#ProfessionalOrganizers Blog Carnival–eBooks – Review

This month’s challenge for the the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival was eBooks.  This could have been very hard to do since I have not written any eBooks and I have only purchased a few (one of my favourites is ProBlogger’s 31 Days to Building a Better Blog). 

An eBook can be a great way to share your knowledge while monetizing your blog or sharing your knowledge in a written format (as opposed to a presentation or workshop).  You could assemble a series of blog posts as a base and then elaborate with more examples, illustrations or pictures.  The good things about this is selling them on your website can generate passive income for your small business.

Even though I have not written an eBook (yet),

I knew our illustrious Blog Carnival leader, Janet Barclay, had a couple of eBooks in her repertoire so I asked if I could review one of them.  Much to my delight she offered a few eBooks that I could chose from:

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ProfessionalOrganaizersBlogCarnival_JanetBarclay_DownshiftingPRO_2For me the most logical choice was a review of the Basic Guide to Networking on Twitter (The Basic Guide).  I chose this eBook because I do love both networking and twitter. Being a social media trainer and consultant, I also have a expert knowledge of using twitter for business.

I find that Twitter can be complicated to the uninitiated.  There are many terms that we banter around: “Re-Tweet, Favourite, hashtag, twitter party, follow, un-follow, trending”.  Often I have to slow down to help a new client catch up as I describe the virtues and the mechanics of tweeting.  Having an eBook that they can reference later on is fantastic.

The Basic Guide is a short 28 page eBook that you can download on either read on your computer or you can print it.  I chose to print it as a booklet so it reads like a hardcover book and not a pamphlet.  There are 28 pages of information, exercises and challenges, clear cut instruction and links to useful websites.

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Janet’s step-by-step instructions on how to get started on Twitter are very clear and concise.  You know what you should be doing first before going on to the next task.

She creates a few challenges (see pic below) that you need to accomplish in order to get a better, more focused twitter feed.  By following these exercises she helps us create content on twitter that is not focused around what we are having for lunch or how bad the service was. She encourages us effectively use twitter for business.

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Janet also provided a few screen shots so that you are well aware of where you should be and what the screen should look like.  As most of us tend to be visual learners, I find this feature very helpful.  She also provides actual samples of tweets that had already been sent out. 

I like that a beginner on Twitter could follow the steps very closely and basically not fail.  I think that she could have elaborated a bit more on the type of topics that you can start tweeting about.  That can be such a hard decision to make when you are tweeting for business.  Also simple suggestions on what time of day you should tweet, which days are better and how to deal with direct messages.  Spam can be overwhelming when someone’s handle has been hacked. Unfortunately, that happens on a daily basis.

ProfessionalOrganaizersBlogCarnival_JanetBarclay_DownshiftingPRO_5I absolutely loved the little bird avatar that tells you what page you are on.  Lastly, a few of my favourites from Janet’s eBook were the links to tools that you can use with Twitter.  Whether it was finding more followers in your target market, learning how to un-follow, scheduling tweets or creating a list for keeping easier track of your ‘peeps’.

This is a very basic introduction and guide to Twitter but it may be exactly what you need to get started.  It is small enough that you are not overwhelmed yet challenging enough that even this ‘veteran’ twitter user learned a thing or two.

I am grateful that Janet trusted me enough to review her eBook. Basic Guide to Networking on Twitter BasicGuidetoNetworkingonTwitter_Janet  Barclay_ DownshiftingPROcan be purchased from Janet Barclay’s website.  You pay $8.50 + HST and then you download the eBook.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeasy (as my son would say).

If you are new to Twitter I recommend this guide to you as it may be the perfect size.  Twitter can be a lot to handle all at once but you’ll get the hang of it.  Once you get started, make sure to follow me @DownshiftingPRO  @4LinkedLearning and @LinkedMoms.  See you in Twitterville some time soon.

Janet Barclay is a Virtual Assistant and Blogger.  She blogs at Organized Assistant and runs a Blog Carnival for Professional Organizers every month. She is organized (she was one of us) but has focused her business on website design, virtual assistance and blogging.

#LinkedIn Profile Picture – Do me a favour, let me see your face.

I don’t tend to go on rants very often on my blog.  I like to think of myself as a blogger that will give you an honest opinion and solid advice…  balance observations with funny stories that may teach you a thing or two …but today… well, today it is just an all out RANT.

I love LinkedIn. It is my first true love.  When I first got started using social media, I played with Facebook and dabbled in Twitter but LinkedIn spoke to me.  I have been evangelizing LinkedIn’s virtues for years (yes, years).  The thing is, as it grows in popularity, many users still don’t understand that it is a professional networking platform.  So by token you must put forward a professional profile and a professional picture. 

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If you are going to send me a cold-call-invitation to connect with you on LinkedIn please fill out your profile so I can clearly see what you do and why I would be interested in connecting with you.  Court me a little, send me a welcoming note. Remind me where we have met, mention the presentation that you saw, heck tell me you enjoyed it and learned something. 

JUST DON’T SEND ME AN INVITATION TO A PROFILE WITHOUT A PROFILE PICTURE!

If you are going to be on LinkedIn and expect me to recommend you to my contacts please have a professional picture… flying through the air while performing a karate kick IS NOT PROFESSIONAL (no matter how cool you think it is -especially if you are a business professional and not a karate instructor).  I once pointed that out to an attendee at a workshop I gave.  He later sent me a scathing email about how unprofessional I was for pointing it out his unprofessional picture.  Listen, if you are embarrassed about me pointing out the picture of you flying through the air doing a karate kick in front of 25 other people, what do you think the other 110 million LinkedIn members are going to think?  It is a PUBLIC PICTURE once you put it on LinkedIn.  Seriously? You’re mad at me? Give your head a shake Mr. Professional VP (rant over on that point).

If you are going to use a logo instead of a picture, don’t be surprised if I DON’T recognize you at a networking event.  Social Networking is about being social.  Me looking at your company logo is not social…its anti-social actually. Even an avatar seems silly to me…unless you create avatars for a living…even then I would prefer to see your face.

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If you insist on not putting up a picture and then at a network event I discover that Mackenzie or Robyn/Robin or Tracey/Tracy is a man and not a women (or vice-versa) please don’t blame me. I didn’t see your face on LinkedIn, I only saw a grey silhouette, a funny caricature or a logo.

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Oh and another thing, if you think I want to see your buff torso or your cleavage prominently displayed on your profile pic.  Think again.  I don’t do business with attention getters with inferiority complex that feel that they need to strut their stuff (I warned you this was a rant).  Remember, the key to LinkedIn is to connect with other Professional in a professional manner.

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So if you intend on reaching out to me, please introduce yourself and make sure you have a picture that I can identify as a professional in your field because if you don’t I won’t likely connect with you and ultimately, you are just wasting your time and mine.

RANT OVER…


Note:  I found all of these pics on LinkedIn so they are public to all other 110 million users.  I tried to pick examples that were not connections to any of my connections and tried as much as possible to delete identifiable names and place of employment. If this is your profile and your embarrassed about it, I suggest you reconsider your pic. otherwise, send me a message & I will gladly take it down.

#WordlessWednesday–Book Reviewer’s Heaven–#RHCBloggerLove

Last Saturday I was invited to Random House Canada in Toronto for a Blogger Love afternoon of books, food and a special guest appearance by best selling Canadian author Andrew Kaufman – (Born Weird). Here are some of the highlights. I will be writing a full review later this week.

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Join us Wed. Feb. 13 for #LinkedMoms chat because we are giving away copies to S.E.C.R.E.T, Anna Karenina and Born Weird. Make sure you participate to be eligible to win. Thanks to @RandomHouseCA for the books!

#LinkedMoms Chat – Book Clubs, Books & @BookaliciousCA

Recently I read a wonderful blog post written by Wanda Lynne Young (@BookaliciousCA on twitter) about her 2013 Book Recommendations. I love, love, love reading and I am always on the search for a good book. I belong to a book club and this year we’ve tackled some of Wanda’s favourites: The Winter Palace, The Night Circus, One Good Hustle and the very exciting (and enticing) S.E.C.R.E.T. Thanks to Random House Canada my book club will be discussing this newly released novel by L. Marie Adeline (stay tuned for a full book review after the book club meets).

This week we are very excited to have Wanda Young join us for an exciting hour discussing books we loved in 2012, books we are looking forward to reading in 2013 and of course… your book suggestions.

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Join the conversation Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 8 p EST, 7 pm CST, 5 PST by following the #LinkedMoms.

HASHTAGS:
Please use the #LinkedMoms hashtag at the end of all of your tweets to be included in the chat and to be eligible to win a prize.

DATE: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
LinkedMoms

Follow us on Twitter @LinkedMoms

GUEST:
Wanda Lynne Young is @BookaliciousCA on Twitter
Wanda Lynne Young’s Blog – Bookalicious.ca
@BookaliciousCA on Facebook Page
@BookaliciousCA on LinkedIn
@BookaliciousCA on Pinterest

MODERATORS:

@4linkedLearning– Margarita Ibbott

@4LinkedLearning Blog & Website

@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog & Website

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

TWEETS:
We would love for you to join in on the great conversation and prizes on Wednesday night. Feel free to invite a few of your friends too. Here are some tweets that you can re-tweet to share our message.

RT@LinkedMoms- Join us for #LinkedMoms Chat w. @Inkscrblr & @DownshiftingPRO We are talking about #Books2013- Wed.Feb. 6, 8 PM EST/5PM PST

RT@LinkedMoms Discuss your favourite books for 2013. Join @bookaliciousCA on #LinkedMoms Chat Feb.6 @ 8 pm EST

CUSTOM TWEETGRID LINK:

In order to make things easier for you to follow the chat, we have created a customized TweetGrid Link so all you have to do is log in and put your @twitterhandle in the first column.

Make sure to login so that you can tweet directly from Tweetgrid using the #LinkedMoms hashtag.

Here is our Custom Tweet Grid for Tonight’s #LinkedMoms Chat  

Twitter Party–Pets–tell us about your pets–tips on picking the right one.

Both Paula and I are pet owners.  I have an adorable labradoodle named Lola.  She is a ball of energy and at four years old she still acts like a puppy.  The thing is I think I would have done many things differently when we got her so that she might be easier to:

  • walk on a leash without pulling
  • not terrorize other dogs even though she just wants to play
  • not barks at any animal – real or animated – on the TV

Paula has a few guinea pigs.  She thought she had two girl but when one of them had babies she quickly found out that they were a pair.  She too has had challenges with her pets so we thought it would be fun to discuss all out stories, tips and tricks to picking the right pet.  We are talking cats, dogs, fish and parakeets.

Join in the discussion: let us know what you like about your pets and what you would do differently if you could. Share your blog posts too.

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Join us Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8 pm EST, 7 pm CST, 5 PST by following the #LinkedMoms

HASHTAGS:
Please use the #LinkedMoms  at the end of all of your tweets to be included in the chat and to be eligible to win a prize.

DATE: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
LinkedMoms

Follow us on Twitter @LinkedMoms

MODERATORS:

@4linkedLearning– Margarita Ibbott

@4LinkedLearning Blog & Website

@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog & Website

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

TWEETS:
We would love for you to join in on the great conversation and prizes on Wednesday night. Feel free to invite a few of your friends too. Here are some tweets that you can re-tweet to share our message.

RT@LinkedMoms- Join us for #LinkedMoms Chat w. @Inkscrblr & @DownshiftingPRO We are talking about #Pets Wed.Jan 30, 8 PM EST/5PM PST

RT@LinkedMoms Lola, Fido or Fify tell us about your pet. on #LinkedMoms Chat Jan. 30 8 pm EST

CUSTOM TWEETGRID LINK:

In order to make things easier for you to follow the chat, we have created a customized TweetGrid Link so all you have to do is log in and put your @twitterhandle in the first column.

Make sure to login so that you can tweet directly from Tweetgrid using the #LinkedMoms hashtag.

Here is our Custom Tweet Grid for Tonight’s #LinkedMoms Chat

#LinkedIN–Best Practices for Small Business User–Twitter Party

When I attended She’s Connected in October all of the brand reps, PR firms and Media firms all said, if you want to work with them, you NEED to have a professional profile on LinkedIn.  If you know anything about me, you know that I am a huge fan of this social networking platforms for professionals. I have seen on a few discussion boards that bloggers, small business owners and organizers are a bit perplexed as to the benefits of being on LI.  At Wednesday’s twitter party, we will be discussing the benefits of using this professional social networking platform.

Join in the discussion: let us know how you used LinkedIn.  Your Likes. Your Dislikes and then share your profile for others to connect.

Prize: We will be giving away a ONE HOUR personal profile review from LinkedLearning.ca (a $90 value).

LinkedInCroppedOur Twitter Party discussion this week will focus on why you need to be on LinkedIn.  I will provide 5 tips for a better profile as well as best practices when you want to connect.

Join us Wednesday, January 16, 2013  at 8 pm EST, 7 pm CST, 5 PST by following the #LinkedMoms #LinkedIn4Biz.

HASHTAGS:
Please use the #LinkedMoms & #LinkedIn4Biz hashtags at the end of all of your tweets to be included in the chat and to be eligible to win a prize.

DATE: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
LinkedMoms

Follow us on Twitter @LinkedMoms

MODERATORS:

@4linkedLearning– Margarita Ibbott

@4LinkedLearning Blog & Website

@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog & Website

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

TWEETS:
We would love for you to join in on the great conversation and prizes on Wednesday night. Feel free to invite a few of your friends too. Here are some tweets that you can re-tweet to share our message.

RT@LinkedMoms- Join us for #LinkedMoms Chat w. @Inkscrblr & @DownshiftingPRO We are talking about #LinkedIN – Wed.Jan 16, 8 PM EST/5PM PST

RT@LinkedMoms Learn abt #LinkedIN best practices for small biz? Join #LinkedMoms Chat  Jan. 16 @ 8 pm EST  Prize = profile review $90 value

CUSTOM TWEETGRID LINK:

In order to make things easier for you to follow the chat, we have created a customized TweetGrid Link so all you have to do is log in and put your @twitterhandle in the first column.

Make sure to login so that you can tweet directly from Tweetgrid using the #LinkedMoms hashtag.

Here is our Custom Tweet Grid for Tonight’s #LinkedMoms Chat

Twitter Chat – Gearing up for Back to School – Home Schooling with @AnnieCannie

 

Educating our kids is always a challenge but when you decided that your ‘round’ kid does not fit into a ‘square’ school system, many parents choose to home school or unschool their kids.  These choices are not for everyone but you may be surprised how one mom does it – with success.  Join @LinkedMoms on Twitter and our special guest, Ann Marie Brown (@anniecannie) as she helps us understand home schooling and how to ‘un-school’ your kid…if that is what they need. 

About our special guest: Ann Marie Brown:

Profile Picture of Annie BrownAnnie (as her friends call her) is a social media specialist, specializing in blogging, networking, building on-line relationships and creating brand awareness through integrated marketing campaigns.

Blogging about topics that include but not limited to frugal living, homeschooling, DIY products, techie gadgets, and life…

Annie is actively involved in Social Media Campaigns & Brand Awareness. She started blogging in 2000 and currently on It’s just my life… in 2008.

Annie is a happily married mom of 4, one son and three daughters. She loves to give to others to help brighten their day, as a cancer survivor spending time with her family is very precious to her.

GUEST INFO:

Ann Marie Brown is @AnnieCannie on Twitter

@anniecannie’s Blog – It’s Just My Life

@anniecannie on Facebook Page

@anniecannie on LinkedIN

@anniecannie on Pinterest

@anniecannie on Google+

HASHTAGS:
Please use the hashtags at the end of all of your tweets to be included in the chat and to be eligible to win prize the virtual organizing consultation.

#LinkedMoms #unschool #homeschool

DATE:
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
LinkedMoms

MODERORS:

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on FaceBook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

@4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@4LinkedLearning on FaceBook
@4LinkedLearning Blog & Website

TWEETS:
We would love for you to join in on the great conversation and prizes on Wednesday night. Feel free to invite a few of your friends too. Here are some tweets that you can re-tweet to share our message.

RT@LinkedMoms- Join us for an #Homeschool #UnSchool Chat w. @anniecannie at #LinkedMoms Chat Wed. Aug.22 8 PM EST/7PM CST/5PM PST

RT@LinkedMoms – Ever wonder what it would be like to #homeschool your kids? Join guest @anniecannie & #LinkedMoms  on Wed. Aug.22 @ 8 pm

CUSTOM TWEETGRID LINK:

In order to make things easier for you to follow the chat, we have created a customized TweetGrid Link so all you have to do is log in and put your @twitterhandle in the first column.

Make sure to login so that you can tweet directly from Tweetgrid using the #LinkedMoms hastag.

Here is our Custom Tweet Grid for Tonight’s #LinkedMoms Chat #HomeSchool #UnSchool

 

@anniecannie_why_she_homeschools_her_child_LinkedmomsChat

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