A Year of Gifts

By John Aberle | Business Lifestyle

Dec 29

John Aberle at Kahler Russell Park, Covina, CA - 12/20/08

John Aberle at Kahler Russell Park, Covina, CA - 12/20/08

Think Back on the Blessings of this Past Year
As we are about to start another calendar year, this is a great time to reflect on the blessings of this past year. For me, it has been a time of fantastic education. I have conducted a self-directed course of study at the University of Hard Knocks as I have upgraded my sales and marketing skills for the 21st Century by diving into Internet marketing and social networking. It’s been fun though often frustrating. It seems every time I think I am about to finish my major projects so as to start on something new, I find another aspect I need to tackle first if I am to lead by example.

Developing New Friendships
In the process of all this learning, I have been developing some wonderful new friends – people I really admire. At the Master Trainer Camp, I made quite a few contacts with people I want to get to know better. A couple, I have already started to build a tighter relationship with. One in particular, DeBorah Beatty, has been a Godsend as she understands the technical aspects of websites and blogs so she’s given me excellent assistance when I needed a coach. To read about the highlights of the fabulous trainers’ presentations at the Master Trainer Camp, check out my website, http://www.johnaberle.com for a page on that experience.

Additionally, I’ve found mentors, gurus, and experts on Internet marketing and social networking whom I really like and respect. Some of them are already friends. Others I hope to earn the right to their friendship. One, especially, Cathy Perkins, the WordPress Wizard, has taught me so much about the technical aspects of running a blog – all at the level of a knowledgeable user, not a programmer.

Build a Community with Social Networking
I have also added dozens of friends on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, and Home Based Business Network. I’ve shared pictures on Flickr, Facebook, and now Tweetpic. All of this is in an effort to develop a personal community.

During the last month of 2008, the idea of community has become increasingly important to me. I’ll be writing more on it because of realizations I’ve had regarding the importance of community to business. But for right now, I’m going to make it more personal.

Writers’ Group Provides Support in Improving Skills
A year and a half ago, my wife, Dorothy, found a writers’ group for me at the Glendale Barnes and Noble. Since I joined them, we have relocated to the Burbank Barnes and Noble. This group has been an incredible find. The members are amazingly talented writers who give skillful and frank feedback – while remaining kind and constructive. We genuinely care about each other and support each other. <Read the Rest of this Article>


About the Author

My first Kindle eBook, How Relationship Selling Rewards Small Businesses, went live on April 24, 2012. https://amzn.to/2BaP2AH I've lived a lifetime of service and spiritual search so it's natural for me to incorporate these attitudes into my work. I believe that selling and marketing are spiritual service when done with a heart-centered, relationship selling approach. All of business success comes down to building strong relationships.