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Applying Coach Wooden’s Principles to Social Networking

In General, Strategy on June 12, 2010 at 5:36 am

Coach John Wooden.  Wow, what an incredible man who truly touched people’s lives.  :)

The former UCLA basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Fame member (both as Player & Coach) recently passed away on June 4th at the age of 99.  He will be most remembered for his humanity, the life lessons he shared, and the legacy he left behind.   

Coach Wooden was a wise man who shared the list of  “Seven Things to Do (in life),” which his father gave him when he was young.  Mr. Wooden had told John, “Son, try to live up to these things.”  

We should do our best to do the same in life.  And, these principles happen to fit smoothly into the social networking setting…where it’s all about relationships.

1.  Be True to Yourself – Be the best you, rather than a second-rate version of someone else.  Now, more than ever, it is crucial to your career success to be transparent and authentic online.  Various social networking tools allow you share your knowledge, passions, experience, and personality with others…which accelerates relationships, as well as the buying cycle (know, like, trust, try, buy, refer). 

Tips for being true to yourself, from Coach Wooden:
-Be self aware
-Understand your values
-Be honest with yourself

2. Help Others – Yes!  We’ve all heard “give to receive” and “what goes around comes around.”  And truly, giving is the most ‘selfish’ thing you can do because of how much will come back.  Helping others is exactly what your mission is online (offline too).  

Ways to help others online:
– Share valuable content & tips
– Answer questions
– Connecting others to the right people
– Give aways (free ebooks)
– Refer & promote others 

3. Make Each Day Your Masterpiece – Time is so precious.  To make every day your best day, it is best to plan your days, deciding what’s important, and doing everything to the best of your ability.  Coach warned “never mistake activity for achievement.” 

Ways to create a Masterpiece day, online:
– Plan how much time & what activities (be mindful)
– Share your best content
– Leave meaningful comments
– (see #2)

4. Drink deeply from good books – Absolutely!  Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders, right?  Well, social media allows you to read LOTS of information.  Watch what links/articles people are sharing & read those.  Set up your Google Alerts to get notified when any keyword/phrase gets mentioned in the news, blogs, discussions, etc.  (like a free research assistant).  You can also read LOTS of free e-books & regular books online.

5. Make friendship a fine art – Your family and friends are the key to success in life, and do require work.  Yes, this principle fits like a glove with what social networking (LinkedIn & Facebook especially) is about – communicating with people & building/growing relationships.  Coach Wooden said, “Friendship comes from mutual esteem, respect & devotion.  A sincere liking for all.”   We are all in the H2H business…Human to Human.  Value people.

6. Build a shelter against a rainy day –  Mr. Wooden was talking about the shelter being your health, finances, emotional well-being, and family/friends.  Of course, family & friends would be the top shelter priority.  In the online world, it’s important to have a strong network, so if a rainy day comes (job loss or someone talks negatively about you or your company), you have a group of people who will help and/or defend you (or hand you an umbrella, hehe). 

7.  Pray for guidance and count and give thanks for your blessings every day –  Personally, I’m all about this one!  And, social media wise…guidance can be found within your network & in forming new relationships.  Just post a question on LinkedIn, or in a status update, and within a day you’ll have plenty of advice and tips on that question. 

Finally, we are all so blessed – considering that you obviously have a computer, know how to use it, can read, etc.  And BIGGER yet…I feel blessed with the people who have come into my life via social networking sites.  Amazing how just one person/connection can change your life.  :)  Everyone has had one of those “life changing” people in their life.

Thanks, Coach Wooden. 

“Stay faithful, finish strong.”


Entrepreneurs: 10 Social Networking Sites

In General, Strategy on November 18, 2009 at 9:47 am

In light of Global Entrepreneur’s Week, and the Entrepreneur’s Expo in Kansas City this weekend…here are the Top 10 Social Networking Sites for Entrepreneurs (from Mashable). Each are great resources and offer guidance to those wanting to start and/or grow their business.

1.  Entrepreneur Connect:  Started by Entrepreneur Media (which creates Entrepreneur Magazine), this social site focuses on entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to share ideas.

2.  PartnerUp:  When you’re searching for people and resources for specific business opportunities, this is a great site.   Includes a directory for small-mid sized businesses to promote services.

3.  StartupNation:  Entrepreneurs will be better prepared for business decisions after hanging out at this site.  SUPER content – articles, forums, blogs, on-demand seminars, and podcasts!

4.  LinkedIn:  Brand yourself as an expert, find partners, start a group, network… join “On Startups” group (over 54,000 members)

5.  Biznik:  This isn’t another “LinkedIn” -Freelancers, CEOs, and the self-employed are on here.  This is a place to share ideas.

6.  Perfect Business:  Talk about meeting people! – serious entrepreneurs, experts and investors from a variety of industries hang out here.  Plus there are videos to learn from successful entrepreneurs, a business plan builder and even an investor center!

7.  Go BIG Network:  Find funding sources, service providers and more.  (Great for job seekers)

8.  Cofoundr:  Made up of idea makers, entrepreneurs, programmers, web designers, investors, freelancers and executives.  Primary focus of  this strictly private network is to start a new web venture.  (Must have college or work email address to join)

9.  The Funded:  Here entrepreneurs  research, rate and review funding sources – which helps in finding good investors.

10.  Young Entrepreneur:  The site for young, interested entrepreneurs to learn more about a range of topics regarding business & entrepreneurship.

BONUS: The Rise To The Top –  This is a personal favorite of mine.  David Garland (super guy!) is the founder and host of  the #1 Show For Young-And-Young At Heart Entrepreneurs. In 2010, they are launching a brand new 5-day-a-week web show with tips, tricks and resources for entrepreneurs to build killer businesses and market them like champions.

Greetings, Social Media Friend!

In Welcome on September 1, 2009 at 6:39 am

Thank you for checking out the Social Buzz Media Blog. :).

Our mission is to share the latest & greatest information, tidbits, and articles within the social media world…as well as answer your questions.  We want you to have a clearer understanding of how to apply and use Social Media in your Business and/or for your Personal Brand.

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