Thursday, April 14, 2011

phone booth art

With the ubiquitous cellphone everpresent, rare indeed is the discovery of a good old fashioned phone booth.  Long gone are the booths themselves.  If we are really lucky we can locate an egg shaped aluminum stand.  Bland, and idle, they are relics of days gone by.  Imagine my interest in seeing what looked like an Escher affixed to the side.   Lon Dunn Fairfax, VA  April 13th, 2011. 


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Lon Dunn writes on Evan Carmichael as a productivity and efficiency expert. He wrote and edited The Thesaurus News from 1995 to 2001 with a specialty in Telephony Infastructure Stocks. With over 20 years following the Mobile Industry, Lon helps Companies, Professionals and Organizations develop Mobile Marketing Strategies combined with Social Media Strategies to strategically target specific markets and demographics to rapidly increase revenues. His most recent book available on Amazon is “How to Use Twitter for Local Business” with Tips and Mobile Marketing Strategies that anyone can do themselves. You can download the free “Kindle App for PC to download the book to your Desktop available on the Kindle Site:
http://www.amazon.com/How-Twitter-Local-Business-ebook/dp/B007VSR6Y2

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Great Weather

This is a great time to get out and exercise and enjoy ourselves.  Moreover, research indicates that diet, sleep and physical activity help reduce stress and depression.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Anger or Hurt in the Workplace

Anger and hurt deter our personal growth. Letting go of our anger and hurt allow us to move on, so we can be more productive, and make a positive impact on others.

Forgiveness is not thinking about it, or pondering it. As a matter of fact, the more we contemplate forgiveness the harder it seems to actually do anything about it. When we shorten the distance between a wrong or perceived wrong and letting go of that wrong ~ we grow and heal faster.  It is the obsessing over what others have done that causes the most harm to our productivity, serenity and peace of mind. 



Has someone said something to you at work that is harmful, or hurt your feelings? As clich├ęd as it sounds, words are only words.  When someone hurts us by talking behind our backs, or confronting us angrily, they are just words.   These create uncomfortable thoughts, and that is the rub.

Remember, often when someone says something in anger, or that is hurtful it is because they are undergoing something we can't readily ascertain from appearances. When this occurs, we need to understand they are hurt. The first time or two, we might be tempted to use a sharp or defensive tone. But as we get better at forgiving we can notice the signs, and not react.

We cannot change people. They will be who they are, and it's not our place to change others. But we can change ourselves. Our ONLY responsibility is to see to it that we forgive, and let go, and understand they are hurt people, and hurt people rather than facing their own change, hurt others. Don't get locked into this cycle of dysfunctional behavior. We are better at recognizing ( and dwelling upon ) what others have done. We don't have any power to change them. But we can change ouresleves. We should focus on what we have the capacity to do.

Often all we have to do is remain silent
, and not react at all. Angry people often stop bullying when they realize we won't be bullied.

Take a deep breath. When confronted, step back, breathe and allow yourself a moment to think that they are probably undergoing something that we don't know about.

If we are resentful about past wrongs, we need to let go. As long was we carry the anger and hurt with us without discussing it, we'll remain locked in our pain. Resentment doesn't harm the person who harmed us, resentment harms us. Open up to someone in a non threatening, non angry way, and simply ask, “May I discuss a matter with you?” We should talk to someone other than the person who harmed us. Resentment, anger and hurt thrive on secrecy, isolation, and thoughts. We can be consumed of them. But when we open up, it is the first real evidence of our willingness to heal.

Open, honest discussion becomes less about proving the other person is an ogre. Over time, discussion becomes about how we can better react to wrongs or perceived wrongs, and what we can do to become better people.

And Pray about it. When we pray for those who've harmed us, and ask God to help us heal we are opening ourselves up to the possibility of change.

Make a forgiveness list of those who may have harmed us, and about those we may have harmed. This list should be our own, and kept private, but it might be the first real attempt we've ever made at unlocking our past, so we can move on to a better tomorrow.

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Lonny Tweets at @ProNetworkBuild 
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Lon Dunn writes on Evan Carmichael as a productivity and efficiency expert. He wrote and edited The Thesaurus News from 1995 to 2001 with a specialty in Telephony Infastructure Stocks. With over 20 years following the Mobile Industry, Lon helps Companies, Professionals and Organizations develop Mobile Marketing Strategies combined with Social Media Strategies to strategically target specific markets and demographics to rapidly increase revenues. His most recent book available on Amazon is “How to Use Twitter for Local Business” with Tips and Mobile Marketing Strategies that anyone can do themselves. You can download the free “Kindle App for PC to download the book to your Desktop available on the Kindle Site:
http://www.amazon.com/How-Twitter-Local-Business-ebook/dp/B007VSR6Y2

Monday, April 4, 2011

Depression and Social Media


Depresssion and Social Media
Why Should We Network and Meet People

Are TweetUps, SpeedMeetings and Social Gatherings the Answer to Facebook and Twitter?  Could they start encouraging them for their own survival?
Social Media has become so much a part of the culture that studies are starting to emerge that don't bode well for either Twitter of Facebook.
Are we at a tipping point, where social media has run it's course, and people will harken back to the days of Town Hall meetings, and actually shaking hands?



*A recent study released in March of 2011 states that teens are suffering from depression because of spending too much time on Facebook

*A Cornell Study in 2010 stated that we might think other's lives are happier and more serene than our own because we only see the side of them they want us to see on Social Media

*The Term or Expression: Social Media Addiction, once an offhanded comment or joke has become part of the nomenclature of Sociologists and Psychiatrists

*Recent Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones estimates show that people are starting to back away from spending too much time on Facebook

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Social Media has Become Universally Essential 
Social Media by needs is essential in the modern world. When Facebook passed 400 million profiles in 2010 it made setting up a profile thereupon essential. Why? The answer is simple. It took the anonymity out of the Internet. We were no longer identified as “Firebrand2000” or “ThatSexyLady” but by our real names. Moreover, businesses during the recession were jumping into Social Media in a big way staking their claim to Internet real estate. There has been a demographic shift as well, with more baby boomers becoming involved. Twitter's average user is 38 years old. Facebook's fastest growing demographic is over 55. LinkedIn, the Internet's largest professional and business website with over 100 million professional profiles is used by over 50% of hiring managers to exclude someone from a job. By some estimates, 60% of staffing companies and personnel directors Google a job candidate's profile before hiring them.

These societal shifts have made keeping and maintaining a profile absolutely essential in a recession, standard operating procedure. But there is an even more vital reason we all must keep, maintain, and manage our image online:

We lose by default to our competitors when we do not take advantage of social media. We are required to take advantage of newer technologies in order to survive.

The convergence of Corporate Participation, Demographic Shifts, and Competitive Pressure mean it is vitally important, necessary, and impossible to avoid maintaining our online profile, and understanding how to manage it well. Knowing how much is enough, and how little is not enough is where the “Social Media Addiction” comes into play.

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Some actions are obvious to us like limiting the time we spend on social media, looking for signs of depression like: isolation, sleep pattern disruption, and mood swings. There is a pro active, and positive evolution which should occur from social media participation.

Tweetups are gatherings of people we meet on Twitter. For security reasons these should be in group format. Nobody take a sound bite here, and argue that I am saying teens should meet one on one with strangers, because I am emphatically NOT writing that, or endorsing any such thing. I am saying that it is fulfilling, rewarding, and encouraging to actually get together with others we meet online in group settings. Many such Tweetups can be researched or started on your own.

Some hashtags I've found in Twitter Search are #LondonTup for London Tweet Up; #DCEvent for Washington, DC, and others.


There are conferences we can attend. They can be geographical, or by subject. Writer's Conferences, Blogger's Conferences, Moms Gatherings, LinkedIn Connections gatherings. Participation in such events gives us balance, and a sense that all the time we spend online is worth it, because there are meaningful, worthwhile connections being made. Social Media needs to encourage more real life connections, and embed that philosophy into it's culture. Eventually liquore companies had to adopt the “Drink Responsibly” Mantra. Facebook should arrive to this conclusion early, and campaign on “Facebook Responsibly. Get out of your House”.

One area I have had success with is starting networking groups, and putting professional groups together by geographical location, by specialty, ie: Doctors, Lawyers, Real Estate, among others; and by language, or neighborhood. We then cross market the networked groups to one another, and find commonalities, after all, Realtors are not going to send each other any business, are they? I started putting together professional groups with Alberto Lequizamon in 2008 at the start of the recession. “Our understanding of the recession was that networking was smart marketing, as it was basically free or low cost.” Alberto has started 17 corporations, and is a natural networker anyway, having an easy going manner, and open minded to more opportunities all the time. “Networking is also a way for anyone with a social media profile to have an end-game. It helps them realize the true potential of all the time they have spent online”.

Creating a network can be easy. It doesn't have to be difficult. However, many people starting from scratch do not have a template. Networks of themselves tend to stagnate if there is not a steady stream of new people entering the group. History proves this out. Members die, retire, move on, move away, or move out.

Starting from scratch can be more difficult as the reader has to determine how in the world to start the network, where to look, and where to take the network. How does one put together networks that don't stagnate? What keeps it alive once all the members know each other, and maximize each other's potential? Where does the new business come from? How do they get compensated for enlarging the group, if at all? How does the group find locations and venues for their meetings? How often should they meet?


Social Media should be part of your overall strategy for business. It should not be a substitute for business. Over reliance on Social Media could be a huge waste of time without goals, and a direction. Online Marketers, considered on the cutting edge when it comes to technology marketing like video presentation, mobile marketing and eMail will be the first to tell you: only .1% of them make money, the rest of them lose money. And guess what direction they are headed? Toward meet ups and networking in person. They will be the first to admit, that without real relationships, and getting together on a regular basis, there is no profit, there is no reward, there isn't a lot to gain, but more promises, and empty blogs.

Here's a suggestion: Instead of thinking how you can squeeze in more time on Social Media, start thinking of ways in which you can spend more time converting your online relationships to real in person relationships.

You will have a much more rewarding experience, meet some great people just like you, and your investment will convert to lifelong memories.

If you would like to contact Alberto about Networking Ideas, his eMail address is: alberto@spngroups.com and his phone number is: 202-246-8229
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Lon Dunn writes on Evan Carmichael as a productivity and efficiency expert. He wrote and edited The Thesaurus News from 1995 to 2001 with a specialty in Telephony Infastructure Stocks. With over 20 years following the Mobile Industry, Lon helps Companies, Professionals and Organizations develop Mobile Marketing Strategies combined with Social Media Strategies to strategically target specific markets and demographics to rapidly increase revenues. His most recent book available on Amazon is “How to Use Twitter for Local Business” with Tips and Mobile Marketing Strategies that anyone can do themselves. You can download the free “Kindle App for PC to download the book to your Desktop available on the Kindle Site:
http://www.amazon.com/How-Twitter-Local-Business-ebook/dp/B007VSR6Y2

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

ikea v apple infographic

ikea vs apple infographic

this is a really cool graphic  check it out

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