Larry Brauner

This is my final blog post for 2008. I have enjoyed our interaction this past year.

Thank you. I learned a lot.

I look forward to more give and take in 2009.

Thinking Outside the Box

In 10 Not Simple Success Strategies for 2009 I stated, “What worked in the past may no longer work in the present economy. You may have to make some tough personal or business choices going forward.”

Thinking Outside the BoxTo succeed in 2009 we need to be flexible and to think outside the box. According to Wikipedia, thinking outside the box is “to think differently, unconventionally, from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel, creative and smart thinking“.

I hope to help you think outside the box and navigate through some of the challenges and choices that lie ahead.

If you don’t yet subscribe to this blog, I ask you to subscribe now. Let’s stay “on the same page” as I continue to publish thought-provoking and hopefully outside-the-box articles on a broad range of topics.

Networking Outside the Box

If you are not yet a member of Critical Thinking Outside the Box, my no-spam online social network, please join now. This social networking site is a place where you and I can share ideas and network with each other.

Set up your profile there and add me as a friend. That way you can contact me whenever you wish.

By starting discussions and participating in existing discussions on the forum, you’ll brand yourself as a leader. If you’d like to become a featured leader on the site and have me promote you there, send me a message and we’ll discuss the details.

Marketing Outside the Box

Online social networking and social media marketing are still very much in their infancy. We’ll see plenty of growth and change in 2009 and beyond. To market outside the box you’ll need to keep abreast of online and social marketing changes, and you’ll need to keep learning new skills.

Affiliate University Marketing TrainingOne excellent training and support program that I highly recommend to learn and implement new marketing ideas is Affiliate University.

Founder Bill Hibbler is a successful Internet marketer and an excellent instructor. Bill along with Dr. Joe Vitale is co-author of Meet and Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own “Mastermind” Group for Health, Wealth, and More.

The Affiliate University training program has ten modules, and more will be added in the future.

Additionally, I’m starting a marketing clinic to complement the Affiliate University curriculum and help you through the rough spots as you put what you learn to use.

Achieving Outside the Box

Setting and following through on goals require ongoing support from peers. Mastermind groups provide that support and have long been known to increase focus and speed movement towards achieving objectives.

Affiliate University will start you on the path to forming a mastermind group. After teaching you the basic concepts and mechanics of mastermind groups, their forum will help you connect with prospective members for your group. I will help too.

If you believe that you can benefit from one-on-one mentoring, I offer special consulting rates for my “inner circle”. See the bio and endorsements on my about page for information about my qualifications.

As usual, feel free to comment on this blog post or ask questions… And let’s have a great year!

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14 Responses to “2009 Outside the Box”

  1. Sandra on December 28th, 2008 5:43 pm

    I enjoy your blog.

    Here’s to a great new year!

  2. erick on December 29th, 2008 7:01 am

    Happy new year !!

    Thanks for this article.

  3. Debbie Morgan on December 29th, 2008 1:53 pm

    Hi Larry!

    As always, I appreciate your desire to help and keep us on track with our marketing efforts.

    Here’s to a healthy and prosperous New Year!

    Deb

  4. Internal Communications Quiz on December 30th, 2008 8:53 am

    Larry,

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and getting to know you during 2008. I hope our relationship continues and grows through the new year.

    I took a short break from my blog this holiday, but my last series of five posts were on internal marketing communication. I’ve linked to the first in the series above.

    Warmly,

    Linda

  5. Danna Crawford on December 30th, 2008 5:50 pm

    Hello,

    Entrecard just brought me into your site as I sit in a hotel room roaming around the net before leaving to see a show. I don’t usually comment BUT I had to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog.

    I’m sure your readers this year have greatly appreciated all you have shared.

    As a newbie here, I look forward to your posts in 2009.

    Blessings from Florida!

  6. Robin Green on December 31st, 2008 3:33 am

    I can’t wait to read your blog in 2009.

    Here is to another great year!

  7. Mizé on December 31st, 2008 9:38 pm

    I just wanted to wish a Prosperous New Year.

    Regards. Mizé.

  8. John @ Family, Fitness and Finances on January 2nd, 2009 9:26 am

    Looking forward to “thinking outside the box” in 2009!

    Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

  9. Nst on January 2nd, 2009 4:17 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and giving me a trick to fix my PR. :-)

  10. Alicia on January 4th, 2009 9:49 pm

    Happy New Year!

    I’m learning a lot from reading your blog and look forward to reading more this new year 2009!

    Take care, Alicia :)

  11. Angela on January 5th, 2009 9:47 pm

    Well I just found your blog. May we all have a happy and healthy 2009!

  12. Magnetschmuck on March 15th, 2009 10:33 am

    You’re right about things not being the same as before. Nowadays, you really have to put in a lot in your marketing efforts, due to this recessionary economy. But I hope ecommerce and online shopping would still continue to thrive this year.

  13. Jay on May 19th, 2009 9:23 pm

    Now in this economic crisis especially do we need to think outside the box, working smarter and of course harder is the only way to continue to grow our businesses. It has become imperative to really put in that extra effort to run things as smoothly as possible.

  14. Larry Brauner on June 18th, 2009 11:40 am

    Unfortunately Bill Hibbler’s Affiliate University has been laid to rest, and I’ve edited my article accordingly.

    Since the time when I wrote 2009 Outside the Box, I’ve climbed to the top echelons of Twitter without using any of the Twitter follower-getting gimmicks being touted by the so-called gurus.

    Anybody looking to follow a sensible Twitter success strategy should pick up the Twitter Power System and study it carefully.

    It takes lots of work to get to the top of Twitter, but it’s very doable.

    I also recommend joining two of my personal networking sites, Beyond Business Coaching and Let’s Follow Each Other.

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