Hire a vet!

I am anti-war but pro-soldier: I don’t care how you feel about our government or the wars it wages; I do care however, about the good people who answered their nation’s call and took up arms to support our freedom. Recently I read this on the Huffington Post:

There are about 22 veteran suicides each day, a rate higher than previous estimates, based on a report released by the Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this year. Many veterans who take their own lives are over 50, but the hundreds of thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan also struggle to adjust to civilian life while dealing with the mental and physical effects of war on top of a weak job market. Adam Legg, a 30-year-old Naval veteran, found that he couldn’t even get a job at McDonalds after returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009, according to ABC News. “When you feel like you can’t take care of your family, feed them, shelter them, it’s a very, very dark place. A feeling of uselessness that maybe they would be better off if you’re not around,” Legg told ABC. Some troops don’t make it home before taking their own lives. Military suicides reached a record high of 349 in 2012, and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has described the situation as an epidemic.

via Veteran Suicides Outpace Combat Deaths, Child Gun Deaths INFOGRAPHIC.

My brother-in-law Jim is a vet who is also a practicing psychotherapist on the front lines; he serves returning vets 40×50 year in and year out. If you’re not Jim, you can connect to vets and those who serve them using this website; TEAM RWB

Consider this:

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Me? I’m blessed to know a vet and I thank God for him, his family and the sacrifices they have all made in the close to a couple decades I’ve known him. His name is Tim O’Neil and you’re a fool if you don’t connect with him on LinkedIn and snap him up before someone else does! For Tim and all the other vets out there, here’s a collection of LinkedIn resources to get started. I also pledge $1,000 worth of consulting services [more if needed] to help him land the job of his dreams. What will YOU do to help a vet? Comment below…

A dynamic page of resources for those looking to take advantage of LinkedIn…

A dynamic page of resources for those looking to take advantage of LinkedIn…

http://storify.com/livingbusiness/linkedin-thoughts-tools-and-tactics

Thinking about thinking about transformational thought leadership…

The title is not a typo. Watch the first video and you’ll know what I mean!

Some thoughts on searching for the ‘middle way’ and attempting to apply it to transformational thought leadership. Some very rough thinking along the perilous path of ‘becoming known’…

5/10/2013; apparently I blew the first video. I’ve been informed that there’s no sound but I won’t be able to redo it until Monday. Enjoy the rest of the post…

Here’s the version WITH audio;

http://storify.com/livingbusiness/the-middle-way

 

9 Steps to Be a Thought Leader

Susan HarrowSusan Harrow writes:

So many people call themselves thought leaders now – but they aren’t. To be a thought leader takes some doing. It’s not so much about being original as it is about putting things together in an original way. It comes down to packaging your knowledge, skills, abilities, experiences, and yes, your thoughts in a way that makes you media worthy and worth listening to by your audience—a huge audience. Follow these nine steps to get going on the path to be respected, heard and reverberated out into the world.

Full story at: 9 Steps to Be a Thought Leader — and Become a Media Darling ׀ Susan Harrow | PRSecrets Blog.

Susan has some great ideas on how to achieve thought leadership, however, I think she leaves out one important point in her article: you have to document your work in a way that people can find it! Maybe I’m being Captain Obvious here, but while you read her article, think about how you can leverage business blogging and social networking to provide social proof of your thought leadership…

If this is all geeks to you comment below and asked me how you can get started! I have developed an efficient, cost-effective workflow that you can use as a platform for transformational thought leadership…

Tools for Tuesday; Hootsuite

Why settle for being a rockstar on one social network when you can amp multiple platforms all at once? Please give me 5 minutes of your life…

Here’s what posts added via the autoschedule feature look like in the publishing queue. You can click the image to enlarge…

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After the fact; applying ‘Einstein’s Razor’ to transformational ‘thought leadership’ marketing…

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak to a group of interior designers about how to become known on the Internet. It was one of the most enjoyable presentations I have given in a long time because 97% of the audience were lovely females from co-eds at UWSP to practicing interior designers, but I digress…

Many people in this audience were new to social media and it quickly became clear that the primary focus should be what’s the least amount of tools and work I can do to get started in the social media space. The conversation around that topic inspired me to come up with the following diagram and the explanation that follows it. I hope you find it useful…

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Questions? Feedback? Comment below or connect with me so we can talk about how this applies to you and your situation…

By the way, here’s a copy of my opening presentation…

…and a link to my notes

Yes, I can help you with a website…

…but a website is only a small part of the transformational thought leadership process — I can also help you determine what you should blog about and how! Here are a couple of examples of websites I’ve done for clients recently. Click image to enlarge…

Love tweets!

  1. The True Meaning Of Love From A Buddhist Perspective ow.ly/hImpv
  2. Chocolate Romance: 8 Reasons You Should Fall In Love With Dark Chocolate ow.ly/hIkV8 fb.me/1HCF82IWY
  3. Chocolate Romance: 8 Reasons You Should Fall In Love With Dark Chocolate ow.ly/hIkV8
  4. 6 Tips To Create An Environment That Has ‘Love’ Written All Over It ow.ly/hGdAK fb.me/2d3NSMAsu
  5. 6 Tips To Create An Environment That Has ‘Love’ Written All Over It ow.ly/hGdAK
  6. What You Think About Is What You Create, Especially In Love ow.ly/hBvCb
  7. No Matter How Difficult The Past Live Life Quotes, Love Life… bit.ly/WqHvDO

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, right? Here’s a minimalist workflow for content and thought leadership marketing that will help you get found when people are looking for you and what you do in the coming year…

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The beautiful thing about this simple workflow is that you have to do the reading anyway in order to maintain your expert status — why not turn it into thought leadership marketing? Also every tool is free and completely cross platform and it could all be executed from a $199 Chromebook. I explain here:

How could I explain this more clearly or make this post better? Comment below or use the contact form above…

The best of ‘what I see’ for 12/14/2012

  1. toddlohenry
    You Cannot Be Happy – Live Life Quotes, Love Life Quotes, Live Life Happy via You Cannot Be Happy If You Fill Your M… ow.ly/2tKtKM
  2. toddlohenry
    If you’re feeling pain, here are two choices; either change your perception or change your procedures!
  3. toddlohenry
    How To Do Squat-to-stands With Overhead Reach (Video) | bit.ly/SVOCBr
  4. toddlohenry
    How Music Helped Me Survive My Divorce and Life Crisis bit.ly/TYuqzR
  5. toddlohenry
    New Report Says Active People May Live Five Years Longer | Greatist bit.ly/SVLxkO
  6. toddlohenry
    @soulfullshelly Thanks for this amazing post!!! What Your Dissatisfying Relationships Are Telling You toddlohenry.com/2012/12/14/…
  7. toddlohenry
    Ever Wanted to Publish Your Own Book? Don’t Start until You’ve Read Guy Kawasaki’s New Book! bit.ly/SnGLQ7
  8. toddlohenry
    Unique Christmas Gift Ideas For The Person Who Has Everything bit.ly/SnGJb1
  9. toddlohenry
    3 Ways to Reduce Stress in 15 Minutes / Day (Without Exercising!) bit.ly/SnGIUq
  10. toddlohenry
    How Music Helped Me Survive My Divorce and Life Crisis bit.ly/SnC6xJ
  11. toddlohenry
    News: First Study Reveals Weight Loss Apps Could Really Work bit.ly/SnC49c
  12. toddlohenry
    50 Important Advice and Things To Know That People Usually Aren’t Told About bit.ly/SnC6xz
  13. toddlohenry
    “If I’m Feeling Mired in My Own Problems, The Best Way to Get a Lift Is To Help Someone.” bit.ly/SkJgCZ

The best of ‘what I see’ for 12/10/2012

  1. Fact #5: The person who cares the most will often end up doing a task. If you care more about a task being done, you’re more likely to end up doing it—and don’t expect other people to care as much as you do, just because something is important to you. It’s easy to make this mistake in marriage. You think it’s important to get the basement organized, and you expect your spouse to share the work, but your spouse thinks, “We never use the basement anyway, so why bother?” Just because something’s important to you doesn’t make it important to someone else, and people are less likely to share work they deem unimportant. At least not without a lot of nagging.
  2. Of course, there can be an assortment of reasons why you’re not yet getting whatever it is you want. I’m going to suggest, however, that one of the reasons is that you haven’t done EVERYTHING that can be done. So, instead of feeling helpless and confused, revisit the situation at hand, and ask yourself – Are there projects that have yet to be completed? Are there to-do’s that have been patiently waiting to be crossed off of your list?
  3. “Believe in your epiphanies. Believe in your yourself. Take action. And watch the world conspire to support you.”Elise Ballard Learn more about Elise and her latest inspirational book at EpiphanyChannel.com Photo and Art by Jenni Young & Bryant McGill
  4. Call home at least once a week. It’s a proven fact that we call home less the older we get. And that’s wrong. It should be the other way around. As we get older, our parents get older.
  5. ninatandon
    RT @toddlohenry: 5 Ways to Meditate on the Subway (Or During Your Commute) bit.ly/RVu27a
  6. toddlohenry
    5 Ways to Meditate on the Subway (Or During Your Commute) bit.ly/RVu27a @ninatandon :-D
  7. toddlohenry
    Feeling Resentful? 6 Hard Facts About Shared Work « Positively Positive bit.ly/SL2o9Y
  8. toddlohenry
    5 Stress Relievers That Are Virtually Free and Totally Good for You bit.ly/SL2deL
  9. toddlohenry
    “The only way you are going to be able to lose weight and keep it off, is by changing yourself. ” bit.ly/SL1ZUY
  10. toddlohenry
    5 Foods That Are Surprisingly Cheap, Healthy, and Easy to Make At Home bit.ly/SL0SVl
  11. toddlohenry
    “Our opinions are castle walls, built to keep us safe.” bit.ly/SL0BBK
  12. toddlohenry
    “Why Changing Somebody’s Mind, or Yours, is Hard to Do.” bit.ly/SL0BBK
  13. toddlohenry
    Stop Proving, Start Living. The Benefit of Getting Clear on How You Want to Feel. bit.ly/VugbjE
  14. toddlohenry
    Are you staying on your strategic track? | Thought Leadership Leverage bit.ly/SJpm10

Sometimes, I think I post more about how much I love Twylah than the folks at Twylah do. Whether that’s true or not, I’m a huge fan and the main reason why is Twylah is the only social networking tool I know of that actually adds Search Engine Optimization [SEO] to your domain simply by tweeting. Still, if the DNS manager of your domain host is unfamiliar territory you may not be getting the maximum value out of Twylah and Twitter. I talk you through it here…

So, in summary, the three things you must do are:

  • Use Twylah
  • Add the Twylah widget to your WordPress sidebar
  • Host Twylah on your domain

Questions? Feedback? Comment below or connect with me so we can talk about how this applies to you and your situation…

The best of ‘what I see’ for 12/4/2012

  1. “The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go. The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it. Worrying is worthless. When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment. Then you will begin to experience joy in life.”   – Brian Weiss
  2. “Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
  3. “We may tell ourselves that love is not really available. but the deeper truth is that we don’t entirely trust it, and therefore have a hard time fully opening to it or letting it all the way into us. This disconnects us from our own heart, exacerbating our sense of love’s scarcity.” – John Welwood,
  4. “We must each achieve greater individual consciousness and self-knowledge, and project mindful kindness toward everything and everyone.”Bryant McGill From book, Voice of Reason http://bryantmcgill.com/vor Photo by Jenni Young
  5. toddlohenry
    5 Fitness Gadgets That Actually Work And Won’t Swallow Your Money bit.ly/SJhyfA
  6. toddlohenry
    How I Learned to Relax and Enjoy My Family’s Quirks bit.ly/SJhAUH
  7. toddlohenry
    Lumawake: An iPhone Dock That Simulates the Sunrise bit.ly/SJhxZ5
  8. toddlohenry
    What Are You Pretending Not to Know? « Positively Positive bit.ly/RyPWwW
  9. toddlohenry
    The Beginning Of Infinity: Why Our Dreams Do Not Lack Reality | FinerMinds twy.la/YuWwYu
  10. toddlohenry
    “12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything” bit.ly/RyPLBK
  11. toddlohenry
    “If we are constantly looking outside of ourselves to create a feeling of happiness we will NEVER be content.” bit.ly/RyPKgU
  12. toddlohenry
    10 Unique Search Engines That Serve Very Unique Purposes bit.ly/SJcNCI
  13. toddlohenry
    The Greatist Table: 5 Healthy Root Vegetable Recipes from Around the Web bit.ly/SJcOGH
  14. toddlohenry
    News: Ultrasound Technology Can Make Spinach Safer bit.ly/R1etun
  15. toddlohenry
    Podcasting – Is the Old New Again? – Tell Bigger Stories bit.ly/R14xB6

Feeling inadequate?

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I am right now. Here’s what I’m doing to do; I’m going to review how to find my purpose in 5 seconds and then I’m going to pick something off this list:

The best of ‘what I see’ for 11/28/2012

  1. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins
  2. toddlohenry
    4 Superfoods to Cure Your Digestive Issues and Give You More Energy twy.la/UYtP09
  3. toddlohenry
    Warning: Believing These 10 Famous Myths Might Be Making You Dumb bit.ly/YpZXhF
  4. toddlohenry
    6 Mini-Meals to Make You Happy When It’s Cold Outside bit.ly/YpZX1h
  5. toddlohenry
    12 Healthy Alternatives to Peanut Butter | Greatist twy.la/TmTTjx
  6. toddlohenry
    Five ‘Evernote 5’ Improvements You Should Know bit.ly/WZfWTq