Grey Matters, with Steve Dotto
Working from Home - GM34

Working from Home - GM34

March 30, 2020

I chose a long time ago to work from home, and have, over the years, developed a system that works for me.

For so many of you, the need to work from home is not a choice but an edict.

As we practice social distancing, we also need to practice new work habits to maintain our sanity, productivity and even our relationships while we work from home,

Here are some of my best tips, take them with the spirit intended, to help us all get through a difficult time.

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Beyond Coping, with Mark Schaeffer - GM33

Beyond Coping, with Mark Schaeffer - GM33

March 25, 2020

As confusion and fear sweep the world, we are struggling to come to terms with change and uncertainty.

Mark Schaeffer got me thinking about my own personal response to the COVID-19 shutdown, with a brilliantly timed blog post 

The Corona Virus, A Love Letter

That post inspired this Podcast, as Mark shares his thoughts on how we can deal with the very real grief and sense of loss we are all experiencing as we cope with Corona.

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Responding to an Uncertain Time - GM32

Responding to an Uncertain Time - GM32

March 18, 2020
We are sailing uncharted waters, as the world comes to terms with COVID -19. We can only decide how we are going to react to the changes and challenges it brings.
We can control how we respond to our situation, however. 
 
Here is Mark Schaefer's take.
 

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Building Communities with Video - GM31

Building Communities with Video - GM31

March 11, 2020
Why do some video creators have the ability to connect with their audience, to grow a community, sway opinion, teach, sell, even inspire? 
 
What are the common skills, attributes, mechanisms that are unique to video, across all platforms? 
 
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Failing Forward - GM30

Failing Forward - GM30

March 4, 2020

Baby Boomers have been trained from the time they were born to fight failure. As children we were punished, sometimes severely for failing, it has been anathema to our generation.

Failing is not such a bad thing in many Millenials opinion.

"If you aren't failing you aren't trying"

They believe we learn from failure and it is a natural part of our journey. Even to the pont of encouraging each other to embrace failure as a step forward, a positive outcome, necessary to reach our goals.

Heady stuff! And for many of my generation, passing strange.

But there is wisdom here, real value, I am entranced by the concept of "Failing Forward"  

 

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Leaning into your Strengths - GM29

Leaning into your Strengths - GM29

February 26, 2020
 
We have all been in business long enough to know that we are good at some things and not good at others. But there seems to be a “badge of honor” amongst entrepreneurs that we do it all ourselves.
While that might salve the ego, in practice it is a bad idea!
 
I know that one of my challenges is shared by many entrepreneurs, a reluctance to delegate tasks that can easily be accomplished by others.
This may be one of the biggest roadblocks to success.
Adding outsourced talent to your team, in the form of Virtual Assistants, or contractors will free the principal up to do the things that only they can do, if they actually let go of some control.
 
Trusting team members to take tasks off your plate will make a marked difference in not just your profitability, but your energy. 
 
Here are a few resources we mentioned in this Podcast:
 
RescueTime - This is my video on using RescueTime, which will monitor your activities and help you identify area you can outsource support.
 
VA Services
I have never hired from a service so I can't vouch for which ones are best.
However, I know Chris Drucker, who runs Virtual Staff Finder and have learned a lot from him. Virtual Staff Finder specializes in Lower-priced overseas VAs from the Philippines. 
 
 
I also have spent time with Travinia Barber, the founder of PriorityVA which is  a premium service, offering North American VAs at a higher cost.
 
I think they are both great places to start your search. 
 
 

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Leveraging LinkedIn - GM 28

Leveraging LinkedIn - GM 28

February 19, 2020
Baby Boomers should feel comfortable with LinkedIn as a Social Network. It fits our needs in ways no other network does.
The person I turn to for all things LinkedIn is without question, Viveka Von Rosen. She is the author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day
 
 

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T what it means, to us! - GM27

R-E-S-P-E-C-T what it means, to us! - GM27

February 12, 2020
We need to respect all the different social platforms even if we do not choose to use them ourselves.
And speaking of social Platforms, please join us in the Grey Zone on Facebook
Don’t be a stranger!
 
What was your first social network? As I mentioned mine was the BBS world, in fact it was Sunshine BBS, run by a friend on mine in Delta BC, he had 2 lines going in he ran it for years!
 
Here is a link to the Wikipedia page on the history of social networks, it is a fun walk down memory lane!
 
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Podcast Reboot - GM26

Podcast Reboot - GM26

February 5, 2020
After far too long a hiatus, yes, let’s call this a hiatus, we are back.
Grey Matters is more committed than ever to serving the Grey Zone, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who are looking to reinvent themselves in order to remain relevant in the Digital World.
 
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CNN posted a great debate between a Boomer and a Millennial:
 
"OK Boomer" started on the platform Tik Tok and exploded into the meme of the moment. Turns out young people trying to launch into a gig economy with little job security on a rapidly warming planet, with far less opportunity for the wealth and creature comforts that their parents and grandparents enjoyed (A car? A house? Ha!) don't want to be lectured by Baby Boomers, the generation who put them into this kind of shape.
 
 
 
From The Globe and Mail
 
Older, longer: The super-aging of Canadians has taken everyone by surprise
 
"When the pensions and public health-care systems that Canadians rely on today were first put in place in the 1960s, the life expectancy of a man was 69 years, just four years after he was likely to retire. But a man who turns 65 today will live, on average, another 19 years, and a woman will live another 22 years, according to Statistics Canada.”
 
 
 
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Why Your Website is Still So Important - GM25

Why Your Website is Still So Important - GM25

June 27, 2019

Your website is still the most important digital asset you have. 

I know I sound like I am preaching, but it is so true!

Ask yourself these questions as you envision your website:

1- What is your most important engagement
2 - What is your most relevant content
3 - What is your visitors greatest pain point
 
Then in your design make sure you are focusing on these points!
 
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