7 differences between a Professional vs an Amateur

7 differences between a Professional vs an Amateur

Business
When I was in my early 20s, just starting out, I showed tremendous interest in taking my amateur skills to the next level. I was addicted to learning. I was drawn to the information available online, in textbooks, and other published articles. Basically, I felt, and still feel today, that there is a void in my knowledge and I knew that I had to work endlessly to catch up. “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.” Marv Dunphy Over the years I learned that there is a huge difference between being a professional and being an amateur. The time it takes to be knowledgeable, experienced, and confident in your value can seem daunting. But I've learned that when you focus the base of your commitment on intelligence, success, and values you'll…
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Do you blog or podcast?

Do you blog or podcast?

Social Media
Do you blog, or run a podcast? I ask because every so often, I get an email that reads something like this: "Hi Peter, I've been working up the courage to ask you this for a long time, and I finally decided to go for it. My blog/podcast doesn't have a huge number of subscribers, but I'd really like to do an interview with you - would you have time to do that?" My answer is always YES - I'm happy to do it! For few reasons: 1. I appreciate any opportunity to spread the word about my work. 2. When I was starting out, people with much bigger names than mine took a chance on me, and I'm happy to do the same for others. 3. Helping others empowers the web.…
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Is Your Website Ugly?

Is Your Website Ugly?

Social Media, Wordpress
No one, blogger, business, or person wants to hear the words, “Your website is ugly”. (Advice: have a blog in your website) Although most bloggers / webmasters are concerned how they are perceived online and will ask fellow bloggers what they think of, or how they can improve their sites, some people REALLY don’t want to know. Some bloggers especially like their site just the way it is. And that’s okay. Today's focus. I’ll admit, my job is to enhance the positives and uncover the areas that need improvement. So, if you asked me what I think of your blog / website, I’d find something I like about it and pay you a compliment. And, to be honest this is not just to please you. I believe that your site is…
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Facebook Brands – Leading Examples

Facebook, Social Media
Discover the keys to building a successful social media presence and find guidance on succeeding by following the brands that are having the most success. HOW TO LEARN Review the list of brands and explore how they’re running their Facebook interaction - for more information (see below). Once you've selected the brand that you connect with, follow and interact the page so you can experience the variety of methods that exists. Enjoy! Name Category Fans 1. Starbucks Retail 14 523 633 2. Coca-Cola Consumer products 12 955 118 3. Oreo Food beverage 10 476 351 4. Skittles Consumer products 10 090 753 5. Red Bull Pharma 8 910 078 6. Victoria's Secret Fashion 7 472 637 7. Disney Film 6 920 273 8. iTunes Technology 6 253 462 9. Windows…
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Fresno’s Facebook & Twitter highlighted in article

Social Media
  Too long for status post- :) Today in the Fresno Bee - Social Media has been gaining in popularity concerning published articles. Meaning, traditional media is writing about thus increasing the hype to social media, the defined cause of newspaper decline. Surprisingly, the article highlights two companies “successfully” using social media as a blow horn in an attempt to attract more customers. The article also stresses that social media is free Advertising. Yes it is free, but…..   To all my friends understand social media is a conversation, even if you’re using the company logo as your profile/username. In the beginning, you will find support only from your current supporters, but if you are attempting to grow and find new audiences the only steps that matter are the conversation…
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