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We Are All Connected!

James Cameron, in an interview with Oprah, explained the meaning of the Na’vi greeting, “I see you,” from the movie Avatar.  He explained that the greeting means “I understand who you are.”

I think this is a common human desire, but sorely lacking in most business interactions.

In an effort to practice the Na’vi greeting,  I tried an experiment.  A few days prior to a recent networking event, I searched LinkedIn for the names of everyone who had responded with an RSVP and sent each one a note and request to be added to my network.  In a way, it was my way of saying to each one, “I see you,” or “I understand who you are.”  I read each one’s summary, and saw the friends we had in common.  I found it to be a much more beneficial event as a result.

So, the next time you go to a networking event to “see and be seen,”  think of the Na’vi greeting.  It should be, and can be, much more than an exchange of business cards!

I would love to know more about YOUR story!  How can I help you?

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it!  We can connect at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

WHY?

I don’t think we ask “WHY?” often enough!  I don’t mean to get all “philosophical” here, but I think life is full of opportunities to question the  status quo!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_quo

I don’t want to introduce by bias to this question, so I will simply ask you to examine your life….everything you say and do and hear,  and ask “WHY?”  If you can’t come up with a good, solid answer, maybe it’s time to change your thinking.  

Just my thought for the day,  by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  You can connect with me at various social media sites through http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

You Are Influential…

Seriously, you are influential.  Unless you live in total isolation, your actions throughout the day have a ripple effect.  Do you ever think about the effect of your actions on others?

Take a minute and visualize every action and interaction you had today.  Who were you with and what were you doing?  Where did you go and why did you take that route?  Where were you when you woke up this morning?  Were you home alone or with someone?  Were you in a hotel somewhere on business?

Was your first contact with someone today in person or via phone or internet?  I’ve heard that the first thing many people do is check their facebook account or e-mail…..that’s what I do.  But a virtual connection can be influential too.  Were the first things you shared today positive or negative?  How far do you think those emotions traveled?  In our hyper-connected world, your actions could have impacted tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people!  Think about that the next time you hit the “share” button!

I suppose most of us follow a pretty set routine.  Did you stop somewhere on the way to work for breakfast or coffee?  Did you even acknowledge the person who took your order, much less smile or say hello?  Can you imagine how it feels to be virtually invisible ….unacknowledged ….all day long?  A friend that I deeply admire has a gift of engaging everyone he meets in conversation.  There is no such thing as a stranger in his life.  With incredible ease he introduces himself to the waiter at the coffee shop counter and calls them by name (he is observant and sees name tags).  I’ve observed the immediate smile when he addresses them by name….he certainly had an influence on that person’s life at that moment!

As you drove to work, were you a courteous driver, or aggressive?  How did your actions influence other commuters?  Did your driving elicit a “thank you”  or an angry “#^&@” response?

How was your voice today?  Did you smile or laugh while you were using the phone today?  Did you sound impatient or angry?  Would you have acted the same way in person, or is it OK to act like a jerk to someone you will never meet in real life?  Did your voice have influence?

Are you a parent?  How did you influence your children today?  On reflection, would you do anything differently?

Are you a writer….a blogger?  Do you really think that the only people influenced by your writing were those who commented?  I think your words could have traveled around the world twice and back again!  Your thoughts could have inspired someone to start a new career path.  Your words could have raised someone up from the depths of depression or brought hope where there was previously despair.

To very seriously paraphrase Newton’s Law….”for every action there is a reaction!”  (Sorry Mr. Newton….I’m just trying to make a point here).

I want to leave this thought with you today…..our actions have consequences!  We have a significant responsibility each day of our lives to be aware of our influence, and to use it for positive good.  After all, “What goes around, comes around!”

These positive thoughts brought to you by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

The “I Told You So” Moment….

I just read an amazing article in Social Media Examiner!  Here is a link so you can read the entire article:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/blogs-outrank-social-networks-for-consumer-influence-new-research/

The research is clear….”The latest findings from Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report show that “consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase.”  The full report is worth your time to read!

So this is a “shout-out” to all the bloggers out there…..Keep sharing great content!  You have influence!  People are listening and responding!

My name is Tom Burns, and I’m proud to be part of the blogging community!  Connect with me on various social media channels at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..tomphone1_1-scaled5001

The Daily Discipline of Writing

The internet is full of advice for bloggers!  Many would advise against blogging daily…..(I don’t know why you shouldn’t, except that it’s hard to do…).  But I can tell you that staring at the flashing cursor on your screen won’t get the job done! Thoughts are fleeting, inspiration comes and goes, and time flies by….and words you meant to record are forgotten.  I can think of no better reason than this to recommend the daily discipline of writing.

I also think that the daily discipline of writing is a metaphor for the work of living.  A very famous writer once said,

All the world’s a stageAnd all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances; — William ShakespeareAs You Like It,

At the end of the day can you say what you performed on the stage of life?  Can evidence be found a day, a week, or a year later?….or will all be forgotten?  It’s not always necessary to share your thoughts with the world,  but to write it with clarity of thought is a worthy discipline!

So from one blogger to the millions of bloggers out there I say, “Thank you for sharing your thoughts and  inspiration!  Keep on writing as you keep on living…..one step at a time!”

My daily blog from Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…. more about me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart