Friday, December 14, 2018

Thought starters

Thought starters


I have committed to write a 1,000 words a day. It sounds so easy BUT you would be amazed at how hard it is…. I have a thousand thoughts running through my head BUT they seem to sprout wings when I sit to write..

Some time ago, I found a book with the intriguing title 365 Ideas or though starters… and silently scoffed that any one would need such a thing.

Yesterday and today my thought vault - my mind - came up empty for ideas to write about, and I have been very good at keeping commitments to myself. Like, 10,000 steps every day which has become 10 kilometres, like dropping from 93 kilos to 80 this year now 79.8 this morning.., like writing a 1,000 words a day - I need some thought starters.

Looking for the book has come up empty!! What to do… type the question into google. And viola - 236,000,000 results (0.50 seconds) - a quarter billion ideas in less than a second [ .5 of a second ]

Then I need a challenge to pick ideas that can become themes…

Here are my 10 thought starters for the moment:

1. What is Outside the window

That is a great idea for every time you are somewhere different… today I have a motor bike, a shopping centre, a couple fighting and each could be a story in its own right.

2. The Vessel

My though starter prompt says what are you travelling in - by foot, by car, by train or by plane… some days all of these

3. Food

What are you eating, where are you eating, the story of the cooks like Jamie's Nonna Series on Television and so it goes….

4. Dreams

What they are, who is in them them and are they real or imagined etc…

5. Eavesdropping

This is an amazing one… the BOSS says I am going deaf but I think I have selective hearing because I can hear people talking about who will work Christmas day and how name badges can be great but they are useless if the type is so small people can’t read them

6. Great Minds

Who have you heard about that you could write about?? In the last week I gifted a Richard Branson book for the “To Do List” on the inside covers - 10 A380’s it says [ not at $300 million each ] I gifted the book to a friend who had said that the deal we were stratigising was too big… “We can think in $100, $1000, $10,000 but not $100 Millions” and my advice was Branson leaves off the noughts. And on my walk to coffee - remember part of my 10 k walk, there was a discussion of Darwin’s love of pigeons… that's for another day.

7. Numbers

I love numbers especially prime and there are book collections of the meaning of numbers - one I live is by Triple J announcer Adam Spencer.
Why is it that prices ending in 7 out sell prices ending in 5 even though 7 is more?

8. Closed Doors
In my Management Sessions I talk about the issues created by “closing the door…” and I could write story after story on how people have different reasons for and against closing doors.

I could talk bout the feeling of inclusion or exclusion when the door is closed..

9. War and Peace

At any given time there are conflicts that could be characterised as war or as peace… currently we have the prominent Australian found guilty but identity suppressed by court order which is a social war and a war of Political Power, we have the rise and possible fall of Theresa May plus the French are at it again - the Yellow Vest riots… and we haven’t spoken of war yet.

10. What you don’t know

On the walk I listened [ I always listen to something ] to the Freakonomics podcast Tell Me Something I Don’t Know… and I found out about the Hell Ant, predicting feelings by watching phone actions and more.

And it strikes me I will be busy for a long time before I get to one new idea a day or as Dr Google suggested: 236,000,000 results (0.50 seconds) - a quarter billion ideas in less than a second [ .5 of a second ]
How many words so far?? I am up to 734 so far! And I started 19 minutes ago without a clear thought in my mind.

I want to post this but I need to spell check - part of better writing is have fewer spelling mistakes… here we go let’s see how many I made - apparently I was able to catch 13! That got me to wondering about grammar. That is a different checker but before this is posted I will do that too.

Will I get to 1000… maybe not this morning but I will be much closer by having thought prompters. and with the corrections and additions I am over 900!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Advice Valued by Type of Port?


Way back when, I regularly had people over to my home and usually the conversation got a round to business and my thoughts… and many of the people became friends and wanted to “Pay” for advice so the consulting fee became a bottle of Port - the realisation of price having no correlation to taste quickly became evident… for example I really liked CLUB Port which was about $5 a bottle yet Grandfather Port could be $30 a bottle and I didn’t like that… yet as the de facto currency became port we joked about how much people valued the advice by how expensive the port… and I quickly built a stock of expensive port to “Re gift”

We would drink the offering quickly and had to provide a follow-up drop…. I formed a friendship with Peter Hoffman of Swan valley wines - I think he was trading as 7 hills Wines and he sold a port by the  litre in a plastic container - it was amazing stuff but you couldn’t serve it from the plastic can so we decanted it to fancy ceramic pots that used to contain Macquarie Port and of course we served it as if it were an amazing drop. Peter’s port in plastic served us well. In many a taste test people thought it was the best tasting port on the table.. the value of a nice container.

Just recently, over a flat white coffee,  I was holding court on business advice on deals in the $10m’s and was asked “How much” and I said I loved  Merlot and my audience of 1 said “ I have something better than merlot, but I don’t drink red” and he delivered later the same day a 20 litre Fuel can of amazing Organically grown wine of questionable heritage, which needed decanting to bottles and of course sampling.

I had the feeling we had come the full circle…

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Sunday, November 04, 2018

The week in reflection October 27th 2018

Good Morning

Just a short note of explanation. This was written 1 week ago - Saturday October 27th, 2018

After 43 years of Business Seminars Australia and various other projects to do with Business Education here, in the Middle East [ Qatar ] and the UK, it is time for a pivot... so effective immediately I am developing the consulting side of my business and I am looking for referrals in 4 distinct areas:

Area 1: The Modern Elder
Area 2: The Reboot Advice and re-education
Area 3: Contract Chief Marketing Officer for new or ASX listed companies
Area 4. Wisdom / Knowledge Rolodex

Obviously there will be many areas where I do not have the expertise to offer advice and I am inviting you to be part of the Diamond Referal Roldex... the expert I refer people to when the request is outside my area of expertise or there is a conflict of interest. Do you want to be in the Roladex?

Here is a summary of what came over my desk last week... and it is/was not an unusual week.
"It is Saturday afternoon here in Perth and I am feeling a little whimsy and after reading lots of blogs, books and articles I got to wondering what happened in the week that had just finished.
Personally
My favourite non-thinking work is to mow my front lawn [ remember what lawn was - green stuff that grows when you water it ] which usually requires about 20 minutes of pushing the trusty rotary mower... which I did early Sunday morning... and whilst doing that was struck by how green the lawn was and noticed that was due in the main to lots of non lawn stuff - you know, weeds!

But the trusty Round Up stayed in the shed... I was thinking, does using it really cause health problems... obviously needing a rest I concluded that theret was doubt enough for the weeds to survive another day.

A cousin rang to catch up - yes a phone call but it was modern in that it came on Joanne's iPhone and we listened on the speaker so very 21st cetury but like a party line from the'50's. Our traditional phone hardly ever rings, we don't use it for out bound calls and besides, it always causes the internet to "go off."
I have been recovering from a bruised chest suffered on October 10th when I tripped and fell in a car park after catching my foot on a speed hump and because of my nature of not seeking medical advice [ it is my firm belief the Doctor would have just said I have a nasty bruise and there is nothing that can be done but you better have an Xray to be sure ] Joanne hasn't been the least bit sympathetic.

On the other foot, I admit to being a little concerned when she [Joanne ] injured her knee in a work related misadventure on Wednesday... and she must of hurt it because she did go to her Doctor, who ordered an Xray and said "You did a good job of trying to break your knee cap - we had better check you didn't do any more than bruise it " I could have save her the time - the Doctor reached for the Workers Compensation forms... lots of forms but no bills.

Fast Forward a Few Days:
 I got myself into some deep water this morning at the Supermarket by saying "We are starting to appear our age"  Joanne not walking straight and me still grimacing when I had to lift a heavy item into the shopping trolley.
And just to fill the week out, on the health front, one of our wounded warriors isn't recovering as fast as he should be [ a brother in law ] and another actually is sicker than we had all hoped he would be... [ another brother in law ]

Advice Junction...
On the selling techniques side, an old friend Pat who I met 15 years ago in New Zealand introduced me to Jean a South African who is till in Auckland, New Zealand, and we chatted via Skype for an hour and discussed all things sales from Zig Ziglar [ yes I did meet him in Perth in the 1970's ] to Gary V, who we agreed was a little too mouthy for our baby boomer sensibilities, and how seminars had descended into pitch feasts and consequently we had passed up the opportunity of seeing Gary V in Brisbane in recent days. We discussed the "#metoo" movement and how it is leading to an uncivil community as political correctness has gone made. I think we agreed that cold calling still works if people would do it.

My experience of #metoo movement has made presenting our management workplace seminars problematic as people take offence on behalf of someone else, not even for themselves, and on one particular occasion, the complainer didn't actually attend the session but said I was disrespectful to [ fill in the blank ] group.

So that was Jean in Auckland, Pat on he sunshine Coast, Queensland and Wayne in Perth...

On checking my email I find John had made contact from Dallas Texas and asked advice about company structures - I met John in Darwin... and I was able to connect him to Steve in Clark Philippines.

And then I had a note from Tony who was asking if I had a contact he could make access to help him source a H3 Hummer and get the Hummer to his client in Vanuatu. As they drive on the other side of the road to Australia - he wanted left hand drive we have right hand drive I have put him in touch with a contact is the US.

Looking for a breather, I let the phone go to message bank but after retrieving the message got in touch with the caller, a long term colleague asked if I could help him stage a series of business workshops in regional Queensland... that required me to talk to my friend of 20 years in Aurora Missouri USA to set up some of the infrastructure to allow that to happen.

Just to add normality to my day, I had discussion with my friend who is coming back to Perth from Rural India where she is helping farmers recharge bores to bring sustaining water to their villages, in between chating to a new friend from London Ontario Canada who Joanne and I met whilst cruising in the Mediterranean in this September.

Just as I was getting back to dull boring suburban Perth and email from another friend arrived from Botswana with a link to marketing advice from South Africa.
I am sure I have missed a few conversations here - like feedback from Australia's chook king David Craker in Eagle Point, Victoria talking about how to access $5 billion of Australian Government grants for drought assistance or Terry and Elizabeth cruising in the stormy Arctic Ocean hoping to see the Northern Lights...

All this happened whilst I had hardly moved more than a metre from my desk in Dianella Western Australia.
Business Advice Central

In the last 7 days I have been consulted on software updates... mobile phone apps... computer security... the best place to set up an overseas company for tax and IP considerations, which is the best seed to plant for hemp, where could a list of business owners emails be sourced, web page design, what is the next best thing for marketing for small business,
What now???

And of course lots of discussions about how people can afford to stop their "ordinary job" as the latest share market meltdown wiped out trillions of dollars of value from the worlds stock markets.

If you would like to tap into my 40 plus years of experience, contacts and adventures - perhaps the world's most relevant Roladex [ remember those?] have a look at our Biitzpro venture where you can be an observer, an active participant or contributing trendsetter on my next adventure"

I could go on but you get the picture....


So let me know if I can call on you??


Wayne Mansfield
biitzpro@272mail.com
Mobile +61 429 823 325 

Saturday, November 03, 2018

The Seth Godin Wisdom of Why

I stole this one from Seth Godin:

"Hiding in plain sight





The answer to your quandary is right there, in front of you.


It’s just that it involves more work, more risk or more trade-offs than you were hoping for."

So hopefully I will find...




Friday, November 02, 2018

The first 1,000 are the most difficult

Stop watering dead plants

Hard Work or Long Work
I am listening to one of my favourite podcasts [ James Altucher ] have a long discussion [ 90 minutes ] with one the world's great thinkers [ Seth Godin ] about the difference between Hard Work and Long Work... I am struggling with my decision to do Hard work but his explanation is helping.... he says it takes courage to do hard work because long work is easier. The example is cheap hourly work on Fiverr or holding out for meaningful work where it doesn't take as long but you are rewarded better.

I am currently holding out for rewarding work but the temptation to do long work calls every day.
The Ah ha moment in the talk came - hard work has a minimum viable audience and you know you are on to something when some people "get it and others don't... in my case that is Rebootology - what to do in your fourth life in the sharing economy.
As they say in the classics... I feel better now... and I can stop watering dead plants.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

My gripe with LIVE webinars

I am keen on a new course but you have to sit through the sell which is apparently a LIVE webinar

Here is what I posted on the website / Facebook page associated with the course.


My gripe about "webinars"
I am in Australia and not inclined to get up at 2 to 3 am to listen to a LONG sell. Also I prefer to listen at 2 twice normal speed and you can't do that with a "LIVE" webinar. [ Of course you can with a TED talk but that is another argument - the worlds best is 9 minutes... ]


I am keen to be sold into the project but not painfully slowly at 2 am in the morning.
When Can I listen to the "LIVE" recording and please in a place that allows speeding up.

What do you think?? Am I overreacting?? [ Obviously I am!]

Friday, October 26, 2018

Nearly there

Nearly there!

It is the weekend in Perth - starting tomorrow... and after n early a month sabbatical I am ready for my next pivot - actually it is a revisit of the past.




From Monday the "new me" will see the sunlight and hopefully [ should I say definitely but failure is often the best teacher ] the new journey will be fruitful.
If you want to be included in the new material just add "send me the stuff" in these comments and I will.
Time to walk home... glorious day in Perth!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Where to now??



Yesterday I shared an hour with Jean from Auckland... and we were discussing how our area of speciality had changed... we both are teachers of Sales Techniques and were lamenting how Cold Calling had continued its decline as a method to build sales.
It prompted me to contemplate my journey in marketing over 40 plus years...
In the 1970's we used long copy sales letters delivered one at a time by Australia Post... not a viable option now as each stamp sets you back $1 plus and Australia Post may or may not deliver your letter - if you are in Perth it takes upward of 10 business days for a letter from Sydney to reach Perth... so, cost and unreliability made this type of marketing obsolete.
Still in the 70's and pushing into the 80's we started using Post Office Letter Box Drops with 4 page flyers printed in their thousands... I remember it was $80 a 1,000 to have them stuffed in Local Business Letter Boxes but fewer and fewer businesses had letter boxes at PO and the effectiveness dropped - my question now is "Do you have a letter box still?" I do but I think April 2019 [ that's the renewal date ] might signal its end... all I get there now are copies of stuff already emailed...
We flirted with telemarketing - we a team of up to 20 and for a while it started working well until the advent of answering machines and pagers... people stopped liking answering phones [ who do you know who answers "Call number withheld" calls on their mobile phone?
The 1980's saw us embrace faxing with great success [ much better than Telemarketing and less costly ] until too many started using it and now it is possible to find people who do not know what a fax machine is... any many companies don't even have a fax number any more.
By the 90's we were pioneering email marketing - a $5.5 million fine is testimony to being a pioneer. Our business - Business Education expanded rapidly with office in the UK and Middle East [ Doha ] where open rates for email were regularly 80% and we had to divert phones to places to "catch" the hate.
Fast forward to 2018 - email has stopped working - open rates are barely 10% and people are jaded by political uncertainty... in Australia we change PM's more often than Italy...
My question is this - is it the delivery method [ letters, mail box stuffing, telemarketing, fax, email ] or the subject Business Education? or something else?
I think it is something else but at the moment I am not sure what that something else is?? Do you have any ideas?

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Remove Google Plus With Care

After reading that google plus covered up a hack attack for 6 months I decided to delete my account before they did it - apparently they have given 1 year's notice... and I didn't read all the notices that started "if you do this then this will happen " and hidden in all that legalise was a warning that my blogspot identity would be removed - I ignored that because I have been blogging before Google Plus.





Well I deleted the G+ account [ having not looked at it in maybe 3 years ] and then I couldn't get into blogger as Google had changed my profile [ I registered with a gmail account ] and it was now Google Plus so all of a sudden I couldn't log in or post - it required some fancy foot work but is all OK now... I don't know why but Google punishes everyone when they get something wrong.... pricks!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Questions Every Leader Should Answer

One of the best ways to become a better leader is to view your organisation in a new light. Here are 17 questions every leader should answer.
  1. What three things are holding us back?
  2. Is success making us complacent?
  3. What policies are outdated?
  4. Would I do business with us if I were a customer?
  5. What counts that we’re not counting?
  6. What can we learn from vibrant start-up companies?
  7. Are we winning the word-of-mouth battle?
  8. Why are great ideas collecting dust on our shelves?
  9. Why are we really losing great people?
  10. Do we read the reports that we request?
  11. Do people follow us out of fear or out of respect?
  12. What actions, today, will have the greatest impact in ten years?
  13. Do we walk our talk?
  14. What barriers should we remove for our people?
  15. Do we spend more time building up or tearing down?
  16. Are we doing our best?
  17. How are we advancing the values of our organisation?
Frank Sonnenberg
 

Thanks to Frank Sonnenberg who is an award-winning author. He has written six books and over 300 articles. Frank was recently named one of “America's Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of America’s Most Influential Small Business Experts. Frank has served on several boards and has consulted to some of the largest and most respected companies in the world.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Habits

Atomic Habits
review by Wayne Mansfield


There is a new book - released today October 19th in Australia October 18th in the USA by a young Authour James Clear...

It has a catchy title Atomic Habits and it is for small habits eventually leading to an explosion of productivity in the right direction.

I haven't read the book yet - I will probably listen on Audible when it is available, but have listened to 2 podcasts where James is the guest and they have been fantastic.... So, can I recommend that you take the effort to listen read or track down his blog and start improving your life by using Atomic Habits.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

How to Write Catchy Blog Post Titles That Get Clicked Like Crazy

Blogging has become synonymous with content marketing strategy. Every single day, millions of people seek information about products and services online and blog posts regularly serve those needs.

But, without the right use of keywords and SEO header tags, your blog post will end up lost in the web that is the Internet.

So what is a blog post title and why is writing a good title for a blog so essential to its success?

Picture this scenario; you have toiled away and crafted a seemingly well written and well-researched blog post but before you know it, it is left withering away with zero comments, zero shares and yes, zero tweets or likes.

Sound familiar? Well, it’s enough to drive you up the wall and wipe out any motivation for writing any more content.

If you think the answer lies in spending more hours perfecting and honing your writing skills, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

The answer lies in one word, the Title.

So how does writing catchy titles and post topics help, and more importantly, how do keywords help to boost your title and improve social shares for your blog?

Writing great content and slaving away while doing so is all good, but driving people into reading that content and getting more social shares for your blog post is where a good compelling post title comes into play.

They are the yin to the yang and what triggers people into clicking and eventually in turn reading your content. They represent it in search engines, in email, and on social media.

This article shares some tips and tricks on how to zero in on the right keywords and write effective post titles that get more social shares.

Making your post title catchy and engaging

People do judge a book by its cover and a blog by its title. A riveting and eye-catching post title is the gateway to enticing users to click so that they can quickly identify what the content is about and decide whether or not it’s applicable to them.

Creative blog names motivate people to click and read your blog. And every single click matters because that’s the secret sauce in determining whether your blog is destined to be liked and shared across the web or whether it’s going to end up in the proverbial graveyard.

Doing proper keyword research

Keyword research is extremely important and it plays a major role in determining whether your blog post is a hit or a miss.

By doing diligent research on your keywords, you can easily learn a lot more about the customers you’re targeting and directing to your website.

Following are a few keyword research tools that can aid your cause:

KeywordSpy
Moz Analytics’ Keyword Analysis Tool
SECockpit
UberSuggest
KeywordTool

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rethinking the Three Stage Life

From authour Chip Conley: Wisdom @ Work - The Making of a Modern Elder

The age-old, three-stage life cycle—education, work, retirement (raw, cooked, burned)—is deeply ingrained in our institutions and psyches. Changing it won’t happen overnight, especially when “employers can smell 50,” as actor Steve Martin exclaimed in the film Bowfinger. Being too young to retire but too old to find a job is a modern problem that’s ripe for disruption.
As Laura Carstensen suggests, “The young study, the middle-aged work, the old rest or volunteer. We’re supposed to do things one at a time and in order.

There is very little overlap between life stages and, as a result, not only do members of different generations have limited interactions with one another, which fosters misunderstanding and unease, but it’s hard for anyone—of any age—to find a holistic balance between family, work, community and educational opportunities.” It’s time to retire the three-stage life since life stages are just a social construction that today fosters ageism, the squandering of wisdom, and a diminished sense of meaning and fulfillment in the latter half of life.

Fortunately, there is another way that isn’t such a linear conveyor belt to a cliff.

There is a more fluid, multistage life—with transitions and breaks in between: less of a lifelong “raw, cooked, burned” and more of a concentrated series of cycles.

These multistage lives are more of a smorgasbord and less of a progression of appetizer, entrée, dessert, but as such, it requires building new habits to accommodate the many more transitions you will likely experience.

It is a radically different way of thinking of the trajectory of one’s life. At its best, it offers us an opportunity to explore who we are and arrive at a way of living that is nearer to our personal values with the knowledge that we will constantly evolve who we are and what we know to adapt our skills to our changing interests and the changing marketplace.

A last I can explain what I am thinking about for Rebootology!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

stop watering Dead Plants


I have an issue today with my blog after deletig my G+ profile and after at first experiencing agnst, i was reminded by a little voice in the back of my head
Stop watering dead plants








Friday, October 05, 2018

The Case of 2 different type of people

The wisdom of Stephen Hawkins
In an extreme cases, we all must know of people who have been doing the same thing for years and seem to not have any problem staying stagnant. Whether it be in their marriage, job, or personal endeavors, they seem to be getting along just fine without progressing towards anything ‘better’.

Where as you would also know of individuals who focus on the positive, set goals and are constantly pushing themselves to greater heights. Be it promotions at work, building a family, celebrating milestones in their marriage or relationships, upgrading houses and cars, setting up new businesses, or going to school again, these individuals seem to constantly progress towards something that improves or enhances their life.

Have you ever contemplated why the difference between these 2 category of individuals?

It boils down to why you feel like or don’t feel like doing something. That usually boils down to one thing. You will recognise it as motivation. It is the force, or lack of, that keeps driving ypeople forward to overcome challenges and obstacles to achieve their goals.

Without motivation, people give up after a few failed attempts or even on the first tough challenge that comes their way.

Lots of people will just give up... I am not meant to be more is what they tell themselves and their justification of doing more of the same.

#Rebootology #WayneMansfield #GettingThings Done #Biitzpro #StephenHawkins #Hawkins

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Raving Fans with Randy Gage



The Reboot Quest Day 6 of 100
Book worth reading: Risky is the new SAFE by Randy Gage
written in 2012 and published in 2013 - so the question is... why am I reading it in 2018??
To write well, you need to read a lot... which I am doing on this sabbatical from the last 40 years...
and Randy talks about UnMarketing and mentions people I have been following like Gary Vaynerchuk, Seth Godin, Scott Stratten [ who coined the phrase UnMarketing ] the wisdom on brands Apple, Cirque du Soleil, Starbucks and Nike, and much more
But most of all he talks about sharing every day with your fans... hopefully you are fans... and finding them where they are which maybe on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, a blog, maybe LinkedIn... or by email.... all of these.
So, I recommend that you lift your gaze long enough to see that there are many ways to build your tribe... and share with them.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

10 Quotes on Breaking Barriers

Here are my top 10 quotes on breaking barriers:


10. “Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same.” - Angelina Jolie




9. “We need to make sure we're all working together to change mindsets, to change attitudes, and to fight against the bad habits that we have as a society.” - Justin Trudeau



8. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” - Robin Williams



7. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw





6. “The tennis ball doesn't know how old I am. The ball doesn't know if I'm a man or a woman or if I come from a communist country or not. Sport has always broken down these barriers.” –  Martina Navratilova



5. “You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.” - Tim Cook





4.  “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” - Michelle Obama



3. “Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” - Michael Jordan



2.  “There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” - Ronald Reagan




1. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” - Mahatma Gandhi

What’s your favourite quote on breaking barriers?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Time to reboot


Time to reboot

It is amazing what 4 weeks in Europe do for you! I am heading home tomorrow convinced that it is time for me to change direction - I have been digital marketing vocational seminars since 1999 so it is time to pivot! I will keep you up to date with the progress... first decision made: No More Seminars across Australia - August WAS the LAST month.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Someone has to do it!


#WayneMansfield #Rebootology  #BusinessSeminarsAustralia

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Paul's best known song



Originally published in Rebootology


Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday
Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday
Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Why she had to go I don't know she wouldn't say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday
Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm

#WayneMansfield #Rebootology  #BusinessSeminarsAustralia

Monday, September 03, 2018

Beatles Wisdom - Thoughts of Paul



Originally published in Rebootology

[ August 2018 ] Regarding the general state of the world, McCartney mourned what he said was a situation in which “violence and arrogance are back”.

“It’s like how fashion goes in cycles, how bell-bottoms came back. We were heading towards sense, but we are into the next pendulum swing now. That happens in life,” he said.

McCartney said he was still optimistic about the future, however, recalling Britain in the 1970's: “Cemeteries were left to rot. We felt we were heading to Armageddon, but it cleaned up.”

#WayneMansfield #Rebootology  #BusinessSeminarsAustralia

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Live every day as a quest.



Originally published in Rebootology

Just 6 am and angry people have intruded on my peace.

Work is work, but a quest is valiant and noble. Don’t just brainstorm, conspire. Let your fingers dance on the keyboard as you type. Smile while you think. 

Enjoy your food.

Don’t just walk, stride — feel the ground beneath your feet. When you stop for a break look at the sky.

Dare yourself to find everything easier, faster, more fun, and more meaningful.

As Nike would say JUST DO IT!


#WayneMansfield #Rebootology  #BusinessSeminarsAustralia

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Song of Myself (1892 version) BY WALT WHITMAN



Originally published in Rebootology

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

Creeds and schools in abeyance,
Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,
I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
Nature without check with original energy.


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Friday, August 31, 2018

Australia is a big country!



Originally published in Rebootology



While the east coast [ especially New South Wales ] is in the grip of once in a century drought, Western Australia is having its wettest winter for 53 years!!

Yesterday I was at the Dowerin Field Day, the biggest agricultural field day in the southern Hemisphere, and business was brisk... farmers were expecting records crops at 30 year high prices and according to reports from the organisers, they were spending with Gay Abandon.

And I met up with David Young a client from 30 years ago who said "You would be prod of me!" and proceed to show and tell me of his new business success.

Aaah the rain makes people do strange things.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Don't they get it?



Originally published in Rebootology


I subscribe to Foxtel and without saying how much [ about a coffee a day ] it isn't cheap... and it seems to be losing ground to Netflix, Stan, iView, Amazon Prime etc... 

So, what do you think they are doing to my subscription fee?? No not reducing it... they are putting it up! so I can watch sport on my 4000 resolution TV [ which I haven't purchased yet ] and have wall to wall cricket that nobody wants to watch with me.... 

Is this the start of the end ??? I think so.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Free doesn't mean good




Originally published in Rebootology


The local daily paper The West Australian is now free on week days at my coffee office. On Wednesdays I like the Motoring Liftout which normally is thick.... not today just 2 pages of editorial and a scattering of ads... apparently even when it is free nobody reads the paper [?]



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