Access the Wisdom of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

What is Wisdom?

From Wikipedia:

“A basic philosophical definition of wisdom is to make the best use of knowledge. The opposite of wisdom is folly.

The ancient Greeks considered wisdom to be an important virtue, personified as the goddesses Metis and Athena. To Socrates and Plato, philosophy was literally the love of Wisdom (philo-sophia). Aristotle, in his Metaphysics, defined wisdom as the understanding of causes, i.e. knowing why things are a certain way, which is deeper than merely knowing that things are a certain way.

In the Inuit tradition, developing wisdom was the aim of teaching. An Inuit Elder said that a person became wise when they could see what needed to be done and do it successfully without being told what to do.”

The 13 Grandmothers have come together in service to global healing at this critical moment in our evolution. Each of them represents prayer lineages from indigenous peoples around the world – carrying traditions from the Mayan people, Inuit, Amazon rainforest, Nepalese and others.

The members of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers will be offering guidance and wisdom for those who want to enter the mystery together, deepen their spiritual connection and, in doing so, help light our way forward. Collectively, they have spent more than 1,000 years learning the wisdom of their peoples and becoming some of the most respected Native elders in the world.

And now they are called to share with us what they know.

They are doing this through an online course called The Wisdom of the Grandmothers, and it’s being led by the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers themselves.

This is a rare opportunity to be part of this sacred circle and learn from these wise elders.

You can learn all of the details and sign up here:  The Wisdom of the Grandmothers

Warm regards,
Michelle

 

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How to Use Google+ to Grow Followers and Influence

Google has released a brand new social network called Google+ (or Google Plus). And it’s gotten 10 MILLION users in 2 weeks.

While the network is still in “invite only” status, I have influenced my good friend – early Facebook power user and online thought leader Scott Bradley -  to share his thinking on how he’s using and will be using Google Plus to grow his business and influence.

Scott will share real business building strategies and tips for entrepreneurs, small business owners and publishers.

Listen to internet radio with Michelle Price on Blog Talk Radio

Note: Since this call, there are some more interesting takes on how influence will be measured on Google+

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Online Thought Leadership: Can Twitter Put You in a Trance?

Do people who know how NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or hypnosis works have an unfair advantage on Twitter & Facebook, among other social networks?

I think they DO.  (Ummm…I KNOW they do. Some of my best friends are master NLP and persuasion artists and they have LOTS of Twitter followers who do what-ever-they-tell-them-to-do ;-) .

If there was anyone who would know for sure, it’s Richard Bandler.

You know, THAT Richard Bandler. The one considered the “Grandfather” of NLP. And a REALLY great hypnotist.

Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-FormationsI was talking with a colleague and she happened to mention his new book, Richard Bandler’s Guide to Trance-Formation (she’s his publicist). I mentioned how fascinated I’ve always been with NLP and the ability to understand someone’s mental map and how they think. And how cool it would be to actually meet Richard Bandler.

What I told her I didn’t have was a simple explanation for what NLP actually is, and how it works.

I’ve read a lot of books that went into laborious details about it, gave all these long drawn out explanations on all of the terms, complete with illustrations of eyes looking up, looking down, looking left and down, looking right and up (reminding me of that rhyme we used to say in elementary school “Look UP, Look DOWN, Look at my THUMB, Gee You’re DUMB…LOL!).  I think they called them “accessing cues”…

All it did was make me dizzy and not want to think about it. So many unread pages….

So she sent me an email one day not long after and asked if I would be interested in interviewing him.  (umm..YES!!)

I got a copy of the book, and I must say that in the first 3 short chapters, I actually GOT what NLP is. Forever.

If you’re interested, it’s how we represent the world in our own mind – the map or model we create to make sense of and navigate around the world AND the distinct way we each process our experiences.

Does understanding how you process experience give someone an unfair advantage on Twitter when they want to persuade you to “click here” to “see”, or “listen” to or “download and read”?

Does knowing how to use certain words that are more hypnotic and trance-inducing than others make a difference in whether you actually take any action at all?

Good questions. Listen to my interview on The Business of Online Thought Leadership Radio with Richard Bandler and hear what he has to say about social media, hypnosis, trance and NLP.

It’s right here:

Does Twitter Put You In A Trance? Dr. Richard Bandler tells you the truth

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Online Thought Leadership…Making Sense of the Emotional Web

I discovered TWO more online thought leaders today, both women. Rhonda “Shelley” Ellis and The Technology Goddess or TTG (and funny enough, that is the name that stuck for her for me). Shelley is the leading thinker on how to cash in with Google Adwords using “content targeting” (which the boyz usually run screaming away from) and TTG is just the coolest female I’ve seen online yet – she’s got the latest thinking on “content placement” and it’s NOT the usual suspects – ie article distribution, it goes MUCH MUCH deeper. She’s teamed up with one really smart dude too. Her site is where I found this video and just had to share it on A Third Mind so you can see the latest thinking of where the web is going.

“Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we’re all feeling and looking for.” The site mentioned in this video is We Feel Fine

Enjoy this TED Talk, it’s fascinating! And I’ll share more about these cool women later…(I’m going to be inviting them for an interview on The Business of Online Thought Leadership in 2009.)

 

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Connectivity is the New Currency(tm)…The Business of Online Thought Leadership

For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated with the topic of thought leadership. Maybe because I like to think a lot ;-) .  

In fact, in 2005 I was a partner in a start-up consulting firm with 5 other dynamic women – we named our company 9th Element Group, (the ninth element is Flourine, it’s the most powerful element in the known universe and has been tested as rocket fuel…literally).  and we decided our niche was going to be The Business of Thought Leadership.  We would position, package and propel thought leaders into their marketplace! 

Part of the business of thought leadership is that you publish thought-provoking information. And we knew we’d need to write a book to be taken seriously. Luckily, one of the partners was an award-winning author, Jan Phillips. Jan wrote the book over the summer of 2005 (literally).  The Art of Original Thinking: The Making of a Thought Leader was published in 2006 and won awards.

Unfortunately, the company ran out of funding before we could really get traction so we all went off to other things.   

My intrique with the topic has remained, and in particular, I’m finding that there are a lot of women who demonstrate thought leadership with blogging, podcasting, social networking, social media and other areas – PR, business, technology…but aren’t necessarily recognized for their leading-edge thinking.

So I’m starting an internet talk radio show “The Business of Online Thought Leadership” and it’s going to profile many of the brave new entrepreneurs leading the field who you may not necessarily know but probably should.  

This week starts with my good friend Rob Schultz of www.AudaciousAudio.com and the reason I started with him is that he’s done some really cool innovative things with online media, like creating flash movies for big name coaches, and created a Larry King-style split screen interview using Skype and a web-cam (who knew? Traditional media is probably about to lose their MIND because of innovations like this ;-) …they can’t compete!)

Why Rob first? Well, when we reconnected recently, he happens to have just created the Online Radio Challenge – a 50 day program to creating your online radio show using Blog Talk Radio (how about that for timing?? The Universe is always at work, right?)

You can watch the split-screen program below:

You can listen to our first show here: The Business of Online Thought Leadership

And, I’ll be on the air every Wednesday at http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/onlinethoughtleadership at high noon to inspire and empower you to build your online presence using social media and social networking, build your platform and get up close and personal with some of today’s most innovative thought leaders in social media.

Hope you can join me!

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Facebook Fatigue? Start Your Own Social Network

I think I have a slight case of Facebook Fatigue… If I get one more group message inviting me to an event 4,000 miles away I don’t really want to say what I will do, it’s not polite for ladies to say such things (as my mother would say).

Please (she ducks) don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me just yet…I think Facebook is still the most “fun” social network for business I’ve ever seen.

It just also has the ability to quickly fritter away MEGA time (a nice way of saying “time-suck) if you don’t have what my friend Kevin Nations calls a “Profit Strategy”. In other words, a real business model, with a sales system that can turn all that socializing into bottom line dollars and cents – eventually, after you’ve established your social hierarchy, trust and likeability.

Because at the end of the day, we all know that people buy from people they know and people they like – and how can you not like someone who has the audacity to throw Paris Hilton at you? (umm, yep, I’m talking to you Rodney Rumford, FaceReviews Guru ;-) )

It’s been my observation over the past 4 years of working with mega-entrepreneurs (John Assaraf, Les Brown, Scott Martineau, most recently, Jerry Conti, my Purpose Posse over at HUB – Humanity Unites Brilliance) that the truly successful 7 & 8 figure + business owners create the sandbox and invite others to play with them, not the other way around.

In other words, they throw the party (or seminar) and collect 50% from the people they put on the platform in front of their audience.

Or better yet, they are the ONLY ones speaking on their platform, it’s their platform, and they aren’t afraid to use it. When you think of it, when have you ever seen Tony Robbins share his stage with someone else? VERY seldom. And if he does, they’re usually delivering his programs, not theirs.

There’s something to be said for continuity and a gated community.

I’ve been quietly playing over at Ning.com, where you can create your own social network with ease.

Now I’m “easing” several of my clients into developing their own private online communities where it’ll be all them, all the time. And, as Lady Fortune (or Law of Attraction ;-) would have it, my “Diamond Rolodex” delivered the ideal connection once again – a client introduced me to my new best friend, who is a “Ning Ninja”, and very good friends with Ning.com co-founders…if that isn’t attraction in action, I don’t know what is!

What’s really cool about Ning is the fact that you can private label it for your business – use your own domain name, display your own ads, and even remove their branding. The main consideration in setting it up is what your strategy will be to:

  • Get people to come (for what will they come?)
  • Get them to engage (why will they stay?)
  • Get them to come back
  • Get them to tell their friends
  • Get them to buy your stuff

Another way to use the private label function is to use it as your own membership site – I know of at least one very well known spiritual teacher who is doing this with great success. She charges a monthly subscription that includes weekly audio, a monthly teleseminar and ongoing access and conversations.

And she gets their full attention, because they’re paying her for what she has that they want. Can we say “social network profit model”?

Works for me. What say you?

Update: I’ve since launched a consulting package called Instant Platform 2.0 to strategize and launch niche social networks/online communities for experts, and help them get their first “1000 True Online Fans”.

Here are a few of the ones under way…

http://www.SocialNetworkingSalon.com
Training wheels playground for my Social Networking Boot Camp for Women Entrepreneurs to learn how to play in the social networking scene in a supportive environment. Will start to conduct ongoing teleseminars with experts in social networking and social media, also business experts.

www.ContributionNetworkingParty.com
Virtual companion site for a live event that happens every three months)

www.TheSingerLink.com
Goal is to link hundreds of thousands of singers around the world, and meet at live Choirfest events that host up to 22,000 singers at a time!

www.WakeUpGirlCommunity.com
Author community built around the topic of getting over a bad-breakup: “Wake Up Girl! From Break-up to Wake-Up”

Launching Soon:

Business Black Belt Network – an online community for JIAN.com business planning software company with 180,000 existing customers.  This will allow customers to network and will have a nice Marketplace to list services/products.  If you are a consultant who works with small business owners, email me to find out how you can participate.

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