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Teach Your Kids to be Debt Free with Dave Ramsey: ACT FAST for FREEBIE!

Dave Ramsey has a new book! Smart Money Smart Kids

Dave Ramsey has a new book! Smart Money Smart Kids“Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze are offering $50 in FREE extras to help you raise money-smart kids!”

Pre-order their brand new book, Smart Money Smart Kids by April 22nd, 2014 and they’ll toss in this $50 bonus.  Details HERE!

I sure wish this book had been around when my kids were little.  Dave Ramsey knows his stuff!
 
 
 
 
 

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Blogging Concentrated Coming to a Town Near You!

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Blogging Concentrated

I’m really looking forward to attending the Blogging Concentrated event in Syracuse, NY on Saturday, March 22.

Lauren Greutman, otherwise known as I am THAT lady, is a VERY successful local blogger and she will be teaching this seminar along with Dan Morris of LettersFromDan.com

I’ve created a number of blogs over the years, the most well-known being that of my husband’s Planet of the Blind, but I’ve never taken the time to learn how to be strategic in terms of how to make a buck.  My blogging has always been more of a hobby than anything since I dabbled with them when time permitted (thanks to my full-time job).  But now that I’m working out of my home and have started my own two blogs, AllBuzzConsidered and my Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop, I’m ready to up my game.

 

Have you been to a Blogging Concentrated event in your town?  If so, what was your biggest take-a-way?Accomplish More Sooner

Have you even heard of Blogging Concentrated?  To be honest, I hadn’t until just this morning.  But thanks to Lauren, I’ve now signed up!

To find a Blogging Concentrated event near you simply click on this banner for more information…——>

Who knows, this could lead to your big break!  Separate yourself from the rest of the pack.  That’s my intention!

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

 

 

 

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MySpeed by Enounce: Save Time Listening to Online Recordings

MySpeed by Enounce: Have You Discovered This Awesome Tool Yet?

I haven’t officially announced it on this blog yet but for those of you who are interested, I’ve started a second website / blog to talk about the Side Gig I’ve recently launched as a means of generating an additional source of income from home.  I’ll write more about that at a later time.

MySpeed by EnounceFor now I would like to introduce you to this amazing tool someone referred to me recently.  Have you heard of MySpeed by Enounce? For those of us who listen to online seminars / webinars, this tool is a HUGE time saver.  It allows you to manage the speed at which you listen to an online recording.  I simply LOVE this tool!

I could write all about it here but I’ve actually done that already on my other site.  So why reinvent the wheel when with one easy click, you can learn more about MySpeed HERE.  BTW, there’s a FREE TRIAL option so there’s no reason to not check this out.  If you listen to online presentations like I do, I’m willing to bet you’ll be pleased with this option!  Let me know, OK? Feel free to comment below and tell us of your experience.

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Discover Your Inner Graphic Designer with Canva

Use Canva to Create Your Own Images with Ease & Discover Your Inner Graphic Designer!

I recently wrote this post titled “Have You Discovered Canva Yet?” in which I discussed how easy it is to use this graphic design tool (Canva) to create your own images.

Cover your a** with Canva!The main point of my post was to point out that “Due to copyright laws we can’t just click and save any photo we admire, then use it as if it were our own.”

I also mentioned that “the software comes with quite a few “free” images for your use but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can upload them from your own personal photos, other sources such as GraphicStock, or you have the option of paying Canva’s fee to purchase one of theirs.

So why am I writing about this AGAIN?  It has to do with the seriousness of the issue.  I just discovered an article that I thought I’d share as it’s very well written and most informative.  Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog by Roni Loren.  Roni has done all bloggers a BIG favor by sharing her insight on the subject.  I highly recommend you take a look.

By the way, have YOU taken a look at Canva yet?  Kinda fun, isn’t it?

P.S.  Thanks to Kelvin Ringold for sharing the “Blogger Beware” article on Facebook, which is where I stumbled on it.

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All.  Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Have You Discovered Canva Yet?

Use Canva to Create Your Own Images with Ease & Discover Your Inner Graphic Designer!

It’s widely known that when it comes to social media, images are “where it’s at”.  They’re everywhere and statistically speaking, they receive much more attention (views, comments, shares) than just plain old text.  Due to copyright laws we can’t just click and save any photo we admire, then use it as if it were our own.  Don’t go down that road!

So what are our options?  Well, we can hire a graphic designer, many of whom are worth their weight in gold.  Or we can purchase photos from  image providers such as Dreamstime or GraphicStock.  (Here’s a generous coupon for Graphic Stock if you’re interested.)  I could list many other options but that’s not what this post is really about.  It’s about Canva…

If you watch the video on Canva.com you’ll see images of different people sitting with their laptops in their laps, “designing” graphic images, then either printing them or sharing them online. What’s noteworthy, in my opinion, is that everyone is smiling while doing this.  Appearances suggest they’re actually having a good time.  I’m here to tell you they are; I can vouch for that!  If you have the time, it’s actually quite fun to create your own images.  It can be VERY satisfying!

Canva’s tagline is “amazingly simple graphic design” and that just about sums it up.  Sure there’s a learning curve but tutorials are available – should you even need them.  The software comes with quite a few “free” images for your use but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can upload them from your own personal photos, other sources such as GraphicStock, or you have the option of paying Canva’s fee to purchase one of theirs.  Ahh, there’s the catch, you’re thinking!  Well maybe, but should you decide to buy an image from Canva, you’ll pay just a buck.  That’s it!  One dollar.  Play with that image all you want then save it, publish it, post it on one of your social media channels at no additional charge.

Have I mentioned there’s no fee to sign up?  Create and publish all the graphics you want.  The ONLY time you’ll be charged a fee is IF you decide to start with one of the $1 images Canva provides.  There’s no obligation when you create an account.  I highly encourage you give it a try.  Just yesterday I “designed” this graphic and it took me all of oh, maybe 4 minutes to find the source image, then play around with the text. Oh, I almost forgot, I “designed” this yesterday, too.

Gotta Love a Man Who Loves His Dog.

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By the way, if you love dogs like we do, check out our Facebook page: Dog Schmooze.  If you do, take a look at the banner.  I designed that with Canva too!  (Like it?  Perhaps you could click that little “Like” button…hint, hint.)

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Should you agree that Canva is a fabulous tool to have at your disposal but you feel you don’t have time to design, well…you can always contact me, your Buzzmeister, to discuss possibilities.  I’d be more than pleased to create images for your exclusive use.

Have something BUZZWORTHY you’d like to share? While I won’t make any promises, you’re welcome to submit a blog post for consideration since in my view, all buzz is considered…

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Buzzworthy: January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Magnifying glass centered on word "vision"Having once worked at an AMAZING ophthalmology research laboratory (where I learned to spell ophthalmology correctly), I believe the fact that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month to be quite buzzworthy.  I was reminded of this fact in my grocery store sales circular while clipping coupons.  Thanks to  the ad for “Your Neighborhood Pharmacy at Tops” for the following fast facts about Glaucoma:

  • Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
  • The most common form of Glaucoma has virtually no symptoms.
  • The best way to protect your sight is to get a regular eye exam.
  • Nearly 1 out of 10 people over the age of 70 have Glaucoma.

Visit The John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory website for more information about Glaucoma.  It’s information worth knowing.

Do you have a specific social media question I can answer for you? Feel free to either contact me directly, or comment by clicking the flag to the left of the share button below.

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or for Those Who Feel They Have Better Things To Do with Their Time.

 

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Email Overload: Rule Your Inbox; Don’t Let it Rule You.

The other day I was listening to “Day to Day” with Alex Chadwick on NPR.  The subject was one that I can easily relate to: the troubling “syndrome” dubbed Email Overload.  I’m willing to bet that you can relate to this as well.  If so, here’s the link to the 8 minute segment for your listening pleasure.

The focus of this NPR piece is primarily on corporate America and statistics regarding internally generated emails or what they call the corporate equivalent of “friendly fire”.  In other words, we do this to each other.  YIKES!  Here are a few of the stats mentioned in this piece:

  • At work, Americans get and send nearly 3 billion emails per day.
  • Growth of email has been exponential: in 1995 American workers sent/received on average 8 emails/day.   Today that figure is 90+/day.
  • Big time waster in corporate America, 2nd only to meetings.
  • On average 16 thousand emails per person/year are processed in corporate America

I won’t go in to detail here, but suffice it to say that there was a time in my life while working as an employee when I spent most of my days responding to email in what I now realize was very much a social media community manager position.  It wasn’t my title at the time but it certainly could have been.  Unfortunately much of my time and mental energy was spent addressing other people’s problems.  I was (am) good at it (bold statement, I know but sometimes ya gotta toot your own horn) but needless to say, it led to total burnout.

Email Overload

www.AllBuzzConsidered.com/email-overload

Today, as an entrepreneur, I can still relate to email overload, but at least it’s of a different nature.   While there is still plenty of it, it’s friendlier “friendly fire”.

Soooo… what about YOUR inbox?  If you’re anything like me you too could benefit from some tips on how to manage (or should I say cope with) an endless stream of messages vying for your attention.

Here are a few mentioned in the NPR segment referenced above:

  • Limit the number of people in your cc: list (thereby limiting the number of responses)
  • Using more specific info in the subject line so people know what you’re talking about w/out even opening the email  (this is a BIG ONE for me!)
  • Adding “NTN” (no thanks needed) at the end of messages or NRN “no response needed” in the subject line. (Brilliant!)
  • Avoiding email altogether for complex or emotionally charged subjects
  • Deactivate the sound indicating you’ve received a new message to avoid interruptions and distractions

There are many more tips, of course, and I could add a few of my own.  But rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought it might be more helpful to point to other resources that more than adequately address this subject.  If I’ve done nothing else today but save you ten minutes worth of “googling” this topic, then my efforts have not been futile.

Here are some very good ideas to help you cope with YOUR inbox:

Do you have a specific social media question I can answer for you? Feel free to either contact me directly, or comment by clicking the flag to the left of the share button below.

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All.

 

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Gift Ideas for the Horse Lover in Your Life: Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

ShopSmallThanksgiving is around the corner!  And with that you’re undoubtedly thinking about your holiday TO DO list.  Might you be looking for that “little something” for the horse lover in your life?  Do you prefer to “shop small”?  Are you an enthusiastic supporter of “small business Saturday”?  Well, if your answer is yes to any of these questions, I have some suggestions for you.

I am one of the oh-so-many little girls who never outgrew her love for horses and the dream to someday own one.  At least one.  Well I’m pleased to say my dream came true two years ago this month when I met the off-the-track Thoroughbred who was clearly waiting to meet me.  Or so I like to think.  Once you own a horse you become a member of a whole new community and if you’re lucky, you meet some wonderful people along the way.  I sure have.

I would like to take a moment and show my appreciation a number of small business owners to whom I feel a sense of gratitude.  (YOU know who you are :-)  How can I best do that?  Why I’m going to do my best to create some BUZZ on their behalf!  These are people who I have personally found exemplify true customer service and have done so with a spirit of generosity.  So, if you’re looking for gift ideas for the horse lover in your life, join me and Shop Small on Small Business Saturday (or any day for that matter!)

  • For book lovers: J. L. (Jo) Hardesty has had a special bond with horses since she was a small child. In her powerfully inspiring Lost Legend Trilogy, she shares her passion for this gift from God, and speaks to the origin of the mystical bond between the horse and humankind.
  • A Colored Pencil Pet Portrait makes a lovely personalized gift.  Contact Jen for details.  Here is her email address: kreepee13 @ aol.com
  • Handmade sterling silver charms from the Dkd. Jewelry Collection. “A different kind of tack… inspirations from antique medals & buttons crafted for the horse lover.”
  • Custom Handcrafted Leather Cuffs and Accessories made from “Up-cycled Leather Belts, Horse Tack, Purses, and basically anything interesting” (Alyssa Woodard) can get her hands on.  Find them at AlynneDesigns.
  • Horse Jewelry: earrings and necklaces by Joann Hayssen Designs
  • What I really like about Don’t Shoot Me high visibility wear for horses, riders and dogs (besides the adorable logo) is the fact that 10% of all profits from the sale of these products is donated to animal charities.
  • Dr. Cook Bitless Bridles™ provides a method of communication that is safer, more humane, and more effective than the bit.  Check out these FAQs.  Very interesting!
  • Ronnie and Lisa own Con-Tack where they sell quality consignment tack and pledge to “provide the highest professional service in the sale or purchase of pre-owned and new equine products.”
  • Gentle Dove Farm “provides educational training in horsemanship using police horse training techniques and methods to encourage partnership and communication to achieve exceptional trust.”
  • Cut-Heal Products are what you need to have on hand to treat the bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes your horses and dogs are bound to experience.
  • In her book “The Secret to Puppy LoveKaren Palmer shows us how to “Discover the Divine in your Canine”.  Since most horse lovers are dog lovers as well, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as well as her other book, “Dogs are Gifts from God“.
  • Shirley Merrill holds a special place in my heart.  Unbeknownst to me when I first met my horse-to-be, Shirley, his previous owner, is an animal communicator dedicated to enriching the lives of both animals and their humans.  Book a session with Shirley as a gift for the horse lover who has everything else he or she needs.

Not as “small” as the businesses mentioned above, these two deserve mention as well, and for the same reasons (all of which I’ve experienced personally): their spirit of generosity, great customer service and their great products for both horses and their riders:

Are you familiar with any of these products?  Is there something here for the horse lover in your life?  If so, please tell them Connie, a.k.a. The Buzzmeister, referred you!  And perhaps you, too, could do the small business owners a favor and help boost BUZZ on their behalf.  Would you please help spread the word?

Happy Thanksgiving! And good luck with your holiday shopping!

Have something BUZZWORTHY you’d like to share? While I won’t make any promises, you’re welcome to submit a blog post for consideration since in my view, all buzz is considered…

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start.

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Customer Service: Make It Powerful

Thumbs Up_Customer Service copyI had an interesting experience recently involving customer service. And yes, I’d like to talk about it.

Quite a while ago I signed up for an online course called the Girl’s Guide to Web Design.

It’s a GREAT course taught by an even better instructor;  Amanda Aitken is her name and she teaches gals (and from what I understand, the occasional guy) the nuts and bolts of building creative websites from scratch.  By the way, she also has an amazingly organized – and fun – online graphic design course.

Well, life kinda got in the way and it’s been a long time since I’ve reviewed any of the material in Amanda’s course. (Confession: I created this website using a template; I cheated.)  I now want to re-design my website and update my “look” and I want to do so using the Girl’s Guide to Web Design tips and tricks.  Doing so will allow me much more flexibility and an opportunity to bring out the creative side of me I learned I do actually have.  (Amanda taught me that too through her 5-day “virtual” Creative Courage adventure.)

So last week I logged in to the Girl’s Guide course using my username/password and go figure, I couldn’t get in.  With each failed attempt I worried that it had been “too long” and that perhaps I had somehow been “dropped” from this course as an inactive participant.  BUT, I thought…when you signed up for the class you were promised lifetime support as one of the perks. 

So I contacted support and received an immediate response (thanks Kelly!) that unfortunately did not resolve my issue.  I then sent several more requests for help, all of which went unanswered.  This, I thought, was highly unusual for an Amanda Aitken run organization.  I’m not one to make immediate negative assumptions, so I decided to try another approach and wrote a tactful “I could use some help” note in one of her support groups.  I received another immediate response (thanks Alysa!) which then led to an almost immediate response from the very busy Amanda (thanks Amanda!).

It turns out that for some reason my follow-up emails requesting support never made it to their destination.  They’re still floating around in cyberspace somewhere.  This explains the “highly unusual” lack of response.  It also speaks to a lesson I learned a LONG time ago: never assume the emails you send actually find their way to your intended recipient’s Inbox.  It’s just WRONG to assume you’re being ignored if you do not receive the response you’re looking for.  Give someone a hard time for “not responding” and you could end up eating your words.  You know what they say about making assumptions (no, not that saying, this one)…

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” ― Isaac Asimov

So it actually took Amanda and I multiple email exchanges before she was able to resolve my issue.  We’re still not sure what the issue actually was and it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is the response, the concern, and the level of professionalism I received from Amanda and her team.  So there you have it.  Because of my “great experience” I am telling YOU about it.  As if my word of mouth is so very powerful…;-)

What kind of customer service experience have you had – or provided –  recently?  Feel free to share your powerful words by clicking the icon to the left of the “share” button.  I’d love to hear from you!

Have something BUZZWORTHY you’d like to share? While I won’t make any promises, you’re welcome to submit a blog post for consideration since in my view, all buzz is considered…

Do you have a specific social media question I can answer for you? Feel free to either contact me directly, or comment by clicking the flag to the left of the share button below.

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All.

 

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Sheila Applegate Receives Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Congratulations Sheila Applegate!

Congratulations Sheila Applegate!

 

Well this is certainly “BuzzWorthy” news…author Sheila Applegate received notice recently that her book was chosen “one of the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Summer 2013.”  Congratulations Sheila!  As Laura Ponticello noted in a congratulatory email, “The pinnacle Award is very noteworthy.”

Nice work for a first-time author wouldn’t you say?!

Sheila Applegate

Sheila Applegate

I can’t help but get caught up in the excitement over this announcement.  As I mentioned in this previous post, I have the distinct pleasure of working with Sheila (yes, I’m her social media Buzzmeister; I’m quietly working behind the scenes supporting her with authors’ virtual solutions).  We’ve been collaborating ever since the launch of her first book, Enchanted One: The Portal to Love. when together we organized her virtual book tour.

Notice I said first book?  You may want to keep an eye on Sheila Applegate.  She’s quite gifted – in more ways than one.  Tap in to Sheila’s vibrant energy and one day you might discover that “you have the ability to create for yourself a world free from struggle.”

BUZZ ON!

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, solopreneurs and small business owners who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start.

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