Oman Bound

In a few days, I’m heading to the country of Oman on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the State Department as part of their public diplomacy program. I’ll be doing a few workshops for audiences ranging from tech incubators to university students with topics as broad-reaching as “From Passion To Payday” to “Using Social Media To Build Relationships.” I also have a number of consulting sessions scheduled and hope to have some time to see the country. Should be an incredible trip.

From the research I’ve done, Oman looks like an amazing country. Their history is deep and rich and the people look to be as progressive thinking as anyone else I might have had the privilege to present in front of, or consult with. As excited as I am to explore this new region of the world (for me), I’m perhaps even more excited of what might come from this trip. Somehow, I don’t see this ending when I head home on the plane.

The Internet has made it possible for the entire world to be linked in ways that seem almost science fiction just a few years past. This planet of ours is now connected in ways we couldn’t have dreamed possible when we first started our businesses.

It would be crazy not to take advantage of this new reality.

If you have a few minutes, check your web, YouTube, or Podcast stats. Is there a country, or a batch of them, that you couldn’t locate on a world map today? Maybe you want to change that.

Wondering where your future customers or partners will be coming from?

Think globally. It’s kind of how this Internet thing works.

Oman, I can't wait to meet you. See you soon!

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I bought a Chromebook.

I bought a Chromebook.

I bought my first Chromebook this week and am pretty impressed with it. I’ll send some more tests next week, but, this is an interesting place.

My thought was – how do I get to the Internet as quickly as is possible and as easily as possible? What am I putting in the way?

Right now, the promise of the Chromebook is click the button, on the Internet in full / traditional desktop, keyboard, trackpad glory. I’ve found it to be surprisingly nice.

Any thoughts on the whole approach? Do you really need Apple or Microsoft and spinning hard drives and viruses and operating systems to access the web?

Oh, yeah, it was $139 as a refurb – does that price change your mind?

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So, I’m narrowing my career goals (life statement, mission statement, whatever you want to call it) a bit – and I like the direction I’m going.

So, I’m narrowing my career goals (life statement, mission statement, whatever you want to call it) a bit – and I like the direction I’m going. The working statement is:

“Paul Colligan helps others expand their reach by leveraging tech and eliminating dramas.”

In 6 words, it’s

“Expand reach, leverage tech, eliminate dramas.”

I’m not satisfied with the “no drama” phrase – but this link does a better job of explaining what I’m thinking

http://ift.tt/1ooGAy1

What do Kindle, Podcasting, YouTube, etc. all have in common – EXPANDING REACH

What do I think the best way to do it is? – BY LEVERAGING TECH

What do I find most consultants do? Add drama. LET’S ELIMINATED DRAMAS in the process.

So, that’s what I’m thinking. What do you think? Better ways to phrase this? Am I off?

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About YouTube Strategies 2014.

About YouTube Strategies 2014.

So, I clicked all the buttons to remove YouTube Strategies from distribution. Kindle, Amazon, Barnes And Noble, … all gone. Everything should be gone in an hour or so.

YouTube Strategies 2014 is coming soon. And, when we release initially, it will be just 99 cents for a very short period of time – i.e., until we climb the charts to #1 in that position.

And, for everyone who picks up the Kindle Book at 99 cent, on that very special day, will get a coupon for my $97 YouTube Udemy Course when they register the book.

Wouldn’t it be great if you were updated when we do that? Wouldn’t it just stink if you missed out on it?

Text your name and email (or call and leave a voice mail message) to (503) 444-9821 and I’ll make sure you’re updated.

You can also just send a blank email to 15034449821@instantcustomer.com – It’s your call.

I’m so thrilled with YouTube Strategies 2014. I know you will be to.

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I LOVE THIS INTERNET.

I LOVE THIS INTERNET.

I work from home, because I can. I had breakfast with my kids and will have lunch (and dinner) with them as well. But it’s not about working at home.

Today at 2pm I’m part of Social Media Examiner’s Social Media Success Summit where I’ll be running a panel of video experts from Revision3 (Discovery Networks) and Sales Force. Some 3,000 will either attend live – or watch that recording eventually.

After dinner (with my kids), I jump on a plane for San Diego for Instant Customer’s #Rocktoberfest event. I’ll be sharing the latest on Multicasting with a great crowd.

On the plane I’ll be editing some content that will go out on YouTube and reach even more. I’ll also be posting a Podcast. WIFI ON A PLANE PEOPLE!

Today I touch thousands of people, create the content I love and have all three meals with my family.

What has the Internet allowed you to do?

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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

Full disclosure – This is one of the weirdest disclosures I’ve ever had to write. I’ve gotten to know Peter and have become part of a large (everyone in it because they love the message / not because we’re making a dime) marketing campaign to promote the book. If that affects your view of my review, so be it. I’d rather see the book get out there. However, read the review anyway 😉

Let’s start with the elephant in the room – no, “Abundance” has NOTHING to do with any “law of attraction” nonsense. This is a book about facts.

So, the future. Is it scary? It is something we should be looking forward to? As a lover of gadgets and tech, I’ve always been one with an optimistic view towards what is ahead – but it’s been really nice to get some solid logic behind it.

Peter Diamandis (look him up) has a long list of accomplishments under his belt. The thing that impressed me most about the guy was/is the fact that he pretty launched the commercial spaceflight industry. No, it wasn’t the government, or NASA, or anyone else. Look up the Xprize if you have a few minutes. Throw in a little Singularity University and a side business that got Stephen Hawking (again, look it up) to experience Zero G weightlessness and he’s an intriguing character.

But back to the book …

It’s clear a guy like this will obviously be looking to the future with some excitement and expectations of good things to come. This book, however, shows not only why he’s got a reason to be excited – but why we do as well.

In short, he examines four forces (exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the “Rising Billion”) that give us cause for hope and explores how they affect the hotbed issues of water, food, energy, healthcare, education, and freedom. These aren’t only passion points for him – but with the people he’s been able to surround himself with in life, he’s experienced/touched a bunch of this.

It’s personal reflection, scientific proof and some wrappers around these concepts that help you come to term with it all. It’s not just a book of facts – it’s a big story of, gosh darn it, why the future is better than we might have thought.

I won’t go into why the book cover was designed to look like it was wrapped in aluminum but … it’s all part of the big picture.

It isn’t just happy juice in written form. The book is filled with a ton of supporting material for all his claims and, gosh darn it, it all seems to come together nicely.

As I wrote at the beginning of this, I’m pretty personally involved in this project right now, so consider accordingly. But after you’ve done that, get yourself a copy.

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When you follow the directions in the book and send in your receipt, you get immediate access to the original presentation that inspired the book.

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The funny thing is, the book is probably more important today than it was when it first came out. Pay special attention to the part about working in certain walled gardens.

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Can I Handle The Truth?

Can I Handle The Truth?

So here at the Author 101 University event there is this guy that I can’t look at without thinking Jack Nicholson.

Looks like Jack, walks like Jack, has Jack’s shades.

Felt guilty about it. I’m sure he is his own person and has a story bigger than just looking like Jack. Was trying to wrap my mind around trying to understand his story, his humanity, etc.

Turns out he’s a Jack Nicholson impersonator.

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On Sunday, Kajabi shut down our Kajabi site.

On Sunday, Kajabi shut down our Kajabi site. The reason reported (by email), at least apparently, was vague.

Once we realized this Monday morning, we started doing what we could to bring it back up. Since Kajabi has a 24 hour chat, I hoped it would be fast.

Turned out it was a “billing” issue and the only guy who could fix wasn’t coming in until later that morning. I tried some social media pressure, but that didn’t even bring them in on time.

You have to love the Internet lifestyle that makes the reporting for work in the morning more a “concept” than a specific time 😉

A bunch of you expressed frustrations with Kajabi (http://www.facebook.com/paulcolliganfan/posts/10151452847486477) in my Facebook post. A number of issues came up that I thought I might address here.

Now, turns out the “problem” was a comedy of errors caused by both the way Kajabi handles billing and some changes we’ve made. In short, when we changed the account over to a new email address, we didn’t change the email on the billing. The credit card expired, they notified the (old) billing address and, yes, it wasn’t monitored like it should be.

In some ways I point the finger at myself for not making sure everything was right when we made the transition from the old account holder. On the other hand, I think before anyone shuts down a big customer, automatically, when there is no chance to fix things quickly, they should double check their actions.

I’ll honestly put this one up as a draw. Kajabi was quick to get the site back up once everything was figured out. Our down time was around 14 hours and, personally, I’ve seen down time of much worse. I’m sure you have as well.

But, what can one learn from this (other than the obvious suggest to Kajabi above)?

1) If you are going to use a third party system to manage your billing, you might want to set mechanisms in place to double check on auto-shutoffs. Vice versa, if you sign up for auto-billing through a third party process, you might want to keep notes accordingly and make sure, if transitions happen, that you cover all your bases.

I actually understand and appreciate the use of third party billing systems. PCI compliance and the wacky world of hackers should make anyone considering online payments consider all the options. I have no desire for a merchant account for my Colligan.com activities anymore. Like everything in life, both options have their trade off.

2) Some of the complaints you mentioned on social media (on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus), spoke of the price of Kajabi, the lack of certain options, etc. You also mentioned not liking having to pay monthly as opposed to the single purchase option of some other popular membership sites. Pondering choices based on these variables alone are as silly as picking a car based on the what the price of the stereo is. There are dozens of variables at play here – you need to consider them all.

What do you want, who does it best, does it make sense to go down that path? Ask those questions before you ask any others. Right now, Kajabi is the best option for us, and yes, they get payment every month for their services. We consider it more than worth it.

3) Yes, there was a scary feeling of being out of control during the down time. This happens whenever someone else is running your system. Of course, I type this on a MacBook Air that I couldn’t fix to save my life, while posting this to a social network that could, at any point change anything.

You’ll notice this gets cross-posted to my blog for that very reason. No matter how cool and how fast these things are, backups are always a good idea.

4) You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Yes, I left several strongly worded messages with the powers that be at Kajabi, at the end it was, despite whatever comedy of errors I call it, “our fault.” Had I been a jerk among jerks, they could have responded with the same. They were great and once we figured this out, things came up quickly.

A sigh of relief before lunch on Monday. I thought I’d catch you up to the details.

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