1. What is it exactly that you do and what your start-up is all about?
ClinchPad is an alternative to traditional CRMs and is built for small teams looking to break away from a cluster of spreadsheets to a more organized way of tracking leads. It believes that the user interaction should be as simple as possible so that it is effortlessly adopted.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a startup consultant with clients in the United States. I work with first-time entrepreneurs who don’t have a business management background or education and help them turn their dream business ideas into real companies that generate profits and give them more control over their lives. I’m also a travel nut, so this year I have combined my two passions and am exploring entrepreneurial ecosystems in Latin America. Every month or two I move to a different country and talk with the entrepreneurs, investors, and other players in the entrepreneurship space so that I can learn about what’s going on, spot opportunities, and share my story.
1. Tell me about your ideal client?
The Christmas Collective’s ideal client seeks to create a value-maximizing program for developing and redeveloping real estate. Such clients realize that creating a development program requires analytic, strategic, and creative faculties one can only find in The Christmas Collective.
2. How long have you been practicing as a Chief Market Advisor?
I have been involved in the real estate industry since the late 1990s, but formally took on the title of Chief Market Advisor when the company began doing business as The Christmas Collective in 2010.
We all know the travel industry is a crowded space. We also know that it’s a very large and lucrative space. Online travel bookings increased to an estimated $385 billion globally in 2012. This accounts for about 40% of total travel spending (up from 32% four years ago), according to research firm PhoCusWright. And with the proliferation of digital tools to facilitate and enhance the travel experience, that figure will only continue to grow. This is a really exciting time to be a traveling Millennial.
I’ve participated in and managed more sales contests than I can count. Three years ago a peer of mine and I were discussing how we could do something different for our next sales contest. We wanted to do something that would motivate the entire team; not just the top performers. Something different and unique that would keep them engaged. The idea of modeling a sales contest after fantasy sports came up and we fell in love with the idea. The concept of letting reps draft their own teams sounded incredibly fun. The problem was once we drew up how it would work, we realized it was going to be an operational nightmare to manage and required a simple piece of software. That software is now called FantasySalesTeam.
What stops people from using a goal setting strategy?
Some people have loads of great ideas, but spend their time daydreaming rather than taking practical steps to make them happen. So many people I meet never use a goal setting strategy or if they start to work on their idea they get held up along the way. I find the main issue here is fear. You have an idea, it could be a great idea, but having a goal setting strategy means picking that idea to pieces, and exposing the potential flaws in the idea. It is far safer to stay in your comfort zone and keep your precious idea to yourself.
1. A common complaint for writers—creative or corporate—is writer’s block. What do you recommend for anyone having a hard time getting started?
A writer who is stuck has probably gotten hung up on one of the sides of the Writing Triangle:author, audience, or purpose. I would suggesttackling purpose first. What’s the point of this document? What message am I trying to convey? For corporate writers, this sometimes means shooting a quick email off to your supervisor, since “little” things like purpose often get lost in the morass of middle management.
1. What are examples of brand names that have been effective and why?
After extensive research I was consistently amazed by one fact: Nearly every brand name holding the number 1 spot in its category has a fortunate name number.
For example, Coca Cola, considered the top brand name of all, adds up to a fantastic 10/1 name. This is what the Chaldeans called the “Instant Manifestation” number – extremely powerful because 10 manifests so quickly and easily. Celebrities who have 10 names are Ted Turner, Bill Clinton and Reese Witherspoon.
WeeklyInterview: What is a spiritual definition for energy and how does that differ from the scientific definition?
Candace Talmadge: A spiritual definition of energy would expand its meaning beyond the physical. Right now, science understands and defines energy as “the ability to do work.” This means the ability of steam force to drive a piston and power a locomotive, for example. Or for a gas flame to heat water and cook food, as further examples.
This definition of energy limits it purely to the material. This definition of energy also makes true understanding of the concept of energy-healing all but impossible.
To grasp truly how energy plays a role in emotional and spiritual healing, we require a definition of energy that is unlimited and based in the Divine, however we imagine the Divine to be.
WeeklyInterview: Why is identity theft such a problem?
Robert Siciliano: The current system of identification is antiquated. At any time anyone can pose as you and create new financial accounts as you. Additionally the system of credit is wide open. Which means with readily available information, including a Social Security Number, a thief can get credit under your name and Social. There is no fool proof way to assign accountability to who receives credit.
WeeklyInterview: I spend lots of money in restaurant marketing. However, I don’t see good results. Why is it not working for me?
Jose Riesco: You are spending your marketing budget in marketing initiatives that obviously don’t work (yellow pages, coupons, etc.). There is a saying “If you keep on working the same way, you will keep on getting the same results”. If your current marketing is not working for you, it is time to change it. So what marketing works? There are many (an inexpensive) marketing initiatives that a restaurateur can do, among them:
Setup a formalized referral system
WeeklyInterview: What’s the biggest challenge families face?
Julie Smith: The biggest challenge families face – actually everyone faces it – is consistency. Or rather, a lack of consistency. Whether we want to spend more time with our children or lose a few pounds, we all the best of intentions. Yet, we don’t have the habits. in place to invite consistency. We often have default habits that allow complacency.
WeeklyInterview: What is the Planet Tour?
Daryl Makk: A new Web-TV show that follows a live comedy tour with stand-up comic Daryl Makk living off his motorcycle as he rides across the planet. The show’s message is to promote safety on the road by sharing the road and for riders to wear their gear.
WI: What inspired you to create it?
DM: A hit and run driver left Daryl in the street with broken bones and a written off motorcycle. Daryl decided it was time to give the motorcycle public a voice that riders are not going to take this blatant disrespect for our safety.
WeeklyInterview: Where do beginning novelists usually go wrong with their stories?
Jason Black: Not enough development of the premise. A solid premise makes for a book that is not only more fun to read, but more fun to write, too. Where most writers miss the mark is that their premise doesn’t have enough “inherent conflict.” That is, the premise itself does not lead to a sufficient degree of conflict within the novel. Conflict of all kinds–conflict between characters, characters facing difficult situations or obstacles, even “man versus nature”–is what drives a riveting novel.
WeeklyInterview: When does mouthing everything become a problem?
Lorna d’Entremont : Chewing and mouthing behaviors are a normal part of a healthy developing child. However, if a child is a frequent or habitual bitter of everything at his disposal past toddler-hood, parents should seek professional help. They should have their child evaluated to find out if this mouthing is normal behavior.
WI: What are some reasons a child bites or chews inappropriately?
LE: *Child may have had sensitivity or medical issues in the mouth and missed his formative, infant mouthing stage, he/she might just be going through it late.
WeeklyInterview: Do you think yoga can improve the average person’s life? What can you get out of it that you think can’t be found elsewhere?
Max Strom: Yes, absolutely. Sports generally isolates the body to strengthen and vitalize it, whereas yoga affects the body and nervous system, and mind. This is done with breath-initiated movement which creates a powerful emotional and mental response. It relaxes, invigorates, and awakens the nervous system. And it also strengthens and vitalizes the body. This is way beyond endorphins – it “re-boots us.” We achieve self-empowerment.
WeeklyInterview: You focus on “helping people express and expand their creativity.” What’s the best way to tap into our creativity?
Sam Harrison: That’s a long list, but curiosity ranks at the top. To be creative we must have a passionate curiosity about life. We have to visit new places. Take detours. Explore different blogs, books and magazines. Stroll museums and galleries. Talk with people. Ask questions. Ray Bradbury, who authored more than 500 published works, made a habit of reading a short story, an essay and a poem every day. He said he never had a dry period because he fed his mind well.
Weekly Interview: You claim to have a secret strategy for successfully launching a website abroad. What is it?
Gary Muddyman: In a nutshell, it’s cultural customisation. It is a huge mistake to believe that just because your website has been a smash hit in the States that it will work in the UK or Australia, let alone France, South Korea or Brazil.
WeeklyInterview : What are the greatest challenges of raising twins vs. a singleton child?
Shelly B. : The lack of any extra hands for starters! One baby requires a mom to have 2 hands, even 3 at times, so as you can imagine, adding an extra baby to the mix, can at times have you shouting to your partner, ‘I need help and now!’
It’s definitely a more rewarding experience then it is a challenging one, but the juggling act between two infants and trying to keep the peace in the rest of the home, meaning sibling jealousy, making time for everybody, getting every day tasks accomplished, etc. are definitely the hardest parts about raising twins.
WeeklyInterview: Why did you decide to blog about the “lighter side of autism?
Big Daddy Autism: I want to share how my family uses creativity, humor, and acceptance to overcome adversity. When our son was first diagnosed in 1998, we felt as though our lives collapsed. While there were many resources focused on coping with tragedy and practical advice for dealing with a disabled child, we found few references describing how having a child with a disability was not all about sorrow, lost hopes, making do, and heartache but rather could be a lot of fun. To fill this void, we began a crusade, of sorts, to make the public aware that life doesn’t end with a diagnosis of a cognitive disability.
WeeklyInterview: Why Don’t I Succeed?
Daya Devi-Doolin: Give yourself time to ask this question of yourself. Then answer or fill in the blanks below. The answers are within you, the truthful answers that is. Here are some possible reasons you are not and won’t be a success because you hold these beliefs as truths for yourself:
a. I can’t believe it is possible for me to….fill in the blank
b. I don’t have………..fill in the blank
c. I keep saying I wish……
d. I have to wait for my kids to …..