BLAINESWORLD #894

Section 2, part 2

(1) Marcie F. in PA: I forwarded it [computer tip from last week’s issue] to my uncle, who’s in his late 80’s, and spends a lot of time on his computer, but opens stuff he shouldn’t, which gives him viruses and infects his computer. This is the 3rd time we went to his assisted living apartment, and had to take his computer with us for a tech to clean it out and get it up & running again. He’s worse that dealing with a teenager! Maybe this warning will get through to him.

Response:  One recommendation for him and everybody else . . .  get site warning software . . . the following is good–and free, too!

(2) Karen M. in NC: 99 Life Hacks That Could Make Your Life Easier
Note: Thanks, Karen, also for this additional Facebook post to my question whether you had tried all these. Her response: I haven’t been able to look at all of them but the ones I did see are all new to me,  I have a couple more: use the cardboard toilet paper / paper towel roll for organizing electrical cords, and put a lemon, orange or citrus peels in your disposal every so often to keep it smelling fresh.
(3) Interesting blog entry from Pat A. in PA on her latest illustration for a client:
(4) Natalie K. in PA: I saw “Tosca” last night in the movie theaters.  It was one of the most amazing performances of that opera I’ve ever seen.  If you can get to see it, don’t miss it.  It stars Roberto Alagna and Patricia Racette — what astounding voices and acting.  I just adore these “Live at the Met” broadcasts.  We go to the “Encore” ones. 
(5) Bob H. in NJ: As always, merci for your endless research on life as we know it.

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Section 4, Reviews

C. Joey Asher,  a professional communication and selling skills coach, is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors . . . Two of his previous books, 15 MINUTES INCLUDING Q&A and EVEN A GEEK CAN SPEAK, had provided me with much useful information . . . and so did the one I just finished: HOW TO WIN A PITCH; THE FIVE FUNDAMENTAL THAT WILL DISTINGUISH YOU FROM THE COMPETITION (Persuasive Speaker Press).What I liked best about it were the many examples that were used to reinforce the points the author was making . . . for example, he shows you exactly what to do when first meeting  a potential customer:* The goal of the overview is to take control of the meeting, give the prospect a brief overview of what your firm does, and demonstrate that you have a plan that will not waste the client’s time.Start with some light banter. “Is that a photograph of you and Tony Bennett?” Just don’t’ go too far with the chit chat. A couple of minutes are fine, but too much schmoozing can be irritating, especially when you’re taking up the prospect’s time. Give the sense that you’re there to find a way to help them. Redirect the conversation to the topic at hand: the prospect’s needs.Here’s what you might say:”Thank you for letting me meet with you. Our software firm helps banks build auto-loan portfolios. We do that with our software platform, as well as our consulting services. As I mentioned, we’re giving you a presentation in a week or so, and we want to make sure that the presentation is on target. So, if it’s okay with you, I’d like to ask some questions.”I also liked the many stories that were used, including this one:* I once heard a story about how Rick Pitino, the basketball coach, became a great recruiter of high school athletes. Rather than going into the high school athlete’s living room and talking about his school’s benefits, he’d sit down with the athlete and ask something like, “So tell me what you’re looking for in a college experience.” The student would then tell him what was most important to him: education, a fun campus environment, a particular type of academic program. Based on those conversations, Pitino would then know how to position his college in the athlete’s mind. It was by listening that he made the sale and became a successful recruiter.

And though there were many tidbits that I’ll long remember, the following especially got me thinking:

* I worked with a management consultant who wanted me to help him pitch for an opportunity. He did a nice job of discovery and had a twelve-point plan for fixing his client’s business.

“I think we need to get this presentation down to a three core message,” I told him.

Nevertheless, he was stuck on his twelve-point plan. He had carefully worked out how, in twelve steps, he was going to improve the processes within the client’s business and save them lots of money.

“But no one is going to remember twelve points,” I told him. Indeed, people won’t remember more than three or four points.

He claimed that it was just impossible to present fewer than twelve points. So I said, “Well, what if I took out a gun and threatened you? Could you get it to three in that case?”

“If you put it that way,” he said, “I guess I could do it.” We were able to distill his presentation to the three most important parts of his plan in no time at all.

Getting your presentation down to three points is not that hard and it allows you to have a huge impact on your audience. It allows you to be sure that they remember your message. That is critical if you want to win a pitch.

If you’re involved on needing to win new business, I’d strongly recommend that you win HOW TO WIN A PITCH.

D. Heard NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS (Recorded Books), written by Douglass and read by Charles Turner.It is the story of a man born into the world as a slave. He would have died a slave, too, had he not taught himself to read and write . . . and then made the decision that one day, he would be free from slavery.His did eventually escape from bondage, going on to become one of the abolition movement’s most persuasive speakers. In addition, Douglass became a strong backer for women’s rights.NARRATIVE had me cringing, at times, with respect to how anybody could have been treated in such a brutal way–and how the practice was allowed for so long in this country. Overall, it moved me more than 12 YEARS A SLAVE–the film currently out that covers much the same topic
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Section 11, Thought for the day
What did you do in the war, Dad?
by Joey Novick*
(In tribute to my dad–pictured below–on Veterans Day, I repeat one of my favorite columns. Thank a veteran today.) 
 
7660 Picture of Joey Novick father
 
 That was the question that Miss Connor, my 4th grade teacher at PS 277 in Brooklyn ,wanted each kid in our class to ask his/her dad. We had an entire sheet of questions that Miss Conner handed out—you know, printed on mimeograph paper that had that rich chemical smell.”What rank did your father have?” “What was his job in the war?” “What countries did he go to?” were some of the questions we had to ask. We were assigned to do an oral report for the class; this was to be a school project for Veterans Day in early November 1963.I had heard many of my father’s WWII stories told over and over again. There was the story about his train ride from New Jersey to the training camp Alabama, the train ride where he walked up and down the train cars saying hello and meeting everyone. There was the story about how he hid a bald man’s cap, and the man got mad at him. There was the story behind an old photograph, where he met his lifelong friend Irving in Paris and how they went AWOL.But his experiences in the war were never analyzed with an academic approach. I had never written the stories down and told them to anyone outside our family. So, I sat down with my dad, and began to ask the questions, telling him about my project. My dad, Bernie, answered with a bit of whimsy, in his playfully humorous way.”Well, I helped beat the Nazis in World War II. I won the war. I used to meet regularly with Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill and all the Generals, Eisenhower, Patton–and I advised them on what plans we should make for winning the war. We made plans to invade Normandy in France. I was the one who called ahead to see which day would be best to invade Normandy, and made the appointment. The person I talked to had a very thick French accent, and he said, ‘De best day vould be June 6th, Zat day we are free. Zat should be De day’. And the name ‘D Day‘ stuck.”I was very impressed. I believed all of this to be true. At the age of nine, I was not the world’s most skeptical child.I reported these findings to my class in my oral report, and Miss Connor stated sternly in a disapproving tone, “That sounds quite improbable. What rank was your father?”

“A Private. First Class,” I said proudly.

“Hmmph. Then it is not possible that he met with Roosevelt and Churchill and the Generals, young man. Chris Link, your report please.”

Miss Connor dismissed me just like that, moving on to Chris’ story of his dad as a SeaBee in the Navy.

I returned home completely dejected, not knowing what to believe. Had my father really made all that up? Did he really not win the war? Did he not really meet with Roosevelt and Churchill?

My dad cleared up the mess.

“No, no. I was a Private First Class. That was the rank for someone who met with the Generals and President Roosevelt almost everyday. You see, we had to meet in PRIVATE. That was the point. You couldn’t go off and tell everyone when and who you were invading, could you? That information had to be PRIVATE.”

“No, you would have to keep that info PRIVATE,” I thought. “Seems logical to me.”

“And the places we met were always the best. We met in FIRST CLASS hotels and restaurants. So, my rank was PRIVATE – FIRST CLASS. Now, you go back to school and set that teacher straight.”

Made sense to me. Never again did I doubt my dad, Private First Class Bernie Novick. The man who won World War II.

Enjoy the day. And thank a Veteran. They made this all possible.

* Reprinted with the gracious permission of Joey (joeynovick@gmail.com), a stand up comedian, elected official and attorney. Without his dad, he would not have had his sense of humor or intense curiosity. Or his freedoms.

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Section 12A, NC events

(2)  Asheville Party “Grand Opening” Festivities!

 Tuesday, December 3, 2013

4:00pm until 8:00pm

  • The Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave., Asheville, NC
  • It’s been an exciting couple of years since I first moved my business to Asheville. So busy that I haven’t had a chance to officially kick off the fun, so… Let’s Get It Started!There will be some guitar tunes performed by yours truly and Aneliese Parker and more:
    DJ tunes / dancing / light show!
    Karaoke!
    Games!
    Snazzy Decorations!
    and YOU! Come be part of the festivities!
    I hope you can stop by!

(3) Chuck Fink in NC: I’m performing in The Autumn Players rendition of “Hobson’s Choice” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 at 35 below Friday and Saturday and The Reuter Center Sunday.  All performances start at 2:30.

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(5) Zuzu Welsh: While it is not a Beatles-related event, I would like everyone who is able to come out to the White Horse on December 5th. On that night, some of the Asheville-area’s musicians and poets will come together for a night of entertainment in word and song to raise money to help assist those in the Phillipines who were impacted by the typhoon earlier this month. People are in need all over the world, and this is our chance to step up and help those who are across the sea who are hurting, hungry, homeless or without a thing in the world to their names. Again, December 5th. I will be there with Pipapelli Blues, Laura Hope-Gill, Aaron LaFalce, and others bringing music to your ears to raise money for those in need.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Live comedy in both Bucks County and South Jersey

SPECIAL OFFER This Weekend!
Bring 10 people…
get in for 10 Bucks each! (That is 1/2 price)
As long as seats are available – This Offer is good Friday only in Bucks County, and Saturday only in South Jersey and Northeast Philly.
To receive offer just write ‘e-special’ in comments box.
Call your friends!! This is a great deal!http://comedycabaret.com/cms/index.phpThank You!Karen : )P.S. Coming in 2014 Dr. Scarpati’s Hilarious Comedy Hypnosis Show

(2) The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7 PM

Place to meet: Plumstead Township Municipal Building, 5186 Stump Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949

Program:

A Civil War reenactor will talk about military hardware and even have some authentic examples, as he speaks about the weaponry from the Civil War. One local tidbit from the Philadelphia area was that the Frankford Arsenal established in 1816 served as a major site for the storage of weapons and artillery pieces. In the Gettysburg Campaign, the arsenal provided tens of thousands of muskets and vast supplies of ammunition for Pennsylvania’s “Emergency Militia” regiments. By the end of the Civil War, the arsenal employed over 1,000 workers. Come out and enjoy this program with friends and neighbors of Plumstead Township!

Future Speaker programs: Always the 3rd Monday of the month 

December 2013 – No Meeting!

Join the Plumstead Historical Society!  

$10 for individuals or $15 for family to the P.O. Box 172 address.

Do you need a great gift idea? We have a collection of 10 different postcards split between 2 packs of 5 postcards. Each pack sells for $5.00 ($1 per post card). The collection is available for purchase at our meetings and make great holiday gifts.

Do you have historic items to donate? (pictures, letters, stories, local tools or books, research on a property or family, etc), please contact us. We now own a fire safe to archive and protect our growing collection of historic items.

All are welcome; you don’t have to be a member to attend!  Feel free to bring family or friends to this and any event or meeting.

If you should have any questions or an interesting story to share, please contact me at 215-543-5550 or info@plumsteadhistoricalsociety.org

Plumstead Historical Society invites you to come join us in support of the preservation of our township history.

Glenn R. Burd, Past President

Plumstead Historical Society

P.O. Box 172, Plumsteadville, PA 18949

info@plumsteadhistoricalsociety.org

www.plumsteadhistoricalsociety.org

501c3, Founded 2006

Also find us on Facebook!

grburd@gmail.com

c: 215-534-5550

(3) Alexa Gutter – an English teacher, part-time actor, and first-generation American – has been named the 2013 Bucks County Poet Laureate, officials at Bucks County Community College announced.

The Lower Makefield resident, who rose to the top of 78 entries in the 37th annual contest, will be honored with a reading and reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, at the college’s Newtown campus. She’ll be joined by runners-upNatalie Mera FordTom Mallouk, and Sandra Becker, all of Doylestown, and 2012 poet laureate Lara Adams Gaydos of Chalfont.

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