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This excerpt is from 6 Tips to Firewall Your Attention and Boost Productivity, posted by Glen Stansberry of Wise Bread on OPEN Forum (Sep 8 2010)

Our workplaces are becoming more and more saturated with things to steal our attention. It can be a sobering experience to look back on our day and see how little time we actually spent working on things that mattered. When we’re working to our full potential, we can sometimes achieve a state of “flow,” or a mental state when we’re so focused in our work that everything else fades away. (You might call it the “The Zone” or a “groove.”) Unfortunately, it’s becoming harder to get into these mental states when we’re constantly bombarded by distractions.

Here are some of the best ways to firewall our attention and ensure that we don’t finish the day completing a fraction of what we set out to do.

1. Figure out where your time is being spent
2. Keep email closed
3. Make heavy use of email filters
4. Define your “Big Rocks”
5. Don’t check email in the morning
6. “Do Not Disturb” time

Read the full article HERE.

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This Course (November 1-30, 2010) is highly recommended for all Fastgirls.  Led by Jullien “PurposeFinder” Gordon – Fastgirls Expert and author of The 8 Cylinders of Success – it is the perfect compliment to Be The Expert and fits perfectly with its syllabus and dashboard items.

How’s work working for you?

I know:

  • you’re extremely smart and wondering how could a talented person like you could end up in a job you hate
  • you know you could be making a lot higher contribution and more money
  • you don’t just want a high-paying job, you want time and financial freedom to be with you family and friends
  • the economy is down, yet you want to make more money
  • most career content online is in writing and you’re too busy to read, so we create videos that you can watch or listen to on your iPod
  • now that you’re out of school and nobody is coming to a campus to recruit you, you don’t know exactly where or how to start your career search

CareerChangeChallenge.com is career advice website for career changers, job seeker, college grads, the underemployed, and unemployed to help them navigate any career change or career transition and find new careers.

If you:

  • want to accelerate your career
  • aren’t sure what you want to do with your life
  • hate your current job
  • just quit your job or are unemployed, or
  • need to update your resume, cover letter, and prepare for interviews

you’re in the right place.

We offer daily career change tips and advice via videos, blogs, templates, tools, trainings, and techniques on resume writing, job seeking, interviewing, networking, personal branding, and career visioning. If you hate your job and want to change but don’t know where or how to start, CareerChangeChallenge.com is the best online resource for you.

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This article was first published as How to Promote an Event Using Social Media on OPEN Forum by John Jantsch, Founder of Duct Tape Marketing (Jul 16 2009).

There are dozens of sites and services set-up to help you promote events such as webinars, seminar, workshops, grand openings and product launches. While these tools are indeed online you can get benefit employing them for local offline events as well.

Use MeetUp and create a group surrounding your event – this might turn into something very valuable to do on an ongoing basis and create a nice way for you to build a local community.

Publish your event to some of the bigger online events calendars such as Yahoo’s Upcoming or Eventful. These sites have geography built in and help promote events that are near users.

Create multiple Facebook pages or twitter accounts just for the event and post relevant information by building local followings through twitter search and Facebook Groups.

Do a series of interviews with participants in the event or to tease out bits of content that will be presented. Record these interviews as postcasts and post them on your event pages, submit to iTunes and offer them to others to run on their sites. Just make sure it’s great content.

Upload transcripts from the interviews or slides you intend to present to sites such as DocStocScribd, and Slideshare.

Include quick videos and photos of before, during and after the event and host on YouTube and Flickr for added exposure.

Submit press releases before, during and after the event to sites such as PR Web and PitchEngine.

Cross post as much information from all of this activity to all of your social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and twitter as all allow links to videos, audios and photos.

The short-term impact of working a system like this to promote an event or launch is greater exposure and hopefully greater participation, but the long term impact for future events may be the real payoff. As you get better at this kind of social media routine, you’ll find momentum building through search engine traffic too.

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Writing Your Blog
HOW TO: Create a Successful Company Blog, Mark Suster
Top 5 Business Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Josh Cantone
5 Rules for Better Web Writing, Josh Cantone
26 Places to Find Free Multimedia for Your Blog, Barb Dybwad
HOW TO: Enhance Your Online Presence with Video, Zachary Sniderman

Marketing Your Blog
Top 20 Ways to Share a Great Blog Post, Ben Parr
4 Tips for Writing SEO-Friendly Blog Posts, Samuel Axon

Great Blog Examples
15 Excellent Corporate Blogs to Learn From
The Satorialist
A Belle in Brooklyn
Kiss My Black Ads
The Most Beautifullest
Danielle Belton’s: The Black Snob
The Ill Doctrine
Uptown Notes
O hell Nawl: The Blog
MaleStyle Review

The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) which were largely overlooked by other Internet award events online. What started out as a barely-known event has now grown into an international showcase. With participants from over 90 countries, the Black Weblog Awards stands out as one of the most widespread Internet award events for Black bloggers.

To date, the Black Weblog Awards has recognized nearly 180 blogs in over 30 categories. The Awards has also been featured in several mainstream and online media outlets, including NPR, CNN, and others. Winners of the Black Weblog Awards have also went on to appear in other media outlets, like MSNBC, the Huffington Post, BET, and many others.

From 2005-2008, the nomination period went from August 1-15, with finalist voting from August 16-31, and winners announced on the first Friday in September. In 2009, due to overwhelming demand, they changed the nomination period to include the months of June and July, and reserved the entire month of August for finalist voting. In 2010, nominations ran from June 1 – July 25; voting happened throughout August, and the winners were announced on September 1.

2010 Award Winners We Love
Best Blog Design – Judges’ Vote: Mostbeautifullest
Best Blog Network – Judges’ Vote: theFreshXpress Blog Network
Best Business Blog – Judges’ Vote: kiss my black ads
Best Group Blog – Popular & Judges’ Vote: Very Smart Brothas
Best Health or Wellness Blog – Popular & Judges’ Vote: A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss
Best Microblog – Judges’ Vote: The Smithian
Best Music Blog – Popular & Judges’ Vote: SoulBounce
Best Parenting or Family Blog –  Judges’ Vote: African American Dad
Best Personal Blog – Judges’ Vote: Sassy Wife Chronicles
Best Podcast Series – Judges’ Vote: Friday Favecast
Best Political or News Blog Judges’ Vote: Black Snob
Best Sex or Relationships Blog – Popular Vote: Until I Get Married
Best Sex or Relationships Blog – Judges’ Vote: The Relationship Playbook
Best Teen Blog – Judges’ Vote: DamierDesigns MMX
Best Writing in a Blog – Judges’ Vote: Uptown Notes

Read all award winners HERE.

Brendon Burchard Presents Experts AcademyMillionaire Training for the New Class of Experts: Authors, Speakers, Coaches, Seminar Leaders, & Online Information Marketers

8 Things Millionaire Experts Should Do (And So Should You)

I personally believe that ANYONE can start from scratch and build a highly lucrative “expert empire” through books, speeches, seminars, coaching, and online programs. YOU can teach your topic and your message to the world. If I could go from bankruptcy to $4.6 million in 24 months then who knows what others can do. (I WISH I had the training you’ll receive in this video series when I began!) It’s time for you to get your message out and help other people improve their lives or their businesses. So start immediately by doing the 8 things below.

1. Choose mastery; master a topic
2. Study their subject and interview other experts, intensely looking for new patterns and best practices
3. Create arguments on what to pay attention to, what things mean, how they work, and how things might turn out
4. Simplify complex ideas by building frameworks
5. Write, speak, record, package your knowledge
6. Campaign (not promote) their expertise (touch people multiple times; need to see something 7x)
7.  Charge expert fees (MORE than you would think)
8. Focus on distinction, excellence, and service

Watch the video in its entirety HERE.

Entrepreneur’s Bio v. Expert’s Bio


…and now…

Be an expert.

(Images from Brendon Burchard’s Expert Academy)

This model breaks down the journey to mastery in five discrete stages, outlining what’s necessary to improve at each of them.

The 5 Skill Levels

1. Novices

The main goal of novices is to accomplish immediate tasks. Since they have little or no previous experience, they’re usually insecure and are focused only on having their first successes. Novices need clear rules and unambiguous instructions, and to concentrate on following them strictly. As such, they commonly don’t feel responsible for anything other than correctly following what was passed to them (“I’m just following orders!”).

To improve, novices usually need close monitoring to bring their actions as close as possible to achieve what is expected by adhering to the rules.

2. Advanced Beginners

Advanced beginners still operate following rules, but they’re able to apply them not only on the exact situations that they were intended for, but also on similar contexts. The once-rigid rules become more like guidelines. Advanced beginners try new things out, but still have difficulty troubleshooting problems. Just like novices, they’re still focused on completing tasks — they don’t want lengthy theorizing and don’t have much interest in the big picture.

To improve, advanced beginners need to gain experience dealing with real situations, preferably in limited and controlled situations (with much of the ‘real-world complexity’ filtered out).

3. Competent

As the rules and guidelines become prohibitively complex, practitioners begin organizing and sorting them by relevance, forming conceptual models. Competent practitioners can troubleshoot problems, and will work based on deliberate planning and past experience. They are willing to make decisions and to accept responsibility for their outcomes.

To improve, competent practitioners need exposure to a wide variety of typical, real-world, ‘whole’ situations. By dealing with those, they better grasp the connections between the isolated conceptual models they already use.

4. Proficient

Proficient practitioners create not only conceptual models, but a conceptual framework around their whole skill. They want the big picture, and become frustrated with oversimplified information. They’re conscious of their performance and can adjust their behaviors accordingly. They can also use and adapt others’ experiences, as well as grasp and applymaxims — which require much more sophisticated interpretation than mere rules or guidelines (as they’re much more generic and context-dependent).

To advance to the fifth and last level, proficient practitioners need even more practice — lots of it. And, as much as possible, they should practice without being hindered by policies or guidelines. The intuition of the expert starts with a vast pool of practical knowledge, and that can only be developed by experimenting freely.

5. Experts

The hallmark of experts is intuition: they just do what works — no explicit analysis or planning is involved. While proficient practitioners can intuitively identify problems, experts can go and intuitively solve them. They tap into their vast pool of knowledge and effortlessly identify patterns, applying solutions in context. Although experts are amazingly intuitive, they are usually rather inarticulate in explaining how they arrived at a conclusion.

Although technically this is the last stage in the model, experts never cease to practice and evolve in subtle ways, incorporating rarer and exceptional cases in their knowledge pool.

Thank you postcards made by Fastgirl - Ashley Mui

In collaboration with her community, Ashley Mui has birthed a gratitude movement – Gratuity Included. With the help of USPS, she hand writes, designs, and delivers Thank You messages to master the art of giving thanks. Her community has crowned her the Gratitude Guru, as she studies in-depth the magic of Gratitude and continually influencing people to make thanksgiving a part of their daily lives.

Purchase Thank You cards from the Gratitude Guru HERE.

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