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Why You Should Scrap Your Holiday Cards If You Freelance

Posted by telecommatt on December 13, 2007

Download Squad

This page came up with a big white box where the article should have been, but I’m going to post the link any way, because I thought the article was really good. (It shows up in their RSS feed with the text, for those of you about to leave smart aleck comments!)

 The idea is that it’s the season when (mostly small) businesses reach out to clients or potentials with holiday cards and small gifts. Whether this is to show clients they are remembered or to beg clients to remember us is arguable. the DLS article suggests that it’s better not to do any of this anyway. If you set up a systematic method of reaching out to your clients and contacts, you’ll nearly always be in touch, eliminating the need for cheesy Christmas cards or canned letters.

 If you imagine your contacts operating within a point system, it becomes easier to envision. When you first meet, they get a point. That point is redeemed for a thank you card that you send out. Subsequent levels of interaction lead to higher point valves, which are redeemed for better prizes. For example, a member of your networking group refers a potential your way. That action earns your industrious friend a gift card to a local coffee shop in their next thank you note. Now suppose that the referral becomes a client. Not only are they inducted into your point system, but your networks has earned a slightly more substantial prize, perhaps a gas card this time.

Carefully tracked and managed in this way, you are regularly engaging your contacts and rewarding them for the time they’ve invested in you. By managing the "prizes" redeemed at each "point level", you eliminate any perception of inequity among your clients as well as assuming control of the communication process. As your system progresses, you can begin to predict the next level of association you will have with many of your contacts. From a business perspective, this sure beats throwing a bunch of holiday cards in the air and hoping that me of them lands a sale!

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Matt’s Cuppa LinkRoundup for 7-11-07

Posted by telecommatt on July 11, 2007

Web Analytics and Google

Google Analytics,
is a great, free tool to help you better understand where you traffic
is coming from, what keywords are generating traffic and even how your
landing pages are converting.

Great article on the ins and outs of Google Analytics

OnStar teams with Red Cross for location-based disaster info

OnStar‘s
new Crisis Assist capabilities will not only provide access to
“specially trained crisis advisers” that can contact emergency
responders and provide real-time updates to the situation(s) at hand,
but subscribers that can actually drive away from the disaster will be
routed to the nearest established shelter. Additionally, frantic
customers can be connected
to friends and family that they have listed as close to their heart on
the American Red Cross Safe and Well website, and public safety
officials can be notified of a request for help and track down that
person’s location using OnStar’s embedded GPS.

Uber-Eco-Towers: Top 10 Green Skyscrapers

Green skyscrapers offer so much for the average “EcoGeek” to drool
over. Each one can contain hundreds of innovations that make the world
a cleaner place, they build up, rather than out, and many of them are
freaking gorgeous. Here are the top 10.

Startup Tips Day 6: Sumaya Kazi from TheCulturalConnect.com

Sumaya’s Tips

  1. Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself. It can only breed success.
  2. While having a start-up you and everyone else on your core team
    must have a PhD mentality. That is, of course, to be poor, hungry and
    driven.
  3. More often than not, people sit on great ideas. Don’t be one of them.
  4. If you think you can’t do something – you probably can’t. It’s
    those that reach for the impossible that make many more things possible
    happen along the way.
  5. Network like hell. When you’re young and have a start-up, it’s
    important to leverage the connections you’ve made. You’d be surprised
    to see how far you can go when others are just excited about your
    start-up and about your ideas.
  6. Innovate. Innovate. Innovate. You might have a great idea today, but will it be the same tomorrow?
  7. Try to maintain enough ambition and energy to achieve your goals,
    but also enough humility to accept the challenges and rejection that
    comes with being an entrepreneur.

Bob Thurman on happiness and becoming Buddha — on TED.com

Amid TEDGlobal’s talk of our global connection and interconnection, it’s a fine time to present Bob Thurman,
Buddhist monk and scholar, on the Buddhist view of the universe. In our
hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass
enlightenment, says Thurman, is our first step toward becoming Buddha.
When we can know everything, we can see how everything is
interconnected — and we can begin to feel compassion for every living
being. (Recorded December 2006 in New York City. Duration: 12:17) Read Bob Thurman’s profile on TED.com >>

Do-gooders doing Google Earth

The mapping app has become a powerful tool for nonprofits with global messages about saving forests–and lives.

Featured Firefox Extension: Make all web page text interactive with Hyperwords

Who needs environmental monitoring?

We monitor the stock market, the weather, our blood pressure. Yet
environmental monitoring is often criticized as being unscientific,
expensive, and wasteful.

New Green Social Network Is Planting Trees

Green Six will plant 6 trees for every person who signs up for a sneak peek to their beta site.

Powered by ScribeFire.

Posted in Betas (as in not-the-fish), Consciousness, Entrepeneurism, Environment, Google, Green, LinkRoundup, Technology | 1 Comment »

I Got Motivated

Posted by telecommatt on June 26, 2007

I attended the day long Get Motivated semnar last week. The seminar was held in the Target Center, a sports arena in downtown Minneapolis, and the arena was packed. Standing room only. Honestly, I usually avoid these things because I’m not into large crowds of cheering people. My motivation was really due to the speakers that were. The producers of the event, Peter and Tamara Lowe, don’t mess around when it comes to who is going to be on their stage.

Peter & Tamara Lowe

This is what their website has to say:

Only the BEST of the BEST appear on our stage! Speakers vary by
location and always include a Dream Team of respected success experts.
Current and former speakers have included: Former NYC Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani, Secretary of State General Colin Powell, Former First Lady
Barbara Bush, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Former World
Heavyweight Champion George Foreman, NFL Superstars Joe Montana, Peyton
Manning, Ladainian Tomlinson and coach Tony Dungy, Presidents Ronald
Reagan, George Bush, Entertainers Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Goldie Hawn,
Motivational Expert Zig Ziglar, Legendary Microsoft President Rick
Belluzzo, Gold Medal Olympian Mary Lou Retton, Barbara Walters, and
Larry King just to name a few!

So, I sat in the audience and listened to what all these successful people had to say. The morning session consisted mostly of wealthy people selling their pre-packaged systems for success to a captive audience. They must have made a killing! The funny thing is, I went in there with the mindset that these people were all successful and I was there to learn how to be like them. Like everyone else in the audience, I was lapping up every word! It was after the lunch break that things sort of switched gears. These were the people that I had come to see, people you see in person once in a lifetime. I later realized that these were the people who were up there talking about success not because of their system, but because of themselves. Take Zig Ziglar as an example. There’s something so personable about Zig that you can’t help liking the guy. He’s living proof that integrity still works. And Gen. Colin Powell, what a powerhouse of a speaker! The man has seen so much of what has shaped our world today that he just opens his mouth and something insightful falls out. You may not agree with everything he says, but you can’t argue with the man.

Gen. Colin Powell

Out of everyone who stood up that day, it was Bill Cosby who walked on stage and kicked me in the gut. That’s literally what it felt like. I wish that I could remember the wording he used, but I’ll have to paraphrase things a bit instead. When he walked on stage (after making a hilarious jab at the next speaker, Gen. Powell) he looked around and said, “I know why all of you are here.” He proceeded to tell us that we were down there (in our seats) because we wanted to learn how to be up here (on stage). His point was that we were the reason we were down there. We put ourselves in our seats just was we put them on stage. It was a decision that we had made ourselves.

Bill Cosby

It was at this point that I sat back and thought of all those people who had lined up earlier that day to buy someone else’s system. I thought of all those people who were frantically scribbling notes trying to get the entire seminar into their Franklin planner. I thought, “Did we all just miss the point?” I had a sort of sickly feeling crawl across my skin. It seemed that these “successful” people were there feeding on the desire of a bunch of little people who wanted a piece of that success for ourselves. One man that day came out and told us all that we were here for the wrong reasons, and I wonder how many people got it. If the majority of the audience had, I think there would have been an audible intake of breath when he stopped speaking. There wasn’t.

In retrospective, every person that stepped up on stage that day had important things to talk about. I thought that it would be Gen. Colin Powell who would have the biggest impact on me, but it was Bill Cosby. He stood there and told us that we were all going about things wrong, and no one wants to hear that. But I’m glad that he did. I think I needed that; the admonishment came at a time when I was receptive to it. I feel lucky about that. I guess it’s true that we don’t always get what we want, but if we are receptive enough, we get what we need.

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Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 04/11/2007

Posted by telecommatt on April 11, 2007

Finding Web Hosting by Blogging Pro

    Four Great Blog Resources : Instigator Blog

      WiPeer – Serverless Peer to Peer Collaboration  Annotated

        WiPeer enables sharing files directly among computers, playing multi-player games, chatting, and collaboration over both Wi-Fi and home/office networks.

          Open Culture: Starting Startups: A Free Course (and More) for the Entrepreneur

            TwitThis  Annotated

            • Maybe I should cave in to the Twitter craze and add this button to my site. Maybe.
               – post by telecommatt
            TwitThis is an easy way for people to send Twitter messages about your blog post or website. When visitors to your website click on the TwitThis button or link, it takes the URL of the webpage and creates a shorter URL using TinyURL. Then visitors can send this shortened URL and a description of the web page to all of their friends on Twitter.

              Free PC Games  Annotated

              • This site makes me wish I were in college still! Or at least that I had more free time…
                 – post by telecommatt
              Who says you have to pay to get good games? Here’s a list of over 200 free PC games for your enjoyment! Many work on Linux and OS X, too.

                Google offers bikes for pedaling commuters | News.blog | CNET News.com  Annotated

                • What a neat concept! Just think what would happen if companies began competing to be eco-friendly instead of competing for short-term profit!
                   – post by telecommatt
                Google is offering free bikes and helmets to 2,000 of its permanent employees who bike to work in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, according to reports.

                  Frugal For Life: Odor Remover Tips  Annotated

                  • Great chemical-free ways to take the stink out of your home.
                     – post by telecommatt
                  Natural ways to remove odors or cut down on them; because you don’t want a face like this when you come into your home.

                    Posted in Betas (as in not-the-fish), Blogging, Entrepeneurism, Free/Open Source, Google, Lifehacks, Twitter | 1 Comment »

                    You paid what for that?!

                    Posted by telecommatt on October 5, 2006

                    5 Things You Shouldn’t Spend Money On When Starting a Business » Instigator Blog

                    • I think this is a great post! Simple advice that goes a long way. I tagged this because of his bit on software. I’ve said it over and over again that there is no longer a need for people and even businesses to go out and buy expensive software packages. Open source is an amazingly efficient concept! Tell me your needs and I’ll find the software that fits and is free. And if you’re still hell-bent on spending money on software, go open source and have a developer tailor software to meet your specific needs. Or send me a check and I’ll manage your software for you… – post by telecommatt
                    Software. I’m not advocating the use of pirated software, but there are plenty of online tools that are inexpensive or free, and can be just as effective for starting up your business as more traditional software. Ex. Google Spreadsheets, Writely, Blinksale, StikiPad, Skype

                    Posted in Entrepeneurism, Free/Open Source, Software | 1 Comment »

                    Got Motivated

                    Posted by telecommatt on December 31, 1969

                    I attended the day long Get Motivated semnar last week. The seminar was held in the Target Center, a sports arena in downtown Minneapolis, and the arena was packed. Standing room only. Honestly, I usually avoid these things because I’m not into large crowds of cheering people. My motivation was really due to the speakers that were. The producers of the event, Peter and Tamara Lowe, don’t mess around when it comes to who is going to be on their stage.

                    Peter & Tamara Lowe

                    This is what their website has to say:

                    Only the BEST of the BEST appear on our stage! Speakers vary by location and always include a Dream Team of respected success experts. Current and former speakers have included: Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Secretary of State General Colin Powell, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Former World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman, NFL Superstars Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Ladainian Tomlinson and coach Tony Dungy, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Entertainers Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Goldie Hawn, Motivational Expert Zig Ziglar, Legendary Microsoft President Rick Belluzzo, Gold Medal Olympian Mary Lou Retton, Barbara Walters, and Larry King just to name a few!

                    So, I sat in the audience and listened to what all these successful people had to say. The morning session consisted mostly of wealthy people selling their pre-packaged systems for success to a captive audience. They must have made a killing! The funny thing is, I went in there with the mindset that these people were all successful and I was there to learn how to be like them. Like everyone else in the audience, I was lapping up every word! It was after the lunch break that things sort of switched gears. These were the people that I had come to see, people you see in person once in a lifetime. I later realized that these were the people who were up there talking about success not because of their system, but because of themselves. Take Zig Ziglar as an example. There’s something so personable about Zig that you can’t help liking the guy. He’s living proof that integrity still works. And Gen. Colin Powell, what a powerhouse of a speaker! The man has seen so much of what has shaped our world today that he just opens his mouth and something insightful falls out. You may not agree with everything he says, but you can’t argue with the man.

                    Gen. Colin Powell

                    Out of everyone who stood up that day, it was Bill Cosby who walked on stage and kicked me in the gut. That’s literally what it felt like. I wish that I could remember the wording he used, but I’ll have to paraphrase things a bit instead. When he walked on stage (after making a hilarious jab at the next speaker, Gen. Powell) he looked around and said, “I know why all of you are here.” He proceeded to tell us that we were down there (in our seats) because we wanted to learn how to be up here (on stage). His point was that we were the reason we were down there. We put ourselves in our seats just was we put them on stage. It was a decision that we had made ourselves.

                    Bill Cosby

                    It was at this point that I sat back and thought of all those people who had lined up earlier that day to buy someone else’s system. I thought of all those people who were frantically scribbling notes trying to get the entire seminar into their Franklin planner. I thought, “Did we all just miss the point?” I had a sort of sickly feeling crawl across my skin. It seemed that these “successful” people were there feeding on the desire of a bunch of little people who wanted a piece of that success for ourselves. One man that day came out and told us all that we were here for the wrong reasons, and I wonder how many people got it. If the majority of the audience had, I think there would have been an audible intake of breath when he stopped speaking. There wasn’t.

                    In retrospective, every person that stepped up on stage that day had important things to talk about. I thought that it would be Gen. Colin Powell who would have the biggest impact on me, but it was Bill Cosby. He stood there and told us that we were all going about things wrong, and no one wants to hear that. But I’m glad that he did. I think I needed that; the admonishment came at a time when I was receptive to it. I feel lucky about that. I guess it’s true that we don’t always get what we want, but if we are receptive enough, we get what we need. 

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                    Got Motivated

                    Posted by telecommatt on December 31, 1969

                    I attended the day long Get Motivated semnar last week. The seminar was held in the Target Center, a sports arena in downtown Minneapolis, and the arena was packed. Standing room only. Honestly, I usually avoid these things because I’m not into large crowds of cheering people. My motivation was really due to the speakers that were. The producers of the event, Peter and Tamara Lowe, don’t mess around when it comes to who is going to be on their stage.

                    Peter & Tamara Lowe

                    This is what their website has to say:

                    Only the BEST of the BEST appear on our stage! Speakers vary by location and always include a Dream Team of respected success experts. Current and former speakers have included: Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Secretary of State General Colin Powell, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Former World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman, NFL Superstars Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Ladainian Tomlinson and coach Tony Dungy, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Entertainers Bill Cosby, Jerry Lewis, Goldie Hawn, Motivational Expert Zig Ziglar, Legendary Microsoft President Rick Belluzzo, Gold Medal Olympian Mary Lou Retton, Barbara Walters, and Larry King just to name a few!

                    So, I sat in the audience and listened to what all these successful people had to say. The morning session consisted mostly of wealthy people selling their pre-packaged systems for success to a captive audience. They must have made a killing! The funny thing is, I went in there with the mindset that these people were all successful and I was there to learn how to be like them. Like everyone else in the audience, I was lapping up every word! It was after the lunch break that things sort of switched gears. These were the people that I had come to see, people you see in person once in a lifetime. I later realized that these were the people who were up there talking about success not because of their system, but because of themselves. Take Zig Ziglar as an example. There’s something so personable about Zig that you can’t help liking the guy. He’s living proof that integrity still works. And Gen. Colin Powell, what a powerhouse of a speaker! The man has seen so much of what has shaped our world today that he just opens his mouth and something insightful falls out. You may not agree with everything he says, but you can’t argue with the man.

                    Gen. Colin Powell

                    Out of everyone who stood up that day, it was Bill Cosby who walked on stage and kicked me in the gut. That’s literally what it felt like. I wish that I could remember the wording he used, but I’ll have to paraphrase things a bit instead. When he walked on stage (after making a hilarious jab at the next speaker, Gen. Powell) he looked around and said, “I know why all of you are here.” He proceeded to tell us that we were down there (in our seats) because we wanted to learn how to be up here (on stage). His point was that we were the reason we were down there. We put ourselves in our seats just was we put them on stage. It was a decision that we had made ourselves.

                    Bill Cosby

                    It was at this point that I sat back and thought of all those people who had lined up earlier that day to buy someone else’s system. I thought of all those people who were frantically scribbling notes trying to get the entire seminar into their Franklin planner. I thought, “Did we all just miss the point?” I had a sort of sickly feeling crawl across my skin. It seemed that these “successful” people were there feeding on the desire of a bunch of little people who wanted a piece of that success for ourselves. One man that day came out and told us all that we were here for the wrong reasons, and I wonder how many people got it. If the majority of the audience had, I think there would have been an audible intake of breath when he stopped speaking. There wasn’t.

                    In retrospective, every person that stepped up on stage that day had important things to talk about. I thought that it would be Gen. Colin Powell who would have the biggest impact on me, but it was Bill Cosby. He stood there and told us that we were all going about things wrong, and no one wants to hear that. But I’m glad that he did. I think I needed that; the admonishment came at a time when I was receptive to it. I feel lucky about that. I guess it’s true that we don’t always get what we want, but if we are receptive enough, we get what we need. 

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