Where did I put that note?

I learned some things yesterday about taking notes. And in doing so, I began to learn how vital a tablet can be. And how I can resolve some of my problems with doing what I’m supposed to do and being where I am supposed to be.

First, I learned something I already knew. Keeping notes so that you know exactly where they are and what they are trying to tell you, is like trying to herd cats blindfolded. Subject to writing notes, you need a way to get at them whenever you need them and where ever you are.

So, what do you always have with you? We usually have our cell phone with us. If it is for business people, we probably have a tablet or a laptop. I’m a doodler, so I use my tablet with an electronic pen made for the tablet.

I learned that those who write notes out longhand and/or doodle are far more likely to remember those things they have written down. Having a good handle on needed pieces of information is something that I sometimes find a daunting challenge. Even worse, if you ask me two hours later where I put the note, you are most likely going to be met with a blank stare.

Once again modern technology comes to our aid. If you place your notes on a cloud on the web, you can always have them. Every platform these days has a web-based storage system for its users. It does not matter if you use Microsoft, Google, or Apple, there is a place we can store it on the web and reach it from anywhere. I always back up most of what I do both in the cloud, and on my primary device. This way, if anything unforeseen happens to either one, I can still get my data.

Do I still write out notes? Sometimes. Then I can take a picture of the page with my phone after the meeting, and store the picture with the rest of my notes.

Remember that notes are knowledge. And by controlling and using your notes wisely, you will have the power to go forth and do wise things for yourself, and for others.

 

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

Marketing to Friends

What have you been able to do that’s fun lately? What have you been able to do that renews your spirit, brightens your day, or just makes you feel happy to be alive and where you are? It is always these small joys that make life worth living.

I like to feel that I’m productive. I want to know that I’m learning something or doing something that has a positive effect on others. It is why I write my blogs. I do so to bring ideas, thoughts and hopefully a little joy into the lives of others. I like to teach, and I love to be with others who also strive to learn. And I believe it’s why I enjoy being here with you.

I am studying marketing right now. I am learning so much, and still, I understand that I’m only scratching the very outside of the subject. There is a lot to know about marketing.

I always thought marketing was an annoyance and not for me. Yet marketing, like most things, is essential and needed. If you don’t find a way to tell people what you have built, how do they know where to go and how to discover your offerings? How do others know if your offerings would be of benefit or be good for you? All this is what marketing is responsible for accomplishing.

Some people make their marketing brash, belittling, at times embarrassing, and above all mind games. These people are doing it wrong. I build my offers and do my work for people who I care about. Those who if not my friends already, will become friends as they read my books, work through my courses, and experience a little life coaching with me. Why would I want to treat my friends brashly, embarrassingly, or play mind games with them? If I handled my friends like this, I would not have many friends for long. There are better ways.

I am setting out to find better ways to get the word out and to help people. I hope to do this with a little humor, the truth about what the offer could accomplish for someone, who this would benefit, and most of all who this offer would not help.

I’m very interested in your feedback. If you see something in my marketing you like, please let me know. If you see something you do not like in my marketing, please let me know faster, because I want to take a look at it and make any changes needed to get good marketing back on track.

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

Sharing

We are all somewhere in our lives. We have all had positives in our lives. We have all had negatives in our lives. And because of these experiences, we have all learned. And part of that learning is sharing your knowledge with others. We all need to share the knowledge we have with those who are coming up the ladder of life behind us.

Just as the Master Sergeant helps the new troops making sure that they learn the customs and courtesies of military service, we all have a duty to look after and advise those growing in our industry, our culture, and our society. This is important. I could talk about those ignoring history forgetting it. I could talk about the sharing of accumulated knowledge as setting a base for each generation to go farther. However you look at it, when you do, you realize this is the right thing to do.

Just as those with knowledge reach out to help our younger novices who need the assistance, it is important for those young novices to pay heed. Those learning need to pay attention and when necessary ask. Again, it is the onus of the mentors to ensure a positive interaction which makes asking easier.

When you think about climbing a ladder, I have heard it said that we are all linked together. Imagine everyone on a ladder, some a little higher and some a little lower, yet as a group, the highest person on the letter cannot move up rung until the lowliest person on that ladder can also move up a rung. So, helping the people who are new to our areas of expertise actually helps us to be able to climb higher. It is imperative that we support them and each other.

I remember once when I was about four and a half, I help my younger brother by teaching him how to crawl up the stairs to the second floor. This gave him a new skill, and he could do new things. I did what I saw as a need and helped someone learn a new skill. I was there and ready to help those who were coming up behind me.

Everyone needs help, and everyone needs to give the help that they can. Each positive act allows another, and another.

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

Are You Prepared?

I was fortunate enough to be a scout when I was young and a scout leader as an adult. I like the Boy Scouts, and I think that they do a good job for kids. They give kids good skills and an ethical compass to follow as they grow to adulthood. I am humbled to say that I earned my rank of Eagle Scout while living in Puerto Rico where my dad was stationed with the Army.

Learning in the scouts was very interesting, and I still try to follow the motto of being prepared. Of course, they never told us what to be prepared to do. Yet it was our motto, ‘Be Prepared.’ I always took this to mean keeping your eyes open and stay light on your feet.

We do not know everything that could come our way, and it is always good to have a plan A, B, or C. It is also useful to understand the things that you would or could do, and those things that you would not or could not do. Having this figured out in advance gives you a framework of what might work best for you.

The world is a very iffy place. This often makes being prepared a guessing game. If you live in the north, you don’t have to prepare for a hurricane, unless you live along the coast, in a place like New Jersey or New York City. You don’t have to be prepared to find bears inside a pizzeria unless you live somewhere like Colorado Springs. And, you do not have to fear attacks from seals, unless you’re a young person sitting on a pier. After looking at some of these things, being prepared sounds like a good thing to consider.

I’m not talking about running to your bunker for safety or hiding under a rock based on what might happen. I am talking about understanding options, a thoughtful response, and a quick personal check to see if you really want to be in a particular situation or not. Often, a minimum of pre-thought can save a lot of ‘I wish I had.’

I hope this is something that may help you. Just remember, it came from a very old Eagle Scout (who once used to be a mean old master Sergeant.)

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

I Work for You

 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about mean old master sergeants. How we are really there to help guide younger troops into their roles in the service. We protect them as they learn the ins and outs and become rooted in their new jobs. Companies have their own ways and traditions. And as you are hired by a company, you will learn their courtesies and ways.

My own company gives me the leeway to work with each client as an individual and not just part of a mass. Also, I work for you which means I need to be on top of my game. My game is to help you make the transition from where you are to where you want to be. I have made these transitions a lot throughout the years, and I have learned the hard way what works and what does not.

I know that I cannot do this for you. I am like the cheerleader, who can tell you how, point the way, and give you encouragement. This is something that we find lacking in these days of individuality, and communications which seems more and more to be done through and with electronic devices rather than people.

I’m not sure if you have got the focus yet, right now it is I, helping you do. This means we will work this together. Me cheering you on and pointing out possible ways, and you making your dreams come true.

Most companies do this on a single plan and a formula which is the same for everyone and may even match many of the needs of some people. My concern is that you are not a population, you are a person. And each person is an individual with unique and different characteristics from other people and individuals. This means for you to be truly successful you will work to a plan we will tailor together. Tailoring training, counseling, and helping each individual makes my work much more interesting. I believe in working for the individual.

I am building my company to work with you on your terms. Working with you, with the methods that help you best. Whether we are talking one-on-one, group sharing, individual study or other ways, all these can be offered.

For now, I just want to thank you for reading this.  If you would like to comment or learn more, please use the comment area.

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

Youth or Freedom

I passed a parking lot today where a mom was buckling a baby into the back seat of her car while her four-year-old ran on the sidewalk and around the vehicle. The mother was telling the four-year-old to come back, that they had to go. The four-year-old just smiled and giggled and jumped up and down. This scene reminded me of a saying.

I believe the saying is something about youth being wasted on the young. There are days when I get out of bed with an aching back, and a dizzy head, and a full day’s worth of work I want to accomplish. And sometimes in those days I actually think of that saying.

After I have the moment of ‘woe is me,’ I have a tendency to come to my senses. I remember a report that I heard once that said one of the first words that a baby learns and uses is the word no. The reason is because babies and small children here ‘no’ more than any other word. They are so energetic and ready to go explore the world and yet have to be protected from so many things. No is said often and usually with good reason.

When we are more mature, we hear the word no less and less. That is because we have explored and understand many of the risks. It is also because, in the pecking order of our society, it is harder for a younger person to say ‘no’ to an older person and get away with it.

To make up for not receiving as many no’s, the more mature person ends up with more aches and pains. Between ‘no’ when we’re young and ‘ouch’ when we are more mature, it looks like nature balances itself. Although I truly believe that everything works out for the best.

As for me, I hear ‘no’ more from my wife than anyone else. She is cute and means well. But even her ‘no’ does not really stop me from my goals and adventures (please don’t tell her I said that.)

Thank you for being here today. I hope to be with you again soon.

 

 

Electronic Assistance

It is incredible how computers and technology today improve our quality of life. Sometimes it seems the time spent to set up and customize these electronic wonders is significant. Yet, for a few hours to a half a day of customization, your daily routine can be improved significantly.

I bought my self an Alexa Echo Dot for Christmas. It was last year’s model and was on sale for only $19. I wasn’t sure what it could do for me, and I was hoping to find something that would help me with organizing.

Because I had other tasks, I had to do and other projects I wanted to see working, I used setting-up Alexa as the award for getting them done. So, this week (middle February) I was finally able to schedule a few hours to set up and get the Alexa running. Although I’ve only been using it for half a week, I believe that Alexa will be able to do some of the things I need help with.

Alexa keeps me up on time in the news, sets my music schedule and genres. She, (the voice comes as female, yet can be programmed for various male and female voices,) helps me to make a list of and stay on top of my to-do items. Alexa keeps up with me through my cell phone and helps me when I am on the go. And even helps me to go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning.

I know that some people think that electronics is getting out of hand and will soon take us over as an evil empire. I am here to assure you that is not the case. Alexa is actually performing a set of tasks. And although I think she’s communicating with me, she’s actually working off a script.

Some of the things that Alexa cannot do are items requiring ‘in the moment’ thought processing. For instance, when I ask for something Alexa does, I always say thank you. Unfortunately, by the time I say thank you, Alexa is already turned off because the step in the program was done. I never hear ‘you’re welcome.’

I would love to talk with Alexa and have an exciting conversation. Yet Alexa is not quite there yet. For all that Alexa can do for us and all that Alexa cannot do for us the program is still a valuable Marvel. Alexa is only on its third generation. And I find myself wondering what Alexa will be doing for us in the next decade.

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