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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Designer of SQL Azure Databases in the clouds ,Blabista on Blab.im, Admin of Prospect Networking , #EngagORS

Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 4th March @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Wk 8. Friday 15m Video Blab – Why Voice Matters on Video w @PhoneAssassin 3:00PM

Growing a Super Niche Community #blabnation 3:00PM

#WhatsNext In Accounting with Thriveal & Going Concern- Let’s Talk Dress Codes 6:00PM

Blogging Challenge Interview With Julie Bishop 8:00PM

5 Ways to Get New Clients as a #SocialMedia Manager #SocialTalkLIVE 9:00PM

Social Chatter – What’s Cooking In Social Media for February 29 – March 6 10:00PM

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Social Media show with Ani Alexander and Steven Healey @Blab

This was a first, Ani and I teamed up to discuss Social Media.

I connected with Ani in one of the first ‘Blabbing for Britain’ Thursday shows before she moved with her family to London and we have become good friends over the months

Our first two topics were creating and maintaining groups as a viable addition to maintaining email lists and Blab training. Ani shared her experience of running a 14000+ member group on Facebook especially how to manage the problems which can arise with a large group.

We both enjoy running groups and shared insights into our experience.

We also took Social Media questions from our audience and discussed podcasting , twitter , facebook

Finally we discussed Blab itself and offered our view on the current site.

Thank you to everyone who watched

Watch the replay of the show below ( Tuesday 08/03/2016 8:00PM GMT )

or on Blab here

or on YouTube

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Empire.Kred Beginners Guide

Introduction

This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire.Kred when you first start

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika  long time members of  Empire.Kred

On Empire.Kred you can host your profile , trade shares , networking in groups , view your social media analytics and run missions.(and make friends)

Registering on Empire.Kred

The blank registration screen

Registering on Empire.Kred

Enter your details

(1) Your Email Address

(2) Your Name

(3) The ‘ticker’ or ID you would like to use.

Everyone’s ticker should be unique , the system will check whether the one you choose is already in use . If it is simply choose another one

(4) and (5) enter the password you want to use . Both fields need to be the same

(6) Subscribe to the Empire.Kred Newsletter

Finally (7) Create My Profile

Enter your details

What are Eaves

Eaves are Empire.Kred’s virtual currency , you start with 100,000 eaves.

The aim is to increase your wealth

You gain eaves when

(1) You received daily dividends from players who you have bought shares in

(2) As a reward for completing missions

(3) Buying them from the shop.

(4) By selling shares at a profit.

What are Eaves

What is your share price ?

You start at a share price of 10 eaves.

One aim on Empire.Kred is to increase your share price , this will happen naturally as people buy your shares and connect with you.

Enjoy playing the game , getting involved in missions , forums and in supporting others .

What is your share price ?

What is your Empire.Kred Score ?

What is your Empire.Kred Score ?

How many players do you own shares in ?

How many players do you own shares in ?

How many players have bought your shares ?

How many players have bought your shares ?

First steps

(1) Please confirm your email address (we will give you eaves)

(2) Join your first community – The Welcome Wagon – here you will be able to connect with other players and ask questions about Empire.Kred

Again will will give you Eaves if you join

First steps

The sign up email

After you sign up , you will receive and email asking the following.

(1) Simply click the link

The sign up email

Your First Missions – Setting up your account

Your First Missions - Setting up your account

Joining Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon is an official Empire.Kred forum staffed by knowledgeable , friendly volunteers.

(1) Press join this community

Joining Welcome Wagon

Your first achievement

When you join Welcome Wagon you will in addition to your eaves earn your first achievement badge.

Badges are awarded for actions taken throughout the game and help you track your progress.

Your first achievement

Second Achievement

As soon as you have confirmed your email address , your shares can be traded on the Empire.Kred stockmarket.

You will be able to make new connections as people see your new account and buy your shares.

How many they buy is up to them , but in the first week the maximum anyone can buy is 400 .

After your first week , players can buy up to 5000 + of your shares.

This is key .. if you are active in your first week , saying hello and buying shares in others – your share price and your eaves balance can sky rocket.

Conversely if you join , confirm your email and do nothing else then people lose interest and nothing happens

Second Achievement

Your Biography

This is your permanent space on your profile to tell people what you do,

Some profiles biographies encourage people to connect with them

Your Biography

Activate Progress

At any time you can check which of the initial missions / tasks you have completed.

You do not have to do them all at once but if you can do them in your first week your progress in the game will be faster and more enjoyable

Activate Progress

Your Interests

You can log your interests .

The immediate benefit is that when you start taking missions – the Recommended missions will be full of missions about topics you are interested in

Your Interests

Activate Progress

We have now completed the first five missions.

You have confirmed your email address , uploaded a photo , written your bio and stated your interests

You also have more eaves . time to explore

Activate Progress

Jumpstart your game

If you press the Jumpstart your game button you can watch this short video which explains one of Empire.Kreds facilities.

In the beginning you can take other peoples missions later you can run your own.

Jumpstart your game

Playing the Game

Each of the missions in this section introduces a different aspect of the game

You need not do all the steps in one go , you can do them when you wish.

If you want to simply get going you can leave this overview and start playing , return when you have questions (or need eaves)

Playing the Game

Playing the Game :Share Prices and Dividends

This short video explains how the Empire.Kred stock market works

Playing the Game :Share Prices and Dividends

Playing the Game :Empire.Kred Stats

As you have only just started playing there is nothing much to see

You can return here at any time to track your progress

Playing the Game :Empire.Kred Stats

Playing the Game :Check out your Eaves Balance

Eaves are needed to buy shares , run missions and other things

You can check your eaves balance here

Playing the Game :Check out your Eaves Balance

Invest

The invest steps you can do anytime you wish

If you like the game you can invite your friends and earn more eaves (1)

Joining the Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community to more advice on tactics for getting the most from the site. (2)

Invest

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community after joining

Invest : Empire.Kred Tactics and Tech Community after joining

invest : Steps Review

Check back here to see your progress

invest : Steps Review

Promote

Each of the steps here gains you Eaves

Steps 1 , 2 and 3 will enhance your visibility on the game.

Promote

Your First Investments

You can buy shares in any Empire,Kred account.

There are many strategies which are discussed in the groups.

I am going to buy my first share and have chose my friend Nance .

I found her by typing Nance in the search box which is on all Empire.Kred pages

This is her profile page

You can see the invest button (1)

Your First Investments

Buying Shares

When you click the invest button , the buy screen is displayed

Buying Shares

How many shares to buy ?

I could invest all my eaves in Nance , all 457,000 of them

That would not be a good idea

I could not then buy shares in anyone else.

When you are starting out I suggest you only buy 5 shares in everyone.

However this is your game – you decide how many – it can be from 1 to 200

Note If you buy shares in existing players , they will probably buy your shares too

So the more people you buy , the more will buy you … and they have lots of eaves to spend

 

How many shares to buy ?

Say hello

After you buy shares you can leave a short message which will appear on the profile of your buy

You can use this opportunity to make first contact

Please try to keep the message personal and do not try to sell anything to them , you only just got here 🙂

Say hello

Investment Achievement

Yay , another badge – you are rocking

Badges help you track your progress 🙂

Investment Achievement

Buying more shares

You can by shares every day until you run out of funds.

Each new day you will receive dividends and can earn more eaves by doing missions.

The more shares you own , the greater your dividends.

I am now going to buy Angelikas shares

So I find her profile and click the Invest button (1)

Buying more shares

How many shares to buy ?

Yes the answer at this stage is 5

Enter the 5 (1) and press Invest (2)

How many shares to buy ?

Leave a message

You can also use this opportunity to get help

You will be notified when Angelika replies

Leave a message

My message on Angelika's profile

My message on Angelika's profile

Connecting your Networks.

This is important .

Empire.Kred provides FREE Networking Analytics.

Every day your activity on your connected networks is measured and shown on your profile.

Some people say this is an improvement on Klout.

Bonus

If you connect your Twitter Account you can do twitter missions

If you connect your Facebook account you can do Facebook missions.

 

Connecting your Networks.

Your Profile

As you progress through the game your Profile page becomes more interesting and useful

Your Profile

My investments

I can see the two players who i have invested in

My investments

My shareholders

Players have started investing in me

My shareholders

Buying Back

If someone buys shares in you , you should buy some in them

You do not have to but it is the neighborly thing to do

I pressed invest on Alex’s listing above.

You guessed it .. I am buying 5 shares

Buying Back

Another email from Empire.Kred

You will not get too many emails from Empire.Kred , but the welcome email is helpful

Another email from  Empire.Kred

After Buying Back

I now have 5 investments – the two I made originally and the 3 buy backs

After Buying Back

Missions

Visit the missions tab to view current missions.

It is time to earn some eaves , so I can buy more shares

Missions

Gift missions

As a new player GIft missions are great.

You are given FREE eaves .

Gift missions

Select the mission

and the mission page is shown

Select the mission

Mission Description

Simply press complete mission (1) and 10,000 eaves are yours

Mission Description

After completing

You are taken to the donors profile page.

After completing

Saying thank you

Empire.Kred is a social network.

You can take just a minute to say thank you.

As you are new , this is a great way to connect with people

Saying thank you

Investment missions

Some folks like you to buy shares in them

The best thing is – they will give you the eaves

There is no catch

The number of people you own shares in goes up , your value goes up , you make a new connection and they might also buy your shares

 

Investment missions

The Investment Mission

The Investment Mission

Mission Description

Simply click Complete.

You are now 25,000 Eaves better off and you have invested them wisely and you have met Dan .:)

Mission Description

After Completion

You are taken to the profile and you can see you own 25 shares (1)

After Completion

Do not forget

to say ‘Thank you’

Do not forget

Your profile

is getting busier.

Your profile

Finally

We hope you enjoy playing on Empire.Kred as much as we do and  look forward to connecting with you.

We have met hundreds of people over the years , many are now friends , some we collaborate with .

To all of them we say thank you

If you have questions please ask and also visit the Welcome Wagon

 

Steven and Angelika

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 26th February @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Tell Me What You Do #sayitforward #blabnation 3:00PM

Media, Marketing and Wow! 4:00PM

Interview with Carlos Romero of ikohaus about avante-garde art! 5:00PM

Self-Publishing Podcast #201 8:00PM

3 Tips to Creating #Instagram Ads that Get Results 9:00PM

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Second Interview with Carlos Romero of ikohaus about avante-garde art

Second time around and Carlos and I nailed it.

In a humorous , informative and enjoyable chat we discussed ART and ikohaus and the upcoming event in Greenville NC.

Carlos is a great story teller who brings his artists world to life on the Blab

I first spoke with Carlos Romero of ikohaus when Jon and I were interviewing JoeJoe Keys on Blab and were new to the platform , his help and advice were the beginnings of a good friendship. We are also all members of social networking site Empire.Kred

The core of our chat today is Avant-garde art and a new project. Our chat promises to interesting and thought provoking

Examples of work featured on ikohaus

Friday 26/02/2016 at 5:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM EST

You can watch the replay below

or on YouTube


You can see Carlos’ website here

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Cendrine and Steven chat about Social Media with Ani Alexander @Blab

Last month I interviewed Cendrine and we got along famously and had a blast . So this month we teamed up to co-host and chat with a very special guest about social media,

Our first special guest was Ani Alexander , best selling author , well respected podcaster and Blabber

I connected with Ani in one of the first ‘Blabbing for Britain’ Thursday shows before she moved with her family to London and we have become good friends over the months

In a very enjoyable chat we talked about

Blogging which is where Ani’s writing journey began.

The path to becoming a best selling author on Amazon starting from Ani’s first book with useful practical information on writing and publishing

Starting and establishing the Write 2B Read podcst in which Ani interviews many people well known in social media

Ani gave insights into her way of writing and working and explained how you can become appreciated for your works providing you are genuine , hard working and focused.

You can contact Ani at http://www.anialexander.com

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About Ani

My corporate career includes extensive management experience of 10+ years and covers different areas such as banking, development projects, media agency and telecom.

I have also created a personal brand, self-published my fiction books and as a result became #1 Amazon bestselling fiction author.

Launched the Write to be Read podcast in 3 weeks, which was chosen by Apple as #1 New & Noteworthy podcast and featured New York Times bestselling authors and influential online entrepreneurs, such as James Altucher, Peter Shankman, Pat Flynn, Tucker Max, Chris Brogan and others.

Watch us here (Recorded Tuesday 23/02/2016 )

or on Blab here

or on Youtube

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 19th February @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Snapchat: Fun, Business & Social #blabnation 3:00PM



Morning Social Media Marketing TALK from @smexaminer
4:00PM

Make Awesome Networking Connections! #Support #Collaboration #Networking #Blab 5:30 PM



Twitter #RonR Is Taking Us To Ireland! #NoLetUp @TedRubin @isocialfanz
8:00 PM

VA’s Chat on Top Reasons to Delegate your Social Media Marketing 10:30 PM

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How can I – Improve the sound quality on videos I create ?

Improving Video Sound Quality

We are going to use three programs to improve the sound qualties on your video

Free Video to MP3 Converter from DVDVideoSoft https://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-Video-to-MP3-Converter.htm

Audacity http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/

Windows MovieMaker http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-live/movie-maker

Please download these free programs and then take the steps outlined below.

Background

When you create videos using your mobile or pc microphone the sound quality will not be perfect.

There will be background noises and sometimes the volume setting will be too low.

We are going to use the three applications listed above to create and attach a new soundtrack to your video.

 

The original file

is FDP-Database-1

The original file

Step 1

We want to create a copy of the audio for the movie using Free Video to MP3 Converter

Step 1

Open the file

Open the file

Convert the file to MP3

Convert the file to MP3

File converted

File converted

Step 2

Clean the file using Audacity

Step 2

Load the MP3 File

Load the MP3 File

After Loading

After Loading

To increase the volume

Select Effect (1)

Followed by Amplify

To increase the volume

The amplify menu opens

At this point you can experiment by moving the slider (1) and then Preview (2)

When you are happy with the volume level , press OK (3) and the audio file will be updated.

The amplify menu opens

Locate a Quiet Passage

Locate a Quiet Passage

Select Noise Removal

Select Noise Removal

Removing the Noise

Removing the Noise

After Noise Removal

After Noise Removal

Export the edited file

Export the edited file

Export and Rename

Export and Rename

Enter Audio File Details (Optional)

Close the program . There is no need to save the file , it has already been exported

Enter Audio File Details (Optional)

Step 3

Step 3

Open the Original Movie File

Open the Original Movie File

The uploaded original movie

The uploaded original movie

Muting the original Audio

Select FILE followed by Video Volume

Muting the original Audio

Turn the volume off

by moving slider to the extreme left

Turn the volume off

Adding the Audacity soundtrack

select Add Music (1) followed by Add music (2)

Adding the Audacity soundtrack

Locate the Audacity Track

Open the track

Locate the Audacity Track

The combined

original movie with the new soundtrack

The combined

Exporting the Final edit

Select Save Movie (1)

Followed by [for high definition display)

 

Exporting the Final edit

Edit the file name

to show the original + Final Edit

You can of course adopt your own naming conventions , I have simply used these for clarity (and so I can find them later)

Edit the file name

MovieMaker then exports

the file

MovieMaker then exports

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The Moviemaker file can then be uploaded wherever you wish with clearer sound , not studio quality but better than before .

My video which has just gone through the processes above

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Join us on every Thursday on ‘Blabbing for Britain’ with Jon and Steven

This week sees our 14th ‘Blabbing for Britain’ show and we thought we would take a moment to look back and thank the people who have taken part.

Blab is about getting involved , networking , chatting with people from around the globe.

Blab is ideal for interviews , group discussions , tuition and promoting your cause

When we started our aim was to explore Blab ourselves , to promote a site we both enjoy using and encourage people to join us on camera .

We are succeeding

Over the weeks we have made many new friends around the globe and met up on video with people we have known online for years but never spoken to directly.

From our existing online friends we have chatted to Andrew Wilcox , Stephen Bray , Alan Rae , Laurence Lowne, Kevin Arrow . Rod Sloane and Su Butcher

New friends

We have really enjoyed ‘Blabbing for Britain’ and connecting with new friends . among them are

Kelvin Fagan, Steven Bate, Ani Alexander, Peter Stewart , Kevin Scullion , Saul Fleischman,Liam O’Gogain ,Wendy,Sharlene Ryle ,Paul Deach ,Ileane Smith ,Stephen Silk ,Steve Lawson ,CJ Sohal and Nathyn Gibson

Blab is more than a video chat site , there is a real sense of community.

If you want to try out the site in friendly surroundings with hosts who never take themselves too seriously , bring you the latest Blab updates , UK news of the week and an opprtunity to join in on camera or simply just to watch THEN

You can subscribe here

or on Blab here

or on YouTube

AND

Our next Blab

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Babs Blabs about Blogs (with Steven ) – Starting your own Blog

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

Babs and I discussed how to get started with your Blog.

We were joined by our lively engaged audience enthusiastically helping and contributing

We covered the following topics

Hosting your website
Installing WordPress
Writing your first Blog post (s)
Blogging Ideas
Finding photos for your blog
Copyright
Publishing your blog
Posting blogs and getting good at writing
Guest writing
Email Lists
Pop-Ups
Facebook Instant Articles

About Barbara

In a nutshell: having worked my way through from office junior when I left school at 16 (computers were rare and huge then – we used manual typewriters and log tables!) to management accounting, regional management for a security firm into a great role in the food ingredients industry, then up to London and computer support for some great blue chips, and finally settling in Kent to build my own business and focus on the Internet.

Now I’ve brought together my century-spanning (ok, so that’s just a lucky timing thing, but does add up to well over 15 years) experience of the web together with commercial experience, and focus on Internet marketing strategy – both enabling others to do their own and doing it for them with the team.

The rest of the time, I run the Blogmistress which offers every kind of WordPress help you might want.

You can watch the replay of our show on Thursday 18th February 2pm here

or on Blab here

or on Youtube

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Chat with Kevin Arrow of Sarkemedia talking about the 30 Day Webinar Challenge

Kevin and I are long time real life good friends and over the last 10 years and more we have supported each other in many projects.

A very informative session explaining many aspects of Webinars and an overview of the 30 day course.

You may know Kevin from SarkeMedia and the 30 Day Blogging Challenge which he runs with Sarah.

Since Periscope appeared he has been running his own shows and has attracted quite an audience and an in depth knowledge of the system.

Kevin unveiled the NEW 30 day Webinar challenge on the show .

The course takes anyone from Webinar novice through to creating and running your first webinar either live on camera or using slides.

The method has been tried and tested and sales are already beng made by people who are just testing the system

There will be more information here

Webinars are an incredibly powerful way of connecting with your audience.

Monday at 7:00 pm

You can watch the Blab replay below

or visit Blab here

or watch on Youtube

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 12th February @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

25 MINUTE CASUAL FRIDAY. TOTAL BLABBUS INTERRUPTUS. #THECIRCADIANS #LEARNBLAB 3:00PM

Interview with BlackCaesarX about Avant-garde art projects 5:00PM

Networking! Make Authentic Connections! #Support #Collaboration #LetsDoThis 5:30 PM

30 Day Blogging Challenege Graduate Interview With Sue Fleckenstein 8:00pm

The Live Video Show: Guest Ryan A. Bell of #SummitLive 9:00 pm

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Thursday 11th February @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Product Creation Made Easy TV 4:00PM

Chat w/@Jonathan Tripp – Host of BlabNation on Startups & Social Everything 5:00PM



Easy Ways to Increase Twitter Followers, Leads and Engagement
7:00PM



The Biggest Misconceptions on Marketing Your Business Online #MomentumTribeMojo
10:00 PM

Snapchat for Business. How & Why? w/ Johnathan Christian @jdgem 11:00 PM

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Interview with BlackCaesarX about Avant-garde art projects

I first spoke with Carlos Romero of ikohaus when Jon and I were interviewing JoeJoe Keys on Blab and were new to the platform , his help and advice were the beginnings of a good friendship. We are also all members of social networking site Empire.Kred

The core of our chat today is Avant-garde art and project using people as paint. Our chat promises to interesting and thought provoking

Examples of work featured on ikohaus

Friday 12/02/2016 at 5:00 pm GMT

You can subscribe below and watch us when we go live

You can see Carlos’ website here

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How to be a good host on Blab.im – Part 1 @Blab

In the last five + months on Blab I have had more fun than a host of other networks , I have joined in as a guest and talked with people around the globe.

I have also hosted over 30 shows and this week Jon Upton and I will be running our 13th ‘Blabbing for Britain’ show .

There are three sets of people involved in any Blab

Primary Host who arranges the Blab and controls the live show

Guests  Up to 3 guests may also appear live on camera

Audience Who can view the Blab live or watch the replay. If watching live they can appear on camera (see guests) and make comments and ask questions

 

To host a show NOW.

 

Creating A Blab

 

(1)  Choose your Blab title . 

Make it as meaningful as you can , if you have  a guest – name your guest and your topic

(2) Select up to three Tags

These will be used by potential viewers when searching for a Blab.

(3) Select an image

If you have a guest use their picture

If you are running a series of Blabs create a show card . I create mine using Relay  (Interview with Craig Carpenter CEO is here )

(4) To host the show at once press [Now]

Finally press [Start Now]

 

Hosting a Planned Show (with a guest)

The start steps are the same as hosting a show on the spur of the moment , simply set the Blab to start a future date,

Promoting

After you have booked the show you need to build your audience

From within the Blab

1 You can promote on Twitter .  You can edit the tweet and remember to Check the time and edit to your own time zone.

2 You can promote on Facebook . You can edit the text.

3 You can embed the Blab on your website in a blog . Copy the code and paste into your blog post.

When I have create a planned Blab I write a blog post on the topic of the blab and the guest and then embed the Blab within the post. This means people can subscribe to the blab and watch it live on my webpage.

In the run up to the Blab I promote the blog on Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn.

On the Day of the Blab

Keeping contact with your guest is important especially if it is their first time on Blab . I create a chat on Facebook messenger to enable me to talk to the guest before and during the blab if problems arrive.

On the morning of the Blab I greet them and post the following message

‘I will start the event five minutes early to give people a chance to take their seats and we can check out our settings and promote the Blab as it goes live. We can use Facebook chat as a back channel to communicate during the live event in case of problems . Of course now we are fully prepared we should not have any .

I will make you co-host of the Blab . This has two effects , if I have problems and need to leave the Blab and come back there will still be a live Blab to return to . The second benefit is that the Blab will appear on your own Blab profile page around 20 minutes after the event , you can then repurpose it if you wish by sending out links.

I answer any questions they may have

Then 15 minutes before we start I connect again and we just chat .

I start the Blab 10 minutes before the start time and post the link in the Facebook Messenger chat and tell my guest to click the link and press the Call In button next to my picture

This gives us 10 minutes to

1 Check out sound
2 Check out video
3 I explain the Blab interface to my guest and to everyone watching .
4 We promote the LIVE Blab by Twitter and Facebook.

This warm up period is essential .

Then we can go live and start recording on time .

Interview Blabs

If you have invited someone to be a guest on your show then they are the the person your viewers have come to watch.

To me this means that my job is to lead the discussion and prompt with questions as the interview progresses. I want to hear what my guest has to say and so do the audience.

The job of the host is to make sure everything runs smoothly , we will discuss how to do this in my next blog post.

In the meantime check out Blab yourself by clicking here

Finally .. what do people talk about on BLAB ? EVERYTHING !!

 

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Interview with Brian Murray of CoTap THE workplace mobile messaging app

An enjoyable informative interview with Brian Murray of Cotap I have been using Cotap for the last three weeks and appreciate the clear cross platform interface , the speed and security and the sharing capabilities

I first connected with Brian when Thomas Power introduced a group of us to the Cotap messaging system.

We went from Yammer , Microsoft buying Yammer , the change in culture and vision which led to the creation of a new independent company Cotap.inc and of the new corporate messaging application app Cotap.

It was fascinating to discover how Cotap has developed and the range of facilities that are available to users.

In a wide range chat we discussed

Cotaps beginnings
Company Message systems
The need for speed
Security
Ease of registration
Messaging
File Transfer
Integrated phone and video calling (Individual and group)
Group Messaging
System Integrations

Wednesday 10/02/2016 at 6:00 pm .

Cotap

About Cotap

Cotap-Overview

 

All-in-one communication. Group texting, voice & video calling and file sharing on any device, all in one place. Brought to you by people passionate about making communication at work easier, faster and more human.

Despite the numerous tools intended to help people communicate at work, we’re still a lot better at communicating in our personal lives. Cotap Co-Founders Jim Patterson and Zack Parker set out to change that by empowering employees to communicate in a way they already love — with their mobile devices.

Founded in May 2013, Cotap was born so everyone from the breakroom to the boardroom could easily have the conversations that drive work forward — fast, active, dynamic dialogue that’s meaningful. We’re obsessed with fixing communication at work. Since Cotap launched its first app in October 2013, workers everywhere now have access to real time, secure and easy-to-use mobile communication.

All your communication, together in one place.

Cotap lets employees seamlessly communicate via text, voice and video from any device

Know when messages are delivered and seen.

Keep everyone in the loop and increase accountability. Make groups for departments, projects, office locations or anything your team needs to coordinate around. See when messages are delivered and who’s seen them, in real time.

Call across the world, no long distance charges.

No more swapping phone numbers or searching for dial-in codes. With voice and video calling from desktop or mobile, you can have face-to-face conversations wherever you are.
Launch instant global conference calls with up to 1000 participants.

Send photos and files instantly

With a built-in camera, Cotap lets you snap a photo or shoot a video the moment something happens. Drag-and-drop files from desktop to mobile.

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You can discover Cotap here

Join my Cotap Group here

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Interview with Jeroen Geut ,helping digital businesses to grow their efficiency

Last night was an enjoyable chat with Jeroen Geut about Digital Business Support .

Jeroen and I connected on Facebook and I have joined his group Digital Business Support

Jeroen explained the group was for anyone who did business online from selling on Amazon , running Udemy Courses ti running Webinars

We covered the creation of the group , its aims and the current members

This was followed by a chat about social media in general.

You can find the Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/digibizsupport/

Jeroen Geut, a finance and accounting professional with broad experience in business. His sector and industry range from hotel and catering, financial services and information and communication technology, to name a few.

Having recently been described as a new generation accounting professional, Jeroen has proven to enhance businesses efficiency and effectiveness, taking accounting and finance away from SME owners/managers daily worries.

His key question: “How much is it going to cost if you don’t do it?” instead of saying: “Don’t do it, it will cost too much.”, allows him to work successfully with numerous clients, who also get to benefit from his broad, multi-lingual network and international focus

Monday 08/02/2016 at 8:00 pm .

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 5th February @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Easy-to-Use Twitter Tips! w/@bonnielfrank @NancyMyrland 5:00PM GMT

Reducing your blog’s bounce rate with @TheKimSixFix & @SimplePinMedia #PinClass 6:00 pm

24 Hours of World Peace Livestream- WTCQD 9:00 pm

Social Chatter – What’s Cooking In Social Media for February 1 – February 7 10:00 pm

Digital Transformation: corporate imperative or urban legend? #SB50Disrupt 11:00 pm

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Thursday 4th February @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

How to get booked as a podcast guest with Jessica Rhodes on Mimika TV 5:00PM

Product Hunt LIVE with Jason Fried, Founder & CEO at Basecamp 6:00 PM

HR’s Journey to the Cloud w/ @SMC_Kellie @itelligence_US #SB50Disrupt 7:00 PM

The Content Marketing Podcast Episode 21 : Create A Content Editorial Plan 9:00 PM

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Live Video Interviews on #Blab in February 2016 Subscribe Now !

Introducing another great series of Blab interviews with a group of people I know well and respect.

Many I have been connected to for the last ten years , several I have met , all are good friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their gamee

Sales Management \ Digital Business Growth \ Avant-garde ART \ 30 day Periscope Challenge \Blogging\ Social Media in Business

Interview with Marcus Cauchi Sandler Sales Management Trainer 05/02/2016 at 2:00 PM GMT

Marcus and I have known each other for over 10 years since we connected on UK Networing site Ecademy. I am so looking forward to talking , it will be a very lively action packed informative session.

Gerry Millington UK Country Sales Manager, Beaver-Visitec International says :

‘His lecture livened up the room, shocked some of us a little with his rather direct approach, but make complete and utter sense to me – particularly when he asked if we had ever recruited the best sales person ever in the World, who bowled over everyone at interview and yet turned out to be a complete lemon. ‘

 

Interview with Jeroen Geut ,helping digital businesses to grow their efficiency 08/02/2016 at 8:00 pm .

Jeroen and I connected on Facebook and I have joined his group Digital Business Support

I am looking forward to exploring Jeroen’s innovative approach to Digital Business

Jeroen Geut, a finance and accounting professional with broad experience in business. His sector and industry range from hotel and catering, financial services and information and communication technology, to name a few.

Having recently been described as a new generation accounting professional, Jeroen has proven to enhance businesses efficiency and effectiveness, taking accounting and finance away from SME owners/managers daily worries.

His key question: “How much is it going to cost if you don’t do it?” instead of saying: “Don’t do it, it will cost too much.”, allows him to work successfully with numerous clients, who also get to benefit from his broad, multi-lingual network and international focus

Interview with Brian Murray of CoTap THE workplace mobile messaging app 10/02/2016 at 6:00 pm .

I first connected with Brian when Thomas Power introduced a group of us to the Cotap messaging system.

I am looking forward to discovering more about how Cotap can help in our businesses

Cotap

All your communication, together in one place.

Cotap lets employees seamlessly communicate via text, voice and video from any device

Know when messages are delivered and seen.

Keep everyone in the loop and increase accountability. Make groups for departments, projects, office locations or anything your team needs to coordinate around. See when messages are delivered and who’s seen them, in real time.

Call across the world, no long distance charges.

No more swapping phone numbers or searching for dial-in codes. With voice and video calling from desktop or mobile, you can have face-to-face conversations wherever you are.
Launch instant global conference calls with up to 1000 participants.

Send photos and files instantly

With a built-in camera, Cotap lets you snap a photo or shoot a video the moment something happens. Drag-and-drop files from desktop to mobile.

 

Interview with BlackCaesarX about Avant-garde art projects 12/02/2016 at 5:00 pm

I first connected with Carlos Romero of ikohaus when Jon and I were interviewing JoeJoe Keys on Blab and were new to the platform , his help and advice were the beginnings of a good friendship.

The core of our chat today is Avant-garde art and project using people as paint. Our chat promises to interesting and thought provoking

 

Chat with Kevin Arrow of Sarkemedia Founder of the 30 Day Perisope Challenge 15/02/2016 at 7:00 pm

Kevin and I are long time real life good friends and over the last 10 years and more we have supported each other in many projects.

You may know Kevin from SarkeMedia and the 30 Day Blogging Challenge which he runs with Sarah.

Since Periscope appeared he has been running his own shows and has attracted quite an audience and an in depth knowledge of the system.

This show is to discover more about the ’30 Day Periscope Challenge’ and there will be an opportunity to talk to Kevin on air

Kevin says

‘The truth is, we’ve spent a lifetime building up up our business and tweaking and testing things, not unlike yourself. When you’re using a platform like Periscope demonstrating your expertise is how you generate leads for your business. Let me show you how.’



Babs Blabs about Blogs (with Steven )
18/02/2016 at 2:00 pm

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

We will be discussing blogs

Last time we chatted I lost sound and Babs took control as I did the interview via text (Sorry Babs) . This time round we are co-hosting , my sound is working and we are good to go .

About Barbara

In a nutshell: having worked my way through from office junior when I left school at 16 (computers were rare and huge then – we used manual typewriters and log tables!) to management accounting, regional management for a security firm into a great role in the food ingredients industry, then up to London and computer support for some great blue chips, and finally settling in Kent to build my own business and focus on the Internet.

Now I’ve brought together my century-spanning (ok, so that’s just a lucky timing thing, but does add up to well over 15 years) experience of the web together with commercial experience, and focus on Internet marketing strategy – both enabling others to do their own and doing it for them with the team.

The rest of the time, I run the Blogmistress which offers every kind of WordPress help you might want.

 

Cendrine and Steven chat about Social Media for business with a special guest. 23/02/2016 at 8:00 pm

Last month I interviewed Cendrine and we got along famously and had a blast . So this month we are teaming up to co-host and chat with a very special guest about social media,

Cendrine Marrouat is a social media blogger & coach, curator, author, and photographer living in Canada. She is the founder of Social Media Slant, a blog helping small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs to figure out the basics of social media.

In 2015, Cendrine was recognized a Top 100 Business Blogger by BuzzHUMM. Social Media Slant also made Fit Small Business’ Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 list.

Cendrine contributes regular content for B2B News Network, and guest posts on several other blogs. She has authored two books.

The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win was awarded a 2015 Small Business Book Award in the Social Media Category.

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Interview with Marcus Cauchi Sandler Sales Management Trainer

Marcus and I have known each other for over 10 years since we connected on UK Networing site Ecademy.

The session is designed for OWNERS, CEOs, professionals, ambitious and even reluctant salespeople

A very enjoyable , informative masterclass in sales by Marcus Cauchi .

Topics covered

What is selling?

Where do the problems start with sales?

We’ve all received cold calls and generally don’t like them. How do salespeople do that all day?

What are the kind of questions a business owner or CEO needs to be asking themselves and their sales manager?

Who is in control of the sale, the buyer or the seller?

We’ve all been asked to complete a proposal or some kind of tender document. What advice can you give to people who get asked to do this?

What are the most common mistakes salespeople make?

All in all a very entertaining and instructive session

Gerry Millington UK Country Sales Manager, Beaver-Visitec International says :

‘His lecture livened up the room, shocked some of us a little with his rather direct approach, but make complete and utter sense to me – particularly when he asked if we had ever recruited the best sales person ever in the World, who bowled over everyone at interview and yet turned out to be a complete lemon. ‘

About Marcus

Marcus Cauchi is a seller who teaches selling, not a trainer who teaches sales. He has made £millions of pounds ….. of mistakes. He suffered much scar tissue in front of prospects and clients. He believes most salespeople make their own lives harder than they need to because they fixate on money as being the issue, they put the customer on a pedestal and treat prospects and suspects as if they are doing them a favour instead of realising that they have the problem which the seller can fix. Prospects don’t object unless the salesperson takes them there!

Marcus has been successfully serving his clients with Sandler Training since 2004. He used to struggle for the previous 17. He made all the mistakes you and your salespeople are probably making today; free consulting, putting the prospect in the driving seat, thinking the customer is king (a big fat lie!), by offering unilateral discounts and concessions which meant he was giving away his employers’ profits. Not for cissies!

Date 05/02/2016 at 2:00 PM GMT

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 29th January @Blab [Edited]

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

‘Smarter Branding’ and ‘Innovative E-learning’ 2:00PM GMT

#WhatsNext in Accounting with Thriveal and Going Concern 6:00 PM GMT

Product Hunt LIVE Chat with Jesse Williams, cofounder Ebroji, actor and activist 7:00 PM GMT

Social Chatter – What’s Cooking In Social Media for January 25 – January 31 10:00PM GMT

The Carolyn Rim Show with Guest Anthony Conklin 11:00 PM

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Thursday 28th January @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

The Value of LinkedIn & Blogging w/ @RickCooper #blabnation 3:00PM GMT

List Building Strategies with Andy Beveridge and the IM Rebels 4:00PM GMT

Collaboration the key to digital disruption! #CloudTalk #SB50disrupt 5:00PM GMT

Why Customer Experience Matters – Joel Comm Show w/@BrianSolis 9:00PM GMT

Speaker, Actress, Comedian, Kim Coles shares how speaking healed her, plus more 10:00PM GMT

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Wednesday 27th January @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Building Your Business Through Public Relations & Marketing: Guest Shaan Puri

Time 5:00PM GMT

Create & Multiply Your Content for 7 Social Media Profiles in 30 Mins Daily…

9PM GMT



How to COLLABORATE to create, market, and sell digital products online

10:00PM GMT

Leveraging Audio for Business: 2016 Trends to build your audience

Midnight GMT

Blabbing for Britain with Jon and Steven , your questions answered Episode 11

Thursday 10:00 AM GMT

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What are Blab.im video chats ? An introduction

and why are thousands of people getting involved ?

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In the last five + months on Blab I have had more fun than a host of other networks , I have joined in as a guest and talked with people around the globe.

At first I was wary of going onto camera live before people I did not know , so for the first month I explored and watched Blabs on a variety of disparate topics . Then one day Phil Aston was holding one of his ‘Cornwall Blab Hour – Business Networking’ shows and he invited people to join him on camera.

Much to my surprise I did , fifteen minutes later I was bitten by the Blab bug . I wanted to do more , host my own shows – get Blabbing. I have never looked back.

With Jon Upton I host a weekly show every Thursday called Blabbing for Britain . Over the weeks Jon and I have been joined my many guests , friends of old and new friends who we found on Blab . We talk about everything under the sun , people join us on camera for the first time and we have a great time chatting.

So what does a typical Blab look like ?

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Let’s take a closer look

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To take an active part in a Blab you need to be logged in using your Twitter Account

(1) Host

Every Blab has a host . They schedule the Blab , promote it , start it on time and control the proceedings . Every host has moderator powers.

The host may also appoint other people to co-host

(2) Guest

The second seat may be taken by a guest who joins after the Blab has started by calling in .

(3) Open Seat

Every Blab has four seats , two taken by the guest and host . Seats 3 and 4 can be opened at the discretion of the host and more people can join in the chat and ask questions or add their viewpoints to the live discussion.

(4) Viewers

At the top of the screen we can see the avatars of people who are watching live . As a member of the audience yourself you can click on the avatar and follow them both on Twitter and Blab is you wish .

(5) Comments from viewers and (6) Message Box

As a member of the audience (logged in with Twitter) , you can make comments during the course of the discussion. you can also ask text questions by prefixing your question with /Q

(7) Questions from the Audience

When a text question is asked it appears on the left hand side of the screen for the host to see. They can then select the questions and bring them into the discussion.

(8) Blab Promotion

Blabs can be promoted on Twitter and Facebook – before the event , during the event and after the even to promote the replays if the show was recorded.

(9) Blab is a Community.

If you want to connect with the people taking part on camera in the discussion then an automated system gives you the option to do so. This saves time if there are four people on camera.

(10) Audience Numbers

At the top of the screen you cam see two totals . The left hand one is the number of people who have viewed the Blab , the right hand one is the number of people logged in who are watching the show live.

You can watch any Blab without being logged in .

(11) Blab Topic

The topic of the show is decided by the host.

Taking part in a Blab is simple .

(A) Login with Twitter and you can make comments and ask questions whilst watching the show

(B) Going live on air , press the button and at the discretion of the host(s) you can go on camera and join in the video discussion.

In my next blog post I will cover best practice in hosting a Blab and how my adventure of interviewing over 20 great friends on camera to a LIVE audience began.

In the meantime check out Blab yourself by clicking here (It takes you to Blab)

Finally .. what do people talk about on BLAB ? EVERYTHING !!

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Interview with Barbara Saul about web design , online marketing and WordPress

I interviewed Babs Saul via text as my sound failed in the first five minutes
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Barbara took control though and in an interesting 30 minute talk gave insights into WordPress, themes , plugins , blogging , collaborative blogs and her plans for the future
We are grateful to Simon Raybould who hopped in to ask questions live and to Lynn Tulip who asked questions tooe

Barbara and I have known each other for over 10 years , in her role as BlogMistress she hosts websites for Angelika and me and many of our friends , She is always there to lend a helping hand when we manage to break the sites , resolving problems without fuss and showing endless patience .

We will be discussing web design , online marketing and of course WordPress .

Wednesday 27Th January 10:00 AM GMT

About Barbara

In a nutshell: having worked my way through from office junior when I left school at 16 (computers were rare and huge then – we used manual typewriters and log tables!) to management accounting, regional management for a security firm into a great role in the food ingredients industry, then up to London and computer support for some great blue chips, and finally settling in Kent to build my own business and focus on the Internet.

Now I’ve brought together my century-spanning (ok, so that’s just a lucky timing thing, but does add up to well over 15 years) experience of the web together with commercial experience, and focus on Internet marketing strategy – both enabling others to do their own and doing it for them with the team.

The rest of the time, I run the Blogmistress which offers every kind of WordPress help you might want.

You can view the replay here

or on YouTube

 

 

You can watch on Blab.im by clicking here

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Friday 22nd January @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited

The #SocialRecruiting Show Ep 13. It’s Time To #TwitterSmarter w/ @MadalynSklar

Time 3:00PM GMT Direct Link here

 

Make at Least 2-3 Authentic Connections! @TheSmartChic #Networking #Blab

Time 5:30 GMT Direct Link here

 

Interview with Cendrine Marrouat author of The Little Big eBook on Social Media

Time 8:00PM GMT Direct Link here

 

Let’s Argue About Technology EP.1 #VirtualReality

Time 10:00 PM Direct Link here

 

 

Whilst you are waiting for the Blabs , please enjoy the interviews where we enjoyed chatting and learning about business

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Thursday 21st January @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited

LiveStreaming vs. Podcasting Round 2 #blabnation

Time 3:00pm

Social Media Tool Hacks for Small Biz Owners’ w/ special guest @IanCleary

Time 6:00Pm

Live with Peter Shankman: Founder of HARO – Joel Comm Show

Time 9:00 pm

Passive Income Show – Phil Ebiner’s Udemy Course Promotion Formula

Time 2:00 AM Friday (Watch the Replay ?)

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Blab Live Video Shows to Watch on Wednesday 20th January @Blab

Listed below are a selection of Blab.im sessions we can watch live today or catch the replay

If you see them live you can get involved by asking text questions or appearing on camera if you are invited.

Productivity Power Panel with Chris Brogan Mike Vardy and ErikJFisher

Time 4:00PM GMT

Blab Hello Show – welcoming new users with Brittany and Hannah

Time 5:30 PM GMT

This show is not recorded

Soulful Living Interview with Garth Delikan

Time 8PM GMT

And you can catch the show Blabbing for Britain on Thursday at 10:00 am with Jon Upton and me

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Interview with Cendrine Marrouat author of The Little Big eBook on Social Media

A thoroughly enjoyable chat with Cendrine as we discussed all things social media .

Cendrine’s depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for social media shone through and we covered from a business perspective

Getting started on Social Media
Tracking and learning from your competition
Engaging your audience
Dealing with complaints
Content Creation
Blogging

We connected over a year ago when Suzan St Maur introduced Cendrine on my Prospect Networking Facebook group

Cendrine Marrouat is a social media blogger & coach, curator, author, and photographer living in Canada. She is the founder of Social Media Slant, a blog helping small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs to figure out the basics of social media.

In 2015, Cendrine was recognized a Top 100 Business Blogger by BuzzHUMM. Social Media Slant also made Fit Small Business’ Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 list.

Cendrine contributes regular content for B2B News Network, and guest posts on several other blogs. She has authored two books.

The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win was awarded a 2015 Small Business Book Award in the Social Media Category.

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Interview with Maya Middlemiss of Saros Research Ltd

Maya and I enjoyed 40 minutes of lively informative discussion centred around Market Research and Maya’s company Saros Research.

We first connected online in  April 2014 when Graham introduced Maya to a networking group I manage on Facebook.

We covered the types of project in which you can get involved ranging from personal interviews to group sessions and the state of online research systems.

I have to admit that before the interview I knew little about the topic but swayed by Maya’s enthusiasm and expertise not only do I understand the topic – i have also signed up .
Registering takes just a few minutes , your application is reviewed and if you are accepted you will receive a welcome email with 24 hours.

Saros supports UK Business by providing pre-qualified people to take part in the research , Maya explained how it all works and how you can become a paid market research fieldwork.

You can apply for projects as they arise and could find yourself helping by giving unbiased informed consultation on a wide range of products .

Sign up is free https://www.sarosresearch.com/

If selected you get paid for your time , you can pick the projects that interest you and if you are accepted are set for a new adventure

Join us as we explore how market research can help your business and how you can participate in a fascinating industry.

Saros are currently looking for gamers to test Virtual Reality headsets , this is your chance to have a say before the systems go into full production

Saros Research is the UK’s leading database-driven market research and user experience participant recruitment company, recruiting participants for a diverse range of qualitative, social and technical projects across all consumer and B2B market sectors. I am a proactive and progressive project manager, with a fantastic team here at Saros, passionate about excellence in customer service and project delivery. Extensive market research fieldwork experience combined with a background in community development and diversity allow me to offer expert consultancy on any research recruitment project from social to usability to commercial, and this can-do attitude and alignment with our clients’ values and objectives extends throughout the Saros organisation.

Why people should take part in paid research events like focus groups and user testing – it’s not all about the money!

Maya is promoting registration as a research participant with sarosresearch.com

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Interview with Fraser Hay , Business Coach, Speaker, Author of 14 small business books & Founder of Grow Your Business® Club

A most excellent chat with Fraser on Blab.im this morning .

It is a tour de force by Fraser as he brings ‘Grow Your Business’ to life in his very own energetic style .

As Fraser says ‘In case you missed it – A video of my interview with Steven Healey aka “Parky”. Stick the kettle on and watch the video below. Feel free to share the link with your network(s) & claim your FREE membership at http://growyourbusiness.club

I have known Fraser for about 10 years , over that time we have chatted and helped each other many times. If you are looking for a helping hand with your business then Fraser is your man , he has helped countless numbers of our mutual contacts to create plans AND follow them through.

Fraser is the Founder of Grow Your Business® Club & Principal of Grow Your Business® School

In addition to his coaching and business forum Fraser is a best selling Amazon author

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Fraser says

What’s the next goal or objective that you’d like to achieve?

Are you…

• Struggling with your entrepreneurial mojo?
• Struggling to generate leads, enquiries, prospects, sales or referrals?
• Struggling to increase exposure, awareness or results – online?
• Struggling to document your model, vision or strategy?
• Struggling to grow your business?
• Struggling to find a Keynote Speaker?

If any of the above describe your current situation, then read on.

As a Business Coach, for over 10+ years, I’ve helped business owners from around the globe to identify & address the issues, challenges & obstacles that have been holding them back & preventing them from achieving their goals & objectives.

Many small business owners are just too busy dealing with the symptoms of reactive, unplanned, unstructured approaches to identify & address the root cause of their frustrations or lack of results.

Many just need a new plan of action.

You can watch the replay of the interview here

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Blab Interview with Kornelia Santoro , award-winning cookbook writer and author of ‘Cooking for Happiness’

Kornelia and I connected on Empire.Kred , later working together as part of a team to promote the site. Angelika and I were fortunate to meet Kornelia and her son whenwe enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in Berlin last Summer . I am looking forward to the interview and discussing her new book ‘Cooking for Happiness’

Kornelia Santoro is a German writer living in Goa, India, who spezialices in food writing. She has published her experiences of almost two decades cooking Mediterranean food in India for her husband and son on her own website ‘Kornelia’s Kitchen’.

‘Kornelia’s Kitchen’, the cookbook was released on 21st of December 2010.

Kornelia Santoro was born in Ansbach, a small town in northern Bavaria. She studied German language, Political Science and Theatre science in Erlangen and completed training as certified reporter and news editor in Regensburg. She continued to work there for newspapers and radio.

From 1992 until 1994 she rode on an Enfield bullet through India. Finally she settled with her husband, Alberto Santoro, in Goa. 1999 their son Valentino was born.

Writing a cookbook – though suggested by her husband – is a direct result from her upbringing. Both parents, public servants, had experienced the Second World War with its hunger periods. Food was very important for the family and shared meals were the focus of family life. Kornelia Santoro started to collect cook books in her teenage days. Compiling this collection of recipes and describing her experiences has joined two spheres of her existence: writing and the demands of a life as housewife and mother.

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Software Challenge – The Problem and the Idea

Ideally software should be designed and written to solve a real world problem , far too often we see new software launched and puzzle at it’s usefulness .

The problem should come before the idea , that way you have already discovered your target market .

If you solution takes away the pain at an equitable price then you can starting designing

Before you do though ask around , find out how commonplace the problem is , this helps you define the size of the potential market.

Over the next few weeks I am developing a solution to a real world problem , you can follow me as the new software evolves

I am looking for alpha testers , constructive suggestions and help .

The problem .

You have written the most amazing blog post ever and you want to promote .

You have an awesome back catalog of old blog posts which are timeless and want promoting.

You want to promote your Blabs , your meetings and your seminars

Next you do not want to restrict promotion to your own works , you want to include friends blogs and activities , both to help them and vary the output on your own channels.

You want also to add interesting posts found while surfing.

Finally you want to set it up quickly and maintain it easily and you want your friends to do the same .

The idea

To create a powerful easy to use Promotion system that can do everything outlined in the problem.

It will export all your WordPress blogs from your websites and import them into the program . you decide which ones to promote, adding hashtags to titles without affecting your blog posts/

The system will then take care of all the promotion.

How can you get involved (and earn a free copy) ?

Please tweet this blog post and I will get in touch.

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Blab Interview with Elliott Rodgers author of Save Your Business Money eBook

An enjoyable informative chat with Elliott as we discussed topics from his ebook.

We had never met before and we took the opportunity to chat about pretty much everything which is of interest to us

Elliott Rodgers is both a web developer and graphic designer and author of “Save Your Business Money eBook“

Saving Your Business Money eBook is not another manual about running a small business, but a guide with tips, tools and resources that can save a small business hundreds of pounds. Plus all copies bought at this website come with bonus FREE content. It also has many ways of save time, allowing business owners to use their time far more effectively.

Review of the book Saving Your Business Money eBook by Eleanor, Social Media Consultant & Digital Journalist.

“Saving Your Business Money is real must-have for any business, regardless of size. The tricks and tips are worth their weights in gold and Elliott has taken research to an art form, packing the book with useful insider knowledge. Because it’s so regularly updated, it has an eye on all the latest trends and quirks, meaning your business will be one step ahead and looking like it too.

Packed with bonuses and extra content, Saving Your Business Money is a smart investment for any business. “

Elliott Rodgers is both a web developer and graphic designer and author of “Save Your Business Money eBook

Saving Your Business Money eBook is not another manual about running a small business, but a guide with tips, tools and resources that can save a small business hundreds of pounds. Plus all copies bought at this website come with bonus FREE content. It also has many ways of save time, allowing business owners to use their time far more effectively.

Review of the book Saving Your Business Money eBook by Eleanor, Social Media Consultant & Digital Journalist.

“Saving Your Business Money is real must-have for any business, regardless of size. The tricks and tips are worth their weights in gold and Elliott has taken research to an art form, packing the book with useful insider knowledge. Because it’s so regularly updated, it has an eye on all the latest trends and quirks, meaning your business will be one step ahead and looking like it too.

Packed with bonuses and extra content, Saving Your Business Money is a smart investment for any business. “

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You can get your own copy of the book at 50% Discount use the code ‘BLABSYBM’ here “Save Your Business Money eBook

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Many I have been connected to for the last ten years , several I have met , all are good friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their game

Catalonia / Save your Business Money / Cooking for Happiness /Market Research /The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences /  Web design and online marketing

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Simon Harris 12th at 7:00 PM GMT

In this second interview with Simon we will be looking at the last century of political Catalanism and then bring it right up to date by reviewing the recent Spanish election

The book on which the interview is based ‘Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective’

How much does the world know about Catalonia and its role as a great medieval empire and one of Europe’s first nation states? In Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective author Simon Harris takes the reader through 1,000 years of Catalan history focusing on the Principality’s often difficult relationship with Castile-dominated Spain. This insightful and balanced history gives an insider’s background to the current political situation and why Catalonia is engaged in a process for deciding whether it wants to be independent from Spain.

The book is here

About Simon

I have lived in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, since 1988, where I have had a career as a minor rock star and then a university-level teacher of English and translator. My main writing topics are Catalan history, language and culture. I had my first book Going Native in Catalonia published by Native Spain in 2008 and self-published Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective in late 2014

 

Elliott Rodgers 11th Jan 2:00 PM GMT

Elliott Rodgers, web developer and graphic designer and author of “Save Your Business Money eBook

Saving Your Business Money eBook is not another manual about running a small business, but a guide with tips, tools and resources that can save a small business hundreds of pounds. Plus all copies bought at this website come with bonus FREE content. It also has many ways of save time, allowing business owners to use their time far more effectively.

Review of the book Saving Your Business Money eBook by Eleanor, Social Media Consultant & Digital Journalist.

“Saving Your Business Money is real must-have for any business, regardless of size. The tricks and tips are worth their weights in gold and Elliott has taken research to an art form, packing the book with useful insider knowledge. Because it’s so regularly updated, it has an eye on all the latest trends and quirks, meaning your business will be one step ahead and looking like it too.

Packed with bonuses and extra content, Saving Your Business Money is a smart investment for any business. “

 

Kornelia Santoro 12th at 11:00 AM GMT

Kornelia Santoro is a German writer living in Goa, India, who spezialices in food writing. She has published her experiences of almost two decades cooking Mediterranean food in India for her husband and son on her own website ‘Kornelia’s Kitchen’.

‘Kornelia’s Kitchen’, the cookbook was released on 21st of December 2010.

Kornelia Santoro was born in Ansbach, a small town in northern Bavaria. She studied German language, Political Science and Theatre science in Erlangen and completed training as certified reporter and news editor in Regensburg. She continued to work there for newspapers and radio.

From 1992 until 1994 she rode on an Enfield bullet through India. Finally she settled with her husband, Alberto Santoro, in Goa. 1999 their son Valentino was born.

Writing a cookbook – though suggested by her husband – is a direct result from her upbringing. Both parents, public servants, had experienced the Second World War with its hunger periods. Food was very important for the family and shared meals were the focus of family life. Kornelia Santoro started to collect cook books in her teenage days. Compiling this collection of recipes and describing her experiences has joined two spheres of her existence: writing and the demands of a life as housewife and mother.

 

Fraser Hay – January 13 10:00 AM GMT

I have known Fraser for about 10 years , over that time we have chatted and helped each other many times. If you are looking for a helping hand with your business then Fraser is your man , he has helped countless numbers of our mutual contacts to create plans AND follow them through.

Fraser is the Founder of Grow Your Business® Club & Principal of Grow Your Business® School

In addition to his coaching and business forum Fraser is a best selling Amazon author

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Maya Middlemiss – January 18 3:00 PM GMT Managing director of Saros Research Ltd

I am looking forward to learning all about Market Research when I interview Maya on January 18th on Blab at 3pm . We first connected online in  April 2014 when Graham introduced Maya to a networking group I manage on Facebook.

Saros Research is the UK’s leading database-driven market research and user experience participant recruitment company, recruiting participants for a diverse range of qualitative, social and technical projects across all consumer and B2B market sectors. I am a proactive and progressive project manager, with a fantastic team here at Saros, passionate about excellence in customer service and project delivery. Extensive market research fieldwork experience combined with a background in community development and diversity allow me to offer expert consultancy on any research recruitment project from social to usability to commercial, and this can-do attitude and alignment with our clients’ values and objectives extends throughout the Saros organisation.

Why people should take part in paid research events like focus groups and user testing – it’s not all about the money!

Maya is promoting registration as a research participant with sarosresearch.com

 

Cendrine Marrouat Jan 22 8PM GMT

Cendrine Marrouat is a social media blogger & coach, curator, author, and photographer living in Canada. She is the founder of Social Media Slant, a blog helping small business owners and solo-entrepreneurs to figure out the basics of social media.

In 2015, Cendrine was recognized a Top 100 Business Blogger by BuzzHUMM. Social Media Slant also made Fit Small Business’ Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 list.

Cendrine contributes regular content for B2B News Network, and guest posts on several other blogs. She has authored two books.

The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win was awarded a 2015 Small Business Book Award in the Social Media Category.

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Barbara Saul Jan 27th 10 am

In a nutshell: having worked my way through from office junior when I left school at 16 (computers were rare and huge then – we used manual typewriters and log tables!) to management accounting, regional management for a security firm into a great role in the food ingredients industry, then up to London and computer support for some great blue chips, and finally settling in Kent to build my own business and focus on the Internet.

Now I’ve brought together my century-spanning (ok, so that’s just a lucky timing thing, but does add up to well over 15 years) experience of the web together with commercial experience, and focus on Internet marketing strategy – both enabling others to do their own and doing it for them with the team.

The rest of the time, I run the Blogmistress which offers every kind of WordPress help you might want.

 

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Interview with Maya Middlemiss of Saros Research

I am looking forward to learning all about Market Research when I interview Maya on January 18th on Blab at 3pm . We first connected online in  April 2014 when Graham introduced Maya to a networking group I manage on Facebook.

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Take part in genuine UK market research and user testing events such as focus groups and interviews, share your views on products and services you use, and earn great cash rewards for making a real difference

If you’ve ever wanted to take part in a focus group or group discussion and share your opinions with people who matter, registering with Saros is the smart way to find well-paid research opportunities, including usability testing, product sampling, interviews, ethnographic studies and online research. As well as making a difference, taking part is interesting and fun.

EXPERT RECRUITMENT MANAGEMENT

If you are qualitative or UX researcher who needs fresh, enthusiastic and accurately-selected respondents, Saros is your perfect recruitment partner
Saros is unique – we work very differently from traditional research recruitment agencies, and it’s those differences that Saros clients value.

We are passionate about finding the best possible respondents for your project, to enable YOU to do the work you are passionate about – building your research findings on the most solid and effective foundations possible.

Saros Research was designed from the outset to meet the needs of researchers, and to put great service first at every stage.  We combine the power of online technology with the rigour and reliability of good old-fashioned fieldwork standards.

 

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Second #Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain

In this second interview with Simon we looked at the last century of political Catalanism and then bring it right up to date by reviewing the recent Spanish election

In an interesting informative chat Simon gave an in depth master class on the history of Catalonia and the Push for Independence

A very enjoyable hour , thank you Simon – I now have a greater appreciation of Catalonian history

The book on which the interview is based ‘Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective’

How much does the world know about Catalonia and its role as a great medieval empire and one of Europe’s first nation states? In Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective author Simon Harris takes the reader through 1,000 years of Catalan history focusing on the Principality’s often difficult relationship with Castile-dominated Spain. This insightful and balanced history gives an insider’s background to the current political situation and why Catalonia is engaged in a process for deciding whether it wants to be independent from Spain.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OWS9O1M

About Simon

I have lived in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, since 1988, where I have had a career as a minor rock star and then a university-level teacher of English and translator. My main writing topics are Catalan history, language and culture. I had my first book Going Native in Catalonia published by Native Spain in 2008 and self-published Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective in late 2014

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Interview James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences

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Jim and I spent an enjoyable hour on Blab.im as Jim gave a Master Class in Conference planning and Marketing. We first connected 10 years ago and have remained firm friends ever since

In a wide ranging chat Jim explained his extremely successful approach .

He covered

Choosing event locations\Finding Sponsors \ Selecting speakers \ Email and Text Marketing \ Blogging \ An integrated approach to Social Media Marketing \ Facebook Pay per Click

The importance of Facebook and Facebook groups was discussed at length.

If you are looking for an insightful practical hands on approach on the subject of Conference Organisation , you have found it.

Thank you Jim.

Jim’s website http://www.internetbattleplan.com/

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Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of Presentation Genius

Simon Raybould and I really enjoyed chatting about Presentations. We have known each other for the last 10 years and

Simon explored :

Presentation Techniques \ Practicing \ Repetition \Clarity and overloading.

The session will give you an overview of the art and science of presenting and you should enjoy some laughs along the way.

Simon says

‘I started life as a research scientist: I looked at the causes of childhood leukaemia. After 24 years as a researcher I gradually became more interested in how science is communicated (or not) because what people act on is very different from what researchers *know*. Then I got more and more into understanding how *anything* was communicated, not just science. I’ve also worked as a lighting designer for dance companies, written a few books and plays, been a teacher, been a fire-eater and other things I’ve forgotten….. :)’

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Chat with Jacqui Malpass on ‘Planning to write your own non fiction book’

During the course of a lively entertaining chat Jacqui and I discussed

Why write a book / Getting Ideas / Who is your Reader / How to Publish and Creating Outlines

If you are thinking of publishing your own non fiction book then listen in for some great insights and tips from an established author and coach.

Jacqui is an established author who encourages others to write through her online courses and writing workshops in the UK and Spain.

We hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did 🙂

Jacqui’s website http://www.jacquimalpass.com/

The book on which the chat is based ‘Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend (The pathway to publication)’  is here 

Jacqui says

‘I have been described in many ways – enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world. Personal branding strategy and coaching (this is always part of a book coaching conversation) Book coaching and mentoring (personal story, non-fiction & legacy stories) Product and service development (workshops, online courses, membership sites)’

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Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain

A fascinating interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain.

Over the course of an hour Simon covered the history of Catalonia from it’s beginnings to the present day

A history lesson bringing the struggles and triumphs to life.

The book on which the interview is based ‘Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective’

How much does the world know about Catalonia and its role as a great medieval empire and one of Europe’s first nation states? In Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective author Simon Harris takes the reader through 1,000 years of Catalan history focusing on the Principality’s often difficult relationship with Castile-dominated Spain. This insightful and balanced history gives an insider’s background to the current political situation and why Catalonia is engaged in a process for deciding whether it wants to be independent from Spain.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OWS9O1M

About Simon

I have lived in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, since 1988, where I have had a career as a minor rock star and then a university-level teacher of English and translator. My main writing topics are Catalan history, language and culture. I had my first book Going Native in Catalonia published by Native Spain in 2008 and self-published Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective in late 2014

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I have been fortunate to arrange a great series of Blab interviews with group of people I know well and respect.

Many I have been connected to for the last ten years , several I have met , all are good friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their game

Better Writing / KickStarter and Job Hunting / Indie Music / Catalonia / Publishing your Book /  Presentation Genius / Marketing LARGE Conferences

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Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs 2nd December at 4:00 pm . Visit Suzan’s  Website

Suzan says ‘Talking about the importance of the written word in today’s business communications…hope you’ll be able to join us.’

Suzan is a qualified journalist and advertising copywriter Suzan St Maur has written across an extremely wide range of media in her career and brings that experience and skill now mainly to online applications of the written and spoken word. With a core service offering of bespoke writing for business clients, she is also – increasingly – being asked to train business owners to write their own content via her workshops which are very popular in the UK and Suzan’s native Canada .

Her award-winning website, “HowToWriteBetter.net,” despite being a niche site has recently hit the 2 million page view mark after just over 4 years, with more than 1,000 articles and tutorials available for readers to access for free. In addition Suzan has written 31 published nonfiction books on business, self-help and humour topics.

 

Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign 4th December at 10:30 am . Visit Julie’s Website

Juie is a keynote speaker about social media, social recruiting, digital natives and digital immigrants, the future workplace, empowering students with social media

Social recruiting ..working with companies and helping them to create talent communities, helping them to become the preferred employer so they naturally attract talent. When I work with you we’ll work together to build a great employer brand, to make sure everyone you recruit is an ambassador , to attract top talent,to cut recruitment costs and to retain talent.

Job Hoppers are ambitious, strategically job hopping to climb the career ladder fast. They’re focused, determined and are adaptable to change, something that’s required in this era of technology. Hoppers are usually well connected within their industry because they add to their network of contacts and social capital with each job hop. A hopper should bring to the table, abilities to change with technology, speed, hyper-connectivity, ambition and a new network of contacts.

 

 

Chatting with JoeJoe Keys of Indie Music Plus , playing music from Indie Artists 4th December at 6:00 pm . Visit JoeJoe’s Website

JoeJoeKeys is a professional musician who has been active in the industry for over 15 years. He has appeared on numerous albums, and has extensive experience writing music in addition to recording and performing.

Digital Marketer/Songwriter/Label Owner  Owner of (e)INDIEMUSICPL http://www.indiemusicplus.com

 

 

Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain 7th December at 7:00 pm , Visit Simon’s Website

Simon says ‘I will be talking about The Political Situation in Catalonia and the exciting and often frustrating process of creating a new independent state.’

Lived in Barcelona since 1988. Author of Going Native in Catalonia and Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

 

 

Chat with Jacqui Malpass , book writing coach and word alchemist 10th December at 6:00 pm . Visit Jacqui’s Website

I have been described in many ways – enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world. Personal branding strategy and coaching (this is always part of a book coaching conversation) Book coaching and mentoring (personal story, non-fiction & legacy stories) Product and service development (workshops, online courses, membership sites)

 

 

Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of #Presentation Genius 11 December 10:00 am . Visit Simon’s Website

I started life as a research scientist: I looked at the causes of childhood leukaemia. After 24 years as a researcher I gradually became more interested in how science is communicated (or not) because what people act on is very different from what researchers *know*. Then I got more and more into understanding how *anything* was communicated, not just science. I’ve also worked as a lighting designer for dance companies, written a few books and plays, been a teacher, been a fire-eater and other things I’ve forgotten….. 🙂

 

 

Interview with James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences 18th December 8:00PM (2:00 PM Eastern)  , Visit Jim’s Website

Jim says ‘I am looking forward to being your guest on our broadcast December 18th. We will be discussing how to produce large, high-dollar conferences and seminars. JIM ‘

Starting his business on the kitchen table in 1986; he became a self-made millionaire within five years. His seminars, speeches, books and educational materials center on the retail automobile industry.

 

 

Summary

Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs 2nd December at 4:00 pm . Visit Suzan’s  Website

Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign 4th December at 10:30 am . Visit Julie’s Website

Chatting with JoeJoe Keys of Indie Music Plus , playing music from Indie Artists 4th December at 6:00 pm . Visit JoeJoe’s Website

Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain 7th December at 7:00 pm , Visit Simon’s Website

Chat with Jacqui Malpass , book writing coach and word alchemist 10th December at 6:00 pm . Visit Jacqui’s Website

Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of #Presentation Genius 11 December 10:00 am (2:00 PM Eastern) . Visit Simon’s Website

Interview with James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences 18th December 8:00PM (2:00 PM Eastern)  .Visit Jim’s Website

Better Writing / KickStarter and Job Hunting / Indie Music / Catalonia / Publishing your Book /  Presentation Genius / Marketing LARGE Conferences

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Video Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs

On Wednesday 2nd December at 4pm I am looking forward to chatting to my friend Suzan St Maur whom I have known for the last 10 years on the topic of ‘How to Write Better’ which coincidentally is the name of her website here

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We will be talking about ‘Why the written word is so important in our current online environment’

Qualified journalist and advertising copywriter Suzan St Maur has written across an extremely wide range of media in her career and brings that experience and skill now mainly to online applications of the written and spoken word. With a core service offering of bespoke writing for business clients, she is also – increasingly – being asked to train business owners to write their own content via her workshops which are very popular in the UK and Suzan’s native Canada.

Suzan on writing

1. Before you write anything down define not what you want to say, but what your message must achieve.

Yes, absolutely. That one never changes in its theory, but it does change in terms of how it’s delivered. With online business writing today often we’re looking at very different things that our message must achieve according to where in the buying cycle customers and prospects are when they receive it, so we need to refine our message accordingly.

2. Identify your target audience and get to know them very well. No matter how beautifully structured your message is if it doesn’t take into account the real circumstances and needs of the audience, it won’t work. Align your message’s objectives with these circumstances and needs.

Yes, again. However as time goes on we have more and more tools to help us do this, and with increasing accuracy, too. See point 3. below, particularly with media like Search; the latest analytics can tell you so much more about your target audience than traditional methods can.

Suzan on blogging

‘Successful blogging for business can generate great results, but it is a long term strategy that requires commitment and creativity. It offers an opportunity to clearly define your business as the exception to the competition. It can communicate your passions, ethics, expertise, unique selling points and the personality of your company. It should clearly reflect how your business has chosen to operate.’

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Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign

On Friday at 10:30 I had the pleasure of chatting with Julie Bishop of Jobhop about her current fundraising campaign on KickStarter

We covered the Jobhop site , how it started and Julie’s mission in creating and expanding the site and explained the current Kickstart er campaign to provide communities which can be run by companies on the site.

This will enable members of the site looking for jobs to seek out suitable companies and engage with them prior to applying for a job.

For companies the community facility will increase engagement with potential employees.

The Kickstarter campaign is here

The Jobhop site is here

JobHop is for employees

‘Knowing that Jobhop is the place where great companies come together makes it easier for you to research them. When you have enough knowledge about a company, that knowledge gives you power of choice, are they the company for you? You can ask the question “Is it your preferred company?” Your company of choice may not be the same as someone else’s company of choice, that’s why you should be doing your own research. Choosing the right company can make a huge difference to your career’

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Interview with Craig Carpenter of Relay , a new way create business graphics

A video chat with Craig Carpenter CEO and founder of Relay on Blab

I first saw Craig on a Blab and decided to try his business graphic creation system. I was impressed and so arranged this chat

During the course of the chat we explored how Relay has grown from an idea to a full blown graphics creation package.

We talked about how Relay works , the benefits of using the system , the creation of shareable high quality business graphics using the 300 + templates

Craig’s knowledge of the industry and enthusiasm shone through and with help from enthusiastic existing users of the system we explored Relay.

Craig answered questions from participants in the #Blab and explained in full the company’s strategy , the power of the system , and how it can be used on Twitter , Facebook , Linkedin and other major online networks.

You too can try the system here https://relaythat.com/

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Interview with Sarah Arrow of Sarkemedia , author of Zero to Blogger

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We thoroughly enjoyed video interviewing our long time good friend Sarah Arrow of Sarkemedia , author of Zero to Blogger , and with Kevin creator of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge .

Sarah , Jon and I have known each other for 10 years since our days on UK based social networking site Ecademy . In those days blogging was just starting to take hold and Sarah was one of the first in our clan to get to grips with the art.

In 2008 Sarah founded the Birds on the Blog website and gathered friends to blog cooperatively on the site . Birds on the Blog won awards from Forbes three years running and today the site is still Motivating Business Women around the world

Sarah and Kevin now run the ultra successful ’30 Day Blog Challenge’ which has helped literally thousands of people to start blogging seriously . The course takes you from novice to competent blogger and you can join the Facebook group here

You may also know Kevin from his Periscope broadcasts and he also has a blog here

Of course we got sidetracked during out chat but we had great fun and learnt a great deal. We are also thrilled that we took part in a Blab first as Jon relayed the broadcast live on the big screen to Solihull Business Club and Sarah took questions from the Club members

The interview covers

Sarah’s first blogs on BT Tradespace – Blog hosting options – Bird on the Blog from its beginnings to winning Forbes awards – The 30 Day Blogging challenge – Hints and tips on blogging.

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Blabbing for Britain using #Blab Hints, Tips and Questions Answered by Steven and Jon [Updated 02 February]

Every Thursday Jon Upton and Steven Healey host Video shows on Blab. We have both hosted Blabs and are enthusiastic Blabistas .

Each show features an introduction to Blab and the latest features .

The Aim

To show you how you can use Blab in your business and your networking activities.

Our goal is to help you to host your own Blab and take part live in other peoples Blabs.

The atmosphere will be  informal and you will discover how easy to use and useful Blab is .

What is Blab ?

Blab is a public video conference with up to four participants live streaming . The system integrates with Twitter and it has its own comments system for viewers to interact and ask questions which the video panel can answer.

Blab requires only a video camera , a microphone and earphones.  There is nothing to download for hosts or viewers . It works on Windows , Mac .there is an Iphone app and on Android it works in your browser

And while there are already group video chats services like Google Hangouts and Skype’s group video call feature, what makes Blab attractive is its focus on social networking and bringing the Twitter community closer together through video. It’s also (at least so far) a lot easier to use than the aforementioned services. Source Mashable

Show Formats

There are many different ways to use Blab. We’ve created a platform, and our users guide the content. Sometimes it’s tricky to know which type of format fits your Blab, so I’ve mapped out some ideas.

Brittany of Blab has shared typical formats here 

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OUR NEXT BLAB Thursday 4th February 2016

The Youtube Recording of Episode 1 November 5th 2015

We were joined by Alan Rae , Stephen Bray , Andrew Wilcox and Sonia Harris.

Episode 2 November 26th 2015

We enjoyed meeting several new people .

We were joined by Kelvin Fagan, Steven Bate, Ani Alexander, Peter Stewart

Episode 3 3rd December

Jon and I were joined by Paul Deach and Kevin Scullion

The discussion covers allotments , travelling around Scotland , social networking and Blab of course

 

Episode 4 10th December

Today Jon Upton and I were joined by Kevin , Liam , Ani and Wendy and our largest live audience to date.

We heard about the latest Blab update , the importance of sound quality , video editing software , Blab uses , moving to England and we all got to know each other better.

Kevin suggested that sound and video quality could be improved by buying a Logitech HD PRO WEBCAM C920 – so I did

You are welcome to join us Thursdays at 10:00 AM GMT

 

Episode 5  Dec 17, 2015 

We were joined by Liam and Paul in a wide ranging discussion

Blabbing for Britain Christmas Party  December 24th 2015

Jon and I held our virtual Christmas Party with Liam and Kevin

We were joined by Su Butcher (from her car) . Alan Rae , Laurence Lowne, Kevin Arrow, Stephen Bray and a host of other friends

 

Eposide 7 Blabbing for Britain December 31st 2016

Jon and I discussed the weeks events and were joined by Peter Stewart, Kevin Scullion and Saul Fleischman

We looked forward and chatted about our plans for the New Year

Blabbing for Britain Episode No 8 7th January 20156

Jon hosted the show after Windows 10 decided to mute my microphone .

Jon was joined by Rod Sloane , Peter Stewart , Liam O Gogain ,Paul Deach and via text Sharlene Ryle

Blabbing for Britain Episode No 9 14th January 2016

Our busiest Blab yet with more people than ever before getting involved and watching live

We were joined by Peter Stewart , Kelvin Fagan ,Kevin Arrow ,Alan Rae , Paul Deach and leane Smith

The discussion was lively and wide ranging

Blabbing for Britain Episode 10 21st January 2016

Another lively session as Jon and I were joined by Andrew Wilcox replete with cycle helmet camera.

We covered Blab updates , cricket and tennis

Blabbing for Britain Episode 11 28th January 2016

Wow , what a show with 50 people logged in and watching. Thank you to everyone who watched and joined in.

We were joined by steve lawson (Beekeeper, gardener ) from Eutawville in South Carolina who explained the practice of keeping bees. and moves to combat Colony Collapse Disorder.

Stephen Silk ,co-founder ERIS Technology Ltd . who talked about emotional analytics applications. Definitely an area to keep a watch on .

Kelvin Fagan helped bring us up to speed on Blab developments and third party apps.

CJ Sohal kept an eye on the Blab and the chatter

Ileane Smith joined us again and lifted everyone’s spirits

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Interview with Dan and Paula Knowlson of Elements for Life (chocolatiers)

Elements for Life , chocolatiers, based in Wiltshire owned by Dan and Paul Knowlson celebrated 5 years in business on November 1st 2015.

We had the opportunity to get together on Blab and review everything that has happened since they created their first Raw Chocolate kit and invented Yummy Scrummys and their best selling hot chocolate drink

Dan and Paula are passionate about their craft , love their customers and take pride in producing a quality product.

They enjoyed recalling how they grew organically to move into their very own Chocolate Factory based in the Wiltshire countryside.

Visit http://www.elementsforlife.co.uk/ for more information

You can watch the replay from Blab

 

or view the enhanced Youtube video

 

 

Just a sample of the products Dan and Paula create :

 

Raw Chocolate Making Starter Kit

Raw Chocolate Making Starter Kit
Raw Chocolate Making Starter KitRaw Chocolate Making Starter KitSpiral swirl silicone chocolate mouldValentine Hearts Silicone Chocolate MouldRaw chocolatesStart Your Raw Chocolate Adventure!

Start Your Raw Chocolate Adventure

Make your own raw chocolate with our Raw Chocolate Making Starter Kit. We’ve selected the finest Ecuadorian raw cacao, paired this with low GI, diabetic friendly Sweet Freedom, a natural sweetener made from apples, grapes and carob.

Perfect for all ages and great fun for the kids, the Elements for Life Raw Chocolate Starter Kit makes a great gift.

Choose from two great mould designs;

  • Spiral swirls
  • Valentine Hearts with a stylish spiral detail

Using only the very best ingredients, each kit includes:

  • 100g Ecuadorian Arriba Raw Cacao Powder
  • 120g Ecuadorian Arriba Raw Cacao Butter
  • 100ml Sweet Freedom, natural fruit syrup
  • Reusable Silicone Chocolate Mould – you have 2 designs to choose from
  • Product info and recipes

Every kit contains enough ingredients to make two trays of raw chocolates, that’s 30 individual raw chocolates in total, weighing around 250-300g, depending on your taste. Plus a reusuable silicone chocolate mould to continue your raw chocolate adventure!

Full instructions are included and you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to make your own raw chocolates; packed full of nutrients and without anything artificial.

Our Raw Chocolate Making Kits are hand made with love in our Wiltshire chocolate factory, affectionately know as Wacky Woolley Wonkaland!

Presented in high quality packaging thorughout, where possible we’ve used recycled and degradable packaging , such as degradable cellophane bags made from wood pulp, recycled tissue paper and green printing with vegetable based inks.

 

– See more at: http://www.elementsforlife.co.uk/chocolate-making-kits/raw-chocolate-starter-kit#sthash.HyBA422h.dpuf

 

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Interview with Jon Upton of THINK! and do about Digital Marketing

On Wednesday I interviewed my long time friend Jon Upton on the subject of Digital Marketing . It promises to be an interesting insight into the online world but may drift into other topics.

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