#101: Jeff Mills on Outsourcing

Special β€œOn the Dorm Edition” Listen in and get a feel for the new sound!

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

On campus, so it may sound a tad different than normal. But I am pumped to release this episode even though I’m in the middle of college classes. Enjoy!

Finances, Business, and Technology: Jeff Mills on Outsourcing

Jeff Mills joins us again for another interview. The last show he was on was #26. Good tips today that you can apply in all three areas, I’d recommend taking notes.

Want to learn more about the Midwest Super Conference? http://taylormarek.com/midwestsuperconference <-This one gives you all the freebies!

Want to learn more about Jeff? http://jeffmills.com

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Lets continue the conversation, comment below or use these options:

Last Day at Wells Fargo

Yes, today is the day. I am leaving Wells Fargo and moving off to college. What does the future hold for me? Not sure, but excited whatever comes my way.

Here is the background story and tips for the rest of you to enjoy. This is one chapter of my life I want well documented, there are many memories.

I was hired February 4, 2008 as a teller for my local Wells Fargo branch. No, this wasn’t my first job, that’s another story by itself. After a handful of interviews, I was finally in. I was then immersed into the training and the culture of Wells Fargo. Loved every bit of it. Learned alot. Then I moved into my role as a teller and met my co-workers. One of my relatives worked at that branch for years, and we had been coming to that branch for years, so we knew each other pretty well. What transpired in my role as a teller is another book in itself, so I’m not going into much detail.

One memory I will pull out though. I was asked to help at a branch in Racine, which was a 30min+ drive one way. It was October 31, 2008. I’ve never felt fall the same way again after that. I was up bright and early, and drove all the way there with the windows down. I had some flowing music on, which also helped to set the mood. I’ve never smelt the air that crisp, hear the leaves crunch, nor enjoy the changing color of the trees more then I did that day. It was a cool, sunny, crisp, fall morning smell that burst upon my nose. It was a perfect drive. I can smell the air as I’m writing this. I arrived at the branch, and went about my usual duties as a teller. Barely anyone came in that day, so I was either off daydreaming or socializing with fellow co-workers. When lunch break came around, which was an entire HOUR!!, I swung by Arbys and picked up the regular roast beef combo, and an Orange Dream shake (as I’m writing this, they came back with the Orange Dream shake again. Not sure how long it will last though). That break was pure heaven to me. I had an entire hour to myself to do whatever I wanted. I took the liberty of exploring the entire 2nd and 3rd floor of the building, which was completely deserted and quiet except for the occasional empty conference room and storage area. Content with exploring, I went back to the break room and finished eating lunch. During that time I flipped on the TV and watched a mix of the History Channel/Discovery Channel. I vaguely remember watching something about Star Wars and the real life similarities during the time it was written. That felt like the longest break I was ever on, cause I kept watching the clock to see if I went over my time. Never did though, time dragged slowly by. The rest of the day went on exactly like that. Barely anyone came in, I wrapped up my duties, then headed home, feeling the crisp breeze on my skin as I drove home.

Near the end of November, I moved from a teller position to a utility clerk in another department. That meant I got to ride the bus downtown to work everyday. That also meant I had to learn new systems (though there was a machine from 1978 I had to deal with on a daily basis), and deal with tons of numbers, lots of paper, and daily tasks that had to be completed before I left. I got my exercise that way as well. The distance from my house to the bus stop was about a mile away, so I ran it. Yes, in the rain. Yes, in the snow. Yes, sometimes up to my knees. Oh yeah, I also ran it back. That was my exercise, running two miles a day, from the middle of December until today (August 21, 2009). I got pretty good at it too, and for those wondering, I started pushing 6min 15sec miles. Good times…

Tons of memories, and many people I met and became friends with. That will never go away. I truly believe God placed me in the best company He knew of to teach me many things. Not only is the culture behind Wells Fargo amazing, so are the people. Wells Fargo is one of the only remaining companies I believe that has a true handle on the customer. That is why there is such a loyal following. Everything about Wells Fargo complemented my own learning quite nicely as well. If you are Wells Fargo, you know what I mean. ;D

If there is one thing I could take out of my current position at Wells Fargo, it would be this. Everything works out fine, whether you expect it or not. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I would get out early, only for something to happen. Somehow, it all works out for me leaving on time.

Today was a good example of that. I thought I might be able to leave a bit early than usual, but something happened with a machine that kept us until the usual ending time. This was one of those errors I had never encountered before, which made for a fun day. My boss had a good laugh out of this as well, because a problem similar to this happened when I first started out as a utility clerk. Might as well go out with a bang eh? ;P

I will miss working for Wells Fargo, but God is moving me along to the next stage of my life. I’m fine with that, I still have all the memories to reminisce over and people I can catch up with from time to time.

In a way, ’tis a Bittersweet Moment….

#100: What are Assets, Leslie Freebie, and Should I update to Windows 7

Special “Before College Edition” with Triple Digits!

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Yes, The podcast has finally hit 100 episodes! Not to mention I am heading off to college in exactly 2 days, so this is a jam-packed episode!

Finances: What are Assets?

Best explanation I heard? Assets make you Money. Are your assets doing that?

Business: Leslie Freebie

Today I interview Leslie of TheFreebieGuy.net regarding his remarkable success with the CaliStyle101.com Forum. I took notes for this one!

Why were we laughing in the middle of the interview over a “mini-Leslie”? Here’s why: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/1486/what-can-expensive-tuna-teach-you-about-marketing/

Technology: Should I update to Windows 7?

Good article from Wired.com, weigh the pros and cons for yourself: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/08/7-reasons-to-avoid-windows-7/

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Lets continue the conversation, comment below or use these options:

#99: What is your Question, Derek Media, and Facebook buys Friendfeed

Big BIG Announcements!!

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Big moves and changes being made in the Business and Technology sector, you will want to sit down and listen to this one.

Finances: What is your Question?

Now its your turn. Phone line and e-mail are open! 1-866-867-2860

Business: Derek Media

Today I interview Derek Johnson of Tatango on a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! http://derekmedia.net/!!

Technology: Facebook buys Friendfeed

Yeah, this changes the game once again. Here is the article: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2009/tc20090810_284380.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_top+stories

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Lets continue the conversation, comment below or use these options:

#98: Economic Spending Tips, Derek Johnson, and VTechTV

3rd Year Anniversary Edition!!

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

You heard right, this is the third year anniversary edition of the Taylor Marek Podcast. I hope you are learning alot over all these years. πŸ˜€

Finances: Economic Spending Tips

Here’s a tip for you in these economic times, why don’t you look into local events near you? They might be better then you thought…

Business: Derek Johnson

Today I interview Derek Johnson of Tatango. Good stuff in this interview and well worth a listen. ;D

Technology: VTechTV

I reviewed the VTechTV video podcast today. Interested in the latest in the gaming world? Then hop on over: http://vtechtv.com/

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Lets continue the conversation, comment below or use these options:

Follow Friday Challenge, Week 1 #FFwk1

I’ve had this idea in my head since the beginning of the week, and am totally pumped to release it to the world!

What I want to do is give you a FREE 30min consultation with me. I will be giving away one spot every week on Friday in conjunction with the “Follow Friday” meme brought about through Twitter. What will it be on? Social Media, New Media, Podcasting, Personal Finances, or Small Business/ Entrepreneurship. You choose the topic you want. I’ve been involved in Social Media/New Media for the past 3 years, and Personal Finances/Small Business for at least 8. I want to share with you the knowledge I know, and help you out. I want to see you succeed.

Now, the all important part. What do you need to do to win this? I need you to answer the following question below:

“How has the economy affected your life/business?”

If you answer it on twitter, use the hashtag #FFwk1. Otherwise you can leave a comment. You are allowed one blog comment entry and one twitter entry at maximum. At 8pm CST I will close the challenge. I will then group both the twitter and blog comments together and pick a tweet/comment at random. I will announce the winner over twitter, and will then contact them privately to setup a consultation time.

How much is this worth? I charge $200/hr for a private consultation. If I were you, I’d be banging down the door right now. How bad do you want it? πŸ˜‰

#97 What are your goals?, Dale Beaumont Part 2, and Something BIG is about to happen

College-bound Podcaster! Listen in!

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

If you are reading this, you are the first to know I am heading off to college in a matter of weeks. Absolutely PUMPED to release this episode. Oh yeah, this one has a blooper on the end as well!

Finances: What are your goals?

Have you set your financial Goals? Short-term and Long-term?

Business: Dale Beaumont Interview Part 2

This week wraps up the interview I had with Dale Beaumont. This one has the tip every entrepreneur should listen to.

I was introduced to Dale via Twitter. Once I read his personal site and found out he does video posts over at GetPublishedTV.com, I was hooked. This is a stellar interview and I would highly encourage you to take notes!

Technology: Something BIG is about to happen

Things are changing so fast that if you blink, you will miss it. The internet hasn’t even hit 20, and is on the verge of exploding into something we’ve never seen before. Can you feel it happening?

Sponsored by GoToMeeting, try it FREE for 30 days: http://www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts

Lets continue the conversation, comment below or use these options: