While fruitful, maintaining a blog is hard work and can be time consuming. To make it easier, I've begun testing the idea of doing "quickbits" which are short direct and helpful blog posts. This idea helps us quickly create content for our blogs.
LinkedIn is a robust resource and for this reason, it can be overwhelming to know how to use it effectively. Here are three simple actions I take with LinkedIn that have been fruitful for me and others.
- Share Resources: For those of us already reading and consuming great digital content, sharing on LinkedIn is only a click away. This is easy and helpful, just do it!
- Say Happy Birthday & Congrats: With birthdays every year, we have the opportunity to connect with everyone in our network at least once. Make them feel special and keep them in mind with a simple Happy Birthday. For people I know better, I'll also congratulate them on new jobs and promotions.
- Interact with others: Like, comment and share on what others do in LinkedIn. It's great for relationships and helps keep us top of mind.
5-10 minutes per day doing this three simple tasks helps us connect with people we know, and it keeps us on the top of their mind should they need our services down the road. If you're not doing this, ask yourself why.
Wanted: Business Owner
The business owner I'm looking for is struggling to communicate with their team and customers. Overwhelmed and frustrated at their team's lack of progress, they're discouraged. Their team is not getting their vision and it shows in their poor execution, and upset customers.
They need a relatable individual who can quickly come into their world, sort through the chaos and get ideas and projects moving forward. They want someone who understands them, meets them where they are and teaches them a better way. By the way, they don’t have the time to properly hand-off and communicate what they need.
Simply put, their drowning in chaos and want help out of their current pain. They desire an ecosystem of thriving and togetherness.
I'm looking for this business owner, because I can help.
When you find them, please connect us.
This will be the last blog post for 2015. Like I did last year, I'm taking an intentional break from writing here to give me rest and relief from the burden of updating this blog. With this rest will come a new surge of energy and ideas for the blog in the new year. In the meantime, I'll put my head down and focus on knocking out the full workload on my plate.
Before I sign off for the year, here is an update of our journey so far. Enjoy learning about God's provision, my progress in freelancing and how I ended up working with Tom Cruise.
What Is Vision?
Vision is our WHERE.
It is where we believe we will find ourselves at the end of a particular journey.
Vision pulls us forward. It is the doorway of what we see at our destination. It is what we believe living out our beliefs will manifest into.
Vision is what pulls us forward when feelings and thoughts are telling us to quit. It is what we hope in that keeps us going, and it includes those we care about.
Is there something you’ve quit?
Let me me introduce Chi Chi Okezie. In the early years of Noodlehead Marketing, I met great people attending numerous networking events. One of those awesome people was Chi Chi Okezie. Chi Chi is the owner of a neat company called SIMPLEnetworking.
Chi Chi and her company help other companies, professionals, universities, and government agencies develop the right skills for their business, career and social development. They believe Networking is a lifestyle and tool for success.
In my recent blog post, Three Simple Strategies To Grow Our Businesses, Chi Chi was inspired and encouraged in her journey to simply trust God. As a result, I asked her to share more with you.
Here is her story…
How Faith In God Changed My Business and Transformed My Life
Hi, my name is Chi Chi Okezie, owner of SIMPLEnetworking. I launched SN in 2006 to use business networking to build cultural awareness and provide diversity training.
Changing The Business Model
Approximately nine years ago, I faced the tough decision of changing over my business from a translational company to a consulting company. It was a tough decision because it was not in my business plan. Of course, this was a difficult decision since networking was new to me and I had no clients for the new business model. If this updated business model were to fail, I would lose my existing business’ profits.
While I was hesitant to do so, I decided to trust God and believe He was able to give me an idea for a profitable business model. If this was His will, I would trust Him to to make the necessary provisions to sustain me and grow the business.
2010 was an important year in my life, and one of difficult testing.
Journal Entry: November 20th, 2010
This is a followup letter to the latest blog post I wrote, A Helpful Letter To The High Achieving Business Leader. I encourage you to read it as well.
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Dear Passionate Follower,
You have done well, and your contribution with your organization has been valuable. You are in good standing in the organization, and your organization is in good standing across the industry. You have spent so much time working hard, it seems you missed the fact that your organization is lapping competitors in the space you run. Your organization is looked up to as an authority by competitors and is “punching above its weight class”.
The following is my letter to high achieving Christian business leaders. It is intended to help provide perspective and insight as you travel this road. For those of you who do not share a Christian belief, I encourage you to read through it and filter out my faith based insights :-)
April 1st 2015 marked our one year anniversary since we shut down Noodlehead Marketing. Three months later and we are now 15 months post-mortem.
2010 was a monumental year of testing for me. By this time in my life, I made a commitment to God about my values, priorities, and mission. This resulted in many trials and tribulations test my commitment. At the time, I wrote down what my focus. It included my personal mission, priorities and motivation.