Can You Help Save This Girl’s Life: A Mother’s Plea in the Blogosphere and Twitter

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Courtesy thedomesticdiva.wordpress.com daughter Marielle desperately needs your help!

It is not often that I make impassioned pleas on deansguide but this is a very very grave situation and one worthy of support. As I rolled through my twitter feeds, a new friend Chris Brogan, left a link to the following article written by blogger the domestic diva “Sew Urgent: Help Save My Daughter’s Life”

There is Hope:

Marielle is being transfered to a new and better hospital NY Presbyterian-Columbia University Hospital (NYP) in hopes their additional living-donor kidney programs will save her life. Please consider the following kidney donor options if you or somebody you know can help Marielle.

Compatible Living Donor

Incompatible Donor Program

Paired Donor Exchange Program

Deceased Donor Program

Networking Newsletter Gold: Gitomer and Montana’s Gift To You

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“My gift to you” was one of the famous, yet subtle, lines uttered by Al Pacino aka Tony Montana in 1983′s blockbuster hit “Scarface.” It’s a story about a small time refugee who makes it big as an “entrepreneur.” Tony was a relentless worker, a non-stop marketing genius-how can you not love that globe, and he understood brand recognition.

My Gift to You

My gift to you is a link to sign up for Jeffrey Gitomer’s newsletter “Sales Caffeine” Link

http://www.gitomer.com/sales-magazine/Sales-Caffeine.html

1. It’s free

2. It’s the best networking tips and concept available

3. It includes sales strategies based on creating a “connection” first

4. Each issue has a “Self Test for Success” poll

5. Each issue includes one youtube style video tip about sales, networking, engaging, influencing the influencer and a bundle of other subjects

Today’s Main Focus is on people of influence and how they are successful. Included in this are 7 characteristics of a influencer.

Reading this newsletter will make you smarter!

CSIX Silicon Valley Employment Networking Group Invites Wanda Ross To Speak

CSIX Silicon Valley’s premiere resource for employment information and networking provided yet another information rich, talented speaker to their July 15 meeting: Wanda Ross. Ms Ross is an executive recruiter with many years of experience both in Silicon Valley and overseas. Her workshop “Marketing Yourself with a Powerful Resume-Top Ten Tips from an Executive Search Professional was packed with valuable advice. Thanks go to CSIX Founder Hamid Saadat, Barbod Varjavandi, and Nobuko Isomata!

Top 10 Tips

1. Your Resume is a Marketing Tool: 20 seconds to a good impression
2. Believe in Yourself: positive energy equals positive results
3. Be Honest But Be Wise: Always be honest
4. Have a Clear Focus: Clearly indicate what you are seeking, job title at top of resume
5. Emphasize Your Accomplishments: Highlight actions and quantify results with numbers
6. Keep it Simple and Succinct: only the most relevant data, use bullet points
7. Use Powerful Action Verbs: specific action verbs nothing vague
8. Provide Helpful Information: company descriptions
9. Create a Powerful Summary: How are you different from others?
10. Edit, edit, edit: remove all words that do not add value, check spelling

Attendees with Expertise

1. Barbod Varjavandi- An irrepressible charismatic man with fantastic communication skills, Barbod’s expertise includes: Engineering Operations; Software Engineering; Product Management; Release Engineering; Information Technology. Barbod is the type of person every organization should have in order to prosper. Contact Barbod at barbod@varjavandi.com and 408 802-9120

2. Nobuko Isomata- Nobuko is such a joyful intelligent woman. She is fluent in English and Japanese and her background specialty is Asian Market Entry and Product Launch. Her consulting services, Market Entry Experts, provides a full array of market to market management and strategy. Contact Nobuko at nobuko@marketentryexperts.com and (650) 922-1786 or 240-0460

3. David Markowitz- Artfoundry, David has extensive experience in 3D Character Design, Fine Art, and Game Design. David would be a valuable asset to any progressive firm. Contact David at dave@artfoundry.com

4. Say Soukammenth- A wonderful man with a background multiple subjects of expertise with 10 years of DOD Projects, 10 years of Web Technology, 4 years of Medical Devices experience, and management experience. Contact Say at SaySouk@hotmail.com

5. Cecilia Toy- Celcilia has 15 years of experience in Order Management, Material Planning and Control, as well as Inventory Management. She has a delightful smile and will work well in a supportive environment. Contact Cecilia at CeciliaSToy@gmail.com

6. James T. Fahey- James substance factor is as a Product Marketing Manager and Product Manager. For more information reference James Linkedin profile at linkedin.com/in/jamesfahey or jamestfahey@gmail.com

7. Susan Siegel-Susan is an intelligent communicator who I only had a moment to connect with at our meeting. She impressed me as well spoken and hard working in her approach to business and networking. Susan can be contacted at smsiegel1@aol.com or (415) 602-1120

8. Bill Gascoyne-A man of substance he is an ASIC Engineer, a corporate technical trainer, and an amateur Physics lover. Bill is the type of guy who can train and relate to an audience of experts, hold their attention, and most important of all–be effective communicating complex theory in the most effective manner. Contact Bill at bill@billgascoyne.name and 408 497-5682

9. David Strom-David is a Technical Writer with expertise in API, software, and digital video. David’s strength is not only his substance factor but as an effective communicator through both the spoken and written word. Contact David at davestrom@mac.com and www.davestrom.com

10. Oliver Barrett-Oliver has experience and substance factor as a Electro-Optical Test Engineer. He has 10+ years design/development experience, electronic and optical instrument programming, and test software methodology development. Email Oliver at orbs@triangulum.net

11. Linda Alejandro-Dumont-Linda has 10+ years Human Resources and Organizational Development experience in a large well known Silicon Valley firm. Email Linda at lindaadumont@gmail.com

12. Ken Weidner-Ken has 10+ years as a credit analyst in Silicon Valley. His experience would be a benefit to any firm looking for proven expertise. Email Ken at kaweid@pacbell.net

CSIX meetings are held every Tuesday from 10:30-1:30 at the iRestaurant at 20007 Stevens Creek Blvd in Cupertino

Guy Kawasaki’s “Unfair Advantage” For Realtors: Create Your Writing Platform

Guy Kawasaki asks the eternal question of business owners, entrepreneurs, and corporations when he says “What is your unfair advantage?” Simply put what makes you or your business so special that your competition can not or will not compete with you.

In the real estate niche, the majority of Realtors point to the same “differentiating factors” when attempting to create a perception of a unfair advantage. Some Realtors claim their experience and customer service are “unfair advantages” over their competition. Yet the fact remains that there are thousands of Realtors with great experience and superior customer service.

“Unfair Advantage #1: Writing”

Creating a writing platform within your business is a major “unfair advantage” when you consider the number of Realtors who do not consistently utilize this strategy. Separate yourself and your business by creating all of the following tools:

1. Blog- The most powerful writing tool for your “next generation” marketing campaign, lead generation, SEO tool, and exposure is the blog. Whether you like the idea or not, blogs are here to stay. First adopters will reap the search engine optimization benefits while those Realtors that refuse to blog will be left off line in world this online. Eventually you will immerse yourself in Web 2.0 “social networking” via Digg, Reddit, delicious, stumbleupon, twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, friendfeed, and other social bookmarking or sharing sites

2. Freelance Contributor- Hone your writing skills first by practicing on your blog. Then contact your local newspapers, trade association, affiliates, community groups, rotaries, Kiwanis Clubs, investment clubs, church groups, and any other local organizations and offer to do a guest column

3. Newsletter- Create a newsletter for delivery EVERY OTHER week (no more-no less). Ask for permission (permission marketing) to deliver your newsletter via email to your list (those who have opted in to be on your list of course)

Tone for your newsletter is simple-valuable free information on a continuous basis asking for NOTHING in return from your readers. Write short succinct articles (2-4 paragraphs) like Top 10 lists, how to guides, tips, or resource listings

Proof This Works

You need not go any further than the following list of blogger-Realtors/affiliates for the reasons why you should be creating a writing platform within your business. Most of these people have either written or stated that blogging (writing) has changed their life and their business in such positive and profound ways.

1. Brian Brady www.mortgageratesreport.com
2. Tom Royce http://therealestatebloggers.com
3. Ardel’s www.searchingseattleblog.com/
4. Athol Kay’s http://reagentinct.com/about-page/
5. Marlow Harris http://360digest.com/
6. John Harper’s http://www.theharperteam.com/blog
7. Teresa Boardman http://www.stpaulrealestateblog.com/
8. Dustin and the gang at http://www.raincityguide.com/about/
9. Joshua Dorkin http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/contributors/
10. Kevin Boer http://3oceansrealestate.com/blog/

11. And me dean http://deansguide.wordpress.com and innerarchitect.com

Newsflash: Monster 7.8 Earthquake Kills 9,000–Many More Feared Dead In China

Reuters.com published this deansguide article May 12, 2008

A monster 7.8 earthquake rocked central China killing an estimated 9,000 people, leaving 900 students trapped inside a school, and wreaking havoc. The quake centered in the hilly Sichuan region of China, was felt as far away as Thailand . In Beijing, according to Associated Press writer Christopher Bodeen, “80 percent of the buildings had collapsed in Sichuan province‘s Beichuan county after the quake.”

In addition, reports from state media out of China, report that a chemical plant in Shifang city had “cratered, burying hundreds of people and spilling more than 80 tons of toxic liquid ammonia from the site.”

Further reports are forth coming with the news a grim reminder of the realities faced in earthquake countries every day.

“The Bridge”: San Francisco’s Horrible Secret a Call to All!

The clip above from the movie “The Bridge”

I am stunned! I am sitting here trying to wrap my arms around what I just witnessed. No film has had the effect that “The Bridge“, playing on the Independent Film Channel, has had on me in a very long time. It is a documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike every documentary I have watched on our beloved landmark, this one focuses on the bridge’s notorious reputation as the #1 spot in the world for suicide.

In 2004 Eric Steel set up multiple cameras trained on the Golden Gate Bridge. What he caught was 20 separate suicide attempts; Steel spotlights 4 cases with interviews with family and friends of the victims. In two cases, he interviews the actual subjects of this documentary.

Although all of the cases were extremely compelling and shocking, the most important message came from the story about “Ken.”

This story is about a young man who suffers from bi-polar disorder. “Ken” describes his illness with passion and honesty. He describes his torn relationship with his father which is a central theme in “Ken’s” life. Interjected within this vignette, is “Ken’s” father’s description of “Ken’s” history and struggle with this illness, his own search for answers for his son, and a forlorn resolve that his son is one bad day away from tragedy.

The results of “Ken’s” struggles with family relationships and his illness was his attempted suicide from the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. Ken, in minute horrific detail, gave his account of his last minutes before his leap. Although he jumped from a height of 220 ft., traveling at 75+ mph, “Ken” survived the leap with multiple fractures of his lower back.

Since his suicide attempt,”Ken” has become a very spiritual person; he seems to have taken steps toward a better more normal life. “Ken’s” father sums it up best: “Ken” has resigned himself to the fact that he must stay within the boundaries, the safe brackets if you will, of his medications.” “Ken’s” illness is controllable.” According to “Ken’s” father, it (bio-polar disease) is unlike a serious case of cancer where a person has little control over their destiny; he believes “Ken” should feel lucky to have control through medication of his medical situation.

The reality of this problem is the role we all can and should play in helping our fellow human beings. If we could feel compassion, take action, and believe in being proactive in a “My brother’s keeper” way. . . maybe together we could help spare just one lost soul from a permanent horrible decision.