Here’s an easy way to turn your weekly blogging efforts into an email newsletter.

Author: Jason Terry

Hello friends! It’s Jason with another thought provoking story from Blue Gurus. (I hope I don’t fail you!)

The majority of our clients are telling stories on a weekly basis. Updates are pushed out to their social media sites that link back to the stories on their website. Through this process they’re staying top of mind with their most trusted relationships. It’s an effective way to market.

But what if your client or prospect is not connected to you socially?

Send an email newsletter.The answer is to send them an email newsletter. But that takes time and resources to create and deliver each month, right? If you’re coming up with stories every week and then have to create a monthly or quarterly email newsletter, it can become time consuming. Even worse, it can feel like a tedious chore.

What if I told you that you could have a weekly, monthly or quarterly email newsletter that pulls in your blog posts and is sent automatically?

Our clients have already spent time and energy creating stories about their people, their customers and the community… why not leverage that content for their email newsletter? We’ve been doing this for years and it works really well.

Mailchimp RSS-to-Email Campaigns

We leverage an excellent feature provided by MailChimp to make this happen. It’s called an RSS-to-Email Campaign.

What is RSS?Your first question might be, “what is RSS?” This stands for Really Simple Syndication and it’s a technology that’s been around for a long time. Most websites have an RSS feed built into them. Usually, this feed is a list of recent blog posts.

To see an example, the Blue Gurus RSS feed is

If you click on the link, your results may vary. Depending on the browser you use, it might look like a bunch of weird code (Chrome, if you haven’t installed a feed reader) or you might see a cleanly formatted list of the 10 most recent blog posts that we’ve written (Firefox, Opera.)

If you have an RSS feed set up on your website, you’re telling the world what your most recent stories are any time someone checks your feed.

Back to MailChimp.

MailChimpMailChimp can be set up to automatically pull your most recent posts from your RSS feed into a pre-formatted email template. It can then send the email out to your list of subscribers. This can be scheduled to happen any time a new story is found or on some other time based schedule like weekly or monthly.

If you sign up for the Blue Gurus email newsletter, you will see exactly how this works. Our newsletter is set up to deliver daily if a new story is found… and since we do a blog post every week, the email newsletter goes out weekly.

Some of our clients don’t want to send too many emails, so they’ve opted to send a monthly digest instead. Their campaigns are set up to pull new posts since the last time a newsletter was sent. Then an excerpt of the story is included with a Read More link that goes directly to their website. (Yes, this helps with SEO.) Usually their monthly email newsletter has 4-5 stories in it and it looks great.

The best thing about this solution is that you can focus your time and energy on weekly stories knowing that your email newsletter will happen automatically. Sure, you have to do some initial setup to make it all work, but once it’s up and running, it just happens!

So was I successful? Was this story thought provoking? If not, shoot me a question that you would like me to answer and you may end up highlighted in a future blog post with my answer. Have a great week!

How to Set Optional Attendees in Google Calendar and Just For Fun: Wintergatan

Author: Jason Terry

Kenton BrothersHello friends! I was recently working with our good friends at Kenton Brothers. We’ve been doing business together for many years, primarily websites but more recently blogging and email newsletters. During our most recent blog team meeting, we decided to schedule a development day together.

Optional Attendees in Google Calendar

Google Calendar : Optional AttendeeI pulled up Google Calendar and started inviting attendees to the development day. Once you’ve added everyone to a calendar request, they show up under the Participants section and each person has a person icon to the left of their name.

By default, this icon is solid black, meaning the person invited is required for the meeting. We knew that Neal might be out of the office for our development meeting, so I clicked the icon to the left of his name to mark him as an optional attendee. The icon turns from solid black to an outlined person icon.

There was a collective, “Aha!” in the room when I did that. Nobody knew that was how you make an attendee optional in Google Calendar. It’s easy to do, but not obvious.

That’s one of the benefits we love to provide our clients outside of the blogging, LinkedIn training and website development work we do. Improving efficiency by example is built into the way we do things!

Quick Update on LinkedIn Changes and Sales Navigator

Mic and I are in the process of understanding all of the recent interface changes on LinkedIn. In case you missed it, I talked about a few of them a couple of weeks ago in a post called, “LinkedIn. Changed. Everything. Where the heck do I go to find and edit stuff now?

Sales NavigatorWe are also upgrading to paid versions of LinkedIn Sales Navigator and will be doing future posts about what we’ve learned and why we’re paying for Sales Navigator.

LinkedIn is obviously experiencing major growing pains. They’ve made a lot of changes and the support just isn’t there to answer the resulting wave of questions. I talked to one of their team members today about it. They know they’ve got to figure it out… I hope they do so quickly. That said, I like a lot of the new features and direction they are heading, so please be patient… LinkedIn is still the best business networking tool out there and will continue to get even better.

Just For Fun: Wintergatan

WintergatanOver the last 2 years, I’ve become a huge fan of an eclectic band from Sweden called Wintergatan. About a year ago, they posted a video of their Marble Machine that is just amazing. The engineer in me cried a big tear of joy.

If you appreciate music and complicated machinery, it will be a great investment of 4 minutes and 32 seconds to watch this video. And if you liked the Marble Machine, you will like StarMachine2000 that has stop motion LEGO video and all four band members playing lots of instruments.

When these guys come to the United States in 2018, I am getting on a plane to go see them.

That’s about it for this week! Let me know if you liked the Optional Attendee tip for Google Calendar or if you had heard of Wintergatan and their Marble Machine before. Have a great week.

How to Set Your Email Introductions Up for Success

Post written by Mic Johnson, Blog Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | Website Builder | Rational Optimist | @MJMeetings Cheerleader | #micnuggets | Jayhawk

“I’ll shoot an email introducing the two of you.”

This is a statement that’s said thousands of times a day in business. I did a couple of email introductions recently and it got me thinking about how important it is to set up your email introductions for success.

While there are several ways to accomplish this, a good email introduction should include the following standard components:

  1. A clear email subject line – Keep it simple and make sure it communicates clearly to the recipients what the purpose of the email is.
  2. A quick note to both recipients – Let each person know specifically why you’re making the introduction and why you think it would be good for them to meet. Be conversational. Be personal. Be human. Even throw in a little humor.
  3. Include all relevant contact information – Be sure to include each person’s email address, phone number, website, etc. to make it easy for both parties to do some quick research on each other. Consider adding a link to their LinkedIn Profile (that is, of course, if they have one that doesn’t suck.)
  4. End with an offer to help – Always end your introduction with an offer to help if they need anything else.

Below are two examples of email introductions I recently sent. These are pretty short and to the point. Sometimes, depending on how much time I have, I’ll include even more detail. What do you think?

How do you set your email introductions up for success? Share your ideas in the Comments section below and/or email your own introduction examples to


John and Shawn

How Honey Will Save You Time And Money

Post written by Mic Johnson, Blog Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | WordPress Website Guy | Rational Optimist | Jayhawk | Sushi Lover | @MJMeetings Husband

honeysavedyouDo you like saving time?

Do you like saving money, but don’t like searching for coupons and taking the time to do comparison shopping?

Do you know how much you’ve spent on (If not, you can find out here) and wish you could save money along the way without going through a bunch of hassle?

Well then you’re going to to love HONEY!

I don’t recall how I first came across this amazing FREE service, but I downloaded the 5-Star Rated Google Chrome Extension for Honey (nearly 2.4 MILLION people have downloaded the extension so far) and then started saving money online immediately! (NOTE: According to their website, Honey’s browser plugin currently works on desktop versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Support for other browsers and a mobile app are coming soon.)

Their website offers immediate coupon codes if you want to shop at some of the stores they’re featuring, but here’s how I’ve saved money using it so far:

amazonbestdealShopping on
When shopping on (after Honey is installed in your browser) and going to your Shopping Cart to look at items before checking out, Honey shows you if you currently have the “Best Deal” on an item or if there’s a way for you to save money. (NOTE: If there are items sold exclusively by, then there won’t be any savings options.)

Shopping on other internet sites
When shopping on other sites independent of, Honey will search the internet for you to find the best coupon code to save you money at checkout.honeyfindsavings

As just one example, I recently bought a pair of tennis shoes from and, when I went to checkout, Honey found me a coupon that saved me $12 (or basically the cost of the taxes on the purchase).

I didn’t have to do ANYTHING except wait for Honey to find the best coupon code and then hit APPLY to get instant savings!

So don’t wait another second…

Save Time. Save Money. Use Honey.

(You can install Honey here or click on any of the images in this post…)



Why I Decided to Get All Medieval With My Handwritten Cards

Post author: Jason Terry

I’m always impressed when I get a hand written card in the mail. It could be someone thanking me for meeting them for coffee or for donating my time. Or as a way for someone to give me their business card.

No matter what the reason, it’s a nice touch that someone has spent a little extra time to send me a message the old fashioned way.

For me personally, I’ve wanted to do that more often, but I’ve struggled over the years making it happen. It’s just so much easier to type up a quick email or pick up the phone. (And I’m a lefty, so when I write in a card, I usually get ink on my left hand!)

But that’s kind of the point, right? It takes a minute. And the recipient knows that. And hopefully appreciates the extra time it took to say hello or thank you.

I needed something to make the process more fun… and I think I’ve finally found the solution.

Wax Seals

Blue Gurus Wax SealI’m sure you’ve seen plenty of movies set in the age of castles and knights where letters and secret orders are sent by rider to their destination. These letters typically had a red wax seal with an emblem pressed into them. Often, this emblem was made by a signet ring worn by the sender that verified his or her identity. These seals were used by monarchs, bishops, and royal courts for use in issuing official decrees and authenticating documents.

In 2016, there are much better ways to send important documents securely. Dropbox, Google Apps, and even eFax to name a few. But for me, finishing a hand written note with a wax seal on the back has made the process a lot more fun and personal. And the responses I’ve gotten from the first few I’ve sent prove to me it’s worth the time.

The Process

Compass SealYou can buy all kinds of seals and wax on The first seal I bought for a test run was one for my wife’s business, Curious Compass. It made a really nice impression shaped like a compass. I really liked the result, but using an open flame to melt wax in my home office was not an ideal solution.

I did some research and found that you can buy wax sticks that fit in a traditional low temperature glue gun. All you have to do is insert one of the wax sticks, turn on the glue gun, and 5 minutes later you are pouring wax on your envelope. Even better, the 5 minutes it takes for the glue gun to heat up is about all it takes to grab the card, write the note and address it.

Once you have the wax in a round-ish puddle on the back of an envelope, you put your seal in the middle of it and let it sit there for a couple of seconds. Then remove the seal and you are done!

One question I’ve gotten is what happens to the wax seal when it gets mailed and the United States Postal Service runs it through their mail sorting machines? It’s not a problem. Most of the sealing wax you can buy is labeled mailable. It’s formulated to be pliable and not brittle.

Custom Seals

Blue Gurus Custom Wax StampI think it’s important to use your brand or logo whenever possible. I had a custom seal made by Nostalgic Impressions for about $45 shipped. And yes, I was able to pick the handle color, so of course it’s blue.

I also bought some of their Cobalt Blue wax that’s really close to our logo color. The logo and wax look awesome on the back of a card.


A customized seal is $45. Standard seals are $10-$15 each. A wax stick is $2 and makes about 10 seals. A low temperature glue gun is $10.

For less than $100, you could be putting customized wax seals in just about any color on the back of your hand written letters for the next couple of years.


So far, I’m only doing one or two cards a week, but I’m enjoying the process and the response. If you want to make an impact or differentiate yourself in a competitive market, consider trying this out! Please let me know if you do… or if you have any other interesting ways to send notes to your friends and clients.

As always, thank you for reading and commenting on our blog posts! Our goal is to make you think, chuckle, take action and hopefully learn something useful along the way. If you know someone that could benefit from this story, please share it with them when you get a chance.

Why You Need To Immediately Stop Ignoring LinkedIn Invitations

Post written by Mic Johnson, Blog Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | WordPress Website Guy | Rational Optimist | Jayhawk | Sushi Lover | @MJMeetings Husband

I’m going to ask you a question and I already know what your answer will be. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that 100% of the people who read this question will have the exact same answer.

Have you ever received a LinkedIn connection request from someone you didn’t know that read:
“I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn”?

Of course the answer is YES. We all have. It’s one of the most annoying LinkedIn “bugs”that happens to every single one of us, often multiple times a week. Even worse, it wastes time and discourages engagement, which is the exact opposite thing a social network is supposed to do.

A big reason why this happens is because LinkedIn hasn’t made it obvious how to personalize LinkedIn connection requests. (HINT: The easiest way is to do it from your computer and click the blue CONNECT button directly from a person’s LinkedIn profile page). One of these days LinkedIn will wake up and make personalizing invitations the default option anytime you hit the blue CONNECT button anywhere on their site or app. But until then…

I’m guessing you’re like most people and, when you get a connection request with the default “invitation” message and you don’t know the person, you hit the IGNORE button.

Pending LinkedIn InvitationsI’m here to tell you that, especially if you have business development responsibilities, you need to immediately stop doing that and start doing this instead:

  1. Move your mouse and hover over the “invitations” icon in the upper right hand corner of your LinkedIn account.
  2. Click on “Pending Invitations”.
  3. Instead of hitting the IGNORE button, hit the little arrow that appears to the right of the person’s picture.
  4. Reply button on LIType a message asking the person why they were interested in connecting with you. Here’s a message I use often:

    Hi X,

    Thank you for the connection request. I wanted to let you know that I typically connect to people who I’ve met, know, trust, respect, can vouch for, etc. It’s certainly nothing personal; just how I choose to grow and protect my network.

    Please let me know what interested you in connecting and what led you to my profile. If you’re interested in the services that Blue Gurus provides, I’d be happy to set up a time to chat by phone.

    Thank you,


Ever since LinkedIn rolled out the “chat” feature, I’ve been regularly using this approach. And when I do, I get responses back from people 95% of the time. Below are a few actual responses I’ve received recently:

“I am looking for a reputable firm in the KC area with Word Press expertise. I ran across your profile and company based on a search directly related to that. Let me know if you have an interest in discussing your Word Press related skills and services. Dave”

LI response“Hi Mic, I connected with you because of two mutual connections… I also have a friend looking to start a website and wanted to refer you to her. Please feel free to not accept my invitation. Thank you for asking. Have a great day. Dawn”

“Mic, I appreciate that. Honestly i was looking at hitting follow, rather than friend request just because I am trying to “see” more of the influencers in my feed and, both “LinkedIn Trainer” and “WordPress Website Guy” both jumped at me, when I stumbled onto your profile/ Not taking it personal, I totally understand the need to protect your network. I do not need any services at this point in time, but will keep it in mind if the need arises. Thank you for your reply. Sincerely, Laurence”

“Good Day Mic, I recently started following you based on a comment you made on someone else’s positive post. I just appreciate motivating individuals to help the entire team succeed vs. going at it alone and being miserable. I have read a few of your posts and thought I’d like to connect. I understand that you limit yourself and I am content to continue to follow you. Stay positive you’re doing tons of good! Make it a great day! Carrie”

So what’s the point of all of this? If you just hit the IGNORE button and don’t take the time to engage with people, you’re potentially missing out on real business opportunities, career opportunities, new subscribers/audience for your blog, new LinkedIn followers, the chance to add quality relationships to your network, and who knows what else!

Again, a big reason all of us have to deal with this “extra step” is because of LinkedIn. But another reason is because people can be REALLY LAZY when it comes to using LinkedIn effectively (Pretty crazy how many people still have horrible LinkedIn profiles, isn’t it?).

The good news? Now that I’ve shown you exactly what to do, you don’t have an excuse anymore to not engage people who are interested in connecting with you! I’m not saying you have to do this process every single time.

I’m not saying you have to connect to everyone you engage with. But I am saying that you owe it to yourself to take this simple extra step to see if it might lead to something that could be beneficial to you, your company, your career, etc. for years to come.

Does your business need help with LinkedIn? We’ve been helping companies for the last 7 years learn how to use LinkedIn more effectively. We’d love to help you. To learn more, give me a call at 913-645-6650 or email me at

It Doesn’t Take Much To Make Someone Feel Loved And Respected

Author: Jason Terry

This week, I thought I would share a story about something that happened to me recently. It’s a story about a random act of kindness that reminded me it doesn’t take much to make someone feel loved and respected. And it involves one of our clients, Umbrella Managed Systems.

Umbrella Managed SystemsWe’ve been doing business with Umbrella since 2010 in various capacities. Umbrella has had a lot of success over the years and we’re honored to have played a small part in making that happen.

They’ve been in the Top 10 list of Network Support Companies in the Kansas City Business Journal’s Book of Lists since 2011 and they were #6 in 2016.

A Long Day

Last week, I was working with Umbrella on their blogging efforts. It was their first real month of storytelling with our help and we had a lot of things to get in place for the process to work. I was scheduled to be there until 2pm but ended up staying until after 5pm getting everything knocked out.

Heath Stover is one of the principals of Umbrella and is also my friend. We worked together all day in his office and he felt bad that it was taking so long to get everything done. He felt even worse when he overheard me talking to my wife Trista about pushing back our dinner plans. (Which wasn’t a big deal for us at all!)

Special Delivery

Trista - FlowersSo the following Monday, Trista got a special delivery at the hospital where she works. It was a beautiful flower arrangement with a note from Heath apologizing for keeping me late. She was so surprised! She called me to tell me the story and I could hear in her voice that it had made an impact.

And I got to thinking about what that simple gesture meant. It told me a lot about the value that Heath places on our relationship. It told me that he appreciates me and the work I do for them. It told me that we have a relationship that matters. And if you don’t know me that well, that’s really the most important thing to me in the world.

Random Acts of Kindness

The cost of a flower arrangement (or Chiptole gift card, etc.) pales in comparison to the benefit you get from taking the time to do a random act of kindness for someone. An employee. A vendor. Your business partner. Whatever.

The challenge is finding those moments to be creative and make someone smile. It has to be something you keep in the back of your mind so that when the opportunity presents itself, you are ready to act. And then of course you have to follow through and take the time to act!

My Challenge to You

Find an opportunity in the next week to tangibly thank someone who makes a difference in your life. (If you already regularly do that, nice job! Share your stories in the Comments section below.) And if you accomplish that… try doing it every week…and then every month….for the rest of your life. I am 100% convinced it’s one of the ways you will find…and spread…true happiness.

P.S. – Heath, if you’re reading this… thanks man. I really appreciate it. See you soon for our next round of blogging!

Want to know how much you’ve spent at since you opened your account?

Hi friends! It’s Jason again with this week’s story. And if you shop on a lot, you are going to love this… or maybe not if you suffer from retail therapy.

Did you know that you can run a report in your account to see how much you’ve spent over time? You can go all the way back to when you opened your account. So basically, you can see exactly how much you’ve spent at since you opened your account.

The Data

Amazon LogoUsing the instructions below, I determined the total amount I’ve spent at since I opened my account in 2006. I was really curious!

I was a bit shocked at the total. I love and have a Prime membership. I use it a lot… and the number I saw proved it.

My first order was placed in January 2006 for a whopping total of $20.99. It was a Logitech cordless mouse and keyboard that normally cost $49.95 and was on sale for $14.50. There were no Prime memberships yet, so I had to pay $6.49 for shipping. The good news was that this was before tax was charged online if there was no brick and mortar store in your state, so there was no tax.

My biggest order was in December 2014 for $2,500. Sadly, there was $201.16 worth of tax this time. But a whole bunch of heavy stuff shipped to my house for free with my Amazon Prime membership!

Determining the total amount of your orders

Step One: Generate a report of all the orders you’ve ever made

  1. Download Order ReportsLog into your account.
  2. Click the Your Account link towards the top right of the screen. It will take you to a page with all your account settings. There is a major section named Orders. In that area, under Order History, there’s a Download Order Reports link. Click that link. (Check out the image to the right.)
  3. You will end up at a Request Order History Report form.
  4. In the Report Type dropdown, choose Orders and Shipments. (This is important… I didn’t do this the first time and the report failed, so just make sure to make sure the report type is Orders and Shipments.)
  5. For Start Date, specify January 1st and use the Year dropdown to specify the oldest year possible… this is the year that you opened your account.
  6. For End Date, click the Use Today link and today’s date will be used for the end date.
  7. Click the Request Report button.

At this point, Amazon will start generating your report for you. If you’ve had your Amazon account for years, it might take a minute before your report is available.

Step Two: Use Excel or Google Sheets to total the order amount column.

  1. Once your report is ready, there will be a link that you can click to download your report. The Download link will be to the right under Actions.
  2. Click on that link and you’ll be able to download the .CSV file to your computer. (Be sure to keep track of where you save it.)
  3. Once the file is downloaded, open it in your favorite spreadsheet application like Excel or Google Sheets.
  4. There is a column titled Total Charged that is almost the last column to the right. (It’s the third from the right.) You need to sum this column… in Excel, go to the bottom of the data, select an empty cell under the Total Charged column and click the AutoSum button in the toolbar to sum the entire column. Click enter to apply the formula to the cell, and you’ll see the total amount you’ve spent on since you opened your account.

In Closing

If you’ve ever wondered how much you’ve spent with, I hope you found this article helpful! Please let me know if you used this info to see for yourself how much you’ve spent!

Want to Create Your Own Word Cloud Images for Free?

Hello friends! It’s Jason with this week’s blog post.

Every so often, I try to make you aware of a tool that you can use in your business. I’ve mentioned RoboForm, Evercontact, and Pingdom to name a few. And this week, I wanted to share with you.

Word CloudThe idea for this post came up while I was working with one of our clients this week. They were trying to create a word cloud for one of their blog posts and weren’t sure where to begin. They had a bunch of terms that they wanted to display based on the importance of each word or phrase.

Many people assume that word clouds are a collection of related terms or ideas. That might be the case, but the real driver behind most word clouds is how often each term or phrase occurs. And that’s why some words are bigger than others… because they appear more often in the content or they are statistically more relevant than other terms.

You can generate your own word cloud for free at

Word CloudThis business word cloud in the shape of a briefcase is another example. There are plenty of keywords behind it, and if you want to see it generated live, just click this link.

You can play with the settings like font,  size, color theme, shape and more. You can also see the list of terms behind this word cloud by clicking the Word List button.

Next time you want to display some data in an interesting way, you might consider generating a word cloud!

10 FREE Ways to Be More Reliable

Post written by Mic Johnson, Blog Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | WordPress Website Guy | Rational Optimist | Jayhawk | Sushi Lover | @MJMeetings Husband

One of the things I list about myself in the Summary of my LinkedIn Profile reads as follows:

Reliable – I do what I say I’ll do. EVERY TIME. I don’t drop balls.

I take great pride in this characteristic and, for the longest time, I thought everyone was that way. To this day, I still don’t understand how someone can look you in the eye (or the “electronic eye” via email, text, etc.), tell you that they’re going to do something, and then NOT DO IT.

When did doing what you say you’re going to do…being accountable to yourself and to others….become negotiable?

Now obviously life and business can get in the way sometimes, so there will always be justified exceptions. But if you don’t do the following 10 FREE things already, I challenge you to be better going forward. It will only help you, your friends, your family, your prospects and your clients:

  1. 10 FREE Ways to Be More RELIABLEShow up to meetings on time…or a few minutes early. This one really should go without saying. Be respectful of people’s time. If you’re going to be late, call or text and let the other party know.
  2. Make introductions. If you told someone you’re going to introduce them to someone else in your network, do it promptly and professionally. Make sure both parties know why the introduction is being made and how it may benefit them.
  3. Send proposals promptly. If you talk to someone about your product or service and they ask for a proposal, don’t make them wait for it. We typically get proposals out in 24 hours or less. If that’s not possible for you, then set the expectation with the person you’re sending the proposal to.
  4. Reply to emails in a timely manner. I generally respond to all emails the same day I receive them. That isn’t always possible for everyone, but responding within 24 hours should be manageable.
  5. Return phone calls in a timely manner. I take the same approach to phone calls as I do to emails. Keep in mind…this isn’t because I’m some organizational wizard. It’s because I respect other people’s time and I don’t want to be the one holding something up.
  6. Follow up on referrals. If you’re lucky enough to have people in your network who take their time to refer you, you owe it to them to follow up with referrals quickly and professionally. If someone refers me, with few exceptions, I will contact the person they referred me to the same day, even if that’s to set up a time later to talk or meet.
  7. Follow up with the person who referred you. Follow up with the person who referred you. Again, if you’re lucky enough to have people in your network who take their time to refer you, follow up with them too. Not just at the time of the referral, but keep them in the loop in the process and let them know how it turned out.
  8. Get the work done on time. If you tell someone that you’ll have something to them by a certain date, do it. If you can’t get the work done on time, notify them and make sure that it’s the exception rather than the rule.
  9. If you have to reschedule an appointment with someone, give them ample notice. We’ve had situations where we’ve had an entire day blocked off on our calendars for weeks to work on a website project and then received a call the day before saying they need to reschedule. That’s time we could have scheduled with other clients. Obviously emergencies, etc. happen, but outside of that, always be respectful and courteous of people’s time.
  10. If someone invites you to something, respond…even if you can’t make it or aren’t interested. My wife and I have an annual Prairie Village Art Fair Party at our house. We send out an Evite where people can select Yes, Maybe or No. This past year there were probably 20-30 people who didn’t take a minute to respond. Think about that. We took the time to think of them and invite them and they couldn’t do us the courtesy of responding. Whether it’s something for your business or personal life, there are no excuses for not responding to someone who took the time to invite you to an event.

What other things do you do to be reliable to people in your life? What experiences have you had where someone wasn’t reliable? How did it impact you?

To learn more about how Blue Gurus can help you with blogging, LinkedIn or a new WordPress website, call or email me at 913-645-6650 or