Video of Tampa Bay Book Gala by Richter Publishing

Here is the video reported and shared by Good Life Tampa Bay of the 2014 Tampa Bay Book Gala and Awards event by Richter Publishing.  I was there to share my books ( http://www.amazon.com/Mr.-Pierce-B-Brunson/e/B00I10A3XK ) and have my event photography company Firefly Event Photography (www.fireflyeventphotography.com) deliver great images from the event.

It was a great event and I always enjoy the spirit of Tara Richter and here events.  For more information visit http://www.richterpublishing.com and watch the video.

Link: http://youtu.be/-wMYh3Uz_ss

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Questions to Answer: Letting the Right People Help You

The Let the Right People Help You Lifestyle

  1. What are three areas you want to improve, and could use the wisdom of a coach or mentor?
  2. How can the right people influence your decisions for the success you desire?
  3. Name three people you can share your dreams with who would give you honest feedback. Set up a 15 minute meeting with them and share your dream.
  4. How will knowing the right people help you on your journey to the success you desire?

The above information is from the book Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle by Pierce Brunson https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Questions for Thinking Greatness While in High School

The questions are from each chapter of my book called Work Ethic. They are designed to create thought so that you will be able to focus on the desires you see yourself accomplishing in your lifetime. Answer the questions as best as you can and then get to work accomplishing the construction of your personal desires.

The Thinking Greatness Lifestyle

  1. List three activities you are involved in where thinking greatness will help improve the effort you give to those activities.
  2. In what ways have you failed, and how did you overcome the failure? How would a greatness mindset have helped you move past the failure faster?
  3. How can your greatness mentality and accomplishments help others in the future?
  4. Do you believe your success story can help others become successful?
  5. How can knowing that your successes will not only help you, but inspire others, boost your confidence when things don’t go your way?

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

Thinking Greatness for High School Students

Most of your personal setbacks will not be because of someone else, they will be because of you.   There are many tragedies people must face in life, but rarely are they enough to actually hold anyone back in life. Rather, it comes down to your mindset and the thoughts that move through your head.

What would happen to your actions if you changed your negative thoughts to ones that embraced you having the best possible version of your life? What would your life look like if you believed you could be great at something? How hard would you study if you knew you could achieve millionaire status in your desired area of occupation? How would you treat people if you knew the key to guaranteeing a great life? What would you do if you knew all the answers? Unfortunately, no one knows all the answers. No one knows if they will ever achieve great things, but what a difference believing makes. What a difference thinking you can be great makes. I don’t believe people think about greatness enough. I think becoming great at something scares people into not acting on even the simplest desires of the heart. The key to your success will be believing you can achieve what you set out to do. But in order to attain this, you need to start with a thought. You have to think you are going to be great at something. Becoming great at anything makes you an expert while positively influencing others. Our society needs great people because they inspire others; too many bad people and their influence work the same way. Too many lazy people, and you get the same thing: a group of people feeling entitled to be handed everything. Schools now have shifted, and students are becoming lost as to how to achieve greatness in their lives. It all starts with thinking greatness and letting your actions follow.

By thinking greatness, you allow others to enjoy your success and, ultimately, inspire others to greatness. When you listen to people who have achieved success, they always speak of a person who inspired them. This is a great time to pay attention to those that are sharing information of their success. Very few people just arrive at success without being inspired by someone who came before them in the same field. Often, people can be inspired by others outside their field, and use their words of inspiration to continually motivate them toward success. I love watching sports, and some of the people that inspire me are athletes that have become business people after their athletic career was over. I think it is pretty cool they were able to adjust to a different world and achieve success differently. Others that inspire me are entrepreneurs who build businesses from the ground up, sell it off, and do it again. It seems like they have the Midas touch. Their success definitely inspires me to work every day on myself so I can one day achieve my desired success, and become an inspiration to others.

How many people inspire you to push and follow in their footsteps? Who do you enjoy listening to, or see performing to the point where their actions inspire your actions? Those are the people you should strive to be like. If we all followed in the footsteps of good people, the world would take care of itself. People would do the work of greatness, and work to share their positive actions with others.

Work Ethic: The Right Actions to Create a Successful Lifestyle https://www.createspace.com/4786986

It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do that will create the life you want. The high school years are a great time for students to build valuable and rewarding action characteristics to increase self-esteem and deliver results. While enjoying these years, students should be developing the right mindset to achieve the success they desire in the future. In order for success to happen, for students to have that lifestyle they often speak of wanting, they must become adults with a solid, results-based work ethic. Wasting these four years can’t be a part of the plan. By using their time in high school to build the right actions for a successful lifestyle, students can ensure themselves a bright future, no matter the obstacles they will encounter. Work Ethic is for the high school student expecting to live life successfully, and is willing to do the right growth actions to shape a lifestyle of fulfillment, fun, and results.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

 

My 6 Week Instagram Experience

This is my Instagram experience. I am in no way a social media guru but I do have an understanding of social media forms for regular people starting out and working to develop a following. Many people have asked and so I am delivering my 6 week experience of building a following on Instagram.

This is just a small part of what I have discovered so if you want to use social media to increase your business connections without paying for it, follow along for the next 6 weeks.

I currently run four accounts:

@piercebrunson (my life posted, low post frequency, minimal engagement)

@piercebrunsonphotography (my photography, low post frequency, minimal engagement)

@fireflyeventphotography (my high school event photography business, regular post frequency, minimal engagement)

@promphotography (my prom photography business, high post frequency, high engagement)

KEY WORDS:

IG: Instagram

Posts: The pic or media you are sharing.

Hashtags: “#” and then some words

Followers: People that follower your account

Likes: The heart that people click when they like your pic.

DM: Direct message

Engaging: Actively talking to another person.

Organic Follower: Real followers that are interested in your content, you built them by engaging and hashtagging your pics.

Igers: Actually “IGers”, a person that Instagrams.

Creep/ Creepin’: Looking at someone’s account to see what they are doing, then looking at who their friends are and what they like (also used to gain information about someone without asking)

Ok, time to get started. As of today I have worked the Instagram from zero to over 600 followers for a solid six weeks. I didn’t use the Facebook feature to instantly boost the account. The account where I did all of my learning is @promphotography. I have spent hours during the day and night to figure out how to build my account organically.

What I know:

  1. To increase likes it has to be a decent pic, not professional. Though professional helps.
  2. The IG filters help a crappy pic…they help a lot.
  3. There are people that sympathy like things because you posted a pic of your face and it has only two likes.
  4. Stay on topic
  5. You will gain and loose followers for a number of reasons
  6. Don’t take this personal
  7. It takes a ton of time and dedication to build a great site.
  8. If you engage you will have followers that are real people.
  9. Fake accounts will like your pics and follow you, mostly like pics.
  10. Follow4follow is useless, engage for follow
  11. Purchasing followers is a rip-off, no matter what the company says.
  12. I think products are easier to post, attract followers, and sell (though I have zero proof of this).
  13. People will DM (direct message) you pics that are related to your content if you feature them, tag them in the pic they send you and shout them out. (the most DMs I received in a day were 22, it was overwhelming)

What I have yet to figure out:

  1. How to turn any social media into buyers of product.
  2. How a person with 4 posts has 10000 followers.
  3. How to make money with these platforms.

What I believe now.

  1. You think you want 10000+ people that follow until you have to engage with them.
  2. You better figure out how to make some cash off of your efforts.
  3. Starving social media guru is the new starving artist.
  4. Social media is a 24 hour job. God bless Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee, his social media obsession, and ability to turn this format into gold. Shit ain’t easy.

How to HASHTAG (#)

How to # (hashtag) properly? Simply type “#” and then add a word or phrase behind it. There you have just properly used the hashtag.

How do you get more likes to your images? Use this hashtag site to keep up. http://www.tagsforlikes.com/

I used this site’s hashtag suggestions and did get a lot of likes but many they were from fake accounts.

IMO (in my opinion) the best way to hashtag is with this formula: general topic, regional topic, local topic, extra tags for likes and followers.

Sample: I post a lot of prom pics for my Firefly Event Photography business, www.fireflyeventphotography.com @fireflyeventphotography and a sample posting for general images looks like this.

#northeast #vikings #nehi The #best student event #image company delivering #amazing #instagood #homecoming, #prom, & #graduation #style in #florida. Use #fireflyeventphotography at your #highschool #formal #event and get unlimited photos for everyone. Free downloading of images for 20 years. No credit card needed. #photooftheday #photobooths #props #memories #orlando #miami #stpete #tampa #tampabay #Sarasota #palmbeach #bocaraton #daytona #verobeach contact www.fireflyeventphotography.com

A bit jumbled so here is the breakdown of what I am doing:

General topic: #homecoming, #prom, & #graduation #style #highschool #formal #event

Regional topic: #florida #orlando #miami #stpete #tampa #tampabay #Sarasota #palmbeach #bocaraton #daytona #verobeach

Local topic: #northeast #vikings #nehi #fireflyeventphotography

Extras: #amazing #instagood #photooftheday

I combined a few from the tagforlikes site and developed my own formula. It is working out well.

NEW INFO:

One tag that I discovered the other day was the term “igers” there is a local tag for this.

#igersoftheday has 8 million pics connected to that hashtag.

 

FOLLOWERS

To increase followers post a ton of this type of content:

  1. Food: IDC (I don’t care) how much you exercise at the gym, food or #foodporn, is attractive. We all desire to eat whatever we want without the consequences.
  2. Tits and Ass: Shocking, I know but there is no way your meme about loving life will out attract a chick that is willing to post her body in the skimpiest outfit possible. These ladies will get easily 1000 followers in a few days from a fresh account.
    1. These type of women are also followed by the fitness girls that are just using the gym selfie to separate themselves from the porn (soft-core) world.
  3. Shoes, Animals, Jewelry, HDR Pics:

The aforementioned three are just for the regular folks…celebrities have a ton of followers but you aren’t them so don’t be shocked that you only have a third of your Facebook friends following you.

Want to easily increase your followers?

  1. Do a local search of users, example “stpete”
  2. Follow everyone related to that search in terms of your personal interest.
  3. Creep their followers and who they follow to increase your follow list.
  4. Like some of their pics and follow. If you are slightly interesting you will get some return follows as some will instantly follow back. #followback

How to organically increase followers?

  1. Use 1-4 above
  2. Like others that have the same interest.
  3. Follow others that are dedicated to the same interest.
  4. Engage by publically contacting them.
  5. Have contact that they will want to follow.
  6. Hashtag properly

Ok this enough for today, my brain hurts. If you have any questions or comments just leave them below. Every Friday until September I will share how the @promphotography and @fireflyeventphotography accounts are going and share tips that will help you increase your Instagram account.

Follow Pierce Brunson on Twitter, IG and Google+.

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos

Questions: Wake Up Ready to Succeed

The questions are from each chapter of my book called Work Ethic. They are designed to create thought so that you will be able to focus on the desires you see yourself accomplishing in your lifetime. Answer the questions as best as you can and then get to work accomplishing the construction of your personal desires.

The Wake for Success Lifestyle

  1. How do you feel planning most of your day the night before will help you with your success goals?
  2. What are some successes you’ve had this week? How closely related are they to your goal?
  3. How can planning a daily list of things to accomplish help you on your success journey?
  4. Do you believe waking ready for a successful day will help you improve the belief in your goals?

Pierce Brunson http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00I10A3XK , M.Ed., is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, and spends his time working as a mentor and speaker while developing businesses that help improve the high school experience for students and teachers. He has over a decade of experience teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. Pierce believes everyone can do more to help improve the education system in their local communities, which is part of the backbone of any society. Pierce’s advice is simple: stop complaining and do something to help improve the situation. Good people have to stop being afraid to fight for what they believe in. Get in the game, help others, share culture and move the world toward equality and justice. Connect with Pierce at http://www.piercebrunson.com, http://www.fireflyeventphotography.com, and http://www.piercebrunsonphotography.com.

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/truthisnear17/videos