I’m a big fan of conquering my weaknesses and fears. I like to identify what they are, finding out why I’m afraid of them, and then do whatever it takes to overcome them.
There’s one fear I’m working on these days is the fear that’s often cited in surveys as the biggest fear of all for most people: the fear of public speaking. A few years ago, I did a quick online search to find a Toastmasters club near me, and I’m happy to report that I found a great little club in downtown Colorado Springs (where I work) called, simple enough: Downtown Toastmasters. I joined in late 2011 and have been a member ever since.
Sometimes when I meet new people, if they know that I’m in Toastmasters, they’ll ask me what it’s like, what we do, and whether they should join. So here’s a simple overview of those three things, as simply as I can put them. The best way to find out for yourself is definitely to just come Continue Reading →
QR Codes are the best thing that’s ever happened to the Internet, if you believe the hype. What do I think of them? Just check out this side-by-side comparison to see how much easier using QR codes can be than using the Internet the “old fashioned way,” using URLs. Continue Reading →
[This is a guest post from my Uncle Mike. He's a great man, a great Uncle, a retired Marine, and a huge fan of Baseball. He's also the man I know as "Uncle Fun." -Ron]
Baseball was, is, and always will be the one dependable bastion of camaraderie and commonality amongst Americans of all stripes, for it is this great game that Democrats, Republicans, Moderates and Extremists all turn to for a respite from the rigors and grind of daily life.
What adult among us does not still experience a childlike excitement Continue Reading →
When I left my position as the Marketing Director for Infront Webworks earlier this year, I was asked to help hire my replacement. I was happy to do so, because I knew they would probably have a challenging time hiring, for two specific reasons:
First: I was the only employee who’d had years of solid experience and expertise with the nitty-gritty hands-on aspect of SEO and Internet Marketing (which is why I’d been hired in the first place) …and I was leaving. So it was going to be hard for them to find the right candidate because they might not know exactly which questions to ask, and what to look for in a potential hire.
Second: even if they had found a candidate who was clean and presentable and made a convincing case for why he should be hired, Continue Reading →
Have you ever been on a website before, and noticed in the address bar that the simple little www.example.com you’ve typed in turned into something very long and complicated, full of questions marks and equal signs? URLs (i.e. the address of the page you’re viewing) can be pretty darn complicated, but fear not! This is a super-simple guide to understanding a URL’s structure, broken down in a format that’s easy to understand.
Here’s a sample URL that we’ll dissect below:
To see what’s going on in this URL above Continue Reading →
I recently gave a speech at a business summit in town called “Revenue North,” which is a small conference of sorts for local business owners, all with the main theme of “growing your business.” I had found out about the event when it was announced the year before and was flattered when I found out that I was selected to be one of the speakers for the 2013 event.
I’d never spoken to an audience of that size before, and it was a great experience. As I was preparing my presentation, I looked at the list of all the other speakers to ensure that I wasn’t going to have any overlap with their topics. I was happy to learn that I didn’t-which wasn’t much of a surprise, because I knew that most of the speakers would want to talk about two things: 1) social media, and 2) SEO. Why? Because I’ve been in the Internet Marketing field long enough to know that those are pretty much the only two topics that anybody Continue Reading →
What are the more annoying things I’ve experienced in my lifetime is the fact that people just can’t seem to pronounce my last name correctly. Really? Is it really that hard?
My name is Ron Stauffer. Stauffer. Stauffer. S-T-A-U-F-F-E-R. In case you’re wondering, the “au” is pronounced “au” as in “faucet.” Years ago, my dad did a bunch of genealogy research to figure out exactly where the Stauffer family came from. We’re obviously of German ancestry, but our particular family line comes from a family Continue Reading →
I love business. I love coming up with a new idea for a business; the process of building a business; marketing a business; and running a business. It’s a total thrill. When I go on sales calls and earn new business, I feel like a winner. I get the same feeling when I come up with a new idea to try out in my business that makes money. Business is like a drug to me, and it’s a good drug: like caffeine, it’s good for me. It makes me more successful, and it stimulates me to keep going. Continue Reading →
In my spare time, I am a volunteer with a little marketing group in town called COSthink. We meet twice a month take on marketing projects for local organizations that need help with their marketing but don’t know where to start, or don’t have the time or budget to hire a marketing company to help them. Several months ago, we took on a new organization as a “project,” and that organization was a Colorado Springs nonprofit called The Home Front Cares. Our challenge: help them figure out how to use the power of the internet to spread their message, both via the web, and through social media.
While we were working on their project, coincidentally, they were about to host their annual fundraising dinner, which they hold at The Broadmoor Hotel. When I learned about that, I asked George Hayward, their Manager of Development, if there were any tickets still available. I found out that they did have a few left, so I texted my wife and asked her if she’d be interested in going with me. She immediately replied “YES!!!!!!!!!!”—in all caps—with about ten exclamation points. So I told George to sign me up. Continue Reading →
If you know me well, you probably know my family is a home birth family. Which means, of course, that we choose to give birth to our children at home with a midwife in attendance. If you didn’t know that about me, congrats! You will now learn all about a huge aspect of my life.
My wife and I have five children, ages seven and under, so for the past eight years we’ve been consumed with all things pregnancy, babies, labor, and birth. This year, we’re just now starting to take a breath from all the craziness for the first time ever. Sometimes I feel like we should take a vacation and do nothing but sleep for a month (my wife, especially)! Continue Reading →