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Who’s in Control – You or Your Blackberry?

Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person never stopped looking at their Blackberry … or iPhone … or some other mobile device?

Maybe that person was you!

Today we’ll discuss the impression this leaves and how it affects you if you’re an offender.

Age matters
You should consider the age of the person with whom you’re meeting. When twenty somethings meet, there’s a good chance they’ll both be offenders, which means neither one will be offended! They don’t think anything of it.

A forty something might have a problem with it; a sixty something almost definitely would. But no matter what age the person is, if they don’t have their device in hand, you shouldn’t either!

The inbox on your desk
Let’s go back a generation or so. What would be the equivalent to meeting with device in hand?

Picture someone sitting in a meeting with you sorting through the Inbox from their desk while trying to conduct business or build a relationship.

How productive would that have been?

Why is it necessary?
You may think that, back then, there wasn’t the demand for immediate response like there is today. But customers have always been demanding.

We used to think that emergency meant “life-threatening”. Why do so many of us today have this compelling need to treat everything as if it’s an emergency?

You may say that you have to keep in touch constantly. You’re in a competitive business and you’ll lose customers if you don’t.

Let’s go back in time again. Back to the day when the primary means to communicate instantly was by landline telephone. If people then had the same attitude, they would have never left their offices because the phone might ring!

So people took turns answering the phone. Could something similar be done today?

What really important people think
There’s an old story about Richard Simon, of the famous publishing house Simon & Schuster. With his work done for the day, he shut off the lights in his office, grabbed his hat (hats were fashionable at that time), and headed for the elevator.

He was joined on the elevator by a young editor. The editor had a brief case in each hand and another pair pinned under his arms. Mr. Simon looked at him and in Tarzan-speak said, “Me publisher, you editor!”

We think that looking really busy gives off an impression that we’re really important. But as this story illustrates, really important people may think just the opposite!

These devices are useful tools. However, when anything gets in the way of giving people our full attention when we get the opportunity, we’ve missed the whole point.

These devises should help us keep in touch with people, not get in the way of connecting with them when we have the chance!

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Our bigg quote today is by Richard Moss, who said,

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.”

Will you give that gift to the person you’re meeting with or to your Blackberry?

Next time, we ask, “Is your mind like a skipping CD?” Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Who's in Control – You or Your Blackberry?

Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person never stopped looking at their Blackberry … or iPhone … or some other mobile device?

Maybe that person was you!

Today we’ll discuss the impression this leaves and how it affects you if you’re an offender.

Age matters
You should consider the age of the person with whom you’re meeting. When twenty somethings meet, there’s a good chance they’ll both be offenders, which means neither one will be offended! They don’t think anything of it.

A forty something might have a problem with it; a sixty something almost definitely would. But no matter what age the person is, if they don’t have their device in hand, you shouldn’t either!

The inbox on your desk
Let’s go back a generation or so. What would be the equivalent to meeting with device in hand?

Picture someone sitting in a meeting with you sorting through the Inbox from their desk while trying to conduct business or build a relationship.

How productive would that have been?

Why is it necessary?
You may think that, back then, there wasn’t the demand for immediate response like there is today. But customers have always been demanding.

We used to think that emergency meant “life-threatening”. Why do so many of us today have this compelling need to treat everything as if it’s an emergency?

You may say that you have to keep in touch constantly. You’re in a competitive business and you’ll lose customers if you don’t.

Let’s go back in time again. Back to the day when the primary means to communicate instantly was by landline telephone. If people then had the same attitude, they would have never left their offices because the phone might ring!

So people took turns answering the phone. Could something similar be done today?

What really important people think
There’s an old story about Richard Simon, of the famous publishing house Simon & Schuster. With his work done for the day, he shut off the lights in his office, grabbed his hat (hats were fashionable at that time), and headed for the elevator.

He was joined on the elevator by a young editor. The editor had a brief case in each hand and another pair pinned under his arms. Mr. Simon looked at him and in Tarzan-speak said, “Me publisher, you editor!”

We think that looking really busy gives off an impression that we’re really important. But as this story illustrates, really important people may think just the opposite!

These devices are useful tools. However, when anything gets in the way of giving people our full attention when we get the opportunity, we’ve missed the whole point.

These devises should help us keep in touch with people, not get in the way of connecting with them when we have the chance!

Get out your mobile device and connect with us!
Click on our Comment link below to share your thoughts 
Click on the Share This button below to Digg, Stumble, Mixx, etc.

Our bigg quote today is by Richard Moss, who said,

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.”

Will you give that gift to the person you’re meeting with or to your Blackberry?

Next time, we ask, “Is your mind like a skipping CD?” Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

Subscribe to the Bigg Success feed.

Subscribe to The Bigg Success Show in iTunes. 

Related posts

Relationship Building Blocks

Lessons about Friendship from Man’s Best Friend

Can You Walk And Chew Gum At The Same Time?

TMI Is Not So Gr8 

(Image by Iafrate)

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Hot Businesses For 2008

By Bigg Success Staff
12-28-07

Home Office

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Some overriding trends still drive the list of hot businesses for the coming year. There’s an excellent article from Entrepreneur entitled 2008 Hot List. If you’re looking for a business, you’ll find this article helpful.

The article, written by Lindsay Holloway, Amanda C. Kooser, James Park, Laura Tiffany, Nichole L. Torres and Sara Wilson, provides insight into a number of industries that are ripe for aspiring entrepreneurs.

We’ll provide our own summary here, but you owe it to yourself to check out the full article.

Upscale food and drink
If food or drink is your forte, there’s plenty of opportunity if you can find a micro-niche. With alcoholic beverages, the bottom line is premium is hot. People are drinking less, in general, but when they do, they’re choosing higher quality pours.

There’s also increasing opportunities in enhanced beverages, as the twenty somethings look to liquid refreshments as a near cure-all. Look to Asia for the latest taste trends

As consumers get more and more selective in their food, micro-niches are expected to grow. Organic foods are hot. Now people are looking for even more specialization such as allergen-free, gluten-free, and low glycemic foods. While you’re pondering the possibilities, don’t forget about dessert – consumers with special needs still have a sweet tooth.

In the food service arena, there’s plenty of opportunity as well. English pubs that serve high-quality food, known as gastropubs, are showing great promise.

Upscale dessert shops also hold promise. Whether it is cupcakes or frozen desserts, there’s plenty of opportunity for a sweet business.

Baby boom
The baby boom is nearing retirement age. With that come incredible opportunities to serve them.

As the boomers exit the job market, they’re also creating demand for staffing services that can fill their jobs from the shrinking pool of qualified candidates. On a related note, medical staffing firms are expected to thrive given the growing shortage of medical professionals combined with the aging population.

Seniors want to remain in their homes as long as they possibly can. This is creating huge demand for concierge services that coordinate home health care, financial planning services, non-medical care, and more.

Tweens and teens and twenty somethings
They have more money to spend than any group this age in history. And they’re used to spending it. They want the latest and greatest of everything. Their short attention spans may just create an opportunity for you.

Content is king and this group demands a lot of it – right on their mobile devices. Mobile content, web applications for social networking sites, and online games all have huge market potential.

Educational services are expected to grow. Consultants who help families steer through the college entrance process are expected to be in demand. So are providers of online tutoring as well as developers of courses that can be delivered via the web.

Green movement
Green is starting to produce green. There are an abundance of opportunities developing for entrepreneurs who want to do well by doing good.

High energy prices are creating opportunities in alternative energy, such as solar products. Home automation is hot, partly because of the savings, but also from consumer’s increasing desire for new technology.

Consultants are in demand to help firms with their environmental initiatives.

Shopping
The desire to shop ‘til you drop hasn’t changed. There are plenty of opportunities to open your own retail business – either online or the old-fashioned way.

The hottest categories are accessory items, like sunglasses, handbags, and specialty shoes. Consumers are on-the-lookout for that special something that makes them stand out.

Home party sales, of just about everything you can think of, are raising the roof! And good news if you’re crafty – homemade goods are hotter than ever!

Finally, don’t forget the pets – demand for pet products is expected to continue to rise as consumers pamper their pets as much as they indulge themselves.

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Qipit

By Bigg Su

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

Leading-Edge Application

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This free application makes your camera phone and digital camera become mobile copy centers, by allowing you to turn photographs or printed materials into scan-quality digital documents to share and store on the go.

Capture your document, then upload it to Qipit where it is transformed into a clear digital copy to share or store. Your JPG becomes a PDF.

Qipit allows you to copy documents, email or fax documents, and even publish documents…all for free.

Next time there’s a line at the copy machine, just Qipit!

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