Screw the Authoriti!

I saw a couple of Sunday morning statements on Facebook, Google+ and even Twitter regarding the Police, PoPo, Authoriti, the law or Parents. It must have been a rough night for lots of folks last night.‎

The slew of posts reminded me of some words of wisdom I wrote years ago:

“If you’re in the right place at the right time doing the right thing, with the right folks, then you have the right to not worry about the “Authoriti”. If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing, with the wrong folks, then likely the “Authoriti will think it’s wrong for you to be doing it. via NCWiseman

Do you think these are true words?

Go to NCWiseman and post your “publicly open” opinion on this post

FTCC SMB Blogging Class

Here are the notes that I promised you today:

Readers is a good one – it requires a Google (or Gmail) account

Newswire is a good Mac APP – it costs about $10

There are lots of Iphone and Android apps for Readers – use the App Store or Marketplace and search for readers

WordPress & Blogger have features for you to Follow blogs – you’ll get an email when the blogs you follow are updated

My Presentation – You can find my presentation at Blogging Presentation

Blogspot Blogs vs WordPress blogs

According to WordPress there are 74,948,347 sites

I could not find any statistics about the number of Blogspot or Blogger sites.

Here is an interesting Infographic about Blogging platforms

Public Use Images

I like Shutterstock, Public Domain Images and Stock Free Images. Google Public use images and you’ll find lots of options – experiment for what works for you.

If you have any other questions – please feel free to email me.



Social Media for Job Seekers FTCCHRD Class # 1

Day 3 Notes – Some of the items we discussed included:

  1. Pace yourself – consider 15 minutes a day of focused work
  2. Sorting groups – Your groups are sorted alphabetically on your Public profile – no changes
  3. Remember the concept of searching for a job, researching the contacts & company and then afterwards, apply if relevant.  (I will create a video of this soon)
  4. Connect where relevant and mutually beneficial (it’s not all about you). The more you connect, the more you need to get focused to the relevant part.  It’ll work if you are true to this
  5. Contribute relevant and useful content
  6. Collaborate on other’s content when you have something worthwhile to share
  7. Don’t fear the LinkedIn – trust yourself to use the tool properly and you’ll find success
  8. FINALLY – email me if I can help you in any way

Thanks for being an attendee to one of my seminars – Teddy

I hope that you all took at least a few really good nuggets of Social media knowledge from tonights class.  Please feel free to email me and ask any questions you have or offer any comments that we can use for this class.

I hope that everyone got home safely. It was just a little tricky going west on I-40.

DAY 2 NOTES – Some of the things that we talked about included:

  • The LinkedIn Stream, Top line Menu items, who has looked at your profile
  • Your Settings – did I tell you to pay attention to these and to set them how you want LinkedIn to work for YOU?
  • Connections – how to “Harvest” connections – Search for someone or people at a company, Use the People You May Know beta feature or look at people you are connected to and their Connections.  However you find people when you request a connection – be honest, transparent, relevant and polite – use the Personal Note to create a worthwhile Relationship request. GOT IT?!!
  • Recommendations – Ask for honest, relevant recommendations – be clear about what you want them to say, “I did this task, I did it well and met all expectations, you and/or the business got this value out of my work”
  • What I failed to remind you all is – you have homework – DO IT!
    • Create a list of 5-10 business groups you want to connect with (IRL &Virtual)
    • Make additional relevant LinkedIn connections
    • Review LI Profile and continue to fine tune it.

DAY 1 NOTES – Some of the things that we talked about included:

  • SOCIAL – did you hear me say SOCIAL
  • Social Media streams – pay attention to the good stuff in the stream, ignore the not so useful information
  • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogging, Youtube – all good places to find useful information while job searching (and beyond)
  • Stay between the lines, or as other suggested, don’t talk religion or politics in social media
  • Risk – manage your risk by paying attention, monitor your walls, accounts, profiles and use a strong password (8 digits, upper case, lower case, numbers, unique)
  • Hey – I forgot to have you do this – google yourself – tell us what you find
  • Use 1 email address for all SOcial Media sites, but use a unique password for each account
  • Use a Public Domain email address like Gmail, hotmail, yahoo, msn, etc
  • Think Business when creating an email account, no (please)
  • Your Facebook ID, LinkedIn Profile, Twitter Handle try to make them all match – (I am TLBurriss everywhere I can be)


  • Raymond Flanner
  • Donna Moreno
  • David Cox
  • Lisa Cox
  • Randy Wolfe
  • JoAnn Chandler
  • Carol Marshall
  • Stewart CLontz
  • Bill Lacy
  • Charles Tetterton
  • Christine Calice
  • Frank Arkfeld
  • Matt Flippin
  • Lynn Wells
  • Herman Frazier, Jr.
  • Teddy Burriss

Here is the Class Outline: (we are pretty much no task, we’ll easily get caught up on Thursday)

Schedule– 3 – 3 hour Seminars Dates: May 22, 24, 29
Goal – Teach Job Seekers how to use LinkedIn as a Job Searching Tool. Introduce attendees to other Social Media Streams (FB, Twitter, Youtube, etc) as job searching tools.

Primary LinkedIn Value – Connecting with relevant contacts and groups while presenting your Skills & experiences is a positive way to promote yourself in the Job Market.

Take Aways: A LinkedIn Profile, initial connections, group activity & coaching for continual & scheduled activity


Day 1

What is Social Media and why Job Seekers should use it – 1 Hour

Who are you Video –

Social media Revolution –

Overview of Facebook (profile/pages), Twitter, Youtube, Blogging as they relate to job searching

The effects/benefits/risks of Social Media activity on a job search –  1 Hour

10 tips from –

Google Yourself – What do you see? (are you afraid to?)

Introduction to LinkedIn as a Job Search Tool – 1 hour

High Level Security, privacy discussion

Overview of the Wall, Profile, Contacts, Groups

Present agenda for day 2

Home work (do as much as you can)

  1. Setup an email account (if you do not already have a personal one) (everyone has one)
  2. Initial setup of your LinkedIn account (if you do not already have one) (everyone has one)
  3. Connect with me (Teddy Burriss) on LinkedIn
  4. Comment on this Blog Post with your name, email address and any useful comment you have
  5. Create a list of 10 people you want to connect with on LinkedIn
    We’ll use this list to help you learn how to connect to them thru LI

Day 2

Complete Accounts setup activities – 1 hour

  •  Overview of the Wall, Profile, Contacts, Groups
    Present agenda for day 2
  • Setup Email Account – done
  • Setup initial LinkedIn Profile – done

Creating & Refining a LinkedIn Profile – 1 hours

  • Understanding Account Settings
  • Updating your work history
  • Entering in your education history
  • Choosing & Entering in your Skills
  • Refining your headline & Summary
  • Recommendations – How to request & how

Making connections – 1 hour

  • Why make connections
  • How to request a connection
  • What to do after you make a connection

Home Work

  • Create a list of 5-10 business groups you want to connect with (IRL &Virtual)
  • Make additional relevant LinkedIn connections
  • Review LI Profile and continue to fine tune it.

Day 3

Introduction to LinkedIn Groups – 1 hours

  • How to Contribute, Collaborate, Connect & Cram using LI Groups
  • Searching for relevant groups
  • Contributing your relevant content direct in LI
  • Sharing relevant 3rd Party content directly in LI Groups
  • Collaborating on an existing Discussion in LI Groups
  • Connecting to group members

Course wrap up – 2 hours

  • Profile Maintenance
    • Review attendee Profiles & Make recommendations
  • Connection activity
    • Review attendee connections – make sure everyone knows how
  • Group Activity
    • Review attendee group activity – make sure everyone knows what to do
  • Managing your Social Media Activity for long term value
  • Measuring the value of your Social media Activity


  • Make more LinkedIn Connections
  • Schedule Lunch, coffee, sweet tea with relevant local connections
  • In 1 week – Report back to TLB via LinkedIn message with your progress and opinion of your initial value of LinkedIn.

The True Meaning of Stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’….. she fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… pick them up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later after you’ve rested.

Some other points that will help include:

  • Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
  • If you can’ t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  • If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can’t push.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once. Or too stupid to do again !!!
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Life is short. Enjoy it! Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

Do you have your DAP with you?

If we wake up with desire burning deep inside to do the best we can, we will do well.

If we have the attitude needed to put the effort into being successful at our tasks, we will succeed.

If we have passion for what we do, we will enjoy what we do.

It’s really not a bunch of “Ifs”, its our body & soul wrapped in Desire, Attitude & Passion, from the moment we awaken each and every day.

Grab yourself a body full of DAP.

Try it – I promise it will Freakin Improve your world.

Networking Experience

MoolaSavingMom called me today reminding me that my favorite Bean shop Starbucks is having a Buy One Get One (BOGO) Free deal.

Fortunately my schedule changed so I went there this afternoon.

I stood in line waiting for my turn.  I intended to buy one for me and give the guy behind me a free cup of coffee.  But the lady in front of me had a better idea.

She was ordering a Venti Frappuccino.  I heard the Barista tell her that she could Buy one and get one free.  She turned around and asked, “Does anyone want a free Venti Frap? I’m buying”

There were a few people behind me and I waited for just a few seconds before I responded, “Sure, I’d love it.”  I offered to split the cost of the first one and she said to ne, “Absolutely not.  I’m buying.”  I thanked her as she paid and we walked away from the counter to wait for our Fraps.

It gets more interesting.

I introduced myself to Maria and asked her what she does.  We chatted for a few minutes. I told her that my daughter called me about this deal.  She asked me how did my daughter know about this since she was not there.  I said, “My daughter is MoolaSavingMom.”

As soon as I said MoolaSavingMom one of the ladies in the shop belted out, “I know her, I Love MoolaSavingMom.”  Almost immediately another lady called out, “I know MoolaSavingMom.  She has saved me a ton this year.”

I beamed a little as Maria asked me to tell her what my daughter does.  I explained to her about the free coupon seminars, blog, facebook page, Google+ page and twitter feed. I asked Maria what she does and learned about her internship @ WFU Baptist Medical and her work trying to find a job.  She asked me what I do and I introduced her to Networking for Mutual Benefit, Social Media as a Relationship tool and NCWiseman.  It was an enjoyable conversation and I got a free Venti Frappuccino.

On my way home with my free Venti Frappuccino I called my daughter and told her I ran into another one of her MoolaSavingMom friends. These encounters are happening more and more lately.  When I got home, I went online to check my Social Media stuff. I hit MoolaSavingMom‘s Facebook page and found this post:

I love to Network and meet new people.  I equally love to get Free bean and meet fans of my daughter’s work.




Network thru the Holidays

I attended a Professional in Transition meeting this week and heard a conversation about Networking thru the Holidays.  Here are some of the points that I got from the discussion.  I think they are relevant to both job seekers and business developers.

  1. Don’t stop networking just because everyone else does.  If you pause any activity it takes more energy to get back up to speed when you restart.  The same thing applies for networking to find that new job or nurturing those business relations.  After a month (or so) of holiday slouching or even taking off completely, you’ll find it way more difficult to get back in the swing of things.
  2. There are less people in your way during the holidays.  Most people feel that the holidays are not a good time to network.  Of course, generally these are the same people who mistakenly believe that networking is selling or trying to get a job. Stay true to networking for mutual benefit and you’ll discover that the people working thru the holidays will want to meet & talk and those other folks are out of your way.
  3. Holiday Parties are a great place to meet new people. Don’t ignore that invitation or try to make an excuse why you can’t attend a holiday party.  Even the ones you went to last year and did not enjoy.  Instead, go and find someone new to meet and talk with.  You never know who they know or what opportunities or job openings they may know about.
  4. Volunteer thru the holidays.  Lots of professionals and business owners volunteer thru the holidays.  It’s both a great way to give back and to meet new people.  Join in on the activity of volunteering and say hello to someone new.  Again, you never know who you’ll meet and what or who they may know.
  5. Discover that you may be better off than you think.  Yes, being unemployed can be a challenge both emotionally and financially.  Knowing these are real issues is important. However, when you volunteer at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, etc you can find that you are better off than you thought.  This is also important to realize.  And it can actually make you feel better about yourself as you are helping others.
  6. Getting involved during the holidays can help overcome loneliness.  If you stop networking and just hibernate over the holidays, loneliness can become overwhelming.  Continue to get out and network.  This can help not just overcome loneliness, but it can also help pick up your spirits.
  7. Many corporate budgets start January 1.  Who knows, maybe that purchase decision has not been made yet. Maybe that position has not been filled yet. Maybe, while you are networking you can find that opportunity and jump in front of those who are waiting until after the holidays.  Who knows, it may happen with just a simple hello during the holidays.

So the recommendation is to continue working on building relationships and expanding your circle of contacts thru the holidays.  Stay true to Networking for Mutual benefit, which means, don’t call a contact and ask them for a job or try to sell your widget.  Just meet people, have a good time getting to know them and build new relationships while you enjoy the holidays.  Keep the momentum and good luck on your journey.