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  1. John White, MBA

    John White, MBA

    Never be distracted by or become envious of the success of others. Instead stay focused on your own hustle. John White, MBA
  2. ProducerSabrina Cadini, Live Streaming Wedding Entrepreneur
    Ideas in the real world
    Ideas in the real world"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm. In the real world all rests on perseverance."Johann Wolfgang von GoetheI couldn't agree more with this quote, very often we find ourselves dreaming about ideas but there's always something...
  3. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    You Can Avoid "Death by Meeting"
    You Can Avoid "Death by Meeting"Sometimes you hear a story and you really want it to be true.Even if there is no evidence to support it.The thing is... the story is so good, you can use the principle without needing the facts.This is one of those.I can't verify whether or not this...


    Aaron Skogen
    27/03/2017 #15 Aaron Skogen
    I love that quote from Franklin @Kevin Pashuk, and the theme goes hand in hand with Einsteins quote; "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

    I've been working to refine mine (at least the meetings I am responsible for) for decades. Now, I try to influence others on the same, but the toughest are those demanded by people above my pay grade that aren't on board with the program (another hour of my life I cant get back). I am certainly in the "don't waste my (or anyone elses) time" camp, if we schedule 30 minutes and are done in 20, great! Purposeful and actionable! Now I will admit, sometimes I have meetings to simply communicate something, that I don't want communicated by playing the "telephone game". So there are times, when the meetings are simply to communicate a topic, org change, or other subject that don't have an outcome other than "information" for the participants, although those tend to be very short.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/03/2017 #14 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Nice buzz @Kevin Pashuk and I appreciate the Ben Franklin quote... I had never heard it and I really like it.
    Yogesh Sukal
    25/03/2017 #13 Yogesh Sukal
    Sole purpose of meetings is to reach certain conclusion by discussions and fruitful arguments. No matter who is moderating or arranged it. Else time is precious things and have to respect that.
    debasish majumder
    25/03/2017 #12 debasish majumder
    wonderful post @Kevin Pashuk! enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    23/03/2017 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Too many meetings
    Too little time
    If you can't hold my attention
    Don't expect my retention
    Make your message clear
    and for all to hear
    If you want me to observe
    Let the purpose be served
    Too many meetings
    Too little time
    Please don't repeat
    what I already know
    May I be excused?
    I gotta go.
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    22/03/2017 #10 Erroll -EL- Warner
    All meetings are controlled by human resources. They approved all information to be presented. The information should be well focused. Any late information must meet the approval of the human resources staff. Incomplete discussion will be reviewed by the human resources team and forwarded via emails to all concern.There should be a "talented team" which would solicit information from associates and discussed during organizational meetings.
    Harvey Lloyd
    22/03/2017 #9 Harvey Lloyd
    "Know the purpose of the meeting" This is my bewilderment in many meetings, i have participated in thousands. In most i sensed the need to transfer knowledge in its raw form. Not sure why, as the folks i have hired, i hired because i trusted their judgement in consolidating the information into a solution or identify issues before they arise.

    I usually called them on the data dump with question of what the information told them. (This was in the construction days.) It usually shut the meeting down.

    It was funny as they all used MS Project back in the day and to get them to understand, i used the same software and created a project that was strictly ongoing concerns or things to watch for in multiple projects. They hated my project but our meetings became more effective in challenging the construction process of data dumps.

    The owner of the company heard some wild stories about my leadership, but once the meetings became efficient so did our customer service. This showed up at the top of the sales funnel and also at the bottom line. I told the owner i could stop, all he had to do was ask. He never did.

    Meetings are the bane of our existence or the gateway to elevated customer service.

    Great stuff as usual @Kevin Pashuk
    Ken Boddie
    22/03/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    I have written and presented many times on meeting procedures, Kev, but alas, human nature is often allowed to take precedence over practical procedures, resulting in an agony of postulation, verbal diarrhetic procrastination, and time mismanagement. I suggest that the two things of paramount importance to avoid "death by meetings" are to ensure that the chairperson has the focus and authority to keep matters on track and on time, and that an efficient scribe is appointed to distribute the agenda in advance and circulate the minutes soon afterwards, with an action column, and that matters not discussed (due to a strict time allocation being implemented) are carried over to the next meeting.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    22/03/2017 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Oftentimes I wonder why I always end up being the moderator ...regardless of who is conducting ;)
    Anne Thornley-Brown
    22/03/2017 #6 Anne Thornley-Brown
    Well-run meetings can be very effective. Unfortunately, most managers are thrown into their roles without any training in this area and spend the rest of their careers learning from the practices they see around them. This is one of the areas in which all new managers should receive training.
    Paul Walters
    22/03/2017 #5 Paul Walters
    @Kevin Pashuk Ok meetings ...I think you are a little harsh . You see, I have meetings each and every day, no exceptions !!!! They can be illuminating, insightful ( same thing I guess) inspiring and a jolly good way to bond. Now I should point out that I work alone , ( well I do have a cat but he is really useless in meetings and sometimes rude) I usually have an agenda which is followed to the letter. Arguments do occasionally occur but I seem to always win! Is this because I am arguing with myself ( note to self; Bring this up at next meeting) I like to bring up controversial topics like , longer lunch hours, extended nap periods and later starting times . I feel you are all missing the point about meetings for I simply love chatting away for extended periods of time on a variety of topics. I would continue on this diatribe but must dash I have a psychiatrist's appointment. Tally Ho !!!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    22/03/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    That is what Scrum Meetings are - 15 minutes tops
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    22/03/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Don't get me started on useless meetings.
    Anne Thornley-Brown
    22/03/2017 #2 Anne Thornley-Brown
    Yup a lot of meetings are boooooring, even stressful. It doesn't have to be that way.
    Donna Wood
    22/03/2017 #1 Donna Wood
    The most common form of "death by meeting" I've encountered is the meetings without a clearly defined purpose. How many times are we attending the weekly meeting, because it' is the weekly meeting? Great and valuable post @Kevin Pashuk!
  4. ProducerRandall Burns

    Randall Burns

    "The Truffle Incident"
    "The Truffle Incident"It’s 1985; I’m living in Toronto, a culinary and cosmopolitan metropolis. I’m a cook, (Chef de Partie position), at a fine dining French restaurant and I’m enjoying it, Cooking great food and constantly learning on a daily basis.   The restaurant...


    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    27/03/2017 #3 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    Your prose is so exquisite, I can almost taste the truffle myself. Your level of detail is so damn much fun. Thank you for this share.
    Dean Owen
    27/03/2017 #2 Dean Owen
    This is a book waiting to be written, and count me for the first edition! Vanilla ice-cream aye? Me personally, I love them shaved on a simple omelette or over sautéed spinach (no garlic). The great foods used to be caviar and foie gras and Scottish smoked salmon, but I would say now they are ikura (Hokkaido salmon eggs), ankimo (monkfish liver), and the white Alba truffle. Great article!
    Kevin Pashuk
    27/03/2017 #1 Kevin Pashuk
    Apparently one does not trifle with truffles... Great story Randall
  5. Susan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Who helped you along your career path? A great read by @Christian J. Farber:
    Susan Rooks
    To Build A Great Career Seek Inspiration From Mentors
    www.linkedin.com After my post on How I Made it into Senior Management, I received many InMails, Emails, and Tweets. They all suggested one thing: Write more about...
  6. Tanmoy Ray

    Tanmoy Ray

    Tanmoy Ray
    GMAT Preparation Tips for Beginners & Busy Professionals | GMAT Prep Strategies
    goo.gl Thinking about GMAT preparation, or confused about how to prepare for GMAT while working full-time? This post is all about getting started on...
  7. ProducerBill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    APAC’s  Website for Enterprise & Technology, by Bill Stankiewicz, Savannah Supply Chain Executive
    APAC’s Website for Enterprise & Technology, by Bill Stankiewicz, Savannah Supply Chain ExecutiveSUPPLY CHAIN NEWS by BILL STANKIEWICZ :Glad to share that APAC’s leading news website for enterprise & technology :Tech Wire Asia has identified Ramco HCM as modern and agile HCM software in its recent article on ‘Engaging modern workforces with...
  8. ProducerMarcel Wilson

    Marcel Wilson

    Leadership cadence - it's more than you think!
    Leadership cadence - it's more than you think!Great public speakers deliver thousands of speeches before their messages can begin to resonate with mass audiences. Business success stories are nearly always preceded by trails of near miss failures. Parents must be consistent and frequent in...
  9. Harshal Bhalerao
    MESA - The Oscars of the Middle East Cyber Security Industry in Progress at the Address Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Had 200+ CISO's and Cyber Leaders in Attendance and more than 100+ Awards to be given away. @Javier 🐝 beBee @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood @David B. GrinbergHarshal Bhalerao
  10. Harshal Bhalerao
    A feeling of Happiness and Responsibility to see the Official Microsoft Business Twitter Account follow me on Twitter @Harshal_Tweet for Technology Thought Leadership. It surely gives a new sense of responsibility and motivation to contribute more for the Industry. @Javier 🐝 beBee @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @Ivette K. Caballero @Paul WaltersHarshal Bhalerao
  11. ProducerMatt 🐝 Sweetwood
    5 Tips to Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market
    5 Tips to Stand Out in a Crowded Job MarketOriginally Published on Huffpost Business 5/27/2016Let’s say you are applying for a new job. You have a professional resume, a complete LinkedIn profile, letters of recommendation and you have lots of experience for the position you are applying to....


    Logan Alexander
    27/03/2017 #2 Logan Alexander
    Do you need a Personal/Business loan without stress and quick approval today? If YES Revert back to me by sending me a messagecontaining the amount needed, duration, location and email.
    You are free to also connect with me.
    27/03/2017 #1 GERTRUDE MOSLEY
    Thanks for the tips! I'm part of a social media group who recently discussed sharing information online.
  12. Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    Based on my article on The Huffington Post, 5 Tips to Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market (http://bit.ly/2mGQR3L), here is your to-go infographic to boost your career: Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
  13. Glamour Glaze

    Glamour Glaze

    Are you looking into getting decorative window tint for your home or business? Take a look at some cool examples of decorative window film right here! #WindowTint #GlamourGlaze
    Glamour Glaze
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  14. ProducerPaul Netscher

    Paul Netscher

    How we can improve quality in construction
    How we can improve quality in constructionWhy do we have poor quality in construction? Recently I wrote an article ‘The True costs of Poor QualityConstruction’ and how poor quality results in many hidden costs that contractors don’t fully understand. Many readers took the time to...
  15. Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    This is the first US delivery from Amazon’s drone publicly caught on video
    www.businessinsider.com A newly surfaced video shows what is likely the first public demonstration of a Amazon Prime Air drone making a delivery in the United...
  16. ProducerRandall Burns

    Randall Burns

    Running "The Gauntlet" to becoming a "Chef"
    Running "The Gauntlet" to becoming a "Chef"There's been many discussions lately regarding the "shortcomings" of our industry, the flaws in our educational systems, the general downward spiral of the caliber of "Cooks" and cooking techniques, on various threads and posts. I would like to look...


    Randall Burns
    26/03/2017 #12 Randall Burns
    #11 Thanks for the welcome @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    26/03/2017 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Welcome to beBee, @Randall Burns. I can't begin to imagine the stress a chef must deal with. So many people to please with a certain amount of time.
    Randall Burns
    05/03/2017 #10 Randall Burns
    #9 Thank You Wayne, Too funny as I just posted an article about "Stress" including a couple of pics of Chef Ramsey. Yes that has been a discussion on other threads regarding how "reality" cooking shows are actually "bending the reality" of kitchens, it is a rude awakening for many people. Most of these celebrity Chefs are well accomplished but have spent years in the kitchen working their way up, it does take a while.
    Wayne Yoshida
    05/03/2017 #9 Wayne Yoshida
    Welcome to beBee, Randall. And thanks to @John White, MBA for sharing this post. I wonder if this "issue" is being stirred up by all those cooking / chef reality TV competitions put on by Gordon Ramsay and others? Talk about high stress environments. Lots of yelling and sweating, for sure.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your posts about the "other side" of a restaurant.
    Randall Burns
    05/03/2017 #8 Randall Burns
    #5 Thanks for the warm welcome @Paul Walters
    Randall Burns
    05/03/2017 #7 Randall Burns
    #6 Hey Thanks @John White, MBA, I appreciate that. I will be sure to post a few more.
    John White, MBA
    05/03/2017 #6 John White, MBA
    @Randall Burns: You've got a growing audience here. +1 on followers and I'm going to share this into 3 additional hives. Welcome!
    Paul Walters
    05/03/2017 #5 Paul Walters
    @Randall Burns Cool piece, and welcome , look forward to lots more from the kitchen !!!
    Randall Burns
    04/03/2017 #4 Randall Burns
    #3 Thanks Pablo, we all "run the Gauntlet", one way or another, whatever our chosen path in life is...
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/03/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #1 First off . . . Welcome to the Swarm, Chef Randall.

    This comment is actually in response to @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher's comment.

    Randal is a real Chef. I ran a much different gauntlet, the world of business. Going to culinary school was a bucket list thing.

    Even my culinary school internships were mostly in offices when they learned of my business background and my knack for creating saleable, profitable recipes.

    I spent more time on cost-control and process-management than actual cooking. It pissed me off to no end.

    I had no intention of ever working as a Chef. Then I saw a restaurant for sale. . .

    I turned it around and sold it off. I have no intention of repeating the process, but, hey, you never know.

    There's much more to being a chef than cooking. If anything, cooking is the easy part.

    So, although I am culinary school trained, I am not a gauntlet-running chef. FYI: Chef means chief in French. No staff = no "chef."
    Randall Burns
    04/03/2017 #2 Randall Burns
    Thanks for the warm welcome Lisa, and Javier, I appreciate it. I have a few more appropriate "buzzes" that I will post over time as I build up my profile
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    04/03/2017 #1 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Hi @Randall Burns, welcome to beBee! Interesting first buzz! I love to cook but I could not imagine being a Chef. It has to be very stressful if you work in a busy Restaurant but as you said, fullfilling too! cc; @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian could probably relate to this :))
  17. Harshal Bhalerao
    With Saudi Arabian Smart City Leaders. A Smart City Summit Designed by Me. @Javier 🐝 beBee @🐝 Fatima G. Williams @John White, MBA @David B. GrinbergHarshal Bhalerao


    Anne Thornley-Brown
    27/03/2017 #5 Anne Thornley-Brown
    #4 @Harshal Bhalerao Don't know.. I am based in Toronto, Canada. I offer team building and executive retreats in Dubai so the next time a company books me for one of my programmes like.:

    - The Quest for Black Gold

    Blog: https://executiveoasis.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/dubai-team-building-the-quest-for-black-gold (lots of photos)

    If you run into anybody looking for a facilitator for team building or an executive retreat, please pass on the information.
    Harshal Bhalerao
    27/03/2017 #4 Harshal Bhalerao
    #2 Would love to meet you @Anne Thornley-Brown. When is your next trip to Dubai?
    Harshal Bhalerao
    27/03/2017 #3 Harshal Bhalerao
    #1 Would love to catch up sometime @🐝 Fatima G. Williams. I am travelling currently and would ping you whenever I am there.
    Anne Thornley-Brown
    27/03/2017 #2 Anne Thornley-Brown
    I come out to Dubai on business sometimes. It would be great to meet.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    26/03/2017 #1 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    This is awesome @Harshal Bhalerao Keep shining 🤗 Congrats. Being in Dubai we bees should meet 🤗🤗
  18. Harshal Bhalerao
    Presenting and Hosting the Oscars of the Middle East Cyber Security Industry in Dubai, UAE. @Javier 🐝 beBee @David B. Grinberg @Paul Walters @🐝 Fatima G. Williams #cybersecurity #cyber #infosec #personalbranding #cyberworld Harshal Bhalerao


    Javier 🐝 beBee
    26/03/2017 #1 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Harshal Bhalerao congratulations !
  19. ProducerDavid Navarro López
    Game over: Are we ready to die?
    Game over: Are we ready to die?We are all going to die someday. This is a fact and one of the few things we can be sure as humans. Nevertheless, death is never present in our lives; we carry on doing things as it would never happen to us. We use to be speechless when, for...


    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    27/03/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #28 I'm sorry for your losses @Lisa Vanderburg, that had to be very difficult. You summed it up well, "Death offers freedom, but you are right to remind us of the how, why, where and what we leave behind!"
    Lisa Vanderburg
    27/03/2017 #28 Lisa Vanderburg
    Thank you so very much for your generosity of spirit in sharing this, @David Navarro López. Like @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I looked after my father, then my most precious friend and sister during their dying. My sister was my refuge, strength and joy; we'd been life-long intimate friends held together in our damage. It really resonated when you said 'death is not as scary as living' - she felt the same, even though we'd long threatened to kill the other is they 'dare die before me'!
    Life is (in the main) a ball of pain. Death offers freedom, but you are right to remind us of the how, why, where and what we leave behind!
    Katja Bader
    26/03/2017 #27 Katja Bader
    #11 It`s already done...
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #26 Anonymous
    #24 Dear Lisa, you are spot on with your words "that person one may hold a grudge towards or be mean to may not be here tomorrow"
    The worst regret in life is not due to the things we did, but about the things we didn't.
    To re-establish a relationship is something should never be postponed
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #25 Anonymous
    #22 This can be surely another reason
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/03/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I'm glad you are here to share your story @David Navarro López. Not one of us can know what it's like to stare death in the face. I think some of us can imagine when we've seen others dying & die many times, but we can only imagine. My sister and her daughter both had cancer, they both stared death in the face and suffered greatly. They live one day at a time, I think I do too, knowing that we don't get out of this life alive. Thank you for being so honest, this is a great buzz on the truths of death/dying. Even small things like not holding a grudge is important to me because that person one may hold a grudge towards or be mean to may not be here tomorrow. As for what someone goes through emotionally, we can never know fully unless or until we face something ourselves.
    Marisa Fonseca Diniz
    26/03/2017 #23 Marisa Fonseca Diniz
    #16 When I went through this experience I did as you did, I did not communicate to anyone, because I thought that the problem was only mine and only I would have to face it, I treated myself, I overcame the barriers of life and I healed myself after 20 years never Plus cancer has returned. We are never prepared to die, and your life experience is an example to other people who let themselves be overwhelmed by anything. Congratulations!
    Joris Plaatstaal
    26/03/2017 #22 Joris Plaatstaal
    #21 Or do they not care so much for being hurt, but are they silent for not being heard?
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #21 Anonymous
    #20 There are more real beings that it seems. But they use to hide to avoid being hurt....
    Joris Plaatstaal
    26/03/2017 #20 Joris Plaatstaal
    Just what I needed at this point. The thoughts of a real being. Thank God they do exist.
    Ali Anani
    26/03/2017 #19 Ali Anani
    #18 Very sensible you are dear David
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #18 Anonymous
    #3 Thank you for your words, dear Ali. I like "it is during the dark times that our best comes out."
    I would add that only in dark times, some people are able to get the best out.
    But this is an option not everyone takes.
    And another option is not to wait to be in a dark time to make it happen
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #17 Anonymous
    #10 The worse thing of it is that the people start not to see you as the person you have been until then, but something else you are not. I believe this is cruel.
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #16 Anonymous
    #9 I sincerely think that our will to live is a key issue. I will confess one more thing about my experience. Until the final diagnosis said I got rid of it, I told nobody, not even my closest family, what was going on. The next day of the surgery, I had a shower and was ready to check out of the hospital hours before the doctor came to see me. Against his will, I checked out and went home. I did not accept this was going to happen to me. I accepted that there was a possibility I could not recover, but I did not surrender, and never will. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But I know other cases on which people surrendered, and the body somehow knows it, allowing it to happen. Will not be my case. I am here, alive and kicking.
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #15 Anonymous
    #8 This is precisely my point. Someone said that more important to know if there is life after death is to know if there is life BEFORE the death.
    Because many people live their lives as they were dead already, without, in your words, "a life lived with passion"
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #14 Anonymous
    #7 Sonia, gracias por tomarte el tiempo de leer y comentar. Yo diría que no hay nadie valiente ante la muerte. Sobre todo si no la has buscado, si te llega de improviso. Sólo te quedan dos opciones: aceptarla o aceptarla. Rendirse es otra cosa.
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #13 Anonymous
    #6 Yes Pascal, I remember your post about your experience, and therefore since then I felt somehow connected with you with a non-visible bond
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #12 Anonymous
    #5 Gracias Javier, viniendo de ti, que lees mucho y de todo, me halaga la valoración que haces del buzz.
    Compartir estas cosas no me ha sido fácil, pero entiendo que hay mucha gente a la que le podría ser de utilidad, antes de que sea demasiado tarde.
    David Navarro López
    26/03/2017 #11 Anonymous
    #4 Look forward to your help for translating it to german
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    26/03/2017 #10 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    So familiar. I know these things well. I, too, am a cancer survivor though did not go through turmoil as hefty as yours. I also have MS--a daily death sentence that was always there, yet not so present until I knew for sure. "If you knew how it’s like to see that even if you are still alive, you are already dead for the rest." Yes I do.
  20. Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    A shy person with humble beginnings. Now an enterpreneur. Kosasih, good luck with bebee.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    www.bebee.com Public profile of KOSASIH KOSASIH on beBee. beBee is the only social affinity network specialized by sector. Join and get...
  21. Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Be safe and be accurate Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
  22. Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Busy day at Savannah ports today. Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador


    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    26/03/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Taught a great crew at VOPAK today , see if you can find it on the map.
  23. ProducerAleta Curry

    Aleta Curry

    Consumers ready to be wooed by Small Business
    Consumers ready to be wooed by Small BusinessFor years, marketing students have been taught (and dutifully regurgitated when they became marketing consultants) that excellent customer service is a vital ingredient in the successful small business recipe. Lately we’ve been reading that...


    Aleta Curry
    26/03/2017 #16 Aleta Curry
    #15 I hear you. My fave high-end organic place in Sydney closed, too.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    26/03/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I get dizzy in malls too! I once had to walk out of a loud, bright store and go outside. I prefer humans over automation too. I have to admit though, I do use self check out's if I can. I'm faster and I pack my bags the way I like them packed. It seems people need trained to pack bags properly. Maybe that's because they are rushed and stores need to hire more employees??? I found out last evening our grocery store (we only have one major chain in town) down sized, cut employees hours and the woman working at 10pm last eve. when I went in told me she was the ONLY PERSON on for the night, she said she was wearing down fast because this is the trend since this store bought out our other store. They sell high end organic products but wow.. prices increased and customer service is almost null and void.
    Aleta Curry
    26/03/2017 #14 Aleta Curry
    #13 Thanks, Robert. I think I read at least one of those articles sometime back, though I don't remember their being part of a series. I'll have to revisit them!
    Robert Bacal
    25/03/2017 #13 Robert Bacal
    Amen on all of this. It thrills me to notice that I'm not the only one who noticed that those self-checkouts are usually the last and rarely used (some companies have eliminated them. For those IN small business, I've written a series of articles on how small business can compete with the bigger outfits entitled "David vs Goliath - How Small Businesses Can Win" at http://work911.com/smallbiz/bigbiz/index.htm#david
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    25/03/2017 #12 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    #11 Until I started using those little motorized carts, finding help to find something was critical for me. I could collapse to the floor if I didn't find something in a timely fashion. Now I can browse easily, but am embarrassed when people give me these looks like the cart I drive is a pain in the arse. It's a tradeoff--I don't need the help vs needing too much help.
    Aleta Curry
    25/03/2017 #11 Aleta Curry
    #10 Good point, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen. But here's a twist: when I first moved to the country, I was almost embarrassed at salespeople taking time out for me!
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    25/03/2017 #10 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    I particularly miss the ability to ask someone in the store where the Hell something is. It seems like nobody's around who knows this stuff. I go online and my experience is quick and clean. I do miss stores, but what I miss about them does not exist anymore.
    Aleta Curry
    25/03/2017 #9 Aleta Curry
    OMHG. @Ken Boddie, you've done it again! LOL with snort! You realise that last line is going to make me chuckle all night?
    Ken Boddie
    25/03/2017 #8 Ken Boddie
    I get the feeling, Aleta, that you've been "nursing your wrath to keep it warm" on this subject for a while. Buy, hey, if you're going to spit the dummy then what better subject than the lack of coherent and relevant customer service, overseas call centres included. I distinctly remember getting outstanding services on only two occasions in the last year. In both cases I purchased a relatively expensive item because of the service, when I may have saved a few dollars elsewhere. If we continue to buy on line and pay lip service to stores that want to cut prices by having us go through self checkout devices, then we'll end up with a retail world serviced by robots. Now how can you ask a robot "does my bum look big in this"?
    Aleta Curry
    25/03/2017 #7 Aleta Curry
    Here I go with the tags again. Trying only to Beep (See what I did there?) people I think might be interested in my business writing. Do let me know if you're not; last thing you need is more irrelevant posts in your feed. No hard feelings (okay, okay, maybe just a few, but all is forgiven).
  24. Susan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Hey, fellow word nerds! What are your thoughts on the new "words" the AP Stylebook has blessed? Had you ever heard of avocado toast? I know I never did.
    Susan Rooks
    Avocado Toast Officially Acknowledged in the Associated Press Stylebook
    www.eater.com Other new food entries: poke, ramen, and bone...


    Susan Rooks
    26/03/2017 #5 Susan Rooks
    #3 Well, @Sandra Smith, now I know and thanks!
    Susan Rooks
    26/03/2017 #4 Susan Rooks
    #2 @John Rylance, what would I/we do without you and your wonderful sense of humor (humour)????? Thanks for a good giggle.
    Sandra 🐝 Smith
    25/03/2017 #3 Sandra 🐝 Smith
    It's a new thing in trendt cafes, they serve it with different toppings or by itself 😄
    John Rylance
    25/03/2017 #2 John Rylance
    I always thought. Chimichurri was a song from Mary Poppins., but that maybe down to Dick van Dyke's cockney accent.
    I had never heard of avocado toast.
    Looking at the picture of it reminded me of what a friend use to say when faced with food he was unsure of "I don't know whether to eat it or breed off it"
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    25/03/2017 #1 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    I've never heard of chimichurri and Ramen. All sounds yummy.🤗
  25. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    How to Not Follow the Herd and Still Get Respect
    How to Not Follow the Herd and Still Get RespectThose of us who dance to our own drum beat are often criticized for our beliefs and actions. Somebody will always have something negative to say about you, but on the other hand, there will also be people who like you in spite of your being...


    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #42 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #39 #40 #41 Thank you all very much!
    jeff carter
    26/03/2017 #41 jeff carter
    Excellent...and timely! Thx. :)
    Lisa Jones
    26/03/2017 #40 Lisa Jones
    I don't like it, I LOVE IT!!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #38 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #37 Thank you so much, and thank you for sharing.
    debasish majumder
    26/03/2017 #37 debasish majumder
    wonderful insight @Renée 🐝 Cormier! enjoyed read. thank you very much for such enriching share.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #36 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #32 #33 #34 #35 Thank you all so much.
    Pascal Derrien
    26/03/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien
    Always good to get a rerminder on those things every now and again :-)
    Kevin Pashuk
    26/03/2017 #34 Kevin Pashuk
    Practical points Renée. Worth sharing! Dare to be different.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    26/03/2017 #33 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    well this article deserves a standing ovation thank you soul much!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    26/03/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Words of wisdom, gracefully spoken, Renee Cormier.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #31 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #30 Thank you, Vincent. Enjoy your day.
    Vincent Manlapaz
    26/03/2017 #30 Vincent Manlapaz
    Thank you for sharing. Perfect reminder. Will keep this in mind. God bless @Renee Cormier
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #29 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #23 That's a very kind comment, Joyce. Thank you. I am glad this post resonates with you and so many others.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #28 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #24 Thank you, Fatima. You're the best!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #27 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #19 Thank you so much, Ella, and thank you also for sharing this post. I like when I can help people in some way. The work of defining ourselves is our own. It is not up to others to tell us what we are, but rather, it is up to ourselves to determine the kind of person we wish to be and to make that our character.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #26 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #18 Thank you, Todd. :)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    26/03/2017 #25 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #17 I'm glad you, "love those words". Thank you very much.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    26/03/2017 #24 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Great post @Renée 🐝 Cormier We don't choose to be different. It's just the way of our being. When people acknowledge the way we are we achieve harmony. We don't need them to accept us but if they acknowledge our uniqueness we will have alot of people behind us. Only when we love ourselves we can love others and when we respect other's the same comes back in ten folds Happy Sunday to you and to all the beautiful souls out there.
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    26/03/2017 #23 Joyce 🐝 Bowen
    Yes--I agree. Wise words. A Bible to live by. A new Ten Commandments.
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