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Get Unstuck When You’re In A Rut

No rock star has ever risen to fame by following a path free of challenges. The road to rock is paved with disappointments, setbacks, tragedies, and days where you’d just rather curl up in the fetal position and hide in your closet underneath your studded leather pants.

There are many “chords” or concepts involved in being a rock star that I share in my book, Opportunity Rocks, and my keynote experience. Some of these include: Pushing past fear to seize opportunities, Embracing your vision and committing to it, Developing a strong, Positive energy, and Surrounding yourself with the right people and the right relationships.

A recent Unstuck Happiness Conference reminded me of just how universal these chords are. Speakers shared stories of the experiences that threatened to break them, and the tools they used to overcome them. While you may never have lost a child, been homeless, lost your arms and legs to a flesh eating bacteria, or been molested as a child – you can still transform your life and your business by learning the strategies that helped get these speakers “unstuck”.  Here are a few rock star success takeaways you can use to rock your life.

Sheryl Green, a resiliency expert talked about the fear she had to face and overcome in order to leave her husband after he was arrested for soliciting a minor online. She experienced a deep depression during this time, but overcame it by facing her fears and living by the motto “Never Miss an Opportunity”.  She uses a technique called The Regret Hangover – not to be confused with the tequila hangover (does anyone have an aspirin?), focusing more on how she will feel if she doesn’t take action, rather than how afraid she is to take action. We all experience fear and doubt, but if you want to make it on stage and take the business world by storm, you’ll have to push past that fear.

When Judi Moreo decided to start her own business, Universal Models and Finishing School, she threw her life savings into it. With just $2000 to invest, and an economic downturn right around the corner, Judi learned just how essential it was to commit 100% to her vision. The road was rough, but through her determination, she built an empire and has dedicated her life to inspiring others to achieve their dreams. Are you 100% committed to your business? Are you shedding blood, sweat, and tears to make your dreams a reality?

Eddie Garcia loves to ask, “Can I give you hand?”. Not because he’s helpful (though he is). It’s because a few years ago, Eddie contracted a flesh eating bacteria. Doctors didn’t think he would survive… but Eddie was strong. He may have lost his hands and feet, but he didn’t lose his amazing spirit. Eddie shares his positive energy and his message of perseverance with the youth softball and basketball teams that he coaches. When you face a setback at home or at work, do you allow it to change your attitude or do you find a way to stay positive and inspire your team?

Conference founder, John Polish’s only daughter was born with a genetic disorder and only lived a few days, but her impact on John and the world can’t be ignored. John allowed himself to be a victim of his circumstances, but the experience inspired him to help himself and others get unstuck. In order to do that, he needed a partner. He met Dale Krause (Mr. Bucket List), a man dealing with colon cancer and dancing his way through chemo. Together, they founded the conference and connected with the other inspiring speakers who share their stories to help others overcome their circumstances.

All of these speakers changed their lives and became rock stars because they took action. Are you ready to learn why Opportunity Rocks?

 

 

 

“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Dad, and believes in God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun, entertaining, and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars.

F-chord, How to use Social Media to Build Fan Relationships

What makes a fan? If someone sings along with your song when it comes on the radio, does that make them a fan? If they can recognize your branding on a product, are they a fan? Someone who recognizes that Marvelless Mark is an international leadership coach and motivational speaker, is that a fan? If they buy your merchandise more than others is that what makes them a fan? Some of these might fall into just a customer category or the beginning of a fan relationship. A fan is someone who LOVES you, who chooses you over all the others, who will pack 6 people into a station wagon and drive across the state to see you. That is a fan.

So how do we build a fan relationship with our customers? Fans make your company work. As a professional leadership team builder and corporate keynote speaker, I can understand that without fans we don’t have a job. It’s part of our job to make them feel loved and appreciated– to give them something no one else does.
Right now one of the big platforms for relating with our fans is social media. We all have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, InstaGram, and all the others. How can we use our social media to relate to and grab the attention of our fans? I’ve been researching how to really rock social media and build our following.

Did you know that YouTube™ is the second largest search engine on the web and one of the most popular website on the entire web? If you do not have a YouTube channel, GET ONE. It is one of the most effective and most personalized way to market yourself. It is a great way to focus on providing your clients & prospective clients with relevant content specific to them. The basic video limit is 15 minutes in length with the option to upgrade your account. In 15 minutes you can get a great tour of your office, highlight reel from your speech or show. You can upload customer testimonials which have been shown to be more effective as they are more personal. YouTube™ is a great tool to help you position yourself as an expert in your field.

Facebook is touted as a “rolodex of over 1 billion readers.” It is a journalist’s paradise. Facebook is a great place to post press releases. They also have several call to action type functions that can boost your audience and even build your email list. Most experts in the field warn against using the BOOST POST function for larger businesses, it is however extremely helpful for smaller companies on a strict marketing budget. The boosted posts multiply fan engagement which increases the number of people who see your posts exponentially. Tools such as CUSTOM AUDIENCE allows you to target a specific demographic, for example marketing to only people who have viewed your website. Also Facebook Graph Search can help you learn more about the people who view your page which is a great tool in learning how to market to them.

One of the favorite social media sites for professionals is Twitter. Your face alongside each tweet allows you to get your image out there, it is recommended to use a head shot versus a logo because people connect with people. Another rocking feature of Twitter is that you can customize your profile page with your personal brand. The colors and images are all customizable. Twitter allows you to keep different lists, lists of customers, lists of potential clients, lists of people who inspire you in business. This is helpful when you are following hundreds of people and the feed gets clogged. You can then click on each list and see the tweets only from that list, so you decide what to look at and when. I could write a whole blog on the features of Twitter. You can do just that as well, why not embed a tweet in your blog and have it lead your followers to interact with you on Twitter?

Social media is a huge means for you to interact with your customers, clients, and prospective clients as well as those that you’d like to learn from. Take the time to build the fan relationships with through social media. It is one of the easiest ways to reach out and engage the people who will become your fans if you show them what a ROCKSTAR you are!