Lifejotter Has Moved!

November 5, 2007

Many of you may have noticed a lack of traffic this past week.  Well, it was kind of deliberate on our part.  We have officially moved Lifejotter to www.lifejotter.org, with a brand new design and layout.  Theny  reason we tried to slow down things here was in effect that we did not want to lose anyone with the move to the official site.

So as of now, we want to say a special thank you to WordPress  for hosting the blog for the first 2 months of existance!  And as of now, this will be the last official post on this blog location.  From here on out all of the quality information and insight on lifestyle design can be seen at Lifejotter’s new site.  

Also, if you were on our feed then you will need to sign up for the new feed at the .org location( that is seeing you still want what we have to offer ya).  There is a prize contest going on at the moment that will last up until the 2nd of December.  Dont miss it and thank you guys for all the warm welcomes these past two months. 

Sincerely,

Bunk Price

Lifejotter

A Second Birth

October 22, 2007


Slap this baby on the butt! A new birth has just taken place.
I have already received several emails with questions regarding this, and hopefully I am getting this information up in appropriate timing. As you may notice, the name of the blog has been officially changed. No longer the Lifestyle Maverick, the new identity of the blog is now Lifejotter. There are several reasons that this is being done….

1) Lifejotter was originally going to be tied into The Lifestyle Maverick, and I felt as though the “maverick” vibe focused too much on myself. This was not my intention from the beginning and Lifejotter itself will focus on lifestyle design as it relates to us all, not just me.

2) The change was going to come eventually. I figured it better to do this in the initial stages of the blog’s life rather than later on.

3) It is a fresh starting point for the new vision I am wanting to take this blog. I have been inspired by several individuals who frequent this blog and have been challenged as to what my ultimate vision is for this lifestyle design blog. Sean, Christine, and Martin thank you.

BY NO MEANS, A MEANS TO AN END……

With that said, Lifejotter is not the end for contributions to the lifestyle design niche I have been aiming for . Rather, I feel that the new overall vision for this blog will only allow more freedom and accessibility to look at lifestyle design in much broader terms. The goal of the blog is still to provide information regarding ordering life so that it works for you and not against you.

For those of you who have been following this blog since its inception or for those who have become loyal readers within the past couple months, I want to assure you only the utmost quality out of Lifejotter in the future. Big plans are already in store, and you will notice subtle changes begin to take place very soon which are meant to only enhance the integrity of the Lifejotter blog.

With all this said, thank you to all of you for your patience and I do hope that any confusion has been cleared up on my part.

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This post of The Lifestyle Maverick blog is devoted to an art that has been handed down through generation upon generation. It is a tactile and albeit testimony to what an individual can accomplish when they put there mind to a certain grindstone. What is this art that transcends all others you ask? It is the simple act of brown nosing, or rather “Getting in Good” with others. There is a simple moniker given to this art of brown nosing that most people refer to and that is one known as “schmoozing”.Schmoozing, brown nosing, or getting in good with others is infact a practiced art and one that , when applied , can open doors to individuals that once were not possible. Now dont get me wrong, I do not endorse rubbing elbows with individuals just for the sake of your betterment or so that you may get something out of it. However, I have figured out that it is easier to make a sale, create joint ventures, or build partnerships with people that you already know than those you have just met. The key component is establishing a relationship before you need it. The key to doing this is found in the design of schmoozing.

Guy Kawasaki, a lifelong entrepreneur and former Microsoft tech junkie, offers these invaluable tips to us on how to use schmoozing to set yourself up for success. Basically, a “How To” on rubbing elbows with others….

1. Understand The Goal– In his book The Frog and Prince: Secrets of Positive Networking to Change Your Life, Darcy Rezac gives the world’s best definition of shmoozing: “Discovering what you can do for someone else”. Great schmoozers want to know what they can do for you, not what you can do for them. If you understand this, the rest is just mechanics.

2. Get Out – Schmoozing is an analog, contact sport. You can’t do it alone from your office on the phone or via computer. Force yourself to go to trade shows, conventions and seminars. Get out there and press flesh.

3. Ask Good Questions, Then Shut Up – The mark of a good conversationalist is not that you can talk a lot; it is that you can get others to talk a lot. Ask questions like “What do you do?” “Where are you from?” “What brings you here?” Then listen. Ironically, you’ll be remembered as an interesting person.

4. Unveil Your Passions – Talking only about business, the matter at hand, etc. is boring. Your passions make you interesting. Good schmoozers unveil their passions after they get to know you. Great schmoozers lead with their passions.

5. Follow Up – In his career Guy has been said to have given away thousands of business cards. If all those people called or emailed him , he would never get anything done. The funny thing: Hardly anyone ever follows up. Great schmoozers follow up within 24 hours — a short email will do. Include one thing that shows the recipient isn’t getting a canned email. ” Nice to meet you. I hope we can do something together. I loved your Breitling watch. I have two tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals if you are interested.”

6. Make It Easy to Contact You – Many people who want to be great schmoozers don’t make it easy to get in touch. They do not carry business cards, or their cards do not have phone numbers and email addresses. Even if they do have the information, it is written in gray 6-point type. This is great if you re schmoozing teenagers, but if you want old, rich, famous and powerful people to call or email you, use 12-point font.

7. Give Favors – One of my great pleasures in life is helping other people; I believe there is a big Karmic schoreboard in the sky. God is keeping track of the good that you do unto others , and He is particularly pleased when you give favors without the expectation of return from the recipient. The scoreboard always pays back.

8. Ask for Favors in Return – Good schmoozers give favors and return favors. But great schmoozers ask for favors to be returned. You may find this puzzling: Isn’t it better to keep someone indebted to you? No, because keeping someone indebted puts undue pressure on your relationship. By asking for and receiving a return favor, you relieve the pressure and set up a whole new round of give and take. After a few rounds, you will be the best of friends, and you will have mastered the art of schmoozing.

Your thoughts? Does schmoozing help elevate relationships ? Rather yet, do relationships hold a certain systematic design, like all other things in life? If so, doe schmoozing hold a key in being able to unlock certain relationships as well as bend others to your advantage? God, I probably sound like a mad scientist right now….