Working With a True Connector

What do you get when you combine a flight training school, an Aston Martin dealer, and over 20 men dressed in black? You get the first part of a wonderful day of connecting disparate groups of people together into an incredible event. Add in over 20 fashion models, a couple more spectacular cars and one woman who knew how to connect with everyone, and it all came together on the tarmac under a beautiful San Diego sky.

James Bond Photo Shoot
Marie Waite and her friend, Steve Matley, pulled everyone together for a James Bond Photo Shoot, to help promote a themed fashion show in April for a local non-profit, benefiting many different local charities. It was one of the most spectacular events I have ever been involved with.

The interesting thing to me, is it all started as a simple conversation at a casual dinner about a month ago. I was sitting with Steve and Marie and we were discussing how to promote the fashion show. The theme of the show is James Bond and entitled “For Your Eyes Only.” As we talked, I mentioned in jest that to pull this off you’ll need an Aston Martin, maybe a Lamborghini or other fast car, and of course an airplane. [Read more…]

Three Dry Erase Productivity Boosters

I discovered a great productivity perk a while back for my speaking audience that use dry erase markers on glossy photo paper. I just create easy to use tent cards that serve a dual purpose for my students. On one side of the folded tent they can write their name with a dry erase marker. The other side contains login information for my class. As a trainer, this has helped me get people logged in quicker and build rapport by visually learning peoples names as I walk around the room.

dry-erase-planner
Taking the next step with this idea, I created three larger dry erase boards that work well for planning, decision making, and storyboarding. I’d like to make these available to you for free. These all print out on a sheet of glossy 8 x 12 photo paper, which is available at most one hour photo shops. I use Costco for my photo printing and I noticed that the 8 x 12 size prints better than 8 x 10 as it is a standard cut size. I suggest you experiment with one print first to make sure it works with your photo store. I’ve included 8×10 and 8×12 sizes below. In the U.S., Costco, Walmart and Walgreens stores all offer one hour photo printing at reasonable prices. Alternately, there are many online only photo stores that will work as well. [Read more…]

Five Tips For Friday

Here are five quick personal success tips and tools for Friday curated from some of my favorite blogs.

Five Tips for Friday

1. If you use Google Drive, you’ll quickly notice how many single files you’ll create. These can easily overwhelm your screen view. Drive Bunny has the answer with these spring cleaning tips.

spring clean-google-drive

2. Apple user? If you love to hate the iPhoto app on the Mac, you’ll probably find Photos for OSX a welcome relief. Combining Aperture and a cleaned up iPhoto, the new app is faster and has a lot more features. Check out the review at MacRumors for more info.

photos-for-osx [Read more…]