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Finding Your Purpose

Posted on by Tracy in business, Challenge, communicate, Connect, entrepreneur, Facebook, focus, goals, Grow, growth, Planning, Social Media, socialmedia, Success, Twitter, Vision Board | No Comments

Where do you begin? So, you have a fantastic idea for a business.  You are over the moon about it and start telling everyone about it, announcing it on Social Media, reserving the URL, creating a Facebook Page…the whole works.  Then a week later, you have a different idea, a different direction you want to go.  So… you start chasing that dream. Maybe this happens a few times. Guess what?  You are not alone.  Many people do this over and over until they find their true purpose… what actually will excite them for the long haul. Throughout the years, I have asked people if they know their life mission.  I have received an array of answers.  When I ask specifically if they are fulfilling their mission by doing what they love career-wise, I get one of two answers:  “yes” or “no”. The “no” people tell me they work so they …

The Gift Of Marriage

Posted on by Tracy in Alaska, communicate, Embrace, Gratitude, growth, instagram, Love, miracles, Perception | No Comments

I get to celebrate being married to the same man for 11 years! What a gift and honor to be his wife! While Googling gifts for an 11-year wedding anniversary, I stumbled across a blog about lessons learned during 11 years of marriage. Being married to a very practical man (who could care less about ‘gifts’), I had no clue what to get him and thought, well, I am a writer, I can write and give it to him and maybe help a few souls struggling in love. So here goes: 11 Things I Have Learned and Appreciated During 11 Years of Marriage To My Amazing Husband 1.  LISTEN Seems simple, right?  I hear women talk all the time about their guys not paying attention when they speak.  Well, my hubs is the best listener on the planet. I am forever blown away when he brings up a conversation from …

Why Aren’t You Asking Permission?

Posted on by Tracy in Alaska, Anchorage, business, Coaching, communicate, Facebook, Grow, Social Community, Social Media, Success | No Comments

So… I guess you now know one of my pet peeves?  Yup, getting automatically added to a Facebook Group. I think that people don’t realize all of the amazing business growth opportunities that come with asking people to join a Group first.  Are you in this category?  Well, good news! I am going to share some benefits of asking permission before assuming everyone wants to be in your Facebook Group! Why create a Facebook Group when you already have a Facebook Business Page?   A private group can add value to a program or special product you have. It offers exclusivity to your potential customers or clients that could become buyers of whatever offering you have.  Maybe you create a Group for a certain event and do a Facebook Live from the actual event. No matter what your Group is for, you can set it to be private or public. …

Stop Ignoring Them?

Posted on by Tracy in Alaska, business, communicate, Connect, entrepreneur, Facebook, Grow, instagram, linkedin, Social Community, Social Media, Social Media Tribe, socialmedia | No Comments

Social Media can be tricky, however once you get the basics rules down growth is endless! Over and over and over I see this mistake being made on Social Media.  The mistake that could grow a companies following and their life. I share this from personal experience, watching and working with countless businesses.  It is usually the very first mistake I discuss when coaching and consulting.   When people start taking these simple actions, they are often blown away with the power they provide. Curious? Let me explain with an example.  You enter an elevator and someone says hello, and asks you how you are.  You ignore that person.  You then go to the grocery store, and the cashier asks you a question, again, you ignore that person. Hmmmm…..how do you think the person feels?  How would or could a person function in life doing this?  They probably would not …

Out of the Box – Again!

Posted on by Tracy in communicate, Connect, Gratitude, Grow, growth, life | No Comments

I was asked to be on a committee to help put together a community Art Block Party. I said yes, and did not really know why as I have never thought of myself as an artist. I got to spend time with very creative people from my community that I had not known until volunteering. The event took place last week. At the event, I started thinking (which can often be scary) what the heck am I doing here, I am not an artist. These people are all super talented painting, doing, creating ArT! My husband showed up and we walked about looking at all the booths, I even picked up a paint brush and painted. I told him my thought…and he said yes you are an artist. You are always painting our home, you are writing a book and you are the last to know you are an artist. …

Humanizing Your Business

Posted on by Tracy in business, communicate, entrepreneur | No Comments

What comes to mind when you hear the word Humanize? According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary definition, it means “to make (someone or something) seem gentler, kinder, or more appealing to people.”   For years, businesses and organizations have been trying to brand and sell themselves or their products via print, radio, TV, websites, and digital marketing (social media), etc. These are all effective platforms for creating consumer awareness and ultimately growing a business.  But…   …what if you heard that your business could multiply simply by being gentler, kinder and more appealing to people? Being married to a ‘numbers’ guy, I would probably get, “What does that MEAN” and, “What are the numbers to support that statement?”     I have grown multiple businesses, my own included, by simply teaching people how to share their stories, lift others up (or promote others), engage in conversations, and then ask for their support. I have the numbers in …

Unplugged in Maui

Posted on by Tracy in communicate, Gratitude, peaceful, spiritual experience, Verizon | No Comments

A Pause When was the last time you unplugged from all social media? I recently took a trip to a women’s conference and told my social media community I was unplugged for the weekend. I tried really hard to stay off Facebook and Twitter. After the conference, I met my husband for a week in Maui. We are blessed to travel there often, so the need to run around seeing and doing is not quite as high; however, I had traveled over to the conference with a virus, and it made a come back for our romantic (not) week in Maui. I was a sniffling, coughing mess. I had started a private, 30-day challenge meditation group on Facebook, two weeks prior to the trip. So, I was in a Zen-like space. Even though I was sick each day, I was able to mediate on the beach in the sunshine and take a pause. I posted a …

The POWERFUL Gift of SAYING NO

Posted on by Tracy in Coaching, communicate, dogs, Facebook, Facebook Tools, growth, Social Community, socialmedia, Success | No Comments

Are you building a business and have not a clue how to meet people and get leads? Maybe you say yes to groups that meet once a week or once a month. Maybe this works for you and you love the socialization. Maybe you, like me, have a hard time connecting, you feel drained after these events, you do not feel that you want to refer some of these folks. However, you feel obligated. You ALWAYS feel obligated… so you keep saying YES. You say yes and your stomach churns. Voices run around in your head saying, “Why did I commit to this?” “Why do I go to this every week and feel this way?” “How else would I make connections?” “I must force myself to do these events and continue to hope for referrals.” I have news for you! It is ok to pause before saying yes. My rule …

Low on Dough?

Posted on by Tracy in business, Challenge, communicate, Connect, Facebook, google+, Grow, linkedin, Social Community, Success, Twitter | No Comments

New biz gotcha’ overwhelmed? FIVE Simple Inexpensive Social Media Tips for you to DO Now ~ Tips that will save your pocket book,  your hiney and keep you moving forward. 1.  Acknowledge anyone that LIKES, follows, comments, shares, retweets, or pays any attention to you on any of your Social Media Platforms (unless they are scary, stalkers).  Reach out and engage with a ‘thank you.’  Follow them back, watch and learn from them.  Pay attention to ‘them.’  The more you acknowledge them, the more they will keep watching and acknowledging you. 2. Learn only one Social platform at a time ie; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.  My experience with trying to grow more than one platform at a time;  OVERWHELMNESS’ – which leads to doing nothing, or napping.  Keep it simple and FUN! 3. DM (direct message) fans/followers and ask questions about their biz, their lives pertaining to their social shares. Example …

Deep Inside Our Souls . . .

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, Challenge, communicate, death, dying, Embrace, family, Gratitude, Grow, importance, life, Love, peaceful, Uncategorized | No Comments

T was diagnosed with throat cancer last August after noticing a lump on his throat along with some other symptoms. The outlook for his illness was pretty grim, although the doctors did give him some hope. He underwent months of hellish radiation, which did things to his body that I will not even go into. As he was finishing his last radiation treatment, his heart started giving him trouble. The doctors suggested that if he could make it a year, they could possibly undergo heart surgery to repair the heart; but in the end, his heart would still most likely be the thing that would kill him. His heart is doing that now, as he has a 6 cm. aneurysm in his aorta and there is nothing more to be done.

Steps to Success

Vision: Building Steps Toward a Brighter Future

Posted on by Tracy in communicate, goals, Success | No Comments

Building your business is a journey. Sometimes the journey is fun and filled with rainbows and butterflies; other times you may wonder if the journey will ever end. If you are anything like me, you look toward the destination – achieving the goals and reaching the milestones you set out for. The goals are great; however, experiencing the journey is where it’s at. Focusing on “staying the course” is the tough part and I have found it takes lots of practice.

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Living Authentically Month 2

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, Coaching, communicate, Embrace, Facebook, goals, Gratitude, Grow, growth, Love, miracles, struggle, Success | 5 Comments

On April 1st, I made my Authentic Announcement taking my very own leap of faith. Although real estate had been good to me, I felt my truth calling me to help the business owner or entrepreneur find his or her own Authentic truth. Even two months ago, I had no idea that this would be my path.

Simple ‘Social Tips’ to GROW your Social Community!!!

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, communicate, Facebook, Facebook Tools, Social Community | 2 Comments

It is CALLED Social Media …..   Because it is about SOCIALIZING!!!     On a friends Wall post things that are personal to your friends life, examples: “Hello Sam, glad to see you got that  job, CONGRATS! (this would mean you would need to actually read his Timeline to see what he has been up to). “Hi Sam, I noticed you are looking for a puppy, I can connect you to a rescue organization if you wish.” “Hi Sam, Happy Birthday today!  Enjoy your day.” LIKE or SHARE something from a friend/biz fan page (best results for photos, save to Desktop and then UPLOAD and TAG where the photo is from-higher rankings than SHARING). PROMOTE, Promote, PROMOTE OTHERS!  People, Fan Pages!  Stop promoting your biz for 30 days and PROMOTE others! You will be amazed at the RESULTS! Engage with 3-7 Friends/Fans a DAY.  Time BLOCK 5-10 minutes each day to …

Simple tools to GROW your Social Community

Posted on by Tracy in Coaching, communicate, Facebook, Grow, Social Community, Success, Uncategorized | No Comments

10 Simple Tips to GROW your Facebook Social Community 1.  Share Other’s Fan page content, photos, blogs, and videos  2. Like Fan Pages from your personal profile & comment on their fan page (only liking from personal profiles increases fan page ‘likes’)  3. When you get a new friend Connection or Fan Page Connection – thank them for connection on their newsfeed or Fan Page  4. Create an ‘Offering’ before asking People to ‘like’ your fan page – ie: giveaway, free fan page promotion day, etc.  5.  Have a posting ‘Strategy’ – a daily ritual  6.  Create a calendar or timeline for posting activities thru the month/year  7.  Post POSITIVE, upbeat, fun, exciting things  8.  Remember ‘The Law of Reciprocity’  9. Review before hitting ENTER  10.  Three to five posts per day ONLY for any social media platform  

Love – Period

Posted on by Tracy in communicate, family, food, Hurrican, Love, miracles, play, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

  I  left my parents home in Upstate NY when I was 19 years old.  I have never lived with them again.  I have visited many times through the 25+ years that I have been away.  We have met in FL to visit my brothers, and my parents have traveled to visit me in the many places I have lived through the years.  We have never taken a family trip until last week. Truth be told, I never loved myself, so how on earth could I really love my family? I had many FEARS before leaving.  My biggest fear was that I would get cranky and mean toward my Mom and Dad.  I have done that often through the years, and I have hated myself every time. I asked GOD to come with me on this trip.  I also was reminded over and over that the trip was to celebrate Mom and Dad’s 50 years of marriage; …

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