These drawings are really adorable. Got it from a friend from Facebook.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Why it matters to sell me this pen
Here’s exactly what you can say
Me: (I slowly roll the pen between my index and thumb fingers.) When was the last time you used a pen?
Me: Do you remember what kind of pen that was?
Me: Do you remember why you were using it to write?
Me: Well I’d say that’s the best use for a pen (we have a subtle laugh).
Wouldn’t you say signing those new customer contracts is an important event for the business? (nods head) Then shouldn’t it be treated like one. What I mean by that is, here you are signing new customer contracts, an important and memorable event. All while using a very unmemorable pen.
We grew up, our entire lives, using cheap BIC pens because they get the job done for grocery lists and directions. But we never gave it much thought to learn what’s best for more important events.
This is the pen for more important events. This is the tool you use to get deals done. Think of it as a symbol for taking your company to the next level. Because when you begin using the right tool, you are in a more productive state of mind, and you begin to sign more new customer contracts.
Actually. You know what? Just this week I shipped ten new boxes of these pens to Elon Musk’s office.
Unfortunately, this is my last pen today (reach across to hand pen back to CEO). So, I suggest you get this one. Try it out. If you’re not happy with it, I will personally come back next week to pick it up. And it won’t cost you a dime.
What do you say?
Home remedies are always effective and they don’t have any side effects like medicines (antibiotics). Use any of these 12 natural home remedies for strep throat infection. I am pretty sure you haven’t heard many of them before, to treat your strep throat infection, but you will surely start feeling better in a short time.
NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR STREP THROAT INFECTION
Many of us want to use natural remedies to get rid of such infections and let our body heals by itself. It was considered mainly that only medication can be the best solution to it, but antibiotics have many side effects.
Our Goal Is To Let Our Body Heal By Itself!
Strep is a bacterial infection that can be transferred from one person to another person, easily and quickly. Simple strep throat home remedies make life easier and the infection will go in a day or two.
Simple Strep Throat Infection Home Remedy:
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 4- 5 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
Mix all together and take a dose of 1 teaspoon every hour.
People who don’t like garlic even tried this and were happy and surprised with how simple and effective this mixture is.
1. Get Some Rest
The best thing you can do for yourself when feeling under the weather, is to get some rest. No matter what you do and try, strep throat infection will not go away in one night.
Getting proper sleep and rest will help to fight off most infections. If you work, take a day off to stay home and rest. Pull the curtain, turn off all electronic devices and go to sleep without an alarm clock.
2. Avoid Drinking Alcohol And Smoking
Your throat is at the weakest when you are having strep throat infection. It is at risk. So, you should eat and drink with full care. Most importantly, stop eating and drinking things that can irritate your throat even more, such as alcohol and smoking. Also avoid deep-fried foods and processed foods.
If anyone is smoking near you, move away immediately. Care for your throat, and make health your priority.
3. Honey And Pepper
Honey and pepper have been used for centuries in many cultures for soothing the throat.
Simply take one spoon of honey and sprinkle a pinch of ground pepper on it. Mix it well with another spoon. Lick mixture slowly and let it glide down the throat. It helps to ease the pain.
4. Warm Comforting Drinks
When you have a scratchy and dry throat, a simple cup of warm or hot herbal tea can relief your throat pain. Sip the warm drink slowly and you will surely start to feel better. It is the definitive cure for fighting off the weakness, fatigue and tiredness that strep throat brings.
If you like white tea or green tea, then this won’t be a problem for you. On the other hand, if you don’t like tea, then it’s time to experiment with different available flavors. There are so many delightful herbal teas to choose from.
5. Ginger Tea
Ginger is best known for its natural healing functions. It helps to relieve and treat strep throat infection.
- Take crushed ginger
- Add crushed ginger in boiling water
- Boil for about 4 to 5 minutes
- Strain the ginger
- Add honey for taste if desired, it is also a natural antibiotic
- Ginger tea is ready, drink warm
6. Cayenne Powder
Cayenne pepper is the most generally used natural therapy for strep throat infection and sore throat. It helps to get rid of the pain that comes with a strep throat infection. Many people consider this as an effective and useful drink.
- Take a cup of hot water
- Add raw honey to desired taste
- Add cayenne powder (depends on your tolerance of the spice)
- Mix until it is well combined
- Let hot drink cool a little
- Sip it warm to soothe the throat
7. Inhale Steam
Steam doesn’t immediately cure your strep throat but it helps to relieve the complications that come with strep throat infection. Steam is effective for relieving a congested nose and makes you feel better.
Put a few drops of an essential oil of choice in a bowl of hot water. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam to relieve the congestion and to speed up healing of the sore throat. Use any of these oils: peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, oregano oil, hyssop oil, thyme oil or juniper berry oil.
You may experience an almost immediate relief using this method.
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8. Green Matcha Tea
Green matcha tea has very high antioxidant content that helps speedy recovery of inflammation and boost the immune system.
This amazing matcha tea is beneficial for removing harmful toxins from the body and provides relief to the throat and symptoms caused by the infection.
Read more about matcha tea that has better health benefits than your regular green tea. Adding moringa oleifera in your hot beverages is also helpful to bring the infection under control.
9. Licorice Root
Even if a sore throat isn’t that serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, it is still painful and may affect your sleep.
Licorice root has been widely used to treat sore throats. It is effective when mixed with warm water to make a gargle solution. Sucking on a non-sugar licorice root candy is soothing and may provide relief to the pain.
10. Slippery Elm
Slippery elm is a traditional remedy for treating sore throats. It has a mucus-like substance when it is mixed in warm water that forms a soothing gel to coat the throat wall for healing.
If you have slippery elm supplement that comes in capsules form, you may open up one or two capsules and use the method below. Drinking it in water helps to soothe the throat, versus swallowing the capsule that goes directly into the digestive system.
- Add a teaspoon of slippery elm powder in an 8-oz glass of warm water
- Stir till dissolve, and drink
11. Marshmallow Root
Like slippery elm, marshmallow roots also has a mucus-like substance that coats and soothes the infected throat.
Some research have shown that use of marshmallow solutions can comfort and soothe irritated mucus membranes.
- Add some dried root in a cup of very warm water
- Make a tea
- Sip this tea twice a day
12. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the most helpful methods for treating strep throat infection and helping the body to recover from numerous minor ailments. Prepare a solution of half a cup of warm water and 1-2 teaspoon/s of apple cider vinegar for gargling.
If you like and can easily handle the flavor, experiment mixing 1-2 teaspoon/s of ACV in an 8-oz glass of water and sip it the whole day. Use raw organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother” for best results. Bragg’s is a good reliable brand that I use.
This article was originally published on wordsiseek.com. It is republished here with permission.
I always enjoy hearing about the early careers of the project managers I meet. In almost every conversation, the subject turns to when they were team members being led by a highly capable senior project manager who provided guidance in starting up, executing and sometimes turning around projects.
It’s also not uncommon to hear stories of the worst project manager they ever worked for. These stories, while not as glowing, also influenced their careers around what not to do. By probing a bit deeper, they offered up observations of certain behaviors that created havoc, dissatisfaction and quite often failed projects.
From these observations of the worst-ever project manager, I started to put together my own thoughts on who I would select for this inglorious label. After careful consideration, I arrived at the only logical choice: me. In my early years as a project manager I managed to consistently demonstrate all of the behaviors of poor project managers.
Here are my votes for the most significant behaviors that led to consistently poor performance as a project manager early in my career:
- I Wanted the Title of “Project Manager”
When I was a project team member I relished the thought of one day having a business card with an impressive title of project manager. My thought being once I received that lofty title, it would allow me to be successful at whatever project I was assigned to lead. In addition, the acquisition of that title would instantly garner respect from other project managers.
I failed to realize that most project managers are already quite proficient at leading teams and producing results. The title comes with a heavy burden of responsibility that was exponentially greater than what I had as a project team member. As a team member, I didn’t realize how much my project manager shielded me from the sometimes unpleasant realities of projects.
The satisfaction of acquiring the title of project manager can be very short-lived if you’re not adequately prepared. My goal became to perform at the level at or above what the title that project manager reflected.
2. I Talked Too Much
Perhaps I was wrongly influenced by theater or movies where great leaders are often portrayed in time of need as delivering impressive speeches that motivate people to outstanding results. I remember quite clearly some of the meetings I led as a new project manager that quite honestly should have won me an award for impersonating a project manager.
Meetings were dominated by my overconfident and ill-formed views on what was going right and wrong. In addition, I also had the false notion that I had the best approach to all of the risks and issues on the project. No surprise that this mode of interaction greatly limited the size of projects I could effectively lead. Essentially, it was a project team of one.
After a while, I started to observe that senior project managers spent a fair portion of the time in their meetings practicing active listening. In addition, they would pause, ponder the dialogue and pose simple but effective probing questions. When I started to emulate some of these practices, it resulted in better performance that created opportunities to lead larger projects. “Less is more” became a theme that allowed me to understand the true problems and work with the team to arrive at effective mitigations.
- I Tried to Make Everyone Happy
One of the most critical components of any project is the people that comprise the team members and stakeholders. As a new project manager, I tended to over-engage with stakeholders and team members by attempting to instantly resolve every issue, whether real or perceived. My logic was that if I removed any opportunity for dissatisfaction then project success would be assured.
I failed to realize this desire to completely please everyone quite often resulted in pleasing nobody. In addition, I also managed to pay insufficient attention to the key operational facets of a project: estimates, forecasts, metrics and other essentials needed to keep a project on track. Furthermore, the business case for the project gathered almost no consideration as I was busy trying to make everyone happy as a path to results.
Over time I began to adopt a more balanced approach that allowed me to spend the proper level of engagement with people, processes and the project business case. This balanced approach allowed me to have a broader span of control for factors that could adversely affect a project.
For all the things we have learned over the years as project managers, it sometimes causes me to wish for a time machine to go back and avoid all of the mistakes we made. But then, we would not have had the benefit of the sometimes-traumatic learning experiences that have made us the project managers that we are today.
Did you ever consider yourself to be the worst project manager you ever worked for? I think we all were at one point in our careers.
From the Voices on Project Management Blog