Monthly Archives: September 2012

Used Car Sales[people]

Please, pretty please, stop selling to me like it’s 1988. Don’t grease your hair back, don’t be slick, don’t be quick, and don’t lead with a deal. Above all else, please don’t lead with a deal. Because if you lead with a deal, is it really a deal?

There are plenty of experts already leading conversations on this subject and I don’t have anything original to add. Except this plea. Even if your salesperson is a commercial or a Facebook post, if they are anything but sincere or honest we’ll see right through it. Some people might buy your product or service, but not as many if you had just been real.

To paraphrase Gitomer, I don’t want to be sold, but I certainly want to buy. All you have to do is figure out why I want to buy.

They Are Still Proud

Some friends of mine are married Penn State alumni. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year you’ve heard about the Penn State scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach under the late Joe Paterno.

My friends were grieved and outraged over this situation, but never lost pride for their alma mater. They found it hard to wear Penn State gear outside the home for fear they would be perceived as heartless or indifferent to the abuses. So, they decided to respond.

This video and their apparel line (which includes donations to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the For the Future Campaign for Penn State Students) are their way of responding to this horrible scandal. Check it out!

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Politics and Religion

Yes, I’m going there. But only for a moment.

You should vote. It’s important. Voting has become something we take for granted. Many just tune out in election years. But your decisions at the polls affect your life. 

You should also go to church. I’m not gonna preach or say you’re going to hell if you don’t. But there’s nothing in the bible that’s going to make your life any worse. Plus, you just might enjoy the experience if you find the right church.

It’s My Birthday!

I’m now “in my thirties,” which is just fine with me. I wrote a blog about maturity and that I believe maturity is just making decisions slower as you get older.

Anyway, getting older doesn’t bother me. But staying stagnant does. So, here’s a virtual toast to making a commitment to grow, learn, adapt, love and give for another 30+ years!

Weekend Warriors


I don’t tweet and I rarely Facebook over the weekend. That’s because I’m too busy doing life to share it. I’m not being an elitist or anything. It’s just a fact. Like plenty of other people, I save my social media interaction for when I’m at work. The difference is, I get paid to be online and monitoring social sites. Most other people don’t.

The point is, and I’m just throwing this out there, a lot of people aren’t online over the weekend. Those who are may have more time to comment or like or whatever, but that doesn’t mean more people are online. Research seems to prove that engagement is higher over the weekend. But as I write this, at 10am on a Monday, over 30 people are logged into Facebook chat, and the people I’m following on twitter have tweeted over a dozen times in less than 5 minutes.

If I were you, I’d save my meaningful, relavent, transparent, engaging (or whatever buzz word you’re using) content for the work week.

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Thoughts on Maturity

Maturity is really just learning to make decisions more slowly. I’m about to turn 31 and honestly, other than the simple fact I have more knowledge, I really don’t feel any different than I did 10 years ago. I just take longer to calculate a decision or formulate a reaction.

Ask a 50 year old if they feel 50? Maybe their body feels old, but their mind probably doesn’t.

Knowledge might be the key here considering I know more know then I did 10 years ago. But I can’t say that I have better ideas now as opposed to back then. It’s just that I take longer to form the idea.

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