Sometimes people just want the meat! Cut to the chase and give them what they want – the stats and numbers. And not just any stats and numbers, ones that matter and make people want to listen more. Think of it this way, it’s very similar to pitching a new venture to investors – they could care less about all your mighty charts, intelligent words, and blah blah blah, they want the meat.
You’re out playing with the dog and you decide to throw a stick out into the water, what happens next? Immediately smiling from ear to ear, your dog leaps into the freezing cold water to dog paddle his way after it. He captures it in his mouth, swims back to shore, springs up, and bolts toward you. And as soon as he reaches you filled with excitement, he starts shaking water all over the place. You get it on your face, your clothes are drenched, and your pretty much over the stick throwing game at that point.
How often does this happen when you send your people out to a conference or a rah, rah event? Probably pretty often. Let me warn you about something very important and please beware. This is called wet dog syndrome. What is wet dog syndrome? It’s when you send your people out to these rah, rah shows, they get all wet and revved up with new found energy and enthusiasm only to come back to your organization and shake it all over everyone.
Do you have a mega vision? Or is your vision very micro and nothing of any worth? Might it be time to throw out your ridiculously small-minded vision and come up with a mega vision for yourself, maybe your company, our country, and our world?
Don’t settle for a small vision. Small visions don’t change the world. Small visions don’t get us or you out of challenging times. Small visions are pathetic and pathetic is something we need less of these days.
Have you ever failed? And after the failure, were you able to look beyond the failure and see all the positive results of those failures?
For me, I’ve always been very good at this, being that I was an athlete and I always had to look at failure as a way of winning. And If I looked at it any other way I would continue losing. It’s when you look at failure as a way to win, that you actually start failing to win – and this is what you want!
Organizations everyday, all over the world know they they need to be on top of social media and they are already investing more and more money into it, however they still have some reservations about ROI. Why the reservations about ROI? Because of the fact that there isn’t a standard means for measurement – you have some companies tracking traffic, while others are tracking short term sales.
Just in the past few weeks, I’ve had several executives ask me questions about effectiveness, ROI, goals, metrics, monetization……what should we do?
How motivated are you? Are you motivated enough to see all your business goals or personal goals through to the bitter end?
It’s been said that all the motivation in the world means nothing without the trained and determined mind to see something through to the bitter end. Do you agree with this? And do you have that trained and determined mind?
Two weeks ago I walked into an office for a meeting and there it was, one of the greatest signs that I have yet to see. It said, “Give a shit”. I thought to myself, this is brilliant and very fitting for where people are at today, they just don’t really care.
When I asked about the sign, one of the employees at the company said that just a few days before our meeting the president of the company printed out tons of these signs and went around sticking them everywhere in the office.
If you missed it this week, be sure to check out this infographic by The Growth Of Social Media that will prove that social media has forever changed the way we interact and connect online and it’s growing like a wild fire that can’t be contained.
I think it is crazy when people still say that social media is over hyped, some kind of fad, people will get bored of it, lets move on, and blah, blah, blah. If they would just look at the shear numbers and growth they would probably shut their mouths and start integrating into every area of their business.
How was your August 2011 and what are you looking forward to for September 2011?
My August was crazy with moving to California, launching FREELUNCHFRIDAY, pitching a few new startups, and trying to continue writing my books; one on social media and the other on business and self help. It was a super busy and overwhelming month at times and I am now thankful to say that we are settled in and it feels like Gods hand is on everything.