21 October 2014

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND #4

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND #4
If you have been following me on Twitter (@daveguerra), Facebook (facebook.com/thedavidguerra), Google+ (plus.google.com/+DaveGuerra) then you know for the past several weekends I have been posting links to websites and online articles that are all about Etiquette: Business, Interpersonal, Professional and Personal.

Here is this past weekend’s ETIQUETTE WEEKEND collection (10/18-10/19/14).

1. When Business Etiquette Resembles a Competitive Dating Scene
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sabine-kobayter-/the-changing-face-of-busi_b_5634870.html

2. Don't discount value of etiquette in business world, says Bay Village expert: Faces of the Suns (video)
http://www.cleveland.com/faces-of-the-suns/index.ssf/2014/08/bay_village_corporate_etiquett.html

3. Business Etiquette Tips: Bringing Back Professionalism
http://employers.glassdoor.com/blog/business-etiquette-tips-bringing-back-professionalism/

4. ETIQUETTE MISTAKES AT BUSINESS EVENTS
http://somiiisconvos.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/etiquette-mistakes-at-business-events/

5. To communicate effectively, follow the Four P’s
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/08/02/communicate-effectively-follow-four/xHE78zbAmFNThTiCUGfOWI/story.html

6. Outsmart your phone — proofread messages
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/05/24/the-not-smart-phone/WRNz3DD5veDUwizQ3624zL/story.html

7. Nine Tips on Written Communication Etiquette
http://www.emilypost.com/emily-post-business-etiquette-training-writing-tips

8. Customer Service 101: Phone Etiquette for Small Businesses
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6444-call-center-phone-etiquette.html

9. A Fierce Bad Rabbit Helps Teach Etiquette
http://www.etiquettemoms.com/blog/childrens-etiquette-2/fierce-bad-rabbit-helps-teach-etiquette/

10. Top five workplace etiquette breaches: Are you guilty?
http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/news/2014/08/05/top-five-workplace-etiquette-breaches-are-you.html


Until next weekend, I Thank you.
David Guerra

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15 October 2014

How Your Idea Can Be Better Than My Idea?


Why is your idea better than my idea?

When I say “idea”, I mean any idea you or I may have.

Business Idea. Blog Idea. Pinterest Idea. Dating Idea. App Idea.

Now why is your idea better than my idea?

 -or-

Why is my idea better than your idea?

Simple, it has to do with who can get the word out not just faster but better.

Sound familiar?


It should because every politician running for office or wanting to stay in office does it.

They might not have the best message but if they can be faster and better at getting that message out to the public, they stand a pretty good chance of getting elected or re-elected.

Yes, it is that simple.

Heck, you could stand on a platform of “Cow Chips for Everyone” and be elected Governor. People have been elected for a lot less than that. The message or platform can be completely against what people stand for but if you use the available media channels to your advantage the next thing you know you can be elected President.

OK, maybe you do not want to be President but what you really want to do is to launch your blog. Once launched, you are going to want people to read your words of wisdom. Therefore, you write and write. Put some great content out there. However, if you do not do something (and fast) you are not going to get readers to read the content you are providing on the great idea that you call your blog.

Here is where your idea has a great chance of being better than my idea.

Use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Vine, and the next app that’s gonna be big to tell the world of your idea.

Now, I am NOT advocating that you spam people with a link to your blog but I do recommend you use those platforms to engage people.

Engage them?

Yes, you start a DIALOGUE and NOT a monologue.

You start following them and they will follow you. Then next thing you know you have millions of followers and the guy who was happy just writing on his blog has a tens and tens of followers.

So just by sheer number of followers, your idea is better. It might not be right but it is better.

Give it a shot.

Thank you,
David Guerra

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14 October 2014

Expand your horizons to get to where you want to be


There are times when you feel like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere.

That is OK we have all been there. Some of us are there now, others have recently left that place (hopefully to a better spot) and soon others will arrive at that place.

What is the trick to getting out of that place?

There is no trick. It is actually quite simple; expanding your horizons will get you moving forward and get you to where you want to be.

Read a book from a different genre. Make a new friend. Try a different Latte. Watch a silent movie from beginning to end. Wear bold color clothing. Do not stand in the shadows. Find the spotlight and get as close to it as possible.

Then continue doing something new, different, and exciting. Before you know it, you have expanded your horizons and you will be well on your way to where you want to be.

Remember, the moment you step outside your comfort zone, you have expanded your comfort zone.

Just keep stepping out!


Thank you,
David Guerra

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13 October 2014

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND #3

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND #3
If you have been following me on Twitter (@daveguerra), Facebook (facebook.com/thedavidguerra), Google+ (plus.google.com/+DaveGuerra) then you know for the past several weekends I have been posting links to websites and online articles that are all about Etiquette: Business, Interpersonal, Professional and Personal.

Here is this past weekend’s ETIQUETTE WEEKEND collection (10/11-10/12/14).

1. To Sing or Not to Sing: Proper Etiquette to Observe the National Anthem
http://www.etiquettedaily.com/2014/07/to-sing-or-not-to-sing-proper-etiquette-to-observe-the-national-anthem/

2. Modern Business Manners, Part 1
http://www.protocolww.com/modern-business-manners-part-1

3. Wedding Etiquette: This Old Wedding Tradition Might Rub You The Wrong Way 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/congratulations-to-a-bride_n_5617632.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

4. Social Media Etiquette for Business: 25 Do’s & Don’ts
http://www.business2community.com/social-media/social-media-etiquette-business-25-dos-donts-0960691

5. Keys to Business Etiquette
http://beforeitsnews.com/celebrities/2014/06/keys-to-business-etiquette-4-2464248.html 

6. Tip Of The Day – Treat Everyone With Politeness
http://ticket2etiquette.com/2014/06/treat-everyone-with-politeness/ 

7. Business Card Etiquette Still Counts
http://opentoexport.com/article/business-card-etiquette-still-counts/

8. Modern Business Manners, Part 2
http://www.protocolww.com/modern-business-manners-part-2

9. Business Etiquette (old school is still preferred)
http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140529175545-17223551-business-etiquette-old-school-is-still-preferred 

10. From social media to working at home, navigating the new business etiquette
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/life/from-social-media-to-working-at-home-navigating-the-new/article_5e43a4f5-0f70-51cf-8ac4-308179fe228b.html


Thank you,
David Guerra

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09 October 2014

Do Stupid Things, Win Stupid Prizes!


It is harsh but it is the truth. When you do stupid things, You win stupid prizes.

Of course, there are those very rare exceptions when doing something stupid gets you a huge award.

However, getting those one-in-a-million awards should never be the reason for doing stupid things. If it is then rest assured you will deserve every stupid prize you get.

Folks, I really can't get any clearer than that.

Getting down to the heart of the matter, is that you are solely responsible for your  success and failure. You are the only one who can decide if you want success or if you want the pity party you have been getting all your life.

The thing is that everyone has the same struggles as  you do and everyone wants everything handed to them. But that is not how this works.

What works is being smart about what you are doing, taking smart action and making something good happen. Then the next thing you know you are making the next smart move, and so on.

That is when you start winning the good prizes!

Thank you,
David Guerra

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08 October 2014

Leave a Positive Legacy


Do everything you can including moving heaven and earth to ensure that your legacy is something positive and not something that would be best kept swept under a rug.

Personal or Professional, it does not matter because in the end your legacy will be clumped into one. Who hasn’t heard this before: “He was a great philanthropist but a lousy husband”?

It was not too long ago, that I was listening to a fellow author speak of her work and how it affected her family. She said that in one of her works she included a story about a family member that had a not-so pleasant truth. When her family read it, they were not too pleased about the content. They rather it be kept swept under the rug.

That’s OK; after all, it was the truth. Good or bad, the truth is the truth.

The family felt that the legacy of a family elder would be tarnished because of what the author wrote.

The author wrote what the author felt was the truth. She was not about to create a falsehood that would completely change the family member’s legacy. Then what would be worthy of sweeping under the rug?

Remember, we are all dead longer than we are alive. Future generations will want to know about the members of their family tree. Everyone is curious about those that came before us. I know that when I look up my family tree, I hope to find some great explorer, a world-renowned doctor, or at least, a wonderful teacher. I did find several members of the Greatest Generation.

However, that has all changed now.

Readers, I ask that you do something now before it is too late. Challenge your family (both at home and work) to do what they can now to change their legacy and ultimately their family tree.

Thank you,
David Guerra

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07 October 2014

Let People In!

There will come a time when you are doing something and doing it so well that people will notice.

They will not only notice but they will become genuinely interested in what you are doing. That interest will serve as a call to action for them and they will want to help.

Let them help. Let them in!

Folks, if you really want people to have something to believe in, something you have created then let them in.

Let them in and make them INSIDERS.

Everyone likes to be an insider. Everyone wants to be in the know.

Everyone likes to be invited to the VIP section.

OK, I might be going a little overboard but why not?

Why not let those that truly want in become insiders?

Think about it? What will it cost you or your organization to let a few more people behind the velvet ropes?

What will your organization gain?

Does the cost outweigh the gain or does the gain outweigh the cost? I bet the gain will definitely outweigh the cost.

Go for it. Let them help and Let them in!


Thank you,
David Guerra

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