Hey everyone, here we go. . . . . .
IN OUR WORLD
Laura and I are in Newport Beach CA this week and WOW, what a fantastic trip this has been.
- I launched my brand new strategic platform The Opportunity of Meeting. This program is all about the value that gets left on the table at almost every meeting. It’s about how a simple three part formula can completely change the way you use meetings.
- Repeatable Successful Acts is now being introduced to three new companies all interested in using various RSA’s as part of their sales process.
- I start a major design project for a client around a new marketing campaign.
I begin next week with a program on the difference between innovation and transformation then it’s off to New York to introduce the RSA to a new client.
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Are you confused with what’s going on out there? Yesterday I read a New York Times survey that showed the majority of Americans are in a state of despair over the economy. The National debt issues, the unemployment numbers, the housing issues all seem to weigh down our feeling of optimism when things are actually looking up. Today in USA Today there is a headline; “Rising economic optimism helps stocks”.
WOW, what the hell is going on? You read this and then you read that. It can make your head spin. Our ability to filter information in an age with the feeling of unlimited access can really be challenging. What is and what is not important. What can impact us? What can I control and what is out of my control. How much do I need to know to do my job? How much do I need to know to simply be informed?
These are tough, foundational questions.
Here is a quick suggestion:
FILTER: Take a blank piece of paper and make a 10 point list of what’s important. Make it simple. Write down things that interest you and things that are needed for you professionally. It’s a very good exercise. The list is pretty big at 10 items.
FILTER THE FILTER: Now divide the list into personal and professional. Now here is the tricky part. You only get three areas in each column. Yep, only three. This is your master list.
WHAT TO DO: Here is an easy method. Go to Google and search, Google Alerts. Now enter the areas of interest and every day Google will search the world and send you an email with the content you are interested in. Or go to www.alltop.com and set up your personal page. Then you go to that page and they will aggregate all the stuff you find interesting.
Hey, it’s a start to making sense out of stuff!
MOVIES: Conspirator – It’s a little uneven, but an interesting story.
NetFlix Fans: His Way – Jerry Weintraub : A great documentary about one of Hollywood’s biggest producers.
TV: Game of Thrones. – Really good stuff on HBO.
BOOKS: The Golden Buddha – Cussler: First book in the Oregon Series, from the creator of Dirk Pitt.
MUSIC: Hanging out at the beach made me think of Jimmy.
WEB SITES: Get your USA Today via the web.
SOUTH OF NORMAL
An analysis of the top 100 grossing movies of 2008 showed some interesting facts about how men and women interact in movies.
- Men had 67% of the speaking roles in all movies.
- Female characters were more likely to wear sexy clothes
- Women represent half the movie ticket buying market yet get only 1/3 of the speaking opportunities.
Hollywood should get on board and jump into the 21st century!
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Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Adios and Aloha.