Category Archives: Online Learning Resources

Live Web Events: Empowering Ourselves for Success

The decision to integrate web-conferencing or virtual events in my list of skills is proving to be a great decision! A consulting organization, which I am partnering with, is at the second stage of a competition for a large government contract that requires doing live training and meeting over the web. I have noticed over the last few months that such contracts are becoming increasingly popular.

I believe learning how to lead and participate in live web events is a definite way to empower ourselves for success in the future. What do you think? Please take a few seconds and answer the following two poll questions.

Thank you for your contribution.

Web-Conferencing Can Give You New Life

When a misfortune in life left me barely mobile and unable to work, I found a way to get back in the game. I attended and lead seminars, participated in meetings, and served on leadership committees – all from the comforts of my home. Web-conferencing brought me back to life.

I know now that team learning, serving, and collaboration are never out of our reach, even when we think we are alone and there is no hope of finding the collaboration we need. No matter where we are, as long as we can touch a keyboard, speak into a computer microphone, or share ourselves through a webcam, the world is our partner.

In the next two months, I will be collaborating with subject matter experts to offer various programs, that can be accessible wherever we are, via web-conferencing. I would love to know some things you would like information about or training in – and you would like to do so from the location of your choice. In addition, these are things which are so important to you that you would pay a reasonable fee for the information or training.

Please share your comments in the section which follows this blog.

Be Who You Came Here to Be or Expect Absolute Misery

Your Chief Aim in Life  

We are all here to do and be something special. That is the source of our greatest, most heartfelt, desires. Are you aware of what you came here to do and be?

Let us use me as an example. My chief purpose is to help people be the best of themselves. I have been equipped for this with: my talents for writing and speaking; my genuine compassion and love for others; and my passion for creating and achieving.

The Misery of Negating a Part of Yourself

Derailed Train

So why did my life get so tragically off-track, like a derailed train headed for impending disaster? My life derailed, because I was living without my gifts of compassion and love as my centre. For the sake of money and the illusive power, I forgot a part of myself. I forgot what I came here to do and be. I forgot my chief aim in life.

Let me give you another example. A young lady called me the other day, consumed with complaint.  She recently got a professional job at a top corporation; however, she was complaining that there was too much for her to learn, and she felt like a small insignificant tree, lost in a massive forest. She just didn’t know if she was good enough or where she belonged.

I first told her to tell that flipping demon that messes with us all, to get the heck out of her head! Then I guided her to identifying and remembering her unique gifts of teaching and speaking, and her passion for learning.

She loves to learn! And life was giving her the opportunity to learn! She loves to teach and speak, and life was enabling her to develop the knowledge that would prepare her to do just that! She saw that as long as she was negating the great opportunity brought by her gifts, she would be absolutely miserable!

Are you missing the great opportunities in front of your face? Are misery, complaint and dissatisfaction your close companions or BFF (best friends forever)? If so, you have got to make a shift.

But first, you must make sure your vision is clear. Get rid of any negative energy, that haunts you like an illusive phantom. Then look for your gifts and your passions, and see how they align with the opportunities in front of you. The universe does not make mistakes. You are where you are for a reason. Look and if you do not see your opportunity, look harder! Your blessing is your life exactly as it is showing up. Seize the opportunity to release your gifts and your passion.

An Exercise For Finding or Reclaiming Your Gifts and Passions

What are you so good at, that when you do it, it compels the world to pay attention,  like Obama made the world stop to look when he became president of the U.S.?  What is your gift? Everyone has at least one! No gift is too small. Even spinning a yoyo, can be a special gift, which gains notoriety as many saw on America’s Got Talent. What is your gift?!

What does your spirit burn so deeply for, that you cannot leave this world without gifting it with that part of your heart? What is your passion?

Ask the questions over and over again until you get an answer. When you have the answers, develop a definite plan for realizing your gifts and your passion. Make this your definite purpose in life. Let your plan define the path on which you must walk to find unmatched success.

Take this from a lady realigned with her purpose and her passion after being booted (ok maybe terminated is a more accurate word) from a top corporation and gifted with a deadly stroke! What is the opportunity in front of you, right now!

The Law of Success

The first big victory was gained for the Law of Success philosophy when it was used by the author [Napoleon Hill] as the basis of a course with which 3,000 men and women were trained as a sales army. The majority of these people were without previous experience, of any sort, in the field of selling. Through this training they were enabled to earn more than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) for themselves and paid the author $30,000 for his services, covering a period of approximately six months.

The above quote is an excerpt from The Law of success: in 16 Lessons, by Napoleon Hill. He published this 1,000+ page book and course curriculum in 1928. The mere size of the book as well as the fact that it was intended as a teaching resource, may have caused many to overlook it.

I discovered that it was clearly the source for Think and Grow Rich as well as The Secret. In addition, it had something more valuable. It does not just talk about success. It has a formulae for how, based on the study of the most successful people of the early 1900’s. This includes Alexander Graham Bell, Edison and Ford; many of whom were close associates of Hill and contributed to the book.

Realizing it was one of the richest most valuable resource I have ever discovered, I decided to significantly reduce the work to the essential components, edit it to make it more applicable to the present, and produce it as a self-directed learning resource.

Over the next few month, I will be presenting The Law of Success: A Self-Directed Program in 16 courses. Read the introduction, Law of Success – A self-directed program Intro. As said in the original work, keep an open mind, until you have completed the entire program. Just watch your results.

There will be a small fee for each course, which will be produced ever week as an e-book with application exercises. I will also include a small summary in the blog. Read the introduction for free: Law of Success – A self-directed program Intro.

I am also inviting a small group of individuals to join my Success Warrior Program, a free program, which will ensure application of the laws outlined and measurement of results. This first group begins next Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will take place online in the meeting room of Nudaan Learning Center. It will include a meeting the 3rd Tuesday in the month, and weekly email contact. If you are interested, email me at nudaan@gmail.com. I only have a few more spaces.

Who am I?

This morning, I reluctantly went to see my business manager. I slowly sauntered into her office, my head lower than usual, expecting a well deserved lecture and a kick in the ass. Afterall, I am being paid by the government to develop a business, which would provide live web-based training on soft skills or people skills. The problem is, I have been focusing on everything but live web-based training.

“What is your pitch,” she asked? I stuttered. My speech slurred as I gave her some feeble response that seemed to focus on web development, with slight mention of live web-based training. She knew she caught me. I felt a little embarrassed as she pointed out what I already knew.

I was losing my focus on the talent and training that makes me unique. I was losing my focus on the inspiration, the interpersonal skills, the positive attitudes, the networking skills; all which would be the center of my on-line interactive training. I was losing me.

The truth is, I was starting to fear the passion within me was not good enough to develop a successful business. I was going where I was before my stroke; a time when I would not, cold not, risk embracing the uniqueness within me. I was being swayed by the voice within me that always seem to be whispering:

“You have to go where the money is being offered, even if you have to bury the diva within. You really aren’t all that. Not now.”

I was beginning to listen again. Even though year after year, that God-less voice is still saying, “not now”.

Those self-defeating thoughts almost killed me and was beginning to affect me now. But today, I had to remind myself a six figure income is not my goal especially if it drains the very life out of me. Our focus has to be on what gives us purpose, what is our unique talent, and why we are still here. It is working fully in this area of giftedness that we find joy, purpose and fulfillment.

I don’t need an image make over. I am who I am, even if that means you see the unfocused and sometimes confused me. I just need to focus on allowing the me, that I am here to be, to dominate my life; the me that passionately lives to impact the world by inspiring people to be the best of themselves (at least most of the time).

I make every effort to walk my talk. Therefore, on June 6, at 7 p.m., I am doing an
interactive session on Social Skills and Networking on the Web. This session will include expert guest speakers. So, if you have a webcam and a headset, and would like to participate, let me know. Please note, I will only take a limited number of people.

My image is not one dimensional. Web development is a small part of my image, which you will see sometimes. To that end, I recommend CrownCore Technologies for good quality, cost-effective web design, content development, logo design and graphic design. The focus here is also on positive image development, and being the best of ourselves on the web.

So, who am I? Who do you think I am?

Professional Development: High Quality and Free

Thanks to all those who took the time to complete the poll, and indicate what information you are interested in. It seems the majority of you would like information on professional development, which incorporates all the other areas such as social media.

Here is a link to an excellent free learning resource by the Goodwill Community Foundation. It covers various subject areas, but I was particularly interested in computer learning, as people are always asking me to teach them various computer applications. This is a good source for novice or advanced users. I especially appreciated the opportunity to get some additional lessons on PowerPoint 2007.

I get internet data mining information, and have a lot more for you in coming weeks. In this day and age, we pretty much have to engage in some professional development at least monthly, to increase, or at least maintain our value in today’s market place. As an example, I have extended my business as an information specialist, with a couple of opportunities related to social media and web-development. How did I become qualified enough to get paid in these areas? I find what’s hot in the world of professional development, and if it will enhance my skills, I find training and practice resources to help me learn.

What about you? Are you a self-directed learner?

Copyright © 2011 M. Dawn Armstrong. All rights reserved.

Making Big Money: Continuous Learning

Making a whole lot of money would cause many of us to smile brighter than a smilie face. That’s why we market our best talents and skills hoping that some organization or person is willing to pay big for what we have to offer.

Listening to multi-millionaire, Greg Habstritt of Simply Wealth Inc., I was forced to ask myself, are the areas in which I am working the ones that will enable me to build wealth? For which skill area am I seen as an automatic go-to person, someone who people trust and come to for assistance?  

I seem to be trusted by many as a go-to person for technology-based learning and information services. This doesn’t mean I am the best at it, but it is where my passion lies, where I am most creative, and trusted. What about you? Which area do you love, and are you seen as the automatic go-to person? Identify this, and we find our best chance for big money. 

I believe one reason why people tend to come to me for technology-based learning and information assistance is that I spend mega hours keeping up-to-date with the latest learning and development resources on the web. I don’t think any of us can say we are half-decent at anything, without keeping up-to-date with the explosion of brilliant information and creative ideas, that’s constantly populating the internet. As said by Abraham Lincoln:

“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”

My passion is to dig through various internet data mining sites to find knowledge and creative resources that we need to develop our minds, and grow in our big money skill areas.  For me, there is no sense having this weird ability and love, if I am not willing to develop it, and share it. So from now on, I will be posting more information about some worthwhile sites and resources for developing ourselves. Here are a few to start.

  • Check out Greg Habstritt’s Authority Formula blueprint. He removed the excellent free videos and publications, which he was using to market his rather costly but seemingly worthwhile, Authority Formula, training program. However, I downloaded the aforementioned publication earlier. It is a useful resource for taking a look at developing ourselves as trusted authorities that commands a lot of money for what we do.
  • Foursquare is a social networking application targeted at the mobile market. It ranks number 15 on Fast Company’s list of the world’s most innovative companies 2011. It uses GPS technology to help users check into places, meet up with friends and discover new places in a particular city. It is growing by leaps and bounds. I would love anyone who is using it to share their experience.
  • Slideshare is another increasingly popular service. Not only is it a great sight for posting slide presentations, a quick search through postings can generate some great learning resources in popular areas, such as social media.
  • The Social Media for Business presentation by PresentationAdvisors is great for those who want to understand the power of social media to transform their business. This subject is critical to those who are not yet using social media, or need to know how to effectively use it to generate results, in business.

Each week, I will share some of which I believe are among the most useful, educational and informative resources on the net. I also invite you to share your discoveries – for it is our collaboration that truly grows us and keeps us at the cutting edge of information.