Facebook “friending” etiquette

Facebook “friending” etiquette

  I can’t believe it’s been 7 days since I returned home from my Road Warrior Princess tour of Arizona! So…what have I been doing since my return you ask? Social Media networking, networking and networking some more! Talk about an ever changing “platform”! I spend hours each day following threads of information from one source to another – learning more and more about the integration of social media into our businesses and lives! It’s such a blast to put up a new Facebook Fan Page for a client and watch it grow with just a few easy steps. At first it may seem a little overwhelming or time consuming but it will pay off in the long run. Like growing a garden – your social media “gardens” require planting seeds, nurturing, watering, TLC and weeding before the harvest months later. Here are some simple suggestions to increase conversations and develop relationships: When you are sent an “invite”, take the time to click on their profile and find out a bit about them – where they live, their interests, what they do, etc. When you “accept” the invite…write a personalized message to each new “friend” Add them to one of your “friend” lists. Make “friends” lists – i.e. family, business over the counter friends, peeps, college, high school and on and on. On the “invite”, you’ll see a box that says “add to list”. Click on the box and you’ll see that you can create new lists. Be sure to reply in an uplifting and interesting way when people take the time to post to your wall. Post interesting, informative, educational and fun material on your wall which will keep people coming back to see the latest. Follow the 80/20 rule! 80% should be conversational or informative…and only 20% should be about your product or service!!!! Very Important! Otherwise, people will get tired of always being “sold” and will un-friend you! This is all simple social media etiquette…just like the kind your Mother taught you growing up. Above all else….be polite and respectful. I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather as we enter into Fall! In-Joy! Holly Originally published on my www.connecttheedots.wordpress.com blog site April 8,...

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Only You Hold The Key

Only You Hold The Key

“Beauty and Truth are lost without the courage to hold them. But one pair of hands can grip too hard, so that the precious slips through the fingers. Loss and pain, sorrow and will, blaze the rough path through the forest. Along the journey there is blood, and there is the death of innocence and the ghosts of what might have been. Each time the path forks, it is faith that chooses the way or doubt that blocks it. Is it despair, or will it be joy? Can there be fulfillment without risk of loss? Will it be an end, or a beginning? Will you move into the light, or return to the dark? Fear hunts, and its arrow strikes heart, mind, belly. Without tending, wounds fester, and scars too long ignored harden into shields that block the eyes from what needs most to be seen. Where does the goddess stand, her sword in hand, willing to fight each battle in its time? Willing, too, to lay down the sword when the time comes for peace. Find her, know her power, her faith, and her valiant heart. For when you look on her at last, you will have the key to free her. And you will find it on a path where no door will ever be locked against you.” ~ excerpt from Nora Roberts book “Key of Knowledge” I thought I was picking up a “summer read” for the warm weather arriving here in Las Vegas but received much more than pure entertainment. This excerpt comes from the last page of the second book in Nora Roberts Key Trilogy… and it caused more personal “questions” to arise than the typical sexy beach read could ever possess! I began asking myself questions such as ~ If I hold the “key” for myself, why do I give it (power) over to others  so easily? Do I really know my own “truth”? And if so, why don’t I trust it like I should? Why do I trust others beliefs/perceptions over my own? Why is it so hard for me to stand my ground and believe in my truth/convictions? And on and on… All of this from a romance novel trilogy!!! It just goes to show we can learn from any circumstance, lesson, book or person put in our path. It’s up to us to find the “key” to the meaning and how it is intended to impact our life. I think this is one novel I may have to read again…this time with a highlighter in hand! In-Joy! Holly Photo credit: Marque Kelsey,...

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Our Teachers Are People Too

Our Teachers Are People Too

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” ~ Charles Caleb Colton Throughout my life I have been extremely fortunate to have teachers who in my opinion have been the best of the best…whether I was competing my horses with a 5 time Olympian such as Anne Kursinski; building a business with personal mentors such as Bob Proctor, John Asaraff or Zig Ziglar; or delving into my own personal journey of self discovery with my shamanic teachers Alberto Villoldo, PhD, and Oscar Miro Quesada. Over the last 20+ years I have heard or listened to comment after comment from people who had no personal knowledge of “who” these and other teachers are at their core, yet felt they had a “right” (and I use that term loosely) to degrade, criticize and tear apart with their own biased judgment, fears and projections. I have been taught over the years to not “engage” when I hear these comments…. but if I don’t engage or defend what my own beliefs are on the matter, am I not colluding in the other person’s “story”? At what point do I stand up and say “this is not acceptable…and you are out of line”? Time after time I see people on Facebook or other social media channels picking apart a teacher’s quote or maliciously making a snide comment to make the teacher appear out of integrity or even wrong. And why is this even necessary? Do these people who stand in the shadows and criticize others have the courage to develop their own research and studies; write books on their personal discoveries; travel exhausting schedules for talks or trainings; or put themselves on the line day after day to spark even one little flame within a stranger amidst the crowd? NO… they don’t… Instead, they pick apart every word spoken to find fault and justification in their own minds for what they are condemning in a teacher/mentor’s words because they hide in their own shadows of disdain. Are these people so naive as to think that EVERY book or word is an ORIGINAL thought? From the moment we are born we learn by imitation. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have heard Bob Proctor or Zig Ziglar joke about “borrowing” a story in their speech from one of their colleagues! Imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery! We learn by imitating others from birth…and through experience and knowledge we pick up from family, friends, mentors, teachers and life. This is a life long process. Maybe it’s time people get off their self-righteous soap boxes… and look within. Before spouting off a judgment or criticism about another, look at them as a mirror to see what is being reflected back to us for our own knowing. Listen to the words and ask yourself how they may resonate in your own life… I think you may be surprised at what you hear… In-Joy! Holly   Originally posted April 28, 2012 on my old blog...

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