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The Merry Christmas Economy!

Here we are yet once again, Christmas time. Why is it that we are all shocked by the fact it’s upon us and we just aren’t ready for it? If you’re one of those people, and you are a business owner, I ask you, how do you stay in business? I’m mean really, you are the one who is supposed to have the house in order, making sure all is on schedule, and then you say you’re not ready for Christmas?

Ya I know I’m ranting a bit, it sounds silly doesn’t it, but yet many of us do just that, some credibility is lost when you admit you aren’t ready for Christmas. It’s the same date every year, it happens only once per year, you know what it means, and you know what you are supposed to do, so what’s the problem.

Now I’m generalizing here but, we tend to spend our time & money on what we believe is important to us, not being ready for Christmas speaks volumes about how you value the world, how you value the people around you, and especially your immediate family.

Those in Social Media circles claim they love their followers and so on, we are all very nice to each other here, we lift one another up, we help for free alot, and we say things we don’t really believe. That’s the truth really, but we want to move forward and move ahead, and in the Future of Business you won’t be able to do that without people helping one another. We are moving into a Merry Christmas Economy!

In a Merry Christmas Economy we help one another, we don’t expect anything back, we just want to be a part of something larger than ourselves. We will share openly, we will click on Like buttons and Re-Tweet icons to show how much we value others and their businesses. We value relationships, we value the world differently, and we all have the same basic needs (in general), this new economy is open to anyone, it’s to good to be true, it’s awesome! You will need to make your brand / product or service like-able if it isn’t already, that’s how your business will be judged.

Gary Vaynerchuk has written about the Thank You Economy, is he talking about the same thing, he wants you to care, to care about those around you, and mean it. He not only wants you to say it, he wants you to actually do something about it. But will you, why all of a sudden now, why in this Social Media ERA is that so important?

It’s gut check time now, look deep into who you are, why you’re in business, why you in Social Networks, are you practicing, are you participating in business for others or yourself? If you are honest, others are secondary, but they shouldn’t be, they pay your bills, they provide the roof over your head. They will determine if your business is liked! But yet, we make it difficult for customers to deal with us, we make them jump through hoops to get our help, we make them work to hard to do business with us, why is that?

The Future of Business will be very different, being social is the osmosis of being connected, being connected means the world will decide what is good and what is bad, not slick marketing. This connectedness means we are on the move at all times, we are mobile in such a way your business will have trouble tracking and understanding the consumer, unless your values match with there’s.

The Merry Christmas Economy has an underlying problem, it has to solve the problem of an entitlement mentality. In The Future of Business, we must provide access over pay-walls, and find seamless ways of qualifying the consumer.  When we get past the entitlement thinking, we will get to the heart of the matter, where people matter, make doing business with our brand, product or service virtually painless, only then will we have insight into the future of business. Dealing with your business has to be like breathing, no thinking, no obstructions, no walls, wide open hospitality, an experience they won’t forget, something they do through osmosis. Just like in the movie A Field Of Dreams, they will come and they won’t even know why. Is that your kind of business, one that participates in the Field of dreams, if you build it, they will come. It could be like that, but it will boil down to how you value others in a Merry Christmas Economy?

It Was Fun At #ChilliTweep In Chilliwack

I had the pleasure of attending #ChilliTweep in Chilliwack, B.C., Canada and I want to share some photo’s of this fun evening. This is was the second attempt in a few years to have a TweetUp in that community, and I have to say, the venue came to the table with great food! The Best Western Rainbow Country Inn hosted the event, and this time the turn out was great, well done to those involved in organizing #ChilliTweep!

Here are a few pics from this fun evening.

Here’s the gang early in the evening:

Here is Jenna Viere who pulled together #ChilliTweep, The Twitter handle is @BWRCI (Best Western Rainbow Country Inn) – Well Done and I look forward to future #ChilliTweep Events.

Up next, the very active Social Media maven in Chilliwack, not only is she pretty, she is very smart and can help you big time, here she is listening contently, Jamie Billingham. Jamie sees the future of business and does her best to help those who don’t see it, keep up the great work Jamie!

It was great fun to meet a new friend from Australia, Myles Harris, a sharp young man with wisdom beyond his years when it comes to the future of business, a like-minded man in my books. : )

A great time was had by all, it is my hope that next time an event is held in Chilliwack that you could be there to enjoy good food and great people.

You will notice I am strategically out of every picture : ) I was the man behind the Camera WOOT!

Social Networks Are The New Church Of The Future?

Since the birth of the Internet many have been trying to figure out just what it is, how big it is, I mean how big is it in terms of mankind. What is the role the Internet plays in terms of the world, maybe the universe as we know it. The question of what the Internet will look like in 50, 100 years from now looms large and is still is unanswered. The future is much easier to predict over the next 30- 50 years but 100 is a stretch, most likely we have no idea what technology will be like if we even get to live that long. With that in mind, what will Social Networks primary function be in the next 50 years?

Today we are producing content at a rapid pace, and using Social Networks to distribute it, hoping to get attention, and hoping to be recognized for providing good value. Most are trying figure out how to make a living here without the reputation of being unethical, wanting to be an honest business person and still generate income. In Social Networks it appears everyone is helping each other, building one another up, and encouraging each other to keep moving forward and to never give up. In some way these social networks behave like a church, maybe even better than, taking care of each other and speaking positive about all we come in contact with, as if we’ve known each other for years. It’s actually one of things I like about social network environments, it’s humane, it’s not about the system, it’s about people.

Almost everyone is willing to come and be together on Social Networks, see old friends, and meet new ones. It all sounds so wonderful doesn’t it? There is a dark side and we have yet to figure out what exactly it look likes and how to keep in check. I only mention it because we must keep our wits about us while chatting here faceless.

The church of the future will be more online than off, and many of the old guard will fight it, just like the music industry, they’ll fight back and try to keep control. In fact, today a new copyright law was introduced to prevent you, all of us from downloading music. I expect the copyright law will fail just as the previous document. Many question come when the idea of doing church online, sharing the gospel in a digital way. What about denomination, what happens to membership? The concept of broadcasting, streaming church services live online will become common place in the future even with the resistance of today.

The reality is, the church our Mother’s & Father’s attended, that model of church, is no longer working and a new model needs to be introduced. The new model means opening the doors up to the soon to be 5 Billion people that will take up residence here online. It won’t be enough to just stream services, but virtual churches will literally need to transform traditional church so it works online. Then the questions of, would people attend, would virtual churches survive financially? I belive they will, and they will most likely increase giving because they have opened the church doors and seeing that they to have become even more human.

Some say the Internet is evil, it’s the same statement as saying people with guns kill people, the truth is, guns kill people. The motive and heart of the people determine whether that happens or not, but that’s another story.

The Internet is changing our world(s), in such a way many are having a very difficult time trying to understand just what is happening and what it all means in the big picture. I can only say, this change is going to happen and we have to learn how to adopt. The details have yet to be worked out, but the picture is clear, the church will come here whether those today like it or not. The same applies to business owners resisting the reality that the Internet, that their business must be web-centric rather than not.

Will social networks be the new church, will they be accepted, or will they be viewed as outsiders as they are today? I like to think we are all people, we all have the same desires and frankly the same needs. If that is true, then social networks we know today will remain behaving the same way with very little change. That remains to be seen, but I can say without an hesitation, the church will be here doing the good work that they do, and I say AMEN!

I'll be Speaking to The Enterprising Moms Network March 15th

One of the things I love to do more than anything else, is hearing about successful people. Better than that, when these successful people come together and build network that supports them in their efforts. In my area there is such a group known as, Fraser Valley Enterprising Moms Network, if you don’t know anything about them, please visit their website. So why am I promoting this group? Two reasons, firstly, they are doing some cool things, with 10 Chapters now up and running, they hold monthly events with guest speakers. Secondly, they invited me to speak!

From the Enterprising Moms Network Site:

EMN offers you a place to come to remind you that you aren’t alone and that it is possible to be a good mom and a good business woman as well.

We combines topics that are relevant to YOU – from business topics such as marketing, budgeting, loan assistance to health concerns, raising children, and relationships.

In addition, we invite dynamic speakers who are leading experts and successful mom entrepreneurs to share their experiences and knowledge with you.

EMN has it all – including invaluable networking opportunities, extensive resources and an online forum for you to access throughout the month.

Join us online or at a chapter meeting in your area today and see why EMN is the place to be for all mom entrepreneurs!

URL: http://www.enterprisingmomsnetwork.com/

If you are Mom and want to be in business, this group of incredible women can help you, and you will soon find you aren’t alone. Be sure to join a Chapter or better yet, start one in your area.

The location: TBA

Twitter Tweeples in My Community

It’s that time of year where I want to give credit to those who are due, if you haven’t looked at the Top 5 to watch in 2010, take look and be sure to keep an eye on them. In this list I want to recognize some people that are right here in my community, they are special people and are a complete joy to be with. You would be blessed by them should you decide to follow them, please take the time to get to know them.

I have had the privledge of meeting these fine folks at TweetUp’s or private meetings held over 2009, so here we go:

1.) @rickrake

2.) @kathleenrake

3.) @chrispenner

4.) @curtismchale

5.) @rondapayne

6.) @arnoneumann

7.) @keldiejamieson

8.) @rickshatto

9.) @tim_steeves

10.) @andrewkamphuis

11.) @drdavecurrie

12.) @ajdjservices

13.) @concept9

14.) @donners5

15.) @hshomestaging

16.) @flash

17.) @licesquad

18.) @kaerusgrp

19.) @BMGAuto

People in my area that I haven’t met, but would love too!

1.) @typefaster

2.) @frsrvalleypulse

3.) @miss604

4.) @artsyshell

5.) @compasscoaching

6.) @seanfunk

7.) @adrianeden

8.) @rossfbrown

9.) @bobsongs

10.) @fraservalleyEMN

11.) @GalaxyBowlAbb

12.) @kyegrace

There are more, Twitter and well, Social Media is not as popular up here in my Community but I’m working on that everyday. The most popular or most recognized person in Social Media circles in Vancouver is Rebecca Bollwitt (miss604), she is #4 on my Top 5 to watch in 2010.

I want to share these cool, no…great people with you, I hope you get to know them and maybe even meet them one day.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year