Free Prize Inside!: The Next Big Marketing Idea
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Free Prize Inside!: The Next Big Marketing Idea
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
The Fred Factor
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Monday, August 28, 2006
It's in the Doing
And someone close to me was telling me that he needed to get himself together, to work out his own issues, before he could do anything else. But I told him that I thought it was not introspection alone that helps you find your way, it's being with other people who are also learning and growing.
It's not in the thinking, it's in the doing.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
And there were many more! Toastmasters are really easy to meet and start talking to because we are all learning and practicing communication all the time.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Third and Last Day
Then we went to the World Championship of Public Speaking. Great speakers and great speeches! I laughed a lot and cried many times and was thoroughly entertained. It might have been discouraging to see how far I have to go, but it wasn't, it was inspiring. I found out that when an audience of 2,000 claps or laughs, it is an awesome thing. Although my favorite didn't win, he was close to the top. I hope he comes back!
The last thing was the President's Reception and then the President's Dinner Dance. Everyone dressed to the max, good food, and good company. I started to go back to my room when it looked like things were winding down, but changed my mind and went back to experience every last moment. That's when I found out about the sing-along. It is a tradition apparently, but not on the program, so we went looking for it in the empty rooms. Pretty soon, there were probably 100 people there singing when they knew the words and just listening when they didn't. I left at 1 AM because I just had to get some sleep before morning and they were still going strong. Next year, I will definitely plan on being up all night!
Friday, August 25, 2006
After that, there were two different options for lunch. I went to the Club Leadership Luncheon. I had met the speaker the night before and, after I told him about my book, he said doing the right thing was in his talk also. So, I carried my brochure over to him during lunch and said, "Here, if you need any material, feel free to use this." He laughed heartily and I loved that. His name is Ross Mackay and he is an excellent speaker and a wise man.
After lunch, we went to the Hall of Fame, which was several hours of people and districts being presented with the awards they had earned during the year.
Then many hundreds of us loaded onto 20 buses and went down to see the Monuments by Moonlight. It was strange for me to see the new additions to the national mall. Nothing had been added in my lifetime before except a new museum. I didn't like it at first. But I realized later that even the Lincoln Memorial, which has "always been there" for me, was relatively new for our 230-year-old country and that there have been changes in all the generations. The Korean War Memorial was pretty spooky in the moonlight though. I liked the Vietnam War Memorial best, although I think the World War II Memorial more closely matched what was already there.
We had a great guide and I learned a lot. For instance, there has always been a little stone house down on Constitution Avenue near the Washington Monument and I had always wondered what that was. The guide explained that it was a canal keeper's house. When they were building the capitol, there was a canal where Constitution is now and they floated the stone in on it. The house is from that time. Very cool!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
After my brother left, I went to another educational session, called work, called home, and let myself be redirected from going out to dinner to stay and hear the candidates for international office. There were 13 positions to fill and candidates from the Phillipines, Canada, Dubai, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the United States (Texas, Florida, Oregon, Washington, California, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, and New York). Whew!
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Our keynote speaker was Mark Sanborn. Can't place the name? But maybe you've seen his book, The Fred Factor. It has sold nearly a million copies. He was an awesome speaker. I know I'll love the book, of which I have a personalized, signed copy, of course!
The USS Constitution, an old sailing ship, lives there permanently and is gorgeous. There is a submarine that you can go into. And the Coast Guard had a ship there for tours. Many of the old buildings have been converted into shops or restaurants. And there's the aquarium, too.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Even When I'm Flying!
Besides an interminable wait to take off at Dallas that made us late getting into DC, the flight went smoothly. I hooked up with my brother for dinner and then we had a great time playing on our respective computers for hours.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
East Mountain Toastmasters
Friday, August 18, 2006
Edgewood Community Fest
Then, it's on to the Edgewood Community Fest. It's at the corner of Dinkle Road and Deanna Lane next to Thunder Mountain Water Company and it lasts until 4:00 PM. Southwest Writers will have a booth there. I bet there are lots of writers in these mountains!
Here's the map to both events!
Oops, they shrunk the map! The Toastmasters meeting is just a little bit west of Deanna and Dinkle, shown here. It's at Mountain Valley and Dinkle.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
In my book, I talk about seven ideas that help with sorting out what we know, seven ideas that help with listening, seven more that help with speaking, with respect and compassion.
Before we can change anything, we have to change our minds.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
What We Know
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.I submit that we all have a first-rate intelligence because we do it all the time.
It’s not that we know too little, but that we know too much, and haven’t culled any of it. For instance, we know that respect must be earned. On the other hand, we know that every human being deserves respect.
The first thing, then, is to make a choice. Out of all the things you know, which will bring happiness?
Monday, August 14, 2006
Why do we fight? Because we are not treated the way we want to be treated. What do we want? Different things, but mostly respect for our accomplishments and compassion for our weaknesses.
How do we give that in order to get it? That's what my book is all about.
There are three areas to consider: Knowing, Listening, Speaking.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
What Do You Want?
A million dollars? I think you can get it if you really want it. To start, read Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich. He will tell you how to attract money and anything else that you want.
Influence? Read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. Still the best advice on how to get people on your side. Because power is not something you get for yourself. It’s something other people give you.
But if you want happiness, listen to the Dalai Lama. He says,
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.He is making an assumption here, which is that people need other people to be happy.
Do you agree?
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
It takes believing that the person is not the problem. If we believe the person is the problem, we naturally want to get rid of them, and they naturally resist that solution. If, on the other hand, when something goes wrong, we only want to help, we can solve our problems without too much pain and suffering.
We have a choice about how we react. That choice makes all the difference.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
But... I don't think I've ever really told the truth about it. The truth is, my book is about how we have somehow learned to misjudge each other and how we can learn to see and treat each other in a new way.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Just One More!
Monday, August 07, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Party at Page One
Friday, August 04, 2006
Self Publishing and Local Author Book Fair
Saturday, August 5, 2006, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Page One Bookstore
11018 Montgomery NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
southwest corner of Juan Tabo and Montgomery
in the cafe!
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Some of what he is talking about is a concept called The Long Tail. It describes how a very few books (or anything in any other category) are very, very popular but most books fall somewhere in the long tail that trails out from those (if you graphed it by volume of sales). Because of the internet, it is possible for people to find those books, to find the exact book they are looking for. Read about it in The Long Tail Squidoo Lens.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Page One Local Author Fair
Saturday, August 5, 2006
3:00 to 5:00 PM
Page One Bookstore
See you there
Tuesday, August 01, 2006