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A Tweet, a Link and a Zap: 5 Keys to Building Connections Online

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 Whether building a book of business, pursuing a new job, or searching for love, we all have a fundamental need to connect. Now with the Internet being the primary tool for interacting with others, face-to-face interactions have largely given way to online exchanges. Given this reality, you may be discovering that navigating through a sea of social media can be challenging. At times, it can feel like a perfunctory, rote exercise, void of true meaning and significance. Unlike in-person networking, mastering the art of online connection requires some deft skills and savvy.

I’m not going to lie; as a 52-year-old who has been a freelancer since 1993, adapting to this new normal of connectivity has been an exercise in futility at times. Traditionally, my world had involved networking at events. Those of you around my age remember the days of slick sales pitches and folks with a repository of business cards to hand out. While these in-person pantomimes still occur, they have largely taken a backseat to the online competition.

The good news is that I have developed a framework that uniquely works for me within this new normal; one that has yielded a number of personal and professional connections over the years, as well as scores of business opportunities.

My 3 Lanes on the Connection Highway

Given the vast nature of the online social landscape, one can quickly get lost in a morass of places to build connections. So like entering the on-ramp to a highway, it’s important to quickly assess which of the three lanes you are going to use – and when.

Twitter: Laugh if you must, but Twitter is great for lazy-ass networkers like me. And I have generated a ton of business over the years from this networking platform. Because today’s rapport is often snatched in soundbites (think texts and messaging), the 140 character tweet limit is usually all I need to fuel a new connection. Just look at it as a squirt of lighter fluid, designed to ignite a conversation that you can then nurture.

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Top 5 Must-Have Stocks For 2016

stock-market-3 Join the gym. Stop smoking. Cut out fast food. Be kinder. These are just a few phrases that will be uttered to ring in the New Year. If you’re like me, the resolutions may only last for a short while, but at least you tried, right? Unfortunately for us, change is difficult and it seldom happens that we find a resolution worth keeping. That’s where Anthem Vault’s own John Stuart comes in with his Responsible Resolutions, encouraging you, the reader, to save more money and to make wise investments.

In order to help you become a wise investor and increase profits as a consequence, here are my Top 5 Must-Have Stocks For 2016:

  1. Alibaba

If you don’t know much about this Chinese e-commerce juggernaut, Anthem Vault’s Michael Scott wrote a compelling piece about Alibaba and what he sees for them in the near future. Though 2015 started off slow, there was no greater market presence than Alibaba in the second half of the year. Since the beginning of October, we’ve seen stocks grow by 41% in that short period. Alibaba also happens to be the largest e-commerce site in the world with 1 in 5 Chinese consumers as active shoppers. Alibaba offers a widespread tech market, and with China’s tech-savvy young consumers, they look to increase website traffic and business significantly in 2016. It’s no secret that the buyer is back in control at Alibaba, and with CEO Jack Ma aiming to make the company a global force through the partnerships with tMall, Starbucks and Disney, Alibaba should be one of the top stocks on your watch list.

14 Predictions to Monitor in 2016

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With 2015  rapidly coming to a close, we are confronted with figuring out what to expect for 2016. Quite frankly, that’s anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, here are a few thoughts about what I’m seeing on my radar screen.

Don’t laugh. I know that half of them will result in a swing and a miss. But what the heck, it’s fun to trying to predict things in a world that continues to be wildly random and wholly unpredictable!

1. Massive Upheaval and Disruption. My sense tells me that we are on the brink of a major disruption of the prevailing world order. I predict that the U.S. will take it on the chin, as will China and Russia. Unprecedented levels of social  and economic upheaval will take place as the global milieu prepares for a reset. Amidst the rubble, look for Germany to advance in prominence as the de facto leader on the world stage.

2. The Trump Effect. Mark my words.  Look for The Donald to drop out of the Presidential race in the first quarter of the year when allegations surface that he is a Republican Party shill, solely in it to shake up the prevailing political establishment. Ted Cruz becomes the GOP nominee and, along with his running mate Rand Paul, wins in a landslide victory over Hillary Clinton.

Anthem Blanchard Opens for Gary Johnson at Liberty Fest Oct 9-11th

liberty_fest_anthem_garyjohnsonHave you heard of the liberty-loving event that is taking place next weekend in Brooklyn, NY? For six years now, some of the top thinkers and activists have been meeting in New York City to discuss informally the latest government rulings that are oppressing citizens and to seek the best way to combat – or exit entirely – the government-centric life.

I had the pleasure of attending Liberty Fest a couple of years ago when I was promoting the film Silver Circle. I can attest that this event is set apart from most due to the accessibility to headline speakers, the parties and also the chance to network without too much pressure. This is a great place to learn about what’s happening with top activists, how you can get involved, and it is also a great place to meet new friends.

This year’s event is taking place at Warsaw Concert Hall in Brooklyn, NY. The venue is close to both major airports, and it boasts a healthy range of affordable hotels as well as some great boutique options, plusAirbnb.com for those who support the sharing economy. It takes place from Oct. 10-11th. Be sure to especiallymark down the evening of October 10th as a must-see event. Anthem Hayek Blanchard, CEO of Anthem Vault and a recognized global expert on precious metals, will be the opening speaker for Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson!

Tickets are only $30 for the entire weekend, with some a la carte options that include VIP dinners and seating.

Anthem Vault will be offering FREE silver all weekend to lucky raffle winners. It’s free to get involved with the raffle, so visit the booth and sign up as soon as you get there!