Archive for March, 2015

PostHeaderIcon Seeing double!

By Vernalee
Photographs: Lena Horne and Alicia Keys.
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It’s been said that everyone has a look-a- like. How many times has someone told you that you reminded them of someone else? Over twenty years ago while vacationing in Los Angeles, I was mistaken for actress Jackee Harry. I relished the notoriety of instant fame not denying that I was not she; only for a few minute though! We all have a twin in appearance somewhere out there where the resemblance is uncanny! What is funny is when you see a lookalike person in a different setting or location that you think is someone else when it is really the “real” person! What a shocker to find that your eyes were not playing tricks on you. The person that looked like the Debbi who lives in Arizona was really her! You just didn’t expect to see her in a restaurant in Florida! Omg! You were not seeing doubles; you were looking at the real McCoy! Amazing! No… You don’t have to go for a vision test. Your sight is 20 /20! Seeing is believing!
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PostHeaderIcon Milestones in a woman’s life

By Vernalee
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Women listen up!
Let me share with you some average ages that events occur in our lives:
Happiest age for a woman – 34.
First kiss – age 15.
Most stressed time – age 35.
Age to give up wearing bikinis – 48.
Interesting, the survey didn’t reveal any special treats for the 50 and over crowd! No worries! We have amazing highlights that cover the gambit! Grace, knowledge, wisdom, beauty, sophiscation, growing old gracefully, maturity, raising adorable kids and getting them out of our house, intense prayer / spirituality … are some of beauties that accompany our age group. Being overlooked is not one of them!
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PostHeaderIcon Unforgettable dates!

By Vernalee
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My Mother always advised, “If you have a house party, have enough food. Your guest may not remember what you served, but if you run out, they will never forget that there was not enough food!” The same holds true for dates. The bad ones never escape your memory. How about the guy who took my friend out last week for pizza on their first date. After the meal had been consumed, he started searching through this black portfolio before he found the half off coupon. Interesting and distasteful; right? That cheapie did not have to worry about date number two! Better yet was the guy who told his date what to order so that her tastebuds could stay within his budget! Really! Lest not forget the old insect trick to avoid paying! After these types of dates, please remember the food and not the man! He’s not in your league!
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PostHeaderIcon I smell a rat!

By Vernalee
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Follow your instincts and your nose! They usually don’t lie. When you have a feeling that something is not quite right or awry, you are probably right! Now, don’t think that rats live in the neighborhood only, there may be fat ones swarming around at your office. When rats creep up on us, they usually frighten us because they are sneaky creatures that cause havoc, destroy property / surroundings, and run away quickly making their capture difficult. They leave evidence of their existence when they invade your space. Certainly, you don’t want uninvited creatures around whose mission is to destroy. Rats usually don’t go away on their own, you have to annihilate those creatures, be they the creepy animals or more commonly, your coworkers. Put down enough traps and use plenty of rat poison. Remember, they often do not travel alone! If you don’t destroy the rat pack, they might destroy you! Those rodents may even bite before they try to get you fired!
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PostHeaderIcon Lip service

By Vernalee
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Lip service is defined as insincere support or respect expressed but not put into practice. Technically, one is serviced by words only. Words are so easy to say. They can be free flowing and come a dime a dozen. Talk is cheap. Some people like to hear themselves talk! Getting on a microphone and shouting words out only mean that you were heard. Backing up what is said is the challenge! Actions always speak louder than words. Truly, it (action) is the only thing that can be measured. A synonym for lip service is hypocrisy. So … stop talking and start doing!
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PostHeaderIcon Around the world and back!

By Vernalee
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Greetings …Do you want to take a trip around the world? Before you answer, please know that my bags are packed! I’m ready!
Taking the journey is a lifelong dream!
With your eyes closed, here we go!
This adventure will supposedly take us around the world in six drinks:
Mexico – Tequila;
France – Champagne;
America – Whiskey;
Japan – Sake;
Russia – Vodka;
Caribbean – Rum.
That’s great! If you are still sober …. there is one major drawback! I don’t drink alcoholic beverages. So, I will have to go in person! Any takers? All reasonable offers will be reviewed!
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PostHeaderIcon Another year of Life! Thank you Jesus!

By Vernalee
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It’s here! My birthday! Praise God for another year of life! Thank you Jesus!
Recently, I told a colleague that my birthday was in March. He said, “Congratulations!” Strange comment, I thought. Then, I pondered! It is a blessing to wake up each day; to have God’s covering grace of life, good health, and my needs being met! Philippians 4:19 states that, “My God will meet your every need according to the riches of his glory in Jesus Christ.” So today on my date of birth, I say, “Thank you Jesus for keeping me.!” Let me become a better Christian, Mother, Granny, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, writer, professional, person …..This Ides of March is a celebration of God’s glory and blessings in my life. Truly, living 60 plus years of life is a blessing! I am immensely grateful for God’s covering grace; continuance of life; and loving, caring, wonderful people who show me great love everyday of my life! Thank you my loved ones for being there for me and making my life and particularly my birthdays special. You know who you are as I! I have learned to take nothing for granted. So I am filled with humility, appreciation, and love today!
Happy Sunday! God Bless!
Verna

PostHeaderIcon The over- sale of selling

By Vernalee
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Can you go over board with your sale techniques? Can your aggressiveness turn a potential customer away? Sure, it can! The key to any sales or marketing presentation borders on psychology and timing as you connect to your to be client. Assessing / fulfilling a need, creating a desire (even if it’s nonexistent), influencing the customer to buy are the crucial steps. Lest not forget that the sales approach is just as important as the presentation. If none of the steps are delicately balanced, a successful close becomes a difficult task or a remote possibility at best! Staging a follow up may be better than grandstanding a customer whose mind isn’t there! Perhaps, you need to try to get into the prospective customer’s head like magician and illusionist Criss Angel! If you can’t pull a rabbit out of the hat, per se, the tricks didn’t work! Perhaps the goal should be the “second comeback” whereby you try to influence again without turning the client permanently away! It’s magic … .coupled with abilities / strategies. Though I am not a magician by any stretch of the imagination, my realistic message to yesterday’s high pressured time share sales team is that your overdrive didn’t work! Try a different persuasive technique with the dissonant folks! Your success ratio of achieving the sale may improve!
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PostHeaderIcon Fighting teenage girls … What a shame!

By Vernalee
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Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York has a rich history and a stately building as it is housed in a NY historic, landmark building. Despite its impressive Gothic architectural style, the school has come to my and the world’s attention because of an after school fight of its students. Appalling is the fight that was captured at a nearby McDonald’s. Goggle the “Fight at McDonald’s” and you will be emotionally saddened. About four girls kicked and savagely attacked another 16 year old student in an after school attack at a nearby McDonald’s. What is really sad is that the time was taken to video the fight, but no one tried to stop the fight! In fact, the crowd cheered! The victim has not filed charges, possibly because of retaliatory fears since it has been labeled as a gang attack. Forget about ordering a Happy Meal, this fight will “turn your stomach” and cause regurgitation! It is painful, disturbing, and embarrassing to watch!
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PostHeaderIcon “You’ve got mail”

By Vernalee
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Whether it is the familiar AOL voice, “You’ve got mail” or the Inbox on your computer screen, emails are the standard form of communications these days!
Last week trending on the Today Show was an episode on how many unread emails were acceptable. How many would deem ineffective communication; 1,000, 10,000, 30,000? Don’t look shocked! Some people don’t responsibly read! From an operational perspective, how can you effectively run a business when you are not responsive to email communications? How many opportunities are you potentially missing? For those who have multiple email accounts, for certain keeping up is difficult; it can be overwhelming. However, it is vitally essential to be responsive if efficiency, productivity, profitability, and professionalism are your goals. The interrelatedness of your communication responsiveness / effectiveness to successful achievement go hand in hand. Would you be disappointed if you discovered that you missed a tremendous opportunity because it was contained in a time sensitive unread email? For sure! Therefore, it is imperative that you break this cycle before it breaks you! “Reading is fundamental!”
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