Mindconnection eNL, 2001-07-21
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1. The secrets of effective meetings.
We all hate meetings, and with good reason--they are huge wastes of time!
Mindconnection offers an inexpensive white paper on how to hold effective meetings. You
can download it from
Meetings are the single largest cost most companies incur. They consume time that should be spent productively, and they tend to drain the energy, enthusiasm, and motivation from the attendees. Yet, some meetings are productive. Some meetings build energy, increase enthusiasm, and motivate attendees to higher levels of performance. In this course, you will learn how to have this second kind of meeting. To get these kinds of results, you dont need to do magic tricks, tell jokes, or "wow" people. Well show you what you need to do and how to do it. Among the things youll learn are:
How to get out of meetings you dont want to attend!
2. Hot book recommendation
A Must Read book: A Shortage of Engineers. It does have some foul language, so it's not for everybody. This novel brings back many fond (and not-so-fond) memories for me. It hits on the corporate dysfunctionality many of us deal with, and it offers a humorous perspective that will have you laughing--and thinking.
3. Problems with certain product searches on Mindconnection
Some of you have expressed chagrin over not being able to find books, tapes or software by certain keywords. Well, it's not your fault! There is some kind of problem with that our programmers are working on. You can find some stuff, but not other stuff. It's a pain, and we're sorry for the inconvenience. The Hot Lists still work, so if you want the most popular items you can easily get them.
4. Polo shirt contest
I have had to wait to hear back from all the winners, and now I'll be
making up an order sheet to submit to our shirt supplier soon. These should ship before
the end of summer. Winners will also receive other goodies, so it's worth the wait. You
are automatically enrolled in this contest simply by being a subscriber. To up your
5. Best Sellers
Mindconnection has discounts on what's hot--books, software, movies, music, games, electronics, camera equipment, and more. Just use the form at http://www.mindconnection.com. These are the hot lists mentioned earlier, and they work fine!
6. Nail the IRS
You have a chance to set things right in the US of A! It's bad enough our
extortion-level tax rates go to pay for $700 toilet seats. What's much worse--and very
dangerous to all of us--is the way the IRS abuses hard-working citizens who have paid
their taxes but have their homes seized anyhow.
8. Thought for the Day
Many people go through their jobs simply handling work, whether
paper-pushing or in crisis management. This is a way of fulfilling job duties and paying
your bills. "Give me an assignment, and I'll carry it out." However, consider a
customer-focused way of working.
Wishing you the best,
AuthorshipThe views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).
The purpose of this publication is to inform and empower its readers (and save you money!).
Personal note from Mark: I value each and every one of you, and I hope that shows in the diligent effort I put into writing this e-newsletter. Thank you for being a faithful reader.