Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Purpose of Technology

Issue No. 113 March 4, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Purpose of Technology

This week’s reflection point: I love technology, its use and especially its impact. What makes no sense to me is using technology for technology sake rather than leveraging it to achieve great results and improve the quality of our lives.

The critical aspect when investing in technology is to identify how it is going to improve your business, knowledge, enjoyment, and your life. Once you identify these, focus on getting the most out of that technology so you reap the potential rewards.

One of the most gratifying aspects of technology is when it is used to increase our knowledge, and when applied effectively, increase our wisdom, which then creates a profound impact on our world.

Whether it’s battling illnesses, improving education, providing water in Africa, allowing the disabled to virtually visit museums, connecting the world, and improving our business and enjoyments, technology makes it all possible.

Don’t waste yours.

This week’s tip: Don’t take your technology for granted or let it go to waste. Put it to good use.

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: Developmental Experiences to Transform Your Business

Issue No. 112 February 25, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Developmental Experiences to Transform Your Business

This week’s reflection point: I am here in Miami, Florida, meeting with our global growth circle (Suzanne Bates, Guido Quelle, Phil Symchych, Bart Sayle, Steven Gaffney, Chad Barr) facilitated by Alan Weiss. The essence of our meeting is to challenge ourselves to think bigger and to impact our lives and businesses and that of our clients. Here are some of the insights shared by our group:

What key question should you ask yourself or your clients to raise the bar?

  1. What do I need to let go of, so I can do what I need to do?
  2. What was my most recent success and how can I replicate it?
  3. How can I increase what I most enjoy doing and decrease what I don’t?
  4. What does it look like for me to be the world’s best?
  5. What does think bigger mean to me?
  6. Where am I not challenging myself?
  7. Why am I at less than my full potential?
  8. Do I have the courage to do what it takes to be successful?

Best implemented growth ideas:

  1. Calling buyers and bankers
  2. Consistently reinventing and pushing ourselves to go to a higher level
  3. Track how many sales conversations we have
  4. Developing an acquisition pipeline
  5. Asking clients to give us a reference to a new client while using the opportunity to share with our client what we are currently doing
  6. Creating irresistible and dynamic communities
  7. Have a fierce commitment to take action and execute our ideas

Trends to watch for:

  1. Web sites created by artificial intelligence
  2. Developmental experiences without the need to travel
  3. Technology is impacting us faster than we can conceive
  4. Desire to humanize technology and have it work for us
  5. A quest to find out our meaning and purpose and the why
  6. Use of technology to accelerate speed and results
  7. Truth is revealed faster than ever before
  8. International move towards clean air, clean water and clean knowledge
  9. Growing disparity of wealth and poverty as it relates to the item above
  10. More intelligent and educated consumers than ever before
  11. A bigger sense and need of belonging to communities
  12. Internet presence impact on business reputation and strong brand

What developmental experiences to you attend and also offer to your clients?

This week’s tip: What key questions should you ask yourself to raise the bar? What are your best growth ideas? And What trends do you recommend to watch for?

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: 10 Reasons for Powerful Interviews

Issue No. 111 February 18, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: 10 Reasons for Powerful Interviews

This week’s reflection point: I was just interviewed by Social Media and global influencer, Mitch Jackson. I enjoyed it immensely while answering Mitch’s provocative questions on life, business, cyber strategies and creating your global digital empire. I even managed to put Mitch on the spot towards the end of the interview.

I conduct interviews as well and find them to be a powerful aspect of your marketing strategy. Here are my top 10 reason why interviews are powerful:

  1. You get to share your insights and help others.
  2. You have the opportunity to learn from the wisdom of others.
  3. You increase your own interesting content, intellectual property and digital empire.
  4. You extend your global reach.
  5. There is an exponential impact when your interviewer shares with their audience and you share with yours.
  6. The exponential impact goes viral when your audience and theirs start sharing as well.
  7. You receive inquiries that often turn into new clients.
  8. Others want to interview you.
  9. New insights come up, which generate new intellectual property.
  10. You get to collaborate with some of the most interesting and successful thinkers worldwide.

Finally, when you invite others for an interview, I recommend you refer to them as conversations rather than interviews. The former positions you as a thought leader.

Here is the full interview. Enjoy.

This week’s tip: Identify the opportunities around you and suggest others interview you. Also reach out to fascinating global thinkers and suggest you interview them. Better yet, start having conversations.

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 Power of Evolution

Issue No. 110 February 11, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Power of Evolution

This week’s reflection point: I’ve been saying for years that evolution is an awesome power and especially when it comes to your web presence and its content.

An idea, when captured, may become a tweet. A collection of tweets may become an article. A collection of articles may become a book. A book may transform itself into multiple presentations and workshops. And all these concepts, when effectively repurposed, will produce an overabundance of new products, services and more content.

So what’s your next idea?

This week’s tip: Start evolving your content and you will transform your business.

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: Aggregating or Plagiarizing?

Issue No. 109 February 4, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Aggregating or Plagiarizing?

This week’s reflection point: A while back, in my Proper Attribution Please article, I shared with you the story of my daughter’s seminary sermon being plagiarized.

There has been a trend, where individuals using their blogs and social media platforms, share content written by others. I don’t have an issue with this practice as long as proper attribution is given. If your objective is to strengthen your thought leadership, I suggest you use your own unique thoughts and reduce your usage of others’ published ideas.

The issue I do question is when individuals share such content without the proper attribution or under the false pretense that they are providing value by being an aggregator of others’ content and ideas.

The web makes this extremely easy to do. However, I find this practice not only unethical and it has nothing to do with aggregating but everything to do with plagiarizing.

This week’s tip: Develop your own unique content so you may proudly share with others and increase your reach and thought leadership.

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 Power of Testimonials

Issue No. 108 January 28, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: The Power of Testimonials

This week’s reflection point: One of the recurring discussions I often have with my clients is all about testimonials. They are critical to create and increase your credibility and demonstrate your track record of success. The more testimonials you have the more impactful they are. I encourage you to solicit them actively and continuously and make sure they focus on describing the impact you have helped create for your client.

There are two types of testimonials. The best are unsolicited, when your client volunteers to share with you how you helped improve their success and provide such in an email, or on their letterhead or a video. Second best are solicited testimonials, or the ones you request, which I wrote about in my blog post, Capture Their Bragging, a couple of years ago.

When it comes to solicited testimonials, and as I indicated in my previous article, the best time to ask for them is when the client shares with you their success. I would also recommend that during your ongoing conversations with your clients, you ask them about their recent successes and use these opportunities to request a testimonial.

This week’s tip: Reach out to several of your clients, provide them with valuable insights, ask about their successes and request they provide you with a testimonial.

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: How Influential Are You?

Issue No. 107 January 21, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: How Influential Are You?

This week’s reflection point: One of the interesting phenomena manifesting itself through the social media platforms is the attempt to measure one’s virtual influence through a score provided by an online tool called Klout. This tool provides an individualized score from 0 to 100, based on one’s activities, connections, conversations and popularity on the web. The higher the score, the more popular one supposedly is.

It’s rather easy to impact and significantly increase your Klout score by increasing your social media activities, connections, and conversations. Thousands of offshore firms and individuals are standing by to gladly take your money and help you do so.

The absurdness I observed is that one’s Klout score does not equate to their success. I’ve come across individuals who are very successful but with low scores and others with significant lower success levels yet high scores.

So how should you measure your influence? I’d suggest by reviewing the:

  • Number of clients you do business with
  • New prospective clients inquiring about working with you
  • Impact you have on your clients
  • Effectiveness of increasing your intellectual property in a variety of formats
  • Frequency of you being quoted and interviewed
  • Impact on your revenues and profits.

This week’s tip: Don’t let your Klout score cloud your judgement and your pursuit of meaningful clout.

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: Thought-Provoking Conversations

Issue No. 106 January 14, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Thought-Provoking Conversations

This week’s reflection point: Earlier today, I had a terrific conversation with Dan Pink, NYT and WSJ bestselling author of books I highly recommend: To Sell is Human, Drive and A Whole New World. Dan is our featured VIP guest for our new electronic magazine, which is scheduled to debut in conjunction with the upcoming launch of our new site for The Chad Barr Group.

During our conversation, we discussed topics such as: why right brainers are going to rule the world, how to leverage intrinsic motivation, ideas to stimulate creativity and artistry in the workplace, abundance thinking and more.

We both agreed that successful thought leaders are prolific publishers of great content while they effectively create their own unique digital empires, which are concepts I’ve been asserting for years.

Having a thought-provoking conversation is a great way to challenge our thinking, increase our published content, and improve the insights we share with our audience.

Stay tuned for the launch of our amazing new site, our monthly digital magazine, other treats, and my full interview with Dan.

This week’s tip: Engage in thought-provoking conversations and then share and leverage.

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: Your Network Exponential Power

Issue No. 105 January 7, 2015

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Your Network Exponential Power

This week’s reflection point: There is an amazing potential to grow your business within your existing network. Unfortunately, most don’t recognize this awesome power. So let me explain.

Take a look at your immediate network that surrounds you: your clients, suppliers (or partners), friends, and associates (or colleagues). If each one of them provides you with a referral that leads to a business, that would be 4 new clients. If you then look at the 2nd connection level where each one of these groups would introduce you to their immediate network, that would increase the number from 4 to 16. And then, if you exploit the relationships with the 3rd level, it will increase the number from 16 to 64!

Now say you work with 10 clients and each one provides you with enough referrals that would results in 10 new clients each year. If my math is accurate, your 1st connection level would generate 40 new clients, the 2nd level 160 new clients and the 3rd level 640 new clients!

This week’s tip: Seize the treasure buried inside your own network and see your business grow exponentially.

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: New Year’s Resolution

Issue No. 104 December 31, 2014

Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: New Year’s Resolution

This week’s reflection point: I recently came across statistics compiled by the University of Scranton regarding New Year’s resolutions. Here are some interesting highlights:

  • The top resolutions are: lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, enjoy life, and stay fit and healthy.
  • 45% of Americans make such resolutions while 38% never make any resolutions.
  • 8% successfully achieve their resolutions.
  • 75% of resolutions are maintained through the first week, which is down to 46% after six months.
  • 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolutions each year and only 14% over 50.

My assessment is that in order for resolutions to be successful they need to:

  • Be an integral part of our ongoing goals and desired accomplishments.
  • Answer the “why do it?” question.
  • Review the resolutions often.
  • Have a sense of urgency and accountability.
  • Be realistic and have an action plan attached to them with a timeline.

May all your resolutions become your reality. Happy New Year!

This week’s tip: Don’t let my cartoon become your reality. Integrate your resolutions into your strategic review and transform next year into an amazing year.

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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