Archive for May, 2009

Technology or Reality?

May 28, 2009

Way Cool Piano WomanTake a look at this picture. Would you rather be in this scenario or simply looking at it? C’mon be honest. I’m playing Billy Joel’s Piano Man and everyone is singing along and having a  grand ol’  time! (So what if no one’s singing in tune?)

If you answered ‘yes’ you’d rather be there for the fun experience then Woo Hoo!  Nothing beats a real live uplifting atmosphere to get energized and recharged. On the other hand – maybe you’re too busy to go. After all, you’ve got to get Linked Up to date, Face Booked until kingdom come and Twittered up to there. Oh, and don’t forget all those regular emails sitting in your inbox that are SO all urgent.

Yesterday I had a meeting with a client who wants me to host/facilitate webinars for companies that don’t want to send their employees to meetings and conferences for training.  As a keynote speaker passionate about her work part of me cringed inside thinking what about the contagious energy and excitement that is all part of a conference? How do you replace connecting with old friends, making new ones and all the rest of that great networking stuff that goes with the meetings territory? How can that be replaced by a computer screen?

But then I got to thinking. In this economy big companies are cutting back and small businesses are having to diversify – at least until we see an upturn. Why not bring some of  the conference  to the client?

My client is one smart cookie. She’s a wiz at recognizing trends and she’s jumping on the technology bandwagon to put the Yee Ha! into webinars for corporations. One of the squillion ideas she has is to inject some  fun into  training webinars utilizing my quirky Aussie humor and musical skills. Kinda sorta like an emcee on steroids.  Hmmmm……the mind boggles with possibilities. We could have an American Idol team building exercise using my piano keyboard and have everyone sing about challenges they’re facing at work. (Sans boss?) I could pretend to be Simon Cowell, no wait, Paula Abdul and employees would get a big boost in morale even though they suck at singing (much like me). We could make up a song about the company so they could be icons in their own eyes (lol). Solutions to specific issues could be drafted to the tune of New York New York……or Margeritaville. Whatever.

What would you do? Would you prefer to actually attend a meeting or be there virtually?

Leave me your virtual thoughts in the virtual comment space and I’ll virtually  Tweet you if I’m not too Linked In to Facebook yada yada yada….

Mind what Matters

May 12, 2009

Tony's - head shot lace blouseRecently I was in line to exit Costco. It was  Sunday so there were a squillion other Houstonians shopping and ready to get out to their cars. Behind me was a man with one item. He jumped the line and went up to the man checking everyone’s receipts at the exit door and asked if he could go out. When the employee gently explained the store’s policy about waiting in turn the man went ballistic.

For the remainder of his time in line this person mouthed off profanities at full pitch to his companion and everyone within unfortunate earshot. Nasty stuff. Nasty temper. When he reached the exit the employee started to thank him for his business however Mr. Big-Mouth-Off  shouted more parting curses and by this time his face resembled a cooked tomato.

It made me wonder. Is this the stuff domestic abuse is made of? If this man got so uncontrollably angry over having to wait three minutes how did he react to something that mattered?  What is his life like with anger like that simmering inside?

Have you ever noticed  when you knee jerk react to something or someone it ruins your whole mood and often your entire day? One simple reaction can cause you to look at everything with distorted perspectives. I’m betting Mr. Big-Mouth-Off  had one big bad day all day.  I believe attitudes have alot to do with how much stress and consequent  illness we experience and for that reason I encourage you to pick your battles. Don’t sweat the small stuff!  Save your strength for when it really counts. Watch what happens when you develop an attitude of gratitude for everything good in your life right now. Poof! It’s magic! You get more of the same.

Let me know how this works for you…blog me Baby!

Casual Fridays or Careless Attitudes?

May 6, 2009
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If you’re working in an office and reading this I’d be very interested to hear your comments…

Do you observe casual Fridays? What do you wear? If you’re a man you may wear a polo shirt and slacks. If you’re a woman you might choose a blouse and pants, right? Let me ask you some thing: What you would wear if you had a hot date? (Bear in mind Brad Pitt is taken). While we’re at it – what would you wear if you were  going out to dinner with friends or just your spouse? 

I’ve been playing the piano in restaurants around Houston for twenty something years and I am constantly appalled at how people show up for dinner at fine dining establishments. It makes me wonder about their lives…how do they dress for work? What do their homes look like? Why is it that some people think shorts are appropriate for any occasion? Do they not know any better?

It seems corporate America has loosened up to the point where every day is casual Friday. Walking into the bank last week I noticed no one in a  jacket much less a tie and while it makes sense in the hot humid heat of a Houston summer I wonder what’s happened to the professional image these days.

As a self employed speaker and musician, I’m absolutely positive I would never have been afforded so many extraordinary opportunities without creating a favorable first impression. Like it or not, what we wear says alot about we think. What do YOU think?