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4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion

4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion

4 Reasons Why Blogging is a Noble Passion

    I initially began the blog with a 20% desire to help others, and 80% to cynically make the kind of money the A-list bloggers are making.
    – Urban Monk.net

    I stumbled upon an interesting blog, Urban Monk, several days ago. As I read the brief history of the blog, I felt harmony with the passion and motivation that the author, Albert, has for the blogging.

    I began blogging four months ago with the intention to share my success in life with others and, of course, to earn residual income from the content creation. As I reflect on this short journey, I realize that blogging is more of a noble passion than merely a tool to earn income. I’ve been in business for a while but I’ve never had a passion that kindled my heart as intensely until I began blogging. Being an engineer by education and hotelier as an entrepreneur, I have a passion for people and for enhancing human values that make life a memorable voyage.

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    Here, then, are four reasons I’ve come to see blogging as a noble pursuit.

    Reason # 1: Competitors are friends.

    As a businessman, I’ve been taught to view competition as a “holy war” of business. I’ve attended training to sharpen my skills as a warrior to snatch every possible customer from the jaws of the competition. Needless to say, I’m conditioned to view competition with cynicism.

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    In the world of blogging, though, I see fellow bloggers doing all they can to inspire and motivate other journeyman blogs. It was a shocking revelation at first. How can my competitor ever want to invest in my success? I can think of several names at the blink of eye — Joel Falconer, Barbara Swafford, Peter Clemens, Tina Su, Jay White, and countless others — who selflessly do all they can to ensure success of up-and-coming bloggers like me.

    Reason # 2: Blogging transcends race, gender and religious barriers.

    With the advent of the Internet, the world certainly has shrunk. I refer to the obvious power of the Internet to connect the citizens of the world to exchange products, services, and ideas. A blogger writes from his or her personal, life-enriching experiences to share knowledge that an Ivy League school can’t offer. Life is more than the knowledge that we acquire in the four walls of a college campus. With a blog, I can share my knowledge and experience with people around the world without barriers. I get visitors and comments from people of all backgrounds. I firmly believe that blogging makes our world a better place to live, one life a time.

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    Reason # 3 Blogging creates emotional bond among bloggers.

    As our world has become ever-changing, our lives have become more stress-ridden with the burden of goals to achieve and income to earn to get food on the table. In this reletntless quest, we lose track of our intentions to care for others. My friend Joel sent me this message last night, to my surprise, “Hi mate, just wanted to check in with you and see if you’re all right. Haven’t seen you around the web at all for a few days.” This means the world to me. It’s food for my soul to rekindle my passion to write with clarity, so I can connect with all of those who echo Joel’s sentiment. I’m both humbled and honored to have such an emotional bond from fellow bloggers.

    Reason # 4 Blogging is an honest exchange of life-enriching ideas.

    Much of what we see in the media is a filtered version of what those media moguls want us to hear. It’s a self-professed medium of mass brainwashing. Needless to say, media always has its own interests ahead of the goodwill of the world. Media propagates stories of negativity and pessimism to hold the masses of the world hostage. Well, a Robin Hood has arrived in the form of the noble crusaders, my fellow bloggers, who now counterbalance every drive-by story with honest assessment of facts. This itself is a noble aspect of blogging, one which money cannot buy.

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    Blogging proves that old ancient adage; “We aren’t human beings with spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings with human experience.” When I write from my heart, with unyielding passion and love for other human beings, I instantly connect with millions of people across the world who can share and feel same passion and love for the noble ideas that make our world a remarkable place to live.

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    Last Updated on October 16, 2019

    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

    11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

    Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

    Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

    Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

    In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

    1. ScheduleOnce

      ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

      ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

      ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

      Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

      Available on Web

      2. Calendly

        Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

        You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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        Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

        3. Assistant.to

          For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

          From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

          While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

          Available on Web

          4. Acuityscheduling

            Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

            It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

            Available on Web | iOS | Android

            5. Pick

              Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

              At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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              Available on Web

              6. X.ai

                For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                Available on Web

                7. YouCanBook.me

                  is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                  They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                  Available on Web

                  8. Doodle

                    Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                    It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                    You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                    While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    9. WhenAvailable

                      WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                      Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                      Available on Web

                      10. Rally

                        Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                        Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                        Available on Web

                        11. NeedtoMeet

                          Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                          NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                          While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                          Available on Web

                          Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                          In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                          To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                          Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                          A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                          Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                          If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                          Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                          With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                          The Bottom Line

                          Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                          Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                          Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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