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In this blog, I’ve interviewed Lena Bjorna whose story can inspire anyone struggling to make an online business career.
She went from struggling actress to online success. Listen to her story here:
You can reach her blog at http://whoislena.com
You can purchase her book, Her Success Blueprint here: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1488163
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Is correct grammar all that important?
When I was growing up, my mother constantly corrected my grammar and spelling. When I asked the meaning of the word she would launch into the Latin roots of the words and explain where it came from.
So I guess it comes naturally to me to be what some people call a grammar freak.
Seeing bad grammar on Facebook and other social media gives me a headache.
But the question remains, is it really important.
Let’s look at it from a professional standpoint.
You are wanting to be a credible home business operator.
Your business relies on your connection to your prospects and customers.
If you sound uneducated, it’s going to affect how people see you as a business owner. And nothing can make you sound more uneducated that poor grammar no matter how smart you are.
Here are some of the most common grammar and spelling mistakes I see on a regular basis that chip away at the credibility of the business person.
- “I seen it.” The correct grammar is, “I SAW it.”
- “I could care less.” You should say, “I couldn’t care less.” Just think about the meaning here.
- “First come, first serve.” Meaning is important here too. To be correct you should say, “First come, first served.”
- “Baited breath” as opposed to “bated breath.” You might have “baited breath” if you just ate a bunch of raw herring. The correct one is “bated breath.”
- That brings up “breathe” vs “breath”. It’s a matter of spelling. “Breathe” (pronounced “breeth”) is what we do on a regular basis. “Breath” (pronounced “breth”) is what you need peppermint candies for.
- Then there’s “your” and “you’re”. I think this is a matter of grammatical laziness on the part of most people who get it wrong. “Your” indicates possession as in “your dog”. “You’re” is a contraction. It’s short for “You are”. The apostrophe takes the place of the missing “a”.
- “To”, “Too” and “Two”. “To” is a verb telling direction. “I’m going to work”. Replace the word “too” with “also” and you’ll get it right. “Two” refers to the number 2.
There are many more grammatical errors that are all too common. The really sad thing is that in this day and age of electronics and computers, it’s almost unnecessary.
Even cheap word processors have spelling and grammar checkers. Facebook has a built-in spelling and grammar checker that nobody seems to use.
When you are writing emails to your list, you will immediately lose credibility by using poor spelling and grammar.
Get in the habit of using good grammar and it will do a lot for you mentally too. You will feel more confident and professional.
There are a number of free grammar checkers available on the internet such as www.grammarly.com
I hope this inspires you to pay more attention to the way you say things. It does matter.
In this interview, Brian Jones talks about the freedom that an online marketing career gives him and how he was inspired by seeing the quality time another marketer got to spend with his family.
You can get more information about Brian Jones from his web site, http://brianjonesonline.com/
If you enjoyed this interview, please leave me a comment below. Let me know what other interviews you might like to hear.
A few years ago a bunch of us were horsing around during a music practice and we ended up performing this piece at a local event.
Sometimes random things come together in a great way.
Hope you enjoy it.
In this podcast, I interview Kelwin Hagen about internet marketing, network marketing and a spiritual journey.
Happy St. Valentines Day to everyone. Here’s a little history and legend for you.
The legendary St. Valentine supposedly was caught marrying Christian couples so the men could avoid going to war under Emperor Claudius who was short of soldiers. He also is credited with a miraculous healing of the blind daughter of the jailer when he was imprisoned for his offense against the Emperor.
It is said that when he was executed he left a note for the girl saying, “Your Valentine”.
Many of the current legends that characterize Saint Valentine were invented in the fourteenth century in England, notably by Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle, when the feast day of February 14 first became associated with romantic love.
Researchers say the connection between the saint and courtly love did not exist before Chaucer debunking the myth that it was created to supplant a pagan holiday.
At any rate, give somebody a hug or some flowers and share some love.
Being organized doesn’t have to be complicated or involved.
If you tend to be easily sidetracked, this method my help you.
Here is the text if you’d rather read.
I was just reading about a getting-things-done method that is perfect for the sidetracked entrepreneur.
We have many daily tasks as entrepreneurs.
We have personal development which involves mental, physical and educational training and enhancement.
We have technical activities involving our computers and web site maintenance.
We have promotional activities involving advertising and prospecting.
We have team training activities that involve teaching and mentoring our team.
Keeping up on all of these can be problematic for a sidetracked entrepreneur.
We can start out with personal development and get sidetracked into purchasing yet another training program. We could spend all day on that.
So easy to get off track.
A guy named Francesco Cirillo came up with a management idea he called “Pomodoro” which means “tomato” in Italian.
He called it that because he used a tomato shaped timer to do it.
It’s pretty easy.
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro timer to about 25 minutes
- Work on the task until the timer rings; check it off your list
- Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
- After four pomodori or 25 minute sessions, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are fundamental to the technique. In the planning phase tasks are prioritized by recording them in a list of things to do TODAY.
As pomodori are completed and checked off they give you a sense of accomplishment and give you a way to measure your progress.
The term “pomodoro” refers to the time spent working. In Italian the plural is “pomodori”.
If you still have time left in your pomodoro it is suggested that you do something extra. Or you could just take some extra time off.
They have actually found that if you study using this organization method, your assimilation of data increases.
I think it’s a perfect way for a sidetracked entrepreneur to divide the day up into bite-sized chunks so you are less inclined to overdo it on one thing to the exclusion of everything else or to take off on tangents and never get back to the task at hand.
I found that there are some pomodoro apps for cell phones and for computers.
But if you don’t have either, you can just use a pencil and paper.
So easy to do.
I hope you’ve found this useful
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No feed items found.I did a terrific interview with Anji Long today. She talked about her reasons for starting an online business and the struggles along the way.
She also gives some tips to anyone wanting to start an online business.
Listen to it here:
Here is a link to the Virtual Profit System:
Are you ever frustrated that you never seem to get things done? You may be a sidetracked entrepreneur. In this podcast, you’ll see that it’s not such a bad thing and you can use it to your advantage. Be empowered by your nature.
Read it here:
Sidetracked Entrepreneur part 3:
My children are always teasing me about how I jump from one task to another and take off on tangents. I don’t think I’ve watched a movie all the way through without getting up to bake cookies or something in years.
While I watch a movie my mind is cooking up things to do and the smallest thing in the movie will set my imagination off in a different direction unless the movie is particularly engaging.
The other day I saw something in the background of the movie that I liked and thought I could make something like that in my shop.
So I went to the computer and found a pattern I could doctor up to make it.
Then I went out to my shop and whipped it up on my scroll saw.
We sidetracked entrepreneurs are very creative people.
I’ve discovered that if something seems to be fun I never have any trouble doing it. If it seems like work, not so much.
My mother used to try to get me to like washing dishes by telling me that I could see lots of colors in the soap bubbles. That worked until the dishwater got dirty and the soap bubbles all popped. I still don’t like doing dishes but I do them anyway because I like clean dishes.
So I focus on the part of it I like.
I like to have a clean sink and toilet too and I hate washing them but I like the clean so I focus on that.
In my business, I just couldn’t get so I liked blogging even though I knew it could be a good part of my business.
Then I discovered podcasting. It was fun. I could put expression to my thoughts and make them sound exactly how I wanted them to sound. Plus I can add music to it and that’s fun.
Doing videos makes me nervous. I don’t feel like I look good on video so I haven’t been able to find a fun thing in that until I discovered screencasting.
I can record my voice over what shows on my screen. I can do a tutorial or show other things and talk about them without actually showing my face. It’s fun. I love teaching things.
People seem to like the sound and stuff too. They seem to make people happy.
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved telling stories and this has given me an outlet for doing just that. Plus I can make some money doing it.
What could be more fun than that?
The other good thing is that it takes me less than 30 minutes to put out a podcast from writing it to having it up on my blog. That fits in with my attention span.
I’ve also found that doing one podcast leads to me thinking about the next one. So my tendency to go off on tangents is a good thing.
Instead of worrying about being sidetracked. I’m embracing it and using it to my advantage.
We sidetracked people are really great people and fun to know.
Our innate creativity sets us off on tangents that you never quite know where they will end.
Life is an adventure.
All we need to do to make work get done is to make it fun.
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There are some good resources there if you want to make money online.