It Sure Beats Working and other fancy stuff – Albertideation March 2018

It Sure Beats Working, by Michael Katz

I finally got around to it

– I bought Michael Katz’s book – It Sure Beats Working

I just got back from a family trip to Philadelphia. Soon after I got off the plane I was faced with soft pretzels. They are everywhere in Philadelphia – and I did not hesitate! The trip was a great time (my Sister’s daughter’s bat mitzvah!) and I came away refreshed and ready to make it through the rest of Winter in Portland. Why am I telling you this? It’s part of what Michael Katz talks about in the book mentioned above – sprinkling in details about your life when you reach out to customers and clients (see Lesson 4: Humanize Your Interactions ). Making your interactions more human is a key factor in his success and you experience it in every newsletter he sends.

I’ve been enjoying this Spring – I’ve picked up a couple new clients and continue to work with many I’ve been with for years.

New: Lucky Mojo Curio Co. in Forestville, CA
2 years: Fern Kitchen , Portland, Oregon
5 years-ish – Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon

I’m so grateful to these and other companies who trust me with their newsletters. It’s also been interesting to me to see how businesses change over time – including mine!

I want to mention that the main tool I use – and how you’re reading this newsletter – via Constant Contact – is having a 50% off of 2 months sale – which will end at midnight 3.16.18. You can always start with a 2-month free trial, too. I have all sorts of support for you if you’d like to get started down this path.

Sometimes it makes sense to start something before you think you’re ready. For instance, I wish I’d bought Michael’s book 8 years ago when I started my business – in 8 years you might wish you’d started a newsletter today 🙂 This is one of those instances where you don’t want to put off until tomorrow something you can start today 🙂

Here’s to your success!

Sincerely,

Albert Kaufman
Albertideation

PS – See other books I recommend, here. And other tools I use, here.

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My Top 11 List for 2015

Top 11 List for 2015 – Enjoy!

11.11.15 by Zen Achilles

Happy 2016! Here’s another edition of my monthly e-letter and my Top 11 List for 2015. A place I share with you what’s going on with me – my latest thinking and a call to action. If you’re more interested in my email marketing for small businesses work – please let me know and I’ll move you to my biz list. 

Here is my top 11 things that come to mind list for 2015. They make my life better and you might find some value here, too. Enjoy!
Wileyware 2015
New Wileyware Designs
BeetBoost
Fern Kitchen
Rooseveltpdx
RooseveltsPDX

1. Top Glassware – Wileyware – I put that at the top as it’s the item I use the most in my life – drinking glasses. I know that might sound strange – but drinking from these glasses makes me happy.

2. Top juice/sports drink of beets and tart cherries – BeetBoost – I’ve watched my friend, Rick Perry, turn an idea into a very tasty/health drink. Thanks, Rick.

3. Top new restaurant in my neighborhood – Fern Kitchen (clients/friends). Paleo, kombucha, breakfast, great hours, Yoga Union next door, friendly staff – thank you, universe.

4. Top awesome store in Portland – RooseveltsPDX (client/friend). This one has become more of an obsession 🙂 From the moment I walked into Gregg Harris’s store, I was hooked. I go for the oxygen, the learning, Gregg’s philosophy on life and work/retirement/live-work space thinking. 44th and Hawthorne. Go.

5. Top dessert place in SE Portlandia + my home away from home: Marino’s Adriatic Cafe. Live music, late night European atmosphere. A great place to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Good on multiple levels. 41st and Division.

6. Top change in Oregon – Legalizing Marijuana. Beyond the “fun” factor, I’m seeing my community use cannabis for healing mental and physical ailments. Visit my friend, Steve Bennett’s store, Farma to learn about marijuana’s medical properties.

7. Top Podcast. I found my way to Tim Ferris’s Podcasts + The 4 Hour Work Week: highly recommended read).

8. Top new app – SuperBetter. Through Tim Ferris’s interview with Jane McGonigal I was led to her thoughts on healing through online games. Jane’s TedTalk was my favorite of last year.

9. Top Portland performance of 2015: Beatles White Album Christmas with the Wanderlust Circus at the Alberta Rose Theatre (client/friend)(I saw it twice). The Alberta Rose continues to be my favorite place to see music in Portland. The hall is intimate, the sound is great and there’s a magic to the place. Kudos to Joe Cawley for making things run so smoothly there for the past 5 years.

10. Top radio station in the world: KMHD Jazz Radio (addict) 89.1 in PDX – KMHD.fm – streaming around the world.  (top 2nd and 3rd KBOO 90.7 and Allclassical.org 89.9

11. You! I couldn’t have as rich a life I do without your presence in it. Thanks for reading, playing and sharing time with me on this planet. We only get so much time here and my hope is that you and I make the most of it.

Have a great month and I’ll be back with you in February.

With love,

Albert

me and my bro and sis
Albert, Sister Liz, and Brother Dan in Sumneytown, Pennsylvania along the banks of the Unami River – Thanksgiving 2015

OneCon 2015

Takeaways from OneCon2015

I attended Constant Contact’s OneCon in Las Vegas from October 4-6th, 2015. This time I was much better prepared to take advantage of all that was on offer – great keynote sessions; product updates; panels; and lots of time for networking. I learned a ton – some is evident through the pictures and captions below, but some will have to wait until I gather my notes and go a bit deeper. I think one of my main take-aways was that I’m on the right track. Listening to email marketing expert/guru, Michael Katz talk a couple times, reminded me that I’m doing a lot of what he does – and what he does works. He’s himself. He tells stories. He has a relaxed take on things – very refreshing in the world of business. And, he’s a solopreneur, just like me!

I also have been moving to a more philosophical take on what I do. Reviewing the situation… And, I think I’m figuring out a way forward that works for me. Working with great clients who are doing interesting things and taking the time to get things right. I’m not rushing and I’m being more careful and considerate as I go. And, what a great bunch of people I’ve decided to join up with (both within Constant Contact and my current client mix). I’m more convinced by this year’s OneCon that email marketing is THE way forward for small businesses who want to reach their audiences in an easy and inexpensive and REPEATABLE way. Hearing peoples’ challenges in quantifying value from social media was refreshing. Here are some photos and some ideas – enjoy! Your feedback (a gift, thanks Ron Cates for reminding us of that) is welcome in the comments section, below.

If you’d like to get started working together, start by signing up for a Constant Contact account. As one longtime solution provider clearly stated: “If you don’t have $20/mo. to spend on marketing, you’re not really in business”. Take yourself and your efforts seriously and invest in email marketing!

Brandon Klayton of Conscious Commerce in Canada. One of my mentors. Learn more about him here: http://www.cc94.com/

On the left: Brandon Klayton of Conscious Commerce in Canada. One of my mentors. Learn more about him here: http://www.cc94.com/

A brilliant panel about ways to make what we do pay off

A brilliant panel about ways to make what we do pay off

All of the new features delivered this year. I'm going to do a blog post just on this slide. Or, perhaps a short video. Next week, I promise!

New Constant Contact features delivered this year. I’m going to do a blog post on this slide. (Can you say AUTORESPONDERS?) Or, perhaps a short video. Next week, I promise!

Constant Contact making a point by turning off the screen for a moment (clever!)

Constant Contact making a point by turning off the screen for a moment (clever!)

More brilliance from experts on client relations

More brilliance from experts on client relations. Michael Katz, moderating.

A great panel with Michael Katz discussing good clients and how to keep them. Bad clients and how to fire them :)

A great panel with Michael Katz discussing good clients and how to keep them. Bad clients and how to fire them 🙂

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This was a slide shared by Michael Katz that outlines his strategy for running his business. I think I’m going to move towards this model. Lunch, anyone?

Close-up of donut!

Close-up of donut! Who is in your network?

Great info presented clearly.

Great info presented clearly by Michael Katz.

Michael Katz. Simply. The. Best. Here's what I wrote to the Solution Providers post event: Also, one person who continues to inspire me is Michael Katz. Maybe it’s the way he wears his heart on his sleeve. Maybe it’s the fun stories that are always teaching me something. Whatever it is, if you’re not on his email list, join it and you’ll soon see what I’m talking about. If we all did more of what he does, the world would be a better place (and you’d find those clients you wish you had :) http://bluepenguindevelopment.com/ I also like his “Today I…” series… You can sign up for it, here. http://thetodayiblog.com/

Michael Katz. Simply. The. Best. This is one person who continues to inspire me day in and day out. Maybe it’s the way he wears his heart on his sleeve. Maybe it’s the fun stories that are always teaching me something. Whatever it is, if you’re not on his email list, join it and you’ll soon see what I’m talking about. If we all did more of what he does, the world would be a better place (and you’d find those clients you wish you had 🙂 http://bluepenguindevelopment.com/ I also like his “Today I…” series… You can sign up for it, here. http://thetodayiblog.com/

Corissa St. Laurent, Carol Infranca, Don Richardson, Debbie Rinckey and Kathy Day. My fellow PNW ALEs (and Corissa, my Regional Development Director for Constant Contact)

Corissa St. Laurent, Carol Infranca, Don Richardson, Debbie Rinckey and Kathy Day. My fellow PNW ALEs (and Corissa, my Regional Development Director for Constant Contact)

The Team from the Pacific Northwest: L to R: Twanda, Carol, Moi, Debbie, Lisa, Kathy, Don and Corissa

The Team from the Pacific Northwest: L to R: Twanda, Carol, Moi, Debbie, Lisa, Kathy, Don and Corissa

Corissa & Stuart Atkins

Corissa St. Laurent & Stuart Atkins

Ron Cates, fellow ALE - Don Richardson, and Gail Goodman, the CEO of Constant Contact. learn more about Don @ http://www.digitalpopcorn.net/

Ron Cates (watch for him on the stand-up circuit, btw), fellow ALE – Don Richardson, and Gail Goodman, the CEO of Constant Contact. learn more about Don @ http://www.digitalpopcorn.net/

It was gray and rainy... wait, it's not Portland! you can tell by the palm trees. But we did have flash flood warnings on Saturday night!

It was gray and rainy… wait, it’s not Portland! you can tell by the palm trees. We had flash flood warnings on Saturday night!

Marsha Pearson a fellow ALE from Philadelphia. One of my highlights was hanging out together on the ride in. Learn more about her @ http://emailmarketing.guru/

Marsha Pearson a fellow ALE from Philadelphia. One of my highlights was hanging out together on the ride in. Learn more about her @ http://emailmarketing.guru/

When this event comes to Portlandia, we will not have any bottled water. I will see to that!

When this event comes to Portlandia, we will not have any bottled water. I will see to that!

One of my favorite slides. Straightforward and correct.

One of my favorite slides. Straightforward and correct.

Zachery Barron, our area director

Zachery Barron, our area director

Hanging out with my fellow PNW ALEs over drinks in the lobby

Hanging out with my fellow Pacific Northwest Authorized Local Experts over drinks in the lobby. From left to right: Carol, Lisa, Don and Twanda!

My fellow Pacific Northwest ALE team!

My fellow Pacific Northwest Authorized Local Expert team!

Another amazing chandelier

One amazing chandelier

This chandelier was sparkly

This chandelier was sparkly

The chandeliers at the Red Rock Resort are really eye-catching

The chandeliers at the Red Rock Resort are really eye-catching

First panel of the day

First panel of the day on Sunday

Some words about one of my favorite clients, Gaealana Healing Arts: http://www.gaealanahealingarts.com/

Some words about my work with one of my favorite clients, Gaealana Healing Arts

http://www.gaealanahealingarts.com/

There was a nice poster about my work with Gaealana Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon near the front of the room: http://www.gaealanahealingarts.com/

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Thanks to everyone at Constant Contact for hosting such a great, inspiring event! Until #onecon2016 (in Portlandia, ok?)

The graphics were really nicely done

The graphics were really nicely done – sharp and clear – makes a big difference!

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First session on Sunday – everyone was pumped up and enthuiastic

One of the opening sessions featured Richard Israel who leads the Solution Provider Program for Constant Contact

One of the opening sessions featured Richard Israel who leads the Solution Provider Program for Constant Contact

Comfy!

Such a comfy bed – I could get used to living like this!

View from my amazing room at the Red Rock Resort

The view from my amazing room at the Red Rock Resort

#OneCon2015 in Las Vegas - Constant Contact's annual convention for solution providers

#OneCon2015 in Las Vegas – Constant Contact’s annual convention for solution providers – Thanks again! See you at #onecon2016!

Albert at #OneCon2015

See you next year!