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Misspelled Words in Blogging

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There are two reasons why I am writing this blog. The first has to do with being an educator and correcting 6th graders on their punctuation and spelling (meaning incorrect spelling is a GIANT PET PEEVE) while I was teaching in Alhambra. The second has to do with my mother who always, so graciously, would correct every wrong word spelled, in every location we went(Born To Spell)! I remember walking into the local bank my senior year in High School and they had a word spelled wrong on the white board. My mother kindly spoke with the manager of the bank, who didn’t believe her that the word was spelled incorrectly, and then got a dictionary to show my mother that she was wrong. My mother gleamed as the dictionary was pulled out and the manager was put to shame. Sure showed me that spelling is important in every business.

But what does misspelled words have to do with blogging?

I found this WONDERFUL website (or so I would have thought) called Hot Topic Blogs. It actually pulled up first in my Google search (remember I am a Google addict) and that means it has the rankings which I highly admire. Looks like a great site and even pulls up as the “rick, niche” blogging site. The first sentence on this site says, “

Niche Market Research Methods: The first module of the Rich Niche Blogging Training is now launched. It took a long time to get organised but it was released yesterday very quietly as I’m still testing out a few things. But I’m really excited to tell you about it.

Did you catch it? ORGANISED? Right there, I stopped reading the blog and questioned whether the author was educated in any way and/or why they didn’t do spell check ( a simple button to help those lacking spelling abilities). I can’t go on. I would love to find my rich, niche in blogging and training, but I just can’t do it. The website is selling a book and I don’t want this book because the author cannot spell. I can’t get passed these people and these sites who are trying to “EDUCATE” and “TEACH” people how to use the internet when in turn, can’t spell. Any joe-schmo can write a book and post it for pay on the internet, but remember if you are writing a book, you need to show your true background and demeanor through your writing, which includes correct punctuation and spelling.

I will confuse that I do read to find mistakes in spelling, but come on, we have proof readers, engineers, web site hosts, web masters, friends, family members, and spell check! This is the internet, a place where we have to read and put the words, faces, and expressions in our head. With the misspelling of words, it just lowers the readers thinking of your IQ level and actual education behind the company. So Blog away, blog far, but spell the words correctly!

 

Maybe next time we will talk about CAPITALS and when to use them 🙂

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Written by debbiecluff

July 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Kim Power Stilson, Does It, Again!

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I finally finished and here we go!  I call it Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh and it is the story of how a Woman turns 17 year dream into solution for small businesses.

 

 

July 26, 2008—Woodland Hills, UT & Dunmore East, Ireland

 

Kim Power Stilson, mother, at home entrepreneur and dual-citizen releases new education guide to give small business owners competitive edge to marketing their products online.

 

Kim Power Stilson literally delivered her third child while working in the corporate world.  She wanted to spend more time at home with them so she developed a solution that helped her company gain 150% increase in name awareness taking them from 126th in the industry to top 3 in nine months, coming 60% under budget, bringing in $50 million in ordered sales and funding and  . . . the real success, a promotion which “allowed” her to work from home a few days a week. 

 

Hearing of her success her small business owner friends asked for her marketing help she knew there had to be a way for them to promote their products without the high corporate staff and price tag. 

 

Kim came up with a plan she simply called, Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh and used that strategy to help her company, her clients and her friends succeed.  Kim went on to become one of the first women to pioneer Internet talk radio and she helped over 107,000 people promote their products online.   During this time her goal was always to find time to write a guide which would allow her to help thousands more.  Today she is pleased to announce the release of her two new marketing guides and a workbook which allow any small business owner to quickly have a marketing strategy and the tools to promote their business online and traditionally. 

 

Her guides, “24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing Strategy Guide and Workbook” and the “Get online Blog, Ping, Pod, Stream, Bookmark, Blast, Release, Wiki, Widget, Web, Link, Avatar, Tag and Twitter!  What is it and how do I do it?” are now available with a FREE excerpt at www.powerstratgies.TV . 

 

According to Kim, who now works at home very successfully with teenagers in the house says that every person can choose the life they want to lead and make money while doing it by marketing their business. 

 

“Marketing is essential but it does not have to be expensive rocket science,” said Power Stilson.  “Women and family-owned business can make money by marketing their products online and offline without a large budget and while at home.  I worked through labor and delivery of one of my kids and my goal in life is to prevent any women from ever having to do that! I promise this will help.”

 

Both guides and the workbook are offered in Green-style online in a PDF  version, as well as, a robust video, audio, Internet, Web, Social Media & Marketing certified education course.   (Prices range from $240 – $2400 with certification.) For Free Media trial contact:  Jack Brian or Anne Roberts Jack@powerstrategies.TV  or anne@powerstrategies.com or 801-473-9174. 

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About Kim Power Stilson:

Kim Power Stilson, award-winning marketing strategist and first women to pioneer Internet talk radio, is a social media and Internet marketing strategist who has helped over 100,000 small businesses promote their products online.  Founder of Power Strategies, Inc., she is the Internet talk radio, host of “My Best Friends are Dogs and Bloggers” on Planetary Streams (Log on and listen at www.planetarystreams.com) and “Power Strategies, market your business to better bottom line!” talk radio show on MyExpertSolution.com.  She is the founder of the Bluebird Sisterhood and her blog is www.myheartisinireland.wordpress.com and www.powerstrategies.tv.   She loves to watercolor, play tennis, snow ski, write and be near the sea. She divides her time between California, Utah & Ireland. 

Kim Power Stilson is the author of Women Buy Everything (Fall 200 8) 24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing Strategy Guide and Workbook and Get online Blog, Ping, Pod, Stream, Bookmark, Blast, Release, Wiki, Widget, Web, Link, Avatar, Tag and Twitter!  What is it and how do I do it? Her professional marketing background includes over 17 years experience and a proven track record of success. She has created marketing positioning campaigns based on her own copyrighted Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh marketing strategy to build name awareness and speed up the sales process hundreds of companies delivering award-winning campaigns to national and international audiences for at 60% savings over costs, with an 140% increase in name awareness and delivering ordered sales of $50 million plus. http://www.powerstrategies.tv.

 

About Power Strategies, Inc:

Power Strategies is a Social Media, PR, Web & Internet Marketing Strategies Company providing Education, Marketing Consultation and Public Relations Services to women and family owned businesses and corporations in the United States and Ireland. www.powerstrategies.TV

 

Check Out This Kim Power Stilson!

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Kim Power Stilson, mother, at home entrepreneur and dual-citizen releases new education guide to give small business owners competitive edge to marketing their products online. Kim Power Stilson literally delivered her third child while working in the corporate world. She wanted to spend more time at home with them so she developed a solution that helped her company gain 150% increase in name awareness taking them from 126th in the industry to top 3 in nine months, coming 60% under budget, brining in $50 million in funding and the real success, allowing her to work a few days at home. Hearing of her success her small business owner friends asked for her marketing help she knew there had to be a way for them to promote their products without the high corporate staff and price tag. Kim came up with a plan she simply called, Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh and used that strategy to help her company, her clients and her friends succeed. Kim went on to become one of the first women to pioneer Internet talk radio and she helped over 107,000 people promote their products online. During this time her goal was always to find time to write a guide which would allow her to help thousands more. Today she is pleased to announce the release of her two new marketing guides and a workbook which allow any small business owner to quickly have a marketing strategy and the tools to promote their business online and traditionally. Her guides, “24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing Strategy Guide and Workbook” and the “Get online Blog, Ping, Pod, Stream, Bookmark, Blast, Release, Wiki, Widget, Web, Link, Avatar, Tag and Twitter! What is it and how do I do it?” are now available with a FREE excerpt at http://www.powerstratgies.TV . Both guides and the workbook are offered in Green-style online in a PDF version, as well as, a robust video, audio, Internet, Web, Social Media & Marketing certified education course. (Prices range from $240 – $2400 with certification.) For Free Media trial contact: Jack Brian or Anne Roberts Jack@powerstrategies.TV or anne@powerstrategies.com or 801-473-9174. ### About Kim Power Stilson: Founder of Power Strategies, Inc., Kim Power Stilson, the first women to pioneer Internet talk radio, is the author of Women Buy Everything (Fall 2008) 24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing Strategy Guide and Workbook and Get online Blog, Ping, Pod, Stream, Bookmark, Blast, Release, Wiki, Widget, Web, Link, Avatar, Tag and Twitter! What is it and how do I do it? Kim has helped over 100,000 small businesses promote their products online. She is the Internet talk radio, host of “My Best Friends are Dogs and Bloggers” on Planetary Streams (Log on and listen at http://www.planetarystreams.com ) and “Power Strategies, market your business to better bottom line!” talk radio show on MyExpertSolution.com. She is the founder of the Bluebird Sisterhood. She really does have 4 dogs, 3 kids, 2 birds and 1 cat and a very patient husband. She loves to watercolor, play tennis, snow ski and be near the sea. She divides her time between California, Utah & Ireland. She blogs at http://www.bluebirdsisterhood.blogspot.com, http://www.myheartisinireland.wordpress.com & http://www.twitter.com. Her professional marketing background includes over 17 years experience and a proven track record of success. She has created marketing positioning campaigns based on her own copyrighted Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh marketing strategy to build name awareness and speed up the sales process hundreds of companies delivering award-winning campaigns to national and international audiences for at 60% savings over costs, with an 140% increase in name awareness and delivering ordered sales of $50 million plus. http://www.powerstrategies.tv. About Power Strategies, Inc: Power Strategies is a Social Media, PR, Web & Internet Marketing Strategies Company providing Education, Marketing Consultation and Public Relations Services to women and family owned businesses and corporations in the United States and Ireland. http://www.powerstrategies.TV Kim Power Stilson Social Media & Marketing Strategist http://www.powerstrategies.TV Log on and listen to my talk radio show “My Best Friends are Dogs and Bloggers” every Friday @Noon at http://www.planetarystreams.com

Written by debbiecluff

July 22, 2008 at 5:13 am

What Does Your Future Hold?

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I was out to lunch with a dear friend, Kim Power Stilson, a couple of days ago and she asked me what my plans were for the future, career wise. It as an interesting question that I didn’t have an immediate answer to so I simple said, “At this time I am not sure as I am trying to figure out what I want to do”. Growing up, my father had never really settled on one job, so it seemed like a silly question to ask. I had always followed in his entrepreneur steps and always sensed that opportunity would knock. Was I wrong? or just naive in my thinking?  

I pondered on that question for a couple of days and now think I have a solid answer to “what my future holds”. I began my career choice as many young teenagers do, the decision was made by my parents. My mom had 10 kids and I liked kids so teaching felt like the right career path. She had gone to school to be a teacher, so that is what I was mostly pushed into doing. My mom had always said it was a good choice for moms to be teachers, so I went that route, seemed like a work from home job, in some sense as teachers were always working from home. I taught for two years and decided I hated teaching, too much politics and social networking (in the non-online form). So I had to adapt to my surroundings and, as my mother would say, “See a need, fill it”.

I decided to do the next best thing to teaching, online tutoring and instant homework help. This was a definite “work from home” field with an “online marketing business” twist.  I spent hours on end (remember the quote from Abe Lincoln, “if I had 6 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the next 4 hours sharpening my ax”) learning about the internet. I learned how to social network, how to start my own small business, all about the SEO (Search Engine Optimization)and WWW (World Wide Web). I  became a “preferred” writer on sites such as ezineonline.com and article city (they even sent me a mug at the end of the year for all my writing contributions). I found amazing business consulting sites (such as powerstrategies.tv and planetarystreams.com) that enabled me to bring my business to  a successful money  making company.

I am at a new stage in my life, but a lot of what my future holds depends on what I steps I decide to take in my life and how I strategically place my next pieces. I don’t think I was wrong or naive in not knowing that answer to what my future holds mainly because I am know I am able to do something with what I am giving. To quote the amazing President Abe Lincoln again, “During the Civil War the generals told the President that they had caught 6 cows and wanted to know what to do with them. He replied, “Milk Them”. So to the World Wide Web and those spending hours on Google trying to find the answer to what their future holds, just remember to take what you are given and find the easiest solution.

So I found a back-up plan. What does my future hold? I need to become educated in Social Media. I did this in 24 hours… with the help of the “24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing” go to powerstrategies.tv for more.

Yesterday I Won A Game of Mexican Train

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I had one last piece, an orange number eight, and it was my turn to place. I looked at my husband who gently nodded to my train of dominoes and I then knew that I could place my last piece. There it was, a double orange eight, at the top of the train… a place I had forgotten about and the spot I could lay down my last domino. I cheered, it was Laurie’s turn, and with that squeal the group had known they lost, I put my piece down and WON! I was proud, my friends cheered and my husband laughed as this was our 9th time playing, and I had finally won my first round of Mexican Train. We played a few more rounds after my first victory, but as the title states, “I won A game of Mexican Train” (I did joke with my girlfriends that I would be Blogging about this the next day and here I am).

I joked with those around me, that I am not a winner of games. I actually, pretty much, loose every game I play (accept this one time last week, I totally killed everyone in Bowling on the Wii, who knew). I am a super good sport about it because even it I try to engulf my competitive side, I still loose, and then I am grumpy. Yet, as I basked in the glory of my won win, I thought about the quote, “I try to make all my failures seem like small triumphs”.

I was researching different keywords on Google, for my company, and found that the words “online marketing, moms, work from home, home based business, small business” were very popular terms (with a million plus hits a day) and seemed to represent what our society is trying to achieve. Everyone wants to be that ONE company who WINS their turn on the World Wide Web by having their keywords placed #1 on the Google or any Search Engine (or SEO as those geeks like to call it). We still have to remember that maybe just having one of our keywords placed is just as great as having all of them. So play the game of SEO, but remember that your time will come when you are #1 in the Search Engines (and it might not last J).

How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Each Mother’s Day the Boys and Girls in our congregation stand up and sing, “I know a name, a glorious name, greater than any other”. This song came to mind while I was advised to read the book by Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by a wonderful associate. In this book, there are two entire chapters dedicated to the tactics and techniques in getting people to like you all based on remembering a person’s name. Mr. Carnegie speaks about President Roosevelt’s ability to recall the names of his entire staff and the secret behind Andrew Carnegie’s success simply being to remember names of everyone he met. He states, “The executive that tells me he can’t remember names is at the same time telling me he can’t remember a significant part of his business and is operating on quicksand.” These chapters got me thinking about how names and people have impacted my life.

When I was in the 11th grade we had to do a report and I choose the topic, “Etiquette”. I remember that the queen of Etiquette, Emily Post, had spoken of the importance of remembering a person’s name. To this day, I always try and spell the person’s name in my head upon introduction or/and if I don’t remember somebody’s name when I am introducing a person I say, “He/She has the most interesting name, can you please spell it for so and so” It seems to work great, unless they have the name Sam or Bob, then I think they catch on to my lack of remember their name. If Emily Post, President Roosevelt and Dale Carnegie strongly suggest the importance of remembering names, then there has to be something to it.

When I was teaching elementary school, one of the most effective ways to teach a child is to learn and use their name daily in the classroom. While I was teaching 1st grade, I made sure to say each students name, 3 times a day, I have to add that I did tally for the first couple of times, but then it became habit (Yelling or Scolding the Student didn’t count). It was fun to have parents of the shy students come into the classroom because they always would tell me that their child loved being in my class, and I would simple tell the parents that they really just liked the attention and positive reinforcement of me saying their name repeatedly throughout the day. My kids LOVE it when I say there names and I secretly think they like to mimic me and overly use my name in vain.

So how important is it in remember names? Today I took the challenge to call every person I met by their first name because how important is a name?

I started off the day on a bad note. I was calling for my daughter Audrey to come downstairs and pick up her toys and on repeated occasion (which I seem to do over and over again) I kept yelling my 2 year old Emma’s name instead. Finally Audrey looks at me and says, “Mom, I am Audrey”. I instantly flashback, to my mother, who had 10 children, and would always get our names wrong, not only would she get the name wrong, but she would call us up to 7 names before she would look us in the eye and say, “You are the one”. The name calling would go something like this, “Katie, Beth, Christina, Jacob, Rebecca… whatever your name is, I am looking at you, get over here”. I have to confess that sometimes I call my son, Ben, my brother’s names… “Matthew, Jacob, Justin, Mike, Nick, BENJAMIN!” Audrey did eventually clean up her mess, but then she does give me that look… the “not again” look that I am sure I gave my mom.

I then get a call from my cousin, Julie, and she instantly says, “Hi Devin” (Devin is her husband) we laughed and she corrected herself. The rest of they day I greeted people by their first name, remembered to say, Thank you Liam, to our waiter and even got to know the window cleaner, Blair. I met Tyler at Mavericks who takes my money for soda and Chris who gave us dessert after our date night. I asked everyone I met, “What is Your Name” and with a HUGE smile they would tell me.

I sat back and wondered if, by saying their name, I had made an impact in their life (my husband did say I most likely had made them feel all warm and tingly inside, but he does have a sarcasm history) or if they thought I was a crazy lady going to stalk them in the future. I will never know the impact of knowing the names had on the people I met at this exact time, but you can bet that I am going to keep it up and try to aspire to the greats by remembering the names of people I encounter. It is a great habit to get into, putting others first. I have to remember that people like to feel important and a name brands them with who they are and what they want to become. Everyone wants to aspire to be wonderful and maybe by having a strange lady at the drive through know just a little about you can inspire confidence to be better. So going back to the song the kids sing in the congregation at Mother’s Day, “I know a name a glorious name, sweeter than any other”, I can truly say that I know a lot of names and each name is sweeter than the next.

NOW YOU NEED TO INFLUENCE YOUR FRIENDS AND CLIENTS IN JUST 24 HOURS WITH THE HELP OF KIM POWER STILSON AND HER MARKETING CONSULTANTS AT WWW.POWERSTRATEGIES.TV, DON’T WORRY THE EBOOK IS FREE AND HER PROGRAM IS JUST $24.00.

Can You Twitter…

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I remember the first time a lovely friend asked me if I can twitter. The first thought that came to mind is that Bootsy Collins Song, “Do You Love Me” which asks, “I can mash potato, I can do the twist, now tell me baby, do you like it like this”. Of course, I answered “Yes” as I was a Cheerleader in High School, still constantly dance in the car with my children’s music blaring, and do think of myself as the Grace Kelley of my time.

I soon came to find out that twittering,www.twitter.com, as I now like to call it, isn’t a mere dance or that squawking noise on top of the roof I hear early in the mornings, but a type of Social Networking/ Micro-Blogging site which simple asks the question, “What Are You Doing”. This site is basicallyis teaching social skills and personal relation that we might have missed in the 1st grade. Each person on Twitter only has 140 characters to express their “tweets” of that moment. Anything from “Going to Maverick for a Diet Dr. Pepper with a twist of Lime” to “Meeting at 1 has been changed to 3, thank heavens!” So my question would be, “What Are you Doing” and I could answer in a sentence what I am doing at that moment at that time( In all honesty, my reply, “trying to tune out my 4 year old who seems to have missed the mute button when we passed them out”).

So Why Twitter? Most of our lives are hidden from people we care about and we want to share what we are doing in our lifes, so we blog. But did you ever stop to think that when you finally have showered, taken the kids to lessons, gone through the budget, uploaded all the photos, let the dog out, cooked dinner, got dressed, mowed the lawn, and put the kids down to bed, that most the daily juice of your life has been sucked dry so you don’t write everyday, but instead try to recap everything at once or hit on only the small bits of interest. So with this Micro-Blogging, Twitter, you don’t have to sit down and write a long daily diary of exact minute by minute interludes of your life. Just go and type on sentence throughout the day. Real life seems to happen between all the blogs, posts, and emails and now there is a way to share. So I say, go ahead, Mash Potato, Do the Twist, and while you are at in, start to twitter.

SO NOW GET ONLINE AND GET YOUR FREE HOW TO BLOG PING BLAST BOOKMARK WIKI WIDGET ETC BOOK FOR FREE AT WWW.POWERSTRATEGIES.TV JUST FILL OUT THE FORM AND IT IS DOWNLOADED RIGHT AWAY, HURRY UP AND MARKET YOUR ONLINE BUSINESS!