Connecting Social Media Dots IRL For ROI

 

Have you ever wondered how you take an online social media contact relationship to the next level?  The initial step to connecting the social media dots is by commenting on a blog post, a status update or a tweet then to get real ROI  (Return On Investment or Influence) there must be personal contact with your new connection.

IRL aka In Real Life IRL is the next level relationship to go to once you have initially connected through a social media venue.

Yes, it is scary sometimes to be meeting someone that you have only talked to in a comment or a tweet so taking precautions is every important as you evolve to real life meet ups.

This is  a story of a delightful  journey from the activerain real estate community blog to meet ups in Palm Springs, California with real estate agents and an Art Gallery Owner connected to a glass sculpture artist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Who knew what could come together from social media comments, a few phone calls, e-mails and facebook posts to have some lunch meet ups and connect business across the country. We really did connect the dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie of social media.

Meet Kathy Schowe from La Quinta, California, just outside of Palm Springs.  Kathy was on the ladies professional golf tour, has an amazing personality and now specializes in selling real estate golf course communities in the La Quinta, Palm Springs area.  She has a crazy fun site called 365 things to do in Palm Springs that is very helpful when coming to the area.

Last year we paid a visit to Palm Springs and Kathy invited me to do a presentation on Pinterest and Google+ which was great and many of the agents are using the tools they learned to navigate Kathy, Jane Carra TBand connect in Social Media.  No matter what business, product or service you are working with, social media is the key to getting your information out and helping people with the valuable content you have to share.

This year our activerain friend Jane Peters drove down from the LA area for lunch at Tommy Bahama’s in Palm Desert, California.  We had a blast connecting as neither Kathy nor I had met Jane IRL.  My first experience with Jane was very funny as she commented on a blog post with a quote from Saturday Night Live and I did not process it as a joke.  We had a private conversation via e-mail on the interesting comment and the experience ended up in the e-book I co-authored and crowd sourced called  Cosmic Shift Happens™   Professionals from all over the country  were part of the crowd sourcing or group collaboration  explaining how social media comments have to be taken with a gain of salt to understand the humor or snarky attitude some people enjoy sharing on line.  With our lunch meetup we all connected some social media dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie as we have all been sharing comments on facebook, google+ and twitter and now we have a real life engagement to go along with our virtual perceptions.

Meet Jane Peters your real estate specialist in the Los Angeles, California Area.  Jane knows and has personally purchased property all over the Greater Los Angeles area from $500K to $2.6M.  Areas she covers are: Santa Monica, Westwood/Wilshire Corridor, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Silver Lake/Echo Park, Brentwood and Palms/Mar Vista.      If you are looking for some fun while shopping for homes in the Los Angeles area, Jane is your girl!

Coda Karen Sanchez & Carra Riley Activerain had some great real time meetup conventions called “rain camps”   I met Karen Sanchez in line for the rain camp at Las    Vegas and we started talking about real estate in Victor Valley, where she sells affordable homes in Southern California.   Karen shared, “The Victor Valley is a beautiful place to live, close to many fun places to go. The only thing that can make this place a better place to live is YOU!”  Karen has a delightful smile and wonderful outlook on life and real estate.  We connected on facebook and I chatted with her about her progress and family.  When we met in real time with her friend Christina Hood from Redlands, CaliforniaCoda Christina Hood we had a great time sharing our zest for real estate and inspiring ideas about sharing our communities.  We had a lot of fun at Tommy Bahama’s again and I got to share information with them about the Coda Art Gallery down the street and my glass sculpture artist friends!

Christina Hood is a former pilot and pilot instructor, now real estate marketing consultant in Redlands, Riverside, Yucaipa and Rancho Cucamonga California is a girl with a zest for life and for real estate.  If you like an exuberant, fun loving personality, Christina is the girl for you.  She tweets, foursquares, facebooks and instagrams like a pro.

Here comes the business connection to Palm Springs via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Coda Katz red

Meet Bernard Katz and Katie Katz of Bernard Katz Glass 

Katie Katz and I have become close virtual friends through google+ where we met and we produced a video LIVE in a hangout An Air from the Bernard Katz Glass 7,000 sq. ft studio on Philadelphia.  We had guests from around the globe asking questions about the amazing glass sculpture Bernard creates for galleries and businesses around the world. We found that a live event like this with event invitations on google+ created a lot of internet interest in the beautiful work of Bernard Katz.

Katie and I share comments on facebook, twitter and google+ on a daily basis and she saw that I was posting about Palm Springs.  She reached out to me through the Internet asking me to stop into the Coda Art Gallery and see Bernard’s work and meet  the manger.  I called the Coda Gallery from the facebook link that Katie shared with me and ICoda front reached Barbara who explained how to get to the gallery and I found out it was only a couple blocks from my meeting place with Karen Sanchez and Christina Hood so I stopped at the gallery before our meet up and I was able to share the adventure with them starting more global connections.

It was a delight to meet Barbara Hill-Stanely the manager, of the Coda Art Gallery and we talked about social media and how it is connecting the world in all kinds of business.  I shared with Barbara that Kathy Schowe was a local real estate agent in La Quinta and she had a site called 365 things to do in Palm Springs.  CODA gallery features an eclectic mix of painting, sculpture, and glass that share an extraordinary energy in an expansive and beautiful exhibition space. Coda hosts frequent openings and artist’s receptions so I thought this might be a perfect addition to the 365 things to do in Palm Springs mentioning the fun social media connection from activerain blogging to facebook and google+  All the social media dots were connected here and it makes the world seem like a much smaller face.  See how the facebook connection worked on the Coda Art Gallery page.

Check out Coda Art Gallery in  Palm Desert  at   73151 El Paseo  800-700-4661 Ask for the manager Barbara Hill-Stanley and tell her you came because of a social media blog post!

Coda Barbara

From Philadelphia to California we came full circle connecting the social media dots IRL In Real Time and a genuine friendship and business networks have been set up to show the ROI Return on Investment or Influence of social media posting time.  To become successful at connecting through social media it does take time and requires outreach to set up meetings and take your online relationships to another level.  Connecting The Dots In The Cosmic Cow Pie,  try it, you’ll like it!

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147 Years Later…. “Lincoln” Is Still Setting An Example

 

"Lincoln" is talking to us 147 years later, are you listening? 

Director, Steven Spielberg, has done a masterful job in sharing the passion of the 16th President of the United States of America. President Abraham Lincoln's vision and passion for equality set the bar for human activism.  The journey to passing the 13th amendment changed the course of history and set a precedent for equal treatment which is portrayed in the movie "Lincoln."

Have at least four tissues ready as the story brought tears to my eyes, four different times.  Putting the tissues in perspective, I did cry the 1st 5 minutes of "Land Before Time" when the mother dinosaur died however, this film will have you reaching far inside yourself to deep places that will touch your emotions.

Democracy was clarified in Lincoln's the Gettysburg address "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…………that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

The film depicts the then "radical republicans" and "dumbo crats" of 1865.  The movie will have you laughing and maybe rolling in the isles because of the similarities identified 147 years later.  The shoe is on the other foot with the flag raising idealism however, the rules of engagement appear to be timeless.  The fact that the audience clapped at the end gives you an idea of why you will want to see this movie right away. 

Euclidean geometry was a concept, Abraham Lincoln appreciated and helped defined his idealism.  Lincoln developed his command of logic, reason and argument both as an attorney and political theorist from this theory. The mathematical concepts make it easy to understand Lincoln's approach. The supreme mathematical logical system of Euclid's Geometry was a testament to the power of human reason to deduce truth.  The repeated postulate shared in the movie, one of five axioms with truth that is self-evident  "things that are equal to the same thing are also equal to one another," or "the whole is greater than the part." Lincoln believed the truths of Euclidean physics were as valid as mathematical logic..,.. he believed, lived and fought for the principle, we are all equal to one another.

The story line explores the dilemma of the validity of the Emancipation Proclamation without the constitutional amendment to enforce the proclamation. Lincoln used his constitutional authority to declare that all slaves were free, legally liberating more than 3 million people.

Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (who worked with the director on "Munich") took their inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin's award-winning history "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Though the battle for the 13th Amendment is touched on in only a handful of pages, the film's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln believes the only way to successfully reunite the nation is to finish off slavery. He'd assumed extraordinary wartime powers during the conflict and, in one scene, Lincoln admits ruefully that once the war is over, his January 1863 executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation might not hold up legally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln believes the only way to successfully reunite the nation is to finish off slavery. He'd assumed extraordinary wartime powers during the conflict and, in one scene, Lincoln admits ruefully that once the war is over, his January 1863 executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation might not hold up legally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Screenwriter, Tony Kushner has delivered a storyline that is sure to win Academy awards. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, has immersed into the character so realistic you will believe Lincoln is right there on the big screen.  His acting ability as husband to mourning, wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, Sally Field devastated at the loss of a son and the challenge of another son wanting to go to war struggling with a mental breakdown and the responsibility as the first lady is epic.  The character shows Lincoln as a storyteller and clever raconteur who loves his family, his country and all mankind. 

Tommy Lee Jones, as Representative Thaddeus Stevens, radical Republican from Pennsylvania gives the performance of a lifetime as best supporting actor.

James Spader adds an incredible dimension to the cast with his powerful representation of W.N. Bilbo, one of the three lobbyists charged with securing the needed votes to pass the 13th amendment to the US Constitution. 

Field allows us to rethink the high-strung burden Mary Todd Lincoln has been portrayed as. Yes, the loss of their son nearly undid her, but she's emotionally and politically astute. A chilly, faux cordial face-off with Rep. Stevens shows a woman unbowed by Washington hierarchies or gossip.

As good as Day-Lewis is, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader do their darndest to steal the show. Spader is often hilarious as W.N. Bilbo, one of three lobbyists tasked with securing a few Democrats to support the measure. John Hawkes and Tim Blake Nelson play his colleagues.

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Memorable moments… Include the significance of George Washington's picture in an English bathroom, no spoiler alert here, just watch for it! 

Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (who worked with the director on "Munich") took their inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin's award-winning history "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Though the battle for the 13th Amendment is touched on in only a handful of pages, the film's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln believes the only way to successfully reunite the nation is to finish off slavery. He'd assumed extraordinary wartime powers during the conflict and, in one scene, Lincoln admits ruefully that once the war is over, his January 1863 executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation might not hold up legally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thought provoking concepts included in the film include:

  • Marriage
  • Forgiveness
  • Death
  • Passion
  • Ethics
  • Politics
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Conflict resolution
  • Family division
  • 'Mental illness
  • Idealism
  • Parenting
  • Diversity
  • Humor
  • Euclidean geometry
  • Hunger Games

The movie explores the journey to pass the 13th amendment to the US Constitution which states:

Amendment XIII

Section 1.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

"Lincoln,"   is a must see movie if you are to enjoy the Academy Awards and feel the energy of history with taking the lessons of 147 years ago and applying it today.  The film will move you to learn more about America, the constitution, special interest groups and how the political system works today.  Thousands of people died. families were destroyed, the Southern way of life and their economy changed for ever. President Abraham Lincoln set the example that changed a way of life and history for the United States of America.

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Field allows us to rethink the high-strung burden Mary Todd Lincoln has been portrayed as. Yes, the loss of their son nearly undid her, but she's emotionally and politically astute. A chilly, faux cordial face-off with Rep. Stevens shows a woman unbowed by Washington hierarchies or gossip.

As good as Day-Lewis is, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader do their darndest to steal the show. Spader is often hilarious as W.N. Bilbo, one of three lobbyists tasked with securing a few Democrats to support the measure. John Hawkes and Tim Blake Nelson play his colleagues.

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Celebrate, Celebrate……

Celebrate Being An American as we rebuild after hurricane Sandy and the election!  

In the famous words of JFK  "….ask not what your country can do for you: ask what you can do for your country

We all have an important part to play and we have to decide what it is we can do to help with rebuilding our economy and the disaster after hurricane Sandy. What can we do to  "Give America A Hand"?

                     

Deejay Johnson, one of my grade school girlfriends from Broomfiled, Colorado has written this song of inspiration,"Give America A Hand" to celebrate being an American after being on a plane on 9-11.  Can you image what must have been going through the thoughts of thousands of people in the air on the infamous day of attack on our country!  Deejay Johnson has taken that emotion and recorded a moving song and video about what makes America great!  She wrote the song and created the video with photos from real friends celebrating being an American. You will see the housing market and rebuilding in the photos.  Please watch the video and feel the love! It makes you want to celebrate being an American!

Last week we experienced one of the most devastating storms in recent history, hurricane Sandy. People are coming together to help each other as neighbors should and this cooperative rebuilding could be setting the tone of our future!

Photographer Simos Xenakis is a friend of mine from Brooklyn, New York.  We met on Google+ and his work is amazing.  He had some incredible captures on the day after hurricane Sandy hit and the work that is ahead to rebuild is almost overwhelming.  The link to his work will have you reflecting on the rebuilding.

Sandy lapping

Another storm will be over on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 after the election.  The election rage and anger that has been brewing like hurricane Sandy will finally come to an end.  We have to face the facts that there will be a winner and a loser from the election but we can all be WINNERS by embracing the victor and putting our full support as AMERICANS behind the elected candidate.

Neighborhoods on the east coast and community services are all going to have to work together to rebuild the natural disaster we have just experienced.  The same principles are going to be needed to reconstruct our nation.

  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness
  • Consideration
  • Patience 
  • Ingenuity  

All qualities that will need to be incorporated in our daily lives to rise above the horrific mess we are in financially. 

Lets, take all the fear out of the politics that are out there.  Think about who directs and controls your life right now. Trust and know that you will still be directed and controlled by the same Principle that has been in effect since the beginning of time.  This is a personal decision and you control your thoughts on this one!  Take responsibility for your own thought, you are in control of your own fear.  

The candidate who gets elected on November 6, 2012 needs our support and positive thoughts.  Each candidate talks about "crossing the lines" to help the American public, let's support them in doing it.  This should not be campaign rhetoric, both sides need to walk the walk, AFTER THE STORM!  

You and I are the difference in America.  Let's "Give America A Hand" like he song says!  It is NOT the Republicans or the Democrats.  It is US and the way we behave.  The way we reach out, the way we help others, the way we treat the environment, the way we love one another.  The same way we have to come together "after the storm" with Sandy.  American Red Cross and Salvation Army donations are needed NOW! 

Celebrate Being An American and embrace the newly elected representatives, help rebuilding of the east coast and our country with your positive actions!  

Let's live: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible with Justice and Liberty for all! Let's celebrate being an American together.

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Fall Back It’s Time To Change The Clocks!

 

Daylight savings time ends in the USA Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 a.m.  Set your clocks BACK 1 hour!

Time does not change in Arizona and Hawaii.

Enjoy your extra hour of sleep!

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