Headlines for Monday:

  1. Salesdogs: I'm a Chihuahua! (336 words)
  2. BBDB: Print birthdates (113 words)
  3. On the road to growing up (135 words)
  4. My sister's in love! (90 words)
  5. Returning to chess (145 words)
  6. What people don't know about me (584 words)



1. Salesdogs: I'm a Chihuahua!: 17:14

Are you turned off sales because you think everyone has to be a pit bull? When most people think of sales, they think of in-your-face salespeople who just won't take no for an answer. I have to confess that even *I* have a hard time remembering that I don't have to be like that in order to enjoy and do well at sales.

I've read a lot about sales, but books tend to be generic sales tips that try to apply to everyone. How to start. How to ask questions. How to close. How to build relationships. Salesdogs was the first book I read that talked about personalities. Salesdogs describes five "breeds".

  • Pit Bulls: will always go for the jugular
  • Golden Retrievers: love customer service and will do anything for clients
  • Poodles: intellectual, classy, appearance-oriented, but a little high-strung
  • Chihuahuas: combine passion with product knowledge; tends to yip if overexcited
  • Basset hounds: loyal to the end, great at building relationships

I'm a Chihuahua through and through. (No, not just because I'm small!) I *love* absorbing vast quantities of information, and ferreting it out myself if I must. Learning the product inside and out? Combing the Web for testimonials in order to find differentiating points? Getting inside people's heads? That sounds exciting! I'm always reading, always trying things out, because I love knowing that one obscure little thing that'll get someone hooked. My weakness is that when I get really excited, I tend to overwhelm people... <laugh>

Pick up the book and find out what kind of salesdog you are. Better yet, find out how you can improve your performance and that of other people around you. Don't have time or can't stand cheesy metaphors? Coral.net.au has a great summary of the different Salesdogs breeds, including tips for managing them.

You don't have to be a pit bull. Figure out your personality, play to your strengths, and cross-train.

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2. BBDB: Print birthdates: 19:30

This snippet goes through all the records in my Big Brother Database, prints out birthdate and a link to the record, and then sorts the results.

(defun sacha/bbdb-insert-birthdates ()
  "Insert a list of birthdates, sorted by month.
For best effect, dates should be of the form yyyy.mm.dd."
      (lambda (rec)
        (when (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate)
           (if (string-match "..\\...$" (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate))
               (match-string 0 (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate))
             (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate))
           " | "
            (concat "bbdb://"
                     " " "." (bbdb-record-name rec)))
            (bbdb-record-name rec))
     (sort-lines nil (point-min) (point-max))

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3. On the road to growing up: 20:22

I've signed up for 10 hours of driving lessons, starting at 8 AM tomorrow. It'll be a refresher course--almost a complete beginner's course, as I really hadn't driven at all since I got my license. I'm looking forward to getting the hang of driving. I think it'll be a very useful skill.

I figured that I'd get as much practice as I can in the Philippines. When I go back, I'll take the written test and apply for a Canadian driver's license. I'll also need to set aside money to rent cars maybe every weekend? every other? so that I can gain experience and confidence.

Now, must find out which of my friends will trust me with their life... ;)

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4. My sister's in love!: 20:34

Synchronized movie dates, daily webcam chats, endless retellings of favorite moments--my sister's in love, and distance is not a problem! They're really so sweet, which should come as a bit of a surprise to anyone who knows my sister. I don't know if I could let myself have something that intense right now (or if our parents could put up with *two* lovesick girls without going into diabetic shock). Still, it's wonderful... =)

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5. Returning to chess: 21:06

I've missed playing chess. The chess books I've had since grade school are still on the bookshelves, waiting to be dusted off and re-read. I'm a little embarrassed about taking chess up again. I used to be on the varsity team (not a difficult thing if you're female) until training for programming competitions left me with no time to train for chess competitions. I'm rusty now, though, and embarrassed about it.

But maybe I should get back into chess. Not the memorize-playbooks kind of chess that people often play, but chess for the sheer heck of it. Chess for the joy of anticipating another person's moves.

Ah. Hmm. But I didn't like the confrontational nature of it before...

I don't know. Maybe I'll take up Scrabble instead. =)

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6. What people don't know about me: 23:00

Toronto uber-girl-friend Quinn has just tagged me with the "5 things people don't know about you" meme. Ordinarily I'd stick that into my blogging backlog and get around to it eventually (hi Rob! I promise I'll post about favorite movies someday...), but... well... =)

So. Five things people probably don't know about me, or often forget:

  1. My name isn't Sacha Chua. Sacha's my nickname. My formal name is Sandra Jean Valentino Chua. I might legally change my name to Sacha Chua or Sacha V. Chua someday.
  2. I don't blog everything. It may be hard to remember this sometimes when you read about all sorts of crazy things going on in my life. Sometimes I'm too busy to blog, but not blogging because of lack of time makes me feel guilty (unexamined life and all of that). Sometimes it's because the moment has passed. Sometimes it's because it's about other people's lives. Sometimes it's because, well, I haven't figured out how to write about it yet. But yeah, I don't blog everything, and I often forget the unblogged stuff too...
  3. I've had and still have hangups about relationships. First there was the "Don't have a boyfriend until you have a PhD because that will just distract you" thing that I let myself grow up with before I realized that love can be a Good Thing. Then there was *also* dealing with the fact that I attracted a fair bit of attention as a cute, cheerful girl into technology and darned good at it. Best friend and co-conspirator Diane puts the official count at more than 50 people shot down before I graduated from college. I thought I was done with that already, but have lately realized that I've been avoiding making lots of new friends closer to my age because I was worried about possibly having to reject people, which is a silly reason not to be friends with people.
  4. I don't really eat a lot of chocolate. At least not by myself. Or at least I try not to. Chocolate is my treat of choice for all of life's occasions, particularly the sad ones, but I prefer to have it in company because eating by myself is kinda sad and having chocolate with others will probably get me good conversation and/or a hug. I keep emergency chocolate around, but I tend to have a chocolate surplus because people who give me chocolate rarely stay around to enjoy all of it. Next time, stay.
  5. Hobbies you might not have thought I had: Acting (attended children's theater workshop), writing (had a poem published), drawing (pastel published in book with poem, art classes as a kid, and still the occasional rough sketch these days), chess, ballroom dancing (swing, chacha, boogie, tango), firespinning (I have poi videos somewhere), T-shirt surgery and other ways to hacking clothes, beaded jewelry-making (or at least I'm trying to get into this), crocheting (couldn't stop me from crocheting during class in grade school), sculpting clay or sand (totally informally; think Playdoh, think the beach), walking around with strange objects on my head (product of an all-girls grade school education), piano, badminton, skateboarding (or at least getting from point A to point B without killing myself), baking (cookies) and *trying* to cook (operative word *trying*), balancing my accounts (seriously), playing samba, playing the recorder (everyone goes through that phase), knitting, origami, taking care of stray cats...
  6. <stretch> There. Happy? ;)

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