This issue is dedicated to my buddy Steve
Bigoray who passed away last Friday at 98.
As many of you may know, he was my next door
neighbor until he had a stroke last September and was not able
to live by himself any more. He was much more than a neighbor.
He was my friend and he allowed me to be a part of his extended
We spent a lot of time together over the past
almost eleven years.
I will miss his kind words, his gentle heart
and his crusty exterior. He made me laugh and he added so much
to my life as well as Irene's.
His funeral was yesterday afternoon and I
had the rare privilege of saying a few words at the request
of his family. I also had the privilege of being one of his
pall bearers in escorting him to his final resting place. The
Legion sent an honor guard to be a part of his funeral. They
added a respectful touch to their fallen comrade that was truly
inspiring. Kelly, Christine, and Alexa hosted a friends and
family gathering on the new deck we were working on over the
past few days. It was a great time to gather, tell stories and
share our respects.
This picture was
taken on his 97th birthday.
Point to Ponder
Here you are, on the high peak of a mountain. You can choose
to wing your way toward the clouds, or you can simply walk the
usual, ordinary paths that lead to the valley below.
will you make - the well-worn paths or rising above it all?
Beautiful things await you if you can reach the heights."
Each day we have a choice: we
can choose to fly or walk. Either is fine, but it is good
to remember we have made a choice either way. At times, we choose to
walk the familiar path and perhaps that is fine when we need to rest
or let the routine things of life take a lead.But that is not the
choice of those who would make their lives provide a
Do you remember a time when you saw
something so exciting that it inspired you to spread your wings and
fly? How did that feel?
- Was it scary?
- Was it exciting?
- Was it amazing and a time when you
truly felt alive?
Our biggest learning experiences often
start with setting our vision higher than we are comfortable with
and then, inspite of that discomfort, deciding to push off in
pursuit of making them a reality.
During this summer season, why not
carve out some time to dream and to envision where you could fly if
you believed you could and were willing to learn what you needed to
make your flight a successful one. Then, as you move into the fall,
spread your wings and let yourself fly to greater success,
overcoming greater challenges and to leveraged
Until next month.
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Mid-month Musings as well.
In our inagural January 2011 issue we gave
you five tips to help you be more effective in your presentations.
Here are another 5 for your use. I've found them
valuable in my speaking around the world.
If your career or success depends on your ability to persuade an
audience or buyer, these five tips on effective sales and
business presentations will help you understand how to
structure your presentation for maximum effect.
· Keep it short:
Time is precious and more so as you move up the leadership
chain. So too with your clients in a sales situation. Value their
time and keep your presentation simple, short, and to the point.
· Know your
audience: Do your homework in advance so you can tailor or
customize your presentation (sales, informative, interview, etc) to
your client audience and get and keep their interest.
· Use visuals to
add interest: Pictures, props, visuals help your client or
audience get the point in a shorter period of time.
· Get them
involved: Client or audience involvement and interaction is
essential in this very competitive arena. If there are figures to be
worked out, ask them to do so. Remember, if it is their data, they
trust it and give it more credibility.
· Start and end
on time! I can't emphasize this one enough. If you ask for
15 minutes of someone's time you'd better be closing your mouth and
your briefcase on or before the 15-minute mark. This is what
separates the professionals from the mediocre performers.
Remember, your clients and business leaders are busy. You need
to be clear and concise to win and keep their attention. Start
strong, present value, and conclude with impact.
Working on projects out in
Egremont this week. Also, helping my friend Kelly rebuild his
decks.Looking forward to a CAPS
Edmonton Bar-b-que on Sat.
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