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Upbeat Virtual Blog Tour – Will you participate?

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 12 Jun 2009, 2:36 PM – 2 Comments

The virtual blog book tour for “Upbeat” is scheduled for June 22nd-July 3rd and July 20th-July 31st. It’s coming up soon, but there is still time to get involved!

Our offer to you:

1.  Your blog URL will appear in the event tour’s official schedule, which will be posted at both (author blog) and (my website).

2.  Your blog URL will appear on the blogs scheduled before and after you on the tour (and we will ask you to reciprocate the same “link love” for your two neighbors on the tour).

3.  You will get a copy of Raj’s 90-minute DVD “The Fulcrum Effect” ($97 value) via snail mail as a thank you. Please send me your snail mail address.

4.  You will get an eBook version of Raj’s new book “Th!nkTweet: Bite-sized lessons for a fast-paced world” ($11.95 value) as a thank you.

5.  Your blog will appear in the announcement in Raj’s “Life Beyond Code” newsletter that has a few hundred subscribers that are interested in these topics.

6. Of course, you will get a signed copy of the book “Upbeat” in your snail mail.

Your options:

1.  Write a review of the book, Upbeat, on a specific day assigned to you. (preferred)

2.  Announce the book in a blog post, on a specific day assigned to you.

3.  Post an interview with the author on your blog on a specific day assigned to you.

Interview details:

  1. We suggest that you ask 5-6 questions.
  2. You can come up with your own questions, or choose from this list of sample questions:
    1. Why did you decide to do write this book?
    2. Who will this book benefit?
    3. What areas does this book cover?
    4. Why is this book relevant now?

  3. Please email me at with your selected questions.

Get started:

Please respond by  June 19th to Teresa Morrow at or so that she can add you to the blog tour schedule.

Also send Teresa:

  • Your blog URL
  • Your choice of blog post: will you do book review, announcement or interview with Rajesh?

What happens next?

Teresa will email you with the specific date of your stop on the event blog tour. There are a few spots taken up now and a few more left to be claimed :)

Thank you.

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25 Creative “Site Maintenance” Messages

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 24 May 2009, 5:13 PM – 6 Comments

Rashmi Sinha from Slideshare asked (on Twitter) for inputs on creative site maintenance messages and I thought I will take a shot at a  few of them.

You are welcome to use any and all of these.

Credits are optional but thank you in advance if you choose to link back to this site.

So here they are:


























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When you are desperate…

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 27 Mar 2009, 8:53 AM – 4 Comments

People notice when you are desperate.

I received this email from a friend’s email address.

I know that she didn’t send it. All I have to do is to click the message and all my friends will get a similar message. The company can now claim that they are seeing a huge surge in the traffic :(

It is sad that companies resort to these tactics rather than trying to build something remarkable (a.k.a Purple Cow) so that people will spread the message for them.

This is not marketing, it is a demonstration of desperation!!!

Posted under Business Models, Smile Please.

Twitter – A 2-Minute Introduction

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 25 Jan 2009, 10:00 AM – 5 Comments

Here is a 2 minute video on ‘Twitter in Plain English” created by Common Craft. While the video is very interesting, it also demonstrates how cool people in Common Craft are.

For many services companies, their product is their marketing. They don’t need anything else. By making things seem dead-simple, Common Craft demonstrates that their craft is, quite Uncommon :)

If you want to follow me on Twitter,  my Twitter Id is @UpbeatNow (Why this name?)

Here is the video:

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Things that make me smile #47 – The Interview

By Rajesh Setty on Wed 14 Jan 2009, 12:39 AM – 1 Comment

Just shows that what you say may not be what someone is hearing….

The Interview

Interviewer: “OK, if you could have dinner with someone, living or dead, who would you choose?”

Interviewee: “The one who is living, definitely!”

Have fun!


Note: For other 46 posts in the same series, please visit my Squidoo Lens on the same topic. Here is the link:

Squidoo Lens: Smile Please

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Things that make me smile #46 – The Zen of Sarcasm

By Rajesh Setty on Sun 21 Dec 2008, 6:00 AM – 5 Comments

Kenneth Young sent me this list a week ago. Thanks Ken.

The Zen of Sarcasm

01. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for

I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me


02. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky


03. It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your

neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.

04. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

05. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.

06. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

07. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car


08. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.

That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their


09. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and

he will sit in a boat and drink all day .

11. I f you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was

probably a wise investment.

12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it

back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and

it holds the universe together.

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving .

20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.


22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on

the same night.


Note: For other 43 posts in the same series, please visit my Squidoo Lens on the same topic. Here is the link:

Squidoo Lens: Smile Please

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Things that make me smile #45 – Definitions Redefined

By Rajesh Setty on Thu 18 Dec 2008, 6:47 AM – Leave Comment

Kavitha sent me an email with new definitions for common words. Here is the list. Read and smile :)

School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.

Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich.

Nurse: A person who wakes u up to give you sleeping pills.

Marriage: It’s an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.

Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine waterpower.

Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through ‘the minds of either’

Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Dictionary: A place where success comes before work.

Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.

Father: A banker provided by nature.

Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

Politician: One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.

: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.

Classic: Books, which people praise, but do not read.

Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.

Atom Bomb
: An invention to end all inventions.

Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be wise after death


Note: For other 43 posts in the same series, please visit my Squidoo Lens on the same topic. Here is the link:

Squidoo Lens: Smile Please

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Things that make me smile #44 – When the reverse is true TOO…

By Rajesh Setty on Tue 21 Oct 2008, 2:53 PM – 2 Comments

You have all heard of those words that can be read backwards and they remain the same. Here are a few quick examples:

1. Dad

2. Mom

3. Radar

4. Rotor

5. Madam

6. Level

There are hundreds of them.

However, this can apply to ideas too. I received the RedBox newsletter. Yes, I am automatically subscribed to that :) and the advertisement says:

Suspense! Action! Terror

May be you should stop watching the market and start watching movies.

Think about it. With the current situation in the markets you can also reverse the idea and say:

Suspense! Action! Terror!

Maybe you should stop watching movies and start watching the markets.



Note: For other 43 posts in the same series, please visit my Squidoo Lens on the same topic. Here is the link:

Squidoo Lens: Smile Please

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Things that make smile #43 – UnIntended or Pun Intended 🙂

By Rajesh Setty on Tue 14 Oct 2008, 8:58 PM – Leave Comment

It’s a garbage can and yes, it’s a mystery spot :)


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Squidoo Lens: Smile Please

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Things that make me smile #42 – Sarcasm 101

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 10 Oct 2008, 10:42 AM – 3 Comments

Sarcasm is rarely interesting. But “sometimes” it’s funny.

This one is all about bosses. Mostly created by someone who has the time to create it rather than focusing on his or her work. But the boss can’t blame him or her :)




You are listening to jazz — Your first day at work is great. Your coworkers are wonderful, your cubicle is cute, and your boss is the best!

You are listening to pop music — After a while you are so busy that you are not sure if you’re coming or going anymore.

You are listening to heavy metal — This is what you feel like at month end.

You are listening to hip hop — You become bloated due to stress, feel sluggish and suffer from constipation. Your coworkers are too cheerful for your liking and the walls of your cubicle are closing in. You have started thinking ‘WHATEVER’ about your boss.

You are listening to GANGSTA RAP — After more time passes, your eyes start to twitch, you forget what a ‘good hair day’ feels like as you just fall out of bed and load up on caffeine.

You are listening to the voices in your head — You have build a makeshift door on your cubicle to keep people out, You have a dartboard with your bosses picture on it in your cube, You wonder why you are even here in the first place.


Note: For other 41 posts in the same series, please visit my Squidoo Lens on the same topic. Here is the link:

Squidoo Lens: Smile Please

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