Mike Sansone works with business and educational leaders in amplifying their voice, their relationships, and their reach using various conversation stations such as social media tools, classrooms, coffee tables and podiums.
Where to find Mike elsewhere:
Since October, my wife and I have been focusing our walk and work to serving in a local rescue mission and with our homeless neighbors – specifically in the area of recovery.
One of our most repeated and shared mantras has been, “Make Good Small Choices – They Add Up to Big Results.”
Many times in life – and business – we try to swing for the fences every time. Too often we find ourselves in knots or falling over. Sometimes both at once.
With the still quickening pace of change and tools, small business owners and rural business might often find better success and digestible improvements by making good small choices – even if these choices come weekly or even once a month.
Build a better business presence one piece at a time. It’s what I call “Pieces of Presence” and you can learn more about how to implement this practice in your business at SmallBizTracks.
Happy New Year! Here’s to 2013 being a year filled with wonderful times and opportunities to be profitably courageous and positively contagious.
Angela and I have invested the previous months focusing our time and energy on a mission field. Our ministry work (Lk 14:23, Mk 16:20) has been fulfilling and, at times, stretching – and we look forward to more exercise in 2013.
As I begin to return some attention to business, the work I do will be focused on helping business grow using the SmallBizTracks model. Personal and Spiritual writings will be found on my Armchair Articulations site. Angela has begun working on her second book and continues to care and share at 1019Ministries.
As 2013 becomes the date on the calendar, I pray this year brings an abundance of blessings and that you remain healthy in your work and your walk.
Some of life’s biggest projects are best traveled in small steps.
I’ve heard that relocation is one of the three most stressful times of life (along with a wedding and a funeral). Moving has so many … moving parts to it, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It would be easy to adopt an “I don’t know where to begin” attitude – a sticking point to getting stuck.
Begin somewhere and maintain movement, focusing on one task at a time. Don’t worry about seeing the destination at the starting line.
This practice has served well in my life, most recently with our move to Colorado. The timing was quick, the total task was large. We broke it up into small pieces and tackled one piece at a time. By doing so, it became easy.
The same is true in developing or building a web or social presence. Pick one track and focus … then build on that movement and momentum.
Here’s J.J. Abrams (Lost, Super 8, Revolution) and one of my favorite question-askers/storytellers, Morgan Spurlock (A Day in the Life, Super Size Me) in a short video about choice, technology, and how to know which possibility to go after:
Isn’t this true with some of the Social Media choices we face? With so many choices – which do you go after? Certainly not all of them – that would turn into a slow process of none of them. Go after the one that thrills you first! Hate Facebook but love Pinterest? Go with Pinterest first.
When it comes to which Social Media track (or which “duck”) to go after first, what gives you the chills or thrills?
By the way, I’m lovin’ Zeitgeist Minds. Lots of great thinking going on.
Ducks in a Row vs. Ducks in a Bunch. I’ve talked about this before.
For most of us, getting your ducks lined up before you start something can be disabling. It’s like waiting for all the lights to turn green before you leave the house.
While some folks need to move from Ducks in a Row to Ducks in a Bunch to get going, there are many others that need to take things One Duck at a Time.
Maybe that’s you. If you’re having a tough time getting started, stop trying to herd ducks – just attend to one duck at a time.
That’s what we’re doing at Small Biz Tracks – one track at a time.
“Code” seems to be a bad word, like “spinach” to a child. Yucch!
When I suggest “learning code” to some business owners, the response is out loud laughter followed by a raised eyebrow or curled lip, hoping I’m not serious. Alas, serious I am – but in simple form.
Learning some simple basics can save time, money, and open a world of thought and possibilities. After showing one retail store operator how to “hyperlink” to her own pages and to other places and pages on the web (Be the Resource), she went to work creating hyperlinks on all of her old pages and posts.
In my gut, I believe that most owners cringe at “code” due to fear of breaking something (you won’t), not because of lacking an adventuresome spirit – heck, they operate their own business. That’s an adventure. Small Business owners are often Do-It-Yourself’ers.
If you have a bit of DIY in you, there’s a super-simple (and fun) site called Codeacademy that guides you through learning simple code and leads you into new possibilities. And it’s FREE!
If you want to dive deeper and really learn how to do more in-depth projects, including mobile, then Treehouse might be a place for you to developing your code chops. For a small monthly fee, you can learn quite a bit.
Ten years ago, I made those scrunched up faces when asked if I wanted to learn code. Then again, I said “yucch” to spinach when I was a kid. Now, I do it every day (code and spinach, though not together).
How about your future? Any code down the road?
Seth Godin shares a recent TEDx video he did on the future (and past) of education. The video is below. The ebook links are below that. How can some of these questions translate to your business practices?
Stop Stealing Dreams [Video & eBook] from Seth Godin is a post from: ConverStations
Before the words “embed a video” can contort a face, I quickly soften the crinkling frown with “by simply pasting the URL” and smile.
With almost every site I work with, we use the plugin Tentblogger’s Vimeo, YouTube, RSS Embed. It allows you, the publisher, to simply grab the URL of the video and paste it into a box. The video gets embedded without you having to mess with any “code”. It allows your RSS readers to see a link to your page if they don’t see the video.
Whether it’s a video you’ve made yourself, a clip from someone else, this plugin makes a big impact with a small step.
Here’s a short video from the folks at Manta. I simply grabbed the URL and pasted it using the plugin:
Easy. A small step with big value.
Here’s a how-to on this great video plugin from the author himself.
Have a Bias Towards Action. Let’s see something happen now -
This post might sound familiar and look different. This post uses the post type “Image”, while the previous post was this same quote by Indira Gahndi using the “Quote” post type found in the Standard Theme (one of 6 custom post types).
It’s possible this post, while taking a bit more effort than the previous one, might get shared more on Facebook or Pinterest. Either way, for action to happen – a step must be taken.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise - http://t.co/GOsL8i9Zyc (Prov 12)
Have an audience of One - Gal 1:10; Prov 16:7
7 Reasons I Picked Feedly to Replace Google Reader http://t.co/YMcutbyQWF via @MichaelHyatt [This is also how I'm going]
15 Helps for Christian Servants | Ministry127 http://t.co/oqUUttjnD1
A Proverb a day keeps the devil at bay
Mike says it felt like "a thousand needles" http://t.co/G4XIhH2W from @springsrescue - #ProvideShelter #Frostbite
RT @Ministry127: Cultivating the Parent—Teacher Relationship: There are five major influences on our students… http://t.co/PPtpz01c
Please God - Request or Command? Both.
40 Day Prayer Focuses for Churches & Ministries: Targeting Spiritual Warfare http://t.co/uK2WJXFc from @angelatsansone
NEW BOOK (2/15) How to Pray Boldly from @WillDavisJr. http://t.co/lsazOLV7 - Looking forward to Chap. 10!
RT @willdavisjr: Lord help me to be content; to truly be defined by contentment with what you've given me. 1 Timothy 6:6 #pinpointprayer
Here’s How Seth Godin Writes - on Copyblogger http://t.co/XGYLYRGE [Informative & Entertaining Interview]
@johnccarver thank you kindly. Stay contagious and courageous!
“We can’t accept salvation w/o accepting the mission that comes with it.” #Craveable - http://t.co/8lYhrAuL by @ArtieDavis
Satchel Paige: "Don't look back, something may be gaining on you." Jesus: "Remember Lot's wife" ... #FocusFront