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10 Ways You Can Use Twitter To Make A Positive Impact

Twitter continues to grow and be a major source of news and connection for millions of people. I remember in they early days when everyone thought it was no more than a fad. Twitter has definitely moved past the fad stage and you can’t turn on your radio or television without someone sharing their twitter handle. The same is true for all print materials and other forms of advertisements.

Twitter has many great uses and one of them is the fact that it can be used to make a difference. The great thing about Twitter making a difference is that fact that it’s not Twitter at all, it’s the people. That’s right you and I along with everyone else that has a Twitter account are the ones that have the ability to make a difference.

10 Ways You Can Use Twitter To Make A Positive Impact

  • 1.  Share A Quote:  There is something about quotes that seem to have a profound impact on people and the way they think. Take a quote that’s somewhere in the 120 character range and the impact is elevated to an even higher level, and it’s definitely more memorable. The great thing about quotes is the fact that people love to retweet them and share them. Quotes have multiplication power, due to the fact that every quote speaks to each individual differently. Here is a recent leadership quote that I shared that will speak differently to everyone who reads it: “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” – Vince Lombardi
  • 2. Share Scripture: It’s always great to get nuggets of the living, breathing word of God in the world of Twitter. It’s also nice to learn and connect with what other individuals, leaders, pastors and organizations are reading. Not only can I share Bible verses that I’m reading, I can read countless other Bible verses in my timeline throughout the day. In case you didn’t know, Twitter Is In The Bible.
  • 3. Share The Good Stuff: By the good stuff, I’m referring to deals, favorites, coupons, promotions, groupons, retweet-this-win-this, things that can benefit others…  You know what I’m talking about, The Good Stuff.
  • 4. Share Pictures: We’ve all heard the modern use of the old phrase “A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words.” That phrase stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in Printers’ Ink, promoting the use of images that appeared on the sides of streetcars. The December 1921 issue had an ad entitled, “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words.” When it comes to sharing pics on twitter there are many photo sharing services popping up and twitter’s version of this old phrase is more like: “A picture is worth 1,000 thoughts, 1,000 views, 1,000 retweets…” The bottom line is all of the family pics., random moments, food pics, life moments, children pics., timeless moments etc. all can impact our day in a positive way. A picture is worth more than 140 characters.
  • 5. Share Your Thoughts: This really gets back to the Twitter basics. The original Twitter question that twitter asked for your status update was, What are you doing?  It has now evolved to a more appropriate question, What’s happening? Somewhere in between those two questions is the question of, What are you thinking? Humans have thousands of thoughts per day and those thoughts can have and impact on our friends in the Twittersphere. Those thoughts can make you laugh, cry, shout, scream and even make you think. For instance, comedian Michael Jr. @MichaelJrComedy tweeted this over the weekend: It’s cold at this soccer game! I know a grown man shouldn’t say this n public, but… I wish I had a snuggie. That made me laugh and smile.  Yesterday, my family and I were in the car listening to an old gospel song “I’m Just A Nobody” by the Williams brothers.  The entire family was singing the lyrics, laughing, worshiping, ad-libbing and having a good ol’ time. The chorus got stuck in my head, so I shared it on Twitter. Here is the chorus,  “I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody who can save anybody!” That thought was retweeted over 100 times and counting.  It’s guaranteed that the truth of those lyrics made a difference in someone’s life.
  • 6. Share Words Of Encouragement: Public words of encouragement and/or retweets with a nice message at the end can go a long way. I say encourage and encourage often. Encourage others and challenge those that follow you to encourage others. Encouragement is the fuel that propels you down the road of success.
  • 7. Share Great Information: Whether it’s the latest trend, newest technology release, a great book, an inspiring Seth Godin article, a Mashable find, the latest fashion trends, questions about a product, a great place to dine in a particular city or the recent release of the College Football BCS results, Twitter is definitely one of the best places to gather and share information.
  • 8. Share A Cause: On a daily basis I’m either reading or sharing information about a great cause or charity. Twitter makes it simple for us to be helpful to those who are trying to reach a fundraising goal, get information out about a great cause or share information about a movement. The students at Penn State used Twitter as a tool to promote their “Blue Out” event at this weekends football game against Nebraska. The stadium was filled with blue in honor of and in order to bring awareness to the epidemic that is the abuse of children.
  • 9. Share Breaking News: Twitter is a great source to share breaking news…  You can almost guarantee that Twitter will be the 1st or at the latest 2nd place for breaking news. The death of Michael Jackson was trending on Twitter before the major news outlets could even catch up. The ultimate breaking news from twitter was from the Abbottabad man who unknowingly tweeted the raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden. His initial tweet was this: “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 
  • 10. Share Your Lives: I am a huge believer in genuine face to face relationships; however I have embraced the tremendous value of Twitter and Social Media relationships. Social Media relationships are making the world smaller and smaller. This Big ol’ World is getting Smaller and Smaller, One Tweet, Comment and One Post at a time.  It’s always important to remember the Social Part of the word Social Media. Social is defined as — The inclination to seek out or enjoy the company of others; sociable.  Twitter is a great place to share your life and connect with the lives of others.
Is Twitter Making A Positive Impact?  Share your thoughts and experiences with How Twitter Can Make A Positive Impact.

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The Luck Stops Here!

About a year and a half ago I spoke at South Bend Church, led by my good friend pastor @EdgarCabello. My wife and I had the opportunity to tour the Notre Dame Campus. The Basketball Gym, locker room and campus were quite impressive — The football stadium not so much.

I was able to slap the famous “Play Like A Campion Today” sign. The Irish have been playing like champions and roll into Norman Oklahoma with a perfect 7-0 record. That’s right lucky #7. ESPN’s Game Day will be in town and this is the biggest most tradition rich regular season games in a long time. Well I’m sorry, there is no Play Like A Champion sign to hit and “The Luck Stops Here!”

My prediction, the Sooners beat Notre Dame by more than 2 touchdowns.

Hat tip to my man @NickHoss for inspiration for the title of this post.

What do you think the outcome of the #OU vs. Notre Dame will be?

The Greatest Challenge Facing Fast Growing Churches

Here is my #Nines2012 Video relating to the Greatest Challenge Facing Fast Growing Churches.

Share your thoughts…

Everyday Leadership Opportunities

Thoughts?

10 Sentences That Will Change Your Life

I was planning on writing a blogpost about leadership this morning; however during my 3B-Time Bible, Books & Blogs God gave me something a little different.  It’s basically some sentences to help define who “I Am”and who “You Are.”

These sentences by themselves are quite simple, yet if the true essence of them is truly embraced, the results will be profound.

These 10 Little “I Am’s” Will Change Your Life

  • 1. I Am A Follower Of Christ
  • 2. I Am Created For A Purpose
  • 3. I Am More Than A Conqueror
  • 4. I Am Held Accountable For My Actions
  • 5. I Am Defined By What God Thinks Of Me and Not What People Think
  • 6. I Am Called To Love and Make A Difference In The Lives Of Others
  • 7. I Am Characterized By The Potential and Not My Past
  • 8. I Am Writing My Testimony
  • 9. I Am A Work In Progress
  • 10. I Am Born To Manifest The Glory Of God Within Me
~I Am

How To Turn Your Marriage Around In 10 Days

My friend Pastor Phillip Wagner is releasing a new book for relationships. The title says it all, “How To Turn Your Marriage Around In 10 Days.” Phillip is the Sr. Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles. Phillip and his wife Holly are known around the world for their work with couples and relationships.  With a 27 year marriage with Holly under his belt, Pastor Phillip says initially he thought he was immune to the ups and downs of a regular marriage—his marriage was going to be different.  After realizing every marriage takes works, he decided to create a simple guide with 10 easy steps for frustrated or lifeless marriages to follow to turn their relationships around.

According to psychologist Kevin Lehman, the average marriage in America lasts seven years.  This is one of the reasons Phillip realized every marriage needs work, and every spouse has to be prepared to roll up their sleeves to make it better.  With 10 daily steps outlined in chapters, Wagner will walk you through the details of Priorities, Honor, Admiration, Trust, Forgiveness, Change, Connection, Needs, Play and Dreams.

Phillip believes at the end of the 10 day phase, you could have turned your marriage around, or at the very least, be on the right path toward a thriving marriage.  The essence of the book is not a magic pill, but rather a blueprint for couples to embrace and implement real change.

To learn more about How to Turn Your Marriage Around in 10 Days and hear thoughts from Phillip, visit www.philipwagner.com, like him on Facebook or follow him on twitter @philipwagnerLA.

Check out the book trailer below to hear Phillip’s snapshot of his new book “How To Turn Your Relationship Around In 10 Days.” The book releases on October 28th and I will be doing a promo the day after the release. If you would like a chance to win a signed copy, simply retweet my tweet from @scottwilliams in case you didn’t know: Learn How To Turn Your Marriage Around In 10 Days  – a new book from @PhilipWagnerLA #Turnitin10 http://bitn.us/REfrI3

It’s Time To Speak Up!

People don’t speak up because they are scared of what others will think. What if what they say is wrong or taken out of context? What if they let people know what they really think? Will they be ostracized? Will they be fired? Will they be viewed negatively?

People don’t speak up because they are scared… they are scared of themselves and others.

It’s Time To Speak Up! Say what’s on your mind!

Don’t be a know it all, ignorant or immature, but please speak up.

Speak up for what’s right, speak up for what’s necessary, speak up for what’s good and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. If you are unwilling to speak up for what’s right, you will eventually lose your right to be heard.

It’s Time To Speak Up!

Don’t Get Distracted

Distractions are the biggest inhibitors to reaching goals and a become great roadblocks on the road of success. The problem with distractions is they come in all shapes, forms and fashions. Unfortunately, distractions are generally self-imposed. Individuals constantly make decisions to allow these things to take them away from those things, which ultimately takes them away from the most important things.

Often times sin works the same way; it’s the result of a little distraction over here and next thing you know your decisions are way over there. Getting distracted is a choice and if you want to be successful and have a fruitful journey, you must learn to stay focused and choose not to get distracted.

This African Proverb says it best:

“The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.” ~African Proverb

You are a lion, you are on a mission, don’t get distracted when the small dog aka “Distractions” bark.

Thoughts? Do you find yourself getting distracted? Have distractions inhibited your success?

5 Reasons Twitter Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

The phrase “The best thing since sliced bread” and other variations are commonly used hyperbolic means of praising an invention or innovation.  Sliced bread is the arbitrary benchmark against which later innovations should be judged.

The history of the bread slicer dates back to 1912 when Otto Fredrick Rohwedder invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread slicing machine.  This original prototype burned down in a fire and it wasn’t until 1928 that Rohwedder had a fully operational commercial machine.  The popular use of “the best thing since…” phrase comes from the fact that Wonder Bread, the first mass-marketer of sliced bread as a product, launched a 1930s ad campaign touting the innovation.

5 Reasons Why Twitter Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

  • 1. The Bread Slicer Made The Loaf Into Smaller Pieces — Twitter Has Made The World Into Smaller Pieces: The world is becoming smaller and smaller one tweet at a time.  It is easy to access, learn from and connect people all around the world.   You will even see tweets being re-tweeted in a language different than it originated.  Twitter has made our local communities and the world abroad much smaller; in this instance smaller is definitely better. Big Is The New Small.
  • 2. The Bread Slicer Broke Bread Into Slices — Twitter Is Allowing Christians and Faith-based Communities To Break Bread On-line:  Through Twitter Christians and people of faith are able to break bread and share their faith in an on-line world.  This really promotes the cause of “going into all the world” and sharing The Gospel.  All the world includes the on-line world as well.
  • 3. The Bread Slicer Created Exponential Uses For Bread –Twitter Has Created Exponential Uses For Micro-blogging:  The uses for Twitter are endless.  People are staying connected, businesses are using it as an effective advertising tool, got ?’s the Twitter world has answers, breaking news, technology updates, stock info., trends, networking, research… and these uses go on and on like the Energizer Bunny.  Speaking of the Energizer Bunny, I haven’t seen him around in awhile, maybe it’s because Energizer Battery Co. now has the @energizer bunny.
  • 4. The Innovation Bread Slicer Allowed Bread To Be Mass Marketed — The innovation of Twitter has allowed it to become the ultimate mass marketing source of information: Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams accurately calls his innovation a “practically priceless exchange for connections and information.”
  • 5. Sliced Bread Will Never Go Away — Twitter Is Here To Stay!

I could share a number of more reasons Why Twitter Is The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread; however I think you get the picture.   There are many new innovations that are coming out daily, although in my opinion Twitter is going to be at the top of the list for quite some time.  Maybe Twitter is the new innovation benchmark and people will begin to use the phrase, “The Best Thing Since Twitter!”

What do you think?  Is Twitter the best thing since sliced bread?  Why or Why Not?

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