Weekend Wisdom: Self-Beliefs

May you realize the truth in today’s quote from my friend Jeff Nischwitz.  When I read it earlier this week I knew it had to use it for today’s “Weekend Wisdom.” It applies to the grief recovery process in addition to every other area of life.

Most of what is blocking your path are self-beliefs that you are holding onto. It’s time to let it go. 

Jeff Nischwitz

Letting go of your negative self-beliefs during grief is a slow and painful process but you must do it to experience joy again.

Here’s to letting go!

A Review: Social Media Explained by Mark W. Schaefer

I entered a contest through an email for a chance to win a copy of “Social Media Explained, Untangling the World’s Most Misunderstood Business Trend.”  Well I won, which means there is a little piece of hell freezing over because I don’t normally win contests.

I agreed to let Mark know what I thought of the book. After reading it, I got this post 3/4 done when life got in the way. I am sorry Mark for not finishing this sooner.

So without further adieu, here is my opinion of Mark Schaefer’s book.

“Social Media Explained”

Suffering from grief deciding if you should use Social Media?

Suffering from grief because of a social media plan gone bonkers?

Then Mark W. Schaefer’s book “Social Media Explained, Untangling the World’s Most Misunderstood Business Trend” is for you. 

At 133 pages, this book is a quick easy read and packed full of valuable information.

The book is divided into 3 sections:

  • The Five Most Important Things You Need to Know about Social Media Marketing.
  • The Five Most Difficult Questions You’ll Face.
  • A Social Media Primer.

In these three sections you will find everything you need to know about social media presented in a clear and concise manner. Schaefer covers why you should use social media, content being a revolution, the dreaded “Should and/or how do we measure social media?”, how to handle negative comments, and where to start with social media.

He also tells you what makes a good Community Manager, because larger companies will need this person.

I was so blown away by what I was learning that I emailed the owner of the marketing company I do freelance work for and told her to get this book since she trains her clients on social media.

The information in this book applies to large and small businesses and can be adapted to job search as well.  After all a job seeker is a business of one trying to sell his or her skills to a new client (employer).

Not only does Mark explain social media but he includes a story about how a business client used this information to reignite a stagnant relationship with a business client.

Whether you are a small, medium or large company, get this book before you dive into social media.  If you are already social, this book will help you improve your game.

Thanks Mark for writing a book about social media that anyone can understand and for selecting me a recipient of a copy.

For more information check out Mark’s other books “The Tao of Twitter” and “Return On Influence” and for my fellow bloggers “Born to Blog: Building Your Blog for Personal and Business Success One Post At A Time.”

Blogging & My Job Search

(Author’s Note: Just an FYI – while typing this post tonight my pen, camera, and notebook went missing.  I think Rommie might be up to something as I overheard her mumbling the word “Thursday.”)

Blogging And My Job Search

On January 13th, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. JoyReturns went live.  Right after I hit the publish button, I got ready to attend a seminar by several local inspirational/motivational speakers.  What I did about 1 week before attending the event was order new business cards with my blog name in addition to the typical business card information.  Doing this forced me to get this site up and running before attending the seminar.

New Technology

Blogging showed potential employers I could learn new technology.  So many job seekers my age refuse to learn anything new.  They are stuck in 1980’s job search mode, which is the subject of a whole other post.

Online Presence

Most managers google potential new hires.  When they googled me, they found me and my blog.  If I did not have a blog they might mistake me for the Michelle Kearns who is an “adult performer”. Egads!

Vulnerability

One of the hottest buzzwords in today’s world is “vulnerability.” Well publishing stories about my adventures through widowhood definitely qualifies as making myself vulnerable. Most widows would not dare publish something so personal, even to help other widows. My willingness to be vulnerable led to…

Respect & Admiration

I gained respect and admiration from some hiring managers. However the jobs those managers had did not pay over $10 an hour and were a 40 – 45 minute drive and in the words of one manager “not worth your time, gas and wear and tear on your car.”

Morale Boost

The biggest effect blogging had on my job search was meeting people online. There is Maureen in Germany, Nicholas in England, Charissa in the USA, and Michael in the USA,  are some of the many, many bloggers I met during the past 2 3/4 years. They were a great support system (and still are) during a tough time. It was a real morale booster to log in after a day of interviewing and/or networking and read comments from people who loved what I published that morning.

Moving Forward

If you are a job seeker who is not willing to learn blogging or anything new during your job search, you are making a major mistake.  You must update your skills so you can move your career forward into a glorious future.  If I can learn a skill, surely you can too.         ;-)

Are you willing to keep moving forward, whether through your grief or job search journey?

Are you willing to update your skills even though you already have a wonderful job?

 

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