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Speaking on Social Networking for Upcoming Regional Conference

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m excited to announce that I will be one of the featured speakers at the Bigfoot Social Media/Social Networking Conference on June 4th at the Bremerton Harborside Conference Center. My topic is how organizations and businesses can minimize their risk in dealing with social networking. To learn more and to register – click here.

How to Find Stories to Blog About

February 27, 2010 3 comments

One of my mentor clients asked me today, “Where do you find things to blog about?” A good question that I thought many of you may also be asking.  Here it is. Get ready to cut and paste this interminable answer in your brain. Ready?

Life.

I guarantee that things happen to you every single day that you can write about, blog about, or use for a story in a speech. You just have to be in the moment and be able to use your life as a metaphor.

Here’s an example from today for me. I was working around the house and I love to listen to Pandora while I work. I had it on the Greased Lightning station and listening to an oldie song called, “What a Wonderful World it Would Be.” One of the lines said something like, “I don’t know what a slide rule does…” I chuckled. Neither does about 2/3 of the world anymore. However 40 years ago, everyone not only did, but used them all the time. So how do you use this as a blog post?

My mentee is in the technology world. The changes in technology are happening at warp speed. Just like the slide rule, many things we take for granted today may be obsolete in just a short time. In fact, much shorter than ever before! If you are unwilling to change and learn about new technologies in real-time, you and your business will be left behind playing with your slide rule.

OR…

If you are a consultant for helping businesses work with a diverse generational workforce, you might find a way to use this story in a speech comparing the slide rule to the Texas Instruments calculator to an iPhone app. You get the picture.

The key is to be aware of things around you; note peculiar things that happen or that make you laugh; find irony in everyday happenings; and make note of all of them. The next step is to try to relate them as a metaphor to something in your business. Then start writing…

The reality is that your audience will better understand a difficult topic or be more engaged in your speech when you use everyday life occurrences that seemingly have no commonality. It’s a great way to never run out of stories. All you have to do is live!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

How Do You Develop a Writing Style?

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

A client of mine recently commented on a blog post I wrote, and asked where I learned to write the way I did.  His comments were appreciated and I thought I would also share with you…

  1. Don’t be afraid to offend. Really. If your writing doesn’t challenge, provoke, anger, or inspire a diverse range of your audience, you’re not doing your job. Apathy is the enemy. Your message needs to be direct and clear. You don’t have to be inflammatory, but you must be interesting.
  2. Read others who you respect. You don’t have to agree with everything (or anything) they say. But key in on writing styles and learn why they are successful.
  3. Practice. Practice. Practice.  The more you write, the better you will be. Writing can include blog posts, newsletters, books, articles and op-eds.
  4. Get help. Education is critical to any success. Use coaches, mentors, teachers in your development. Heck, take a class from your local community college to improve your skills. Just remember, writing in business differs from creative writing. They are both good, but have different messages.

Bottom line – a huge part of creating marketing gravity is publishing and writing. Make sure yours is read!

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Shameless Promotion

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently was leaving a parking lot when I noticed an old, blue pickup truck with a graphic promotion printed on the gate. I was half-expecting to see a landscaping or construction company promo based on the vehicle, but was surprised to read this…

“Grandpa seeks female for friendship” followed by the old guys phone number.

Now that’s shameless promotion!

If you really believe the product or service you offer is truly valuable in improving the lives and businesses of others, then you must practice shameless promotion. This fact was really drilled into my brain by my mentor, Alan Weiss. We are not in the snake-oil salesman game. What we do as consultants, entrepreneurs, small and large businesses, and professional services really do help others and they need to know about it. The only one who can get the word out with passion and conviction is you!

Here are a five painless ways to practice shameless promotion:

  • Consistent press releases
  • Speaking
  • Publishing
  • Networking
  • Referrals

In everything you do, you must provide value. You must be credible. You must be sincere. It ends up being a win-win for everyone when you can improve the lives and business of others. The only way you can do that is if they know you exist.

There are now plenty of ladies in my community that know “Grandpa” is looking for friendship.  Take a cue from him and shamelessly promote your value.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Calling All Free Agents, Consultants, and Entreprenuers…

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m holding a free teleconference next Friday, March 5th at 11:00 am Pacific (2:00 Eastern) on Extemporaneous Excellence. If you ever get tongue-tied, nervous, or afraid to speak in business settings, this call is for you. If you ever said, “I wish I had thought of that then…” – this call is for you. Transform your ability to speak off the cuff effectively in any business situation.

Perfect for…

  • Consultants
  • Speakers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Sales professionals
  • Executives
  • New in business
  • Looking for a job
  • Changing careers

The call is FREE, however seats are limited. First come, first serve. I already have people in, so don’t wait. E-mail me at dan@danweedin.com to reserve your spot. The audio will be available after the event for $45. Jump on it today!

Click here to learn more…

Seth Kahan Interviews Alan Weiss on Mentor Program

February 20, 2010 Leave a comment

You may have seen me announce that I am thrilled to be the 21st person in the world to become a Master Mentor in the Alan Weiss global community.  Seth Kahan, a world-class consultant from the Washington D.C. area (and the first Master Mentor) just interviewed Alan on his mentor program and the new Mentor Mastery program.  It’s about 24 minutes and well worth the listen.

Click here to listen to the interview.

If you are interested in dramatically transforming your consulting, speaking, or entrepreneurial career, take the half hour and listen to this interview.  If you have questions about my experience, I’d be glad to share it with you. Obviously, the experience has had a profound impact on me both professionally and personally.  It can for you, too.

To learn more about my new mentor program as part of Alan’s community, click here.

Cheers,

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Extra Points for Monday, February 15th

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Read my latest Monday morning memo titled Extra Points with Dan Weedin here.

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