Are you someone who is afraid of putting your headshot up on your social media platforms?

If you are afraid to put your headshot on your online platforms, here's the low-down.

When I first got started using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the like, I was more than a little hesitant to put my personal headshot up on them for the public to see. I had read intel that cautioned against doing this because I could get my "identity stolen." What I discovered was that these people were misinformed.

I had an opportunity to do some workshops with the most informed person on Identity Theft in the world! That was George Greenwood. He has published many books on the subject.

We had pre-arranged our presentation where I would speak for a few minutes on LinkedIn and what we could do with it. Then George would step in and tell us how to do all the LinkedIn work and be 'safe'.

It was most enlightening!

What I discovered through George was that all someone needs to steal our identity is our name and birth date. The perpetrators don't want our picture, because they will put their own headshot on the fake identity.

So, are you putting your birth date up on your platforms so all your friends and connections can wish you a happy birthday? Probably not a good idea.

Take your birthday off all your platforms, and if you cannot take it down, put a fake one up there, and keep track of it in a notebook, so when you have to use your birth date to verify your identity with the platform itself, you can do so.

Yes, it gets complicated.

I have walked into networking meetings where everyone stood and sang "Happy Birthday" to me...and brought a cake! I joined in the singing, thinking that it was someone else's birthday. Then was informed that they were singing to me!!! I asked them which social media platform they got that from? We all had a good laugh!

One time I received a birthday card because someone got my birthday from Facebook!

So, yes, do not send me birthday greetings on any of my platforms, because they all have the wrong birthday, and none of them are the same. If you do, I will acknowledge you and thank you, but will never tell what the real date is.

As I meet new people and they inquire about how to get started with LinkedIn or other social media platforms, they often share with me their feelings of hesitancy at the prospect of putting their headshot on their profiles.

Here's the thing.

If you put a picture of your kids or your pets, or your new car, etc up on your profiles, no matter which platform, your connections and friends can tell right away that it is now you, and it discredits you at first glance. Subconsciously people wonder what you are trying to hide from them?

Remember that it isn't your picture that identity thieves really want.

Catch my next webinar where you can learn how to create a uniform brand online through all your platforms, and how to manage them on 15-30 minutes a day.

August 24th is the day. Register before August 4th and catch the Early Bird rate.

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  1. Can I erase multiple emails from LinkedIn on my Gmail?
  2. Can I create one reply and send it to multiple contacts on my Gmail through LinkedIn?

Great questions!

I am sure that there will be others who also have wondered about these questions.

First let me define some terms.

  1. InMail is your messaging system on your LinkedIn platform.
  2. Email is your personal email account messaging system.

When I first started using LinkedIn, I wondered about all the emails from LinkedIn messages that I was receiving in my MarketingMentress inbox. I hesitated to delete them for fear that I would be deleting them from my LinkedIn as well.

So I deleted one or two and then checked my LinkedIn InMail box. Voila! They were still there!

So, short answer to question number one is that you can delete all your LinkedIn emails that come into your personal email inbox without losing them on your LinkedIn platform.

This is still the case today.

The reason you are receiving these emails, is so that you are reminded that there are people responding to you on your LinkedIn platform.

It is up to you whether you want to click on these emails and go into your LinkedIn account to respond that way, or just delete the message in your email inbox and go directly to LinkedIn and respond to any messages there through InMail.

The Second question is about creating a response to a message and sending that response to multiple contacts in your Gmail.

If you want to send a response to a message on your LinkedIn platform, you can copy multiple people from your LinkedIn connections, but they need to be connected to you on LinkedIn.

What you can do regarding sending out a response to a message on your LinkedIn InMail, is copy the discussion sequence and paste it into your message box on a new message in your Gmail. Then you can send that message to multiple people on your Gmail list.

Hope that makes sense to you.

I look forward to answering your LinkedIn questions.

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Christine_Till_LowRes.jpgHave you been feeling like you have been lost in cyber space searching for your advanced search page on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the most professional platform on the internet, bar none. And everyone on LinkedIn is there to do business. So it is imperative that the advanced search is up and running for business.

Advanced search is key to searching LinkedIn for our ideal clients. Otherwise it takes forever to do simple Boolean searches in hopes of gaining some tangible results for us.

It is still there. We just need to know where to find it.

Here is where you go:

  1. Log into your LinkedIn account and go to your Search bar at the top left side of your page.
  2. Type 'group' or 'company' into the search bar.
  3. Click 'Search'.
  4. On the next page, you will see at the right hand side of the page, a list of parameters you can choose to do searches of the groups, companies, people on LinkedIn.
  5. Depending on whether you are on a paid platform or a free one, you will be able to choose different search criteria.

So there you have it.

Advanced Search is still there. It has simply moved to another location.

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions on LinkedIn, or come to my webinar on the 3rd Tuesday of the month ($20+tax). Get all your questions answered regarding the new changes to LinkedIn.

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Don't you love it when you get questions that you can answer through your blog!

This was a question that came from one of my valued connections on LinkedIn. It is not the first time. I have had this type of question asked by people from all different areas of business.

The answer will surprise you, because it is virtually the same for all.

The biggest kept secret on LinkedIn is in the groups!

If you are on the free platform, you have access to 15 FREE InMails a month. These FREE InMails can only be used in the groups.

Did you know that?

It's true.

The second biggest kept secret of LinkedIn is "Whose Viewed Your Profile?" -But we will cover that in another blog.

Back on topic.

Over the years I have noticed that many of the people on LinkedIn never even join any groups. They complain that LinkedIn is not working for them...DUH! I wonder why?

There are hundreds of thousands of groups on LinkedIn and you can be a member of as many as 100 different LinkedIn groups.

Here's what you do:

  1. Write down who your ideal client/customer is...where they come from...type of company...decision maker for the purchases...etc.
  2. Think of what kinds of groups these ideal clients/customers would join on LinkedIn. EG: If your clients are mostly decision makers, like HR Managers or Directors, then it would make sense to join groups where you would find them hanging out. For example: If you are in a health and wellness business, you do not want to join health and wellness groups on LinkedIn, because all the people in those groups are looking for the same clients you are.
  3. Be different in how you tackle this. Think outside the box.
  4. Join groups that have more than 10K members in them. You are joining the groups to mine them for people who are decision makers.
  5. Once you find some great prospects, check out the companies they work for and search them on LinkedIn. That is where you can discover who the top 5 decision makers are. Then you search the profiles of each of those top people for that company and find out which groups they are in. Request to join one of those groups. Once you are accepted into the group, search the members for that specific person and send them an InMail. You can direct message them by letting them know that you found them in the 'such and such' group and notice that they are in 'whatever line of decision making'. Then ask them if they can direct you to the person in charge of 'your type of widgets'.

I am connected to many realtors and financial planners and what I always say to them is, "Where do most of your home buyers/investors come from?"

Their answer is usually, "The people who are making good incomes and can afford to buy a home or invest."

So if you are selling widgets, Think about who would be purchasing those, and what types of companies would retail those items, or what corporations would use your products. Then think about the types of groups they would hang out in on LinkedIn.

Remember that you can join and leave groups without anyone knowing...unless there are less than 50 people in the group. That's one of the reasons why you join groups that have 10K or more members.

Another reason you want to join large groups is that when you do searches for 'CEO' as an example, your results will be maybe less than 10 people, depending on the type of people you are searching for in the groups.

As you get active doing this, you will notice that the number of people viewing your profile will increase dramatically. So the next thing you will want to pay attention to is your profile viewers.

If you are looking for more information on the Secrets of the Groups, join me on my live webinar, July 20th, 2017. You will enjoy 2 hours jam packed full of information you can take away to use immediately. Check it out and reserve your spot.

Oh! If you register before July 14th, you will catch the EarlyBird rate.

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Being in the public eye requires you to look your best at all times.

I watched Britain's Got Talent when Susan Boyle first appeared on stage. Before she opened her mouth, people almost did not want to look at her, because she did not look the part of the great singer she was. Speculating on my part, I wonder if that might have something to do with the reason she could not get anyone to take her seriously before then? I also noticed that someone took Susan Boyle and really gave her a makeover for her next and final performances. It helped her to have more "eye appeal".

As I have watched the many performers who grace the stage of Britain's Got Talent, the ones who usually win are the ones who not only have talent, but they look good on stage.

I have also attended workshops and business events where speakers have been on stage speaking about their passion. I have noticed that the audiences seem to pay more attention to a speaker who not only is a great speaker, but also looks good on stage.

Check out the biggest and best movie stars and musical performers from Hollywood and around the world. Even Susan Boyle has reduced weight in search of that sweet spot in "eye appeal".

Let's face it, when we look great, people tend to listen to us more enthusiastically.

This is what has led me to make the big leap of my own weight reduction.

When I started my own business in 2011, I had a steep uphill climb. There was not only a learning curve for me, but I had put on a few pounds.

Being tall allowed me a bit of leeway, but by this spring I was a whopping 25 pounds overweight.

My business was bringing me to the stage as a speaker for LinkedIn and blogging.

As I observed other speakers and their appearance, I realized that I had better start doing something about my own appearance...and soon!

Recently, I had the opportunity of working with a client who is a health coach. She wanted to see how I could help her with her online marketing and blogging.

My first thought was to attend one of her meetings and take notes. Then I got a brilliant idea!

I decided to try her products and that would surely give me some ammunition for blogging!

The first 8 days I released 8 pounds and 10 inches!

Nothing had ever worked so well for me before!

I loved the program and the products, so I stayed on the products and the eating program to continue to release weight.

I have now released 20.5 pounds and 31 inches! -Just 5 pounds left to go! Now I feel great and am not embarrassed to have my picture taken or be up on stage. I have people making comments about my appearance and complimenting me. Feels awesome!

This is the first program that actually gives you a shopping list of great food that you can choose from along with the quantities to eat.

I have since met some people who have tried some other programs and have regained the weight they have lost...plus some.

There are two key things that I have observed with any kind of weight release program.

  1. Most do not have a complete program from beginning to end that you can stick to for life.
  2. Most do not have a coach that can help you stick to it when the going gets tough.

Over the years I have learned that in order to make permanent changes in my habits, I cannot do it alone. I need a coach.

When you embark on something new, it takes at least a month to get into a routine with your new habits.

With weight reduction, there not only are the new eating habits to deal with, but also the addictions to different things, like wine, dairy products, sugars and bad carbs.

With this program I have not had any cravings for sugar or sweets. I eat protein and lots of vegetables. I never feel like I am starving either.

This program is one that I will be able to stick to for the rest of my life.

It is called the "Red Box" program.

Oh! I can also make a considerable income on the side as well.

What would an extra $500.00 a month do for you?

Check this out.

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Skinny Rules

Bob Harper

  1. Drink a large glass of water 30 minutes before every meal, no excuses.
  2. Don't drink your calories.
  3. Eat protein at every meal, or stay hungry and grouchy.
  4. Slash your intake of refined flours and grains.
  5. Eat 30-50 grams of fiber a day.
  6. Eat apples and berries every single day.
  7. No carbs. after lunch.
  8. Read food labels so you know what you are eating.
  9. Stop guessing about portion size and get it right, for good!
  10. No more added sweeteners, including artificial ones.
  11. Get rid of those white potatoes.
  12. Make one day a week meatless.
  13. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods.
  14. Eat a real breakfast.
  15. Make your own food and eat at home at least 10 times a week.
  16. Banish high salt food.
  17. Eat your vegetables, just do it!
  18. Go to bed hungry.
  19. Sleep right.
  20. Plan on one splurge meal a week.

These are the keys to staying slim for the rest of your life without feeling deprived.

There are foods that are 'toxic' and must be avoided, like white sugar and white flour and white rice and white potatoes, however, allow yourself to indulge in that one splurge meal a week.

Staying active and keeping your body moving also helps. Find out what activity you like to do best and stick with it on a regular basis.

Life is great when we feel like we have accomplished our goals.

Think positively.

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Do you have a blog?

Have you published a blog this week?

Do you wonder why writing a blog is so challenging?

Did you know that it is all about your "Why"?

As I have worked with clients to help them with LinkedIn and their online marketing presence, I have noticed something significant.

I would spend "X" number of hours with each client teaching them what to do to use LinkedIn and how to use a blog to create the know, like and trust they need and want for their business.

We would review and rehearse the step-by-step processes needed to accomplish their desired results. They learned how to do everything for themselves. That was the way they wanted it.

Then I would watch for their posts to come through the "Pulse" on LinkedIn. Or for their blog to show up on my Facebook. Or to find one of their blogs on Twitter and Instagram. I waited and waited and searched. What I discovered was appalling to me.

I discovered that most of my clients were not blogging!

It was at this time that I had a "light bulb" moment.

If these people are not blogging, then they must be stuck! I realized that there were more hidden blocks than I had realized. These people needed not only the "hows, wheres and why-fors". They also needed some help getting started!

So this is when I started offering to help with writing blogs. Writing blogs is a fun and simple process for me, so why not help others with their blogs?

Here are the two key ingredients needed for a great blog:

  1. You need to know your "Why". Once you know your "Why", your world suddenly opens and you gain inspiration about all the topics you can write about.
  2. Share, Give, & Inspire. Through your blog you can help others to find relief from their stresses that you can help eradicate. You can educate and inform your audience. It is not all about you. It is about them. This is not a time for you to pitch your stuff.

If you are worth $125 / hr, I can save you $75 by helping you find your "Why" and share, give and inspire through your blog.

Make it a great day!

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Everything that happens to us when we are growing up affects how we relate, work and interact for the rest of our lives. Something that has affected me greatly is the saga of the Community Nurse.

Do you remember when the Community Nurse would come to your class room in school to weigh, measure and vaccinate you?

Do you remember her calling out everyone's height and weight so someone could write them down for her records?

Ah! I remember it well...too well!

It wasn't until grade three that it really registered with me what was really happening when the district nurse came to visit.

It all began in grade one. We didn't have Kindergarten back then.

I know, I know, I'm dating myself. Back to my story.

The nurse would come into our class room dressed in a white uniform and nurse's cap. She really looked like a nurse! -Not scarey though. It was what she came to do when she was there that became scarey by the time I was in grade three.

What happened is the nurse would bring her monster of a bathroom scale and a black leather bag. The teacher would assign someone in the class to copy down all the heights and weights of the class members.

The teacher would go through the roll call in alphabetical order, starting with "A".

Each child in the class would get up from their desk and go to the back of the room as their name was called.

First the nurse would measure how tall we were and call out the number.

Then she would have us step up on the scale and she would call out the number of pounds we weighed.

My last name began with the letter "S", so I would sit in my desk dreading my turn by the time I was in grade 3, because I dreaded what would happen when my numbers were called.

You see, I was head and shoulders taller than everyone in my class, and thus much heavier than everyone in my class.

This fateful day when it was my turn, the nurse measured me, and the class heard my number an audible gasp was heard from the class. Then I stepped on the scales and the nurse called out my number. -Another gasp! But this time someone in the class said, "She's a witch!"

It didn't help that I had red hair as well.

So for the rest of my school years in Milk River, I was known as "the witch".

This experience caused me to be extremely conscious about my weight for the rest of my life. At one point I became anorexic and bulimic. If anyone mentioned anything about my weight, it would send me into an "eat nothing for the rest of my life" tirade.

In those days, people did not realize that these two phenomenon existed. Actually, I think my Mom was bulimic as well, because I heard her purging in the bathroom one time and asked her if she was ok. She just said, "I ate too much dinner." Because I had been doing the same for years, I knew exactly what she was doing. Nothing more was said about it. To me, it was just something that I did to stay slim.

To this day, I would probably still be purging, except that ever since I turned 40, when I purged, tiny blood vessels would burst around my eyes, and I would look like I had two black eyes for a few days until they healed. Ugh!

I have been looking for something to help me regulate what I was eating and help me manage my food intake. I tried many diets and found the Weight Watchers diet to work the best for me...for a time. Then I reverted back to just counting calories. -But I noticed that over the years, I was gradually gaining some of my weight back.

Because I had been on so many diets, every time I went on a diet, my body would go into overdrive at the sound of the word. I would feel like eating everything in the fridge at one sitting. It was hard to control. So I have tried to maintain my weight by counting calories and watching the proportions of carbs and fats. Now there is an app that I can use to help me with monitoring this. I also walk and ride bike to help with exercise. However, this was not working very well for me, as I was gradually gaining  weight over the years until I had 25 pounds to release.

Recently, I met someone who was working with a new eating program. I thought it sounded worth trying, because she had released 30 pounds and was looking great. So I tried it.

Wow! I released 10.6 pounds and 10 inches in the first 8 days, and then 4 more pounds in the next week. I only had 11 pounds to release to be at my optimal weight. I know that I am still releasing weight, but have not been near a set of bathroom scales for a week.

It is a relief to know that I can just follow my eating regimen on the program. Oh, I still use my app on my phone to monitor my calories, carbs and fats with exercise, but for the most part, that is not the centre of my day every day. This program has freed me up to concentrate on other things...like helping my clients.

Over the years I have learned that people are not looking for the bells and whistles. They are looking for solutions to their challenges...just like I was.

As I have overcome my eating issues, I realize that there may be others who also have personal challenges to overcome so they can put more energy into building their business.

Do you have personal challenges that have affected your business?

Please share some of your challenges you are overcoming.

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What difference does it make when we have a good belly laugh anyway?

We have been told that laughter is the best medicine, but why is that?

Science shows us that within 90 seconds of laughing, our bodies begin to release a flood of chemicals and positive neurotransmitters that stimulate our brains, immune systems and nervous systems.

Here's the link between laughter and mental health:

  1. Laughter stops distressing emotions. You can't feel anxious, angry, or sad when you're laughing.
  2. Laughter helps you relax and recharge. It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.
  3. Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed and can also diffuse conflict.
  4. Laughter draws you closer to others, which can have a profound effect on all aspects of your mental and emotional health.

Experience what laughter can do at the Leduc Chamber of Commerce, 6420 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7K9 - March 16th from 12:00-1:00pm: Leduc Chamber Lunch and Learn

If we want to stay healthy, we need to laugh more...not just a giggle, but good, deep, long belly laughs.

"When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you." Dr. Kataria

Joyful employees are your 'go to people' for a reason. They are easier to work with and infect their environment with happiness. People who laugh cope with life much better, and tend to live in happier homes.

If you are looking to improve the mental and emotional health of those you work or live with, please contact Nicole Rogers to discuss booking your session. She leads laughter sessions with groups in businesses, schools, general public functions and private homes.

I hope you can join Nicole at 6420 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7K9 - March 16th from 12:00-1:00pm  Leduc Chamber Lunch and Learn

See you there!

Nicole Rogers

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As a solopreneur, how can you get everything done for your own business?

When you are the one who serves the customers and also builds your business, sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day! When will you have time to create a solid presence on your social media?

There is nobody to delegate to, except to find someone who can be your 'clone for a day.'

I just might have a solution for you.

For years I have been coaching solopreneurs on how to use LinkedIn and social media marketing for business. They all get very excited and by the time we are finished our training, teaching them how to do it for themselves, they are so overwhelmed that they don't know which end of the computer is up, let along get going with their online marketing and branding.

I have noticed that most solopreneurs have great intensions, but few ever get to it.

This dilemma has been bothering me for a while, so I have come up with some solutions.

There are some packages that I have developed that can help save you huge amounts of time and yet still provide you with a great online presence that is professional and attracts your customers to you, rather than you feeling like you need to pitch to them all the time. (Pitching just turns people off anyway.)

It is your blog that needs to be at the center of your marketing program. It is also great if that blog is on your website, however, if you do not have one on your website, you can always set up a free blog site as your temporary website.

Since your blog is the engine that runs your entire marketing program, it is imperative that you start blogging. However, if you do not know how to blog and have never done it before, you can hire a ghostwriter...ME!

Many people have mentioned to me that I am a good writer, so I thought that I would offer my services to others. All you do is record your thoughts for each blog on your phone and attach the recording to an email you send over to me. I can have your blog up and posted in a very short time.

If you need more, I have other packages to offer you that include a "do-it-for-you" program.

Is money short? We can find a grant that will help cover costs.

Check out my packages: Marketing Mentress Service Packages

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