Tualatin Library Foundation

Written: March 5, 2017

I first met Wayne Welch a few years ago, and he is one of the many wonderful volunteers that organize the Tualatin Library Foundation. They needed a web site for several reasons:

We used WordPress to develop a site that Wayne and other volunteers can update themselves using just a web browser and some training. The new web site is responsive, meaning that you can browse it on the Desktop, Tablet or even Mobile devices like your smart phone. Donations and payments are accepted using PayPal, which also accepts regular credit cards. We collect email names using Constant Contact, a popular email management tool.

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Clark Collective

Written: February 28, 2017

Suzanne Clark is the principal broker with Clark Collective, and she approached me with a new web project that would easily allow clients and prospects to view MLS properties in Oregon, Washington and New York City. Her team of 8 professionals had their portraits taken by a professional, and we started to gather our gorgeous location photographs for the Home page slide show.

On the MLS side we connected through a service provided by iHomeFinder.com and it provides easy search features:

We used WordPress to develop this new web site, and it allows the staff to make their own updates.

Dealing With Annoying Telemarketers

Written: February 21, 2017

I love to answer the phone when it’s a client or prospect with questions, however when I get a call from a telemarketer it is simply a wast of my time and sanity. What is a business owner to do?

Well, one action that is easy to take is registering your phone or mobile numbers with the National Do No Call Registry.

Only reputable companies will check this list first before phoning you, so it will still not stop the annoying telemarketer that has no regards for our Federal Laws. What I do is make certain that the telemarketer can never phone me again. It is a simple two step process.

  1. Find the Number in Your Call Log

On my Android phone I click the icon for phone, then choose the Log button, find the phone number and click it:

Telemarketing phone number

Telemarketing phone number

2. Add to Auto Reject list

In the upper-right corner there’s a menu icon with three dots, click on that and choose: Add to Auto Reject List

Add to Auto-reject List

Add to Auto reject List

Well, there you have it. That telemarketer cannot dial your number ever again because you have rejected them. By doing this simple step you may cut down on the volume of your telemarketing calls, and thus have more time to run your business.

Have a fantastic week.

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Business Lessons from Super Bowl 51

Written: February 6, 2017

Super Bowl 51 was played yesterday and if you were like me I didn’t even start to watch it until just before half time, as I entered the room I asked my family, “So, who is winning?”

Their reply, “Atlanta, 21 to 3”.

I thought, this is a blow-out, why watch any of it?

So, I headed back into my den and got caught up on email, then popped back in during the 4th quarter. Uh oh, now the score was Atlanta 28 to New England 20, a real game had somehow started to look close, instead of a lop-sided match. So what lessons can we learn about business from the epic come from behind victory that the Patriots enjoyed?

  1. Show up and play the game, don’t give up

During the half time the favored Patriots were down by 18 points, so you may expect some screaming in the locker room. Not so, because they have a classy coach that had confidence that if their team kept at it, they could come back. Just don’t give up before the game is over.

For your business, show up to work, put in your time, don’t give up just because your competitors are ahead of you this week.

2. Statistics don’t play the game, people do

Throughout the game the sports announcers kept telling us all of the statistics, like no team has ever come back from a 19 point deficit to win. No Super Bowl has ended in a tie. You know what? Statistics don’t play the game, but people do. Never count out a group of dedicated professionals that keep on trying, in spite of past precedence.

Empower and encourage your people to play their very best, every day. Affirmation goes a long way to winning results.

3. It ain’t over, until it’s over

The Patriots could’ve felt sorry for themselves, embarrassed to be behind by so many points, so early in the game, however they didn’t stop trying until the four quarters of regulation play ended in a surprising tie game. In business we have quarterly taxes due, so keep on trying to get just one more sale before the quarter ends, all the way up to the last minute.

4. You don’t need to be perfect to win, just better

Remember that the Patriots had two turn-overs in the first half, allowing Atlanta to jump to that early, big lead. The Patriots have flaws, yet they didn’t let their mistakes define how they would play in the second half. In business you will make mistakes, however if you can learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up, and try again, then enjoy the results.

The lessons that we learn in sports can be applied to our business life, because both pursuits are team efforts with rules and results. Let’s learn something from Super Bowl 51 and apply it to our own business today.


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