Lead Follow or Get Out of The Way | Living Sugar Free

Yep, I said it, and before you say Amen, I’m probably talking to you too…

Stereotypes about women, lies about history and biology, blatant porn, jokes on nationalities, racial remarks about the POTUS or anyone, oh and passive aggressive folks who get an attitude and say all manner of nastiness when anyone has the audacity to point it out… Or worse you got an attitude and said outloud you don’t see why we need Black History Month. As long as you don’t say the n word you’re good right? Wrong!!!
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Somedia is out of control, but who’s leading the way?????

If you really want to make a difference, click the link and keep reading…

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Walmart #ScamAlert #FDIC

Don’t fall for @Walmart’s scam, advertising a black card. They take your money without telling you that you can’t get cash for 2 weeks until your permanent card arrives.

But the real question is why are they not telling you that when they sign you up. Yeah yeah, we I know about the fine print. But how many of my clients do you think read and/or understand the fine print. Then the customer service agent who barely speaks English has to put you on hold 10 times to explain that to you. Wait, there’s more.

When the manager who also speaks poor English gets on the line…
1. He asks what the you need the cash for.
2. Then he proceeds to educate you that all temporary debit cards issued in the US right now have a stipulation that doesn’t allow cash withdrawals.

Huh??? That’s when I lost it and took the phone. Now he wants to escalate after we explained the nice little advertisement we’d be posting to help them out.

A debit card means you can can withdraw, but that’s not what this is. This is you investing in Walmart and helping them build interest, plain and simple.

Don’t fall for companies who pretend to be helping the masses. They are not! You may as well deal with a bank, which is FDIC insured and can’t pull a fast one. Highly disappointed in Wally World. I will not shop there again in spite of the fact that it is the closest store to my house.

Let’s discuss it… http://xeeme.com/AndréaRaquel

Talking Over Your Own Head | You Might Be A PorchMonkey

From #LivingSugarFree

If you don’t understand marketing or business in general, let me help you.
Either play along for the sake of discussion, be supportive, ad value, or keep your mouth shut and avoid looking like a fool…
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#LivingSugarFree Never Been Big On Popularity Contests

I caught this recent Mashable article about Klout on Twitter “How to Improve Your Klout Score — and Why You Should Bother

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News flash:
Being mindful of your influence is not the same as being mindful of a an external score. There are multiple ways to determine quality influence. In the old days we just did surveys… oh wait, there’s an app for that. If all you care about is numbers… and you don’t really care what your audience is gaining from you,  or who is growing, surviving and touching others because of you, I can’t help you.

How do I know the scores and the websites they are based on are flawed? Because I’m a researcher and I pay attention and get to the heart of a matter without being emotional. I watch, I ask and I listen… imagine that as a concept.

Now I get on my Social Entrepreneur soapbox…
To focus on comparison ratings is to worry about someone elses success. Yes it’s nice to be the top ranked blahbedyblah. Been there done that, got the t-shirt.

Ultimately you are your only competition. If you capture your market, generate prophets and/or change lives (based on your goals)… who cares what the next person is doing with their influence? We all have it. It’s a matter of what you do with it.

Now I put on my Sugar Free Coaching hat…
In every industry and for every generation, there are private companies that rate other companies. Just like some businesses suck, some ratings companies that score businesses also suck.

The BBB, which used to be a commercial staple in the US,  comes to mind. I was utterly disgusted when I found out you could buy your score. I’ve seen similar practices with some somedia companies and I’m over it.

Bottom line is, I don’t need a company that doesn’t understand me or my audience, to tell me I’m good. I can ask my family, friends, leaders, fans and clients directly. Why? Because they are all brilliant. Like minds think alike and attract other like minds and so on. Further more, giving good service and quality value add is personal to the consumer. Quality relationships are not to be measured by a computer without first at least asking the consumers vs. only people who use said rating company.

Everytime, I think I’m finished with this, an additional point surfaces…

Yes netiquette is important, as in “on ground” (vs. real life which some folks mistake for the opposite of online). You have to respect others (or don’t and experience the repurcussions). But outside of that, I can’t tell you how to be you. Your somedia activity is not going to look like mine, nor should it.

Sooo… I’m sorry social media friends. I call B.S.!!

You might want to dig a little deeper into your brand, if you plan to stick around for the long haul. If your whole vision is about rating the traffic on these very flawed mediums… you need to find another value add. Marketing is a very miniscule part of the formula to successful business and Social Media is an even smaller part of Marketing… this is still true for the somedia business.

Let’s discuss it… http://xeeme.com/AndréaRaquel

#LivingSugarFree online vs ground time

Offline poster from my nephews folder.

We like these in ground time too. How we live offline is how we live online… to a certain extent. This is an offline graphic from my nephews folder.

Pondering the humor in that folks think everything is a #SocialMedia trend. Humans do the same things #online that they do in #groundtime.

When you do something in ground time and no one knows; you magnify by posting online.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one heard it, don’t post it on Facebook if you don’t want it magnified and exploited.

Furthermore Facebook does not have a 911 feature. When posting, chances that you will reach a paramedic, fireman, police officer or life coach are slim to none. If you’re posting to Facebook instead of dialing 911, the ER or your therapist, you are in the wrong dimension.

Contributors: Denise, Madison, James, Ezra and Thomas Pooser.

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Today Is a Good Day

Today  Is A Good Day

What will you do different today?

Today is a good day to set the tone for the rest of your week, your month and your year.

Start the week off right by doing a little audit (don’t be obsessive or dismissive any little bit makes a difference):

  1. Clean off your desk (organize things that require follow up).
  2. Shred the junk (clean out snail mail, email and notification boxes).
  3. Check your social media connections and links on your website.
  4. Respond to messages and post (flag messages that require follow up).
  5. Say thanks to top engagers, partners, employees, new clients, etc.

Many people don’t like Monday’s because of the workload and drudgery ahead for the week; and/or because everyone’s in a bad mood because they didn’t end last week on a good note and they are faced with last weeks problems.

If you check in on a good note on Monday… then end Friday with your next week’s to-do list, everything in between will be more manageable. This is not to say that you won’t get thrown any curve balls… when you plan your work and work your plan, you are more mentally equipped to deal with the unexpected, both good and bad.

*Notice the activities listed are to be done in spite of your method of communication, to include (office space, cloud space, and mobile space) paper, emails, websites, phone, online networks, and etc. No excuses!

Do you know Brian Holler? If not, you should.

Catch Holler's Disease

Catch Holler’s Disease

I can’t get enough of this guy, therefore I have decided that I have Holler’s Disease and you should get it too.

Holler’s Disease is simply described, in his words, “Being yourself is awesome, but a whole bunch of people being themselves then seeing how that can work together? Well, that’s about as good as it gets!”

This is a euphoric state of being “blissfully ignorant of anyone pretending to be someone else. Too happy, productive and prosperous to care.” It’s becoming an epidemic.

There is no cure for this disease, and why would you want one. To continue this path of positivity and success click LIKE, share and RT Brian Holler at least once a day. You will be in very good company.

Satire of a Facebook conversation, but seriously you need this guy in your life.

Holler’s Disease