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Charles Bosworth

Charles Bosworth discusses social media

Charles Bosworth discusses social media

Charles BosworthGary’s guest Charles Bosworth discusses social media myths, realities, and challenges on this episode of the Gary Smith Show. Some of the ideas discussed were: social media is a quick way to promote yourself and make a lot of money fast, whether it is healthy to spend hours a day on social media, and if social media can be a replacement for your own website.  If you are just getting started in social media and even if you have been active for a while, this is an informative discussion and great for anyone with an interest in social media. 

Listen to Gary talk with Charles on iTunes or click the Soundcloud player below.

Charles Bosworth discusses Social Media


ABOUT Charles

Charles got his start in radio in the Montreal Canada market in 1989. He has written and produced too many radio commercials to count, including one that was a finalist for the Silver Mic award. Charles worked in Southington for 7 years as the GM for WXCXT AM 990, a talk radio station at the time and hosted his own daily 2-hour talk show. Since the early 2000s Charles has been an early adopter of social media. He signed up for Plaxo in 2004, Linkedin in 2005, Facebook in 2006, Twitter in 2007, plus a myriad of smaller and now defunct networks. In addition to guest blogging for Digital Journal, the Examiner and Dad-o-matic, he has been published in radio industry publications on the topic of social media for radio. His company Bosworth Media helps small and medium business owners with web development and social media. After a 7 year hiatus from radio, he is back in the game as the producer for the Dan Mason Show on KKOH AM 780 in Reno, Nevada.


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Charles’ business website is and you can connect personally at

Making the Most of Your Business and Life

Joy & Dreaming


I’ve always loved the final scene in the movie Patton. George C. Scott is walking in the Luxembourg countryside not far from his wartime headquarters. As he contemplates the Allied Forces victory over Germany, he utters the last four words of the film: “All glory is fleeting.”

There is a practical application of these words to our businesses and our personal lives. As we pursue the goals we have set out for our companies and ourselves, we sometimes become too focused on the end results. When the goal line is finally crossed, we are sometimes surprised at the emotional letdown we feel. It’s almost anticlimactic and depressing. The joy we hoped to experience just isn’t there.

What causes these letdowns? As George C. Scott so aptly said, “All glory is fleeting.” This means that the joy of victory, of accomplishment, never lasts very long. That leads me to ask an important question:

Could it be that in the process of achieving our goals, we too often focus on the wrong things?

In his book Joy In The Journey, Guy Rice Dowd emphasizes the fact that the real joy in life is in the journey and not in the destination. As sweet and as tempting as the destination may seem, the real meat of our accomplishments lies in the journey, for it is in the journey that we prepare ourselves and become the people we need to be to receive the reward when we reach our destination.

Stop and think for a moment about your last major life accomplishment. Take a blank piece of paper and write the goal and what you accomplished across the top of the page. Then take some time and write down all of the things you learned in the process of achieving your goal.

  • What new skills did you acquire, or what existing skills did you sharpen?
  • What new relationships did you develop and what old relationships were changed and strengthened?
  • How was your sphere of influenced expanded?
  • What are the ripple effects of your accomplishment? How will this change the lives of others as you continue to move forward?
  • What in your journey is worth celebrating?
  • Who in the achievement process deserves recognition?
  • How does your review of your journey make you feel? How has it prepared you for the next steps in your life, your business, or your career?

Set your eyes for achieving your own joy in your life’s journey. As you learn to savor each day, you will be amazed at the richness it will add to your life, and how it will enable you to add beauty and wonder to those around you.

©by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC ( All rights reserved.

Meridith Elliott Powell

Meridith Powell on winning in a trust and value economy

Meridith Powell on winning in a trust and value economy

The Gary Smith Show, originally aired April 30, 2014 on WSDK 1550

Meridith Elliott PowellAs business owners, we have to be careful to protect our reputation. On his radio show, Gary Smith interviews Meridith Powell on winning in a trust and value economy. Listen to this podcast of the August 30, 2014 episode to learn tips for success on how to make the economy work for you.






About Meridith

Meridith Elliot Powell is an internationally certified coach, consultant, speaker and author. She’s an active member of the National Speakers Association, the Carolinas Speakers Association, the American Society of Training and Development, the American Banker’s Association, and Lessons in Leadership.

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5 Practical Steps For Drowning Your Problems

There’s an old saying that contains a great deal of wisdom:

When problem solving, don’t just put out the fire – find the guy with the match!

Another saying admonishes us to make sure that we solve problems completely. It simply says:

Hold every problem under water until it drowns!

Learning Effective Problem Solving

Both of these statements are aimed at communicating one thing to those of us who are in the problem solving business – and that is that far too often, problems are never solved because people are addressing the symptoms instead of identifying and killing the real root cause.

My forty plus years of experience as both a technical and business problem solver have taught me some powerful lessons. Here are a few of the things I’ve learned when it comes to effective problem solving.

  1. Most of the time, the root of the problem is deeper than you think. Just like a pesky dandelion in your yard, the flower (symptom) waves in the wind, but the root of the plant (the real cause) is hiding deep in the ground. You can chop the top off all you want, but until you extract or kill the root, the plant (problem) is going to keep coming back.
  2. Be patient. Taking the time to think things through, and being careful not to overreact, is important in the problem solving process. Cool, logical, analytical heads always prevail.
  3. Listen to the process. Every business process has a story to tell if you listen closely. Observations, data collection and analysis, and a healthy dose of common sense can be integrated to create a picture of what is going on. Just as a doctor uses the skill of observation, combined with information in the form of test results, to diagnose what is wrong with a patient, so must you combine all of the information you can gather to understand the problem with which you are dealing.
  4. Test your theories. The ultimate test in solving a problem is not “did it go away.” Where the rubber meets the road is in answering the question, “Can you turn it on and off?” Being able to turn a problem on and off means that you have identified the causative factors that, under the right conditions, allow the problem to manifest itself.
  5. Verify effectiveness of your solutions. When you finally put corrective actions in place, always monitor the process for a period if time to make sure that the problem never rears its ugly head again.

Need help with problem solving? Give us a call at 203.599.1467, or email us at We’re here to help!


©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC ( All rights reserved.

Al Kim Hosts Gary Smith For Rise And Shine Radio Show

Gary Smith was recently a guest of the Rise and Shine Radio Show hosted by Al Kim. WSDK 1550 AM radio station allowed the two radio show hosts to join forces for an on-air segment, and each broadcaster brought their best material to the table.

Al Kim Talks About Achieving Unusual Greatness

Gary discussed his most recent book, “Achieving Unusual Greatness,” and how it was constructed from several blog posts created in the past few years. Gary crafted the book to be read a little at a time or all at once, giving daily lessons that are the “essence” of achieving success.

Gary told Al Kim that he hoped people would use the book almost as a daily inspiration that could be quickly read for motivation. He said it was one of the more powerful projects he had worked on because of the amount of years it spanned.

Macro View Of The Business World

Gary said his background as an engineer in the manufacturing business led him to seek further education to gain a macro view of the business world. He said moving away from providing a small part of a big business has been a great career choice because he understands where those smaller, integral parts fit into the large model.

Looking For A Change Or Improvement

Al Kim commented that the economy in Connecticut was not in its tip-top form, and he asked Gary what he would say to someone who was looking to make a change or improvement. Gary said it’s important to look at your passions in life and what you’re good at before pursuing a job.

He said many people give up looking for work because they cannot find a position in their field, but a simple inventory of what they enjoy doing most in their life can lead to civic activities, leadership roles and much more.

Trusting God To Spur Change

One of the hardest things to do in life is to accept and embrace change. Gary talked to Al Kim about the common nature to resist change and how it can hold people back from their full potential. However, by trusting God and asking him to guide you, you can make major life changes that lead to amazing opportunities.

He said the most important thing to dealing with change is having a positive attitude and trusting God’s hand to guide you to where you belong. Fear is something that will have to be faced in these situations, and Gary said fear can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

Learn From Gary Smith

Whether you’re looking for business success or personal coaching, Gary has helped countless people through the toughest times of their lives. You can contact Gary through his business, Optimum Performance Technologies, to find out how he can help you get through major changes, understand your business specifics better and much more.

Be sure to tune into The Gary Smith Show on WSDK 1550 where he gets his messages out to everyone. He is always looking for new guests to showcase who have different backgrounds and skills than him, giving the audience a good sense of what can be achieved in life if you put your mind to it.