Meetup Group

Hi everyone. I’m hoping you’re having a safe, warm, and fantastic day today. It’s been snowing here since early yesterday evening. It is very white outside and a wonderful stay to stay home if you do not absolutely have to go out.

I am running a Meetup Group, called Finding Gainful Employment, on Tuesdays between 2:30 and 4:00. Next week I am inviting the group to a training session given on Eventbrite. That will also be 2:30 on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. For the rest of the weeks, we will have the group session through Meetup.  The price to come to the sessions is free or, as it says in the ad, 0.00 USD.

To get your free tickets for the training session given on Everbrite, please go to

Join us for our free regular Tuesday meetings on Meetup for Finding Gainful Employment, starting on February 9, 2021, at 2:30 p.m.

Clear as mud? Email me at for any questions.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

The Gift of Humility

One of the greatest gifts you possess and can give another is the gift of your humility.  Most people make the error of trying to impress someone they meet with all the significant accomplishments they have completed.  Often this mistake, rather than cementing a bond between two new friends, has the opposite effect, and now two competitors are trying to best each other.

The best way to achieve success with others is to tell them a little about yourself and let the rest fill in by seeing you in action.  After all, works speak so much louder than words.  Do not try to overshadow new acquaintances, work with them, and be there for them.

They will know the essential things about you when they see you in action.  How well your critical thinking skills work.  How you treat others.  And they will understand what you say about them by the way you speak of others that are not present.

When you start by bragging about yourself, you are building a wall of expectations that only a few can get over each day.  If you wait and let people learn by your actions first, you are making a super-fast communications network that will keep you connected for years.  And, yes, good communications outweighs anything you can hang on a wall.

Think about these thoughts the next time you are lucky enough to meet someone new.  Remember that some first meetings can be better than others. If an error occurs, ensure the mistake is not yours.  Relax and be yourself.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Tell Me About It

It seems that we are more and more communicating with things and not with people. Phones have menus whose aim is to remove people and get you to the computer, or maybe a person, you need to work with faster. Our uninvited advertising calls are run by computers and computerized bots for the most part. And they are so good, that you can miss the fact you’re talking to a computer. With Cortona, Seri, Alexa, and all the other virtual assistants in our computers these days, we find ourselves talking even more to our computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Speaking with another human is becoming more of a rare indulgence.

I find our new communication with computers interesting. The lack of human interaction has grown to the point some organizations are now offering a listener. The listener interacts with clients by listening to whatever the client wishes to talk to him about. He does not initiate conversation or dominate the conversation. The listener does empathize with the client, asks questions, and can offer an idea. I believe the best thing that a listener can do is either ask a question which helps the person to find clarity in the situation or questions which help the client consider alternatives.

Many people when offered a listener to talk to, shy away. I think this is because they are afraid they’re going to be judged in some way. As we begin to lose human interaction with those around us, our imaginations sometimes take over, and we can find ourselves paranoid, worrying about who will judge us who will try to take advantage of us, and who will mock us. I believe these fears are evidence of the pain suffered when social beings are isolated. We see this in the incarcerated, the elderly, and the ostracized.

I can also tell you many aggressive, angry and antisocial people feel so much better and content after talking to some who have taken the time to listen. They see that they have been able to exchange ideas with another human being and honestly be heard. They often would like to know when they can come back and talk again.

If I may suggest, talk to each other from time to time.  You may find empathy with others, you may keep fears at bay, and you may see that you feel better and are a little more outgoing,

Thanks for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

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