Plato and the Internet
To build meaningful connections online, communicate in a way that is transparent, authentic and considerate. “Know thyself,” be true to who you are, and you will attract the people you are looking for.

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Contemplations on the meaning of the Internet.

A panel of four guest commentators ponders the question, “How do you use the new online social media in building your business? What are the benefits and challenges of technology and connectivity?”

Learn to Believe Your Vision
Richard Brooke
Neither a wish nor a goal compares in power to a vision. If we don’t believe our vision, every time we visualize it we feel like a fraud. Since we know it is not true, reading it every day may become a chore and soon we lose interest. So how do we learn to believe anything we choose?

What’s Your Internet Strategy?
Art Jonak
The Internet is the most advanced advertising and marketing system in the world. Art Jonak shares six critical steps that will help you get results using the many growing social networking web sites. If you don’t teach your team what to do on these web sites, they could end up wasting thousands of hours.

Attract the Baby Boomer Market
Karla Freeman
To appeal to this large demographic, focus on the Boomers’ needs. The five C’s of Boomers’ innermost needs are: 1) to belong to a Community of like-minded people; 2) to Connect by using familiar phrases; 3) to Continuously grow and learn; 4) to experience a sense of Contribution; and 5) to be allowed to be Creative.

Turn On the Light
Stacy De Prater Shelton
Network marketing is a business that involves the unknown. Walking yourself through the fear of the unknown is similar to turning on the light when you were scared of a shadow figure as a child. This process involves three steps: identifying your fears, looking into them and monitoring your self-talk.

The Science behind the Law of Attraction
David Krueger, M.D.
The Law of Attraction is based in neuroscience. Your mind is an energy field that responds to focus. The mental act of focused attention holds in place brain circuitry and creates new brain connections. With repetition, these chemical links become stable changes in the structure of the brain and influence the reality that we see.

The Importance of Being Extraordinary
In 1999, a New York-based marketer and entrepreneur by the name of Seth Godin wrote a book entitled Permission Marketing. Soon he was being hailed as one of the most brilliant marketers alive. Permission Marketing was also very influential in network marketing circles, and Networking Times featured Seth in 2002. Five years later, we decided it was high time we had him back to talk with us about networking and the new media. Seth believes the new media play to the very best strengths of network marketing and introduces his newest creation, the online community Squidoo.

Life on an Internet Intimate Island
Marcy Koltun-Crilley and webmaster Bob O’Connor are partners in one of the most successful online communities to date. Called “Powerful Intentions,” it is a community of people from all walks of life who believe in the Law of Attraction. Members of the community can create a forum around a center of interest, and because it’s a big community—over 100,000 people and growing—that’s rated fairly high on Google, others can easily find their site. When asked about their purpose, Marcy and Bob say the intended result at Powerful Intentions is to be the luckiest place in the world.

The Joy of Contribution
Kirk Metz grew up in the foothills of the Rockies, waterskiing with his parents on the family lake. When his father introduced him to a product that was distributed through network marketing, they jumped in together with both feet. Not having any experienced mentors, they learned by trial and error. Kirk discovered that in order to succeed he needed to learn about leadership and build teams where each person can grow and share their unique gifts with the world.

Faith Is Everything
Cecilia Ortiz, of Miami, Florida, was bedridden and in debt when a friend introduced her to networking. Cecilia saw the opportunity as an answer to her prayers and built her business based on her faith, love of family and dedication to others. Today Cecilia is one of the top networkers at the beauty company she represents. She has survived medical and financial challenges and realized her dream of creating bright futures for herself, her family and many others.

Just a Money Game?
Born in Russia, Nikita Gromyko was a swimmer on the Soviet Union national team for the 1500 meters at the age of fifteen. Throughout his rigorous training, he learned the power of focus and the importance of keeping his feet on the ground, regardless of his accomplishments. Today Nikita has an organization in fifty-two countries and his distributors know they can always come to him for answers to their questions on how to be successful in their networking business.

Juggling People
Jon Wee and Owen Morse
True teamwork requires time, practice, planning and coordination. When two jugglers are working well as a team—when they’re communicating and cooperating and each is filling his or her role perfectly—a rhythm develops. Each one thrives on the other’s good work and compensates for the other’s shortcomings.

Blending Old and New
Dan Burrus
Before you start spending time and resources in online marketing, make sure to use the five pillars of digital marketing to enhance the engagement and response of your advertising campaign: 1) personalization; 2) communities; 3) intelligent multimedia search; 4) content; and 5) interactivity.

Beyond Spell-Check
Ronnie Moore
Do you want to find errors before your reader does, and before they cost you and your organization time, money and credibility? Ensuring mistake-free text requires finding what spell-checkers cannot find, not depending solely on your eyes when you proofread, and paying special attention to names and numbers.

Inspire People to Improve
Sheri Jeavons
If you’ve ever tried to coach someone to stop doing a particular behavior or change a certain action, then you know how difficult it can be to get adults to alter their ways. Most adult learners are already self-critical and typically don’t learn by hearing negative feedback.

Speed Networking
Ivan Misner, Ph.D.
Speed networking programs are showing up all around the world. These events tend to be a fun, exciting and effective way to make a lot of initial connections. The key to making speed networking work is to take those contacts and develop them over time into credible relationships that lead to profitable referral partners.

A Revolutionary Idea: Ask
John David Mann
Marketing is finally growing up: now that we’ve externalized our nervous system and stretched it around the planet over fiber-optic threads, we finally have the capacity to market far and wide through human conversation. That is, to treat consumers like people.