marketing will take on a delicate, luminous sheen and you will attract all the right people into your fold.

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How to Make a Video Response in YouTube

Making a video response for one of your own can be a great way to see some extra traffic coming off of the most popular videos onYouTube.

A good way to market your website on YouTube is to include a link to your website in the description and even put your website URL at the beginning and end of the video. This encourages your viewer to visit your website if they liked the content of your video.

A lot of people use video responses in YouTube to bring extra traffic to their own videos and consequently boost the traffic which comes back to their websites. This article will explain what a video response is and how to make a video response in YouTube. Note that in this article I’m going to be referring to “videos” as “clips”, as well.

The first thing to understand is what this term even means. You’ve likely seen these responses in the past when you are viewing other clips on YouTube. There is a section below the content which you are watching which oftentimes says responses if there are any responses to the one which you are watching.

When you’re watching a video you may see that response below it and that may motivate you to check out that video, as well, if it is related to the video with your watching.

Video responses are ways that someone can share the popularity and enjoy some of the runoff traffic of a very popular video in the same niche.

The actual purpose of the video response is just to create links to relevant videos on the same topic of interest, thus encouraging people to spend more time on YouTube.

Getting back to how to make a video response on YouTube, you first need to have a YouTube account. It is simple enough to sign up and it’s completely free. When you are logged into your YouTube account, go to the video which gets lots of traffic which you want to link to and go to the comments section and click on that box as if you are about to make a comment of your own.

You’ll see a link on the right which appears after you click this box which will say create a clip response. Click on this and you will have the option of either uploading a new clip or taking an existing clip which you already have upload it to your profile and using that. Simply choose the video that you want, and from then on your video will be listed as a video response for that first clip.

Something to keep in mind when doing this is that each of your videos can only be a video response to one other clip. This makes sense because otherwise people would abuse this feature and create responses to every video which gets over 1 million views. This constraint of only being able to create a response to one clip forces you to choose wisely to get the most relevant connection on the most popular video.

There are additional tips for getting additional traffic and views to your YouTube videos which you can check out by clicking on this link for how to create a video response in YouTube.

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