It’s the Night Before Christmas at Smart Business Revolution

It’s kind of like the night before Christmas over here at Smart Business Revolution headquarters.

That’s because I’m leaving tomorrow for Las Vegas to attend the New Media Expo (formerly Blogworld). "

I have wanted to attend the New Media Expo for a number of years now, so I’m really excited it has finally come to fruition.  I’m also excited that I will be moderating a panel on social media legal issues on Tuesday, January 7th at 11:00am.

I’m looking forward to meeting face-to-face a number of popular authors, writers, podcasters and bloggers who I have admired, read, and/or connected with online over the years.

But most of all, I am looking forward to learning. I will be soaking up the information and sharing it with you all as much as possible while I am there, and when I get back.

Of course, like everything else, I’ll be tracking the ROI on this investment, and I will report back to all of you on whether it was worth it. Although I got in to the conference for free as a speaker, there is still a substantial cost involved, and time away from my family (which I do not take lightly).

As a business owner, I want to measure if this is a good use of my time. Sometimes the most fun marketing and networking events are not the best for a business in terms of generating revenue. Which is the goal of being in business, after all.

I have a *hunch* that attending the New Media Expo will connect me with individuals and organizations that could lead to great things in the future, but I don’t know for certain. It’s always good to try new things to see if they work.

Here are the details on the conference – there are still passes available, and you can also buy a “Virtual Ticket” pass if you can’t make it to Las Vegas.

What: New Media Expo (formerly “Blogworld”) and BusinessNext

When: January 6-8, 2013

Where: the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who It Is For: The New Media Expo is primarily aimed at bloggers, podcasters and web video producers, while the BusinessNext conference is aimed at small to large business owners, CEOs, CMOs, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations professionals, IT Executives and Social Strategists. You can check out more details about who attends BusinessNext here.

Who Will Be Speaking at the New Media Expo: C.C. Chapman, David Risley, Rand Fishkin, Michelle Shocked (yes, that Michelle Shocked), Pat Flynn, Jon Morrow, Chris Drucker and a bunch of other interesting speakers.

Who Will Be Speaking at BusinessNext: Me! Oh, also Guy Kawasaki and two guys named the the Winklevoss Twins, who you may have heard of.

 

 

How to Embrace Uncertainty & Thrive: A Review of Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields [Video]

uncertainty-book-jonathan-fields, Career Renegade, Jonathan Fields, Good Life ProjectAre you the type of person who runs away from the first sign of danger?

Do you flee when you are forced to confront the unknown?

If either of these apply to you, don’t worry.  You’re not alone. It turns out a lot of us tend to cling to what is safe, steady and predictable in life.

It also turns out that running away from the first sign of uncertainty is not such a great idea.

In the book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance (Amazon affiliate link), Jonathan Fields makes a compelling argument for embracing uncertainty. He backs it up with dozens of true life examples of individuals who have embraced the unknown, powered through it, and emerged successful on the other side.

I have really enjoyed the book, and so I recorded a quick video to capture my thoughts. Here it is:

 

About Jonathan Fields: From Big Firm Lawyer to Yoga Studio Owner

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The Secrets of Human Motivation: A Review of Drive by Dan Pink [Video]

Do you really know what drives human motivation?

For decades, most people have assumed people are best motivated through external rewards like money (e.g. the carrot and stick approach).

But that’s not necessarily true.  Author Dan Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (affiliate link) debunks that long-held theory, and he backs it up with four decades of scientific research and specific examples of ground-breaking companies that are using new techniques to motivate their workers.

The central idea of the book is that there’s a major chasm between what science knows about human motivation and what businesses do. In fact, scientific research has found that there is a new package of intrinsic motivators which are much more effective in motivating people to do their highest and best work – motivators that businesses do a poor job of grasping.

The three specific elements of “Motivation 3.0” as Dan calls it are:

  1. Autonomy
  2. Mastery
  3. Purpose

Pink argues quite persuasively that we are all hard-wired to seek work that embraces these three elements, and that current management practices and workplaces too often inhibit workers by placing restrictions that prevent people from achieving truly gratifying work which capitalizes on all three elements.

Check out my full video review here:

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I’m Giving Away 2 Free All-Access Passes to the New Media Expo (formerly Blogworld)

*UPDATE* We Have Winners!

Congratulations to Jason Norris and Krista Stryker, who were the winners of the 2 free all-access passes. Hope to meet you both in Vegas in January!

Let’s not bury the lede here…I’m giving away 2 free all-access passes (valued at $400 apiece) to the New Media Expo (formerly Blogworld) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6-8, 2013. "

To find out how you could win 1 of these 2 passes, read on…

Here’s the backstory: I am going to be a speaker at the New Media Expo and BusinessNext conference (they are put on jointly together) in Las Vegas in January. I’m moderating a panel on social media legal issues which will be presented to the BusinessNext track.

(That’s right – that’s my face on the graphic to the right. Pretty cheesy, I know.)

Because I’m speaking, the folks who run the New Media Expo gave me two free all-inclusive passes (to the New Media Expo only) to give away to readers of my blog.  Which was pretty darn swell of them.

You may be wondering, what is the New Media Expo anyway? The New Media Expo is an annual conference and tradeshow dedicated to new media companies.

The conference was formerly known as “Blogworld,” and it’s aimed at bloggers, podcasters, and web video producers.

The New Media Expo actually encompasses two conferences in one. The second half of it is called BusinessNext and it’s aimed more at marketing and IT executives who work for larger companies.

BusinessNext is aimed at educating conference attendees on how to harness new marketing strategies, cutting-edge social media and mobile technologies, compelling content marketing and engaged communities.

In my panel, I am going to be asking questions of three distinguished attorneys, Brian Wassom, Gordon Firemark and Kyle Durand.

Let’s Cut to the Chase: How to Win

So, if you want to win one of the all-access passes to the New Media Expo, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Sign up for my email list, which you can do at the bottom of this post, in the right hand column, or on the main page. You must be on my email list to win.
  2. Enter a comment below this post saying why you’d like to win. It can be something simple like “I just want an excuse to go to Vegas” or “I’m interested in New Media companies,” or “I just like winning free stuff.”

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:00pm PST.

I will pick 2 winners at random.

Here are the details on the conference:

What: New Media Expo (formerly “Blogworld”) and BusinessNext

When: January 6-8, 2013

Where: the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who It Is For:  The New Media Expo is primarily aimed at bloggers, podcasters and web video producers, while the BusinessNext conference is aimed at small to large business owners, CEOs, CMOs, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations professionals, IT Executives and Social Strategists. You can check out more details about who attends BusinessNext here.

Who Will Be Speaking at the New Media Expo: C.C. Chapman, David Risley, Rand Fishkin, Michelle Shocked (yes, that Michelle Shocked), Pat Flynn, Jon Morrow, Chris Ducker and a bunch of other interesting speakers.

Who Will Be Speaking at BusinessNext: Me! Oh, also Guy Kawasaki and two guys named the the Winklevoss Twins, who you may have heard of.

If you are interested in attending and you don’t get 1 of the 2 free passes below, you can use the discount code “BIZ300” for a $300 discount off the price of a ticket if you act fast (click here to use the discount code) (Note – that is an affiliate link).

So enter your comment below, join the email list (if you haven’t already), and I hope to see you in Vegas!

 

My Office Hardware Setup

I’m a huge advocate of starting small when it comes to starting a business.New Business Resources, dropbox, freshbooks, hostgator, bluehost, clio,

Early in a business’s life, it’s crucial that you keep your costs down and your expenses lean. Spending too much on startup expenses can spell the end of your business before you are ever really started.

This principle also applies when bringing on new workers. Spending too much on office space, computers, or printers (not to mention salaries), can spell doom.

But that doesn’t mean you can get away with spending no money. And in many ways, time equals money when it comes to the purchases you make.

For example, you can save $50 or $100 by buying a cheaper printer, but you will definitely save yourself time and frustration if you get yourself a reliable printer which won’t jam or break down frequently.

Why You Must Invest in Good Hardware For Your Business

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