Mia Davies 90 Day Online Marketing Challenge

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The reason I am writing this post is to review the 90 Day Online Marketing Challenge with Mia Davies.
I am not bragging, as I learned just about everything I know about how to do the things I do online via Mia Davies.

Her warm authenticity shows through as she presents us with a weekly challenge. She is teaching us how to do what she does and has been doing to be successful online.

Mia Davies taught us how to create a fan page, market it , and have people post on it to get higher ratings from facebook. My fan page has grown tremendously since being in the challenge.

The 90 Day Online Marketing Challenge covers everything a newbie needs to know. She taught me how to syndicate my Facebook fanpage by showing my fellow challengers how to post rich content in our niche.

Mia introduces us to new apps as they come out…all to show us how to use them effectively.

She is real big on video and video marketing. She taught me how to make an effective video with the right buzz words that tap into the phyche of my niche market. My list has grown from zero to lots in a short period of time.

Mia also taught me how to put my own product together and how to market it so that I can make money from scratch. This week’s challenge is making an effective squeeze page. She has partnered with Nick Unsworth to use his newest program. It is built into my fan page…or it will be later today because i am going to make the video for it right after I finish this blog post. Anyway, the app will intergrate with my facebook fanpage so that people can sign up for what ever offer I have without leaving facebook! That’s fantastic.

With the ability to do all of the things she has taught so far i am confident I am headed toward success with my new product.

Mia has created a syndication group for all of her Challengers. She has created this page so that we can speak freely about our blocks, successes, growth, and progress. it’s a great place to hang out and talk to my fellow Challengers. We’re a close knit group.

We have a weekly call on Wednesdays so that we can share what’s going on with our projects and get coached through blocks and barriers. We often talk about our progress. Those calls are only about an hour, never longer, bur sometimes only 30 minutes. We chat on our private page about the call.

Mia is also concerned about other areas in our lives and to make sure we don’t get burned out or overwhelmed she has partnered with other coaches in health and wellness and relationships. They are a part of the challenge too. The health and wellness coach had us do an earthing exercise. It was fantastic! I never knew about earthing and it’s benefits! I will be doing that particular one more often.

I could go on and on about how much fun I am having with this challenge, but I won’t because I a going to make some video now!

I hope you will join me in my Challenge!

Dona Davis

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The Initial Interview: Fight, Flight, or Fit

Originally Written by Jeff Fischer

If you were to Google “common interview questions” you would see everything from the standard, “Tell me about yourself,” and, “Why do you want to work here,” openers to those dreaded questions spawned by the “science” of behavioral interviewing (e.g. the “tell me about a time that you”… questions). MBAs in particular love to practice behavioral interviewing and spend countless hours coming up with answers to questions such as, “Tell me about a time that you showed leadership,” and “Tell me about a time that you overcame a major obstacle.” Your Google search would also reveal many experts offering to provide “smart” answers to these common questions and help you “sound good.”

The problem with this approach is that it overlooks the way human beings make decisions.

Before we go any deeper into the discussion of interviewing, let’s take a short detour and look at brain science.

When we think of the brain, we often think of intellect and smarts. When talking about brain power we are in fact talking about the cerebrum, which is the part of the brain that is responsible for, amongst other things, thinking, intellect, higher cognitive functioning, and rational decision making. The Cerebrum is the largest part of our brain and it is also the newest structure in the terms of brain evolution. It is that part of the brain that elevates us above our more primitive ancestors and it gives us what many believe defines the essence of modern humankind. Remember the French Philosopher Rene Descartes – Cogito ergo sum – I think therefore I am. When we answer interview questions intelligently, we engage in a rational argument to prove our merit. To rephrase Descartes – I think (and answer well), therefore I am good enough.

But is the initial screening interview really a rational process? I would argue that it is not.

In the first round “screening” interview, the interviewer is the gatekeeper who controls future access to other members of the hiring company. The stakes for the interviewee are clear – no matter how you frame it, the first interviewer is an obstacle that must be overcome. He or she can’t give you a job but they can stop you from meeting the person who can. What many people don’t realize is that the stakes for the interviewer are also high. The screening interview is often conducted by a junior person or HR representative who must endorse or reject the candidate – a risky play because if the wrong person is let through then a bad candidate will then meet more senior people. That can reflect poorly on the interviewer. On the flip side, if a “good” candidate is inadvertently rejected, no one else will know and the interviewer is safe.

When it is on the margin, it is better to say no than risk being perceived as having poor judgment or wasting the time of more senior people.

The screening interview is largely a veiled (and sometimes not so veiled) challenge. The candidate needs to “get by” the interviewer by proving worthiness and the interviewer must determine if endorsing a candidate is worth the reputational risk. I have worked with many hiring companies and it is common for the screening interviewer to take satisfaction in the ability to weed out the wrong candidates. Comments like, “You have to be pretty good to get through me,” are quite common and first round interviewers to take pride in their ability to accurately “test the metal” of the applicants and let only the best ones through.  Similarly, I have debriefed hundreds of MBAs after interviews and they often use language like, “I got beat up,” or, “I got pounded, but I got through.”  Simply stated, the initial screening interview is about survival.

So how do we make survival decisions?

Survival is the stuff of primitive man. In general the deeper you go into the brain (and the closer to the top of the spinal cord) the more “animal” the function. While our intellectual information processing occurs in the cerebrum, our reactions to threat are buried much deeper (and lower) in a far more primitive brain structure called the Limbic System. Deep within this system is the amygdala, the part of the brain that drives many of our emotions and motivations, especially those associated with survival, fear, anger and pleasure. The amygdala is also believed to control the storage and location of memories – especially those memories associated with intense emotional events. When we are threatened, it is believed that the amygdala “checks” our memory to determine if the threat warrants a reaction and if it does, the reaction is usually primitive.  Daniel Goleman, in his 1996 book Emotional Intelligence, used the term amygdala hijack to describe what happens when you encounter something in the moment that, although apparently benign, triggers a much stronger more visceral response.

At this point, your emotional brain hijacks your intellectual brain and more primitive forces take over. And the most important factor – this hijack is really fast and the amygdala processes and decides in tiny fractions of a second.

This drives the immediate knowing – the fight, flight, or freeze reaction that gives us that instant “safe or not,” “right or wrong,” sensation that is both primal and preverbal.

When you need or want a job, the stakes are indeed high and there is an element of survival in the screening interview that is quite real – you do want the next interview. In interviews, amygdala hijack usually takes the form of sweating, freezing up, defensiveness, or in rare occasions, responding aggressively.  On the surface, we all know that succeeding or not in an interview is not the same as surviving or not in life; the problem is that in the moment, it can feel like they are one and the same

How can we avoid “fight or flight” in the screening interview?

The trick is to enter the situation differently. Let’s return to the example of the MBA practicing behavioral questions. Typically, this individual has spent countless hours preparing for battle. They enter the interview armed with their leather folder stocked with resumes printed on bonded paper and girded with well practiced answers. They then wait for the opening salvo and engage in battle. Best case scenario, they hold up well under pressure, win the first round, and advance to the next stage. Worst case, they fail to perform, and exit the interview defeated. In either case, it is about winning or losing.

But there is another way. Imagine what would happen if the candidate had absolute clarity as to who they are, what they do naturally, what they love to do, and what they plan to do next. Suppose also that they were able to articulate this in a professional manner in the language of the interviewer and that their attitude was one of genuine curiosity as to whether or not this position is the right place for them.

Now suppose also they were able to open the interview with an attitude of genuine interest and credibly convey the message, “This is who I am and what I want to do and based on everything I have learned about the company, I would like to explore the possibility of doing it here,” or even better, “I would really value your input as to whether or not I would be a good fit.” Then imagine that, if asked, they could provide heartfelt examples of how they had used their gifts in their life to date (work, school, etc).

This style sets an entirely different tone; one that is collaborative, genuine, curious, and open. The odds of this approach triggering a hostile situation are very low.

Is this really possible?

You bet! Every interview opens with the chance for the applicant to speak. That’s why people practice the “elevator pitch.” The opening can be as simple as “hello” or may take the form of a question, “So tell me about yourself.” Either way, the door is open for the candidate to openly express who they really are and why they are there. The trick is to recognize the door and walk through it honestly. There is nothing wrong with practicing before an interview – it just depends on what you chose to practice. Sounding good or being right is armor; being real and ringing true much harder. It is quite doable; the catch is that you have to have done the hard work first – looking within and clarifying who you are at the CORE requires courage and exploring where you might fit takes patience and effort.

In my practice, I help people discover what drives them and what they love to do. I help them to articulate what they do naturally in credible language that people will understand. We work together to seek out those places where who they are and what they do is needed and find the people with whom they will resonate. The good news is that when you achieve resonance with the right person, the interview is over. There may be additional questions but once you have “clicked,” the rest is a formality.

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3 Job Search Tips That Will Increase Your Success

 Approach finding a job as if it were a full-time job

 Approach finding a job as if it were a full time job because it is. If you had a job, you would report to work at the same time each day (like 8 am), take an hour (or less) for lunch, and quit at the same time each day (like 5 pm). You would work five days every week. And you would work hard to accomplish as much as you could because your career depended upon it.

When you are searching for a job, you should follow the same type of schedule because your future depends upon it. Treating your job search like a part-time hobby guarantees that it will take longer. So, begin tomorrow by reporting to work and spending the day on tasks that lead to a job.

Approach finding a job as if it were a project.

That means you should set goals for yourself, make plans, and monitor your progress. You should apply all of the tools and skills that you used in your last job to the project of finding your next job.  As you must expect, this is an important project. The sooner you complete it, the sooner you gain a promotion into a job.

 Be your own boss.

Set expectations for what you need to accomplish, provide direction, and monitor your work.  Meet with yourself once each week to evaluate your performance. I recommend doing this by writing two reports. The first is a candid evaluation of what you accomplished during the previous week. The second is a description of your plans for the coming week. Your plans should include your goals, actions, and priorities.

The first time that you write these reports, write an evaluation of what you have done so far. Describe the results that this effort has produced. And compare these results with what you wanted to have.

Next, map out a realistic plan for the next week based on achievable goals. For example, you could set goals for the number of people you will call, the number of networking meetings you will attend, and the research you will conduct.

In the coming weeks, compare the results that you obtained during the previous week with the goals that you set. For example, if you planned to attend twelve networking meetings and you attended only two, you should:

 a) explain why this happened and

b) plan actions that will correct such a difference.

You should also analyze why you missed your goal because this provides insights on what you need to do differently. For example, Your goal (e.g., of attending twelve networking meetings) may have been set too high. Or maybe there are things you can do that will make it easier to achieve your job search goals, such as carpooling with a friend who is also looking for a job.

Finding a job is a full time job. Work through it with a plan and the support of a good boss (yourself).

Follow these 3 job search tips that will increase your success in finding employment!

Good luck with your search for employment!

Dona M Davis, Life Coach

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Here’s My Little Ticket To Wealth

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Here’s My Little Ticket To Wealth

I am relatively new to doing anything meaningful on the internet. As I post on social websites about my cats and my herb garden I got a little bored.

I heard through the cyber space grapevine you need to have people on your list. “What list?” I thought. Where is it and how do I get one? What do I need a list for? What do I do with it?

Then one day someone had the presence of mind to send me a message in my inbox. How wonderful I thought. I read the message and clicked the link and then I found my little ticket to wealth.

I watched that video at least 4 times in wonder….oh, I thought. That’s how I get a list. Oooo that’s what I do with the list once you get it. AAAhhhh, that’s how I make money with my list. WoW! 50,000 new people each and every month will let me send them my very important message! That’s a lot and it only cost $5. That’s all I have to pay every month. Well, I thought, even I can do that. So I did.

Watch this video to see what I saw and then do what I did. It’s a miracle. That’s how my “UPLINE” gets so many people to follow them every month.

There are so many companies who use this system to build their list so big and so fast. Well, no wonder they can boast about how many people are on their “DOWNLINE”. It’s a no-brainer in my opinion.

I thought they were all slaving away at their computers marketing to everyone they ever came in contact with……but NO!!!

I thought they had a zillion people attending their webinars and “opting in” all at once….but NO!

Now, I am sure that there was lots of marketing going on…I’d  still have to do that, but I don’t have to go around begging people to “click like” or “make a comment” hoping they would at least take a peek. NO!

WHY?

BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP TO LOOK AT WHATEVER I AM OFFERING!

This is my little ticket to wealth and it will be yours too.

I found that the training they provide to be fantastic! There is video training, text and blog and ebook training. Everything is in full detail. PLUS on top of that there is an opportunity to pass it on to others and make a great commission….all the information is right there on the website.

This truly is my little ticket to wealth and I will be using it wisely. How about you?

Click here to find your little ticket to wealth TODAY!

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It’s A Good Thing I Had My PC BackUp!

I am a Life Coach and blogger. I travel a lot too. One time I traveled by train to New Jersey and I took my laptop with me. I sat down and began blogging. There I was just tap, tap, tapping away and then it happened….a little boy plopped down in the seat next to me spilling his soda all over my keyboard.

UGH!!!

I was soaked. He was shocked. I was angry. He was sorry. His mother made him move…ahhhhh …it’s a little late for that now.

Well, needless to say my keyboard froze. I sat hopeless as I watched my computer crash and burn. All of my blog post, gone.  About a zillion pictures, all gone. The brilliant videos I made….reduced to nothingness in the blink of an eye.

It was the saddest thing that had ever happened to me.

I began to sink into a blue funk wondering what in tarnation I was going to do now.

I needed my computer to show a presentation to a new client. How could I possibly explain in a way they would understand and still maintain my account?

These were important clients. They traveled at least 150 miles to meet with me. They certainly had other things on their agenda. As I tried to come up with an idea of how to make the presentation without my computer files it dawned on me. It’s a good thing I had my PC backup.

As the train pulled into the station in New Jersey I thought if I could buy a new laptop today I could download my files from my PC backup and everything would be okay. I found the Radio Shack, purchased a new laptop computer. I charged the battery right there in the store and went to mypcbackup.com. I logged in and like majic….all of my file that were on my soda soaked laptop were there. They were intact. They were beautiful. They were marvelous! They were mine.

If it were not for MyPCBACKUP.COM I wouldn’t know how I would have made such an impressive presentation to the most important people in my professional career!

Here is where you can find out more about MyPCBackup.com. Once there just make the good decision to download it for yourself. That way when a little boy with too much soda sits next to you on a moving train you won’t be reduced to tears like I was. Just click here NOW!

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