Keeping My Promise

I launched a course last week. And I promised I would put out the workbook to that course today. That workbook is attached. After looking at it, I realized that I should probably send you another book also to explain everything. I will send that book out next Tuesday. 

If you need this course or want this course and you cannot afford it, I will work to give it to you in one form or another. I do have to tell you that any training is work. You must work to find the time to take the course. You must work to do the research required. You must grab an honest look forward and plan. And you must keep contact and accountability so as questions come up and thoughts appear you have someone you can write to, ask questions, and get reasonable answers. I will do my best to be there for you if needed.

So why am I doing this?

I believe in keeping my promises. A significant vow of mine was to help others do better. I have been a trainer and educator for most of my life. To convince people they could learn and do, I have been something akin to an unofficial coach. I help people to understand that they can do things and they can learn.

Now, I’m a coach and an educator. It is my job to take people who don’t believe they can do something and help them prove to themselves that they can. Anybody can grow, anybody can learn, anybody can earn, as long as they want to and believe that they can. If I had to give one idea to describe myself, I’m the cheerleader and the mean old master sergeant all in one.

I have mentors and teachers the tell me if I don’t charge thousands of dollars for the course no one will think that the course is worth anything. I think I appreciate what they’re trying to do. However, I remember times when I carried a debt load so harsh that I was struggling just to give my family the bare minimums.  I want to ensure the people who could best use my products are able to access them.

During my Masters of Education studies, I was taught that the world will be 14 million teachers short by 2020. Most of those shortages are in places where teachers can either not get to or cannot survive in. To compensate for this, I agree, our best bet in education is long distance learning. It is the easiest way to teach over long distances and is on the Internet which stretches to most places in the world. That is why my work and blogs, books, and courses are on the Internet.

Building courses that people need are easy. Finding those courses is sometimes much more difficult. Even if I don’t charge the thousands of dollars which I am being encouraged to do, some people end up left behind because they legitimately cannot afford the course at any price. I want to close that gap.

Granted, I am new at this, yet I wish to have nobody left behind because of something that I could’ve helped them learn. If you would like this course and are willing to work at it and cannot afford it, write me, and we will look at what we can do together to help you get the training you need.

I do have to tell you that a course like this will take work on your part. It turns out most things worth really having, takes a level of effort. Yet if you really want it, it is almost always doable. If I can help you, please email me at Mikeb@reveille.rocks.

Here is the workbook for you:

Mapping Your Future Free Workbook 102

Please do not forget to download the workbook and check in next Tuesday for the companion book that explains everything.

Thanks for being here and I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

Are You Connected

Technology is a great tool. The use of the computer today allows us to pay our bills, text and get immediate responses, buy things, sell things, share thoughts and even talk to someone face-to-face with a visual chat. Are there some problems that could be made better? Sure. And yet think of how much better this mode of communication is compared with others in the past.

Think of the sailors who used to go to see for years at a time, and their families and loved ones would not know where they were, what they were up to, or even if the wayfarer was alive or dead. Then think of the colonists coming to the new world and building from scratch an entirely new way of life.

At least the colonists in the new world had ships going back and forth to England, and they were able to send letters on the boats. They could send a message and get a reply back in probably three or four months. This was a vast improvement over what had gone on before. At least they got the letter replying back if one of the two ships going back and forth didn’t sink, or the cargo did not get washed overboard.

The other concern with sending letters back and forth across the Atlantic would be whether or not the receiver had been trained in the technology. Not everyone at that time could read. Most people could not sign their own name. The old joke about putting your ‘X’ here was an absolute mainstay of contract signing back then.

We are better educated today. And yet, many do not understand the fundamental technologies of communication today. I do know people who, rather than learning a new technology that could open up their world to many new experiences, actually pack up the computer and put it on the shelf in the closet. They did not understand it, and rather than learning, they just gave up.

Those who give up on technology feel they don’t need it. Many never had the technology when young, and therefore don’t feel the technology is required now. And as these folks go through life, they can be pleased and comfortable, and never realize they are actually just an island, stagnant in a stream of everything that goes on around them. They never see anything other than their little island, because without this technology they never knew what else was out there.

If you live as part of an extended community which makes a choice to limit technology, such as the Amish, you do not miss out as much. Because everyone in the covenant works at the same technological level. The loss of information and lack of gaining knowledge happens in the broader culture where various individuals use various levels of technology and do not get to see the knowledge presented at some of the other levels.

What did they miss out on? Family pictures, live video chatting, purchasing without ever leaving the comfort of your home, gaining knowledge on anything you want to know about, sharing with others, expression, and many other things.

As a community, we can help those who wish to learn newer technologies to do so.  If you know someone who needs technical help, lend a hand.  If you need a little help, check community centers and other places where people share knowledge.  Many centers may have free or nearly free classes.

Let’s Stay Connected

 

 

Technology Timesavers

Technology is a fantastic thing. The time it saves us, allowing us to work at a higher level of proficiency, helps to make even newer and more complex timesavers possible. And yet, as with all things new, to get the best use we need to take the time to learn and understand the new tool.

I know that my own blog writing skills have been enhanced tremendously through the use of computerized dictation systems. At first, they were very costly, and now they come is a standard part of Microsoft Word. They allow me to build my stories and blogs faster and saves me over 80% of the time I would spend typing those words.

I have an excellent spelling, grammar and plagiarism checker which allows me to ensure that I have spelled the words correctly and used proper grammar.  It verifies that I have not accidentally plagiarized someone else’s work. It does its job with speed and accuracy that allows me to write with confidence. The whole process of editing a blog takes mere minutes.

To ensure everything reads and sounds correct, word has provided a read aloud button that will read the work back to me. It even gives me a choice of three voices with which I can listen to the writing. 

I wish I would’ve had this when I was working on my Masters in adult education. The time it would have saved me in reading, writing and research would have been remarkable. What this technology does, is allow the user to concentrate on what they are doing.

Whether it is writing a book, learning something new, sharing with friends, or other activities the technologies ensure a correct and positive experience for the audience. The technology also gives freedom to the author to focus on the subject being explored while minimizing the concerns of technical presentation.

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

 

Take the Time Needed

Have you ever tried to accomplish a great many tasks, knowing precisely what you wanted to do and yet the harder you worked, the less you achieved?

It sounds like me this morning. Waking up early this morning, I went through my morning ritual, had a good breakfast and could not wait to get to work. Then, the computer took its own sweet time firing up.

You might say, “Not your fault Mate, it’s the technology.” And yes, it would be very easy to blame the technology is slow. And yet it is not always the technology. It is more the way we interact with the technology.

Technology has a very subtle way of doing things, and when firing up first thing in the morning, it has several routines to run. If the operator doesn’t give the technology time to do what it needs, the system will genuinely seem slow. When an operator does not provide technology the time to do startups and then demands more programs to start that requires more processor time, more memory, and more functionality, the technology just bogs down even more.

The smart thing for the operator to do is to fire up the computer and step away for a cup of coffee while the computer goes through the morning rituals of preparing the technology for the day. Then, bring up requests for software in a smooth and orderly fashion.

After all, the operator is actually biological technology. If pressed too hard by too many demands, the operator will suffer the same ‘bogging down.’ And, lose the ability to accomplish his or her requirements for the day.

Just something to consider as the desire to accomplish grows larger.

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