In this part of the book a few high ranking officals give their opinion, through experience, of the importance of writing in corperate America. The seems to be a common trend through out the “part”, writing is important wether you work for UPS or Motorola.

I could not really understan why some of these occupations really needed wrting skill but now it makes sense. E-mail, is perhaps the main tool of corperate America today. The ability to write a good email will not only reflect well apon you but also the corperation for which you work.

Also I learned that writing and verbal communication go hand in hand. The ability to think claerly has a lot to do with your communication, both verbal and written. Sometimes is it good for us to pu our thoughts on paper, to make way for more thoughts. This idea I thought was very interesting.

There were a few interesting responses in this book. One response that I found particularly interesting was from Ken Blachard when he was asked how he approaches his writing projects. He said that when he is writing, he completes his first draft and then gives it to potential readers for their eidting. This technique makes alot of sense to me. If you are going to spend a great amout of time developing a book, you want to make sure there is an audience. Inviting people to edit and critique your writing is a good way to know what people want, and that is important if you are going to sell a book.

In another response by Blachard he suggests that editing is not as important to the writing process as the process of getting your ideas on paper in a structured manor. He uses the example that a writer should get their “diarrhea version of your paper out first; and worry about editing lator. This idea is new to me because in most writing that I do for school teachers grade highly on punctuation and grammer and not style.

Brit Hostages

April 7, 2007

I found this comment on a blog about the British sailors that were taken captive at cnn.com, I think it sums it up.

These are the people (Iran and Syria) who the Nancy Pelosis and Harry Reids of our government want us to sit down and negotiate with. The type of people who will sit there and lie to your face, the type of people who hate our guts and only want to see our destruction.
My question — where are all the human rights groups now? I haven’t heard a peep out of Amnesty International over this treatment of British troops. Why? Cause Bush isn’t involved. Like the liberal media, they choose to turn their head when it’s news they don’t want to report.
We mistreated terrorist prisoners, huh?
Hmmmm, let’s see … if I’m ever captured, what do I want to have done to me? Music played too loud, panties put on my head OR blindfolded and made to think I’m going to be executed?
Wake up liberals. Wake up Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore and the rest of you who have your heads in the sand.
The enemy is not the Bush Administration. The enemy is radical Islamic fundamentalists who would like to see our country destroyed. Trouble is, if this country doesn’t wake up, we’re going to experience another 9-11 that will make the first one look like a tea party. It’s Bush who is trying to prevent it. It’s the Democrats who have their heads in the sand and who will be to blame when the terrorists strike again. And sadly, they will.

Presentation Tips

April 6, 2007

1. Use slides  as your guide

2. Change up the pace of your slides.

3. Keep the wording on your slides limited.

4. Use humor

5. Be passionate

6. Spend time preparing and perfecting

Profile Assignment

April 6, 2007

Well it seems I always miss the most pivotal days. Tuesday I was sick with a nasty 24 hour flu, and a dislocated rib. After sitting in class today with not a clue as to what this assignment was about I finally figured out the purpose. I think that we are to study a person whom takes their writing very seriously and discover what it is that makes them so passionate. I found this type of assignment works quite well.

Last summer I studied with some students from all over the world. It just so happened that the majority of them were from Ivey league schools. It was amazing to “interview” them and gain insight to their philosophy on education and the arts. You see until I met these folks I thought that higher education ways just a quest for a degree, and the arts were for the fruity. However, after a few months of living amongst these people I learned that education can be fun, and is a life long pursuit. I particularly found fascinating highly they spoke of their professors. They used the terminology that they studied with their professors! That blew my mind though think that professors are in this profession not only for the money but that they too have made a life of continuing education and that they are constantly learning and researching as well.

I will never forget my instructor for the summer. We were sitting at a coffee shop enjoying lunch when a paper man came by, we bought and I immediately went for the business section while he opened to the arts section and proceeded to say,” aghh… nothing better than the arts”. I thought he was just a weird guy at the time, but after classes were out for the session I found myself exploring a museum for the first time ever. I found that studying history through art can be a very refreshing approach.

So here is what I am getting from this assignment. We are supposed to find someone with a passion for writing like those Ivey leaguers’ had for art and continuing education. Then, hopefully, we well gain that same appreciation. Hmm.

So I have a good buddy that claims to be the best journalism student at our school. He is into writing for magazines. I will interview him and try to see what makes this lust for writing so profound. This class never seems to let me down.

Well after completing the book Naked Conversations I still don’t like the idea of blogging. Not personally, or for business. I enjoy my personal freedoms. I feel that a blog is good for the consumer and not for the business. I guess you could say that I am a traditionalist; I feel that a company’s product or service should speak for itself. If you produce a better service you will get better reviews. I agree that some people enjoy mingling with people on the computer, ranting and raving about this and that, I feel that blogging is their right and they can do that if the want. However I feel blogging should stay recreational. Nowhere in this book did it convince me that businesses should blog, even in the case studies with Microsoft, the information given out to the blog-o-spere was insignificant. Perhaps if this blog thing catches on particular companies can hire a particular person to talk to these bloggers but that is only if a good majority of the population starts to blog. As far as the book is concerned, the last few chapters were about blogging etiquette, although some what interesting it was practically irrelevant for me because I made up my mind that blogging was silly about half way through this book. I still think that most of the blogs I read are composed by leftist numbskulls, and politically correct “tools”. The same people that blog are the ones who will let this once fine country be over ran with homosexuals and Islam-O-fascists. However, this is just my humble opinion.

OKay. So I am about half way through the book “Naked Conversations”, and at this point it still hasn’t done much to improve my stereotypes of bloggers. I still think that bloggers are a relatively “nerdy” bunch that doesn’t have much else to do but scower the internet critiquing events and ideas, using web talk like “LOL”. However, this book thus far has spurred an internal debate as to my view of the blog culture and the people that use them. I have found myself bringing this book up at numerous discussions and trying to relate it to my world with little luck. However I am trying to understand the blog culture and how it might be beneficial. The first examples from the book are how large companies use blogging to reach out to there customers and defeat the negative spin that the media puts on the news. I see a few problems with this. First most of us will not work for massive companies with clientele all over the world. The blog seems a little overkill for a smaller firm dealing with a limited client base. Also it seems unprofessional and somewhat risky to submit to the will of these information sucking people that call themselves bloggers. Reading this book has helped me realize trends in the free market. I think that if it becomes statuesque for every company to blog, companies will no longer have any thing to hide and that can be good or bad. I personally enjoy my privacy and feel that companies should have theirs too. After Reading the first four chapters I see a direct link between bloggers and liberal scum that is taking the power away from the rich and powerful giving to the poor and weak. However Chapter five looks at the blogging world from the lenses of the small companies or even on a personal level. It gives crisp examples of how people meet the right people through the online world of blogging. One particular example I like was that of the small company Chip-n-Seal. This is a fantastic story of success where a small business earned some big deals through the online networks of bloggers. Still half way hrough the “Naked Conversation” I am still not sure about how to use blogging to reach the masses. However, like any thing, I will give it a try and finish reading the book.

This is a fairly cool blog site because it keeps you up to date on interesting bits of business news. The blog provides interesting bits of  inside information into the minds of business people around the world. The blog focuses on ideas, concepts and challenges in business that a master of business should have a good understanding of. Beware, do not read like a textbook.

February 12, 2007

First, I must admit that I had never heard of a “cover letter” before tonight. After reading the articles presented by Marcia I think I get the gist. The first article was hard to read and to be quite honest I skimmed right over it. The Craig’s list article, however, was very informative. From  the piece I learned that a cover letter is used to separate your resume from the stacks of others. Kind of like a shiny metal object in the sand. If you understand my comparison, then you will realize that the HR people, or hiring manager have hundreds if not thousands of resumes to go through, if you can make yours more appealing at first glance, then you WIN, and have a much better chance at getting your resume the time of day. I did however have some problems with the advice. It seemed a little informal… Not that you have to write with a stick up your ass, but you can still be some what professional. I guess it depends on the job being applied for.

BURNES: POD CAST REVIEW

February 11, 2007

Let’ s face it, most professionals spend 60-80 hours per week working on their careers; therefore we should better integrate it into our life’s is the main point of the John Burnes pod-cast. He offered advice on personal development such as coming up with a personal mission statement. He also suggested that we find a job that we would enjoy doing. Burnes seems like a “tell it like it is” fellow. He gave this pod-cast from Switzerland and councils global 1000 companies he aught to know his stuff. One very good suggestion Burnes gave was to understand that your occupation is your life. This applies to the numerous amounts of college kids who just hate school. Burnes pod-cast should help them understand that this occupation is temporary, and that they should focus and plan on the long run while taking the necessary steps to get a degree. I enjoyed Burnes pod-cast. I wish that he would have elaborated a bit more. However this was his first cast, so perhaps he was just setting up latter shows.