Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Adventures of Being Homeless


Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast entitled "The Adventures of Being Homeless".
 

This week's podcast I talk about what it was like being evicted from my apartment and moving into a P.O. Box and learning to live in a state of transitional living that I never could have imagined.

It took me a while to get everything moved out, but I did, and the downside of homelessness is met with the upside of more business prospects and meeting more and more people that are interested in the expertise that I have to offer.

Add to that, my spot on #SmallBizChat on Twitter has been moved up to next Wednesday, September 8th at 8PM ET.  Follow my Twitter name (@KindraCotton), and join in on the conversation about marketing plans for small businesses.

Please feel free to leave comments below or give me your feedback directly, either by email “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter (@KindraCotton), or LinkedIn.  You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Click media player below to listen to this podcast. 




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!

By the way, Transcripts are now available upon request.  If you want one, please email me at "transcripts[at]exclusivemultiplicity.com". 

Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day! 
Kindra

P.S. Tell me about your experience with the "For Dummies" book series by filling out this brief survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLVRTJZ

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Adventures of a New Horizon


Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast entitled "The Adventures of a New Horizon".


This week's podcast is shorter than normal, because my time is crunched.  Make no mistake about it, the weeks I have ahead of me are going to be tough.  I’m now in the process of packing up my life, and pretty much moving into a storage unit and a P.O. Box and into a state of transitional living that I never could have imagined.

The biggest struggle this week is actually getting packed, especially as I’m packing “against the clock” to keep from having my stuff physically ejected by the Sheriff’s office.  That’s what I’m trying to gear all my activities towards, especially as this week is moving REALLY fast.

The triumphs of the week are that I am continually gaining momentum in my business, and things are slowly but steadily starting to take shape.  I’m definitely excited about that, and yesterday I found another way to get across my message and my passion for helping small businesses, so I’m really excited to be exploring that, and getting into that fully next month.

Please feel free to leave comments below or give me your feedback directly, either by email “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter (@KindraCotton), or LinkedIn.  You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Click media player below to listen to this podcast. 




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!

By the way, Transcripts are now available upon request.  If you want one, please email me at "transcripts[at]exclusivemultiplicity.com". 

Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day! 
Kindra

P.S. Tell me about your experience with the "For Dummies" book series by filling out this brief survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLVRTJZ

Friday, August 20, 2010

This Week's Podcast and Blogging Round-Up: August 15 - August 21

Greetings all,

For those looking to keep up with me, and what I'm doing, here's the weekly round up:

Tuesday are dedicated to Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlight the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur (A Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops)

This week's Exclusive Multiplicity podcast talks about "The Adventures of Rooting 'For Dummies'"where I talk about how much I love the "For Dummies" book series, and how this is helping to guide my enthusiasm for following my passions in life.


This Tuesday also so a late-edition "Random Nothingness" post and podcast about "Why Black Radio (and Media) is Dying", where I talk about a recent experience calling into the Al Sharpton Radio show and giving my opinion on the State of contemporary Black radio.



Wednesdays spotlight Small Business Branding Tips on the EasyBrandMarketing.com Blog (Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists)):

This week's podcast topic was "EASY Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) Tips: 10 Tips for Making Your Website Search Engine Friendly" where I give an overview of what you can do to search engine optimize (SEO) your website.



Fridays spotlight the Effective Complaints Resource Blog (A solution-oriented consumer advocacy resource for writing effective complaints):
Effective Complaints Resource Blog Small Business Branding Tips Blog RSS Feed 

This week's podcast was "When To Write Effective Complaints" and talks about ways to calm down before firing off an effectively written complaint letter.


Thanks for your interest, feel free to leave comments and forward this to your friends and other interested parties. 

Kindra
:)

P.S. Don’t forget to Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, Friend Me on Facebook, and check out my Nashville Online Marketing Examiner page, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Ever read or heard of the "For Dummies" book series? If so, please fill out this brief survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLVRTJZ

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Why Black Radio (and Media) is Dying

Contemporary Black radio
In this Random Nothingness podcast, I talk about how I recently had the opportunity to call into the Al Sharpton radio show (he wasn't there, it was his guest host Bob Slade), and the topic of the day was "Is Black radio needed?".  I had only found out about the show through a link that Dr. Boyce Watkins posted on his wall about his guest segment on the show.

In my comments, I mentioned that I didn't own a radio or television, and whenever I pay attention to either medium, it's via the Internet.  I also commented that there's a lack of Black female voices as the primary voices on national radio shows, and plugged myself and my prior radio experience. LOL.

I asked if they had a chatroom or online forum for their callers and listeners and those who wanted to reach out to them and their network via social media and the web.  I asked where was the solution-oriented rhetoric of Black talk radio and where was the evidence of the action that gets taken as a result of it.  I also (as a solution oriented person), offered to help the show enhance its social media arm in whatever way I could, and I asked how I could be of service.

The next thing I know, the call was disconnected, and the host of the show as lightly responding to my comments, and moving on to the next segment.  In going back and listening to the show a few minutes later live over the air (since it was preempted for several minutes), I noticed that I had been disconnected by them, and that they just continued to move along and talk about the topic with other callers.  The next caller that followed me made comments that were slightly bashing the under 35 crowd (to which I had identified myself), and further bashing the over 35 crowd for their inability to turn off the hip hop in their cars, and listen to Black talk radio.

What struck me the most about this situation is that it's very much indicative of the same ideology that now has Black publications like Essence, Ebony, and Jet in jeopardy of losing their legacy because they can't remain creatively adaptable to the new media environment.  I've seen time and time again where Black media outlets (like many Black people) are always "Johnny Come Latelys" when it comes to embracing technology and things that are truly innovative and about change.

Now, I will allow for the fact that the disconnected call I had on Al's show was a mistake, and I'm actually going to see what I can do moving forward to work with the show, within the capacity that I stated on the air, but if Black radio dies, as well as Black newspapers and other publications, it will be their own fault!

And I want to be clear here: I do believe there will ALWAYS be Black faces present in media, but it will be media that we don't own!  It will be media that puts us at the forefront (in front of the camera or microphone), but the ones pulling the strings, and making the decisions will be white, and as such, they will chiefly be in control of what we say, and what we cannot say.

I guarantee you, you will ALWAYS be able to see Black folks making a fool of themselves, acting ignorant, and just plain stupid on TV, in radio, and on the internet, because projecting that kind of imagery that we are a bunch of idiotic buffoons furthers SOMEONE'S agendas into thinking we're just a bunch of no-account people who deserve second and third class citizenry status!

So, I'll update you on what happens here, but right now, it looks to me that Black radio is doomed in terms of embracing social media effectively.  Right before I was on the Al Sharpton show, I posted a comment on Twitter about my "upcoming radio debut", and I also did a Twitter search for "Al Sharpton radio".  Nothing came up in the search for today's show, or anything relevant for the topic at hand.  THIS is why Black radio is failing. 

I'm not saying the internet is EVERYTHING, but people in their 50s, 60s and 70s, who don't use the internet are dying out, and I understand that the AM radio crowd is limited in a number of ways, but you are shooting yourself in the foot by not figuring out a way to incorporate the new into the old.

And with that said: I really need to have my own radio show! My goodness, I'm running 6 podcast series already! And my voice is lovely!  Where is Michael Baisden or Tom Joyner to open up the door for me?! LOL.  Ok, on the last part I'm kidding, I wouldn't expect either of them to do that for me, since I don't listen to either of their shows on a regular basis, so they probably care nothing about me, as I'm not in their target demographic.

If by chance you happen to be affiliated with a Black radio station, please feel free to get in touch with me.  You can Google Me, and you can find out other ways to reach me via KindraCotton.com.

Kindra

The Adventures of Being Evicted


Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast entitled "The Adventures of Being Evicted".

How Schatten Properties of Nashville, TN treats some of their residents.
I'm uploading this week's podcast a bit later than normal because I knew this was going to be a long day, but an important one to document.

I'll begin by saying that I started off this week with the monumental feeling that it was gonna be AWESOME, and despite me knowing that there was a lot of “bad” on the horizon, I’m still convinced that this week is going to have a great ending.  At this point, I'm not sure if I’m crazy thought. LOL.

I went to court today and the end result is that I'm being evicted from my apartment.  I have come to regard my landlord "Schatten Properties of Nashville, Tennessee” as a bunch of jerks, and I'm glad that I live in a country where I can say that and not end up in jail (especially since, in my opinion it's true).  I think they suck, but they’ll continue to do business and get residents because they’re still $200/month cheaper than the complexes located nearby, and most people will make a decision based on money, and disregard a lot of the other stuff that's not included at the cheaper price, like good customer service and amicable landlords.

It is what it is.  I’ve been living here for 3 quarters of the time I’ve been in Nashville, and I would have preferred if things didn’t end on an acrimonious note, but it did, and that’s pretty much that.

The triumphs of this week would have to be my continued perseverance.  Things are still slowly but surely starting to happen for me with my business, and I’m excited about that moving forward.  Plus, I’ve been contacted about a few writing projects on some of my areas of expertise, so that’s exciting, as I continue to create good content and show that I do know what I’m talking about!

It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks ahead, but I’ll get through it. 

Please feel free to leave comments below or give me your feedback directly, either by email “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter (@KindraCotton), or LinkedIn.  You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Click media player below to listen to this podcast. 




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!

By the way, Transcripts are now available upon request.  If you want one, please email me at "transcripts[at]exclusivemultiplicity.com". 

Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day! 
Kindra

P.S. Tell me about your experience with the "For Dummies" book series by filling out this brief survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLVRTJZ

Friday, August 13, 2010

This Week's Podcast and Blogging Round-Up: August 8 - August 14

Greetings all,

For those looking to keep up with me, and what I'm doing, here's the weekly round up:
Mondays are for Maximizing The Net (A bi-weekly podcast that highlights a topic of interest to Maximizing The Net Newsletter subscribers):

This week's Newsletter was about Maximizing Back-to-School Deals, highlighting the Back-to-School and Money-Saving Deals available at MaximizingTheNet.com.


Tuesday are dedicated to Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlight the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur (A Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops)

This week's Exclusive Multiplicity podcast talks about "The Adventures of Gaining Momentum"where I talk about the dichotomy of the news that I'll be facing homelessness soon, and how it's mirrored with simultaneously good news in that my message is starting to pick up and resonate with people, and slowly but surely, people are starting to see that I do know what I’m talking about.



Wednesdays spotlight Small Business Branding Tips on the EasyBrandMarketing.com Blog (Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists)):

This week's podcast topic was "EASY Ways to Get Traffic to Your Website", giving an overview of all the ways I've discussed that traffic can be added to a website using blogs, podcasting, and search engine optimization (SEO) tips.



Fridays spotlight the Effective Complaints Resource Blog (A solution-oriented consumer advocacy resource for writing effective complaints):
Effective Complaints Resource Blog Small Business Branding Tips Blog RSS Feed 

This week's podcast was "What to Write for Effective Complaints" and I detailed what should be included in a well-written complaint letter.


Thanks for your interest, feel free to leave comments and forward this to your friends and other interested parties. 

Kindra
:)

P.S. Don’t forget to Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, Friend Me on Facebook, and check out my Nashville Home Technology Examiner page, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Ever read or heard of the "For Dummies" book series? If so, please fill out this brief survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLVRTJZ

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Adventures of Gaining Momentum

Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast entitled "The Adventures of Gaining Momentum".

This week's podcast is pretty short.  Yet another interesting week has befallen me, realizing that by the end of this week, I will probably be homeless.  And once again, the dichotomy of this information is mirrored with simultaneously good news in that my message is starting to pick up and resonate with people, and slowly but surely, people are starting to see that I do know what I’m talking about. 

Please feel free to leave comments below or give me your feedback directly, either by email “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter (@KindraCotton), or LinkedIn.  You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Click media player below to listen to this podcast. 




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!

By the way, Transcripts are now available upon request.  If you want one, please email me at "transcripts[at]exclusivemultiplicity.com".


Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day! 
Kindra

Friday, August 6, 2010

This Week's Podcast and Blogging Round-Up: August 1 - August 7

Greetings all,

For those looking to keep up with me, and what I'm doing, here's the weekly round up:

Tuesday are dedicated to Exclusive Multiplicity: Highlight the Adventures of a Serial Entrepreneur (A Tale of one Entrepreneur’s rise to success through bootstrapping while wearing flip-flops)

This week's Exclusive Multiplicity podcast talks about "The Adventures of Rooting 'For Dummies'"where I talk about how much I love the "For Dummies" book series, and how this is helping to guide my enthusiasm for following my passions in life.  Ever read or heard of the "For Dummies" book series? If so, please fill out this brief survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLVRTJZ



Wednesdays spotlight Small Business Branding Tips on the EasyBrandMarketing.com Blog (Brought to you by SSS for Success (EASY Brand Marketing Specialists)):

This week's podcast topic was "EASY Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) Tips: 10 Tips for Making Your Website Search Engine Friendly" where I give an overview of what you can do to search engine optimize (SEO) your website.



Fridays spotlight the Effective Complaints Resource Blog (A solution-oriented consumer advocacy resource for writing effective complaints):
Effective Complaints Resource Blog Small Business Branding Tips Blog RSS Feed 

This week's podcast was "How To Write Effective Complaints" and gave detail on the best way to write an effective complaint letter.


Thanks for your interest, feel free to leave comments and forward this to your friends and other interested parties. 

Kindra
:)

P.S. Don’t forget to Follow me on Twitter (@KindraCotton), Link up with me on LinkedIn, Friend Me on Facebook, and check out my Nashville Home Technology Examiner page, if you haven’t already. And if you do, send me a message! And sign up for the Maximizing The Net Newsletter while you're visiting MaximizingTheNet.com.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Adventures of Rooting "For Dummies"


Hello and thanks for checking out this week's podcast entitled "The Adventures of Rooting "For Dummies"".

This week, I talk about the struggles I have facing possible homelessness while being denied access to a government program (specifically the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).  I learned from the Homeless Coordinator in my county (Ms. Suzie Tolmie (615‐252‐8574) of the Metropolitan Housing Development Agency) that I needed to go through various social service agencies to access the grant funds allocated for the program, and it was through those agencies that I learned that I wouldn't qualify for the program, because though "unemployment" is theoretically temporary, it pragmatically is not for their purposes since there's "no end is sight".  This sucks, and I'll be doing what I can moving forward to share my dissatisfaction with this program, because as surely as it's happened to me, it's happening to plenty of other families throughout the country!  (Very similar to the plight of the Unemployed 99ers being ignored by Congress from last week's episode).


The struggles of continually pressing on despite these ostacles are lessened somewhat through this week's triumph.  In this episode, I talk about the love I have for the "For Dummies" Book Series, and how I shared my passion for them with the President with their publishing company and was asked to submit a book proposal! It's a promising opportunity, and I'm looking forward to exploring it!  With that in mind, if you could take a minute and fill out this brief survey telling me about your experience with the "For Dummies Book Series", then I would greatly appreciate it!



Also, since I mention it in the podcast, here's a snapshot of the top shelf of one of my bookcases:
 

Please feel free to leave comments below or give me your feedback directly, either by email “podcasts @ exclusivemultiplicity.com”, or by finding me on Facebook, Twitter (@KindraCotton), or LinkedIn.  You can also contact me via Skype at my name Kindra.Cotton, and you can now call me on my Google Voice line at: (201) 870-0234.  If you leave a message on my Google Voicemail line, please be sure to mention which podcast you listened to.

Click media player below to listen to this podcast. 




If the player above isn't displaying, or working properly, you can also download the podcast from iTunes for free (it may take a few days for it to appear at this link, but you can subscribe directly to the podcast feed via iTunes if you want to always get new podcast episodes when they're first uploaded)!

By the way, Transcripts are now available upon request.  If you want one, please email me at "transcripts[at]exclusivemultiplicity.com".


Come back next week, and have a Blessed Day! 
Kindra

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