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Headlines for Monday:
|A||X||Sign up for driving lessons|
|A||X||Check credit card bill from 2007.01.15|
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".
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.
Random Emacs symbol: custom-save-faces - Function: Save all customized faces in `custom-file'.
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." (insert (with-temp-buffer (mapcar (lambda (rec) (when (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate) (insert (if (string-match "..\\...$" (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate)) (match-string 0 (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate)) (bbdb-record-getprop rec 'birthdate)) " | " (planner-make-link (concat "bbdb://" (planner-replace-regexp-in-string " " "." (bbdb-record-name rec))) (bbdb-record-name rec)) "\n"))) (bbdb-records)) (sort-lines nil (point-min) (point-max)) (buffer-string))) nil)
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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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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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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. =)
Random Emacs symbol: bbdb/gnus-pop-up-bbdb-buffer - Function: Make the *BBDB* buffer be displayed along with the Gnus windows,
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:
<stretch> There. Happy? ;)
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