I am on vacation – yippee – in
New Mexico. I am pleased to be presenting posts while I am gone from
several blogging buddies. I know you will find what they have to write
interesting. There are two kinds of posts:
- Some folks are providing a post about whatever interests them.
- Some folks have graciously agreed to answer a set of questions I offered a couple weeks back.
I thank all my contributors!
Here is a post by Sebastian from planetsab.
Today it is me, Sebastian, filling in for Lisa. I am a consultant for a small PR agency in Hamburg, Germany. After earning an average college degree I started out at the front desk, did an internship and began working full-time. Lately I took part in Lisa´s 2 Weeks 2 a Breakthrough program.
A key ingredient to my life is the desire to improve myself as much as I can. You are right, an average college degree does not quite reflect that, but improvement can happen on different levels, discipline is certainly one of them 😉 Improvement begins with the realization that there is room to improve. I think there is nothing wrong with saying "I don´t know." My goal is to make sure next time something comes up I do know. (In an article that spread around the blogosphere last week, this is quoted as number 1 on Bill Swanson´s list of "25 unwritten management rules.)"
I read biographies, management books, time management books, and of course blogs. Since I am an information junkie I follow too many blogs (ca. 170) but the focus has shifted a bit in the last two months, from personal blogs to blogs with great content. Sure, I still follow what Scoble, Jarvis, Pirillo and others have to say, especially bloggers in the PR business, but at the moment I close-read a lot of blogs with life and business hacks, powerpoint techniques and self-improvement in general. Steve Pavlina´s blog, e.g., falls into the latter category.
I took notice of blogs about seven months ago, luckily Steve Rubel´s Micro Persuasion was one of the first I stumbled into. In the meantime I have launched two blogs of my own, planetsab written in English, to get my feet wet and to learn everything about trackbacks, comments, headlines etc. The reason behind this being, of course, to tie in the "new" medium with my professional business.
Consequently, I am working on ways to integrate blogs into PR strategies for our clients, being careful not to sell blogs as such to every customer, but developing sound packages answering the needs of the client.
Although I went through David Allen´s Getting things done a while ago, I had trouble lately, getting down to what needed to be done. Again, discipline comes into play. With Lisa´s encouragement and her daily practice hacks, I was able to force myself into submission: move according to plan. However, the 2W2AB-program did more. It clarified the idea that the worst thing that can happen when you request something is that you are denied. A rejection like that is not the end of the world (although George Mc Fly wants you to think otherwise). If your requests are granted, though, they can propel you and your business further with great leaps. And it looks like that has happened.