Monthly Archives: December 2013

Uploading Contacts to LinkedIn from a File–Staying Connected (with video)

I made a commitment for 2014 to do a better job staying connected with past and current clients by first connecting with them on LinkedIn. I’d exported ONLY my Client category from Outlook into a .csv file and had to figure out how to upload that to LinkedIn. Here’s a quick video to show you how.

How are you planning on staying connected with your clients? Please leave a comment below.

PEACE.

How to Get Press for Your Small Business When You Can’t Afford to Hire for PR

I’m a solopreneur and wear all the hats. I’ve been interviewed for my expertise as a personal productivity expert by national TV, radio, and press: TODAY show, O Magazine, NY Times, Washington Post, Real Simple, Men’s Health, Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, and many more. I don’t pitch. A journalist will contact me one to two times a month, sometimes more depending on the time of year.

What Works

When journalists started calling me, I asked two simple questions:

(1) How did you find me? Answer: Google.

(2) What did you search when I showed up? Answer: Personal productivity expert, time management expert, or email overload expert (I noticed they always added the word “expert.”)

I’d never paid attention to keywords or search engine optimization before, but, fortunately, everything I was doing online was it! That was an eye opener, so I started doing more. Now, most of what I do online is to keep me on that first page of Google, focusing on my blog (http://www.SuiteMinute.com), my YouTube channel (http://YouTube.com/user/digitalbreakthroughs), Google Plus, and SlideShare (http://SlideShare.net/peggyduncan).  I even wrote a booklet about it (Shameless Self-Promotion: DIY SEO) and started giving seminars.

Shameless self-promotion is all about promoting what you know and feeding it to Google using free resources so you don’t spend one red cent.

Bottom line: When a busy journalist is looking for an expert, you want to make sure they can find you based on what you do, what you know, or what you sell. When a high-priced PR agency pitches a story to the media and they bite, they’re going to want to interview some more experts…just make sure they can find you.

Proud Example

I was contacted by the NY Times to write an article on email overload. When they searched “email overload expert” on Google, I appeared on the first page. They studied my blog so they knew I could write. They contacted me to write this article on reducing bad email habits.

What methods have you used to get press on a regular basis? I hope you’ll leave a comment below. 

PEACE.

New Webinar–12 Fast Ways to Answer Email in Outlook (with Peggy Duncan)

The best way to handle an overflowing Inbox is to get into a meeting with it and handle it one message at a time. For the ones that deserve an answer, you’ll finish quicker once you discover little-known Outlook commands and a few workarounds.

I just scheduled a new Webinar, 12 FAST WAYS TO ANSWER EMAIL IN OUTLOOK. “Well, just smack my head” was a comment I got from a coaching client. This gave me the idea to start a mini series of Webinars that focus on one thing…training that won’t overwhelm and that you can use immediately. Check it out and sign up. Tell some people too.

Please share with your network.

PEACE.

How to Reorder or Rearrange Groups in LinkedIn Navigation (with video)

If you’re on LinkedIn, you’ve probably joined lots of interest groups. You can rearrange the group order so when you want to visit, your favorites are at the top. Here’s a how-to video that shows you how easy it is to reorder the navigation.

This video was updated on December 9, 2013.

Please share and subscribe.

PEACE.

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: a Professional Portfolio (with video tutorials)

LinkedIn is the number one social media site for getting business. Whether you’re job hunting, recruiting, or promoting your business and expertise, it’s the place to be. I put together this compilation of how-to videos I’d recorded that will improve your profile.

For more videos on LinkedIn, I’ve included my LinkedIn Playlist. I hope you’ll find some tips you can use.

How to Add Videos and Files to Your Profile (Create a Professional Portfolio)

 

PEACE.

10 Shortcuts to Selecting Text in Microsoft Word (with video)

Here are 10 shortcuts I use almost every day when I need to select text in Word. As far as I can remember, these tips work the same in all versions.

There are more shortcuts to selecting text, but I rarely use them. Just wanted to share the most common ones.

Please share with your network.

PEACE.