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Archive for September, 2015

Memorable Quotes # 32

On Influence & Associating:

Don’t join an easy crowd.  You won’t grow.  Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.

There are two parts to influence.  First, influence is powerful.  And second, it is subtle.

Let the views of others educate and inform you, but let your decisions be a product of your own conclusions. (more…)

Cultural Intelligence

Our increasingly multicultural society combines both an influx of people coming to our land and wide-ranging opportunity to interact on foreign soil due to leisure or business travel.  Thus, the opportunities for communication challenges based on cultural differences is magnified.

A major theme of the September issue of Toastmaster magazine focuses on the concept of ‘cultural intelligence’. (more…)

The E & O of Advisor Life

The September issue of The Insurance and Investment Journal includes a somewhat stark looking two-page checklist of duties and responsibilities of financial advisors, from the fiduciary standpoint which relates to errors and omissions (E & O) business insurance coverage.

It serves as an update reminder of what are the areas of service expectation, primarily for the advisor, but also implicitly for the consumer. (more…)

Memorable Quotes: Tales of Screenwriters – Part Twenty-One

The Rules – circling the writers:

(a) “Once you’re hired for a job, there’s a very high anxiety level, which just stays in the background – it’s sort of like a white noise of ‘What’s gonna happen to me on this adventure? Am I gonna make it down the river? When are the giant falls with the writer-eating crocodiles in ‘em gonna come? Are they gonna come way down the river? Are they gonna come right away, which they do sometimes?’  You know, you turn in your first draft, and good-bye.  Or maybe you’re gonna sail way down the river and get it close to production, and then something bad is gonna happen.  Or, in a rare case, you’re gonna make it all the way through.” (more…)

Safe speed sign of trouble

The insertion of safety speed posts is inevitably going to cause navigation problems when placed  by a popular parking area or curb.

The insertion of safety speed posts is inevitably going to cause navigation problems when placed by a popular parking area or curb.  This is one of several recently placed on our street which are asking for trouble. 

TOP 10 Alternative Election Signs

Canada’s federal election is one month from today, with outdoor signs less meaningful given the fluid immediacy of social media – leaving opportunity for a different kind of messaging…

  • If you don’t vote for us, we’ll tell your neighbours how old you are
  • Vote for Ivan, only his temper is terrible (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XLI

It’s the last official week of summer, so here’s to enjoying it with more enriched clichés (with the originals in italics):

  • I know they like to personify their gun collection, but having a shotgun wedding is too much
  • After the intimidating speaker moved the listeners to silence the crowd relaxed with the sound of the lunch bell
  • As an animal imitator he goes the whole hog from being healthy as a horse to acting sick as a dog
  • I know letter writing skills aren’t what they once were but it shouldn’t be hard to keep the right order of signed, sealed, and delivered (more…)

TOP 10 Nebulous Birthday Presents

Because as we get older it’s harder and harder to know what to want or to give

  • A $25 gift certificate toward the purchase of a car
  • The Quicklook Dictionary of Multisyllabic Word Synonyms
  • A blow torch which only works while you blow on it (more…)

TOP 10 Ways to Use Humour in Speeches

The use of humour is one of the most effective tools a speaker can use to humanize or change the flavour of a message – within reason

  • Arrange for squishy pads to be spread all over the floor so audience members will feel funny when they enter the room
  • Use anecdotes from daily life, cut and shaved to leave the ‘slipping on a banana peel’ parts
  • Toss out puzzle pieces of cut up paper money and watch as audience members try to piece them together before realizing they’re counterfeit (more…)

Memorable Quotes # 31

Today is the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

Let’s consider some thoughtful words on the subject of Relationships:

One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.

Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly… (more…)