Social Selling for Red Hat

NCSU’s Technical Training Solutions unit was asked to develop a Social Selling class for Red Hat’s sales employees. Martin Brossman, Greg Hyer, and Karen Tiede worked together to develop a six-hour course, with an additional set of homework to be completed outside of class.

Holly Sullenger, director of TTS, travelled with me to Palo Alto to beta-test the course with the sales staff in that office. They had been asking for additional social selling training, and wanted to see the material as soon as it was ready.

The class went well. As is always the case, there’s nothing like teaching to show you what can be more robust the next time around. Both Holly and I realized we need to be doing more on Twitter. Future iterations will also have more on the three main ways to use Linkedin: input, profile, and output.

Look for an excerpt of the training on Slideshare soon.

Next time, too, we’ll just take the red eye flight home. It’s just as easy to stay till midnight and sleep on the plane as it is to get up early to make a 6 am flight.

80/20 and the Dog Washing Machine

Heading for the door after his bath.

The 80/20 rule says that 80% of the water distributed during a dog washing exercise will be distributed by 20% of the dogs. Wooster stepped up to be the water distributor extraordinaire. I was dry until his turn. (He’s a dog who shakes while he is being sprayed.) Pound for pound, he’s closer to 26% […]

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80/20: The Next Round

Beaded fringe attached to sheer curtains with fabric glue.

In July, I wrote about cutting a bolt of fabric into three equal lengths, draping it over an existing curtain rod, and calling the “make curtains for the guest room project” DONE.  However, there was that fringe-y bit. Even more eventually, I’d love to buy and apply the beaded fringe from the Cloth Barn discount […]

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80/20 Curtains in the Guest Bedroom

New sheers in the guest bedroom.

(This is a bit off my normal topics on this blog, but hang with me.  The drapery lesson works for productivity readers, too.) I’ve been studying how the 80/20 rule can be applied to productivity, and to participation on social media platforms, and in other parts of life, for a while now.  Today, a Saturday […]

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Pinterest Board Ideas for a Craft Brewery

Four Saints Brewing Company, Asheboro, NC

(Recommend minimum 10 boards, 10 pins on each board) Our Beer (Brews):  pictures of each of the different beers in a mug. Put the name of the beer in the image, as well as in the pin description. Our Brewery:  pictures of the brewery and staff Asheboro Eats:  pins of local restaurants; use a Map […]

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Marketing with Pinterest at the MIAR Convention, Mt. Pleasant, MI

I was invited to teach Marketing with Pinterest to REALTORS attending the 2013 MIAR convention at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, MI.  The course focused much more on MARKETING than Pinterest, and then also with a focus on real estate.  Changed over all of the examples in the presentation. We set […]

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Spoliation and Social Media

IANAL, but I am a bit of a junky and can follow a certain amount of legal argument.  I found this story today: Think Before You Facebook: Emerging Social Media Spoliation Sanctions Actually, it should be titled, “think before you (delete) Facebook.” If you can’t bear to read legal argument, here’s the layperson’s (IANAL) understanding: […]

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How to Select a Networking Group

Two months ago, I was invited to my first BNI meeting. I knew about the organization and had even been invited to join a new group. At that time, I declined the offer to join because was too big of a commitment on a day of the week that was already full. My thinking changed […]

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking. Susan Cain.

Oh Lord, I loved this book. Full disclosure: lifetime INFP; which I’ve known since 1987. Happy with it; no plans to change or “develop the other half of myself.” (A psychologist friend tells me Jung intended the system to help you know what you needed to work on. After reading Quiet, the thought flashed across […]

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Linking Pinterest and Facebook without a Website

Woobox's Pinterest app installed on Affordable Chic's Facebook page.

One of my clients asked if it was possible to link her business Facebook page to her Pinterest account without having to set up a website. She’s doing very well in Facebook and doesn’t want the hassle of paying for and maintaining a website as well. At the time, I didn’t have a good answer. […]

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