Verizon Says Their Phones Are “On”

Ever dream you’d see the day when a major telco goes on the defensive… over their basic phone service?

Verizon’s new “It’s On” campaign is directly aimed at those who have made the switch to VOIP (who hasn’t?). Defending POTS (“plain old telephone service”) as a viable option is just one more signal of how much technology is changing our lives. Not even the telephone company is exempt from being wiped off the map.

We made the switch to VOIP in business several years ago. My family made the switch at home nearly two years ago, and I must say, I don’t miss writing a check to Verizon every month. Sure, we’ve had a couple of blips in our service when the local cable provider experienced difficulties in service, but the reliability difference is not significant.

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Family-Oriented Internet Marketing Conference?

**Update: recordings of this event are now available! -DGJ

I admit it.

I’ve always steered clear of “internet marketing” events… partly because of the sometimes less-than-scrupulous practices… partly because I haven’t wanted to subject myself to shady characters and content that may be of questionable morality.

But… let’s face it. We’re all marketing on the internet these days in one form or another. Even if you have a static, brochure-ware website that hasn’t changed since the Clinton administration, your business is doing internet marketing. So… why not make it effective & profitable?

That’s why I was excited when my good friend and expert sales trainer, Michael Pink, turned me on to a family-oriented event (read: no objectionable content, no unethical practices) designed to turn your website into a sales-generating machine!

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Executive Cyber Security Symposium

How safe is your company’s information?

Once again, strategically operating your business is about knowing what the right questions are. If you haven’t recently given consideration to the physical and electronic vulnerability of your company’s intellectual property, confidential and proprietary methods, financial information, and business plans… it’s time to do so!

The Sylint Group, a Sarasota-based information security firm, is putting on an Executive Cyber Security Symposium that will provide the strategic vantage point you need as a business owner or executive in order to evaluate your current exposure to risk. Sylint’s team consists of people whose resumes list agencies such as NSA, CIA, and FBI. Access to such top-notch expertise is something you don’t find everyday, nor would it be inexpensive if you did.

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New Year’s Resolutions Status

How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming?

There are varying statistics depending upon whose reports you read, but there’s a strong likelihood that you’ve already quit trying to keep your 2007 resolutions. A hefty percentage of people don’t even remember theirs by now.

Hey… let’s face it. Some of the personal resolutions may not have been all that important to begin with. But, if your resolutions had anything to do with making changes to your business, the consequences of not following through can be costly and painful.

My good friend, Jeff Timpanaro, published an article called Sticking With the Program. I highly recommend it!

All the Best in 2007!

New Sarasota Retail Development Officially On Its Way

Perry Corneau recently noted that real estate giant Benderson Development has received approval for its University Town Center project in a unanimous vote of the Sarasota County Commissioners. This massive project brings nearly 2 million square feet of additional retail to the area, along with some exciting names like Nordstrom’s and Muvico.

The project is slated for completion in 2009 and will be going up at the University Parkway and I-75 interchange, which is already loaded with retail and commercial space. Just a few months ago a SuperTarget opened, which has by all accounts been a gigantic success.

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Managing Your Time in 2007

Making Time & Money Work For You!Most, if not all, of the New Year’s Resolutions that get made, started, and ultimately broken in the first few weeks and months of a year have one thing in common: time management. Even someone with the strongest willpower imaginable will fail to create sustainable positive change in their lives if they don’t possess the skills to strategically manage time.

I’m not talking about whether you’re late to meetings or not.

I’m actually talking about how much time debt you’re in.

You know what I’m talking about… you’re carrying a “to-do” list longer than your left arm, and you go from one day to another making “payments” but never getting ahead. You feel the weight of it every moment of every day. It’s depressing. It affects your productivity, your effectiveness, your ability to focus. It demands that you fight fires and react rather than function intentionally and proactively.

If this is you, I want to extend a personal invitation for you to join me in Houston for personal strategic training with my colleague, Jeff Timpanaro. Jeff is the President of Oberata Consulting, and is a licensed Total Integration consultant. We’ll be conducting a 2-hour session with a group of executives, business owners, and professionals who are serious about taking control of their working lives.

This is life-changing training, and is pulled from the Total Integration Executive Program. Clients regularly pay thousands of dollars to obtain the training we’ll be providing to participants at this session.

IF YOU PARTICIPATE, YOU WILL ELIMINATE YOUR TIME DEBT!

Why would we make this available at such a substantially reduced investment?

A couple of reasons:

  • One: We believe that after getting your hands on the materials and the methods we’ll be teaching at this session, you’re going to believe that it is so valuable, that you won’t want to miss the 55+ other personal productivity and organizational development systems that we have to offer.
  • Two: We normally work with our clients one-on-one (much like a personal trainer does). In this group session, the value is reduced because of the level of personal attention we are able to provide. Thus, your investment is less. Here’s the kicker: the content is no different than what those who are enrolled in our Executive Program receive. The difference between this and our ongoing one-on-one training program comes down to accountability and personal attention.

Want to get started?

Here’s what to do:

  • Go to the official event website: http://www.TimeDebtEvent.com
  • Follow the links to the online registration
  • Invest $79 using a major credit card
  • Be there:

Homewood Suites Hotel, Kingwood, Texas
(23320 Hwy 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339)
Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
7pm-9pm

Leave a comment if you have questions. I look forward to seeing you there!

Reconnect with Your Vision

Ever feel like you’ve lost touch with what it was that put you in the business you’re in? The day-to-day of selling, managing, hiring, firing, paying bills [yech!] and dealing with challenges can, at times, make any business owner wonder what they were thinking (smoking?) when they got started!

There’s nothing like reconnecting with the dreams that were in your heart when you took the plunge to re-energize you, to refresh your sense of purpose, and to refocus your energies.

Here’s an opportunity to feed that inner entrepreneur: Nourish The Dream is coming to Sarasota, Florida on November 17th and 18th, 2006. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:

  • 7 Wealth Secrets of the Rainforest – How to Turn Scarcity into Abundance presented by Michael Q. Pink
  • Your Destiny in the Marketplace – Connecting with Your Sense of Purpose presented by yours truly, David G. Johnson
  • Capturing the Future – Turning Your Dreams into Reality presented by Carlos Ramirez
  • Cost vs. Price – How Not Knowing the Difference Can Cripple You presented by Justin DeStoppelaire
  • 7 Laws of Persuasion presented by Michael Q. Pink

Registering by November 15th qualifies you for a discount!

I’ll hope to see you there.

Marketing Value Update

Wow.

Give them something valuable. Now THAT’s marketing.

If you’re in business, or if you work in marketing, you need to be getting Alen Rosenspan’s e-mail newsletter. This month, you could’ve learned:

  • how to really get results using Strategic Database Marketing
  • the one word you should be using in all your marketing if you want it to really, really pull
  • why you don’t want to screw up your e-mail marketing
  • one important way not to screw up your e-mail marketing
  • why the subject line of your marketing e-mails should be 49 characters long
  • how many pixels wide the HTML design of your marketing e-mails should be (at least for the top portion that fits into the ‘preview’ of Outlook, Yahoo, and which will soon be adopted by AOL.

Sold yet? I am. And I’m not even a customer of his (yet). I got some valuable stuff.

Oh, and one more trick: turn your marketing campaign into something valuable. Staples has taken in close to $6 Million selling “Easy” buttons…

(If you’re still wondering, the word is “you”)

Great Event!

A gigantic “Thank You” to Jeff Timpanaro of Oberata Consulting in Houston, Texas and all the people who worked so hard to make the “Eliminating Time Debt” event such a success. For those business owners and business leaders who participated, you have work to do! You received some powerful new tools and a preview of some of the other systems and tools available in the Total Integration Executive Program.

As a follow-up to this and other recent Total Integration™ events, Epiphany Consulting has scheduled a “JumpStart” in partnership with Justin DeStoppelaire of C Service Consulting, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is a one-hour phone call that gives you access to an actual Total Integration™ module and a taste of what a real call is like. It is done in a group setting, however, so we are able to affix a low cost per participant. We’re also offering a free download of the “Eliminating Time Debt” interview with Eric Beck and Bill Sanders, which is a phenomenal resource that sells on CD for $49 in and of itself.

The next JumpStart will occur on Tuesday, October 17th at 1pm Eastern. Registration is required. The investment is a mere $47. You can access the registration page here.