How to start a movement

Via Derek Sivers on TED  Embrace the first follower.


Great tips from

How to Start a Movement in 7 Easy Steps

by SocialMediaToday

“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world” – The Beatles

In this day, people really have a lot of power. The Internet has been the great equalizer with social movements and grassroots campaigns gathering lightning speed in just a few clicks. Social networks and utilizing social media marketing can help perpetuate whatever movement you are trying to create. Not all movements create great social change, some are just for fun and entertainment. (For example, “talk like a pirate day.“) Starting a movement can be a great way to create buzz and attention to what you are doing.

So… How do you start a movement?

Step 1: Know Your Movement

Know who you want to take action and what action you want them to take. “Hey Everyone! Let’s do something!” is not going to get anyone moving. “Hey Moms! Get up and get walking on a weekly ‘mom walk’!” Now I obviously know you don’t want me in that movement, but I know lots of moms who would be interested and will gladly pass information on!

Step 2: Get Educated

What would be the concerns about people starting the movement? Are there legalities you need to be aware of? What questions might a media mogul ask when interviewing you about the movement? The historical evolution of the movement, scientific evidence, tid bits of “gee-whiz” trivia are a few things you might want to have in your utility belt. “Research has shown that petting a puppy at least 3 times a week improves positivity in people by 50%*” sounds better than “I was petting my dog and just thought, it would be cool if other people could pet dogs too!” (*not actual data, I made that stuff up. But please use actual data as people will call you out on it and you will look like a fool :) )

Step 3: Make it popular

Want to know what’s popular… go to any newspaper or news website and see what is on the front page. Do you visualize your movement following along the lines of those stories? Popular topics that get people moving:

  • Kids
  • Animals
  • World Peace
  • Celebrities in trouble
  • Diseases
  • The Bizarre/Funny
  • Politics
  • Sports/health/fitness

Step 4: Rally the troops

Now you need to let people know about your movement! E-mail those you know who will be interested, reach out to your social network, post on your blog, contact like-minded groups and organizations and let them know. Provide information about your movement, which you came up with in step 1. Sprinkle in some factual tid bits, which you researched in step 2. And if you are moving on a popular topic, like in step 3, there will be no reason the troops (at least some troops) won’t rally behind you.

Step 5: Set up communication

Create a point of communication and encourage people to participate. This is easier than ever! If you don’t have a website or blog for people to come to, you can set up a facebook group, yahoo group, community, and the list goes on and on and on. Just make it ease to participate and encourage people to contribute. No matter how smart you think you are, there will always be this one question to answer: How do we make this better? Let others take a stab and build upon your movement.

Step 6: Get Noticed

Once you have your troops together and communication set up, the movement is on its way. Reach out to the press, your political leaders, the world, and let them know that the movement has started. The Blog-sphere has become the first point of news and you might already find your movement is spinning just in reaching out in step 4. Don’t get comfortable with that, keep the ball moving by letting influential people know that your movement is growing and that they will want to pay attention!

Step 7: Take it easy

Know that people are imperfect and will get discouraged. As the leader of this new movement, do not be too rigid in the requirements. Be understanding and provide encouragement, better yet, encourage others to encourage others (odd sentence, but didn’t know how else to write it :) ).  You should be the point of motivation and provide the means for further support (step 5: set up communications).

It is one thing to sit behind your blog and make a few observations. Taking action! Getting people excited to actually do something! That takes it to a whole new level. Being at the forefront of the movement will bring exposure and recognition with the possibility of a viral landslide. One thing to always keep in mind is, while you might position yourself as the poster child of the movement, it is not about you, it is about what is happening.

What movements will you start?


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Bombing + Election = Win

Handshake- How to

Do it right and Why!

What is your 1st impression of this handshake?

Etiquette International [link]

You are judged by the quality of the handshake.

  • A good handshake: keep the fingers together with the thumb up and open, slide your hand into the other person’s so that each person’s web of skin between thumb and forefingers touches the other’s, squeeze firmly.
  • A proper handshake: is firm, but not bone-crushing, lasts about 3 seconds, may be “pumped” once or twice from the elbow is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues, includes good eye contact with the other person
  • Extend a hand when: meeting someone for the first time, meeting someone you haven’t seen for a while, greeting your host(ess), greeting guests, saying good-bye to people at a gathering, someone else extends a hand.

Handshaking Tips:

if your hands tend to be clammy, spray them with antiperspirants at least once a day.
avoid giving a cold, wet handshake by keeping your drink in the left hand.

If you have the time and the inclination, then please, please, pretty please, read The Perfect Handshake: How to Shake Hands Like JFK and Make an Impression

It is a long article but well worth the effort [View it here]

Previously: How to write a nasty letter


Christian Dilemma. How to: Guide on Judging Others.


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The average church going Christian has great difficulty when it appears that the Bible commands the acceptability of judging another and gives guideline on HOW TO.

1. In Righteousness

Leviticus 19:15 In righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

2. Not Appearance alone.
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

3. The “Spiritual” has the right.
1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

4. To Judge the “Ungodly”.
1 Corinthians 5:12-13 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

5. Complete authority to judge others, even Angels!
1 Corinthians 6:2-3 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?.

Bob Marley sang

Don’t you look at me so smug
And say I’m going bad.
Who are you to judge me
And the life that I live?
I know that I’m not perfect
And that I don’t claim to be.
So before you point your fingers,
Be sure your hands are clean.

Judge not
Before you judge yourself.
Judge not
If you’re not ready for judgement. Woah oh oh!

The road of life is rocking
And you may stumble too.
So while you talk about me,
someone else is judging you.

(Saxophone solo)

Judge not
Before you judge yourself.
Judge not
If you’re not ready for judgement. Woah oh oh!

The road of life is rocky
And you may stumble too.
So while you talk about me
Someone else is judging you,
Someone else is judging you,
Someone else is judging you,
Someone else is judging you,
Someone else is judging you.

No wonder, we live in a sad world!

Religion: Strictly Personal

Or is it or societal, communal, even global?

No doubt this controversy or “storm in a chalice” will echo and reverberate for quite some time, as the divide or unification of spiritual and secular only escalates.

Perhaps I should state at the outset that I am part of the Christian tradition. However, I do not accept literalism.

There are a variety of noises in both the international media and blogosphere, where the concept of religion and society weaves a basket of turmoil.

One such example: Recently had a response to my comment and I quote ”

In contrast, Jesus, the eternal Son of God is risen from the dead, and seated at God’s right hand. His Father has given Him all authority, and thus He rightly lays claim to all nations. And this is wonderful news, for His rule is just, and peaceful, and kind, and liberating, for He is a perfect King who serves His people.

And so it’s madness to want any other god, any other rule, any other law.

I should add that, I did like his title as it was reminiscent of a catchy tune “how do you solve a problem like sharia?

This assuredly is a reference to our good Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams’ Lecture – Civil and Religious Law in England: a Religious Perspective. Please read the whole transcript here.

The Archbishop – the most senior cleric within the Church of England and the head of the international Anglican Communion – discussed the issue of Sharia at a lecture for about 1,000 top lawyers.

The opening sentence of Dr. Williams speech makes it clear, the burden, that the Archbishop feels about the current situation in UK.

The title of this series of lectures signals the existence of what is very widely felt to be a growing challenge in our society – that is, the presence of communities which, while no less ‘law-abiding’ than the rest of the population, relate to something other than the British legal system alone.

“when King Alfred the Great established his Law Code, he recognized that God’s law revealed in Scripture should govern the laws of the Anglo-Saxons.” ( borrowed quote from article by Mathew and quoting another).

“British law has Judaeo-Christian foundations and has been enacted and shaped by Parliament and the courts. The basis of a stable modern democracy is the rule of law – for all – and I believe we have to honour and protect that common standard. Other discussions about reasonable accommodation for religious conscience (including Christian religious conscience) would have to take place very carefully and cautiously, and only if public opinion could engage with it without alarm.”

Where do you stand on the issue of God’s rule on earth?

” Institutional religion is identified with “church,” so that “when we hear the word ‘religion’ nowadays, we think inevitably of some ‘church’ or other; and to some persons the word ‘church’ suggests . . . hypocrisy and tyranny and meanness and tenacity of superstition.”

Is it possible to define the Law of God?

“You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind. This is a great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Jesus Christ; Mat. 22:37-40).

Does it depend on your perspective, influenced by birth/education/culture/religious persuasion?

How to write a nasty letter. 98 year old woman (allegedly) wrote this to her bank. (Allegedly), the

bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in the New York Times.

(sorry don’t have dates)

Have you ever written a letter or email that really caused a stir.  Got you sacked, reprimanded and everyone, well, just about or at least seems like that, anyway they all think, you’re a nutter.

If you have, then this little example of how to deal with difficult issue is thoroughly apt.

It might just be possible you’ve seen it already but a friend sent it to me and I found it seriously amusing.


Photo credited to Alex Guerra and thanks Alex I do like your talented shots.


Dear Sir:

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavoured to
pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three ‘nanoseconds’ must
have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account
of the funds needed to honour it. I refer, of course, to the automatic
monthly deposit of my Social Security check, an arrangement which, I
admit, has been in place for only eight years.

You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and
also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience
caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused
me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally
attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am
confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity
which your bank has become.

From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood
person. My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no
longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank by check, addressed
personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must
nominate. Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for any other
person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your
chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in
order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me,
there is no alternative.

Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be
countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her
financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be
accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she
must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than
28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses
required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As
they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press
buttons as follows:

1– To make an appointment to see me.
2– To query a missing payment.
3– To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
4– To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
5– To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
6– To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
7– To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer is
required. A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the
Authorized Contact.)
8– To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 7.
9– To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be put on
hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait uplifting music will
play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an
establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement and may I
wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.

Your Humble Client

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