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Reading and Writing

A few days ago I wrote a post about the value of reading.  I just want to add a short follow-up note on a Saturday night to recommend a few books.  The first title is:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.  It’s a very thought-provoking book!  Every few pages a thought just jumps off the page and totally grabs my full attention!  I don’t want to share any lines here to spoil it for you…so go to your public library as soon as possible and read this book!

Here’s another one I think you will enjoy…and it’s a very easy read!  (Well, I say it’s an easy read….but it will stay with you for a very long time!)  The title is  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, by Mark Haddon.  You may find it a bit strange in the beginning, but trust me, it’s a really well done book.  Don’t stop reading too soon!  And if you can find an audio version, it’s even better!

If you need a few great business books, I highly recommend anything by Seth Godin!  I especially liked Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and  Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

On social media, I strongly recommend Wayne Breitbarth’s awesome book, The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job search.  I sincerely think it’s a must-read book for anyone in business, from entrepreneur to CEO!  If you are not making full use of the power of LinkedIn, you are making a serious mistake!

My tip for today is to read daily.  Read the newspaper, read from a trusted online news source such as Google News, or CNN, and follow the crumbs for more in-depth understanding of the issues.  Keep a book at work to read at lunch, keep several books in progress at any given time!  If your mind wanders, switch to another book.  Choose fiction, history, biography,  business, psychology, self-help, or one of many categories.

Step two is to write about what you read.  Share the wealth with others as often as possible.

One final thought….read to your children!  Start when they are still babies!  You will benefit as much as they do!  Give your children the gift of learning….the inspiration and pleasure of reading a good book.

Reading and writing can change the world!

By Tom Burns, Reader, Writer, Seller!

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Helpful Things You Can Learn RIGHT NOW!

Here are 7 sites I find extremely useful.  I hope you will check them out:

http://www.hyperalerts.no/  Get e-mail alerts of posts/comments on any facebook page.   I use this one every day!

http://www.gograblunch.com/  You can meet new and interesting people for lunch as often as you like.

http://www.twitbacks.com/  Create your OWN twitter backgrounds….and it’s FREE!

http://www.twilert.com/  Get e-mail alerts of tweets containing your brand, product, or service!  This one is REALLY useful!

http://www.likester.com/  Wondering what your friends like on facebook?  Wonder what’s trending globally?  Now you can find out!

http://twitterfeed.com/  Feed your blog to twitter, facebook, and more!  I particularly love this automated service!

http://www.plaxo.com/  This is a great on-line address book!

What sites do you use every day that you find most useful and would like to recommend to others?

Wondering how you can improve your opportunities for learning?  Here are a few tips:

First, join your local social media club.  Most cities have  an active group.  Just google “social media club (insert your city) to find your branch.  It’s free and will connect you with experts in multiple social media topics.

Next, be sure you are active and posting useful information on Google+, FacebookLinkedIn, and  Twitter,  to learn from the people you follow.

Join meetup groups.  Visit http://www.meetup.com to find interest groups meeting in your area.  One of my favorites in Nashville focuses on Google topics.     Visit http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-SEO-Group/ for some great information.  Ross Jones is the leader of this free group.  He is the owner of  http://2thetopdesign.com/  which is a website development company and much more.  Ross can help you get better google rankings and improve your business.

Start a blog.  Writing will help you clarify your thoughts.

Read something new daily.  Choose something outside of your field of expertise. It will expose you to new ideas and learning opportunities.  I enjoy reading Seth Godin’s blog http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ and I frequently download e-books.  Speaking of books….join a book club.  It will motivate you to read more critically when you know that you have to contribute to the discussion.

If you learn just ONE NEW THING every day, think what you can accomplish!  I challenge you to start today, and let me know if my suggestions were helpful.