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February 2010 From Kevin Knebl

2/14/09

Hello again to my friends, family, colleagues, and clients. Many of you know me personally as coaching clients, networking or through one of my speaking engagements related to online and offline networking, Social Media, LinkedIn training, or personal development; and some of you may know me by LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, email or telephone. Welcome to everyone that’s new to this distribution list.

There are a lot of very smart and interesting people that I am fortunate to network with. We share books, movies, music and ideas that stimulate us. I’m always interested to learn what other people that I respect are reading, watching and listening to. This is my monthly newsletter with books I’ve recently read, movies seen, music devoured, ideas and other things that may be of interest to you. I focus on topics related to networking, Social Media and inspiration, but you never know what you’ll find here. If you find this interesting and would like to pass it on, please feel free to do so. If you’d like to be removed from this list just let me know. If someone forwarded this newsletter to you and you would like to be added to this distribution list or if you’d like to view previous newsletters (they’re all in the Notes section of my Facebook profile), please email me and let me know. Thank you for all the great feedback on this newsletter. I enjoy responding to your comments and am pleased to say that this newsletter goes out to many thousands of readers in over 40 countries.

I use LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/kevinknebl) for business networking, Facebook (http://facebook.com/kevinknebl) for social networking, and Twitter (http://twitter.com/kevinknebl) for instant global messaging. Through LinkedIn, I have been able to refer a tremendous amount of business and connect many people for business and social purposes. If we are not already connected on LinkedIn, please contact me to connect and if I’m able to refer business your way, I’ll be happy to do so. Please also consider connecting to me through Facebook and Twitter as they are a fantastic way to keep up to date with your friends all over the globe (and a lot of fun).

I apologize that I haven’t sent out a newsletter since August. I run at Mach 5 with my receding hairline on fire pretty much all the time, but the last 6 months have been at least Mach 9 and I should be bald pretty soon. I’ve recently presented talks in Texas, Las Vegas and many, many other places. I am having a ball and I am trying to keep sane so thanks for all of your kind thoughts, words and actions. I love you all!

December in Colorado is gorgeous! The leaves have fallen, some days are 65 degrees and some days it snows. The mountains are white and the holiday lights are going up. Can you believe that we’re winding down 2009 already? Jeez……

I hope that your year is going well and that you're taking the time to enjoy everyday. Remember…“Life is short. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly.”

UPCOMING PUBLIC TALKS AND TRAININGS:

I speak constantly and while most of my speaking engagements and trainings are private presentations for companies, conventions, trade shows, direct sales companies, non-profits and other organizations, there are some talks and trainings that are open to the public. Here are a few in February:

2/15 6:00-7:30 PM MT
Knebl Communications Basic to Advanced LinkedIn Training Webinar
LinkedIn is a tremendously fast growing Social Networking platform that when used effectively can help you in many ways. With over 50,000,000 people using this communication channel and more people getting connected daily, this is not a trend that you can afford to ignore.This exciting webinar will teach you:
•How to create robust profiles that showcase you and your business
•How to identify and connect with prospective networking and business partners
•Methods of communicating with large numbers of people that result in greater visibility for you and your business
•How to establish your credibility and add value to your network
•The art of building relationships that lead to long-term success.

At the end of the day, long-term business success has always been and always will be about relationships. Whether online or offline, people are the same, only the technology changes. This exciting webinar will equip you with an understanding of the strategies and methodologies used to leverage this amazing business tool!
Registration and more details are located at www.kevinknebl.com

2/16 6:00-8:00 PM MT
Knebl Communications Basic to Advanced LinkedIn Training Class
LinkedIn is a tremendously fast growing Social Networking platform that when used effectively can help you in many ways. With over 50,000,000 people using this communication channel and more people getting connected daily, this is not a trend that you can afford to ignore.This exciting live class will teach you:
•How to create robust profiles that showcase you and your business
•How to identify and connect with prospective networking and business partners
•Methods of communicating with large numbers of people that result in greater visibility for you and your business
•How to establish your credibility and add value to your network
•The art of building relationships that lead to long term success.

At the end of the day, long-term business success has always been and always will be about relationships. Whether online or offline, people are the same, only the technology changes. This exciting live class will equip you with an understanding of the strategies and methodologies used to leverage this amazing business tool!
Registration and more details are located at www.kevinknebl.com

A BOOK TO PUT ON YOUR MUST READ LIST

The Power of Less -Leo Babauta
The world continues to accelarate at a faster and faster pace and its easy to feel that we’re falling behind with all the responsibilities and opportunities that we are faced with every day. Leo has written a great book on focusing and finding calm in the chaos. He is a big proponent of simplicity and simplicity boils down to two steps:
1. Identify the essential.
2. Eliminate the rest.
It’ll make you much happier, less stressed and perhaps surprisingly, more productive.

Most of us are trying to increase the volume of the projects that we are working on and the problem with constantly trying to increase volume is that it doesn’t always produce the best results. Doing more things means you’re likey to do a lot of unimportant things, and you’ll probably become overworked and stressed at the same time.

Here are two principles of simple productivty:
1. By setting limitations, we must choose the essential. So in everything you do, learn to set limitations.
2. By choosing the essential, we create great impact with minimal resources. Always choose the essential to maximize your time and energy.

Most of us have read many books on time management and personal productivity and I’m sure that I’m not the only person that has sought to memorize methods and checklists but at the end of the day, these to-do lists add to the feeling of overwhelm. Babauta’s book is a fast read and a very simple presentation on cutting through the clutter and finding a zen-like sense of peace in this busy world.
www.thepowerofless.com

A MOVIE TO PUT ON YOUR MUST SEE LIST

Polly’s GlobalWalk
I year or so ago I was at a networking event in Denver and I met an interesting lady. Compared to most of the business people that I met at that event, she was quiet and very low key about what she does for a living.

Polly was the first woman to walk around the world. She walked 14,124 miles through 22 countries over five years and raised over $250,000 for breast cancer. This film is a documentary of her amazing walk. It was filmed in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, England, Scotland, the USA among other places.

I was in my local library recently and I came across her movie and Karin and I loved it. It’s a human interest story full of grit, courage and determination. It entertains, enlightens and inspires and it’s message is clear: you can accomplish anything if you take one step at a time. She’s a motivational speaker that really walks her talk. Alright, that was an easy one.

You will love this film. What a great story!
www.pollysglobalwalk.com

A GREAT CAUSE YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Owie Bow Wowie
A few months ago I met a great lady. Her name is Gina Gippner-Woods and man does she have a big heart.

Each year in the United States, over 20 million children are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Forty-two percent of these children have no family or friends to visit or comfort them. This is where OwieBowWowie comes in. OwieBow Wowie and Friends Foundation is a volunteer service organization whose volunteer team provides goods in the form of gifts of comfort to children who are hospitalized with a life-threatening medical condition who are older than 3 years of age and are in need of a friend. OBWF finds donors to purchase an OwieBowWowie, and each donation is given to children admitted into Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

OwieBowWowie is an adorable 14" hospital-approved plush stuffed puppy that brings hospitalized children comfort at a time when they are scared, hurting or lonely for a friend to simply be there with them.

For years, Gina has run this program all by herself including creating the plush dog dolls. Her organization is growing and she is appreciative of any help that people provide. This woman’s story and compassion inspire me and I’m proud to call her a friend.
www.owiebowwowie.net

OUTLAW PETE
This is a great song from Bruce Sprinsgsteen’s most recent CD, Working On A Dream. The song is anthem-like and a great story. A few months ago, my daughter, Anja, and I were driving on a beautiful Fall day through the Rockies and enjoying our drive together through the American Alps and we must have sang this song together at the top of our lungs at least 10 times. Bruce is an American original and of course, he is from Joizy. Crank it up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bjzjPHwoJw&feature=related

YOU’RE ONLY AS OLD/YOUNG AS YOU FEEL
Here’s a cool clip of a 29 year old man and a 92 year old woman dancing. I don’t know if dancing keeps you young, but what do you have to lose? Enjoy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msfbNVG2vFA

GOD IS GREAT, BEER IS GOOD, PEOPLE ARE CRAZY
Although if I were ever on trial for being a country music lover, I’d walk scot free, I really like this song. When you want to hear a good story, listen to country music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7xkqkveCqo

WHERE THE HELL IS MATT?
What an amazing clip. I want this Matt’s job. He REALLY likes to dance. Maybe he knows Polly…..?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

PILOBOLUS
Talent comes in many forms. I have a hard time just making a silouette of a bird. Amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPERVDVHAr4

CUDDLY TIGERS AND THEIR FRIENDS
What an amazing clip. I just wouldn’t want to have to change the kitty litter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6NGXrPbq8g

RHYTHMICS IS NOT EASY
These ladies are incredible and you can’t convince me that they aren’t descendents of Gumby.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Viu7U8_IhD4

SOME GREAT QUOTES

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Gandhi

“The maxims of men disclose their hearts.” French proverb

“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, “Damn, that was fun.” Unknown

“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.” Italian proverb

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” Elbert Hubberd

“A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments, soccer games, romances, best friends, location of friend's houses, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house." Unknown

“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.” Jules Renard

“If you're going to make every game a matter of life or death, you're going to have a lot of problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." Dean Smith

“Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come – as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours.” Thomas Fuller

“Not all chemicals are bad. Without hydrogen or oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer." Dave Barry

If you think that this newsletter will be of interest to someone that you know, please feel free to forward it on. If you have any thoughts or opinions on any of these recommendations or topics or have recommendations of your own, please let me know – you never know where the conversation may go from there.

If you are interested in online and offline networking, Social Media, LinkedIn training, coaching or personal development, please visit my website at www.kevinknebl.com for upcoming talks, trainings, webinars, coaching and information about booking me for an event. I speak and train and coach constantly and am always eager to deliver talks and trainings and coaching that provides immediate, measurable impact to you, your employees, company or organization.

As always, if you’d like to reach me, the easiest and fastest way is either by email at kevin@kevinknebl.com or mobile phone at               719-650-7659         719-650-7659.

To your success,
Kev

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