Holiday Planning with Clare and Steven

In this enjoyable session Clare Evans shared the best ways to plan for your vacation when you are in business .

Clare covered business and personal planning so that you can enjoy your holiday knowing everything has been organised.

If you have a holiday soon, watch the video and you should pick up several helpful tips

About Clare

I’m a Time Management and Productivity Coach and the Author of “Time Management For Dummies”.

My clients include Executives, Business Directors, CEOs and Partners who want to reduce their stress, improve their time management, productivity and organisational skills, change career and improve their business and personal balance.

I specialise in Time Management and Leadership Development applying both business and personal coaching techniques to support, challenge and motivate you to maximise your potential and use your strengths to achieve success.

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Hurrah for Huzza Live Video Chat

I am on a mission to discover and test the best live business video chat systems , this week we are looking at Huzza , a Vancouver based video chat system.

At a glance

Up to four video chat seats

Huzza live-streams are highly interactive and immersive. Chat with your followers. Answer their questions. Respond to their selfie video contributions!

Read and discuss topics with your audience using Huzza’s live text-chat

Live Q&A – stimulate discussion by showing viewers’ questions & your answers

Advertising by chat Host

Recording after show

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BIG Thank you to Patricia A Murray , Barbara Tomlin , Melody Lane and friends for introducing us to the system.

 

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JOIN US as we explore Huzza . Thursday at 1:00 PM

The replay is below , please start watching at the 6 minute mark (we had problems before this)

 

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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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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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You can watch the replay on Blab

 

 

or watch on YouTube

PS If you would like also to be interviewed , at a time to suit you ,please message me

 

 

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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 

To join join our Blab simply subscribe below , all you need is your Twitter Account

 

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

The shows run every Thursday at 10:00 AM GMT

 

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A Tale of Two Tweets (why some tweets are read more than others) #EmpireAvenue #IALTY

On twitter the size of your audience matters , the more people who see your tweets the better chance you have of being noticed . The aim should be to engage an increasing number of people in your interests and business expertise.This applies especially when you are building your online reputation using Twitter.

In my last blog post I referred to the Tweet activity dashboard

I promoted the blog post in two tweets and monitored their progress using the dashboard

This is the first tweet

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As you can see the tweet was viewed a reasonable number of times but there was no further activity.

The second tweet was sent out moments later

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As you can see the text in the tweet is similar to the first one , the reaction however is markedly different

tweet-2-activity

What made such a difference between reactions to the two tweets ?

Why did the second tweet have 7164 views compared to 149 for the first tweet , after all they were both promoting the same blog post and tweeted from the same account.

The second tweet was retweeted by 49 people ; 48 people actually clicked the link , 35 people favourited the tweet , 4 people replied to me and most rewarding 5 people followed me.

The reason is simple ‘the Empire Avenue’ effect . On Empire Avenue you can create a mission asking people to visit a tweet and read it , they are then free to take any other action they wish . I ran a mission 64 people visited the tweet from Empire Avenue and 49 people took further action.

This signifies at least three major points ..

1 If you tweet once and do nothing else you will attract a reasonable number of views. That is the end of the story.

2 The real benefit comes from encouraging interaction on the tweet.

The more people who RT (retweet) you , the larger your audience and the bigger the reaction.

3 Having systems in place that encourage people to promote you.

The key to this is investing time in interacting with people building relationships and trust. This is also known as networking

It really is about engagement and I am still learning daily on how to improve , which is why I joined the #klout70 inititative .

If you have any questions about Empire Avenue or #klout70 then please ask.

Note #IALTY is the tag for ‘Is Anyone Listening to You’ which is the theme of this series of blog posts.

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Empire Avenue Beginners Guide

Empire Avenue

Introduction

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

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika

Invitation to Join

 

 

If someone you know invited you to join Empire Avenue , the invitation will look like this

Simply click ‘Accept Invite’ (1)

Invitation to Join

When you

click ‘Accept Invite’ , you will be taken to the Empire Avenue webpage

Press ‘Get Started’ (1)

When you

Registering on Empire Avenue

The blank registration screen

Registering on Empire Avenue

Enter your details

(1) Your Email Address
(2) Your Name
(3) The ‘ticker’ or ID you would like to use.

Everyones 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

Enter your details

Tell us how you want to use Empire Avenue

At this stage you may not know, so select the closest match.

Tell us how you want to use Empire Avenue

After registering

A quick tour of the system starts

After registering

Follow the tour

it only takes a few minutes and it will help you .. honest

Follow the tour

The main

features of the system are explained

The main

First steps .. your mission is to ..

There are several small missions which you can perform to familiarize yourself with Empire Avenue

Each one will earn you eaves , which are Empire Avenues virtual reward currency , As a new player you need every eave you can earn.

You need not complete all the missions one after the other , you can return at any time and pick up where you left off.

The first mission is to confirm the email address you used when registering

Click the complete mission button (1)

First steps .. your mission is to ..

Activating your Email Address

The mission description is shown.

Now check your email account for a message from Empire Avenue

Activating your Email Address

Your Confirmation Email

Click the link (1) to confirm your email address and activate your account

Your Confirmation Email

Uploading your picture

This is the second mission .. to upload a picture of yourself.

Remember Empire Avenue is a social network with forums and people like to know who you are , so use a recent photo .. perhaps the one from Facebook.

There are of course always exceptions and I will introduce you to Fenya later 🙂

(1) Choose a file from your computer

(2) Upload the file.

Uploading your picture

Your uploaded picture

will then appear.

Your uploaded picture

Connecting your social networks .. Facebook/Twitter/G +

Connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts is straightforward . Just click each connect button in turn.

As soon as each account is connected EAv (Empire Avenue) will begin is measure your success on those networks and will provide network scores and give you recent trends and posts.

When you undertake missions the links to your accounts enable easy manual posting to each network

Connecting your social networks .. Facebook/Twitter/G +

Connecting Facebook

Empire Avenue requests several permissions in order to function at its best. This task has been undertaken by thousands of players without any problems.

Empire Avenue does not post on your behalf.

If you are happy with this press OK (1)

Connecting Facebook

Connecting LinkedIn

Empire Avenue requests several permissions in order to function at its best. This task has been undertaken by thousands of players without any problems.

Empire Avenue does not post on your behalf.

If you are happy with this press OK (1)

Connecting LinkedIn

At Last your profile page is ready

(1) Your Name and Ticker (ID)

(2) Location .. EAv has taken a best guess , you can change this later if you wish.

(3) Network Scores .. each network is given a score based amongst other things on your activity.

It will take 4/5 days for your scores to show . I always track the tend of the scores .. daily fluctuations will happen but it is a great general guide.

(4) As soon as your profile is visible someone will notice you and send you a message and buy your shares.

EAv is a friendly place and the more you interact , the more fun you will have getting to know people.

(5) Wealth , you have already been paid Eaves for he missions you took earlier in setting up your profile..

At Last your profile page is ready

Buying your first share

On the screen above you can see a search (spyglass) icon (6)

Use it to find the account of the person who invited you or someone you already know.

In this case Angelika searched and found me.

Click the Invest button (1)

Buying your first share

The Buy Shares Screen

is displayed ..

It shows more information .. and says you can buy up to 200 shares (1)

DO NOT BUY 200 SHARES … you will have no virtual money left .

Buy 1 share to get started ..

It will tell the person that you have joined Empire Avenue and they will probably buy shares in you.

At this stage do not worry if someone buys more of your shares than you did of theirs , in time you will catch up.

Empire Avenue is after all a social stockmarket where members invest in each other.

NOTE

In the first 7 days of running your account there are limits to the number of shares people can buy in you ranging from 200 to 400 depending on how they are operating their account.

When the 7 days are up everyone can buy more shares in you , up to 2800 .

So you need to be active in the first week to encourage people to buy and invest further.

Be aware that people can buy and SELL your shares at any time . That said if you create an active presence few people will sell.

 

The Buy Shares Screen

After buying the share (s)

You can post a personal message .which will appear on the users personal profile page.

Enter your message and press Post on Profile (1)

At this stage leave a message when you buy shares , not only are you investing but you are getting to know people

After buying the share (s)

Update your Status

Enter a short message in you profile status and press post (1)

Update your Status

This will encourage

members to get in touch 🙂

This will encourage

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This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire Avenue.

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika

 

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