Big Changes or Small Ones?

Your choice.

So many people think they have a choice if they want to change or not.  However, reality is that we’ll either decide to make small changes as times and technology change, or make big ones when we get behind and have no other choice.

  • New technology is always being invented.
  • Public preferences and tastes develop.
  • Everything ages.

How will you deal with  inevitable changes?

8pm Warriors should spend some of their evening time researching, learning, and changing ahead of the curve, not behind it.  (Have you checked out Quora yet?)

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

Meet “Linkedin Signal”: A New Way to Search

For those 8pm Warriors on Linkedin, you may have noticed the amazing new feature that was just unveiled.

If not, I thought I’d share it with you.

It’s called “Linkedin Signal“, and it represents a major improvement in our ability to sort through the overwhelming amount of information on twitter and Linkedin.

Check it out:

http://su.pr/2eFqbL

If you’re not a Linkedin user yet, sign up at Linkedin.com and join the free 8pm Warrior Networking Group to start building connections.  The more connections you have, the better your Linkedin Signal search will work.

See you there!

Have a great night.

Aaron@Biebert

It’s 1am…

It’s 1am and I just started writing this.

I’ve been working on a huge new project, and right now I’m putting together the entire social media package to go along with a new online TV show (vlog) I’m producing as part of that project.  Exciting stuff!

Am I allowed to be excited at 1am?

My whole life I’ve been told to “Go to bed, you’ll work better when you’re rested”.  I think that is BS.  Everyone has their time.  For some it is never…for others the motor is always running, even at 1am.

I work best when I’m on the hunt.

Some people will spend their entire life telling other people that they can’t do something or why “that strategy won’t work for you because it didn’t work for others” nonsense.

You are unique.

If you’re up with me right now working on something, I hope you’re excited about it too.  If so, I salute you.

Hunt on.

Have a great hunt!

Aaron@Biebert

New Guide to Twitter

If you’re up late building future opportunities or a business, you need to be on Twitter.  For the many amazing leaders and warriors not on twitter, this post is for you.

Why Twitter?

Facebook and Linkedin are primarily social networks of people that know each other.  Twitter is totally different.

When I joined Twitter two years ago I didn’t have many “offline relationships” on twitter except for some of my colleagues.  I still don’t.  No family, hardly any friends, and no past clients.  Twitter still is an exciting jungle of so many people that I don’t know.

Time to meet new people.

I think of twitter as a sort of global online convention of nearly 200,000,000 people looking to share, talk, and build relationships.

The perfect place for an aspiring 8pm Warrior!

Since I believe that these potential relationships are extremely valuable for you, I’m going to do a short series of 4 posts to share the strategies I’ve learned from others and experiences I’ve had while managing my personal and multiple corporate twitter accounts.

Next up?  Part 2:  “How to Get Started with Twitter”

Stay tuned on the new 8pm Warrior twitter account:  @8pmWarrior

Aaron@Biebert

6 Predictions for the Next Decade

Since I spend so much time researching business, social media, healthcare, and technology, I thought it would be fun to offer some predictions for the next 10 years.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.

1)  Healthcare will become our largest monthly expense. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age at the rate of 10,000 a day starting in 2011, demand will sky rocket for age related medical services such as joint replacements, heart operations, home care, and more.  At the same time demand for care rises, a shortage of caregivers (nurses, doctors, etc.) will cause problems with availability and access.  This will cause a significant rise in prices.

Unlike the 90’s and 00’s when the US found relief for the nursing/physician shortages by importing foreign workers, the next decade will witness the rise of demand from the growing and aging middle class in countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and India.

2)  Say goodbye to DVD’s, BlueRay Disks, CD-ROM’s, and any other disks you use.  While you’re at it go ahead and say goodbye to Cable TV too.  The internet will be replacing physical forms of transferring information, and will make driving to the Blockbuster to rent a movie a thing of the past.

3)  Facebook will become the undisputed center of the internet. Since it will control so much information and attention, it has the potential to someday become the largest company in the history of the world.  People will not only use it for connecting with others, but for shopping, video chatting, learning and other major activities on the internet.  Also, gone will be the days of filling out forms.  Instead, people will use their facebook profiles to automatically fill in information requests on nearly every website.

4)  Very few people will have computers at home. They will play games, watch videos, surf facebook, write emails, etc. on their mobile devices (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, etc.) or tablets like iPad or Samsung Galaxy.

5)  Wires will become nearly extinct in the home. Cable, home phone lines, and USB type cords will all be replaced with wireless connections like 4G wireless internet (and 5G, 6G, etc.) or Bluetooth.

6)  An aging world begins to cause problems. In developed nations around the world, fewer babies will be born and populations will begin to decrease, changing the way people think about business, immigration, and real estate.  This will particularly be evident in Japan and Europe.

These are just my humble opinions, and I would love to hear your thoughts and predictions as well.  I would invite you to comment here on the blog, the 8pm Warrior Facebook forum, the 8pm Warrior Networking Group on Linkedin, or use the #8pmPrediction hashtag in twitter.

Have a great night (and decade)!

Aaron@Biebert

The end of vlogs like Wine Library TV, Ask a Ninja, and Rocket Boom?

Not the end, but I have serious concerns for the rising popularity of video blogs (vlogs) after the ruling handed down today by the FCC.  It allows Internet service providers to charge customers based on the amount of bandwidth they use (raise prices for some, lower them for others).

This will change behavior, guaranteed.

Will everyone immediately cancel their subscriptions to Wine Library TV?  Nope, but you can bet that some will cut back on video (YouTube, etc.) and audio (podcasts, etc.) instead of paying higher fees.  Verizon already charges based on usage for their mi-fi, and AT&T changed their iPhone plan as well.  What happened?

People cut back on video usage.

So what does this mean if you’re an 8pm Warrior looking to start your own vlog or podcast? You’ll want to get going on it…like today.  People will stick with their favorites (they’re addicted), but may not “invest” in finding new vlogs once they have to pay for it.

On the flipside, for traditional blogs, we could see the rise in readership as broadband prices go down for those using less bandwidth, thereby making it accessible to more people.

Either way, this could be huge.

Stay tuned.

Aaron@Biebert

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Will you cut back once prices go up?  Then now’s the time to enjoy sort of a vlogging “Fat Tuesday” before prices go up.  These are some of my personal favorites from today:

Wine Library TV

http://tv.winelibrary.com/2010/12/20/loire-valley-cabernet-franc-tasting-episode-961/

Ask a Ninja

http://www.askaninja.com/video/5168813-ask-a-ninja-12-21-10

Rocket Boom

http://www.rocketboom.com/top-10-tech/

Presentation Day

In preparation for my HFMA webinar today, we’ve taken the last week to discuss Social Media in healthcare, and how it can be helpful for work related activity.  Obviously there is a lot of information out there and so much changes every week.  Don’t hesitate to ask a question on the comments section below if you have one.

For all of my friends in the HFMA, feel free to join us at noon Central today for my presentation called “Making Social Media Work for You”.  I plan to make the case for why it’s important in the professional world, and spend some time helping ease the transition into the world of Social Networking.

Space is limited for this free webinar, so reserve your seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/402846665.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Have a great day!

Aaron

Linkedin for Healthcare 101

Linkedin does such a great job of keeping you in contact with your professional network that I personally believe it will replace your Rolodex or address book.  It’s inevitable.

It updates itself, allows you to ask questions of your entire professional network in one shot, and keeps you in touch with your offline groups and associations.  With a new member every second, it won’t be long before nearly every one of your colleagues is on it.

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The first step is to register on Linkedin.com and go through the setup process.  For help on getting started, make sure you follow each step and check out this guide for new Linkedin users.

In the Information Age, people can Google your name and find out if anyone’s complained about you online, anytime you’ve been in the local paper, or just about anything else that people write about you.  When using Linkedin, you will be able manage the information that’s publically available about you and create a search result that is positive, professional, and near the top of the search results.  This is especially important for leaders, physicians, and others who depend on their reputation for their livelihood.

You can also gain new information and insights from other professionals in private group settings.  This can come in handy if you have a simple problem/question, but don’t want to pay a consultant for the answer.  Your peer network can and will help.  I use several groups to get peer support all of the time, and I swear by it.  Guide to asking questions on Linkedin

In the coming years our industry will face severe shortages for just about every type of work.  One benefit to Linkedin will be the ability to post job openings or do networking in order to find the right candidates for openings in your department.

Just like facebook, some great communities have formed on Linkedin to provide peer support and helpful Q&A.  Here are some of my personal favorites:

I would recommend using the search box on the top right of the Linkedin screen to find other associations that you are a member of offline.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them as comments below.  I’ll try to help you out!