Friday, February 27, 2009

iReport Personal Budget Cuts

This is the actual footage of ME on CNN News with my first iReport. This hit the news only 5 hours after I became an iReporter and in the last 20 hours has had over 78,000 views and 115 comments. My phone rang like crazy today- people were calling me who didn't know I had joined iReport saying "OMG you are on CNN!" I got the same message in txt.

Here is the video as aired Feb 28,2009



Update: I now have 3 videos running on CNN in iReports! Not bad for a first day, ay?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Using CNN NEWS and CNN iReport to get Massive Exposure In Less than 5 hours ON THE NEWS



To begin I'm a news junkie. I love to stay current and get good META from it. I've always been one who liked the news. As long as I wasn't watching with Dad,ooh scary! But thats a whole nother blog!

Since I've got this NEWS part of me that I sometimes let come out in my videos I decided to join CNN.com/iReport and start letting the NEWSIEST part of me come out there with other people who share my ideas or NOT. Hey, a healthy debate is always good and makes for some interesting comments.

Today I joined and became a CNN iReporter. 5 hours ago. By the second video I was ON CNN NEWS! In front of MILLIONS of people and my video is running all over CNN.com and its pages!

When I went into Camtasia the results my phone rang and it was Patty Lane of CNN RADIO and she wanted to know if she could Call me at 11 PM (is that too late? NOOO)and do an interview with me. UMM YES!!!

See like I said in the video "Following the NEWS can LEAD to Massive Exposure"

TA DA!

So in 5 hours of my FIRST DAY I got massive views, over 1200, and a radio interview that will post to 2000 syndicated CNN radio spot on FRIDAY, Feb. 29,2009

Now don't get me wrong. Not everyone can do this. You have to love the news and current events but if thats you, then there is the exposure payoff!

The only page I listed on my profile? You Tube what else!:)

You can check out my iReport channel and what the buzz is about by going here...
http://www.ireport.com/people/HappyLaptop

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Continuing Educations for American Adults


"The U.S. has the highest high school drop out rate in the world! When you quit high school you not only are quitting on yourself you are quitting on AMERCIA!" President Obama in his first State of the Nation address on education.

This is where the more learning that you can get DOES come into value on your resume. You can learn skills, even here online that will help you in your efforts to maintain a career, create a new one or just start your own business.

The President also called out to adults...

In his speech Tuesday, Obama vowed that education is among the top priorities of his administration and urged Americans to take advantage of the promise of an education. Watch Obama discuss education »

"In a global economy, where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity. It is a prerequisite," he said.


"It is our responsibility as lawmakers and as educators to make this system work, but it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it." he said.

"So tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be a community college or a four-year school, vocational training or an apprenticeship. But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma."



Besides the education here online that I am working on in various technical skills, I have also been researching 12-24 month programs at the local University. I am interested in Communications and a New Course just for Entreprenuers that comes with an 18 month MBA! I have some other courses that I am interested in as well and will have to choose the one that I FEEL the most passionate and capable of. We will see :)

You have heard myself and other mentors say time and time again, Investing in yourself and your knowledge is key.

Are you going to answer the call?

Building a New Presence Online

Thanks to all who messaged me while I was in the middle of the move. Always great to hear from you all. UPDATE- now that I am in the new HOME OFFICE I am going to be adding some great things to pages. As I go through this expansion I will also be posting videos of cool new features and tools that I have found as well as MORE RESOURCES.

We love Resources!

Also putting together SOMETHING SPECIAL for those of you who want the details on what I am doing with Social Media in the REAL WORLD. (You asked for it, you'll get it)

There is a big event coming up Locally and I am going to be taking the camera out to get some footage! Huge Business Expo going on that will be exciting and since I know the organizers, Zany and FUN will be on the menu. They network with PIZZAZZ! People have a lot of fun meeting through games and such. That is such a good idea because people Remember each other much better and always have a great story to tell.

See you very soon! With more updates. :)