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Rachael Alford
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Interesting read...use willpower to build willpower :) 

The premise is to use "temptation bundling" by allowing yourself a pleasure (reward) only after you've completed a specified task (something you struggle with doing). 

For someone with my personality, this doesn't work. I'm likely to just jump to the reward anyway. I don't have very strong willpower.

But, I am very disciplined. I'm the type of person that needs human accountability.  

I've found that there is no one best method, it's more what suits your own personal style. 

Quick read. If you have a moment, I'd love to know your thoughts.  
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I have not been on here in a while but I would be quit remiss if I didn't give Father's Day shout outs to +Stephan Hovnanian +Craig Burton +James Highberger and +Wayne Meador and all of you

I hope you day is amazing!!
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Good to see you again +Rachael Alford How are things going?
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Hope got all A+'s for the whole year! We are so proud of her. Today was her last day of first grade.
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So proud! She's getting so big!
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Cheers to +Stephan Hovnanian and +Christine DeGraff! The others are awesome, but I know these two personally. I have also interacted minimally with +Ronnie Bincer and I really think he has a gracious heart, I would love to get to know him more. 
 
Top Google+ Tipsters You Need in Your Circles

+martin shervington 
Martin is everywhere posting as much good stuff as its physically possible to post in order to help you thrive on Google+. He posted the Beginners Guide to Google+ and from this link you will find a wealth of resources such as the Quickstarter Guide.
http://www.plusyourbusiness.com/beginners-guide-google-plus/

+Brian Jensen 
Brian shares great content including some real gems to help you advance your skills on Google+. See Google+: Looking Behind The Scenes of Profiles and Posts
https://plus.google.com/+BrianJensen/posts/8Zk5BAtTZKV

+Denis Labelle 
Denis shares awesome curation posts and this one will blow your mind (its already had more than 700 reshares)
Google+ Toolbox: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DenisLabelle/posts/681cuDoMC17

+Guy Kawasaki 
Guy is Chief Evangelist of +Canva which is an essential tool for creating stunning visual images that are perfect for social media sharing even if you have a complete absence of design skills. Guy also wrote the Book What The Plus: http://whattheplus.com/what-the-plus/

+Jaana Nyström 
Jaana is one of the Top Contributors to the official Google+ Help Community. Follow her for more tips than you can handle and join this community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362

+Mark Traphagen   
Mark writes tirelessly about Google Plus. He may even be Mr Google+. Follow him for posts, test results, informative hangouts and subscribe to his Flipboard magazine called Google+ Plus Power which is packed full of tips http://flip.it/5ZD5n

+Christine DeGraff 
Christine's Circoscope is THE essential tool for circle management. The tool is about to be updated (release any day now) to improve the user interface but what you can achieve with this is tool truly jaw dropping. https://plus.google.com/+ChristineDeGraff/posts/i4KcUeNLZgM

+Ryan Hanley 
Ryan's Google Plus Starter Kit is an excellent series for building your confidence on the Plus https://plus.google.com/+RyanMHanley/posts/8SKscGXcnsd

+Rick Eliason 
Rick's comprehensive series of 50 tips is hard to miss but here is a link for your to find all of them Things You Can Do On Google Plus Right Now - 50 Tips https://plus.google.com/explore/googleplus50

+Stephan Hovnanian 
Stephan's About section of his Google Plus Profile is packed with links to his ebooks, HOA series and articles he has written to provide tips for Google+ users. Stephan (pronnounced Step-han) is often the first person to greet newbies so you probably know him already. https://plus.google.com/+StephanHovnanian/about

+Ben Fisher 
Ben's company +Steady Demand  is a must-have tool for learning more about your page performance. They created a free tool to help check connections from G+ business brand pages to websites. The tool will also grade your posts and teach you how to make them the best they can be. http://www.steadydemand.com/Google-Plus-Brand-Audit-Tool.php

+Ronnie Bincer 
Ronnie Bincer is The Hangout Helper and he runs the Hangout Mastery Community - its a paid subscription worth every penny if you are planning on hosting Hangouts and the man is pure awesome sauce! https://plus.google.com/communities/100896960081583252164

There are many others we could include as our top tipsters but these guys and the tips we've highlighted will sky-rocket your Google Plus journey, guaranteed!

#googleplustips   #gplustips  
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Great list with super people.  
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Have you ever wondered how to promote your event on LinkedIn?

Everyone always asks me how they can promote their event without alienating their contacts. Well in this post, +Bizzabo details exactly how to promote an event on LinkedIn without it being considered spam! 

#eventpromotion   #linkedin  
LinkedIn is a powerful resource to promote your conference or event. It’s an ideal place when choosing a promotional outlet because you can build upon your existing audience while using the business contacts that you have already cultivated.
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On today's blog, +Burgin Construction talks about the challenges faced when working with a second floor condo remodel. It was neat to learn how they managed to create a light and airy ambiance in the bathrooms without any windows.
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This is awesome news, Shaun!  WTG on your new position at the OMB!
President Obama intends to name Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio to his cabinet, raising Mr. Castro’s national profile before the 2016 election.
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8 Types of Information You Should Capture Every Day

I love this quote from the article "You can't be productive if you are constantly searching..."   #productivity  
Do you find yourself constantly looking for pieces of information? You can't be productive if you are constantly searching for details that you already had. It's like doing the same job over again....
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I seriously have this problem.
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RIP Maya Angelou. Your words transcend time and place. You will be missed.
Poet Nikki Giovanni knew Maya Angelou over the years, and says that part of her appeal was that she spoke "to everyone in the same voice."
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Every month I choose a closing thought to end my Mom-e Club meetings across the country and it's so fitting that I chose this one before I knew she passed.  I always enjoyed her insight. 

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Maya Angelou
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We had such a great day yesterday at my daughter's field trip to Hershey Park!
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Loved Hershey Park as a good.  Why not?  Smell of chocolate all day long?  The BEST!
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Welcome +Lance Fields into the #Project31  fold! If you haven't already, circle up these folks, they're awesome! Another great pick +Christine DeGraff 
 
#Project31 Update
Back in December I started a project to pick 31 people according to some criteria that I set based on their activity, follower count, etc. This project is continuing with each original member picking a new member that also meet the criteria on a regular basis.

Along the way, I also added an "honorary member" category and selected +Mia Voss as the first honorary member. Honorary members are people in our community who we feel would be a great fit and who can help support our members here on Google Plus. Mia has had many of our members as guests on our show and is a wonderful additional to our community.

The main goal of this project at this point is to help support and encourage each other. 

Here was the original criteria:
1) is active on G+ on a regular basis (complete profile is a given);
2) shares both their own and other people's content (and gives credit);
3) engages on their posts and on the posts of others;
4) has less than 2,500 people circling them;
5) is fairly focused yet has a "healthy mix" of content in their stream.

I have links to the introductions of the original 31 people here if you wish to learn more about each of them: 
http://blog.christinedegraff.com/2013/12/GooglePlus-31People.html

Our new members include:
+Rick Eliason selected by +Robert Ryan 
+Stephan Futeral selected by +Tina Willis 
+Marilyn Moore selected by +Jeff Sieh 
+Marc Ensign selected by +Stan Bush 
+L Williams selected by +Carolyn Capern 
+Marilyn Shannon selected by +Pepper Oldziey 
+Sandra Sallin selected by +Jason Frasca 
+Craig Burton selected by +Rachael Alford 
+Maggie Unzueta selected by +Joann Woolley 
+Katherine Tattersfield selected by +Randy Milanovic 
+Danielle Miller selected by +Lynn Abate-Johnson 

I now know all of these people pretty darn well and highly recommend them as great people to add to your circles.

At this point, I would like to invite +Lance Fields to join our community as an honorary member. With all that I have seen you do to give back and help others, you are a natural fit. I hope you will accept this invitation to join our community.

#31People   #31Weeks   #31Honorary  
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Thank you +Rachael Alford!
When I was out walking around taking pics earlier I felt like I should be preparing a speech or something. ;-) 
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Hard choices

Last week, I was approached by a potential client who is a famous, well infamous celebrity. I was faced with a huge moral dilemma because although the opportunity would have been fantastic for a number of reasons, the product promoted is not something that I want to align my brand with.

In the end I had to say no but it also validated that my business vision is on the right track and it made me just a little bit stronger.

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Good for you, Rachael!
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Principal, Rachael Alford Consulting Services
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Crowdfunding, Fundraising, Sponsorship Planning, Success Coaching, Meeting & Event Planning
Employment
  • Rachael Alford Consulting
    Owner, 2010 - present
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Philadelphia, PA
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Strengthening YOUR Capacity + Propelling YOUR Vision = OUR success
Introduction
Rachael Alford, is a fundraising consultant and meeting and event planner. Most days, Rachael can be found helping others with fundraising.

Her aim is to utilize her knowledge and experience to create, promote, and increase holistic, intuitive, and integrated solutions for success within all facets of business.

Her mission is to strengthen the capacity and propel the visions of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Visit main site at http://www.RachaelAlford.com
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Rachael has raised over $8 million for her clients!
Education
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Organizational Leadership
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Married