I have always taught my sales coaching and training clients that while experience is a wonderful teacher quite often other peoples’ experiences are even better. They can save you a lot of time, money, heartache, etc. But with an exponential proliferation of opinions on all things (including mine) now available with a mouse click; I am concerned that people are substituting other peoples’ opinions for other peoples’ experiences. One is forged like a katana sword. The other is a personal viewpoint that may very well not be grounded in anyone’s reality.
With over 14 million Americans unemployed and many underemployed, I wonder why they aren’t screaming and marching in the streets. What’s different now from years past when people finally said, “Enough is enough!” and protested in huge numbers. It has never been easier to organize given all the social networking tools that we have today. And, yet, the unemployed are strangely quiet. Have they given up as some pundits believe or are they waiting for things to turnaround? What’s your take?
Have you shopped for a mattress lately? The sales process is similar to how car dealers sold most of the last half of the 20th century. Cars were sold using a track system where customers were manipulated and passed from sales person, to sales manager, to finance and so on. Most customers came away feeling like buying a car was one of the most stress-filled and personally demeaning experiences possible. Sadly some car dealerships still use this system. But it appears that all companies selling mattresses use something similar these days. Why is there always pressure to buy today when shopping for a mattress? And, why are there different prices and deals for different customers on the same day in the same stores? It’s all bogus! I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that the stores have their salespeople on straight commission. I understand we spend more of our lives in bed than our cars but it should not have to be the major, stress-producing decision mattress sellers make it. The first company that makes purchasing a mattress a pleasure is going to take over the market.
I was curious what would happen in the way of SPAM if I started using a different email address for most of my online activities. I found out very quickly. SPAM to that address went up at least 1000% I hope if hell exists that there is a very warm place reserved for spammers.
I wonder why so often the same politicians who sign Right to Life pledges are also the first ones to call for spending cuts to social programs and education once those children are born. Are they no longer of any value to them? Or is it they are no longer of any value politically to them. I believe it is the latter.
I’d like to move more of my coaching and education services to online video conferences. It makes sense from a time and productivity viewpoint for both my clients and me. But, I wonder about the nuances of body language that I’d lose with a typical Skype setup. On the other hand, I get an even closer look at facial expressions. And, since I use so many stories to teach, I wonder if they will still elicit the same attention and emotion that they do in-person. Who wants to test it out with me?
Reality shows are something I just don’t grok. On the other hand, I love catching the best reality shows in the universe from time-to-time. They are on YouTube. Friends send me videos of dancing dogs, wedding mishaps, bat-shit crazy politicians, insane musical performances, and the occasional ninja or zombie fighter. I never want for reality shows with YouTube around.
Have you made friends online that you can’t wait to meet in person? I’ve got a least a couple of dozen and my ideal way of meeting them would be to have all of them in the same place at the same time. I’d love to participate in and observe that party. Actually, I’d love to record all the conversations and stories. What a trip it would be. Can I make it happen? Absolutely! Get ready.
I have heard people say to friends and acquaintances “At least you have your health, “when hearing about something bad that has happened to them. I always thought it was a dumb thing to say because how did the person know the other person really “has their health?” They might be chronically ill and never show it. It happened to me over the last year or so and while I tried not to show how badly I was feeling; the last thing I wanted to hear was someone saying something stupid about my health. The good news is I’m feeling much better. And, I really appreciated the thoughts and actions of friends who knew and let me know they cared.