Aug 20
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Sweet Son

Sweet Son’ by Dori­ana at stock.xchng

“Mom, I’m sad…,” my five-year-old began.

Good gra­cious! I thought. It was only 7:05 in the morn­ing; what could he pos­si­bly have to be sad about? But that was just what flit­ted through my mind in a frac­tion of a sec­ond because he con­tin­ued before I could even ask.

“…because summer’s over,” he said plaintively.

Well, it did feel that way two days ago when we awoke to 40-degree tem­per­a­tures breez­ing in through the win­dows we’d left open to the almost-60-degree air the night before.

“Oh, honey,” I assured him, “summer’s not over yet. It’s just cool this morn­ing, but don’t worry — it will warm up again today.” And indeed, it did. In fact, they’re pre­dict­ing temps in the 90s this weekend.

But life is full of changes, isn’t it? Ups and downs, cool­ing and warm­ing, and hints of things to come before they fully arrive.

In our house­hold, we are presently mak­ing school-supply lists, pur­chas­ing shiny new ten­nis shoes, arrang­ing for back-to-school doc­tor appoint­ments and (don’t tell him yet!) shots. The new school year — and, yes, my child, fall — is coming.

Per­son­ally, I look for­ward to being able to ded­i­cate stead­ier hours to my proof­read­ing and copy­edit­ing work, and to bring­ing YOU more great tips and resources to strengthen your writ­ing. I look for­ward to my kids redis­cov­er­ing the joys of learn­ing from ded­i­cated teach­ers, of renew­ing old friend­ships and mak­ing new ones, and of being engaged in a more cre­ative mix of activ­i­ties than this mom has ever man­aged! (Me? I cre­ate with words — not so much with paint and nature walks and mak­ing up fun out­doorsy games!)

Sea­sons change. Most tran­si­tions are a mix of happy and sad. For now, I’m glad my kids are squeez­ing the last bit of joy out of sum­mer and look­ing for­ward — at least, pretty much — to fall.

How about you and yours? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Jul 29
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Remem­ber the tra­di­tional way of doing pro­fes­sional net­work­ing? Spend a few hours in the car or plane to meet up with oth­ers in your field or related fields. Make con­tact with a few folks, maybe exchang­ing busi­ness cards — many of which would end up at the bot­tom of a purse or pocket, or in a pile on the desk at home. Hope­fully you’d chance to meet up with a few peo­ple who could really be an asset to you and for whom you could rec­i­p­ro­cate; you would leave sev­eral well-intended offers of “Let’s keep in touch” behind and, once back at your home office, maybe you fol­lowed up — or they did — and… maybe not. Either way, a lot of time and energy (and prob­a­bly money) had been spent for min­i­mal return on your investment.

I’ve learned, how­ever, that with a rel­a­tively new social-networking site called LinkedIn, you can save a ton of time, energy, and — yes — money! I love LinkedIn because you can seek out pro­fes­sion­als with inter­ests that match or com­ple­ment yours, con­nect one-on-one or in groups or by being intro­duced by a mutual friend or col­league, and then you can exchange resources to fur­ther your pro­fes­sional growth and theirs. Job open­ings are posted, rec­om­men­da­tions and refer­rals can be offered freely and requested cour­te­ously, and pri­vate com­mu­ni­ca­tions can take place as well.

I know there is even more to LinkedIn that I haven’t begun to fully access. But in just a few months, I’ve found it a use­ful — and enjoy­able — tool for grow­ing and con­duct­ing my free­lance copy­edit­ing business.

And, best of all, it’s not clut­tered up with all the friv­o­lous sta­tus updates, games, and appli­ca­tions you often find on social-networking sites like Face­book (though I do like Face­book as well, and it has its place).

I would encour­age you to try out LinkedIn, espe­cially if you have need for pro­fes­sional con­nec­tions. A quick way to get to the site is to fol­low this link to my pro­file and surf around from there:  http://​www​.linkedin​.com/​i​n​/​f​i​n​a​l​t​o​u​c​h​p​r​o​o​f​r​e​a​d​i​n​g​e​d​i​ting.

Jul 22
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Yes­ter­day I took advan­tage of a webi­nar on Social Net­work­ing offered by Sab­rina Gib­son. She’s the Social Net­work­ing leader I’ve been learn­ing from in online train­ing since Decem­ber. Here’s what another mem­ber of the class had to say about her:

Linda Rus­sell on Sab­rina Gib­son — Social Net­work­ing (YouTube​.com)

Although this was an “intro” webi­nar, I decided to lis­ten in. I fig­ured either it would be good to have what I already knew reit­er­ated and rein­forced or she’d have some new infor­ma­tion to share, or both. Well, it turned out to be “both”!

I pro­moted this to some of you through my email list (If you are inter­ested in know­ing about resources like this, please fill in the brief form at the right of my home­page; I will NOT bom­bard your mail­box, and you can always un-subscribe if you change your mind), but I know some of you had sched­ule con­flicts yes­ter­day. So I am thrilled that Sab­rina has now made the record­ing of her webi­nar available!

Fol­low this link to check out what the webi­nar offers: http://​www​.Social​Max​i​miz​ing​.com/​V​i​deo3. And as a teaser, here are a few excerpts from the info page:

So many net­works, so lit­tle time! Have you put off Social Net­work­ing as just another “waste of time”?
Are you using Social Net­work­ing and not really find­ing any results? Are you con­fused as to what to do, when to do it or how to do it?…

If you are like most busi­ness own­ers you:

  • Are smart with where you spend your time and money
  • Rec­og­nize mar­ket­ing is a MUST to suc­ceed (espe­cially in this “new economy”)…
  • Desire to grow your business
  • May not under­stand tech­nol­ogy but rec­og­nize it is vital for success…

What I would like to share with you is a sim­ple step by step strat­egy so you don’t waste your time “tin­ker­ing around” with Social Net­works.  If you are not seri­ous about grow­ing your busi­ness, you can just stop read­ing now!  If you plan to “sur­vive” and even thrive in this new econ­omy, you need to do things differently…

Sab­rina has stated that the link to the webi­nar will only be avail­able for two weeks, so I strongly encour­age you to take advan­tage of it right away! (And while the info page says it’s a 1-hour event, it was actu­ally between 1–1/2 and 2! Can’t beat that for FREE!) Enjoy!

Oh, and please stop back here and leave a com­ment about what you thought of the webi­nar after you’ve viewed it. I’d love to hear!

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