Archive for July, 2008

don’t tell – australian street fashion & outfits

We’ve just launched the new and improved version of Don’t Tell (www.donttell.com.au), the first portal dedicated to Australian street fashion and outfits.

Here is a little snippet from an article describing the site:

Don’t Tell is your portal into Australian street fashion. It’s for what you wear when you’re out partying, grabbing a coffee, having dinner with friends or even walking the dog. It’s all about funky looks, fresh faces and having fun.

As well as creating our own content, we’re linking to other aussie fashion bloggers and sites so that there is more exciting stuff to read.

If you or someone you know would like to be linked to please let me know.

In the meantime go and checkout some of the outfits and articles: www.donttell.com.au. If you get excited, put a photo of some of your outfits up!

Quote from Theodore Roosevelt

From Theodore Roosevelt:

Far better it is to dare to do mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever

Lance Armstrong quote: “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”

Can you be too enthusiastic?

I’m easily excitable and so I get very enthusiastic very easily.

When it comes to new ideas, a new sport, a new type of food, a new concept or even just a new way of eating tuna I get excited. As long as it’s new I’m excited and enthusiastic.

I’m beginning to think that this may be a problem sometimes, especially in sales situations.

Being to “let’s get in there and get it all done tomorrow” just because that’s the way I am may come across to potential customers as needing their business or help. I have recently found that this can be countered if you pepper the enthusiasm with a statement making it clear that you’re happy to take it or leave it, the games changes and it changes almost immediately.

I’ve even had an experienced salesman say to me, “Scott, just be more patient.”

So I’ve got two questions at the moment

  1. Should I tempter my enthusiasm more when many people say it is a great quality?
  2. How do you make it clear to a customer/employee/partner that you can take it or leave it? I ask this because once they see this they tend to be more interested and willing to get involved.

Failed Startup Post-mortem: Monitor110

I very interesting article that reflects on the ‘failure’ of a startup has been written up: http://www.informationarbitrage.com/2008/07/monitor110-a-po.html. It’s a great read.

It also makes me wonder, maybe I should try harder to make things “fail” quickly rather than trying to make them succeed?

E.g. What can I do today to see if this idea/concept/product/service doesn’t work in the market?

Improving Your Voice for Effective Communication

I just finished a chapter around the quality and style of your voice from 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators. At the end of the chapter Carmine Gallo gives some toung twisters for you to say out loud to help you improve your pronounciation.

Doing the exercise just once without recording myself proved to be helpful.

Here are two of the tounge twisters from the book:

A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood. A big black bug bit a big black bear. Where’s the big black bear the big black bug bit?

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper; A peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper, Where’s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?

You can find some more over at SPEAK EASY: Master these tounge twisters.

Back online

I’ve been offline at home for sometime due to moving house. This has led to an extreme lack of posts.

Anyway… “I’m back!!!!”


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