Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Craig Harrison says that the reason that Networking may not be working for you is because of the basic 9 mistakes that Networker’s make. I will be going through these over the next few weeks and let’s see if this is what is holding you back.
To get to know a bit more about Craig Harrison, please visit his website on www.craigspeaks.com.
The ninth and final mistake that Networker’s make, according to Craig is “Disrespect the Tao of Networking. Networker’s who are obsequious to those they believe can help them, yet rude to those they believe can’t help them, disrespect networking. I’ve had networker’s disparage the last person they met whilst in conversation with me. I was afraid to let them go for fear of what they would next say about me! That’s the antithetical to the spirit of networking. One networker took my card and in front of me, wrote the letter A on it, and boasted he was “putting me in his A list.” Let’s just say he was clearly the biggest A I met that night!”
I recently experienced someone who disrespected me and my time and quite frankly I am still peeved about the whole incident. This person, let’s call him George, was happy to set up an appointment with me and I sat with him for an hour, listening carefully to what he did and what his target market was and then put together a list of people out of my data base that I felt could help him or even, in some cases who he could pitch his product to. It took another hour to sit down and mail him with the names and contact details of all these referrals and copy them on the mail, telling them who he was and what it was that he did – so that they knew he would be contacting them. I call this a warm lead.
A few months later George and I met at another networking meeting. After the meeting he, another fellow and I sat having a drink and discussing how networking was ‘working’ for us, when George asked me if I had any additional folk that I could recommend him to. I again made a list of people and a few days later repeated the exercise of mailing him and the people that I was recommending him to.
Imagine, my disgust when several months later George and I hooked up, again at a networking event. George had had a few too many glasses of red wine and was clearly not in control of all of his faculties as he smilingly told me that he had not bothered to contact a single person that I had referred him to. I was absolutely astonished, and he ‘sort of realising’ his mistake, actually asked me to re-send all the information and contact details that I had so painstakingly already sent to him.
This for me was the highest form of disrespect to me as an individual. George had not only wasted my time, but in not contacting anyone, he had basically told me that my contacts and referrals were not worth the paper that they were written on.
You see, George had a mindset that he himself couldn’t get past. George had decided in his own mind that I was not worthy because he could not sell me anything and therefore there was no-one that I knew who could possibly be worthy of his product.
The worst of it is that George believes that he is a networker of note!
Needless to say, George will never get a name or a telephone number out of me again, let alone the time of day.
Understand that although the individual with whom you meet, may not be able or need whatever widget that you are selling or whatever service that you are selling, they have, without a shadow of a doubt, someone in their own database that will need that widget or that service.
Don’t be quick to judge someone. You have no idea who they are and more importantly, you have no idea who they know.
The author of the quote for the week is David Molapo.
"If you’re not growing – you’re dying"
Not yet, because there's homework and projects, and the taxi service to and from soccer and rugby and dancing and sleepovers and.......
Then comes highschool and boyfriends or girlfriends and ......
Now consider for a moment - what would have happened to the child if as it was born, in fell asleep and that is the way it changed. Not only would the child have probably 'died' if not physically certainly in some or other sense of the word, but for all her wanting to 'rest' the mother would have been beside herself as the child was not 'growing' in any sense of the word.
That growth should never stop - from school to University and into the big wonderful world, that abounds with opportunity. Our thirst for knowledge and experiance should never abate. If it does we will surely shrivel up and die.
Don't let anyone or anything stifle your natural curiosity - it is there for a reason. Strive to learn, to understand and then to put that skill to use as you go forward and learn some more.
Here's hoping that you have a 'curiosity' filled week!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
By an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher
I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own Second-grade classroom a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.
First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord."
She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
"Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, oh, oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. "She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh! Now the kid's doing this hysterical duck walk, holding her back and groaning. "My Dad called the
middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man."
"They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this." Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall. "And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!" This kid has her legs
spread and with her little hands are mimicking water flowing away. It was too much!
"Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push, and breathe, breathe.' "They started counting, but never even got past ten." "Then, all of sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff, they all said was from Mom's play-centre, so there must be a lot of stuff inside
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest.
Ever since then, if it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another Erica comes along.
Life is meant to be lived . . . enjoy!
Laughing helps. It's like jogging on the inside.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I wonder how much he and his team of thugs would love Mugabe if they we living under his rule. It's very easy to talk the talk, when your stomach is full and you are warm and cared for - it's quite another thing to walk that talk.
This aside, my concern is that is out of the mouth of Mbalula who is the President of the ANC Youth League - this is what we have to look forward to in the future. This is an aspiring young man, who will one day have aspirations of leading this country. God Help Us!
We love Mugabe - ANCYL
October 30 2006 at 11:11AM
By Moshoeshoe Monare
Bvukumbwe also thanked the audience for support they were giving to the people of Zimbabwe. He was one of the youth leaders from the SADC region who were hosted by the league for a political seminar at the ANC's headquarters. Bvukumbwe received tumultuous applause. Mbalula reiterated the league's support for ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma and slammed what he termed media-made leaders. "We don't want people who come to the ANC to fatten their stomachs... We don't want people who come to the ANC to nurture their careers. "We must ensure that we are not an organisation of people and leaders who are elected by newspapers," Mbalula said. He dismissed cynics who said Zuma was on a campaign trail ahead of the ANC's congress next year, saying that was a "figment of their hallucination".
Friday, July 27, 2007
Much like rape victims feel like they are being 'raped' as second time in court - victims of sexual harrassment go through the same kind of trauma all over again.
The point of this post however is the statement that was made of "How can you say no to your chief whip as if I am an ordinary man?" What is it with men who think that because they are in a position of power, that that gives them the God given right to do as they please? And I am not just talking about Sexual Harrassment here either. Look at Zuma who was up on rape charges, who also seemed to think that he can take what he wants, without any thought of the consequences, and in his case there weren't any - he got off and the South African taxpayer paid the bill for that one too. Or how about Robert McBride, who is up on drunken driving and defeating the ends of justice?
Perhaps I should state very clearly what I am trying to say. Despite the fact that you are in positions of power, or high up the corporate/government ladder - you are still AN ORDINARY MAN.
Goniwe facing sexual harassment claims
November 12 2006 at 09:10AM
Chairman of the parliamentary caucus Vytjie Mentor confirmed that Goniwe had been accused of sexual harassment and that the woman had also reported the incident to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete.According to the Sunday Times, the party's secretary general Kgalema Motlanthe is expected on Monday to raise the issue to ANC leaders for their "urgent consideration." - Sapa
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Women must keep the peace - Machel
February 08 2007 at 07:14AM
'South Africa is the largest contributor of female troops to UN peacekeeping operations'
South Africa is the largest contributor of female troops to UN peacekeeping operations. As of December 31, it was also one of the top 20 troop contributors to UN peacekeeping missions, with a total of 1090 military personnel deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea and Ethiopia and Sudan. - Sholain Govender
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Ok, so perhaps I have lost the plot - but isn't a school about giving an education to children? How does this now become "the end results are absolutely nothing"? If the school is not performing, perhaps they should be looking at the principal and/or the staff. Children need to be excited about learning, motivated to do well and assisted, if conditions at the home front are not as they perhaps should be. Close them down indeed - what will happen to those children. Oh never mind, they will just take to the streets, where they will learn 'how to' increase crime and perhaps even become another statistic!
Gauteng facing school closure shock
January 07 2007 at 04:03PM
Lesufi also said the department could not justify the amount of money invested in those schools. "If we compare the output that we receive, we believe we have no choice but to close down the schools." - Sapa
What a statement to make when there is such internal politics and power struggles going on with the ANC itself.
My take on this is that the very thing that put them together in the first place, being the fact that they united, despite all the different tribes, kings and the rest - to take on the evil that was apartheid, is now no longer there, and this will be the undoing of the them.
Mbeki: ANC must remain true to its roots
Cape Town, South Africa
22 June 2007 02:23
The African National Congress's (ANC) national policy conference in Gauteng next week should remain loyal to principle and continuity, but also respond to changing circumstances, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. The four-day conference, which starts on Wednesday, will assess the party's major policy positions and make recommendations to be finalised at the party's national conference in December."Itself a gathering made up of delegates from all our branches and other organs of our movement, the policy conference provides the democratic space for our membership as a whole to help determine the vision and tasks of our movement," Mbeki said in his weekly online newsletter."It therefore helps to reaffirm and entrench the democratic nature of the ANC, which ... contributes to the deepening of the critically important culture of democracy in our country," he said.
'Fight moral decay to save SA from HIV'
June 29 2000 at 09:07PM
By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi
Aids posed a serious threat to the country as more and more young people died of the disease."If South Africa was in a war where we would lose 20 percent of our young people, would we not do something?" Marcus asked. And she warned educational programmes on HIV/Aids were not working "because people don't alter their behaviour".
Oh man, I played the game once and 'political incorrectness' aside, chuckled as I punched every taxi driver available. And guess what, it did make me feel a whole lot better. Having said that however - it was just once and I quite frankly don't have the time and/or the inclination to play again.
I understand from subsequent articles in various newspapers, that the game caused quite a stir on many different levels - pity it doesn't improve the driving ability of our very notorious 'taxi drivers' though.
As far as humour is concerned, I think everyone should actually just get over themselves, surely it is better to play the game and get over the frustration caused by the constant traffic jams and bad drivers, than getting out of your car and actually becoming a 'road rage statistic'!
It's better to laugh at ourselves than to hurt each other!
How to take on a taxi driver...
Sheena Adams April 23 2007 at 07:13AM
iLogic has created an online computer game called taxi wars, which allows you to select various instruments of abuse with which to terrorise a stationary taxi driver. Click on the red vuvuzela tool and you can shock the rather sedate-looking taxi driver until his hair stands to attention like an afro. Choose a big white fist and, after three solid left hooks, your abused taxi driver has a blue eye. Three more punches and he can be knocked out. A screwdriver allows you to slash his tyres and a golf club let's you smash his windows. There is also a can of spray-paint on hand with which you can decorate the pristine taxi with whatever squiggles you choose.
Whilst I absolutely agree that, once identified, the hot spots should have more of a police presence - I also agree with the police that motorists make it easier for would be criminals to do the smash and grab thing by leaving valuables on the seats in full view of any one who cares to look into the car.
Come on people, it's a no brainer! Don't leave stuff on the seats - put it under the seats or into the boots.
Drivers on edge as smash-and-grabs increase
November 20 2006 at 04:57AM
'Every day is a driving hell'
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Wow, what a powerful and piece and one that has made me think . . hard! So why are all of these speeches done in English? What motivated a Xhosa speaking man, to deliver his speech in English? Was it for the benefit of the people? If this article is to be taken at face value, then I guess the answer would be a resounding NO. We have 11 official languages for goodness sake and the English and Afrikaan speaking people of this country are very clearly in the minority - so why are the speaches that are so important for the average Joe (I beg your pardon, perhaps that should be Shipo) be in a language that he does not understand? Could it perhaps be, because the minority (being the English and Afrikaans) in this country are the ones that have the where-with-all to turn this incredible country from one that was bound by the ropes of apartheid to the democracy that we all enjoy now? Could it be that the people from abroad who are expected (with bated breath) to invest their hard earned moola in our new democracy? Or perhaps, is it because we want he rest of the world (most of whom can understand at least a smattering of English) to know where we have come from and in which direction it is that we would like to go?
Oh hell! I don't know - what are the views on this out there?
Lost in translation
18 April 2007 10:59
"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” so said Martin Luther King in his famous “I have a Dream Speech”. As Freedom Day approaches, we may also be moved to repeat Martin Luther’s words. For indeed we are free at last: apartheid is dead and buried. We are all protected by a model Constitution and a Bill of Rights. We have a litany of commissions and boards to safeguard our freedoms and rights encompassing gender, the youth, languages, human rights, et cetera. What more could we ask for?
Monday, July 23, 2007
My, my, my - I can't say that I am surprised! Having watched "derailed" on TV last night and seeing how this poor man was roped and scammed into paying out money that was supposed to be for his daughter - I was amazed at how easily people get into impossible situations and then how easily they dig themselves further and further into the mess! What a mess.
The first time they ask for money is when the light bulb should go on, and when the coffee should start perculating furiously. This is the time to make public whatever it is that you are hiding and come clean - the mess is a lot easier to clean up at this stage and will also leave you without the guilt and bankrupt!
Corruption trial rocks Mpumalanga
April 29 2007 at 11:27AM
By Walter Ka Nkosi and Justin Arenstein
Mona was a secret shareholder in Rainbow Kwanda and had allegedly used his extensive political contacts while still editor to help the start-up company secure a lucrative R30 million Mpumalanga government public relations contract. Soko and Ernest Khosa, the Mpumalanga Economic Empowerment Corporation (Meec) chief executive, then promptly arranged for the government to pay Mashamaite R3,6-million before he had done any work. "The very next day they started making their demands [for bribes]," Mashamaite testified. "It started with Soko saying he had a problem and that he needed R12 000. I [reluctantly] paid in cash, but then he said he still had problems and needed R25 000." Eventually, Mona summoned me to a meeting at Khosa's house, where Khosa and Soko each demanded a R1 million bribe for having approved the tender? I was shocked, because, if I paid the money, I would not have enough left to do the job. "When Mashamaite insisted that he did not have the cash flow to make such large payments, Soko allegedly demanded R100 000 per month." I did not have this kind of money, so had to raise as much as I could elsewhere. When I went to pay, my jacket pockets were so heavy with the cash that I myself felt heavy," said Mashamaite.
I am not so sure about if they earn more they would be more pleasant! I don't think so. My take on this, is that they don't give a shit in the first place. It means more work and they would rather do as little as possible for as long as possible. Helping someone in need has nothing to do with whether you get paid at all. This is, unfortunately what has happened with people who have very little common sense being put into a position of power - no pen but no forms, no water, no bed!
My night of hell at Jo’burg Gen
30 May 2007 11:59
My best friend is sick. Well, he was, but he is recovering. When he was really down he called me and said he was tired, could hardly walk, was throwing up and thirsty as hell. After a week of battling the odds, he did a superhuman thing: got out of bed and walked from his room in Joubert Park to the Park Station Medical and Dental Centre in Braamfontein. There, for a couple of hundred rand he was diagnosed with diabetes and placed on a drip. He lay there for a day. Once he felt strong enough to walk a few feet, he called me. I dashed over and was party to a pep talk he was given by a doctor who told him that, since he is now diabetic, he should chill for a couple of days and not go to work before returning to the station for further treatment. He was given some pills. As for his dietary requirements, he was told he should keep away from sugar and bread. When we left the Park Station clinic he could hardly walk. I took him home to my quiet apartment in Houghton so he could rest away from the inner-city hustle and bustle. By 9.30pm that night, a Thursday, my friend was vomiting uncontrollably, was falling in and out of consciousness, and was delirious. My friend does not have medical aid so I drove him -- shivering and barely conscious -- in the dead of night, to Johannesburg General Hospital. I swung into the parking lot outside the emergency ward where a dishevelled hospital porter and I dumped him into a wheelchair. I was sent to park my car on the top of Hospital Hill while my friend was pushed inside. When I arrived in the emergency ward lobby my friend was barely conscious, slumped in his wheelchair. I was handed a form and told that, once completed, he could proceed to treatment. It was after 10pm. He needed a doctor and I needed a pen. I walked from official to official, from nurse to nurse, and nobody would loan me a pen. I begged, pleaded -- it seemed that everyone had a pen yet no one was writing. I headed back to my semi-conscious friend. At his side was a nurse. I told her my predicament, begged for a doctor. “No,” she replied, “no completed form, no treatment.” My friend murmured, he was begging for water. I asked the nurse. She pointed to an empty cooler -- no water, no form, no doctor.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Well, well, well - this remains to be seen. A woman in the White House! Well why the hell not? She can't be as bad as some of the men that have been there!
Billie Jean King to support Clinton campaign
March 29 2007 at 03:10AM
By Beth Fouhy
King's support will be part of the campaign's "Women for Hillary" effort aimed at attracting female voters. The King endorsement came amid several high-profile events to show women's support for Clinton, who is hoping to make history as the first female US president. NOW, the National Organisation for Women, also was announcing its endorsement of Clinton. Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 was the first female vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, sent an email to help raise money on Clinton's behalf. "It's been 23 years since I was the first woman on a major party presidential slate, and I remember what it was like breaking that barrier - including the barrage of attacks at the hands of the Republicans," Ferraro wrote. "Now Hillary is poised to break the biggest glass ceiling of them all. This time, when we elect the best, most qualified candidate for president, for the first time we'll be putting a woman in the White House." - Sapa-AP
...Beginning today...I will no longer worry about yesterday. It is in the past and the past will never change. Only I can change by choosing to do so.
...Beginning today...I will no longer worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will always be there, Waiting for me to make the most of it. But I cannot make the most of tomorrow Without first making the most of today.
...Beginning today...I will look in the mirror and I will see A person worthy of my respect and care. This capable person looking back at me Is someone I enjoy spending time with And someone I would like to get to know better.
...Beginning today...I will cherish each moment of my life. I value this gift bestowed upon me, this life that I only have one chance to live, And I will unselfishly share this gift freely. I will use this gift to enhance the lives of others.
...Beginning today...I will take a moment to step off the beaten path And to revel in the mysteries I encounter. I will face challenges place before me With courage and determination. I will overcome the obstacles that may hinder My quest for growth and self-improvement.
...Beginning today...I will take life one day at a time, One step at a time. Discouragement will not be allowed to taint My positive self-image, my desire to succeed Or my capacity to love.
...Beginning today...I walk with renewed faith in human kindness. Regardless of what has gone before. I believe there is hope For a brighter and better future.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Oh man I can just see it! A condom with our 'Rainbow Nation' flag on it - will give new meaning to the phrase "I did it for my country"!
Designer condoms come in all shapes and sizes
November 08 2006 at 02:34AM
Sad as this may be, the fact of the matter is that it is very difficult to see people from other countries get jobs, when you can't get one because of issues like Affirmative Action and the like. We are importing skills from all over the world, while a huge, skilled chunk of our pale males battle to find work.
Something is clearly not right with this picture!
Rise in xenophobia tarnishes SA's image
Abhik Kumar Chanda Johannesburg, South Africa
28 January 2007 10:27
Xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa where foreigners are increasingly being blamed for spiralling crime and growing unemployment, thereby damaging the country's credentials overseas. Africa's largest economy started welcoming foreigners of all hues after the demise of apartheid in 1994 but the public mood is turning hostile. There has even been a shift in the attitude of the government of Africa's youngest democracy, which is tightening immigration laws, the head of the South African Human Rights Commission said. "Xenophobia is definitely increasing," Jody Kollapen told Agence France-Presse. "In the post 1994-era there was a massive inflow from all parts of Africa. Xenophobia started manifesting itself but excluded those who came from Europe due to the classic apartheid stereotyping, which saw whites as people who bring in skills, money and investment and the others as threats.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
This is the post that should have been done on 13 th July 2007
Whilst the tragedy of the situation is plainly apparent and I really feel for the parents, the reality of the situation is as follows:
If there is water around - children can drown! End of story!
If there is no pool fence or if the pool fence is in a state of 'disrepair' - children will get in and they will drown.
It's a no brainer people and when will you learn the consequences!
Baby drowns in townhouse pool
March 31 2007 at 09:04AM
A three-year-old girl drowned in a townhouse complex pool in western Johannesburg on Friday afternoon, Netcare 911 paramedics said. She was found floating in the pool around 3pm at the Shingwedzi Lodge townhouse complex in Theunis street, Weltevreden Park, said spokesperson Nick Dollman on Saturday.
"As with all drownings it is unclear how the tragedy occurred, but it is alleged that the child may have been missing for 10 to 20 minutes before being found. "She was pulled from the water and help was summoned. Firefighters and paramedics tried for 40 minutes to resuscitate her, but to no avail. Although there was a fence around the pool, Dollman said it was in bad repair. There was also no net covering the pool.
The child's mother was attended to by a Netcare 911 trauma councillor on the scene. - Sapa
Wow, talk about impacting on the skills shortage that we are already experiencing at them moment - how bad is it going to be in the future.
Seventy thousand pupils unaccounted for
Johannesburg, South Africa
06 January 2007 06:00
Large numbers of children are disappearing from the school system before they have a chance to write matric -- and the government still has little idea of why this is happening. Last year, 528 525 pupils wrote matric -- the largest number in five years. But tracking this cohort back to its grade-nine class in 2003 tells a troubling story. In that year, 880 631 grade-nine pupils enrolled in public schools, but 350 000 of them did not go on to write matric last year. Of those 350 000, about 280 000 remained in the education system, says Firoz Patel, Deputy Director General of Education. Some will have failed a year before reaching matric; others moved from public schools to private institutions; and yet more entered further education and training (FET) colleges at some point after grade nine.
Now back to the business at hand. Whilst I understand the need to feel that something must be done about the amount of alcohol abuse that goes on here, isn't this also just one more way for the selected few to 'control' the masses.
In a country where poverty is the norm for most of it's inhabitants, one of the ways in which people deal with the harsh reality of what their situation is, is to drink. Righly or wrong - that's the reality of the situation - take away the one pleasure that they have in life and you will problably be sitting with millions of people needing to be hospitalized for insanity or worse.
And then of course it's the question of - ok so now they control the amount of alchol that I consume, what's next - the amount of food that I eat, or the amount of sex that I engage in and where to from there!
I'm not too sure that I think that this is such a good idea! Do you?
From bottle to bottle and dust to dust
02 April 2007 11:59
Alcohol abuse costs South Africa in the region of R10-billion a year, or 1% of GDP, but the excise tax on alcohol collects only about R7-billion. This leaves the country with a shortfall of about R4,5-billion in costs to health services, the criminal justice system, and, of course, human lives.
Discourage free or heavily discounted drinks.
Restrictions on alcohol in certain public places, such as a Western Cape ban on beach drinking.
Restrictions on advertising and product placement.
Warning labels for products.
Restrictions on size of beer, wine and spirits containers, with banning of papsakke (five-litre plastic containers of cheap wine) and sachets containing spirits. Only 340ml containers of beer, representing one standard drink, could be permitted. This could help drinkers keep track of their consumption and could help people drink less. Many consumers drink beer in a quart or 750ml bottles and think of the 750ml size as being one standard drink, when it in fact comprises 2,2 standard drinks.Restrictions could be placed on the alcohol content of beer products, with a limit of 5,5% absolute alcohol.
Inclusion of the number of standard drinks on the label.
Using safer materials, including alternatives to glass bottles for beer. This could reduce incidents of injury by beer bottles. Licensed premises with a high risk for violence could dispense alcohol in plastic glasses and bottles only.
Prohibition or restriction of products with clear appeal to youth.
Random breath-testing of drivers to be increased.
Novice drivers could be restricted from having any alcohol for three years after receiving a licence.
Mandatory treatment for repeat drunk driving offenders.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Craig Harrison says that the reason that Networking may not be working for you is because of the basic 9 mistakes that Networker’s make. I will be going through these over the next few weeks and let’s see if this is what is holding you back.
To get to know a bit more about Craig Harrison, please visit his website on www.craigspeaks.com.
The eighth mistake, Craig says is “Slinging slang. Many networker’s profess to have excellent communication skills yet use slang or mispronounce big words when little words would have been better. Beware the use of contractions, excessive acronyms and name-dropping too. Don’t tell us what you’re gonna do! I would like to hear what you are going to do instead.”
This is also one of my favourites and I must say I am often hugely amused when people used words that they don’t know how to pronounce and then given time once I have worked out what they were trying to say, I have lost most of what they did say.
The one that springs to mind right now is the chap that said ‘a certain’ instead of ascertain! Obviously the mean of ‘a certain’ is completely different to ascertain and the result of that was that what he was saying made no sense at all. By the time I had figured out that he had meant to say ‘ascertain’, I had lost the rest of his speech, what he was trying to say and what he did. Make no mistake, I had also lost the will to try and do any kind of networking or business with him as well.
I know that we live in the ‘new’ South Africa and that there are 11 official languages out there – 10 of whom I have no idea how to communicate in, and yes I am often amazed that the fact that many people here can speak four or five of those languages, clearly I am not one of them. The bottom line is that most business is conducted in English and if you cannot speak English so that it can be understood, by the people who do speak, you will have a very difficult time and you will miss out on opportunities that will be snapped up by others.
Make sure that the words that you do want to use, are pronounced clearly and in the manner in which they are supposed to be pronounced. Practice what you want to say in your delivery speech and if need be get someone who is fluent in English, to listen to your delivery and make corrections where needed.
Most of all, have fun! Having your own business should not be all stress and serious. Remember why you went into business for yourself in the first place. It’s an intergral part of your life and you should be enjoying it to the hilt.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Most businesses don't sell for anything close to the value they should, and frankly...
THAT'S JUST WRONG.
If you were to sell your business today, would you get true value for it? And if you were not around, would your loved ones be able to sell it for what it's worth? Do you really think they could? Do you even know what the real value of your business is? The simple truth is that businesses are often sold unprepared under unforeseen circumstances.
The unfortunate answers to these questions lie in the fact that most business owners never consider preparing their businesses for sale before a purchaser asks them to supply the financial statements, management accounts and VAT returns. No sooner are these supplied, than the prospective purchaser asks about the customer mix and debtor analysis. Another challenge all together…
Prepare your business for sale!
You can learn to prepare your business for sale so that at the drop of a hat you are ready to sell for 209% more than you believe it is worth today. An impossibly silly claim? Not at all!
Businesses that are properly prepared for sale, well in advance of the event, and then kept prepared through a simple maintenance program, always sell for higher values, in quicker, cleaner deals, than if the business had not been prepared properly, or at all.
So why don't we prepare our businesses for sale?
Most sellers simply don't know where to begin. They know they need to present a profit figure, and they know that VAT returns will be used to prove the turnover. They hastily sketch out some cash flow forecasts based on improving “this” and implementing “that”. They are scared that their staff will up and go if they discover the business is for sale. They don't want their suppliers and customers to find out.
Any of this sound familiar to you? Do you fit the bill?
And so you do nothing until the buyer is sitting in the office asking awkward questions. At that point, of course, it becomes a bit of a mess, as the bookkeeper is called in, sworn to secrecy, and has all the pressure transferred to his shoulders. By the next morning even the cleaners and drivers know there is something afoot.
If I can show you how to pre-empt this entire debacle, and add value to your business, would you be interested in “Preparing your business for sale”? Well, of course you would.
You will be empowered to prepare a complete prospectus on your business, to be easily updated every month in less than an hour.
You will learn exactly how to add value to your business so that both you and your buyer benfit from the improvements.
You will be able to identify the elements in your business that savvy buyers are after, and show those elements to your best advantage.
You will gain....
oh never mind; I promise you that you will get so much value that you won't ever want to take me up on my money back guarantee... but I'll offer it anyway (It's all in my full offer on my website).
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked to sell a business in a hurry.
“I will take any reasonable offer.”
“I don't know how to run my wife's business, and I don't have the time.”
“I'm getting divorced, and my wife wants the business.”
“We've had enough, and we're going to emigrate. I need my money by December.”
"My husband has had an accident. He says I must sell his business because it is going out of business. "
Why condemn yourself to this unhappiness?
There is an easy solution, you know. What's more, it is so easy if you are already running your business in a slightly better than basic fashion. By following our techniques, nobody need ever know that your business is being sold, or in fact that you have prepared your business for sale, if this is an issue for you.
Great news for business owners who think their businesses will never be sold:
Join me for a few hours of good advice and solid pointers as to how you will create a life raft of opportunity in your business, ready to be launched at short notice.
All businesses should be in a constant state of readiness for sale. We live and work in an uncertain environment with new challenges being thrown our way constantly.
Do not be caught unaware.
Do not be caught investing most of your life’s time in a business to keep the wolves from the door today, and to provide for your future tomorrow, when you have no idea of what a buyer would be looking for in a business today.
Do not be caught flat footed when circumstances such as illness or death dictate that you have to sell at short notice.
Wouldn’t that be sad?
So to take the first step towards preparing your business for sale, go here.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
How many times do we feel so intimidated, by whatever - that we don't even get to ask the question? The problem with is that usually, someone has asked "Are there any questions?" and having asked the question and not received any replies - it is assumed that everyone is now happy and not confused! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! All that that means is that someone was too scared, nervous, embarrassed etc to ask the question.
So then it come to the performing of the task and very few get it right, because no-one asked the question and now they really do look like twits!
The moral of the story is quite clear - there is only one stupid question. . . . and that is the one that you DO NOT ASK!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Romantic Aussie love poem
Of course I love ya darling
You're a bloody top notch bird
And when I say you're gorgeous
I mean every single word
So ya bum is on the big side
I don't mind a bit of flab
It means that when I'm ready
There's somethin there to grab
So your belly isn't flat no more
I tell ya, I don't care
So long as when I cuddle ya
I can get my arms round there
No sheila who is your age
Has nice round perky breasts
They just gave in to gravity
But I know ya did ya best
I'm tellin ya the truth now
I never tell ya lies
I think its very sexy
That you've got dimples on ya thighs
I swear on me nanna's grave now
The moment that we met
I thought u was as good as
I was ever gonna get
No matter wot u look like
I'll always love ya dear
Now shut up while the footy's on
And fetch another beer.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
A further R5.3 billion will go on more pay for health workers, and an increase in the numbers of staff. "We are budgeting to increase the number of health workers by about 30 000 over the next five years," Manuel explained. He also told the national assembly that the previous budget framework made provision for the treatment and care of about quarter of a million people who were ill with HIV/Aids."We are likely to reach that figure in the next few months," he said. "Health receives a further R12.7 billion for this programme, currently being delivered through 272 sites, allowing for a doubling of the uptake over three years." The hospital revitalisation programme receives another R1 billion, taking the total spend on that programme to R6.8 billion over the next three years. In addition, another R1 billion will be spent to upgrade tertiary services, in particular diagnostic equipment.