Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 442 Have You Lost Your Momentum? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 442

It happens to the best of us. We suddenly realize that we have lost our mojo. We are not as motivated as we used to be, perhaps life got in the way, or other events impacted our actions, and we find ourselves in a downward spiral. What may be causing it: Too many distractions. You are slowing down and losing speed. Feeling overwhelmed. Health issues. Procrastination and excuses. Over scheduling of priorities. How to get back on track? Get in...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 441 Celebrating This Great Nation Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 441

Celebrating the birth of this nation and its independence gives me pause to reflect on the meaning of freedom. William Ralph Emerson was an architect and second cousin of the famous poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. In addition to designing many houses and inns, William Ralph Emerson helped to design some of the first buildings at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. In this poem, Emerson reflects on the aspects that make a nation strong. It’s not the wealth, weapons, or...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 440 25 Reasons to Use Social Media Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 440

Over the years, the various social media platforms have become a huge influencing factor in the way we communicate online, conduct our business and engage with potentially billions of people. I am personally active on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Clubhouse. In my article Addicted to What? I raised some concern regarding these social media platforms but there are of course benefits to using them as well. Here are the top 25 reasons why you ought to use social...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 439 A Beacon of Light Shines on Us All Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 439

Laurel and I took a road trip to Duck, North Carolina this past week, where she officiated a wedding of a former student and his new bride. Generally, we would fly, but without any direct flights and the need to rent a car to drive the 2 hours to the nearest airport to the resort in Duck, we figured it would take about the same amount of time. Thankfully, we decided to stop on the way in Washington DC after...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 438 Keeping Sharp, Transforming Your Skills Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 438

When I chat with new prospective clients who want to strengthen their thought leadership through their web presence, I employ a simple test to measure their confidence and expertise by asking, “what is the greatest challenge your clients face and what are 3 recommendations you offer to resolve this challenge?”  I am surprised when some, who claim to run a very successful business, are unable to articulate the answer quickly and powerfully to my question. Rather, they say, “I need...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 437 Chad Barr Interviews Dov Baron: Finding Your Passion Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 437

I am thrilled to share with you this fascinating conversation I had with Dov Baron. He is ranked: Top 100 Leadership Speaker by Inc Magazine, and #1 Podcast for Fortune 500 Executives by Inc. He is Entrepreneur Magazine Contributor, The Talent Authority, Dragonist. Timeline: 1:48 What do you do? Identifying your primary drivers and purpose 3:41 Why do we struggle finding our purpose and how to uncover it? Purpose is not manufactured but elicited Why we are not objective in...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 436 How Special Do You Make Them Feel? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 436

When our most wonderful mutt, Noodles, passed away two years ago at age 17, I told Laurel, in no uncertain terms, that there would be NO more dogs for us! I didn’t want the daily responsibility and restrictions of being able to just go away for the day or week that came with owning a 4-legged pal. That being said, my words went unheeded and now I’d like to introduce our new puppy, Juno, who arrived two weeks ago. She’s...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 435 15 Questions to Stimulate Your Mind and Creativity Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 435

I was recently asked what questions we should ask ourselves to generate the biggest impact. Although this list could be enormous, here is my condensed list: What are you avoiding (and why) that would positively propel you forward and what do you wish you should have done several years ago that you still have not? What new habits and rituals should you focus on building, and which are the ones that have generated the highest levels of success for you...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 434 Creating Global Digital Empires® Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 434

I was recently a guest on Gerald Leonard’s Workplace Jazz™ podcast show when we discussed some of the following topics: What are the key mistakes people make with their sites? What do million-dollar entrepreneurs do that others don’t? Where do great ideas come from? How do you create instant credibility on the web? What is the Internet Strategic Profile? The importance of protecting our work with trademarks. What is the million-dollar blueprint for success? What advice would have given your...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 433 Together We Can Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 433

Not quite 15 months ago, right before the coronavirus shut down life as we knew it, Laurel and I participated in a community event attended by the Greater Cleveland Congregations; representatives of area synagogues, churches and mosques. Along with lay leaders, congregants and clergy, the dais was filled with government executives, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, judges, defenders, and city officials from as far away as Cincinnati. Laurel was a guest speaker who shared our family’s journey with our son’s addiction...

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