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Join me, Phil Yanov and Eric Rodgers in a live and lively discussion of computers, cameras and all the other electronic and digital technology in our lives. We talk about Amazon Prime Music, how to use Google Hangouts to video conference between Android and iPads, how to pick between tablets, and editing video on an iPad.

Do Something New This Month

Is there something you've been meaning to learn, but haven't? Are you letting Resistance stop you from beginning? Sometimes you just need a little push. Getting started can be the hard part... but it is so easy. Just start. Do it today. Use the calendar to give you that little push. You can do any thing for 30 days. Read a book. Write a book. Learn Yoga. Practice Meditation. Write a blog. Just do something. new.

In this TEDTalk, Matt Cutts will inspire you to try something new in just three and a half minutes. I dare you to watch it.


Nine Ways To Make Networking Work For You


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Are you tired of networking events that are a complete waste of time? Are you sick of always meeting the same people and the "wrong" people at events? Do you feel like you don't know what to do, who to talk to, or what to say when at a professional event? Well, here are a few steps you might take to help.

By the way, this is a Haiku presentation that I created as part of a talk I give on Professional Networking. It is also my first swing at a Haiku deck and I'd appreciate any feedback you can offer on how to make it more engaging, more helpful, or more relevant to you.  If you think I've missed something, please let me know. Send me email. I'm Phil at Thinkhammer or press the email me button on my About Me Profile.

Nine Ways To Make Networking Work For You

  1. PLAN TO CONNECT

    THERE IS A WEB OF PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU
    Networking events can be scary and useless. It is too easy to come away from an event feeling like you've wasted your time and didn't meet any of the "right" people. If you follow a few rules, you can keep that from happening and turn any room into your advantage.
  2. BE PREPARED

    KNOW WHO IS GOING TO BE IN THE ROOM
    For many events it is possible to know who is going to be in the room before you even get there. Get the list either from the event site or one of the organizers. If they don't share the list, then ask the organizers if they can give you some idea of who to expect so you can make a list of who you'd especially like to meet. At Tech After Five events (ta5.com) there is even an app that you can use to target contacts that would be especially useful for you.
  3. HAVE A PLAN

    MEET FIVE NEW PEOPLE
    Having an activity goal is particularly useful at networking events. It will keep you moving forward and maybe even keep you from using all of your time talking to people you already know well. Sample goals might be "Meet Five New People" or "Collect two business cards from people I can have a follow up meeting with."
  4. TALK TO STRANGERS

    THEY ARE THE QUICKEST WAY TO ADD DIVERSITY TO YOUR NETWORK
    It is too easy to spend all of our networking time with people we already know. Decide that you are going to add diversity to your network as well as rekindling conversations with existing contacts. New people bring fresh ideas and networks to you. Chances are, you will be able to help each other in ways you hadn't thought of.
  5. ASK QUESTIONS

    WHEN YOU ARE LISTENING, YOU ARE LEARNING
    When you are cool, or work for a cool company, or have a particularly awesome product or service, it is too easy to be talking when you should be listening. Ask questions. Learn about the people you meet, both old and new. When you ask the right questions, you learn from them. The more you know, the more likely you will be able to come up with ways to connect.
  6. BE HELPFUL FIRST

    IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASANT SURPRISE
    Once you've started asking questions, be sure to ask how you can help others first. At many events the participants can be exhausted from hearing one pitch after another. Be different by offering help first. Perhaps they are looking for a particular company or person and you can be the one to help them make that connection. Start by offering help and then they will be wondering how they can help you.
  7. WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

    BE PREPARED TO EXPLAIN WHO YOU HELP AND HOW
    Don't start with your pitch, but have it ready. When someone asks how they can help you, be sure you have a concise answer. Let them know specifically who, or what, or what situation you are looking to uncover and then ask them who you should be talking to. If they know, they will help. If you can't articulate what or who you need they probably won't know where to start.
  8. COLLECT BUSINESS CARDS

    IT PUTS YOU IN CONTROL OF FOLLOW UP
    Hand out business cards to anyone who asks for one, but more importantly ask for a business card from anyone who you think you'd like to follow up with. Carry a notepad and pen for those people who didn't bring a card. You want to be able to take the next step in terms of follow up. You need contact information to make that happen.
  9. FOLLOW UP QUICKLY

    MAKE A CALL, DROP A LINE, DO SOMETHING
    Try to follow up while the conversation is still fresh. Best practices means you send a note that evening or the following morning. I know it's hard, but if you are going to go to the trouble of making contacts, then set aside time to do proper follow up. If you follow these steps you are going to absolutely distinguish yourself as a professional networker and undoubtedly be awesome at whatever else you are trying to do as well.

How to have dinner with George Takei for $6, and why you should

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Like most Americans, I follow George Takei, the man I once knew as Star Trek's Leutenant Sulu, on social media. I started following because of the many fond hours I spent with him at the helm of the USS Enterprise when I was a kid. I've kept following him because he has a wicked sense of humor and posts incredibly funny items on his Facebook, Google+, and twitter feeds. His posts are gems. He is a funny and charming guy. His posts feature clever word play on Star Trek, Star Wars, unfortunately misspelled  signs and goofy animals photos over improbable captions. They make me laugh and sometimes think -- with just the right amount of each.

I've yet to meet George Takei, but I have just finished his latest book, Oh Myyy!, How was it? I feel like I've just had a lovely dinner with George Takei and I enjoyed every bit of it. Oh Myyy! is a breezy 246 pages where the author talks about the title, his life, and his adventures with Twitter and Facebook. Just in case you haven't been watching, George Takei has 6 over million followers on Facebook and another million on Twitter. When he talks, Facebook listens and when he talks about Facebook, he should certainly be worth listening to. He comes across as a caring guy who would be a lot of fun to engage in conversation. He cracks jokes, tells you what's important to him, and talks about how he balances his goals against the expectations of the tribe that has built around him. My guess is that reading this book might actually be better than actually having dinner with George. The book contains more conversation than you could fit into any one evening, you can go back over the most interesting parts more easily and he has already anticipated the best questions you might ask of him and he has answered them personally and succinctly. Like I said, it was lovely.

ps: The Kindle edition of Oh Myyy! is about $6.

Live Radio - How do I keep my online self safe? Is this Mac worth fixing? We take your calls

 
 In this show we talk to callers about:

  • Why we like rugged phones
  • When do you fix your Mac? (or buy a new one.)
  • Should I buy a Roku or Apple TV or something else?
  • How to keep your online self safe.
  • A cool virtual globe.

 

One Easy Way To Keep Contact Information Current


Knowing and keeping up with people is important to me. I like knowing awesome people and it bothers me that I lose track of them from time to time. Even though I scan business cards, use LinkedIn, and try to keep my address book up to date, people move, change jobs, or otherwise slip my net and I lose them. I typically find out when I got to call them or shoot them an email and see that my address book has info from two jobs ago. Grumble.

Keeping contact information up to date can be a chore. (so it doesn't get done.)

A few months back I found a sleek tool for keeping my address book up to date -- automagically. It is sleek, fast and invisible -- and I just don't get to use the word "automagic" enough.

The app I use scans my GMail emails, looks for contact information that people typically put in the signature block of their emails, and then compares it to the data that's in my address book.  If changes are needed, it sends me a daily roundup email of all the suggested changes and I can approve or ignore them.

It's awesome.  It's Evercontact.

evercontact logo

So far, Evercontact has updated more than 470 contacts in my address book! I might have lost these people. I have certainly saved many hours that I might have spent updating them manually. If you spend time going to networking events, meeting people at conferences, or even making contact with them on LinkedIn, I can't imagine why you would not want to give the Evercontact free trial a spin. you might not know who you've been missing.

More..

More

More love. More laughs. 
More cool cats. More accolades. 
More flashes of brilliance. 
More awesome moments with friends. 
More celebrations with those who love you. 
More sleep. More wakefulness. 
More passion. More purpose. 
More peace. More light. More joy. 

More you being the best you ever. 

May these be your blessings in the New Year.