Daniel J Smith's Blog (61)

Life lesson from The Manor of Thinking.....A Return on the quest of Outside the Box Promotion

What I’ve Learned from Others Today:

Trust your gut instinct; if the project that you are contemplating seems solid- Move ahead; This works in both your personal and professional life. There is only one person who will allow anything to happen , good or bad.. and that is YOU. The holder of the magic key is you; all that is possible to achieve just takes but a second to dream and a lifetime to express

Make sure you believe in yourself. Lets face it, if you don’t believe… Continue

Added by Daniel J Smith on November 10, 2013 at 8:44am — No Comments

Attitude and Aptitude….A Lesson in Humility (Part Two of Three)….#knowledge, #learning, #thedanieljsmith, #personalgrowth

Welcome back. I got behind the proverbial eight-ball last week and was unable to finish this in a respectable time.Anyways we are back and ready to have a look at 'Aptitude'..The second half of the equation.

Like before, let s begin with a basic definition: According to Wikipedia: Aptitude is a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level, which can also be considered "talent". Aptitudes may be physical or mental. Aptitude is not knowledge, understanding,…


Added by Daniel J Smith on October 23, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Attitude and Aptitude….A Lesson in Humility (Part One of Three)….#knowledge, #learning, #thedanieljsmith, #personalgrowth

Before we begin, I would like to thank all the readers who have followed me here over the last couple of years; and say that the best opinions are still to come. I am currently looking at a couple tools, when the analysis is complete; you will be the first to hear of it right in this very blog!

I would also like to thank Evan Carmicheal for the heads-up that I had been included in the October list “The Top 100 Social Media Leaders to Follow on Twitter”. I am humbled to be included again…


Added by Daniel J Smith on October 16, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Responsibility- Or is it Response Ability #sourcing, #conduct, #socialinteraction, #thedanieljsmith

Tuesday after a long weekend, and I hope today, all is well. One of the more interesting things about long weekends (besides the copious amounts of food!) is that it allows most of us to hit the cosmic "reset" button and re-focus the way we approach work. Simply having a couple of extra days to mentally work through your problems, especially now that we are moving into the Christmas period, allows for a re-dedication of both mind and body to…


Added by Daniel J Smith on October 9, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Motivation Monday: In The Beginning: New Day, New Dawn, New YOU! #selfimage #performance #artofthelearn

 Welcome Back! Nice to see that last week moved some of you Socialytes enough to give me another look. I plan on returning to 10 Key Customer Service Traits later (possibly starting next week); however today I thought a little discussion of how to start properly at the new gig might be in order. Lets think on this for a couple of minutes: You…


Added by Daniel J Smith on October 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tuesday Tip: Customer Service IS Key (From both sides of the Counter) #fail,#nofail

 One of the first things that you really should concern yourself with as a new employee is how you provide service to your client. I know this can be seen as a two-way street; as most of us spend numerous hours when we are not working, spending our hard-earned money as consumers. Don't let what you experience become the example of providing service. Set your own bar, and set…


Added by Daniel J Smith on September 25, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Candidates- Clients looking for work, or looking for cheap counselling...(My How Time Flys) edition

Really, the last time I dropped by was March.....How is that possible? Well whatever the reason was, I'm sure it was a good one. The company underwent a transition from Radical Events to Social HR. And I grew from a lowly "Sourcers Apprentice" to a "Real Social One"We have picked up some really brave people to work alongside us; I keep my appointments, talk alot…


Added by Daniel J Smith on August 10, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Trinity of Three: The Triangle that is Social Media Essentials...A Brief Look

“I like to say that Twitter is like a bar, Facebook is your living room and LinkedIn is the local chamber of commerce.” - BSStoltz

As of this moment, these three in my mind make up “The Trinity of Social Media” and you should be engaged and engaging on all three in some fashion. Keep in mind, that there are various other websites and…


Added by Daniel J Smith on March 13, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Now Pay Attention—>Content is King !!

“You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.” –David Meerman Scott, Best-Selling Author & Speaker

Content is cool. What is even more cool than that, is content that doesn’t seem repetitious or dated. Staying current with trends in both worlds (Social Media and…


Added by Daniel J Smith on March 6, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Hey You!….Did You read our "Terms and Conditions"?….Didn’t Think So

(please note that the lack of fan-fare is intentional…Copyright protection seems to be everything..Read on..Daniel)

Welcome all to another thought provoking session hoping to leave you, the reader, “Something To Think About…”®. Social Media (So-Med®) is the arena which many of us use to interact, to promote (sometimes shamelessly), to share new tips and information on the horizon of exciting stuff, AND what’s even more awesome than all of that: Spread the news of original or exciting…


Added by Daniel J Smith on February 28, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

L*nked*n and Why You need to be Prof*le Perfect…. (part *)

Time to reach into that special bag possessed by The Sourcers’ Apprentice, and again, lets start the first chorus of a song I know (yes, I do) we’ll be revisiting again (and again…) until everyone is properly and completely in tune. If you fill in the blanks above, astute people will know that the topic of the week is part 1 dedicated to L*nked*n (oh, its just too much fun writing it this way). “I” see the topic as one of those covered by many “Experts” but followed by few, as everyone has…


Added by Daniel J Smith on February 14, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Cost of Making Derogatory Statements about your Employer in your (Personal) Social Media Profile…

Everyone wants to be part of Social Media. Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, Marketmesuite, Foursquare, Beknown, Branchout….etc,etc….there are many programs out there. It is fair however, to assume that even the information you place on these sources will be seen by persons other than those to which it was intended.

(please note that everything below this point->.<- is not intended to injure, insult, maim or otherwise impair someone's judgment of right or wrong in the world of…


Added by Daniel J Smith on January 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments


Where to begin. I guess the best place would be free-basing my thoughts on the world as I see it, point out what seems to be right, comment on what I see wrong and accept that there is a certain amount of difference that I cannot change. People are people and bound to do the strangest things, sometimes at the cost of ridicule; but more times than not, by doing something phenomenal which had not been thought or attempted before.

I pride myself on my work ethic, starting at the age of…


Added by Daniel J Smith on January 12, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

The Cost of (Personal) Social Media Accounts

New year, New articles to curate, New stories which just cause me to shake my head. One such story which has been making the rounds starts in (not-so) Merry England where “A human resources executive was forced from his job because his employer found his resume online and that he would consider career opportunities”. The site (Linked In)…


Added by Daniel J Smith on January 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — 17 Comments

Is that a ‘T’ in “Team”?

"When two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as he wants to be seen, and each man as he really is." Michael De Saintamo

How many of you have met a team-member which you knew deep down would not be good for the team? It happens, more times than we care to realize; and a lot of time we put it down to the “Hire-Power” or management. Did we give the new collaboration much of a chance, or did we…


Added by Daniel J Smith on December 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Success Depends on Failure

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.”

― Groucho Marx

After a couple of hectic weeks it is now time to get back to the desk and share some thoughts and wisdom with the community. To old friends, "Hello..", and to new readers "Welcome, I hope you enjoy the view!"

Like any business, one hopes that honesty and fair-play is engrained in our daily dealings, that's how we get ahead, and create options and fill new… Continue

Added by Daniel J Smith on December 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Keep Motivated…

Is there a way to keep motivated when the chips are down or you are going through a slump? Being that most of us are self-employed or sub-contracted (possibly even contracted…let’s cover all the bases!) Motivation becomes key to our daily lives and definitely to our production. Without the motivation or the will to carry on, the day becomes…


Added by Daniel J Smith on November 3, 2011 at 3:27pm — 2 Comments

Education? Why- I'm Already Good....

So you have a career in the field of your dreams, and you are making a fairly good living- the bills are covered, the social life is on fire, the family situation is just as you like it at this time (subject to change: like life!). AND….You look as though there is no end in sight for the success you feel you deserve, after all the long hours, the…


Added by Daniel J Smith on October 12, 2011 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

A Review of Sorts…#radicalplanet

Interesting thing on the way to the Unconference! Besides the obvious problems with the highway going to Toronto, Ontario; and the fact that a one hour commute in this day is an average of 2 hours now, I had absolutely NO idea what to expect. I don’t work well with the unknown (yet my career would say otherwise) and I like to have some idea what I am to expect—> I…


Added by Daniel J Smith on September 29, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Recruiting and the Upcoming Election...

The following is a note for all the Canucks feeling Election Fever. This was written in April, but it still seems somewhat relevant today. New post before the weekend, but enjoy this gem for now...thedanieljsmith....

Canada is about to have yet another election in October 2011, Many people have varying degrees of opinion over the value of an…


Added by Daniel J Smith on September 14, 2011 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment


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