Did You Grow Up with a Party Line?

25Mar

On the ranch twenty miles from Milk River, we had a party line.           

Our closest neighbour was 9 miles away from our homestead.

We had to drive twenty miles to school every day, or just to go to town for necessities. The population then was around five to six hundred...counting babies!

Back to the party line.

For those who do not know what these were, they were a telephone line that went out to all the neighbouring farmers homes. Each home had one phone attached to the wall with a crank handle and a circular dial. Each farmer had his/her own special ring. Ours was two shorts and a long ring. When you heard your ring, you answered the phone.

The big drawback to this system was that everyone on the line could listen in on everyone else's call. So, when there was an emergency or a crisis, it did not take long for the word to get all over the country.  Even when there was not an emergency, people would just listen in to hear what their neighbours were up to. Talk about gossip! It really travelled...and we didn't even need the internet!

Move forward to our modern day and age, and today with the internet.

Not a lot different from the "party lines".

With the party lines, we got used to the fact that we had to be careful what we chatted about on the phone, because we did not know who might be listening.

Today with all our social media, we have to be just as scrupulous, if not more so, about what we share online. What we are trying to communicate in jest can come across as brash and cutting. Sarcasm never works well online. We can damage a relationship forever or lose our jobs with just a few whimsical key strokes.

Here is some food for thought. If it is something you don't want your mother-in-law or your boss or your spouse and kids to know about, perhaps it would be a good idea to leave it offline.

Social media according to Christine says that we should keep everything online on a professional level. Always watch how we say things and what we say. Yes, we can share some great stuff, but never anything that might be hurtful or damaging to anyone else or yourself.

We thought that the party lines back in the day were scary! The internet is a hundred thousand times faster and way more scary if not used judiciously.

A word to the wise...Yes, be on social media and email, but learn how to be your best self through them.

Social media according to the Marketing Mentress.

Christine Till

The LinkedIn Marketing Mentress

www.marketingmentress.com

marketingmentress@gmail.com

 

Stuck in LinkedIn Peanut Butter?

22Mar

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Who do you know that has not reached 500+ connections on LinkedIn yet?

 

If you know someone who is struggling with LinkedIn to make it pay, please share this message.

 

Just so you know, I am getting 80% of my clients through LinkedIn. Your friends can too.

 

This webinar is for LinkedIn 101, beginners, and is happening April 25th from 2-4pm MST.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Cheers,

Christine

How to trade your speaking skills for Luxury Cruises. - Roy Prevost - Best selling author, International speaker, Cruise speaker trainer.

6Mar

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Have you ever thought it would be great to go on luxury cruises?

There is a great way to cruise the world ... for FREE! Learn the tricks of the trade. Let Roy show you the way!

Roy Prevost has travelled aboard many luxury cruise ships with his wife, Sarah, enjoying all the touristy stuff and delivering special 35 minute talks once a day while at sea. The rest of the time, you can enjoy all the fun things on the ship.

The advice Roy shares with our audience is that becoming a cruise speaker is an awesome experience, but it takes some planning and knowledge knowing how to prepare yourself in advance for these, and how to approach the cruise lines, what they are looking for and how to offer it to them.

Roy delivers a full day workshop helping enthusiasts learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful as a cruise speaker.

Check the website for his upcoming workshop in your area.  www.speakerscruiseforfree.com

Roy Prevost is an international speaker, best selling author and cruise speaker trainer.  He and his wife, Sarah, have travelled the world over the past 8 years cruising for free by trading their speaking skills for FREE luxury cruises.  He is also a futurist and as a customer service activist, he has delivered more than 300 workshops on customer service across North America, Europe and Asia. He can be reached through his website www.speakerscruiseforfree.com

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