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Rawchoc.tv with Dan Knowlson Launches this week ? on #Blab

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Join Dan & Steven live online for a new monthly interactive show for all things raw chocolate related.

Using the Blab platform, there’ll be lively discussion, interactive Q&A, raw chocolate recipes and a viewers competition.

You even have a chance to appear live onscreen!

Note, you’ll need a Twitter account to log in to Blab.

For more details and an advanced special offer, signup at www.rawchoc.tv

A recording of the show will be posted to our Elements for Life YouTube channel if you can’t make it.

Don’t forget to share details and Keep Spreading the Raw Chocolate Love!

Join us Wednesday June 15 at 7:00 PM BST

Whilst you are waiting , enjoy Steven’s interview with Dan

or learn how Dan and Paula started

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Live Business Video Interviews on #Blab in April 2016 . [Updated]

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

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

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

Blabbing for Britain \ DontStreamandDrive \Taking Care of your Inbox \ The Participant Principle \ Thryyve Social Media Engagement Show \ Wiltshire Business Club \ Promoting your Blog Posts \Content Curation \New Software Launch

Blabbing for Britain with Jon reaches show 21 . Join us for video chat in a relaxed atmosphere 7th April 10:00 AM

We discuss everything under the sun and are joined by people from around the globe

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.

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

#DontStreamAndDrive 8th April 10:00 AM

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SgtTCS says

‘2016 is reportedly the year of livestreaming video. The rise in the number of platforms that facilitate this service has seen a rapid increase in live video.

Driving is a complex operation and needs your full concentration all the time. Livestreaming video has spread into the world of driving. Motorists are livestreaming video as they drive, interacting with comments and essentially taking their focus from where it should be.

The consequences can be fatal. #DontStreamAndDrive day has been set up to encourage the livestream community to pledge to never stream and drive, to encourage others not to and to never watch a broadcast where the host is driving.

Please support me on April 8th.’ You can help by clicking here THUNDERCLAP

Jon and I will be Blabbing for the cause on Friday

Handling Presentation Nerves with Simon Raybould 12th April 7:00 PM

Simon and I have been good friends for over 10 years and he is the author of ‘Presentation Genius’

In our last Blab we covered presenting in general , this time Simon is focusing on ‘Handling Presentation Nerves’ which is something the majority of presenters feel before (and possibly during) a LIVE presentation .

We hope to have as much fun on this Blab as we did the previous one
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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….. :)’

‘Take Control of Your Inbox’ … ‘Manage Your Email More Effectively’ April 18 5:00 PM

Clare Evans (author of Time Management for Dummies) and I will be exploring the above topic and welcome your questions.

Are you constantly checking your inbox for new messages throughout the day?

Are you tempted to go and read new email when you hear that alert go?

Emails can be a great time waster and provide a constant distraction throughout the day. If you’re going to make the most of your day then one way to increase your productivity is to limit the amount of time you spend on emails and use the time that you do more effectively.

THE PARTICIPANT PRINCIPLE: with Maya Middlemiss 19th April 2:00PM

A guide to getting the best recruitment for your user testing and qualitative research

Maya says :

‘We’ve been recruiting research participants for so long, it was time we wrote the book.

Published in Spring 2016, The Participant Principle: A guide to getting the best recruitment for your user testing and qualitative research by Maya Middlemiss distills the experience and expertise of recruiting well over 25,000 participants for projects all over the UK – ranging from focus groups to eye tracking, food tasting to family ethnography, and everything in between.;

The Thryyve Social Media Engagement Show with Paul and Steven 20th April 5:00PM

In our third chat Paul will cove every aspect of using Thryyve to fully engage your audience on Twitter and Facebook.

We will journey through the extensive search and discovery facilities , the profile system . building lists , message lists either via DM or @ message .

We also discussed the inbuilt survey facility.

This looks like becoming a regular monthly chat


Wiltshire Business Club – Member Interview with Dan Knowlson of Elements for Life
21st April 7:00 PM

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

I am looking forward to hearing about their business 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.

After the success of the Blab with Phil and Roland of Wiltshire Business Club we decided to run a WBC Blab Session every month.

On the Third Thursday of each month there is now a members Blab
Format

1 Interview with featured WBC members
2 Question and Answer session with members watching live
3 Open session to discuss the topics of the day

The Wiltshire Business Club is a FREE to join Business Network to promote business in Wiltshire. We have regular meetings and webinars and aim to help each other find new customers and suppliers. You can join at http://wiltsbizclub.co.uk/

The Wiltshire Business Club supports, advises, connects and grows thousands of businesses across Wiltshire (and the surrounding areas). Please connect with us across all major social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Follow the hashtag #wiltsbc’

Promoting your Blog Posts with Barbara and Steven 22nd April 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 .

In this session we will discuss promoting your blog posts and welcome your involvement via questions and taking part in our chat

Cendrine and Steven chat with Martin W Smith about Content Curation April 26th 8:00 PM

After our amazing chat with Kelly Hungerford in March , Cendrine and I are now looking forward to chatting with Martin W Smith.

WHAT BENEFITS HAS CURATION BROUGHT YOU?

Beyond the numbers, content curation creates connection and learning. I’ve learned more from Ana Cristina Pratas, Brian Yanish, Jan Gordon, Cendrine, Kelly Hungerford, Karen Dietz, Malek and others than attending expensive conferences, reading preaching white papers or listening to self-serving podcasts.

Being a member of the “curator community” is one of the biggest perks.

Curation is more of a journey than a destination for me. I read something every day I want to STOP THE WORLD and share (lol). I’m honestly all in all the time and that stance is important and why my tribe grows.

Conversation with Michael Szerencsy 27th April 2016 5:00 PM

I cannot say too much at this stage as Michael prepares for the launch of the software , however I will say I have used the Alpha version whilst watching the T20 cricket .. and it rocks !!

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Empire.Kred Beginners Guide

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

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

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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

Fraser-Book

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

or on Youtube

GYOB

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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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