Gary D's Take

I am political but I keep my mouth shut about it.

I have been blogging for 10 years. I just realized it. I have been very meticulous about keeping all my posts. The first one was in 2007.

Here it is  http://garyedunlap.com/2007/09/10/just-another-manic-monday/ It starts out with:

“Well here goes! I read recently that some IT companies would not take you seriously unless you had a web presence ie a blog.
Now I have never worried too much about being taken seriously however, as a well know gadget guru, technophile, geeky nerdy on the bleeding edge of technology kind of guy…I really don’t know how I have gone this long without my very own blog.I have been led to believe that a blog should be posted to every day like a diary and should talk about what you are doing or have done that day like a diary. Guess what, I AIN’T gonna do that! Let’s talk instead about the things that matter most to me and hope nobody reads this!”

Since I was hoping that nobody would read what I wrote, you could say that I accomplished my goal with my blogging :)

In going back and reading some of the things I have written in the past 10 years , I realized that although I am very passionate about all things political I don’t write about politics much. Its such a well covered subject and I am not highly schooled in it so I don’t wax political very often.

Today is one of those exceptional days where I feel like doing just that.

My friend since childhood whom I am friends with on Facebook, just posted that he was unfriending some folks because of their incessant posting about what an awful person Donald Trump is. I know you have seen and heard this stuff till it runs out your ears just like I have. Just like the stuff that we heard about Barrack Obama for 8 years. I didn’t like President Obama very much. I don’t like Donald Trump a great deal either. I did not vote for President Obama but I did vote for Donald Trump. I haven’t loved a president since Reagan. I kinda liked Bill Clinton but all his stuff with the ladies made it impossible to love him like I did Reagan. I voted for Trump because I thought he would shake up the system and he would be tough enough to take the heat it would cause. So far so good.

The shaking up was the most important thing for me about Trump. Our system of government is broken and needs an overhaul. The 5th estate , the press . has lost it’s way as well. They don’t report the news now they try to shape it. I don’t like that at all. We have created a new class of royalty in our country , politicians. We have career politicians who think their job is to get re-elected. The idea of the founding fathers that we would be governed by people who took a break from their real lives and served for a time then went back to their REAL lives has gone completely out the window. That’s our biggest problem along with the size and complexity of the federal government that now requires an army of career bureaucrats to run it. All these things that once merely annoyed me now are really concerning me. I worry about the world that my daughter is going to live in. What will happen to her when I am not here to protect her?

That’s why I voted for Trump. The next person who comes along and looks like they will take government by the ears and shake it as hard as they can, gets my vote.

 

Six simple steps to get control of your email address!

Six simple steps to get control of your email address!

Jun 18, 2016

What if you woke up tomorrow and your email address was suddenly yourname@bs.com?

If you use an email address that is controlled by your carrier it could happen. The operative word here being CONTROLLED. Entrepreneurs and self-employed people are well known for wanting to be the masters of their own destiny and the captain of their ship. There are tons of books and articles about how these kind of people struggle with being good managers because they have a hard time delegating because they can’t relinquish control. Yet every day, I see hundreds of these people putting one of the most critical communications and marketing tools of their business in the hands of a big corporation when their email address is something@yourcarrier.com. Why would you want to promote the telecommunications company you happen to be using every time you send or receive an email?

Three Reasons To Make This Change?

  1. Email may be the most important business communications tool of the 21st Century.

How many emails do you send or receive every day? How many important documents do you receive or send each and every business day? How many new customers do you start to interact with VIA EMAIL? How important are those emails going back and forth between you and your customer base to keeping them happy AND KEEPING THEM AS CUSTOMERS? COME ON PEOPLE, THIS IS A BIG DEAL! Why in heaven’s name would you want to entrust that to a company that it takes you 45 minutes to get on the phone?

  1. Sometimes YOU need to make a change!

    Nothing in our modern society stays the same for very long. Change is the only constant. All kinds of companies are merging and changing their focus. After being one of the first companies in the world in the PC business IBM decided that they needed to be OUT OF the PC business. IBM started the PC business and helped change the way we do everything but now THEY DON’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE! The email at bs.com is an example I used to use during the old Bellsouth days. Lots of folks had bellsouth.net email addresses, heck I had one. What if they had decided to shorten it? Shorter is better, right? Hence bs.com. The point is, companies you deal with sometimes do things that are not necessarily in your best interest. When this happens, you may have to look elsewhere for that product or service. If your email is @yourcarrier.com IT BELONGS TO THEM! The Number Portability Act federally mandated that you be able to take your telephone numbers with you to whatever carrier you chose, EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE NOT COVERED! The carrier OWNS that dot whatever domain and owns YOUR EMAIL. If you need to change carriers, you can’t take that with you. Even if you are not planning on going anywhere, why not go ahead and get this taken care of for all the reasons I have already mentioned above.

  1. You probably already have it.

Just about every company and organization today has a presence on the internet. You probably have some kind of a website at a descriptive domain name. yourcompany.com or ifixyourfaucetts.net or something else that helps promote what you do. Almost every web hosting company on the planet INCLUDES email at your domain in their packages at no extra cost. You probably have this and you are not using it. You are wasting money that you have already spent.

Hopefully you are on board with this idea now and are ready to make it happen. :)

Here are the 6 simple steps to changing your email:

  1. Get your new email up and running

Contact your hosting provider and get your new email set up. One of the benefits of email at your domain is you get to get rid of all the crazy extra stuff that you have to add because you aren’t the only John Smith on the system. Instead of being johnsmith154mz8911@whatever.com now you can be johnsmith@ifixyourfaucett.net or just john!

  1. START USING IT NOW!

Forward your old email to your new one so that when you respond to email, they get your new email address. Change your printed materials and all your other advertising to reflect your new email address. Remember the old one is forwarded so you still get those.

  1. Set up an autoresponder on your old email.

Auto responder is something every email has. It just basically sends an email to everyone that sends you an email an important message like “I will be on vacation all week.” Or “We got your message and will respond to it promptly” Just set this up on your old email to tell people that your address is changing.

  1. Send an email to everyone you normally market to via email and let them know you are changing.

If you don’t have a list of emails that you regularly send information to you should. Most folks do. Send those people a message that your emails are changing. BTW send it from the NEW one and the old one.

  1. Talk about the change.

Put it in your newsletter Post it on social media. TALK to your customers about it during your normal conversations with them. “Oh by the way Mr. Customer, we are changing our email addresses to whatever@yourcompany.com . “How hard is that?

  1. Put up a sign in your office that notifies people about your new email address.

If you have foot traffic to your business put up a sign in the lobby or on the door or at the checkout counter or all the above.

If you follow these simple steps you will be surprised at how easy the change will be.

Happy New Year ? Your Choice!

Happy New Year ? Your Choice!

Dec 23, 2015

People choose to be happy or choose not to be. The operative word being choose. We all know people that face much greater strife and challenges in their lives than we do and they are still “happy people” and we can all think of people we know who choose to be unhappy even in the face of good fortune. My best example of the latter is a conversation I had years ago with someone who sounded depressed and when I asked about it they replied. “ I am having a bad day…I can’t decide which kind of beans to cook for dinner.” This was a real conversation…I am not creative enough to make something like that up. Clearly this person had decided to define themselves on a very narrow scale.

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next.Amen.
We can’t mange all the things in our life…..they are far too many , too complex. We CAN mange our expectations. Unrealistic expectations cause more unhappiness than anything else in this world. I am not saying not to dream and not to aim high for the lofty goals in life. Just don’t decide that when the lofty goals are not achieved, that you are a failure. Failure is more defined by NOT TRYING than NOT ACHIEVING.

It is my sincere wish for you that you choose to have a happy and prosperous New Year!

Communications Check List

Communications Check List

Dec 23, 2015

Four basic communications points to review to be sure you are ready for business in 2013.
1. Look at your bill from your provider – while this may seem simple , it’s suprising how many people don’t really review their actual bill periodically. Be sure to look for things like unnecessary charges and services that you aren’t using or don’t need. This applies to both the bill for your voice services and your internet , expecially if they are two separate bills.

2. Are your customers getting busy signals or do you have an unusual amount of calls going to voicemail? This could be a sign that your voice services are under provisioned or other problems.

3. Take a long hard look at your internet bandwidth. Every company is growing more and more dependent on internet based applications and programs. Do you have sufficient bandwidth to be able to handle all the Web 2.0 and internet portal applications that are coming down the pipe?

4. Are you and your employees as mobile as you need to be? Mobility is one of the bigest pluses of the new age. Fully taking advantage of Unified Communications and Collaboration can be a huge boost to productivity.

These are just a few of the things you can and should examine to insure that your business is ready for the changes that are coming your way in 2013 and beyond.

I Saw Your Blog……..

I Saw Your Blog……..

Dec 23, 2015

Those of us who regularly post to blogs understand what a frustrating experience blogging can often be. You try to produce relevant and engaging content. You strive to not be “salesy” or “self serving”. When you share your prose with say…coworkers , the response is often “ OK?” or “And this does what…?” The blank expression on the faces when you try to answer “ Why do you do this?”  fuels the little voice in the back of your head that keeps saying “NOBODY CARES!” . Then a miracle happens! Somebody you meet says. “ I read your blog. It was very interesting.”

Years ago when I started this , I said “This is really about me having an outlet for my creative side and I don’t really care if anybody else reads I or not.” If you go back to my first post, in 2007 , I actually said that. (or words to that effect) Five years later, I am still really doing this for me…….but it is nice when someone else reads what I have to say.

When I try to answer the why do you do this question, I reference my mother’s journalistic career. Mom worked at a small weekly newspaper before she married Dad and she is the one who infected me with the journalism bug. I wrote for the school papers in high school and college and at one point thought I wanted to be a writer. As my brother once said , “ You played football in school too , but you didn’t turn pro at that either.”

If someone you know writes one of these things, take a look at it and let them know you did. Oh and ….. if you happen to read this…drop me a note in the comments section.