Well, that’s what I was hoping for when I read my fortune after eating take-out recently. Actually, I tried switching with Reggie but he held fast to his fortune: “A member of your family will do something to make you proud.” And apparently I did just that this week! In fact, when good things happen, they seem to come in 3′s, so without further ado:
Good fortune #1: I was named as one of the 25 Most Influential Bloggers in Real Estate by Inman News. Can you believe it! I thought @LaniAR (also named on the list) was pulling my leg, but it’s true! I will say, this is obviously a subjective list, but nonetheless, I share this achievement with 24 other rockin’ bloggers, and of course with my MTO co-authors Reggie Nicolay and Chad Johnson. According to Inman News, “This annual list of most influential real estate bloggers recognizes those bloggers who are well-known, well-read and have a knack for stirring up discussion and debate on important, timely and relevant topics for the industry.” I was included in the “Marketing & How-to” section along with Dustin Luther and Jim Cronin. Check out Jim’s blog for the complete list of bloggers.
Good fortune #2: I scored a book deal with co-author Mary McKnight! I’ve actually been an author for some time now (minus the actual published book). When I was in 5th grade I wrote, “Mrs. Edney’s Kidnapped Class”, the story of a Wheel-a-Fortune winner turned music teacher who kidnapped an entire class to create a Russian choir. Anyway, my teachers always told me I have one wild imagination! And thanks to Mary, we now have a book deal and are feverishly writing, “Sacrilicious: the Art of Shock & Awe Marketing”. The book will hit shelves in ’09 and cover social media marketing strategies to make your hair stand up, but in the mean time you can take part in the outrageousness at our pre-book blog: Sacrilicious Marketing.
Good fortune #3: I was a speaker BiztechDay in San Francisco and nobody ran out of the room! Oh contraire, there were so many peeps they had to sit on the floor around the stage. BiztechDay was attended by over 500 entrepreneurs looking to better infuse technology into their business. Organizer, Edith Yeung, had the idea for this event in July. She rallied sponsors and rockin’ speakers like Tim Ferriss and George Wright. My partner in crime for the event, Rick Rochon of Adsymetrix, and I shared the basics on how to create a Web presence for your business. For those of you that attended and wanted a review session, I have posted our power point below. So review away…but be sure to let me know if you have any questions pertaining to your own business goals.
One thing you should keep in mind when being bombarded by numerous social media sites……you need to have a PLAN. So select the type of media you will use consistently (blogging, podcasts, video, etc.) and share on various social profiles across the Web. Like any good planner, you will need to reassess how the strategies you’ve chosen are working for you. So make time to REVIEW your plan and make needed adjustments along the way.
NOTE: A special thank you to Tim Ferriss! He is a super genuine guy and left me with rockin’ tips and motivation to complete my first book. Anyway, as we approach the much anticipated Election Day, I thought you might want to know how Tim Ferriss plans to cast his vote! View his answer here! And remember…Confucius Say: “ROCK YOUR VOTE!”