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Twitter Is The Icing, Not The Cake

I am a passionate believer in the power of social networking for small business owners. I have spoken many times at conferences and teleseminars about small business owners can use Twitter to create relationships and expand their sphere of influence.



One of the things I notice in my travels is that there is a misplaced reliance on Twitter as a marketing tool. If I had a dime for every time a business owner told me that he or she had not blogged in months because they had been… Continue

Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on June 14, 2009 at 7:39pm — No Comments

3 People Who Will Destroy Your Business

Avoid These Undesirable Business Personality Types



In my work coaching Indie Business owners, I have seen a lot of people make a lot of mistakes. I've made many mistakes myself, so I'm especially good at helping my clients avoid the pitfalls that can quickly destroy their business.







At one time or another, I have been all of the business people I don't want to be, and made all of the business mistakes I don't… Continue

Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on November 16, 2008 at 4:01pm — 5 Comments

3 Hot Tips To Kick Start Your Business

Spice Up Your Business In 3 Easy Steps



I have been quite exhausted over the past few months. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. However, my fast-paced and ever growing business and family require every ounce of my strength and sometimes, I have to take special steps to fill up my cup in order to continue to make progress on my journey. About this time last month, I began to feel really wiped out. For a few days, my husband…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 14, 2008 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

Perfect Partnering Pitches

Perfect Your Pitch For Maximum Impact



I love interacting with people. Sometimes, I have the opportunity to be of service, either through one-on-one coaching, this blog, or as a result of connections at social sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 11, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Survival of the Fittest

Darwin Was Right, In Nature and in Business



In his book, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Charles Darwin penned these words.

[A]s more individuals are produced than can possibly survive, there must in every case be a struggle for existence, either one individual with another of the same species, or with the individuals of distinct species, or…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How To Get Listed in Alltop

Why Alltop Rocks, and How to Get Listed There

You know I'm always on the troll to discover new ways to help you maximize your presence on the Internet. Here's one of my latest discoveries and how you can take advantage of it. Alltop is a "content aggregator" that collects "all the top" Web-based blog posts and news articles in different categories and makes them easily accessible at one…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 7, 2008 at 11:43am — No Comments

How To Lead

9 Amazingly Simple Things Every Effective Business Leader Does

Whether your business is big, small or Indie, leading it is no small feat. Effective leadership is not about theory and rhetoric. It's about action, about taking the bull by the horns. It's not about making noise and kicking up a bunch of dust. It's about touching home plate. Thank…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 6, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

I'm in miSPA's Blog!!

Such an Honor to Be in Mimie's Blog

A few weeks ago, I spent several glorious days with Indie Beauty Network member Lori Nova of The Nova Studio teaching a series of classes at her Business Boot Camp and hosting Indies in the City.…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 5, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

You Have to Touch Home Plate

Getting Dirty Means Nothing if You Don't Touch Home Plate

While cheering on my son and his team, the Lightening Bolts, at a t-ball game this morning I watched youngster after youngster slide in for a home run. I enjoyed seeing how they loved sliding in the dirt. Almost without exception, when they finished a slide, they looked at their pants to assess the dirt stain. The bigger and more messy the stain, the happier they seemed to be with…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 4, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Indie Beauties For October 2008

Introducing Four Fabulous Indie Beauties!

I love my Indie Beauty Network members. I call them my Indie Beauties, and they are doing fantastic things. I'd like to introduce you to four of them.



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Katie Nguyen of The Conservatorie

Funlayo…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 2, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Support Indie Businesses - Stop This Bail Out!

Join Me and the American Small Business League!

In a phone conversation a few minutes ago with a representative of the American Small Business League, I was given permission to post this information. While the ASBL serves companies with up to 500 employees, far more employees than Indie Business Owners have, their interests are similar to ours in some ways. ASBL's review of the new…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 1, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Fit Indie: Rhonda Hodge of Diva SpaWorks

Texas Indie Beauty Network Member Has Healthy Message For All

Lately, I am rediscovering the connection between healthy habits and a successful business. I feel fortunate that my business is successful, and I have a lot of people to thank for that. On the other hand, now that I'm increasing my fitness level, I am more curious and inspired by other Indie Business owners who incorporate fitness into their lives on a more regular basis than I…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on October 1, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Bail Your Own Self Out

The Economic Message of the Century: Bail Yourself Out

Yesterday, I posted an in depth analysis of how the Emergency (which really isn't an emergency) Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is affecting "real" small businesses. After yesterday's failed vote on the Act, and after listening to President Bush speak a few minutes ago, the post is even more…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 30, 2008 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Bad Bailout!!

How the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 Affects "Real" Small Businesses

Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services released the text of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. I spent a few hours reading through it and I have some thoughts. In a nutshell, the Act allows the…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 29, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

What Did You Steal Today?

Successful Indie Says "Steal" Your Way to the Top

I love traveling for many reasons, but lately, the main one is the interesting and friendly people I've sat next to on airplanes. Last month, I met Amri Johnson (Twitter: @amrijohnson), an author I hope to have on Indie Business Radio soon. Yesterday, on the flight from San Francisco after The Nova Studio's…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 25, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My Social Media System

How I Maintain My Social Network Without Losing My Shirt

Thank you for the great collection of comments, tips and insights you are sharing on yesterday's post about making connections on Twitter. One of the themes of the comments is that, if you're not careful, Twitter and other social media become colossal time suckers with little to no return.…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 24, 2008 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Would You Tweet With Me?

3 Types of People To Avoid On Twitter

You know, Twitter rocks, or at least I think so. But not everyone agrees. My interaction with thousands of people on Twitter has lead me to believe that it is a valuable tool for meeting new people, learning new things and expanding your circle of influence as an Indie Business owner. For example,…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 23, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

dM and IBN Member in Television News Segment

Earlier this month, I taped a segment for WUSA-9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC, on the topic of the FDA Globalization Act of 2008. I wanted to share it with you because it's summarizes the heart of the issue. That is, if passed in its current form, it would put thousands of small and woman-owed businesses out of business, while doing nothing to protect consumers. Along with anchor Lesli Foster and IBN member Jamila White of…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 21, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Indies in the City: San Francisco

I Love Indies in San Francisco!

We had a fantastic time last night at Indies in the City in Point Richmond, California, about 20 minutes outside of one of my favorite cities: San Francisco. I am here for the next 4 days to share my knowledge and experience at Lori Nova's Business Boot Camp. I am always excited to do that, but especially for this event because Lori's Nova Studio is such a lovely and intimate workshop. While I like sharing…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 20, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

What Do You Think of My New Draft Blog Layout?

I'd Love Your Feedback on My New WordPress Blog Layout

I have been blogging since 2005. You can see the remnants of my first blog here. I keep thinking I should take that site down, or at least disable the blog, but I don't because it is such a useful teaching tool. It shows how awful a beginner blogger really is. In fact, shortly after I launched that blog, I interviewed…

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Added by Donna Maria Coles Johnson on September 18, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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