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Weekly #WOWfactor-Do You Have a “To Do” or a “To Try” List?

yesornoI read a post this week that I felt we all needed to focus on! It was on Google + by  Tracy Myers, sharing this “profound statement” his 12 year old son had said that morning: “I’m not going to try and be successful. I’m just going to be successful.”  Tracy added, “Positive affirmation works! Believe that!”

This statement triggered my mind  into wondering: how many times do we make out our daily “to do” list and really intend to do it, or is it just a “try” list, and not a positive affirmation that we will do and not just try to do?

Do we realize the real difference between “try” and “do?”  I found that in many other languages the word “try” is not used as we do!  How many times do you find yourself saying “I’ll try” or “I’m trying” daily versus the mindset of  saying Yes I am or No I’m not?

As for me I don’t want my doctor to “try” and solve my issues, I want him to do it, don’t you? How about the pilot on your next plane trip? I don’t want them to “try” to get me to my destination, I want to arrive safely and on time.

I’m sure my clients don’t want me to “try” and provide a speaker or presenter for their next event, they are expecting me to just “do it” and yes, bring the “WOW” factor as well!

In my business and life, I’m in agreement with Tracy’s son: I’ve eliminated the “try” stage in my mind, and in my language. Either I am being and doing, or I’m not! Do I fail? Sure, but then I learn and continue on being and doing!

Take a look at your day.  Are you in the business of doing, or are you just “trying ?”

Keeping it simple,

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Happy Birthday “Simply” Sue Speaks!

Happy Fabulous Friday! It is an exciting time here at “SSS!”  To celebrate our 2nd Year as a Booking Agency, we are launching a new look here at our Website!

happy2birthday To over 200 Clients- We THANK YOU!
To our PROFESSIONALS YOU are Awesome!

We are now officially a “Global Booking Agency” ranked first on Google under that heading!

I am honored to represent the best Professional: Speakers, Creative Trainers and Presenters, Executive Coaches, and Authors on the Planet! They ARE “Simply” Sue Speaks! and now they are front and center featured first on the Home Page! Have you seen them?

To bring the #WOWfactor, I asked our Clients to help us share the message of who we are and what we do! You will find on our About Us Page our Clients asking me those “burning” questions everyone wants to know about us as a company, and some personal things about the owner too! Then all you have to do is click on the question for my answers! Amazing technology!

This quote is so true, and we feature it on our About Us Page:

“If you are not clear and concise in communicating who you are and what you do–they will invent it!”
Nyght Falcon  www.nyghtfalcon.com

Yes, we bring the #WOWfactor to your next event, but we are much more! Take a look at our Home Page, which says it best!

We invite you to take a look around and leave us a comment at the bottom of this post! We love to hear from you and for doing so your name will be entered into our drawing for fabulous prizes to be given away on Thursday, May 1st!

A special thanks to my great Assistant, Angela McPherson of  www.noteworthynetchicks.biz  for her awesome work on the re-design of this website, and for all she does at “SSS”, and to Carol Andrews who did the video featured on the Home Page.

Again THANK YOU for your help and support, and we look forward to many more great years bringing the #WOWfactor to your next events!

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The State of Twitter and 10 Mavericks You Should Absolutely Follow

ReBlogged Post via HuffingtonPost.com

twitter5I received an interesting email earlier this week from Twitter congratulating me on my five-year anniversary on the site.

Five years? Is it really possible?

I have been a huge fan of Twitter right from the start, but still, incredibly, many people are not. I know this is way too simplistic, but to me Twitter sentiment falls into one of two categories: the true believers and the haters.

The conversation from the Twitter haters goes something like this:

Twitter is a complete waste of time. The site is full of endless dribble about what someone ate for breakfast and spam trying to sell me something I do not want or trying to take me somewhere I don’t want to go.

For I, and many of the true believers, Twitter is the most powerful marketing tool I use and a fundamental part of my business growth strategy. Twitter is my number one source of traffic, period. It is the primary distribution channel for my blog, along the way helping me to become one of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs. It is also my top list building tool, a huge feeder to many of my other social media sites and the source of many of my speaking, coaching and other business leads.

I am in the social media business, so it makes sense that it would work for me, but can Twitter be used by all types of businesses? Yes, I think it can. Apparently a lot of other people think it can also as the business side of Twitter appears to be moving rapidly in the positive direction. They are a public company now, so the information is readily available. Here are just a few nuggets from the Q4, 2013 financial report directly from Twitter:

  • There are now 241 million active users (MAUs). This is a 30 percent increase year over year!
  • There are 184 million mobile MAUs; 76 percent of all MAUs are mobile!
  • Timeline views reached 148 BILLION in Q4, a 26 percent increase year over year!
  • Q4 revenue was $243 million, up 116 percent year over year and adjusted full year earnings were $75 million.

Plus, in just the last quarter, Twitter has launched television conversation targeting, tailored audiences, conversation tracking and promoted accounts.

So, hopefully I have made my point. I have been and will continue to go ALL IN on Twitter. If you are smart, you might want to give some serious thought to going all in yourself.

At a minimum, you should be following and paying attention to what the thought leaders, real experts and Twitter “mavericks” are saying and doing on Twitter. Here are my “10 Mavericks You Should Absolutely Follow on Twitter”:

Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee): Raw and unbridled, Gary tells you exactly what is on his mind and what he is passionate about: wine, the Jets, his blown out knee, the future of social media and where the puck will be. Caution, some of his language is a little “colorful.”

Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas): Jeff is a content-generating and distribution machine and, more than just about anybody out there, uses Twitter to provide value, value, value.

Ian Cleary (@iancleary): Probably the smartest and definitely the most analytical social media and tech expert, Ian writes prodigiously for the Huffington Post, Social Media Examiner, RazorSocial and a number of other high-profile sites. He is also THE person to follow if you want to keep up with the latest and best social media tools.

Mari Smith (@marismith): Mari is the undisputed social media queen of Facebook (facebook.com/marismith) but she also does a great job distributing content, connecting with her followers and just being generally helpful on Twitter. Plus, she is one of the genuinely nicest people I have ever met.

Mike Stelzner (@mike_stelzner): Mike is the man behind Social Media Examiner (@smexaminer). If you do not know, Social Media Examiner is an information hub for all things social. This one is a no-brainer. You should follow both of these accounts if you want to be plugged in to what is happening on the social media landscape and the man who steers the ship.

Joel Comm (@joelcomm): Joel has been in the social media business long before they called it social media. Read the succinct bio at the top of his Twitter page: “I connect dots;” and that is exactly what he does. In addition to following him on Twitter, I suggest you read his book Twitter Power 2.0: How to Dominate Your Market one Tweet at a Time. It’s brilliant!

Jessica Northey (@jessicanorthey): If you want to see how one person can digitally attack a single industry from all sides, Jessica is the person to watch. In addition to 545,000 Twitter followers, she is included in the circles of 1.4 MILLION people on Google+. Who cares if you like country music or not? Follow Jessica to watch a virtuoso at work.

Brian Carter (@briancarter): Brian is the author of the best-seller, The Like Economy – How Businesses Make Money with Facebook. He is also a master social media strategist having worked for many major companies, brands and organizations. Most of Brian’s Twitter presence is centered on how businesses can use social media to actually make money. I like that!

Jay Baer (@jaybaer): Jay is one of the leading proponents, teachers and evangelists of “pull marketing.” As he so eloquently laid out in his book YOUtility, the companies leading and winning using social media will be the ones who realize their true value comes from being useful to people. Following him on Twitter will definitely be useful to you.

Ted Rubin (@tedrubin): Ted is a Chief Marketing Officer by position and commonly referred to as the most influential and followed CMO on Twitter. He’s a Forbes Social Media Power Influencer and a brilliant “sharer” of information on how you can use Twitter to drive your marketing efforts.

As a disclaimer, I will say that I have personally met and know just about everybody on the list above. There are certainly many deserving others that would be included on a more detailed list. These 10, however, have had a tremendous influence on me personally, my business and how I use Twitter.

So who makes your list of people who have influenced you most on Twitter? I would love to know in the comments section below.

It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

disappointmentDisappointing results happen…to all of us.

It did to me recently. After hours and hours spent on a proposal, after being told, “It’s yours,” and after projecting it into our cash flow, the response came back, “We’re not going to do it.”

Hero to zero in 1.3 seconds.

Focusing on the positive and filtering out the negative is tougher sometimes than at others. How do you deal with it?

Here are 3 Positive Ways to Deal with Disappointing Results:

Take a Breath
Once you get the news, get up and do something different, preferably physical. If you just sit there, the stench grows worse. If you simply get in your car and drive away, the vehicle fills with funk really fast.

I get up from my desk and walk. My office is at home and our driveway is a quarter of a mile long, up a hill.

You can do the same around a parking lot. Or stop the car and meander through a park.

Take a breath. Give yourself at least a few moments to vent, purge, and exhaust the negative emotions assaulting you.

Take a Look Back
Next, take a look back. Glance in two directions with these questions:

1. “When did I receive similar disappointing results and recover well?”
Remembering an experience like this one and looking at the reality of, “Hey! I’m still here and trying again” strengthens your courage and helps you gain heart to persevere.
I actually recalled some larger disappointments than this one. I recovered from that one and determined that I would this one, too.

2. “What could I have done differently?”
There’s a lesson to be learned from every experience, positive and negative. You can control only yourself.
I decided to avoid projecting cash flow until I have the contract and a deposit. What lesson will you discern and Work Positive moving forward?

Take a Boost
Finally, take a boost. Put on a favorite, positively feel good song and dance around. Or, read an inspiring blog. Or, call an ideal client who loves you, just to say “Hey! How’s it going?” Or, write down three positive experiences you’ve had lately that you’re grateful for. Or, go get a coffee and pay for the person behind you.

A boost removes you mentally and emotionally from the address of disappointment to an entirely new zip code of positive belief.

Disappointing results last a season. Positive success endures for a lifetime so take a breath, a look back, and a boost to Work Positive in this negative world.

 

JoeystandingDr. Joey Faucette is the internationally known author of the #1 Amazon best-seller, Work Positive in a Negative World: Redefine Your Reality & Achieve Your Business Dreams (Entrepreneur Press). He is a professional speaker who coaches business professionals to increase sales with greater productivity so they leave the office earlier to do what they love with their family and friends, leading individuals in organizations of every size to achieve amazing results. He and his wife have two adult daughters. They enjoy living on Pleasant Gap Farm with their three yellow Labs, three quarter horses, and one cat–Boo Radley.

To book Dr. Joey as your next Keynote Speaker or Seminar /Workshop Presenter,  contact Sue Falcone at sue@simplysuespeaks.com or call 1-888-766-3155.

Six Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Monopoly!

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Monopoly has been a hit for generations, with most everyone having played at least one of the many versions of it at some point. But the Parker Brothers game isn’t just for family game night or a late-night session in college. Monopoly has a lot to teach entrepreneurs about starting a successful business.

Below are six lessons an entrepreneur, or any businessperson for that matter, can learn from Monopoly.

1. Risks should be taken early whenever possible.

In Monopoly, it’s smart to buy as much property as possible from the start to increase your chances of owning at least one full set of the same colored properties before the game is over. Similarly, in business, those who start investing earlier often do better in the long run.

2. Negotiation and persuasion skills are essential.

There are times in Monopoly when a trade is necessary to get ahead. However, you may run up against an owner of the property you want who is benefiting from it and doesn’t want to part with it. Your task then becomes convincing the owner that what you have to offer in return will somehow be more beneficial. Seeing both sides and maneuvering around another party’s wants and demands are all skills that come into play in many business settings.

3. Diversification is key.

With a large variety of properties, you open yourself up to more streams of revenue and a lesser chance of failing because of one bad investment gone bad. Everyone wants Park Place and Boardwalk, but there’s value in owning more than just the top-notch properties. Likewise, when it comes to investing in anything – whether it’s a product line, a supplier, or, in some cases, employees – the more variety, the better.

4. Money should be set aside for uncertainties.

Despite how lucrative an investment may seem, it’s crucial to keep a financial cushion, as you never know how the game, or life, will turn. In Monopoly, there are taxes, penalties, unexpected trips to jail and all sorts of uncertainties that pop up. To play well, you need to keep a good chunk of the colored money at the ready in case your opponents get lucky. Real life business management is no different. You have to keep money set aside for unforeseen expenses.

5. Always understand ROI.

Being able to assess the return on investment is essential in the business world and in Monopoly. In the game, buying lots of properties can yield great results, but you should always know at what cost. You shouldn’t make purchases blindly or without have an idea of what your next move will be. Will buying a lesser property give you the funds you need, if you are low on cash, or should you hold out for something more lucrative? Is it worth your to keep track of a property that won’t generate much in earnings? Just the same, when making business decisions, you have to evaluate your probable gain as well as the expense and time needed to get it.

6. Instant gratification isn’t always what’s best.

Sometimes, the fastest decisions aren’t the wisest ones. It’s exciting to make progress early in the game, but don’t make bad choices just because you want to feel like a winner. In Monopoly and in business, the true winner is the one whose overall decision-making leads to the best outcome. Those who base their choices on one-upping others just for the sake of it – and for the sake of the business overall – will fail.

  –Daniela Baker: has a passion for small business and parenting, she blogs at CreditDonkey

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It’s Motivation Monday with Kelly Swanson

meetingsIt’s Motivation Monday and a time for celebrating the life and legacy of a transformational leader-Dr. Martin Luther King. How are you celebrating today? Thanks for joining us as Kelly shares all about meetings!

Meetings Are Killing Motivation and Participation

I have this “friend” (I’ll call her Beth) who stepped up to serve in a local community organization that will remain nameless. She agreed to serve despite her already filled schedule, because of their desperate plea for volunteers. Apparently they had already burned out the other volunteers and were desperate for new meat.

Beth knew that they held one event a month, and while it would be tough, she would make it happen. What they didn’t tell her was that for every activity they planned, they would have at least five meetings to accompany it. Not even three months later and Beth is rocking back and forth, considering a restraining order, and wondering how hard it would be to fake her own death. It wasn’t the work that killed her, it was the meetings.

The number one complaint I hear from businesses, companies, groups, committees, associations,  and volunteer organizations that I have been involved with, is how hard it is to get people to step up and help, even when it involves their career and volunteer spirit. They complain about how a small group does all the work and they are burned out.

I think there are many reasons like a lack luster vision that is poorly communicated, people who are given tasks instead of made to feel empowered by their own ideas, a strong desire to accomplish items on a list even though they are outdated and completely irrelevant to today’s society, the belief that more is better, and political struggles for power.

But one main reason is the MEETINGS. People are stressed and they are busy, and they most certainly do not like their time wasted. And taking them away from their families and other work obligations for a “tiny little meeting” is a big deal, even if you do promise them dinner. And most people walk away from these meetings wondering why they even met when all of this could have been covered in one email with a little advance planning.

As much as we might hate to admit it, technology has changed the way we function in our world. And while it is important to maintain that face-to-face, it doesn’t mean you have to schedule endless meetings that could have been accomplished in an email. The world will not end if you don’t meet over chicken wings. And no matter how important you think that meeting is, requiring your people to show up once a week or more, is something that will drain their energy and enthusiasm and cause them to leave or perform poorly.

Just ask Beth.

Kelly SwansonKELLY SWANSON is an award-winning storyteller, comedian, author, motivational speaker. She has been described by Our State Magazine as one of North Carolina’s funniest women. She uses hilarious comedy, powerful stories, and a wacky cast of southern characters to make people laugh, remind them of their value, and show them how to stand up and stick out in their lives, businesses, and communities. Her shows have delighted audiences from coast to coast, from board rooms to cruise ships. To invite Kelly to your 2014 event, contact Sue Falcone at sue@simplysuespeaks.com or call 1-888-766-3155.

It’s Thankful Thursday! What’s Your Word?

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Do You have a Word or Theme for your Life and Business in 2014?

Barbara Hemphill is a Nationally known Productivity Expert, helping people eliminate the physical, digital, and emotional clutter that prevents them for accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives! To book Barbara as your next Keynote Speaker or Seminar/Workshop Presenter: contact Sue Falcone at 1-888-766-3155 or email her at sue@simplysuespeaks.com

It’s Work Positive Wednesday with Dr. Joey Faucette

PerseveranceGot Perseverance?

We moved to the Appalachian mountains when our younger daughter was less than a year old.  So she spent her preschool years hiking up and down mountains with us.  When she was small I would carry her, but when she was around two years old, I decided that it was time for her to hike.  So she did for a while…

…until she would get tired.  “Help me, Daddy,” she’d say with her arms outstretched.  At first, I always picked her up and carried her for a while.  But as she got older, I started telling her, “Just keep walking for a little while longer, honey, and you’ll feel better in a few minutes.”  So she would and in a few minutes she’d say, “I feel better, Daddy.”

Our daughter wanted to quit, but persevered long enough to get her second wind.  If you want to keep your New Year’s resolution, you’ve got to stick to it when you feel like quitting.  Sure, you’ll get tired, maybe even worn out, but to reach your goals, discover a positive partner, develop a winning attitude, celebrate each success, and persevere in the New Year as you make a positive life!

 

Dr. Joey Faucette is the #1 Best Selling Author of “Work Positive in a Negative World” and the leading International Positive Success Expert.  Isn’t it time to invite Dr. Joey to your next 2014 event, as a Keynote, and/or Seminar and Workshop Presenter? Contact Sue Falcone at sue@simplysuespeaks.com or call 1-888-766-3155. We can make that happen! #WOWfactor, #wpnw

The Value of an Entrepreneur!

Entrepreneurship SeriesSue Falcone, owner of “Simply” Sue Speaks! is a true Entrepreneur! Even before the title was made known or we knew how to say or spell the title, Sue had the spirit of being a pioneer in her corporate America world with AT&T!

As an overcomer from birth, Sue knows what it takes to not only survive but thrive in surrounding situations where most would give up! Now with over 40 years of experience, Sue has a company where she represents others who too have become the experts in their fields as Entrepreneurs!

Together with a common goal of wanting to help others become the best they can be, they have developed a 5 part Entrepreneurship Certification Series! Challenged by the Small Business Director of Alamance Community College, Ervin Allen, to provide a series of 5 workshops to introduce future entrepreneurs to the major core aspects of starting, funding, operating, and managing a small business successfully, and receive a CEU Certificate upon completion; Sue and her team of presenters, Barbara Hemphill, Carol Caffarel, and Debbie Wright, set to work.

With a combined experience of over 100 years, and nationally known presenters who are experts in their field, we are honored to offer the pilot of this Entrepreneurship Certificate Series at the Small Business Center of Alamance Community College, Burlington, N.C.  

It begins on Thursday, January 16, and runs through February 20, 2014. Normally the fee would be $595 per person to attend, but it is being offered to the public FREE of charge due to special funding arrangements for the Small Business Center of Alamance Community College, and the presenters who are provided by “Simply” Sue Speaks!  

Pre-registration is required for this series as seating is limited, and is very easy to do.  Call Brenda Brower at (336) 506-4311 or email her at brenda.brower@alamancecc.edu.  You can also find this information and more details about the series through the attached flyer, or go to the website http://bit.ly/1iJorwH where you can also see videos from each of the presenters giving you a special invitation to join them for this series. 

Our thanks and appreciation go to Ervin Allen, Director of the Small Business Center at Alamance Community College, and to Brenda Brower, for all their hard work and vision to make this a reality, and with videos too!

We hope you will be encouraged as you begin a new venture and attend this series, and for those of you who have already started on your journey as an Entrepreneur we applaud you and urge you to never give up, and help us spread the word to those who need to begin! 

Happy New “YOU” Year,

“Simply” Sue

 

It’s Work Positive Wednesday in the New Year-2014 with Dr. Joey Faucette

2014Did you know that New Year’s Day is the oldest of all holidays, first observed in Babylon more than 4,000 years ago?  It started with the first day of spring and lasted for eleven days.  Can you imagine a New Year’s party lasting eleven days?  And the Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions with the most popular being to return borrowed farm equipment.

The Romans observed the New Year in late March, but in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, the Roman senate declared January 1 as the date to begin the new year.  To do it right, Julius Caesar had to let the previous year last 445 days.

The Greeks were the first to use a baby to symbolize the New Year around 600 B.C.  And the Germans added that New Year’s banner to the baby new year.

So what’s your history with New Year’s Day?  What symbols do you use?  How did you celebrate?  Celebrate by listening to life and choosing to Live Positive and Work Positive all year long.

frontcover-1Dr. Joey Faucette, Author of the #1 Best-Seller “Work Positive in a Negative World” is a celebrated Speaker, Seminar and Workshop Presenter, and Coach. He also has an on-line coaching series and his blogs are featured all over the world!

Looking for a great Keynote Speaker, or an engaging and captive Seminar and Workshop Presenter? Dr. Joey is booking quickly, so to invite him to your event contact Sue Falcone at sue@simplysuespeaks.com, or call 1-888-766-3155.