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Written in Wilmington, NC

Saturday
Sep132008

What will we do on November 5?

Has anyone wondered what we will possibly do to keep ourselves occupied on November 5, after the current election ends?  Honestly, it's been so long since we haven't been hearing politcal garble, I'm not sure we will be able to fill in our day.

As soon as I wake up in the morning, my husband puts on the local news.  Of course, we hear all the latest updates of who said what about who last night, and of course, the rebuffs from the other party explaining it can't possible be true. Then I get in my car to drive to Wilmington, and I listen to POTUS08 on XM radio.  It really is amazing that people can talk for 24 hours straight, for over a full year about one subject, who will be the President of the United States?  I catch all the latest speeches from each party, which is much easier now that there are only four people to keep track of.  Every once in a while I switch over to music because I can't take in anymore information.   After all, who cares what group said something about "pigs wearing lipstick" when we live in North Carolina. Here pigs own Duplin County and wear whatever the heck they want.

After working hard all day I can't wait to hear who was in what state today  and everything they said there, what baby they kissed, etc. on the way home. Before I sleep at night I will have read the newspaper and listened to the last tidbits on the nightly news.  And so it has been for at least six months... Here I will have to admit I am a Hillary fan, and started this regimen because I couldn't get enough of the reactions she created in the world.  I might add I'm sure we haven't heard the last from her either. 

So what will we do when it's over? The first thing on my calendar is to attend the play Annie at the BTI Theatre with my 28 year old daughter. The two of us will be singing "The Sun Will Come Out , Tomorrow" in the audience, and there will be no politico to say it's not so!   Maybe listen to classical music, or the BBC news which I believe gives the best general world wide news on the radio today.  Play my piano, watch a real movie, or read about a local event in the newspaper?  What will my husband talk to his golf cronies about?  One  buddy is so crazy about putting down the democrats, I think his hair is turning white prematurely.  Right now the only thing we have to look forward is being pre-empted by hurricane news and the awful news about which company might not make it through the day.  Hello candidates- this is important stuff happening!

Please give me your reader comments.  Do you think we have lost our senses with the lenght of time people are campaigning?  Like Obama says,  "babies have been born and are walking already since I started campaigning".  Who would like to vote for a three year moratorium before someone is allowed to say "Presidential Election 2012"! Do you think one year is all they should get to convince us? 

Saturday
Sep132008

Daily Money Management

As the poplulation ages, the amount of people who are edging up into the 60's, 70's and 80's are increasing.  Because we are such a mobile society, lots of Mothers and Fathers, Grandmothers or Grandfathers, Sisters and Brothers live on their own in another state, away from their family.

Early on I knew that DMM, or Daily Money Management,  would be one of the area's that Wilmingtonians would need in our area.  This is the particular branch  of bookkeepers and accountants that provide personal business assistance to clients who have difficulty managing their personal finances.  This is usually because of some type of health problem which robs these clients from being able to write checks, understand their insurance and health billings and maintaining bank accounts. 

Hopefully, a family member can help, but if that's not the case, look for a DMM. Most DMM's charge on an hourly rate and out of pocket expenses such as postage stamps, etc.  Sometimes just this bit of help can keep a love one in their home just a little longer. 

The best way to find a DMM is  through a referral from someone you know, like and trust, such as your local Elderlaw CPA, or Lawyer. Otherwise,  go to the AADMM website and search in the area of your needs.

Maybe your family member is too busy having fun traveling, volunteering and enjoy life and is also looking for a DMM. Whatever your need, it's good to know there are Daily Money Managers out there to help.

Thursday
Aug212008

The Wonders of Networking



If you want your company to become a shining star, I can't stress the importance of networking. 

Yesterday was a banner day for networking at Quicksilver Business Solutions.  I started at 7:30 am (not for the grouchy riser) at my own BNI group (not familiar with Business International Network ; please google and find a local group and join).  I had invited one of my clients, Terry Hall of RSVP Cape Fear, a direct mail marketing company to come.  It was great watching her give the members an introduction into what her company does.  Early on in my business I made a commitment to help each of my clients grow their companies, so sharing networking opportunities is one of the best ways I know to support them. 

Later at lunch I visited another BNI group where I had been invited by a fellow member I had referred earlier in the week.  There is absolutely nothing like being in a room of 25 business professionals all zipped up and ready to hear about your company and how they can help you by referring to their clients.  Right after this meeting I had a private conversation (called a one-to-one in BNI lingo)  with another company looking to strike up an alliance.

Pre-evening I attended the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce after hours event held at UNCW, our local university. Here over 100 professionals were there to meet and greet, conversing about their companies.  I was able to chat with several of my own clients, some great friends, and also meet several new people I didn't know, all while partaking in food and beverage.  The best was when I won a beautiful floral arrangement by Grapevine Florists and everyone heard our business names called out !  Advertising heaven and I didn't have to pay for it! 

12 hours later I was heading towards home, flowers gingerly resting in my cup holder, exhausted but very excited about the possibilities I might have created that day. I had managed to do work at a client's site and picked up a business book from B&N also. 

Some might say that they don't have time for all this 'social' activity, but I will tell you, please make the time or that might just be what you have left- all the time in the world because your company didn't make it. You must be proactive at all times.  I don't know when yesterday's networking will benefit my company, but I am sure it will have a postive outcome. Of course, this was a marathon day and I don't normally have as many networking events to attend, but I do schedule them on my calendar on a regular basis.

Last week I got an email from someone I meet a year ago who kept my card from a networking event.  Who knows how and when this day will reap benefits,  but I can tell you this, it works!  All my business comes from networking or referrals. 

Just remember one thing- it's not all about you.  When you network, make sure you help your fellow business person be successful,  because your giver's gain attitude will be rewarded sometime in the future. There is more than enough business to go around. Refer when ever possible.  If we all look out for each other there is nothing that can stop us from collectively becoming succesful!


Tuesday
Aug192008

The World is Just Not Fair!

Okay, so it was my own fault! But...

My son and daughter-in-law are vacationing in Italy today. My son sent me an e-mail that they are going on a 'dark night' ghost tour of Rome tonight (after spending the day at the Vatican, that should be quite a twist).  But the last line is the clincher,he says  "it's her birthday today, so she gets to choose what to do", and then the bottom fell out!   Holy Smoke, how could I forget that her birthday was coming up.  This sweet young woman, the mother of my only grandson, the  wonderful wife of my only son.  I must be the worst mother-in-law on earth I start to think....

But wait,  why is it that when it's my mother-in-laws birthday, I remind everyone in the family, and if it's my husband's birthday I'm on the phone making sure the kids remember. Daughter's birthday, sister-in-law, etc. etc. etc.   So how come no one seems to think sharing this very important information with me would be beneficial, so I don't look like a wretch!    I've decided my family has had a melt-down. After all, isn't that what family is suppose to do, look out for each other!   Who's looking out after me?  After all, I spend my whole day getting my clients organized; it doesn't seem fair that I can completely forget about my own little world!

Well, of course it's water under the bridge by now.  She knows I didn't remember, I know I didn't remember and I will have to spend some real quality time coming up with something special at this point.  Now don't get me wrong, she won't say a bad word about me...she won't have to.  As the queen of everything organized I am in total dismay all on my own!  And of course, my daughter the clone, who also seems to have inherited the "organized" gene,  will be hearing from me next!   After all, doesn't she realize how many times I got her out of tight situations? Were is the love?

Hmmmm


Tuesday
Aug122008

Ingredients for a win- win negotiation

If you are a women, you are  probably most comfortable with a 'relational' style of negotiating.  A woman wants to be respected for her knowledge and wants everyone to come out feeling like they got the best deal.  A man typically  likes to get right to the point without alot of small talk. He doesn't want to be challenged directly.

Everyone can benefit  from the use of a collaborate mood as part of the negotiating process.Give and take on each side

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