Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – Freewriting/Freespeaking – Social Media

Welcome back, everyone! Because my last video was such a big hit, here is a nice freewriting and speaking task for you guys! Would love to hear some of your opinions on these topics, but let’s look at some.

  1. Social media is good for younger and older people.
  2. Social media means people spend more time on their own.
  3. Social media lets younger people socialize.
  4. Social media makes people feel bad when they compare themselves to other people.
  5. Social media makes us want everything now.
  6. Social media makes us have false friends.

Freewriting a number

In my opinion, social media makes us want everything now, resulting in depression. Let me give you some examples. When I see Instagram-scrollers on the public transportation system, they’re sending signals to their brain (and the imaginative side) such as “I wish I had this, the relationship, the car, the jewelry, etc. We’re constantly in a state of “wanting” rather than a state of gratitude. Being grateful for what we have in the moment and not constantly wanting the materialistic things we see on social media.

Here are some other ways down below in my podcast….

Podcast

Interviewee #029: Anand Bhimjiyani – Affiliate Marketing

Finally, after 2-3 long years (and a failed interview session back in December of 2017), I’ve gotten the opportunity to bring on Anand to share us a thing or two about affiliate marketing! I’m super excited about what’s to come, so I hope you guys enjoy this and are able to take away from things from it.

Get in touch with Anand Bhimjiyani

Links:

Things we discussed:

The passions and figuring out what his passions were.

What is marketing?

How the guest started.

Core beliefs and values.

What he wanted to learn instead of being an engineer.

The dark moments.

Entrepreneurship.

Mediocrity.

What affiliate marketing is.

Marketing and the message to influencers.

How do you start with affiliate marketing? Sharing about affiliate marketing strategy.

The success of affiliate marketing is being people-centric.

The power of giving content away and referral marketing.

How to find a niche and the consequences when mistakes are made.

The real secrets of affiliate marketing.

Anand’s favorite part of affiliate marketing.

How does an individual start with affiliate marketing.

The real reason why you should learn from mentors who are successful in affiliate marketing.

Listen to “Interviewee #029: Anand Bhimjiyani – Affiliate Marketing” on Spreaker.

Thank you for listening!

 

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The Disruption of Industries Are Coming (longread) Part II

Job recruiters or recruitment agencies have already been displaced by websites like LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Monster. Also, Craigslist has been replaced by other kinds of classified advertisements and other classified websites. If you just browse your social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can see many hiring managers leveraging those social media platforms for recruitment.

Uber, Lyft, and other car-sharing apps are disrupting the traditional taxi, rental cars and chauffeur companies, as well car ownership.

Airbnb, Booking.com, Trivago and HomeAway are disrupting the traditional homestays, traveller inns, hotel and motel industry.

Driverless cars, such as those being developed by Google, will be the next big thing that replaces all sorts of driving jobs like bus and truck drivers.

Drone technology may revolutionize the way products are delivered that will disrupt the traditional postman and post office clerk works. Amazon is trying to make that a reality in deploying drones as part of their delivery services. Drones may also replace air traffic controllers. For years to come, fighter pilots have been replaced by drones on numerous military missions. Also, Drone technology will pose a great threat to logistic companies like UPS, fast food delivery riders and postmen because logistic companies and fast food companies would deploy their drone devices to send goods and deliver a set of pizza to their customers’ doorsteps without the need for workers. Amazon and some fast food companies are already implementing these technologies.

3D printing is growing rapidly, and the technology is becoming better and faster. In a next few years, manufacturing a wide variety of goods could disrupt the manufacturing industry and diminish the importance of logistics and inventory management. Also, it is capable of lowering the cost for home ownership, too, in the next few years, as well as being capable of saving lives with prosthetic limbs and organs that scientists and medical professions have already been successful in doing.

Fast food workers will be the next big disruption because Fast food companies already invested in computerized kiosks which can take orders without the need for manpower. Retail cashiers have also been displaced at supermarkets and big box stores with self-checkout lines for customers to do their own checkout and some even already deployed robots to do human work and serve customers better

Online educational sites like Massively Open Online Courses with platforms like Udemy, Lynda/LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Udacity, edx, Skillcrush, Codecademy, Team Treehouse and other online platforms have already offered leading university and college courses for free or for a fraction of the cost. This would allow the brick and mortar university and college professors to go freelance and run their courses which is known as  micro-education or micro-colleges/universities.

YouTube, NetFlix and Hulu already disrupted the traditional television programmes, cable or satellite TV with a cheaper cost and a wide variety of programmes and movies. This gave people a preference to stream online.

Digital music started with the booming of the MP3 format, later, when Napster came along, it caused the traditional music stores like Tower Records to go bankrupt, due to poor sales. After the bankruptcy of Napster due to heavy fines for their copyright violation — then came along the Limewire, a P2P software that allowed MP3 downloads for free that caused another revolution that was eating the market of a traditional music store until the platform was closed down. However, the birth of Spotify and iTunes digital download and Apple Music, it allowed people to opt for the streaming music services that allow people to download or stream online for their favourite music.

Libraries and librarians are moving online because of the giant free service of Wikipedia have replaced the multi-volume encyclopedia and giant libraries. Here, the librarians used to help people find information and conduct research; now it can be done individually over the internet.

There was a saying ‘Farmers will be sitting idle to dictate things to his machines while his dogs would stand guard beside his master’, this rings true as more food than ever is being produced in the US.

Law will be the next disruption as with the advancement of software like legal technology firms in London already deplying advanced software like Casetext to ease the pain of legal research, making legal documentation easier than ever before. Some have already gone to a further extent to automate the jobs of paralegals, solicitors and law clerks in the near future. Also, with the advancement of AI, a law firm, the BakerHostetler in the US, hired their first robot lawyer to oversee their bankruptcy cases. Legal professions will be replaced by automation where one day you will shake the hands of an AI or a robot to represent you in the courtroom to argue your case and defend you! Now with the advancement of smart contract, legal documentation for contracts and other forms of the contract will once again be facing disruption where one-day legal profession will be fully automated.

E-commerce will be the disrupting the traditional brick and mortar shopping complexes, malls and convenience stores at a fast pace. When eBay came to the market in the 90s, it took the world by storm because you can sell and buy; even trade your goods and unwanted goods to other buyers so that you won’t waste your unwanted goods in your storeroom for people who were real fans of garage items or love buying second-hand goods as an antique. However, with Amazon, an online shopping website where it sold goods, services, Mp3 music and renting movies with the recent Amazon Prime subscription plans, has taken off in the US.  Many small shopping complexes and convenience stores were vacated at a rapid rate because people flooded to shop online on Amazon and eBay.

 

Shrugging Off Negativity: Round 1 – Social Media Purge

How often do you find yourself in arguments with fake accounts on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? Will those type of engagements help you or hurt you in your run for whatever you’re trying to achieve? Social media is bone-crushing – and engaging in quarrels with people who don’t have faces is going to hurt you more than them.

Just recently I posted a very educated post on Nikkei Asia’s Facebook page and I attracted to me wife/sex tourists here in Thailand trying to defend Thai people and the culture, although I’ve been a victim of extreme racial hatred.  What happens? I could ultimately lose face because just like 3 years ago, they could snapshot a photo of what I said and use it against me or my business in the future.

Also, I got another comment, around the same time, of an acquaintance I met on a plane about 8 years ago saying, “why did you unfollow me on Instagram?”  Both of these messages, which I read very early in the morning, dictated about the next 15 minutes of my morning.  I needed to make a quick decision and say, “ok, media purge time.  Delete the comment, block the people, and lets move forward.”

Rule #1 – Social Media Can Destroy You – If You Engage In Pity Parties

Anytime you’re vying for superior status on ESPN forums, CNN/FoxNews comment sections or anything else, you’re going to attract to you others who are out to ruin your day; let alone your life.  Just know that every comment can dictate the way people view you.  As Tim Ferris said, “stay the hell away from the news.”  Sure, if you want to create a fake account and troll everyone, you can….but what satisfaction are you getting out of calling someone 10k miles a way a bunch of adjectives? Commenting, especially on sports forums and news forums, is useless.

Rule #2 – Notice It Early & Steer Clear

After receiving sensationalistic comments in the morning, I told myself, “ok, I’m done with social media for the day.”  Instagram is much better in terms of real people and surrounding yourself with people who will boost your persona; on the other hand, Facebook is troll city.  Commenting on Twitter, also, is not what you want to do.  I knew because I read those comments early in the morning that I could be in for a lot of trouble…consciously.  So, I immediately made my grateful list and I snapped out of it by listening to Micheal Bernard Beckwith.  If you don’t snap out of the funk, your day is funk.

Rule #3 – Is The News Helping You?

Honestly, what “feel-good” stories are in the news?

Go ahead.

I’m waiting.

Exactly.  The news is all about clicks and it attracts what it puts out.  The world is on FIRE at the moment with opinions, so the best thing to do is again….”circle of influence” vs “circle of concern.”  Talk about only the things you can control and leave the trolls for the trolls.  Go on a media fast.  Stay away from all news and have a partner at work or home where you can rely on him/her for information.  Unless there’s a nuclear bomb coming or a flash flood (Thailand – lol), you don’t need to know a damn thing!

Podcast

Jack Canfield – Use Social Media In A Way That Enhances Your Reputation

“The internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years.  It’s the biggest thing since the invention of writing.” – Rupert Murdoch.

I was vastly intrigued by the perseverance by the great Jack Ma and how he was able to overcome so many obstacles throughout the 90’s in terms of bring not only internet to China, but ecommerce as well.  The internet and social media has finally hit the tipping point where – instead of seeing a lot of interest but not many takers – we’re now seeing millions of followers convert into “buyers.”

How To Get Followers To Stay Engaged With You

To reach that goal, you’ll need to have your friends, students (like mine), family, and other people spread the word.

You’ll want to maintain an ongoing present on the most popular social media sites.  Facebook houses 900 million users worldwide and twitter + instagram are moving up in the ranks.

I’ve already said about having a private Facebook page for sharing your personal information and photographs with your close friends and family.  However, you can also create a Facebook fan page for you business on the Facebook home page.

Be interesting. Be engaging.  Be helpful enough and create each post in a way that people will want to hear more, such as this one.  This requires more than just product announcements.  what does Facebook recommend to better engage your fans?

  1. Rich Media = combination with written words.  Photos and videos get the attention of most people.
  2. Increased engagement with you Facebook posts by creating two-way conversations between you and your followers.  Post a quote, a video, or an idea and ask followers to share their thoughts.
  3. If you own a business, share discounts and promotions that are exclusive to Facebook followers.  Always include a clear call-to-action with the exact steps to take to redeem the voucher.
  4. Provide access to exclusive information.  “Janet Switzer uses this to launch her clients on Facebook or provide a boost where they need to get more followers.  She broadcasts an email to the client’s list offering a special report or other item of interest – then asks them to “Like Us on Facebook” in order to get the report.

    The other six steps are on my podcast so tune in!

Podcast – Principle 65 – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9664469

Jack Canfield – Brand Yourself With An Online Persona

“Personal branding online is not about you’ it’s about your content.  How do you become someone worth talking to, or even better, worth talking about?”

3 years ago I was engaged in a online battle of wits on a sports forum that defaced who I was and everything I represented.  Because I saw a racial remark, I retaliated in a way I shouldn’t have and got banned from using Facebook for 16 hours.

The most disturbing part about it was the stalking that ensued.  Someone in Florida who wasn’t too keen on what I said at the particular moment literally stocked me for the next year, trying to find “caucasian/anglosaxon” people on my Facebook and sent them a snapshot of what I said.

For one year….there was a faceless human being who probably had insecurities of his own who followed me and literally tried getting me in trouble at the various work places I had at that particular moment – 10,000 miles away.

Every day, millions of internet users go online with little to no thought of the portrait they paint about themselves in the digital world.   We can make inflammatory comments on controversial blogs, especially politics.  We tweet meaningless messages about our personal lives.  We post questionable photos on our Facebook pages and upload videos of their hobbies, parties, vacations, and friends alongside professional clips on YouTube – never considering what this haphazard collection of information portrays about us.

Listen, people – public content that can be searched instantly by a potential employer, investor, bank loan officer – even a first date…can be used against you.

In terms of successful people, they know how to manage their online persona.  Post only information that will contribute positively to the image they present to the world.  Even when they are voicing their opinions and bring their personality to the internet, they think about the impact it will have.

What does your online presence say about you?

Personal branding isn’t just for celebrities.

The reality is that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and other platforms of social media can be used BY ANYONE to create a brand.

Personal branding forces you to be crystal clear on what you want to achieve and helps you set goals to get there.  It helps you create visibility and present, which attracts likeminded people.

So what are the steps to creating a personal brand online?

Step one: Decide who you want to be.

To develop an online persona or “brand” that will advance your career, business or cause, start distributing content that positions you as someone who can benefit a potential employer, customer, investor, future mentor, coach, or sponsor.

Step two: Determine the market you want to reach.

What categories of people will benefit the most from your knowledge, expertise, or opinions? Do they work in your industry, have an interest in your friend of study, or are they random consumers who have the same hobby, decorating ideas, fashion sense, or entertainment preferences that you do?  Also, as part of the process of determining the market you want to reach, be sure to take a moment and Google yourself.  Is this what you want people to see? Next, Google your top “competitor” by name.  What do the search results tell you?

Step three: Start a blog and build a website.

In the beginning of my journey, I was just a podcaster who sent audios to my friends.  Now I’m posting links to my podcast along with inspirational photos on my instagram which automatically get uploaded to my Facebook page which is The Arsenio Buck Show.  In addition to that, anytime I blog, the link gets posted directly to my LinkedIn account, twitter and other social media platforms.  I’m reaching a new market of people just by taking advantage of all the media that’s how there these days.

Blogging is probably the best way to hone your brand online.  Writing your thoughts, sharing your experiences, and helping people when they bring up a question (as I did two days ago on youtube) or comment about a blog post will help you build confidence in your personal brand.

Best way to start a blog is with wordpress or wix. You can choose a variety of themes, write your own biography, easily upload pictures from royalty-free photography sources around the internet.  Learn how to tag, too.  Tags and categories mean a lot because that will connect other users who are searching or using those terms with you. Again, likeminded attracts likeminded, right?

If you want to know more about posting regularly, living your brand, unleash your participation, cultivate your online presence and a few more categories, tune into my podcast down below.

Podcast – Principle 64 – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9647434

 

Jack Canfield – Just Say No

You don’t have to let yourself be terrorized by other people’s expectations of you.” – Sue Patton Thoele.

Let me be frank, this world is a highly competitive place. There are hundreds of thousands of people competing in fields just as I am writing this, so more and more concentration is needed everyday just to stay focused and complete those daily tasks to pursue the longer-term goals, right?

We can be reached just about any day at any time in the technological word. I’m talking by email, text, fax, cell phone, social media.  If you’re not at an office or busy, people will leave messages or maybe would even use call waiting.

Your kids will want things, coworkers might need help when it’s their responsibility to finish, boss wants you to do extra shifts, sister wants  you to keep an eye on the kids…..I can go on and on.

Simply put…we take on a heck of a lot more than we can comfortably deliver.

I, myself, don’t have this problem – yet.  In the future, I will definitely need a personal assistant.  For the meantime, you guys just have to say no.

I had a colleague before get asked a favor and he said no very frankly. I thought it was blatantly rude, but most successful people out there would say “no” and that’s it.

In the future, when you’re peddling the business, you’re going to have to eliminate those activities, requests, and other time-stealers in its entirety that don’t have the highest payoff.

For example, Jack Canfield has his “don’t do” policy….

  • I don’t give endorsements for books of fiction.
  • I don’t schedule more than five talks in one month.
  • I no longer coauthor books with first-time authors.  Their learning curve is too time-consuming and expensive.
  • I don’t take any calls on Tuesday and Thursdays.  Those are writing or product development days.
  • I don’t lend my books to other people.  They rarely come back, and they are the source of my livelihood, so I don’t lend them out.
  • I don’t lend money.  I am not a bank. (THE TRUTH!!!!)
  • I don’t discuss charitable contributions over the phone.  Send me something in writing.

Say No To The Good So That You Can Say Yes To The Great

An incredible example to this is I was actually denied a job teaching a test preparation course called (TOEIC) at a particular place years ago because the owner was scared the students would complain that I was black.

Shortly after, the boss underneath him approached me and said, “hey, I got you in for the course. Can you still do it”

“No.”

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Months later, I ended up teaching TOEIC in front of 100 students on a crazy excursion and have had bigger projects whereas I’ve taught 300 at one time.

Is this your situation – constantly chasing after mediocre prospects or pursuing misguided, racial schemes for success when you could be holding at bay opportunities for astounding achievement?

Jack Canfield – “Instead of dedicating yourself – and your time – to mundane, nonproductive, time-stealing activities, imagine how rapidly you would reach your goals and improve your life if you said no to those time-wasting activities and instead focused on the 20% of activity that would bring you the most benefit.”

How Can You Determine What’s Truly Great, So You Can Say No To What’s Merely Good?

1. Start by listing your opportunities – one side of the page for good and the other side for great.

2. Talk to advisors about this potential new pursuit.

3. Test the waters. Rather than just take a leap of faith that the new opportunity will proceed as you expect, conduct a small test, spending limited about of time and money.

4. And finally, look at where you spend your time.