I use Constant Contact (http://ConstantContact.com) for all my newsletters and to send email blasts about my upcoming teleconferences or webinars. Recently Constant Contact posted a great Summer Content Infographic filled with tips for developing content for blogs, newsletters and more – you’ll find some great ideas to keep you writing all summer long. Enjoy!

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Here’s something a little different – two motivational stories to inspire and get you thinking…

Story #1 – Don’t Change the World – Author Unknown

Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back to his palace, he complained that his feet were very painful, because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather. Definitely, this would need thousands of cows’ skin, and would cost a huge amount of money.

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Then one of his wise servant dared himself to tell the king, “Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?”

The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a “shoe” for himself.

There is actually a valuable lesson of life in this story : to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself – your heart; and not the world.
 

Story #2 – Blurred Vision – Author Unknown

A businessman was highly critical of his competitors’ storefront windows. “Why, they are the dirtiest windows in town,” he claimed. Fellow business people grew tired of the man’s continual criticism and nitpicking comments about the windows. One day over coffee, the businessman carried the subject just too far.

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Before leaving, a fellow store owner suggested the man get his own windows washed. He followed the advice, and the next day at coffee, he exclaimed, “I can’t believe it. As soon as I washed my windows, my competitor must have cleaned his too. You should see them shine.”

Confucius once declared, “Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”

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Get ready with pen and paper because I know you’ll want to make notes as you listen to my Entrepreneurial Women Radio interview with Apriori Beauty Founding Independent Consultant Candace Dye. Candace shares how providing exceptional customer service has become the cornerstone of her success Apriori Beauty business. Be sure to turn up your speakers!

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A vital element to achieving goals this summer is keeping your attention on what’s important. Focus is vital to making those important personal and professional goals reality. Focus is about directing your summer goal achieving time, energy and attention on those activities that take you consistently forward in positive and productive ways.

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Here are some ways to help you maintain focus this summer:

1. Organize your time wisely.
Commit to setting aside specific quality time for working toward your goal. Depending on your schedule, the time you set aside can be daily, weekly or monthly. The emphasis here is to consistently work toward your goal. You can work toward achieving goals part time but not some time. If a goal is important enough, you’ll find the time.

2. Focus on the activities that will consistently take you forward.
Make a detailed list of those activities that when completed will bring you closer to accomplishing your goal. Work each item on the list regularly. One bite-sized piece at a time will take you one step closer to making your goal reality.

3. Create a vision board, affirmation and a visualization that will help keep your goal in the forefront of your mind. Your mind will work to make your most dominant thoughts reality. Keeping reminders of what you are working toward and why you are working toward it will stoke the fires of inner motivation. It’s your inner motivators that keep you going day-to-day.

4. Develop a like-minded and empowered support system.
It is vital to success to surround yourself with others who are also success-oriented. Find those people with whom you can discuss your goals and your goal achieving activities. A good support system is there to encourage and make empowering suggestions.

5. Seek out a coach or a mentor who can help you maintain direction and focus.
A coach or mentor is a combination of teacher, support network and sounding board. A coach/mentor is someone who can support your goals by showing you how to stay on track. The role of a coach is to bring out your best qualities and talents so you can work toward achieving your goals with confidence and determination.

Focus is all about keeping the important things, important.

Do you have any suggestions you’d like to add?
Or, questions would you like to ask?

Are you having a difficult time staying focused this summer? I would like to be your Success Accountability Partner! My goal as your accountability partner is to support your goal achieving success.

Here is a direct link to all the Success Accountability details: Success Accountability with Sharon Michaels
 
 
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Well-written posts can trigger change and provide positive “aha’s” for your reader. Great blog posts engage the reader mentally and emotionally. For blog readers, reading a well-written and engaging post becomes an instant priority. Before you know it, you have a following of loyal readers.

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You don’t have to have a degree in journalism – you just have to observe some of the “must-have’s” of writing great blog posts. Here’s what you need:

* A short headline that is irresistible and relevant to the post. A short headline is generally 50 characters or less.

* A first sentence that “hooks” the reader. I understand it takes about one or two seconds for a reader to make up their mind if they want to read your post. Your first sentence and first paragraph have to be interesting and engaging.

* A great resource box or author box that is no more than two or three lines. I also believe the resource box should contain no more than two or three hyperlinks connecting your reader to offsite locations – your website, a sales page, etc.

* Professional caliber, original photos. Use photos or original illustrations thoughtfully. Photos should help explain your subject and add to the theme of your post. I use Freedigitalphotos.net on my sites because they allow me to use the photos free or they give me the option of purchasing them.

* A thumbnail photo of you. Your photo can prove to be a powerful marketing tool – it is a way for your readers to get to know, like and trust you.

* Breaks in the text. Short paragraphs, numbered lists, bullet points and subheadings can all help people scan and read your posts easily. Remember that online readers scan first – until they find something that “grabs” their attention.

* Valuable content – the most important ingredient of all! You’re wasting your time if you’re not providing content that is important and useful to your readers. If you want repeat readers, you need to give them value and substance.

Those are my 7 “must-have’s” for a great blog post, leave us a comment and tell us your thoughts and suggestions.
 
 
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