Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Cyber Security

Issue No. 102 December 17, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Cyber Security

This week’s reflection point: At the time I am writing this article, Sony Pictures is in the news going through a security and data breach nightmare. Unfortunately, Sony is not alone as they follow a long list of companies that have been hacked and exposed to serious breaches of data. Companies such as: USPS, Kmart, Home Depot, P.F. Chang’s, JP Morgan, Staples, Target, and the list goes on.

There is much for these cyber hackers to gain and it does not rule out attacks on smaller organizations, entrepreneurs and individuals. Identity theft has been consistently on the rise and I am dumbfounded by the lack of awareness or risks many entrepreneurs take online or offline.

It was recently reported on the local news that a couple’s home was burglarized when they posted their vacation photos on Facebook with their return schedule back home. What in the world were they thinking?

A colleague of mine, a security expert, was dining at the airport with his entire gear parked behind him. Some kind of security that is!

I know of several clients of mine that leave their laptop open in their hotel room while they are out and about. It would not take much effort for one to enter their cyber world exposing their personal and business data.

This week’s tip: Like heart attacks, lack of cyber security is a silent killer. Whether it’s your business platforms or your personal data, you must protect and guard them. Talk with an expert.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

 

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Perfect Day

Issue No. 101 December 10, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Perfect Day

This week’s reflection point: I always look for insightful ideas to improve the quality of my life and business. Since I realize there is always work to be done I decided to compile a list that reflects what my perfect day would look like. So here it is:

  • Start my day with high energy and enthusiasm to turn it into an amazing day.
  • Review the key goals and tasks I am to accomplish that will make a difference for me and others.
  • Exercise to get my energy going and commit to healthy eating.
  • Absorb new content by reading the Wall Street Journal, blogs of top thought leaders and a chapter in book and stimulate my mind, learn new ideas, and push the envelope.
  • Market ourselves.
  • Help my clients improve their web presence, digital empire and strategic direction to increase their success.
  • Innovate by writing, publishing and creating new products and services.
  • Reflect and adjust the vision of where we are going.
  • Spend quality time with family and friends.
  • Provide valuable insights to others.
  • Reflect on the day and plan for the next remarkable day.

There are often challenges and adversities to overcome in our lives. However, I am convinced that committing our mindset and actions to having a perfect day, leads to an incredible year, which then leads to a rewarding life.

How about you?

This week’s tip: Identify what constitutes your perfect day. When you do, you will be one step closer to crafting your ultimate desirable life.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Taking Small Actions Consistently

Issue No. 100 December 3, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Taking Small Actions Consistently

“Everything I know about business development, I learned from Chad…”

Guest Writer: Betsy Jordyn, President, Accelera Consulting Group

This week’s reflection point: It has been five years since I started working with Chad Barr. I met him when I attended Alan Weiss’ Million Dollar Consulting College. When I heard him speak, I knew I had to work with him because as an aspiring entrepreneur, I knew I needed more than a website. I needed a business development strategist that could help me transform my expertise into a thriving consulting practice.

This week Chad is helping me create a series of dynamic videos to help my clients. He shared with me that this week represents his 100th consistent newsletter and I begged if I could ghost write this one for him. So, in honor of Chad’s personal accomplishment, I wanted to share some the great insights that he has offered to me over the years.

  • Websites are out…web presence is in. If you want to establish your credibility as a consultant — you need more than a website, you need a web presence that contains three things: strong strategy, powerful content and a wow design.
  • The best consultants and thought leaders are always creating and publishing new, provocative content.
  • The best question you can use when you ask a client for a testimonial is: “What value or outcome did you receive by virtue of working with me?”
  • The best question you can ask yourself is: “Do you have the courage to do what it takes to be successful?”

What have you learned by virtue of your relationship with Chad? How has he helped you have the courage to have what it takes to be successful?

This week’s tip: Chad’s 100th newsletter reflects the value of taking small actions consistently. Think through what is one small thing that you do to help you grow your business that you can commit to doing regularly.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

 

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Gratitude

Issue No. 99 November 26, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Gratitude

This week’s reflection point: My wife shared with me recently that when she wakes up each morning she says a prayer for being grateful for what she has. I can understand why she may feel that way since I am the first one she sees. It also occurred to me that no matter what challenges we face or adversities we have yet to overcome, having this daily mindset of gratitude is a fabulous way to start another great day.

So in the spirit of tomorrow’s Thanksgiving holiday and my gratitude, here is my short list:

I am thankful for:

  • Love of family
  • Support of close friends
  • Client relationships and trust
  • Incredible talent, creativity and innovation of my Team at The Chad Barr Group
  • Wisdom of colleagues and trusted advisors
  • Opportunities that this great country has afforded me

And of course I am grateful to YOU for sticking with me.

Thank you for your friendship and Happy Thanksgiving!

Chad

This week’s tip: Start each day with the hope for greatness and with gratitude for all the blessings that fill your life.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
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New Web Presence Launch for Constance Dierickx, PhD

I am proud to announce another exciting web presence launch for Constance Dierickx, PhD, Founder of CD Consulting Group LLC. Also known as The Decision Doctor™, she  helps courageous leaders transform the success of their organization.

Smart, witty, elegant and extremely valuable. Great words to describe Constance and her new web presence:

Constance Dierickx

Here is what Constance said about working with us:

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: When It Snows It Snows

Issue No. 98 November 19, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: When It Snows It Snows

Winter

This week’s reflection point: I am looking outside my office window and am astonished by the amount of snow that has come down in the past week. And it’s only November. Perhaps an early sign of what is yet to come.

My team and I have greatly increased and accelerated the creation of my clients’ web presence, content, cyber strategies and social media involvement. In addition to helping my clients, I’ve ramped up the same for my own company and it’s paying off in a big way. Not a day goes by that I don’t get multiple inquiries to connect with interested prospective clients. This trend is growing by leaps and bounds.

Here are some reasons for the growing trend and how it has increased my business and should yours:

  • Solicit referrals
  • Increase speaking engagements
  • Leverage web site and content to drive value
  • Continue the “give to get” mindset
  • Create trusting relationships
  • Market effectively
  • Increase strategic social media exposure
  • Get clients enthusiastic about their business
  • Do great work that generates results

I guess when it snows it snows.

This week’s tip: Don’t get buried under the snow. While watching the snowflakes fall, enjoy the beauty and rev up your creative output.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

 

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: What’s Your Mode Of Communication?

Issue No. 97 November 12, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: What’s Your Mode Of Communication?

This week’s reflection point: I’ve come to realize that my son rarely answers when called on his mobile phone but always replies to texts. Similarly, I’ve observed that some of my clients prefer to communicate via phone, some primarily by email, others, when possible, in person, or via text, some via the social media platforms, and many via Skype, Google hangouts and the like.

It’s obvious that individuals have many different partialities as to the way they like to communicate.

Therefore, I recommend that you embrace and enable as many modes of communication available to you that fit the preferences of your target audience.

This week’s tip: How easy is it to connect with you? Are you communicating and leveraging the many varied channels available to you?

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
or call my direct line: 440-394-8004
http://www.chadbarr.com

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New Web Presence Launch for Dr. Alan Weiss

Now this is a WOW!

After months of innovation, creation and dedication, my team and I are exhilarated to announce the amazing creation of the brand new web presence for Dr. Alan Weiss.

Like Frank Sinatra, Alan needs no introduction.

Enjoy!

AlanWeiss

 

And a few words from Alan:

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Thinking Bigger Than Big

Issue No. 96 November 5, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Thinking Bigger Than Big

This week’s reflection point: I love the concept of thinking big and in the spirit of raising the Barr, (pun intended), I have decided to start identifying what it takes to think that way. Here are my reflection points:

  • Identify and articulate what your future successes look like in areas of: family, life, health, emotions, business, clients, finances, relationships, spirituality, self-development, global markets, innovation, prosperity and your contribution to others.
  • Set big daring goals that energize you to excel beyond your expectations.
  • Work backwards from the future success and daring goals and create a plan to achieve each.
  • Eliminate excuses from your language.
  • Focus your action and execute your plan fearlessly.
  • Surround yourself with and study great minds and develop trusted relationships you can count on.
  • Review your accomplishments and plan, often, and calibrate as needed.
  • Keep developing and improving the value you bring to others and don’t settle for average or mediocre.
  • Open your senses to opportunities around you and seize the moment to execute them.
  • The way to create wealth is to keep creating insightful offerings such as services, products that make you irresistible.
  • Become a trendsetter.

This week’s tip: What are your big daring goals? If they are written down, are you on target to achieve them? If not, when will you identify them and start executing?

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
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http://www.chadbarr.com

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: High-Tech Presentation

Issue No. 95 October 29, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: High-Tech Presentation

This week’s reflection point: Have you ever attended a speaking presentation where the presenter was struggling while trying to get the technology to work rather than focus on his or her presentation? I have to admit that I have sat through several of those.

Why is it so many get caught up in trying to impress the audience with their technical savvy rather than focus on delivering their powerful message?

Today, I am delivering a presentation to the Pittsburgh Consulting Community and as I was reviewing my notes it occurred to me that I had better not make the same mistake that I preach about.

This week’s tip: Technology is a great enabler. Use it wisely. Let it complement, add value and support what you do, rather than the other way around.

Raising the Barr is a weekly memo, which is always pithy, powerful and succinct. It focuses on innovative ideas by maximizing your life and business while leveraging strategy, content, technology and the web, to help you transform the success.

 

You may subscribe and encourage others to subscribe by clicking here.

Privacy statement: Your email address is never shared with anyone for any reason.

Check out my podcast series called Raising the Barr on iTunes.

If you’d like to reach me email: [email protected]
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http://www.chadbarr.com

© Chad Barr 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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