Can You Say Fart Without Laughing?

OMG Divas! I am laughing so hard that my belly hurts!  You see, I needed a break from working on a client’s project so I went “blog surfing”.  Upon my journey, I stumbled upon this guy’s blog that caught my attention.  The title to his blog was Scratch N’ Sniff.

Well, I’m of the age where I remember the stickers that you could buy that were…well, ‘scratch and sniff’.  It brought back many wonderful childhood memories of collecting the stickers and putting them into my sticker books. I just loved my sticker books.  I treasured them. Then finding my pesky little brother tearing them out one by one…I just wanted to kill him, but I knew my mom would get mad and I would be in BIG trouble…I always seemed to get in trouble over my brother because I was the big sister and I had to set the example.  Oh wow…where was that going? Do I need therapy?  I think I went back WAY too far in my childhood memories.  Ouch!  Sorry about that…okay back to my funny finding!

stinkyWhen I started to read this “Scratch N’ Sniff” blog, I found that he wrote a poem about Thanksgiving night. You just have to read this blog. It’s classic! You will laugh so hard because it rings true in EVERY relationship.  Brian Shaw certainly has a way with words and this is a blog that I will certainly bookmark!

Thanks Brian for being so creative!

Now, go visit Brian’s blog and be sure to leave him a comment and tell him that Kelli Claypool sent you his way.  I don’t get any brownie points for sending you but at least he will know where you came from. 🙂

Here’s the link: http://brianshaw.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/scratch-n-sniff/

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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P.S. Follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/krclaypool.  Let me know that you are following me so that I can follow you as well. 🙂

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To Twitter or Not to Twitter…That’s the Question

Recently, I read a Twitter post from someone whom I have grown to respect and I was somewhat perplexed by her Tweet.  She said, “is Twitter for me or is Twitter for someone else?”  Then in another post she said, “should Twitter be me focused or others focused?” These posts got me thinking.  In the world of Social Networks, the ultimate goal is to…well, “socialize”…build relationships of sorts…create friendships with folks that you would probably never meet face-to-face. While building these relationships you learn who you can trust and who you think are a scam.  Believe me, the true colors usually come out in various ways.

For example, just the other day I read a post about a teleseminar that sounded interesting to me.  The gal who was being interviewed is someone that I have recently started to follow and am interested in what she has to say.  She is considered to be an expert in an area that I am fascinated with, so I elected to sign up for the teleseminar.  Well, to my surprise and extreme disappointment, the autoresponder that I received back did not have the link to listen to the teleseminar but a link to purchase the series for $77.00.  This really annoyed me.  I knew that this gal had no control over this but felt that she should be made aware of it since she was promoting the teleseminar.

This self-proclaimed “I went from flat broke, down & out to super successful, inspired, internationally recognized author and speaker” found a way to make an extra buck or two by not providing a link to the teleseminar but a link to his sales page about the series.  This is slimy and makes me question his guys integrity.  Because of this, I choose not to follow this guy.  I’m sure he could care less whether or not I follow him, but if more people would stand up and make him accountable for what he does, then perhaps he will pay attention and change his ways.

After contacting the gal who was being interviewed, I did receive a replay of the interview.  She said that she would talk to the interviewer about this “glitch” and get back with me.  So, we’ll see what happens and I certainly will keep you informed as to the outcome.  My sincere hope is that this was a true glitch in the system and not typical in the way this guy runs his business.

So, back to my first story about whether or not Twitter should be “me focused or others focused”.  If it is truly a relationship building tool, why can’t it be both?  When you gain someone’s trust, they are interested in what you have to say.  There needs to be balance in your Tweets. If you are always trying to sell something, you will more than likely lose followers. Personally, I don’t give those the time of day if they are always cramming a product down my throat. However, once you gain my trust then by all means tell me what you have to offer and more than likely I’ll buy from you.  Why? Because you’ve taken the time to build a relationship with me.  Plain and simple.

Twitter can be an excellent tool for both business and personal reasons.  But there needs to be balance, sincerity, integrity, and down-right honesty in your posts.  Being transparent will gain the respect of many and that’s a wonderful thing!

I would love to hear from you, so leave me a comment.  And follow me on Twitter, too!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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A Ghostwritten Ebook for Free…can it be true?

Hello Divas! I have some exciting news for you.  So put on your competitive stilettos and keep reading!black stiletto

Okay, first things first…I normally do not enter contests for many reasons, but mostly because I don’t have time to jump through the hoops that are required for many of them.  With that being said, this contest really caught my eye.  As many of you know, I work at least 80 hours a week for clients and find little time to complete my own projects…THAT’S why this contest made me sit up in my chair and pay attention!

Here’s the deal…I have to promote this gal’s website.  After reading about her, I have no qualms about promoting her.  She is a determined woman business owner (perhaps a DIVA) and a mom.  Qualities that impress me.  Oh yeah, she’s a Realtor to boot! 🙂

Well, she has set guidelines in which to win the contest and one of the requirements is to post a blog about the contest.  Now, once you hear about what Tina McAllister has to offer, you are going to leave this blog and jump on the competition bandwagon.  I know you are so don’t try to hide it from me!  Just do me a favor and leave me a comment or a Tweet on Twitter (@krclaypool) that you read about the contest on my blog.  Plus, tell Tina that you heard about her contest from me.  It won’t get me anything, but she will at least know that I’ve spread the word for her…you know shouted it from the mountaintops!

In brief, here’s what you get:

The prize:

A ghostwritten ebook (max 25 pages…if you need one that’s longer, then we can work something out at a discounted rate) for your business. Any topic. But no adult content. That’s just not my thing. And if it’s crazy scientific or something, then you need to bring some research to the table. I’ve got an MBA. I’ve written on everything from credit to health care to the gloriousness of baby booties. But I’m not here to write your next physics paper or something.

Prize value:

$500

For specifics on this contest, visit this link: http://tinyurl.com/krclaypool

Okay, okay, okay, before you click over as fast as you can to Tina’s site, make sure you join me on Diva Talk Radio this Wednesday for my 1st series of Creating an Effective Business Plan.  This is the first of four in the series.  You can sign up for my Action Guide at BriefcaseDiva.

Now GO!!! Head on over to Tina’s site…sign up and start earning points. Go on, you know you want to! Just tell Tina hello for me. 🙂

Until next time…wear your heels well!

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P.S. What are you still doing here? Go on…scoot!!

Lots to do: digital products, update websites, blogs, emails, research, twitter…oh my!

It’s Snowing!!

Oh my goodness! It is SNOWING! Our first snow on the farm. My son is so excited and hurling snowballs at me. My puppy’s first snow and he doesn’t know what to do. He’s running around like crazy and eating the snow. We are having such a wonderful time playing in the snow! Hmmm, my son is wondering if he will have a "snow day" tomorrow.

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Yay! It’s Snowing!

YAY!! It’s snowing!!! Our first snow on the farm!! It’s beautiful and exciting!

Creating an Effective Business Plan – A 4-Part Series Radio Show

I am so excited about our upcoming 4-part series on creating an effective business plan.  Wednesday, November 26th, I will be hosting Part 1 of a 4-part series on Diva Talk Radio.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself, prior to starting a business, is to sit down and write your business plan.  However, if you’re already in business, it’s not to late to plan for the future of your business.

A business plan will help you gain focus and think through each aspect of your business. It will also help you remain focused when you get discouraged or feel overwhelmed. You can figure out how to deal with possible problems before they occur.

I have put together an Action Guide for you to use during our talk show.  At the end of the four weeks, you will have completed an entire business plan that you can start to utilize immediately. Be sure to sign up for the Action Guide by going to http://www.BriefcaseDiva.com.  Once you sign up, we’ll email to you the first part of the Action Guide.

So join us as we explore and create an effective road map to your business’ success.  We’ll see you Wednesday!

Until next time…wear your heels well!

Kelli Claypool
http://BriefcaseDiva.com
http://DivaDomainSolutions.com

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