Dec 19, 2013

What Are You Thankful For?
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Years back, Oprah Winfrey began talking about gratitude. By expressing it, it would open the door to good things. To this day, she still preaches us to live in gratitude.

It makes sense. Think about it. If you focused solely on what you are thankful for all the time, those negative niggles, the ones that bring you to doubt, hate, and low self-esteem get pushed to the wayside.

Coach and Hangout Producer – Social Media Coach and Strategist Kim Beasley has done something to reaffirm this through her Thankful 31 blog. She set herself a challenge to create a blog every day for 31 days.

“My main purpose for starting this motivational campaign was as a way to encourage others as I encouraged myself. I’ve found that when I encourage others that it makes me feel better and good about what I’ve done.”

These blog posts aren’t just about Kim. She encourages others to share the things that they are grateful for, not just through text, but also using pictures and video.

It’s simple and brilliant. What’s the worst that can happen? At the end of the 31 days, one would forget the funk they’re in and be a lot happier. When you’re happier, you open the doors for happy things to enter.

It’s also a break from the norm. Kim spends a lot of time on the web helping others, teaching them, curating, creating, and sharing. We can all take her lead.

We do need to self-generate when we work alone in front of a computer. Other than the cat and a cup of coffee, it’s rare to have someone standing behind you, cheering you on: Ahh, what a great title! Oh, look! You just completed that tweet! That’s your idea for a new blog entry? Brilliant!

If you’ve watched the movie Elf, where Walter (James Caan) is interrupted by his son Michael (Daniel Tay) during his boardroom pitch to his boss Fulton (Michael Lerner) on Christmas Eve; Walter tries to put off dealing with his son, who knows there is something wrong with Buddy (Will Farrell) and pleads with his father to come and help. Then as he is dismissed, Michael mumbles on his way out that his dad only cares about himself and not him or Buddy. That makes Walter realize he is right and he walks out on the meeting.

That scene strikes an uncomfortable chord. How many of us get so caught up in deadlines and our online duties that we forget to take in the people who are physically around us. Don’t tell me you can’t relate.

Perhaps we ought to take heed from Kim Beasley and blog or silently write to ourselves, once a month, just what we are thankful for and who we appreciate the most.

What’s the worst that can happen?

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Debbie Elicksen

Social Media, transmedia, media liaison.

Experience in working with high profile celebrities, communications (writing and editing for print, web, and radio), project management, marketing and communications strategy, public relations, content creation, publishing, both sides of media relations.

Communities (active and engaged in with good followings): Stage 32, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Media (in front and behind the microphone): Hangouts on Air, traditional and online radio, physical and online newspapers/magazines, television, webcasts, webinars, public address, speaking and facilitation

I have over 20 years of direct media experience, including working in television and Internet media, print, and radio.

I have been a professional sports writer and covered the National Hockey League for over 20 years for several publications and sports services, including NBCSports.com. I was the first woman to ever headman a football conference in Canada (Prairie Football Conference), was PR Director for the Edmonton Trappers Baseball Club, and was a volunteer media liaison with the Hockey Committee during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

Over the years, I have worked with and interviewed numerous media and celebrities, such as Stan Fischler (The Hockey Maven), Wayne Gretzky, Jarome Iginla, Mario Lemieux, Marcus Camby, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Kelly Hrudey, The Doobie Brothers, Dante Bichette, to name a few. I have appeared in many local, national, and international media programs, such as The Vicki Gabereau Show, NHL Network, MSG Network, and Sports Channel America, to name a few.

I co-host the Virtual Newsmakers with Cynthia K. Seymour. It is a weekly webcast featuring interesting people who are using innovative ways to bridge traditional and digital communications. Some of our guest include thought leaders in digital media communications, such as Erik Qualman, Chris Brogan, Martin Shervington, Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars), Tony Dyson (creator of R2D2), and three-time Olympian Steve Mesler.
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Social Media, transmedia, media liaison. Experience in working with high profile celebrities, communications (writing and editing for print, web, and radio), project management, marketing and communications strategy, public relations, content creation, publishing, both sides of media relations. Communities (active and engaged in with good followings): Stage 32, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Media (in front and behind the microphone): Hangouts on Air, traditional and online radio, physical and online newspapers/magazines, television, webcasts, webinars, public address, speaking and facilitation I have over 20 years of direct media experience, including working in television and Internet media, print, and radio. I have been a professional sports writer and covered the National Hockey League for over 20 years for several publications and sports services, including NBCSports.com. I was the first woman to ever headman a football conference in Canada (Prairie Football Conference), was PR Director for the Edmonton Trappers Baseball Club, and was a volunteer media liaison with the Hockey Committee during the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Over the years, I have worked with and interviewed numerous media and celebrities, such as Stan Fischler (The Hockey Maven), Wayne Gretzky, Jarome Iginla, Mario Lemieux, Marcus Camby, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Kelly Hrudey, The Doobie Brothers, Dante Bichette, to name a few. I have appeared in many local, national, and international media programs, such as The Vicki Gabereau Show, NHL Network, MSG Network, and Sports Channel America, to name a few. I co-host the Virtual Newsmakers with Cynthia K. Seymour. It is a weekly webcast featuring interesting people who are using innovative ways to bridge traditional and digital communications. Some of our guest include thought leaders in digital media communications, such as Erik Qualman, Chris Brogan, Martin Shervington, Dave Carroll (United Breaks Guitars), Tony Dyson (creator of R2D2), and three-time Olympian Steve Mesler.

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