A Different Job Interview

I spent an interesting morning yesterday at the National Water sports Centre Holme Pierrepont. I had applied for work there and I was invited for a practical assessment. Unfortunately the weather system which resulted in the snow storm which shut down the East coast of the USA, was  passing
over the UK, so the winds were high with rain in the north.

There were a number of no shows so what had been planned to last a day only covered the morning as only one other person attended. We ended up only doing one practical test of building a raft and assembled a raft using four barrels, two long poles as six short and thinner poles and numerous ropes. We took our time and after 30 minutes built a passable raft, capable of carry four people. We were then made aware of possible safety issues where  limbs could become trapped. Three instructors them demonstrated a different design using four Barrels, the two long poles and just four ropes built in 5mins and once again pointing out areas to watch when assembling and using rafts.

The winds were still strong, above the limits of normal operations so no further tests were possible  but we were taken on a tour around the site viewing the Rowing course, Assault course challenge, E-combat, Sky trail, mini golf, Laser Tag and Segways. I was impressed with the Sky trail from a  safety point of view as users are permanently attached  to a track from start to finish and even toddlers can use a mini version, We also viewed the extensive sailing and canoeing equipment, safety boats, White Water area and Wake boarding set-up.

We finished up with checking our certificates and discussing work opportunities. One question  came to light was my lack of formal certification  versus years of experience. Which has the most value, ideally you need both. Rules and regulations in the UK require valid certificates, however no training can cover all eventualities and this  is where experience comes into play. The question for potential employers is it worth to spend time and money in training up experienced people or do they accept only those with certification.

I now have to wait a few weeks, as they have another weekend assessment to complete, before they will invite selected candidates for a more formal interview.

This afternoon, I continue my School Governor training, having been elected in December, I need to learn  more about how the education system works in the UK.

 

David Ogden
Helping Peaple Help themselves
Markethive,com/david-ogden

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European Refugee Crisis

European Refugee Crisis.

There seems to be little action taking place to resolve the situation and now they are talking of changing the rules laid down in the Dublin Agreement, which states that those seeking asylum in Europe need to apply in the first country they reach,

The rules have worked fine for years, however numbers have increased including large numbers of economic migrants who have swelled the numbers and do not qualify for asylum. Last year Germany announced it would accept anyone who reached it border and this effectively destroyed any form of control, causing millions of people to cross from Turkey to Greece and North Africa to Italy, Malta and France, many without documents. European countries were eventually forced to temporary close their borders as they could not cope.

Germany has now admitted that it cannot cope with the 1.1 million refugees and in it fact does not even know where over half of them are because they only registered names and country of origin before allowing them to travel to the area of Germany they wished to live in to apply for Asylum and it is possible that some may have left Germany for other countries.

Immigrant are increasingly being accused of causing problems in countries they are living in including Germany and Sweden, probably the worse case being in Calais where some 150 broke through security fences and 50 of them boarded a ferry bound for the UK. They complain about living conditions in the “Jungle” camps both in Calais and Dunkirk but are unlikely to use new facilities under construction by the French Government at Dunkirk as they fear they will become internment camps.

The truth is that many immigrants will not be granted asylum as they are merely economic migrants and not refugees whose lives are in danger. Law and order has broken down what is need is for refugees to be able to register as asylum seekers either before they travel to Europe or on arrival. There needs to be a way to fast track applications, rejecting those who are economic migrant who should apply for visa's in the normal way

UK Asylum – If someone is at risk of being persecuted in their own country, they may go abroad and ask for asylum in another country. Granting ‘asylum’ means giving someone permission to remain in another country because of that risk of persecution.

In legal terms, a person who has asked for asylum in the UK and is waiting for a decision on that claim is called an asylum seeker. Someone who has received a positive decision on his or her asylum claim is called a refugee.

Although some asylum seekers might enter the UK illegally, once they have applied for asylum they are no longer ‘illegal’. Anyone seeking protection is entitled to stay in the UK while awaiting a decision on their asylum claim.

The right to claim asylum is in international law. Governments are obliged to provide protection to people who meet the criteria for asylum. The UK has signed these international laws and they are part of UK legislation.

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden

The MarketHive RSS WordPress Plugin

markethive wordpress pluginThe MarketHive RSS WordPress Plugin

This plugin uses the "Really Simple Syndication" system, a file format that is incorporated by Internet users in their websites to allow for 'web syndication', making their web content available in a format that can be universally understood by other people.

In essence, the Plugin is a 'mini database' that contains headlines and descriptions (a summary or a line or two of the full article) of your web content, including hyperlinks that enable users to link back to the full article of their choice.

Websites that use the MarketHive Plugin – that is, websites that contain MarketHive generated 'feeds' (articles or postings) – typically have colorful graphics and YouTube links to indicate to users that the specific web content is available in the associated feeds.

The graphics in the plugin may be hyperlinked or not and the MarketHive Plugin is now being adopted and used by more website owners and publishers.

Today, numerous resources are now available that aid Internet surfers (and even beginners as well) on how to set up and use MarketHive. After joining MarketHive, the RSS Plugin is available and your feeds can now be added to your website. The simple process does not involve a lot of time or any money or technical ability. Listed below are some simple and basic steps that you might want to follow:

1. Have your web content and/or news in MarketHive available now in RSS feed format on your website.

Sample: See:  An RSS Feed I have used

2. Take note of your MarketHive username as this enables the feed.

3. Install the MarketHive RSS WordPress Plugin and configure it as a Widget on your own website.

4. Having created for your website, next comes the task of publishing your web content and news and having them displayed on other sites and headline viewers. You can also add posts your MarketHive friends are making and have them posing on your MarketHive WordPress Plugin.

5. Click on the "MarketHive Setting” in the Settings Menu of WordPress. This will generate the feed for your web content.

6. Allows users to have control over the information that they wish to view or receive, as they can remove a feed of their choosing any time they want to.

Aside from these benefits, using the Plugin is a useful way for people who conduct their business in the Internet, particularly in Internet or Online Marketing. The Plugin can be an effective marketing tool for your website, especially in the following fields:

· E-mail marketing and publishing

· Search engine marketing and optimization

· Business blogging · Internet advertising

· Digital public relations

· Branding and e-commerce

In addition, the Plugin can 'power' your website, providing you with the following:

· Valuable, updated, and relevant resources for site visitors and potential clients – The Plugin is ideal for websites that contain (and syndicate) a lot of information that has to be changed or updated regularly.

· Search engine optimization for the website. · Increased traffic for the website – your website can 'harvest' and display information from other sites, driving more traffic to your own website.

· A reliable way to have your web content delivered to Internet users and potential clients – The Plugin ensures that your site is viewed by the people who are interested in the posts without having them blocked and 'cleaned' by ISPs or Spam filters.

These are just some of the advantages that MarketHive RSS WordPress Plugin can give your website (and your business). The possibilities are endless, as more and more comes up almost every day.

Do not be left behind – take the advantage of the marketing and publishing power of the MarketHive Plugin.

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Brian Walters Contact me:

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MarketHive

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden

What can we learn from Lewis Burns about being an entrepreneur?

Lewis Burns is an artist, musician, teacher, philanthropist, and I'm sure he wears many additional hats,  but I do not know him personally.  We just connected recently on LinkedIn.

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From his LinkedIn profile, it states,

"Lewis Burns is a Talbragar-Wiradjuri man born in Dubbo, NSW. He has been learning about his Aboriginal culture for as long as he can remember. He continues to practice and respect these life skills each day and still learns and grows from this ancient knowledge.

Lewis' love of his heritage is evident when you speak with him, and depicted even more in his Aboriginal crafts, traditional dancing, didgeridoo performances, mural paintings and teaching. He is very dedicated to sharing what he knows with others to help keep these customs alive. Lewis paints in traditional Aboriginal and contemporary styles.

He has exhibited and performed both within Australia and overseas with his handcrafted didgeridoos. Each piece of Lewis' artwork tells a story…..a story that will live on forever through the generations, as the artwork is handed down from one family to another"

So what can we learn about being an entrepreneur from him? 

  1. Be honest – Be proud of who you are, where you have come from, and be true to yourself.  Lewis Burns exudes his heritage in everything he does.    
  2. Be original  – Lewis Burns certainly has this covered.  He has an abundance of originality. His art shows a careful study and beautiful reflection of his obvious love of animals, and the natural environment. In this age of copy-cat Internet marketing and hype, Lewis truly stands out.
  3. Be ubiqitous.  Lewis is everywhere.  He is on LinkedIn.  He has a Facebook page for his business, Red Earth Gallery.  He is on Twitter, and Instagram. I invited him to MarketHive, (a new social network for entrepreneurs, membership by invitation only), and he joined right away.
  4. Be conscientious – Be a philanthropist as much as you can.  Give of your time and talents to less fortunate and disadvantaged groups.  Lewis shows boys at a local juvenile detention center how to make and play didgeridoos.
  5. Be a teacher – whatever your special talent and skill, learn to teach it to others to pass on your knowledge. In Lewis case, I think wherever he is, and whatever he does, he is teaching his love of his culture, his heritage, and his love of all things.

So, my suggestion for all new or experienced entrepreneurs is to purchase a didgeridoo from Lewis Burns, (they are extraordinarily beautiful), and one of his online courses on how to play it.  Then try to emulate him in everything you do, from your daily marketing, to your respect for your fellow man, and nature, and the divine in all things.

You will be a better person, and a better entrepreneur for it, and this world will also be a better place in which to live.

Note: See more on Lewis Burns on the social networks, and his website at:

http://lewisburns.com/

English: Various types of Didgeridoo. Top: A t...

English: Various types of Didgeridoo. Top: A traditionally crafted and decorated didgeridoo. Middle: A bamboo souvenir didgeridoo. Bottom: An undecorated traditionally crafted didgeridoo. Photo taken by myself in July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: A demonstration of Australian musical...

English: A demonstration of Australian musical instrument 'didgeridoo' during 'December Night' celebration at Balboa Park in San Diego, California in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden

Committed to Success

Commited to SuccessThe New year has now officially started with today being the first day of work for many people. Yesterday in church the sermon was about surprisingly about New Years Resolutions. Few responded on being questioned,to have made resolutions, including the Priest himself. I find it surprising that so few people are will to commitment themselves, to changes which can improve their lives.

 

I make resolutions most years and my track record of achievements is pretty good, I find that committing them to paper, helps to hold myself accountable. If you are interested in my plans for 2016 they are listed here

I pride my self as being a committed person.

“You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training. There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” Seth Godin founder of Squidoo

I planned to retire at 55 but managed to retire at the age of 50 and became a full time Adventure competing in some of the longest and hardest expeditions races in the world, it took me three years of racing before finally being able to get my complete team across the finish line during a race in Amazonia,

I have always been a goal orientated person and can be quite controversial is someone stands between me and my dream. I have developed a happy disposition knowing I will do what ever it takes, both physically and mentally to achieve my goals

To help me achieve my New Years Resolutions this year, I need to enlist the help of some like minded people, who wish to improve themselves by working with me to promote a newly launched social neural marketing site called MarketHive.

MarketHive is an intuitive site with a FaceBook like look and feel, however it has been built from the bottom up to support budding entrepreneurs with a range of essential tools to maximise your marketing efforts.

 
David Ogden
Helping People Help Themselves
Http://markethive.com/david-ogden

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden

Wasted health, the tragic case of open dumps – Press Release

Report calls for alliance to solve escalating global health emergency threat posed to millions by open dumpsites

  • Open dumpsites receive roughly 40% of the world’s waste and serve about 3.5 to 4 billion people
  • Substantial rise in unregulated dumping of mobile devices, electronic appliances, medical and municipal waste accelerating scale of the threat and health risks
  • Uncontrolled burning of waste releases gases and toxins into the atmosphere
  • Open waste sites in India, Indonesia and the Philippines more detrimental to life expectancy than malaria2
  • 64 million people’s lives affected by world’s 50 largest dumpsites (equal to population of France)1
  • In addition to human/environmental impact, the financial cost of open dumpsites runs into the tens of billions $USD

A new report presented at the ISWA World Congress today has revealed the global health emergency already affecting tens of millions of people worldwide is escalating in scale and impact. The report, published by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) entitled ‘Wasted health, the tragic case of open dumps’, demonstrates how the problems of open dumpsites experienced in the developed world 40 years ago still exist in poor and emerging countries but are being additionally compounded by unprecedented new issues. These include the unregulated accumulation on a massive scale of discarded electronic and mobile devices, medical waste, and animal carcasses, which are routinely burnt.

While the risk of disease and illness to millions of people living in the immediate vicinity of open dumpsites is cause for concern in its own right, the impact of the gases and toxins being released into the atmosphere by burning the waste has global consequences. The report concludes that without a coordinated response to the issue through a global alliance of organisations capable of delivering real change, the problem will only worsen and quickly.

Read the full report here.

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden

The MLM Merry Go Round – Time to Get Off

I started a document for myself some time back called "Getting to My Why" but never really finished it. The Market Hive Webinars of the last couple of days have feature Tom talking about the new Afilliate programs that are intended to help entrepreneurs find and fully understand their "Why". This has prompted me to revisit my eartier efforts and in doing so has helped me understand why I was never really going to make it in Multilevel Marketing, despite some very good products and services being offered. The whole repeatitive, prescriptive, "easily duplicated" approach just did not float my boat and certainly did not put fire in my belly. As many know, the post convention buzz fades and you are left trying to understand how to keep you motor running.

Mind you, If I had bothered to think about it I should have know that this was one set of spots that could not be changed because as a professional IT project manager the projects that really had me humming were the less than conventional ones where I was very involved with both the creation and delivery of the solution.

Just wanting to succeed in MLM was never going to be enough and so have now pinned down my WHY more clearly (which I believe is a fundamental a fear of failure and a need to prove to myself capable of creating a business that will benefit many, and whose financial success will  quash any nagging doubts I may have about having the abiity to succeed.) There may be another layer to that onion but for now it will have to do.

Having made that acknowledgement, I have come full circle back to my earlier, pre MLM period, efforts to build my own e-commerce site based around weight  loss and ultising my domain name weightlossdna.nz (under construction) where I feel I have more control over what it is and looking to use Market Hive as an integral part of the development process. 

The MLM Merry Go Round has stopped and I have stepped off.

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden

Debt Relief and Debt Setttlement Affiliate Programs

American Debt Enders with the addition of more Debt Relief Programs is providing an improved Affiliate program opportunity to all affiliate marketers. The company is one of the most highly regarded in the industry with no complaints since 2007, its inception.

The company now offers a broader array of structured program solutions as debt problems continue to increase in the US. For affiliate marketers that means many more opportunities to earn money. It is not unusual to have consumers enrolling in more than one program . Affiliates get paid for all programs.

We are currently offering the following:

Debt Settlement Program Enrollment: 125.00 Dollars

Student Loan Consolidation Enrollment: 125.00 Dollars

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Enrollment: 100.00

Debt Consolidation Program Enrollment: 50.00 Dollars

In addition to 10.00 Dollars for every lead we are able to contact.

To apply simply visit: Debt Relief Affiliate Program, and follow the simple steps.

 

Yours Truly

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11 Effective Blogging Tips To Make Your Blog The Next Big Thing

Use these blogging tips to turn your blog into a well oiled blogging machine.

Creating a blog can seem overwhelming because there are so many option, possibilities and choices to make. The potential and ideas for blogs are infinite. The tips in this article are designed to help you to create a blog that will accomplish your goals and will reach the audience that your blog was created for.


  1. Make sure that you do not have duplicate content. You can check for this by using the robots that are out there. If you do have content that is duplicated, the search engines will probably tag your site for spam, and you will not wind up getting the attention that you are looking for.
  2. Interact with those who comment on your blog. A blog is a two-way medium, and interacting with commenters can advance the discussion and give you new ideas for posts. If you use your blog for marketing, it can help you to resolve customer complaints, sometimes more quickly than through traditional customer service channels.
  3. Avoid writing blogs about subjects you have no interest in or know nothing about. It will reflect in your writing and you could possibly come across as uninformed in you are unsure of what you are writing about. This can turn readers off and they will avoid revisiting your site.
  4. Try writing from your own experiences. Write openly about items you know about and write your feelings about them without fearing being wrong. It tends to be a big mistake to copy from experts than to learn from your own errors. Your personal experience is the most precious blogging asset that you have.
  5. Utilizing social media websites is a great way to generate interest and increase traffic to your blog. You can use Twitter and Facebook to inform readers of new blog articles which they can then share with their friends. These websites also serve as a way to interact with your readers, and find out what they are interested in. Tailor your blog updates to their interests.
  6. Pay attention to your grammar. This is especially important if you are trying to be an International blogger. If your grammar is not up to par, a lot of people will get annoyed with reading your blog, and think that you are not creditable. There are many programs that you can use to run a grammar check, and you should do this with every entry.
  7. The content of your blog should consist of high quality work. Before you post it, proofread your blog entry, to ensure that it is free from grammatical and typographical errors. You may also wish to have someone else read it, as a secondary proofreader and to ensure that the content is interesting to read.
  8. Give your readers the opportunity to subscribe to your blog and your RSS feed. When people can have good content delivered hot and fresh, you increase your value to them ten fold. Keep the subscribe button in an easy to find place and deliver good content regularly to dissuade readers from discontinuing.
  9. When you are managing your own blog, it is absolutely necessary that you properly edit and proofread each post you write. Nothing looks worse than misspelled words, awkward wording, or grammatical mistakes when you are trying to make your blog look professional. Be sure to use spell-check or even have someone proofread for you. Your reputation depends on it!
  10. If you are writing an article, and it is under 500 words, it is best not to use it. People are reading your blog to gain knowledge or information, and you want to make sure that you are meeting this need properly. Articles that are too short will not give your readers everything they are looking for.
  11. Include an easy to follow index on your blog page. If you do not have an index, the people who view your site may have a difficult time trying to navigate across your site. An index will make your site more user-friendly, which will bring your readers back for more.

As you probably already know, creating a blog can be overwhelming at first, because the possibilities and potential for blogs are endless. The tips and techniques from the above article were gathered to help you create a blog that will get your message across to the audience that you are seeking to reach.
 
Bryan Tuck
#MarketHive 

David – http://markethive.com/david-ogden