When it works, it works great but when it goes wrong…well, it can be a little frustrating to say the least! This week I have three major obstacles to overcome but there are compensations…. it’s all about keeping a sense of perspective!
Clicks And Leads is a “tongue in cheek” digital marketing Vzine by entrepreneur, author, podcaster, speaker, Nicola Cairncross.
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Good morning, it’s Nicola here, and today I am coming to you, not live, from Sicky’s, one of my favourite haunts in Stoupa.
I’m not live because the internet is not good enough either here or next door. And the reason I’m down here even talking to you at all is because my internet at home is not working.
It’s not been working since Thursday and I’ve been trying to ring Cosmote, our local telephone providers. And they haven’t been picking up at all.
So, it’s been a little bit frustrating. Yesterday, I was ringing them four a good 4 hours on and off solidly.
And it turns out it was a Greek bank holiday and they make have well said that on their recorded announcement, but of course, I don’t understand that much Greek. So, I couldn’t understand that.
Anyway, so I gave up and came down the beach in the end and then went to a party in the evening and tried again this morning at 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock. 9 o’clock I got through.
The reason I’m telling you all this is because when you’re living and working abroad everybody does things differently and you have to be ready to roll with the punches and be a bit flexible.
I’m going to lean my elbow on there so I’m not quite as wobbly. It’s all about flexibility this week. It’s all about what to do when you can’t do anything.
There’s been three reasons why I haven’t been able to do anything this week. So, let’s get on with the show shall we.
Today, I want to talk to you about what it’s really like to live and work abroad. Obviously, it’s a fabulous day. Let me just show you what I’m looking at today.
It’s awesome. It’s hot. Because you can tell I’ve caught the sun yesterday. And I have to put factor 30 on because it really is very hot and sunny. But things go wrong, you know.
I’ve got fantastic super fast broadband speed. It works generally 99 percent of the time absolutely fine. But on Thursday night, it decided to go off.
It got weaker and weaker and it went and I realised something was seriously wrong when I tried to upload an audio that should’ve 2 or 3 minutes and it said it was going to take 5 to 7 hours.
So, I thought something’s wrong here but I didn’t know what. So, I started ringing cause the houses in the name of my landlord.
I have to get them to ring first then they said that Cosmote said they had to be there. So then it was back onto me. Now you can only ring Cosmote if you have a Greek mobile phone.
Now, I have a Greek sim for my mobile but I didn’t have a voucher on it. It’d run out. So I ran down to get a voucher and then we were getting ready to call Cosmote and there was just not answer.
So this was Monday morning we couldn’t work out what was going on. Turns out it was a national election on Sunday and everybody had a bank holiday. They gave them a bank holiday for the next day.
So I was trying till lunchtime for four hours on and off and couldn’t get through. There was just nobody answering.
I got through to someone on sales and then she put me through to technical, but she didn’t tell me that technical was shut. Perhaps she didn’t know.
Then now I’ve come, I’ve managed to get through this morning. I was doing it a 7, I was ringing at 8, I was ringing at 9 and there is an option to speak English so I went through to them. 9 o’clock they answered and they said yes, there is a fault on the line.
They’ll send someone out who will call me only on a Greek mobile so I’ve had to borrow my landlady’s Greek mobile and I’m carrying it around with me ready for them to call.
Because they will require me to be at the house. Well, I can’t sit in a house with no internet. Just can’t or I’ll start going mad.
So I have to work out how to go down the beach and carry a strange mobile with me where I may or may not recognise the ringing time to answer to a Greek technician who I then have to drive up to the road again and be at the house when he gets there.
Because he might need to come in and look at my equipment inside. That’s been one frustration this week and quite a major one.
And the other frustration has been that we’re in the middle of getting the new website design done and it’s just about ready to swap over and they’ve told me not to let anyone add anything to the site because they don’t want to have to keep updating.
The problem with that is that all my whole social media plan revolves around constantly adding things to my blog, which then fires off onto certain things like Twitter.
It’s really very frustrating because my poor VA can’t do her work properly because she can’t put anything on the blog, and if she can’t put anything on the blog and do her work properly, she’s not going to get paid which is not great. It really is a problem.
So, I’ve told her to use Swagger and SoulBlog as a repository for all our videos and things like that at the moment. And then she’s going to have to go and do the work twice when the new blog is accessible.
In the meantime, I can’t approve the new website design because I can’t get online. I can only get online on a mobile. I said to them it looks great on a mobile, but I can’t approve it yet.
So I’ve come down today to Sticky’s, I’m sitting in Sticky’s actually. It’s completely empty. There’s nobody else here which is really pretty cool because I look like a nut talking to myself.
I’ve come down to Sticky’s to give the new website design a thorough look over and hopefully approve it so they can make it live and my poor VA can get on with her work.
And the final thing is I paid rather a large sum of money for shoutouts on influencer accounts on Instagram over the weekend and I was expecting them to happen over the weekend and they haven’t at all.
In fact, I’ve lost one follower and not gained any. I’m just waiting for that to happen as well, and I’m not really good at waiting. Not really good at waiting. Not very patient at all. It’s all been very frustrating.
But, I have been able to get out the house and come down to the beach. I’ve been able to relax once I get here because I’m quite good at switching off once I get here. Trynna make things happen that makes me frustrated and gross.
But yeah, I’m sitting here having a wonderful frappe. This is a frappe. It’s a cold coffee with, tastes like ice cream, but I suspect it’s ideal milk. It really is very cold and delicious.
I’m going to go and finish off that. Sorry about the wobbly quality of the video this week, but there was nothing else I could do. It was either that or not talk to you at all and you wouldn’t want that would you? Speak to you later. Bye.
What’s on the blog and podcast this week you may be asking yourself? Someone’s gone past me with a very big hook. On the blog this week, it’s still White Labelling Your Courses.
Which is VZINE 103. VZINE 104 should be up there by now. But I can’t remember what’s that about at all. The reason that’s not up there is because my girl hasn’t been able to post anything to the website cause we’re waiting for the new website.
If you go over to NicolaCarincoss.com/Blog, you’ll be able to see the new episode of the VZINE which is 104. If I could only remember what it was about.
And you would also see Own It 232 which is all about getting out of your own way by Louise Fletcher. I suspect that 233 will be up there by then and possibly even 234.
But again, sorry. Can’t remember what those were about either. I just have to give up on this today and just work out what time I can get onto the sun bed that I’ve reserved.
You have to get on very early in the day to get a sun bed round here I tell you. Speak to you later and have a great time during the week. Hopefully all will be back to normal next week.
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