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Saturday, April 21, 2012

9 Things That Will Boost Your Confidence Online


Hello reader,

Fear and shyness dominate our being and they never allow us to be the real person we ought to be. Internet marketers and successful bloggers who have been online for sometime have confidence and influence over many people. Today, I would like to share with you 9 ways that you can use to boost your confidence online regardless of who you are.

1.Join a niche network

The first and obvious place to build confidence is to join a group of people who are related to your niche.
Networks covering various niches are ever available online which you can join and network with the people on it. Most of their members maybe within your niche or related hence you are able to brainstorm each other.

The sure way to build your confidence in your area of expertise and at those networks is to be active. These may include; adding new friends, posting articles, sharing business opportunities. Some niche network sites are:
  • For bloggers ->Bloggers.com
  • Technology experts ->Fixya.com
  • Internet Marketers ->Mynetworkingpro.com
  • All Professionals ->LinkedIn.com
  • Business Social Networks ->Apsense.com and Swom.com

2.Like-minded community and forums

Yahoo and Google have popular and active groups as well as other forums that you can use to build your confidence. Forums are great sources of knowledge base that members can use for their benefits.

Community sites like Facets World are growing drastically while forums such as the Warrior Forum have invaluable content that you can harness. Teamwork in business programs also play an important role in shaping your skills and networking ability. This involves marketing a product or services as group with aim of benefiting from sales as a team. The key thing is to choose where you to join.

After a forum or community site accept you; for you to build confidence, you need to know many members by being friendly and proactive. This, you can do by posting regularly, asking and answering others’ questions often e.g. at Yahoo Answers.

3.Chat With friends and contacts

Sites such as Facebook, Skype and Apsense have chat windows that can be use to communicate to one another.
Have you ever talked to a stranger? Most of the people we meet online are present on social networking sites like Facebook with whom you can chat and hook up with on Skype. I recommend because it has a good chatting system. Nowadays, you can still access Skype on Facebook as Facebook has made this possible last year.
The good thing with chatting to people is that; it is like an instant face on/off communication where you get immediate respond. When you chat with a ‘stranger’ friend, you are able to get immediate respond directly and at the same time.

4.Build and grow a blog

Blogs are very powerful tools of communication that are changing societies today. Blog are easier to create and anyone can use them. A blog can do the following:
  • Grow an audience of readers.
  • Make you some $$$ money.
  • Inform and educate others.
  • Open opportunities for you e.g. can be use in modern time as a CV or Resume.
  • Help others that is you can employ others.
  • It can bring changes and transform our way of life.
  • Build and boost your reputation as expert.
  • And more others.
As a blogger, a blog can help you gain confidence through interaction with readers. It has been noted that a blog is a business on it own and therefore another form of marketing whereby you are in-charge of its activity. Examples of what you can do are; promoting products, answering clients feedback and complains, selling products and more others.

In fact, a blog can increase confidence by establishing you as an expert in your blog’s niche hence others are able to unto you for information and assistance.

5.Create videos and podcasts

Another way to build and boost confidence is by learning to look into a webcam. This, by recording what you offer in a recorder.

Video marketing is exploding and going viral online these days. Site owners that use videos and podcasts to relay information on their sites are far much ahead of their peers.

For you to boost your confidence, you have to record yourself speaking in a video or podcast. Most marketers fear being seen in a video but if you continue to shy away, neither will you get courage nor get far.

6.Hold a webinar or teleconference

The other important way to gain courage and confidence is to organize a formal marketing campaign or seminar whereby you will feature as the speaker and your client to attend. This method is done online (webinar) and it does not necessarily require one to meet people face to face.

Nowadays, webinars and online conferences are the new mode of communication where you can talk to people in different locations at the same time. Examples like the great Search Marketing Expo hold annually. They combine various media like video, sound, text and other graphics.

When using any of them, you can speak to others while seeing each other ‘live’ as you present your product or information. You also get the chance to ask and answer their questions.

In short, if you are able to speak live to people, you will be on your way of taking control of over your personal weaknesses. Therefore, go ahead, hold one and invite as many people as you can (even I).

7.Get Hired Online

One of the ‘universal motivations’ that people love to experience is; popularity or becoming wealthy. When you are financially stable or have people’s power with you, you feel that you are somebody who is important.

Among ways of gaining wealth is to get employed is through self-employment or get hired in a well-paying job. On the Internet, there are ever-plenty jobs of all fields that anyone who is skilled can fit in.

How would you feel if a reputable company let me say Facebook or Amazon offers you a job? I know some will be jumping with joy depending on your exposure and qualifications.

Anyway, being hired for the skills you possess online e.g. a web designer, freelance writer, photographer etc is another way to boost or grow your confidence. Some other ways of being hired is to guest post on popular blogs, take a freelance job or you may consider volunteering in some cases if you want.

The thing is, you never know what is in store for you but just remember that you are gaining experience and boosting your confidence as well.

8.Become an Expert

Attraction marketing or having influence on a number of people is a great investment that will yield an immeasurable amount or return and can give you the right to get whatever you wanted in life.

People’s power is very crucial not only to individuals who are seeking votes for public offices but also to everyone at large. According to Forbes’ studies, US president, Barack Obama is rank as the most sort-after politician.

Though the Internet is now faking individual identity, it is not a surprise to say that there are many ‘experts’ now online than the actual experts. If your aim is just to have confidence instill in you, do it so by positioning yourself now as an expert. Becoming an expert is not that hard as you start with what you are good at.

There may be some out there who need your assistance and this is the time and the rightful opportunity to fill that gap. As an expert, you can have your blog, website or portfolio set up and there you go growing in confidence.

9.Brand Yourself

Personal branding is one the surest way of taking control of your life especially the confidence that you need to face life hurdles. Whether you want to impress those judges in that contest, want to market that product, want to preach and touch the souls of those disciples, or want to land that job by convincing those interviewers, personal branding is all about you and will always be.

It is in fact, must-know subjects for anyone if you want anything in life. Most people ignore this and sooner than later they realize how important personal branding is to them. To cut it short, branding yourself is one of the other ways to improve on yourself.

I appreciate reading up to this far and for taking the time to tune into this and other articles. As always, I love hearing my guest reader speak their minds and I challenge you to do so by commenting. Otherwise, get some time to tune in for the upcoming article(s) or subscribe so as not to miss out.

Be keeper of yourself and your love ones. Malok Mading – 21st Blogger Boss

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

5 Foundations To Determine Your Excellence In Life


Numerous people have talked or have written a lot of tips that can help one excel in your life. Excelling in life is all everyone's task that they aspire to experience. Individuals who have made it to the top have reasons that propel them to the position they currently or once hold.

In areas of life such as in the sport world, you find men and women who are stars; In corporate world, there are people who held onto the success of their firms; In the human arena, still, there are people who passed all odds of life and still make it to the top.

I have come to notice that these fellows are like any ordinary you but the difference between you and them is how they use the followings as their foundations to excellence;
  • Time
  • Mentors/Coaches
  • Books/Research
  • Money
  • Yourself
As you can see, you have come across such words but one thing in these words is that, they are the 5 Foundations To Excellence in Life. So you asked; How?

Time

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you says Carl Sandburg.
God gave you 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day reason for you to spend and make good use of them. He does not dictate you on what you should waste/spend them on but allow you to decide for yourself.

Have you ever sat down one day and asked yourself, What have I achieve in the minutes, hours, days, weeks etc that God has allocate to me?

Time is one of the foundations you can ever use to excel in life. If you manage your time effectively and effectively, you will find that, every second/minutes you spend has a share contribution in your achievements. Time is God's bonus to man's life which He add as an everlasting and unconditional blessing with which every person should take hold of it carefully.

Therefore, if you want to excel in your life, make good use of your time. This is God's free gift to you everyday that you are here on earth and it is your choice to decide whether to make the most/less out of it.

Mentors/Coaches


In a government, there is an advisory board which help it when it comes to advise. They are the people who exercise everyday running and shaping of that institution. To you, the people who know you personally, care about you and guide you when you are up to something are the kind of people I am talking about. They are either mentors or coaches. They help in your transformation stage by molding you to fit into the society or even rise shining on top of the career you are aspiring in.

The people who surround you(not neighbors but circle of advisers) determine how you will be in the world out there. Excellence is not by nature but how we want it ourselves to be because we can determine it by arming ourselves with people who can help us.

You got to have your mentors/coaches that will correct you when you make an error; raise you to feet when you fall and celebrate with you when you are successful. It does not matter whether you are above mentoring age or too knowledgeable to be coached still, it is a chance for you because no one can guarantee no mistakes in life. Remember that everyone make mistakes.

Find people who can help you rise and become successful in life. Mentors/coaches are the people everyone need to have to trim their images and personal growth.

Money

If you want to be successful, learn to be a saver and not a spender. Money is everything nowadays. Some say money is evil but money is just a tool for excellence if well manage. What you do with money can either make them good or evil.

Use money to put you upfront while equipping yourself for success. If you take them as a resource for your journey, then you are on the right track to excellence and that is what is required!

Save your money for rainy seasons because the little saved act as a security for your needs. A penny saved is a penny earned says Abraham Lincoln.

Books/Research

Knowledge is power. Books are source of spiritual blessings that great men and women use to pour out their blessings upon us. As we grow, learning through reading and associating with smarter people are all factors involve in shaping us.

Books help boost our knowledge and in building personal excellence in life. Everyone want to excel in life and the immediate place to find this is in the books. Being knowledgeable improve your skill in the prospective field that you are in hence you become an expert in it while you continue to excel in life.

Research on the hand, is a way of acquiring knowledge through books and it can contribute to your well-being if done effectively.

That is: RESEARCH + BOOKS = EXCELLENCE

Yourself

You are the greatest asset that can not be lost or stolen. People undervalue this and tend to bother of other things but one thing we need to remember and ask ourselves is: All the things we do, are we not doing for ourselves? Therefore, to hit the nail on the hit, it is important to invest your time and money in improving that asset.

When you want to excel in life, if you haven't yet, begin by growing your personal brand and reputation which is all yourself. A self-realization and ideal life vision is the foundation to determine excellence in your life which you need to have always.

Yourself is the foundation that you can build on to excel in life. So why not develop yourself now?

Keeping in mind that not all people can excel in life but it is to our best that we try hard to improve where necessary. We have to discover our potential(abilities) because you never know that you are the destined shining star of your life!
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