Archive for May, 2009

Sunday Browsing: Retweets, Leadership and Ignoring Sunk Costs

Hi everyone,

Here’s some of the best posts I’ve come across in the last couple of weeks.

1. Social Media expert Chris Brogan shares “How to Get More Retweet Action”.

2. Leadership teacher John Maxwell writes about “Leading Through Diversity”.

3. Jonathan Mead writes a great guest post on Zen Habits helping you move to being your own boss.

4. Read about why the focus on simplicity helps the environment at GreenBiz.com.

5. Finally, Seth Godin has a great reminder on why you need to Ignore Sunk Costs.

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Posted on May 31st, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  No Comments »

How Fatherhood Changed My Life


I’ve been a dad for one month! Noah is growing and it is fascinating to watch him learn new things.  It’s also been fascinating to watch me learn new things about life, success, and achievement.

1. Work in Bursts

Life has gotten very busy.  Ok, that might be an understatement.  With a schedule that is significantly fuller, that is no longer under my control, and that is fairly unpredictable, the importance of being able to productively work in bursts has increased.

Often breaks between helping with Noah are only 30 or 45 minutes, or even less.  Thankfully this is enough time to work in bursts.  You can get a lot done in a short period of time if you focus in for that time.

Perhaps you are not being interrupted by a baby you need to help with but you likely have many short periods of time throughout the day that you can turn into a burst period. When do you have a burst that you can focus in on?

2. Know Your Priorities

Having a baby has made it more clear how important it is to know your priorities.  You can’t do everything in life, so you have to make decisions about what you do and what you don’t do.  When something gets added to your life, you need to give up some thing else. Too often people keep adding and adding things to their lives until they are juggling more than they can handle.

Clearly caring for Noah has become my new top priority.  That means projects like my affiliate home business, this blog, and other activities need to be selectively neglected for periods of time.  My focus has to be on being a good father and a good husband, because those are my priorities. What are your priorities?

3. Don’t Feel Guilty

One of the biggest challenges for me has been the guilty feeling that comes with this kind of selective neglect of some of these activities.  When life gets busy, it is easy to focus on what you aren’t doing, even if they are lower level priorities.  I’ve had to learn to release these guilty feelings and just do what I can do.  You don’t need to feel guilty about neglecting things that are not priorities. Is there something you feel guilty about not doing, that really isn’t that important anyway?

4. Be Flexible

I’m not known as a flexible individual.   I have a plan and like to stick to it.  One of the biggest changes is that I have learned to be flexible.  Having a plan, but being flexible has many advantages.  It allows you to be consistently making decisions based on your priorities. This way you are doing the things that are most important in the moment, instead of something predetermined in advance.  You will need to learn to make decisions that truly reflect your long-term priorities, but if you are able to do so you will have a much more mission driven life.  Are you flexible and able to make moment by moment decisions based on your priorities?

5. Enjoy the small things

Life is filled with small things. The beautiful day that you get to spend with friends, the family vacation, the rainy day with nothing to do but sit inside and read a book.  Whatever the little things are in your life you need to enjoy them. With a newborn the list of little things grows immensely.  It’s watching my son wake up from a sleep and stretch his little body making himself as long as possible; it’s the many “firsts” that we get to witness; and it’s the ability to lie on the coach and write this article with him sleeping on my chest.  What are the small things in your life?

Hopefully some of these will help you also.  What other lessons have you learned from life changes such as having a child?

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Danny Gamache
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Posted on May 27th, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  1 Comment »

10 Steps to Improve Your Twitter Experience


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A few months back I posted an article sharing Ten Easy Steps to Get Started With Twitter. Since then Twitter has experienced substantial growth.  On the flip side, it has also experienced a very low retention rate as 60% of Twitter users don’t return the next month. I believe to most newcomers Twitter feels like massive and messy conversation. They don’t know how to make sense of that mess.  Thankfully a few simple steps can significantly improve your Twitter experience.

Knowing who to follow:

1. Follow people you can learn from

One of the great benefits of Twitter as that many authors, bloggers, and experts from various fields are willing to share what they are thinking about, reading, and interested in.  This allows you to add some extra mentors to your life.  Think about your life goals, and follow people who are experts in that area.

2. Follow people just for fun

Who you follow should not be just based on what is productive for you and your goals.  Follow some people just for fun.  For some of you this might mean following Oprah or your favorite American Idol contestant.  I follow some television personality and athletes.  It’s fun to see what @lancearmstrong will say about the race he just finished.

3. Follow people you would like to get to know

Twitter is a social media.  That means you can look to join conversations.  Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) has described twitter as a party where you need to work the room.  Imagine walking around and joining conversations that interest you.  You can use services such as Twitter Search and Twellow to find people to connect with.  Once you follow them be intentional about building relationships.

4. Follow people who follow you

While there certainly are people who don’t do this, it is very common for people to follow everyone who follows them.  Using services such as Tweetlater this process can become automated.  Doing this gives you more potential for building relationships and finding interesting new people to follow.  Chances are that if they are choosing to follow you, they have some area where your interests connect.

5. Set up groups in TweetDeck to follow these easily

Following a lot of people may seem overwhelming.  Thankfully programs like TweetDeck allow you to track the people you are following easily by placing them into groups.  You can set up multiple groups which will allow you to easily see people that you place in different category.  You may want to have a category for “mentors”, one called “just for fun”, and another called “getting to know”.  Place the people you are following into the appropriate group and you will be easily able to filter through many tweets.

Learn about what and when to tweet:

6. Don’t spend all your time promoting yourself or your business

As you gain followers, you want to look for ways to build relationships, build credibility, and make it so that others are looking forward to your tweets.  One of the surest ways to turn people off is if you are constantly promoting yourself or your business.  Look for ways to contribute to others, not pushing them towards your product over and over again.

7. Retweet valuable material

As you come across valuable tweets from others, be sure to pass these on to people that are following you by Retweeting the information.  Not only will this information be valuable for your followers, the more you retweet others, the more likely people will retweet what you write, helping you spread your message. Social Media expert @Chrisbrogan recommends 15 RTs for every attempt of your own.

8. Share valuable websites (use tool)

When you come across valuable websites, be sure to pass them on to your followers. This process is made simple by using a simple tool called Tbuzz, which allows you to share websites through Twitter with one click.

9. Share fun personal details

Make sure that as you share valuable information and websites, that you also include fun things about yourself.  This gives people glimpses into who you are.  These can be simple things about something fun you are doing, to questions looking for advice.  Give people and idea about who you are and it will serve to deepen the relationships you are building.

10. Tweet periodically throughout the day – not all at once

One thing that is sure to cause people to unfollow you is if you send a bunch of tweets right after another.  This is likely to overwhelm some people and offend others. Instead from time to time throughout the day share a tweet.  Even if it’s just a few times a day, well spaced out tweets that share value with your followers will go a long way to building your credibility and eventually increasing the number of followers you have.

BONUS

11. Don’t get lost in Twitter time

You don’t need to spend all day on Twitter.  Remember that twitter is a tool.  It’s a tool for communicating with others, learning from others, and building relationships.  Don’t let it control you.  Three or four minutes a few times a day is all you need to make a contribution and build relationships on Twitter.

Written by The Success Professor – Danny Gamache

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Posted on May 25th, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  1 Comment »

Baby is Here!

You likely have noticed that I’ve been away from posting for the last few weeks. That’s because our baby has arrived!

Introducing Noah Daniel Gamache!  Born April 27 @ 9lbs 6oz.

Anyways, I’m starting to develop systems again and will be blogging more frequently again.

Thanks for all your support.

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Posted on May 16th, 2009 by The Success Professor  |  1 Comment »