7 steps to turn your blog into your greatest “asset” in 2015

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
If you want to grow your presence in the digital space in 2015, then you may need to think about blogging more effectively — here are 7 ideas that could help. I’m doing a little experiment, please tweet the statement that is most helpful for you, who know we may even get a little viral buzz going.

 

1. Never blog to sell a product or a service, always blog to build trust and strengthen your relationships with others (Tweet).

2. Imagine that your blog is the only mechanism or method that you have at your disposal to influence the world — what would you say and how would you say it (Tweet)?

3. Don’t try and appeal to everyone with your blog, instead identify your favorite readers or clients and create content specifically for them (Tweet).

4. If you can’t write, don’t or learn very quickly, it’s imperative that you choose a communication style that best suits your personality and naturally reflects your own creative expression — you can take photographs, interview people, speak via video, share artwork etc, the options are endless (Tweet).

5. Authenticity is important, but you can be authentically boring, authentically narcissistic or authentically neurotic — so don’t simply seek to have an authentic voice, also seek to have a genuinely remarkable voice that is both compelling and impossible to resist (Tweet).

6. Great blogging is nearly always emotional, so work from a place of raw passion that desires to move people from one state to another — don’t just give information, that is a poor way to communicate (Tweet).

7. As with every interaction in life, the goal of every blog post is simply to build more trust, we do this through the mutual sharing of vulnerability, humor, adventure and passion –> trust is built through listening and sharing, and the process of engagement is impossible without these qualities. (Tweet).

 
 

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Your “creativity” has not left you.

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
You’ve still got it.

Even though you feel disconnected, aloof, and not very creative anymore; your unique talents, abilities and skills are still present — all they need is a little water.

Just because you’ve lost touch with our creativity does not mean that your creativity has lost touch with you (Tweet).

Your creativity is still there longing to be loved, longing to be set free, desiring above all else the expression that only you can give it.

Perhaps you’ve been stuck in a job that appears to withhold creative permission? Maybe you have life responsibilities that are currently limiting the time that you can give to your favored form of creative expression?

If this you, then I would encourage you to stop and listen this holiday season… your creativity is in prison and it’s time you figured out how to set it free.
 
 

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Anything but speedos… PLEASE

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Certain things make us feel uncomfortable — like men wearing speedos in public swimming pools.

Nearly everything however depends upon the culture and the situation that we find ourselves in.

For example, once I was in Paris just about to jump into a public swimming pool when an attendant grabbed me by the arm and sternly told me that I was NOT allowed in the swimming pool wearing board shorts, he insisted that I must put on a pair of speedos if I wanted to swim.

But now in America I feel a little shy when I stride down the side of the pool wearing my tighty whities.

This gets me thinking how often do we moralize things that are neutral in themselves in an effort to stay culturally relevant?

The truth is if you want to get noticed online, you may have to step outside the prevailing culture and take a close look at what other people are doing in different cultures.

Assimilation kills creativity, it homogenizes and dresses us all in the same bland uniform… anyone for speedos?

 
 

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No, Not Good Enough, That was Terrible… Thank You Very Much

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
I’m thankful for all the no’s, all the rejection, all the obstacles, and all the failures that I’ve experienced in my 38 years on this planet.

Too often, we count our blessings in a very material way,our blessings are things that we’ve gained — our treasured relationships, our possessions, our successes…hmmm?

Perhaps it’s time that we turned the turkey on its head and started looking at gratitude and the art of being thankful in a new light (Tweet).

I’m thankful for my losses, I’m grateful for my wounds, I am truly blessed because of some injustices I’ve experienced in my life.

These were not good things in themselves, but through them, my soul has, in some ways been broken open and the true fragrance of my creative being has been released into the atmosphere for others to enjoy and savor.

How about you, how has rejection, hardship, failure and loss shaped you as a human being?

Any fool can be grateful for the things that have been gained, but true wisdom finds value and refinement in all that has been lost.

 
 

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Are you talkin’ to me Geoff Talbot?

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
It’s time to step out of the shadows of your past (Tweet).

The kind of shadows that have kept you hidden, the kind that kept you away from the natural light of day — this sunlight is so vital for your growth.

A shadow may be cast from a big daunting personal failure, a series of little failures repeated over time, or perhaps an oppressive person who stood over you in an apparent attempt to emasculate every thing good that was inside of you.

Again, it is time you stepped out of the shadows!

Every person with big dreams experiences GREAT OPPOSITION, you’ve not been singled out if you have been opposed in your life, it is simply because there really is an incredible purpose for your life, a vitally important role for you to play.

Your dreams don’t need to get smaller, they need to root more deeply inside of you, they need to grow taller, broader and wider (Tweet).

Step into the sunlight, stand tall, do not shrink back and watch as you begin to grow.
 
 

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What my mother taught me about social media.

Written By Geoff Talbot – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
My mother is still one of my greatest teachers, in fact she has taught me a whole lot about to use social media effectively.

This is probably surprising to many people given that my mother is 78-years-old, does not have a cellular phone and does not even use a computer.

What did she teach me?

She taught me how to listen well (she listened well), she taught me to speak well of others and she taught me to repay every wrong with kindness.

As it turns out my mother taught me a lot about social media, not because she knows anything at all about technology but because she knows a lot about respect, courtesy and putting other people first.

Don’t be fooled the technology part of social media is not very unimportant, it only exists to serve the relationship.

How are you engaging people online — is it all about you and your smartphone OR are you genuinely caring about the people at the other end of your messages?

 
 

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It’s Time For Certain Leaders To Think, Er, Differently.

Written By Geoff Talbot & Athaliah Renee – Co-Founder Of The Seven Sentence Blog. 

 
 
Leaders, people are your greatest asset. (Tweet)

At their best, they are wildly creative, have unique perspectives and carry within them a profound ability to connect and form deep relationships with others.

But for some strange reason and if we’re brutally honest, there are certain leaders who seem to be afraid of the very best that people have to offer; this type of leader embodies the very antithesis of genuine leadership.

He instead wields control, manipulation and suppression as tools of leadership — allowing no one to be his creative and individual self — molding a workplace culture that simply can not last.

The presence of this fear is now more prevalent than ever  and can be seen on the social media channels of the corporations and businesses led by this particular style of leading (Sidebar: We personally know of corporations who give their staff members a 50-page policy document to read before they can even tweet on behalf of the company).

The result: a leader’s greatest asset now regarded as a  corporate liability.

It is time to unlock your people (#7wordquote), time to be a genuine leader who liberates the genuine voices of your people allowing them to speak, engage and  create a diverse and true mosaic that represents your company’s culture on social media.
 
 

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