You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for several days from the blogs and from Twitter. My main PC suffered a hard drive failure! Here’s the story:
I went to bed on 31st March having turned off my PC. On the morning of 1st April I turned it on and it just went into a loop of starting, offering to check the disc and then closing down. read more »
I used to train sales people. One of the key tenets of my training was:
The only truly effective time you have as a salesperson is when you are talking to your potential customers
Are you trying to earn an income from the internet? If the answer is yes, then you are a salesperson. So this key rule applies to you too. read more »
“If your organization exists to sell something to somebody, then the only truly productive thing you can do is to be talking to people, face to face, on the telephone or online. Other things need to happen, but they are not genuinely productive.”
How it once was (before the internet)
I’m serious about establishing a long term sustainable income from my online work. Are you? If so, read on.
A couple of weeks ago I invested in a course which David Risley made available to a select few via his mailing list. It wasn’t a big investment, but it was the best I’ve made so far in my journey to becoming a full time, professional blogger.
This morning my transition to a social media / web 2.0 convert became complete. I was erm, performing my morning ablutions and reading a book of Jeremy Clarkson’s articles, written for The Sunday Times, when it happened. (Note to ladies: The act itself takes no longer than your own, the reason we spend so long in there is because we have to get to the end of a chapter, or to an appropriate pause in the book we’re reading.)
Have you ever visited a blog post with no comments on it? Like a ghost town, huh?
But why do we need comments? read more »
When GSM mobile phones first came to the market, I was one of four Regional Managers, working for a huge company. Each of us, with a team of Area Managers, covered a quarter of the UK. We were a good team – two ladies, two men, very different temperaments, with a skill set that covered all the essential elements of running a successful organization. I like to think our HR department had chosen wisely, but experience suggests they got lucky!
One of my key skills was that I was the technical guy. We used to meet at head office once a month, and quite often we’d be issued with new kit, perhaps the latest IBM laptop, or maybe the very first PDA’s when they came onto the market. It was my job to spend time with whatever it was, to read the instruction manual and to let my colleagues know how to get the best out of them. read more »
A group of us go treasure hunting every month. There’s a local magazine that prints a set of GPS co-ordinates, and we, and many other people, head into the countryside to find a small Tupperware box containing a book and a pen. When we find the box, we all put our names and phone numbers in the book, and Steve from the magazine draws one name out of a hat. The winner gets a bottle of expensive perfume provided by a local shop.
It’s a wonderful and challenging way to spend a few hours in the sunshine with good friends. Steve plants the box in some amazing places – yesterday’s was a good example. Having walked a few kilometers, we then had to climb down a pretty tricky hill and after an hour of searching we eventually found the box inside a dead leaf on a living, very spiky cactus! The view, however was amazing! read more »
Many readers have asked me about the effect on traffic here, so this post is to answer the various questions, but first let me tell you the process I went through so you can follow the steps in case you want to do the same.
Getting a post onto John Chow Dot Com read more »
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