Archive for January, 2011

Lee McIntyre – It’s “Bonkers”!

A few months ago I travelled to Newcastle to attend a workshop run by one of the most respected marketers online.

He’s a straight talking,no hype,seven figure UK success story,  whose initial claim to fame was his ability to go fulltime and give up his “proper” job in less than two months.

Anyway, the workshop was cancelled, but I didn’t discover that until I’d  already arrived at the hotel.

By  way of apology, I was compensated with access to some of his courses, which far exceeded the amount of money I’d invested in my travel and accommodation, PLUS a much coveted interview with the man himself…

Lee McIntyre

You can listen to it here.

As an ex-teacher, Lee is familiar with lesson plans and a great instructor

He makes his information interesting and engaging, and sometimes he offers the most amazing training at prices even he admits are “Bonkers”!

I’m telling you this because if you’re quick, you might just be able to get your hands on TEN hours of valuable internet training for less than $20!

That’s a one-off payment too, NOT one of those annoying continuity membership things!

Lee is an honest marketer and holds nothing back at his workshops and this  training covers two days of content.

Anyway, if you want to get inside the head of a “real” teacher for such a small amount of money, I’d advise you to quickly check out

Instant Internet Lifestyle

because I honestly don’t know how long he’ll hold the price.

It is, after all – “Bonkers”!



On my 50th birthday I went for a “Free” lunch at a “posh” local hotel.

Over the years it has proven to be the most expensive meal I’ve ever eaten, BUT I don’t regret going for one second.

That meal completely changed my life.

It was provided by an internet hosting company and was my first realisation anyone describing themselves as an internet marketer didn’t necessarily sell stuff on e-Bay.

The picture painted was one of excitement, glamour, riches and the type of lifestyle most people can only dream about.

As  a result I spent thousands of pounds buying websites and hosting with them, and wasted even more on recommended internet training, which promised the earth and delivered very little.

However, I was a “newbie”, completely naieve and very trusting.

I’m  now older, wiser and with a different web hosting company!

The experience could have left a bitter taste in my mouth, but I don’t believe in living  in the past.  

Let’s just say I’ve learned from my mistakes.

It’s true, I’ve since spent even more money and time learning new skills, and made more mistakes than I care to mention, but that’s all part of the process.

Provided you don’t give up and continue to “fail forward” as Alex Jeffreys says, you’ll get  your success in the end.

Anyway, that lunch set me off on a journey, which has not only expanded my knowledge, but allowed me to meet people from all corners of the world.

I couldn’t be happier.

That said, it’s certainly true there’s no such thing as a “Free” lunch, and whenever you see what’s deemed to be the most attractive word in the English language glaring out at you, it’s wise to be wary.

Things are seldom as they seem.

However, GVO, the web hosting company I use are now offering a FREE trial membership to their Titanium hosting package.

Of course, it isn’t free forever – just for 30 days, but that should be long enough for you to realise  just what great value you get for your money.

Even at the full price of $44.95 per month it’s incredible value, especially as what’s on offer for free in your web hosting membership would cost you thousands of dollars elsewhere.

I know. 

Remember, I’ve been there!

Anyway, these extras include such things as –

*Professional Autoresponder Service
*Professional Video Hosting Service
*Conferencing  Software Solution
*Professional Internet and Marketing Training

and  they’re all vital components to help you build up your professional online image and that important Know, Like and Trust factor.

If you want to change your life and set off on your own journey, I highly recommend you take this “FREE” lunch because I guarantee  it won’t be anywhere near as expensive as the one I had on my 50th birthday!

 Click Here to access your GVO – Free Trial


It’s Almost Over …Are You Smiling?

It’s almost over…

… January that is, and for many this month is apparently the most depressing of the year.

Faced with mounting credit card bills from the Christmas and New Year festivities,  the realisation another year has passed and nothing much has changed,  many people are just really unhappy.

However, happiness is a choice and when you smile you automatically feel better.  Another interesting thing about smiling is, when you do it,  you can’t frown.

It’s physically impossible.

Try it!

My son’s autism has meant I’ve NEVER been able to have a real conversation with him, and any questions I’ve ever asked have usually been met with either a blank stare or a one word answer.

Not so these children, whose quick responses are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face-

TEACHER:   Maria, go to the map and find North America .
MARIA:       Here it is.
TEACHER:   Correct.  Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS:       Maria.

TEACHER:  John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN:        You told me to do it without using tables.

TEACHER:  Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
GLENN:      K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
TEACHER:  No, that’s wrong
GLENN:      Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.


TEACHER:   Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD:     H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER:    What are you talking about?

DONALD:     Yesterday you said it’s H to O.

TEACHER:   Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
WINNIE:     Me!

TEACHER:   Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN:         Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER:   Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘ I. ‘
MILLIE:       I  is…
TEACHER:   No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I  am.’
MILLIE:       All right…  ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’


TEACHER:  George  Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it.   Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS:       Because George still had the axe in his hand.

TEACHER:   Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before  eating?
SIMON:      No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER:   Clyde , your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same  as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
CLYDE  :     No, sir. It’s the same dog.

TEACHER:   Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking  when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD:    A teacher

Are you smiling yet?


Every Tuesday night, or rather early Wednesday morning, IF I can manage to stay awake I tune into the GVOAcademy.

They have some great FREE training and information on there.For the last few weeks they’ve been running through the process of setting up a profitable  blog and initiated a 6 week challenge to set one up with the potential to make money in some way.

The blogs of those who actually take action will be viewed by the top GVO trainers, and if they pass the rules of the competition, the blog owners will receive a signed GVO Certificate of Competency.

It’s  just a bit of an incentive to get people to take action.

Anyway, I did it – not  properly though.

I should have created it over a six week period, but instead I did it all in one go, with a few bits of editing here and there.

If you go over to  BeginMarketingNow you’ll see what I mean.

Anyway, last night my blog was reviewed live on air by none other than the Marketing Maverick himself, Mr Ken Hammond, but  wouldn’t you know it…

… my computer screen froze so although I could hear what was going on, I couldn’t see the critique, or the comments in the chat.

What’s worse, at least from my point of view is, IF anyone said anything complementary, (or otherwise) about it, I couldn’t respond, so this is a public apology…

…just in case!

Thankfully Ken is a highly respected marketer and copywriter, and a really nice guy with a great sense of humour so I’m sure he won’t think I was offended by his comments and was snubbing him.

However, based on what The MarketingMaverick told me, I’ve changed a few things, so if you’re the slightest bit interested in seeing the “Before” and “After”, please visit my other blog at

where you can  pick up a copy of my e-book, dedicated to a very dear lady who recently lost her fight against Cancer.


An Affordable Alternative To DimDim?

One popular way to make money is to develop a business and then sell it for a profit.

Of course that’s great for the  business owner, but not necessarily for its customers, and today, apparently  everyone’s  talking about Dimdim.

No, it’s not  an item on a Chinese meal menu, but according to Wikipedia it’s a

“software company that provides a web-based platform for real-time, media rich collaboration and meetings. Dimdim provides free web conferencing service where users can share desktops, show slides, collaborate, chat, talk and broadcast via webcam”,

and was clearly very popular.

However, has just sold out to for 31 million  dollars.

So, what’s the problem with that you might ask.

Well, it all depends on what kind of customer you are, or rather “were”.

It seems, because of the acquisition, DimDim is deleting  all their free clients so they’ll lose their conference rooms.

I’m only mentioning this because those people will most likely be looking for an alternative and I happen to know of a good one …


It’s VERY affordable and whilst it’s not free, you can get a FREE trial so you don’t need to hand over your credit card details until you’re satisfied.

It’s one of those Try BEFORE You Buy software opportunities.

So, IF you’re a disappointed ex-DimDim conference user yourself, or know someone  else who’s in that situation you might want to check out GVO’s free trial conference account and see how powerful it is.


I use it myself and can highly recommend it.



Something To Think About

This week has seen the cremation of two very special people.

The first was a wonderful lady whose bravery and kindness touched everyone who knew her. She died of cancer at the age of 76 and had bravely proved the doctors wrong  when they’d only given her three months to live some two years earlier.

She and husband John were devoted to each other and her loss will leave a huge hole in his daily life, especially as he’d been such a wonderful carer to her.

The second death was very unexpected and much more sudden.

A young physically disabled lad with additional special needs sadly passed away just before Christmas.

I’ve known him since he was a very small child and despite his problems, he was always incredibly cheerful. Simon loved to sing and was a real character who loved Karaoke.

He and my autistic son went to the same school and Simon came to  Jodi’s eighteenth birthday party.

When  your child has special needs, life changes dramatically. Any plans you may have had in the past go out of the window, and your life takes a very different direction.

Now, Simon’s parents will find themselves having to change direction again and just as with any loss, it won’t be easy.

It will be particularly difficult  for them because they had to do so much for their son physically and since his birth they’ve never really experienced what most people would consider a “normal” life.

I couldn’t attend the funeral because of other commitments , but apparently this moving story was read out.

It’s by Emily Perl Kingsley, explains what it’s like to raise a child with a disability and is called –

Welcome To Holland

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy.

You buy a bunch of guidebooks  and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Michelangelo David, the gondolas in Venice.

You may learn some handy phrases in Italian.

It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go.

Several hours later, the plane lands.

The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!” you say. “What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed  to be in Italy – all my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy”.

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to some horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease.

It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy a new guidebook. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place.

It’s slower pace than Italy, less flashy

than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and you begin to notice  that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.

And for the rest of your life you will say, “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

The  pain of that will never,ever, go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

It’s  something for you to think about in your own life.

Make the most of what you have and cherish every moment.

Take care


Why I Hate Watching Television And A Suggested Alternative

I realised again today why I rarely watch the television.

This morning I caught the BBC morning  news and it was really depressing.

Apart from the terrible flooding in  Australia, in the space of a few minutes l quickly learned in UK –

  • There’s a 3% difference between the rise in inflation and that of salaries
  • 12% of Manchester City Council’s work force are about to lose their jobs
  • 7 buildings had been destroyed by a fire overnight in Norwich
  • Swine  Flu had tragically taken the life of a previously well five-year old girl
  • A group of fundraisers were suffering from altitude sickness as they climbed a mountain
  • An MP was being sent to jail for eighteen months for fraud
  • Most of the country, whilst considerably warmer than of late, would experience heavy rain and  fog

That’s  just a quick snapshot of a few minutes viewing. 

Imagine how depressing it would be to watch it all day long, especially  as I’m told it’s filled with nothing but repeats of previously screened programs.

However, it’s much worse across the pond, where every two seconds you get an advert!

Anyway, IF you are one of those unfortunate souls who suddenly find themselves unable to go to work for whatever reason, and want something educational, inspirational and motivational to pass your time, without spending any money to get it, I highly recommend you go the Self Improvement Giveaway 5
which is on until 27th January.

You can access it here –    Self Improvement Giveaway 5
You’ll be able to get some FREE gifts like those listed below,

* How to Become an Advanced Early Riser – Steven Aitchison
* Turn Your Passion into a book – Warren Whitlock
* Total Wellness Guide – Craig Raphael
* COACHES: Create a 6-Figure Practice, Here’s How! – Barb Wade
* Living the Rich Life – Julia Busch
* Achieve Your Dreams – Brenton Lindo
* I Have Value Meditation – Estra Roell
* Creative Visualization Mastey – Bruno Auger
* Wealthy You 2011 Vision Sheet – Nachhi Randhawa
* Find the Best Self Improvement Niches and More – Tuks Engineer
* Self Hypnosis Sessions At Home – Paul Mihai Pavel
* Wake Up to the Dream –  Eva Gregory
* And TONS (OVER 700+) MORE!

generic amoxilstyle=”text-align: left;”>I also recommend you get Gary Simpson’s Time Management Book, which should help you discover just how much time you waste watching depressing news, repeat TV programs and annoying adverts!



Why Alex Jeffreys Reminds Me Of A Familiar Sign In A Shop Window

It’s almost a year since I did a backward flip down the up escalator at Kings Cross Station in London.

It’s all Alex Jeffreys fault!

If he hadn’t made his workshop in Las Vegas so interesting and full of ideas and information for me to think about, I probably wouldn’t have been so tired and distracted.

Anyway, the bang on the head landed me in hospital, but fortunately I didn’t forget all the great advice I’d been given.

Now, Alex  is giving away some more, which surprises me as I thought the coaching course he held in 2010 was to be his last.

Alex reminds me a bit of those Closing Down Sale signs you see in shop windows-  you know the type that seem to go on forever, but that’s good news for all those people who couldn’t get on and were clearly disappointed last year.


So,if you’re struggling with Internet Marketing, I can honestly recommend Alex as a mentor.

I was on his very first coachingcourse  and have seen him grow in both confidence and experience since.

He’s absolutely useless as far as the technical stuff is concerned but don’t worry,  he knows plenty of people who are VERY good.

Alex strength  lies in his ability to market and there isn’t much he doesn’t know about making money on line.

He’s been mentored (and continues to be mentored) by the best in the business and has got the system of making money on line down to a fine art.

Alex is a nice chap.

You can listen to my interviewwith him over on my other site if you like.

He’s very open and honest and certainly can’t be accused of talking a load of BS. I’ll bet there aren’t many people who’ve been sacked by their father and gone on to make millions.

I’m sure there must be some people who dislike him, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any of his  students who will speak out against him.

Alex lives up to his promises …and more!

Alex JeffreysIf you’re lucky enough to get in on his MarketingWithAlex3.0 course you’ll receive direction, motivation and more importantly, a PLAN!

As he says,

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”.

Alex has spent a lot of time and money over the years learning Internet Marketing isn’t  difficult when you know how.

You just have to work smart, not hard, and if you’re smart you’ll learn from his experience.

Most of us make it too difficult.

We buy too many courses, try too many things and suffer from too much information overload.

There are a million things we COULD do to make money, but only really a few we SHOULD do, and Alex shows you the PROVEN methods that work. 

I don’t know if this course is still even open as if his previous ones are anything to go by, it will sell out fast, BUT if it is, and if you’re interested you want to go and check out his video here.

It’s not the usual hypey type although he does do that stupid infomercial thing at the end where he starts at some ridiculously high figure and then brings the price right down to a very reasonable figure.

It’s especially good value when you consider the tools, training and hand holding you get. 

I know because I’ve been through the original course and as the subsequent ones have evolved, they’ve just got bigger and better.

You’ll see testimonials from real people, many of whom I’ve personally met and can confirm are genuine

It’s something I would seriously consider signing up for if I was still confused lost and worried this Internet Marketing thing was just an expensive pipe dream

Anyway, it’s up to you.

IF you want to learn from a real master, Alex Jeffreys is your man, but you’d better be quick before he closes the doors for good…

…well at least until the next time he has a closing down sale!

Go here —>           MarketingWithAlex3.0

Good Luck!


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