The Consultant’s Fear

The Consultant’s Fear

When I was in my impressionable early teens I used to do a lot of this skating and was actually fixated on it. (This is me now today at 50)

There was a place called Skate City in London that for a young skater was the ultimate place to visit. I yearned to visit that place and kept on for years to my parents about going there, which was a 5 hour trip in the car.

When they kindly saved up enough money and took me to London and to this incredible skate park I actually froze, and was overcome and overwhelmed with shyness..

I was so scared and didn’t feel I was worthy enough, didn’t think I had the skills, didn’t have the confidence, just felt a total small boy from a rural town out of his depth with these pro skaters all around me everywhere.

So I didn’t skate….

Of course my parents tried to hide their disappointment, I felt it, but I was more disappointed in myself than them on me, I felt awful and embarrassed.

So in hindsight of course I had the skills, of course I was worthy….

What I didn’t have was confidence, I didn’t have mindset to just get involved and embrace the fear..

I didn’t believe in myself enough to jump in with the big boys….

I learnt that at a young age fear is to be braved…

Fear is the doorway to great things…

I’m glad I did because I know that that feeling is just my own self worth fucking with me, and I’ve managed to manage it ever since.

It rarely fucks me up anymore.

What about you?

Add Facebook Chat To Your Website

Here’s a short tutorial on how to add facebook chat to your website.

Why add fb chat to your website?

One of the things you probably find useful when you interact with websites is those message boxes that appear that enable you to actually talk to a human, for getting immediate support on something you are trying to achieve.

Here are 10 good reasons to have one on your business website:

  1. Sometime when we are able to actually get an immediate response from a human it can make a difference in a sale
  2. It gives your business a customer support option that may set you apart from your competitors
  3. It means you have less frustrated customers waiting on the end of a phone
  4. Simple easy access to support from anywhere in the world
  5. Turn visitors into buyers – when a visitor is not quite sure about something and if they should continue with a purchase a chat with a member of staff could be all that is needed
  6. Lowers the cost of your support channel with no need to man or invest in phone lines
  7. It increases your business’s credibility, showing you are there for the customer
  8. Very easy to troubleshoot a customer issue
  9. Live is better than a-synchronous social media tools
  10. Enhancing marketing efforts – for example encouraging chat for specific discounts and offers.

How to install FB chat on your WordPress website

The website here uses WordPress and as you can see we have the chat window in the bottom right hand corner.

Installation is very simple and all that has to be done is to install the FB Chat plugin on your WordPress site and follow the instructions.

Simply choose which FB page should be associated with your website and the plugin does the connection for you.

If you do not use WordPress you can follow the instructions provided by FB found here.

Instagram Uploads On Your Computer

Whilst not everyone would immediately think of using a desktop computer or laptop for uploading content into Instagram it does have its uses.

Within a content marketing business context the following two reasons are what I have found to be useful:

  1. Often you may find that you have a great deal of marketing material that is sitting on your computer and not on your phone. Naturally this may well be a pain to transfer to your phone just for uploading to Instagram. I know this has certainly been the case for me.
  2. You may also find that you have existing text to use for creating long posts and again this text could be sitting in a document on your computer. For example I have often copied text from Google docs and created long Instagram posts from them. Of course we can access Google docs on our phones too, but I have found it is far more efficient to do this on my desktop.

You may have reasons on why this hack is beneficial for you and why uploading to Instagram from your computer is helpful. If you do have some reasons let us know in the comments below.

How To Use Video For Learning

How To Use Video for Learning covers the pros and cons of using video for learning purposes. It gives some pitfalls to avoid and some top tips for getting it right.