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Don’t Miss Networking Opportunities

networking-featuredA lot of us will know someone who never seems to be without work or opportunities. I've met a few people like this. One friend in particular always managed to get himself into situations that proved advantageous. I noticed he was always making phone calls and receiving phone calls from people I wouldn't consider to be in his social circle of close friends. The more I think about, the more I realize I'm right. He was networking.

No, I don't mean Network Marketing in the sense of peddling opportunities like Amway or Watkins. He was staying in touch with people who were staying in touch with people, who were interested in what he had to offer.

I'm getting a much clearer picture of it since I downloaded Networking For Business by Gary Dunn. Although some of the information in this book isn't applicable to everyone, there are a lot of good tips in it. In a chapter of the book, Using Social Networks to Expand Your Business he talks about connecting with 11,000 first generation contacts through  LinkedIn. We don't all have access to this amount of contacts, but at the same time, the book shows you how you can make up to nine new contacts per week.

I understand the importance of networking. I've been doing quite a bit of it myself. Business has slowed down some, so I'm finding that making new connections and re-establishing older acquaintances is proving beneficial. And I've been using my network to promote my business more. I ran across a saying a little while ago, that I remembered (which is a surprising task at this age), "If you don't ask, then the answer is no." No doubt, I've perturbed some folks, but if by connection they prove to be of no value, it doesn't really matter. You need to focus on the people who do matter.

Here is what Gary says about his book:

"This book is a combination of motivation and how to steps to network yourself to getting more business. Many people hear that networking is a way to grow your business but may not know why or how. I give you practical steps and advice on what to do to make networking work for you. I use stories, examples and just advice to help guide you during your journey as an entrepreneur. Some of this may be common knowledge for some of you. Other chapters may give you the 'aha moment" we all need at times. The book is designed to speak to you and inspire you to get up, get out there and make new opportunities everyday."

Of course to benefit from this book, you don't necessarily have to be an entrepreneur. You could be a musician looking for new opportunities. You might be someone who is looking for a job, or you might just be looking for a way to expand your current network.

In one chapter of the book, Gary says:

"Partnering with others can increase your business as well as theirs. Finding someone to share contacts and network with will mutually benefit both of you. This will provide each of you with a way to reach your sales goals without “cold calling.” Let's look at how this can work."

I don't think cold calling is a bad idea in some cases either. In the last month I've identified a couple of business leaders in a certain niche and called them up to chat. I didn't try and sell them on my services. I did some research to see if I could discover more about them. You see, when you know the particular achievements of someone else, and you ask them about it -- you've just 'broken the ice'. This may seem a little sad to sad, but it's human nature. Everyone's favorite topic "me". If you show a genuine interest --- and it has to be genuine -- people will love to have you listen, while they tell you about their successes. The funny part is, you don't have to say a thing about yourself; they will think you're a great fellow and automatically like you. If they like you and they have a need of services you offer, then there is a good chance they will hire you. People like to do business with people they like.

Was I successful with this strategy? I'd like to think so. In both cases, the gentlemen invited me to join their LinkedIn networks, so the door is "open" for further communication.

Networking For Business by Gary Dunn isn't written by someone who hasn't failed either. If you haven't failed in business, finding a job or failed in personal relationships, then you haven't done anything. Let's take a second to let that 'sink in' and read Gary's comments on this matter:

"It’s easy to be discouraged when business is slow. People may not be coming in or calling. Every once in a while, we come to that slow period when we ask ourselves, “is this all worth it?” I have come close to looking in the want ads and/or going to Monster.com to see what is out there. What usually happens just before I do, however, is a customer calls and I end up with a big project and things start to pick up again.

"This is both good and bad. The good is obviously that my business stays afloat and I am able to keep moving forward. The bad is that I let my pipeline get weak. That is the cardinal sin of being in business. Business depends on keeping your prospecting and marketing up at all times."

This is what happened to my business. For the last few years I had enough work to get by on. I turned down countless jobs when I could have hired people to do a lot of the work for me and at the same time, increased my network by staying in contact with more people. So I'm guilty of this cardinal sin. The same sin could be applied to someone who is looking for a job; once you have a job -- you make the mistake of not looking for a job. You should always be looking for better opportunities, and increasing your network size.

This book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. Fortunately for me, my business is starting to grow again, but it is taking a lot of work, and a lot of connections. And if you're reading this and already doing well, it won't cost you a dime to add it to your library today. You might find yourself needing it later on. Read it now, so you know how to guard yourself against this type of sin.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Help for the guitar playing forum

be-guitar-featuredIn case you missed it, my hobby is playing the guitar. And a lot of us, who are over fifty, take up new hobbies. Especially if we are newly single again and have extra time on their hands. I met a gentleman who didn't take up the guitar until he was over seventy, and by the end of the first year, to hear him play you would have thought he had been playing for years.

You also may have seen, the forum I have setup on this site for guitar players. There is, at the time of writing this article, 70 posts in the forum, and most of them are video tutorials. I think this makes it a pretty easy way to learn some new techniques and theory, but if you find you're struggling with some of this stuff, since most of it is for intermediate or advanced level guitar players, there is a Kindle book that is free today to help bring you up to speed, so you can get more out of the video tutorials in the forum.

The book is Guitar Scales Handbook: A Step-By-Step, 100-Lesson Guide to Scales, Music Theory, and Fretboard Theory (Book & Videos). The book is written by Damon Ferrante. He is a composer, guitarist, and music writer with 30 music books and scores in print. He has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US and Europe. The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion.

The book is organized in a 100-lesson format that takes you step by step through scales, the notes on the guitar neck, intervals, and music theory. Each lesson builds on the next and the book is designed for beginners through advanced / virtuoso guitarists.

This New Edition includes 1 1/2 Hours of Free Streaming Videos! The video lessons cover  guitar technique, music theory, guitar licks and solos, how to play scales, Jam Tracks, and developing good practice goals.

Before you get too carried away with the modes, you should see post-1870. I think Steve Krenz gives a better explanation of modes, the best ones to use, and where to use them. But download the book now while it's free. Within the next day or so the price will be back up to $13.95. Mind you, if you have to pay for it later, the cost of the book is less than one guitar lesson you would pay for, if you had an instructor off-line.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Marketing Your Local Business Online

om-featuredA lot of people over fifty who are recently divorced, separated, widowed... feel they need something to take up some extra time. They often decide to start a hobby that becomes a small business. It gives them something to do, and they can make some extra cash on the side. After a while, and they've made a few dollars, they start to think about how great it would be to start making even more money with it.

Typically, since it's a local business, they don't bother with online marketing. This is a mistake. If people want to find a business or service, they will look on the Internet much faster than they will pick up the phone book or yellow pages directory. If your business isn't  advertised online, you're committing your business to a slow death, unless you already have all the customers you will ever need... Very few of us have that...

It just isn't enough you stick up a webpage advert without promoting it. If you don't promote it, no one will see it. You need the search engines to pick up on it. I've found an Amazon Kindle eBook called Marketing Your Local Business Online: Key Strategies to Increasing Sales and Profit Using the Internet that walks you through all of the steps you will need to do, to make sure you can be found online. Once you implement these strategies, it will enable you to generate more leads, sales, and ultimately profit. If your goal is to make more money from your local business, then this book is a must-read.

Some of the things covered in this 130 page book include:

  • Building an effective website
  • Search engine marketing
  • Mobile marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Video marketing
  • Reputation management
  • and more!

Gone are the days of relying on print advertising as your only source of new customers. The Internet is now the #1 tool for consumers to find local businesses. Without a strong web presence, you are guaranteed to be losing business to your competitors. In this book, you will learn vital strategies to get your local business found online.

I was very impressed with this book. I was expecting a re-hash of the same old concepts and ideas that some of the online marketing gurus have been spouting for the last quarter-century. But that isn't the case. This book is jammed packed full with valuable information, and delivered without any filler or fluff. The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. If you miss this free offer, you can still pick up a copy for only $12.99 -- and it's worth every penny. Click here to download it now.

If you need some website help, there is a forum setup on this website where you can ask questions.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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How to make money on eBay

ebay-featuredIf you're over fifty, and lucky enough to be single, with some extra time on your hands, you could turn that spare time in a way to make some extra money. There are plenty of people using eBay these days to do this, and now there isn't any reason why you can't either.

Nick Vulich has been a power seller and top rated seller on eBay since 1999. During that time he has completed 29,439 transactions with a 99.9% feedback rating. He is a top 100 reviewer on eBay, and is the author of eBay Unleashed, A beginners guide to making money on eBay. In this book you'll learn:

1)      Decide what to sell

2)      How to set up your eBay sellers account

3)      How to set up your PayPal Account (so you can get paid - FAST)

4)      Step-by-step instructions how to list your first item on eBay

5)      Twenty-eight tips and tricks for powering up your selling

6)      How to ship your items

7)      How to research items so you can get the best price every time

8)      An introduction to customer service - eBay style

9)      and more...

Nick claims he got started buying and selling baseball cards, but you're certainly not limited to eBay. With Summer coming up, there will be tons of yard sales where all kinds of things can be found off-line and then sold on-line for a profit. You might start by looking around the house to see what you have stored away that you aren't using any longer. Old books, CD's, 8-track tapes, comics that your children have gotten tired of.... the list is endless.

Nick's book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. But if you miss this offer, you can still pick it up later for $12.99. Download it now while you can.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

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Pick a hobby

hobbies-featuredFor those of you who are new to being over fifty and alone Rejoice!! Now you have the time to take up the hobby you never had time for when you were married or raising children.

I like playing the guitar. I never had enough talent to even think of becoming a professional, but still, it's something I've always enjoyed. But for several years, I just didn't have time for it. But the good news is... now I have more time.

You don't have to be a guitar player. You can do whatever it is you're interested in. If you always thought of yourself as a budding author; write a book. Photographer? Get out there and take some pictures. Golfer? Go play some golf!

If you're new to being 50+ and alone, don't sit there and dwell upon what might have been, if only....

Those type of thoughts and that line of thinking is only going to depress you. You're not a whole lot of fun if you're depressed.

The image below shows two friends of mine, and me, playing in a rock band when we were all about 17 years old. I'm the fellow in the white shirt to the far right.

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This other image below, is a picture that was taken of the group who was playing for my mothers' 75th birthday. Although I had put the guitar away for so many years, when I moved back to Nova Scotia in 2003, I picked it back up again. As you can see in this picture, they were all looking at me. They were amazed at how well I could make the music sound with my guitar playing.

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The fellow in the middle playing the fiddle is Gerald Elliott. His brother Carl, won the Maritime Fiddle Championship 4 years in a row, and his son Mike won the junior championship 4 years in a row. Gerald never entered the competition but in my opinion, he's the best. Gerald and I played in a bluegrass/ old tyme band for a couple of years in the late '80's. In the image above I would have been 49 years old.

When I was young, I played in a rock band. In high-school I played in a jazz band and a symphonic band. Later I played in a country band, and after that played in a bluegrass band. Music has always been a source of enjoyment to me. I'm not playing in any bands now, but I still enjoy playing.... if for no one else other than myself.

I've also enjoyed teaching and sharing what little I know. I know of several people who play the guitar simply because I took the time to teach them and share what little I know. Some of them became much better players than I ever could have imagined. I think that's GREAT!!! When you can inspire someone and instill your passion in them (even if they take it to a height you could never achieve) it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction; respect, and joy in your heart.

Yes, I'm over fifty and alone. Have I made a difference? Yes, I have. Even though I'm not a great musician, I've passed it on to other people, who are passing it on to their children and other generations. The love will never dies, although.... I surely will.... someday. But, it isn't today!

For those of you who are guitar players, and wanting to improve your skill, you might want to check out the hobby forums, specifically the one for guitar players that has over 70 posts, many of which are guitar lessons.

Here is an example of the type of lesson you might find there:

Allman Brothers — Blue Sky at the Beacon Theater

How To Play 'Blue Sky' Intro By The Allman Brothers

If you are wanting to learn more than what is available in the guitar players forum, you might want to check out Steve Krenz's lessons:

For those of you who aren’t satisfied catching a lesson here and there, Steve Krenz offers the Gibson s Learn & Master Guitar course. You get 10 instructional DVDs, 5 Jam-along CDs, 100+ page lesson book and online support. Click here to learn more about it.

If you don’t want to miss any of these posts: on the right-hand side of the blog is a place where you can enter your email address, and I’ll send you any new posts by email. You’re not going to get spammed — I respect your privacy. All you will get is the new posts only. Note: any posts that contain video or other website technologies won’t be available in the email version of the posts.

You’re welcome to comment below.

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