Comments or Conversations? A Comments Evolved Project

Screenshot of Comments Evolved Plugin

Several weeks ago, I quietly closed the comments on the ConverStations site. I asked if Comments are Really Necessary. Plugins and other alternatives were researched and considered as I pondered the question - not just for this site, but also for the businesses I work with to help in building their business presence. The conversations can be larger and last longer if the … [Read more...]

Pulling the Thread Together

a common thread

If you're like a lot of small business owners, you wear many hats - and sometimes, all the hats. You might work with the front-end (with customers), the back-end (administrative), the public (marketing, networking), and the private (human resources, vendors) - all in the same day, maybe in the same hour. Maybe you're good at delegating or outsourcing, adept at balancing … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Thread

woman's hands sewing a stitch

There may be a stitch or hemline holding different roles or departments of your business together. Sometimes, the stitch needs adjusting, depending on other variables. With a dress, variables may include the season, the type of event, the personality of the person wearing it, or the shoes that will be worn with the dress. With business projects, variables may include the … [Read more...]

Driver’s Ed (Thoughtography)

Young Boy Steering

  Our first experiences getting behind the wheel are pretty mechanical and methodical. As we learn, we improve. We begin to find a flow and think more clearly and creatively during the process. The same is true with many things as adults and in business. A continual learning, improving, flowing, and thinking. Photo on Flickr by Alex Proimos … [Read more...]

Starting to Use WordPress (Video Lessons)

WPMUdev

Many business owners are learning how to compose and publish on their own web site. If you are using WordPress on your site, here are some simple tutorials on how to create and publish a post onto your site. In many cases, the tips here are probably similar to the tool you're using (if not WordPress). Another resource is the ConverStations Blog Posting Mantra (2014 … [Read more...]

L.I.F.T – A Small Business Boost (Saturday Clips)

Staying with the spirit of our L.I.F.T. theme, these clips help motivate and guide us towards Learning, Improving, Flowing, Thinking. Born to Learn - It's in our nature from the beginning [tentblogger-youtube falHoOEUFz0] Improvement is Always the Result of Change [tentblogger-youtube q24rHQqmCRI] Finding Flow - Just move (Katie's Take on Finding … [Read more...]

Getting Customers in the Door with Social Media

Facebook Decal

Written by James White With the advent of online shopping and the popularity that it now includes, finding a way to get customers inside your business’ doors has become more of a challenge. While social media has often been a tool for online shoppers to buy items on the Internet, as a business owner, you can also encourage potential customers to visit your location. In … [Read more...]

Remember When … in Friday Flutterings

old-downtown

"It's a poor sort of memory that only looks backwards." - Lewis Carroll ... Remember when you had to stick your whole arm out of the window to signal other cars about your desire to change lanes or stop (arm out and down, palm open).  - Nowadays, signals are used as people change lanes, but not well before they do (?) and if you had to stick your hand out to signal a stop, … [Read more...]

Items on Your To Do List? Pick One

A handful of straws to pick from

Overwhelm. There are plenty of small business owners and solopreneurs who work in a constant state of overwhelm. The opposite of being overwhelmed is probably not being underwhelmed. And par is not simply whelmed - in fact, whelm is a synonym of overwhelm. Finding good flow crushes overwhelm. I see and hear about a lot of to-do lists. It seems these lists are a … [Read more...]

Never Done

Carpenter Tools Hanging on Wall

Continual Improvement Requires Your Continuous Efforts My grandfather was a carpenter by trade. When he wasn't working on someone else's house, he was working on his own. Some projects seemed to take a long time because he would work on the others before his own. Yet he was always making small improvements or finishing tasks of the larger projects. During one of his … [Read more...]