I really hate what the media and people have done to women and in particular one woman in my life. I know I am a little partial to believing my wife is beautiful. If I wasn’t I probably wouldn’t deserve her. But she is beautiful and is far from being FAT!!!
WordPress just rolled out “reblogging” again and this couldn’t be a better inner to do that with. It caught my attention about writing but the principles easily apply to any industry. From marketing, business, technology, to the medical field those that speak are usually considered to be the “experts” wrong or right.
There is a skill set that, when mastered, will not only help you reap significantly better results in book sales over the long haul, but will vastly increase your self concept and confidence and is something that fewer than .05% of the population can do.
Not only can they not do it, but the majority of them would rather die than try.
It’s easy to see that you would have a serious leg up on everybody if you could join that .05% group.
I am talking of course about public speaking.
As a writer, it is possible that the percentages of comfortable, accomplished speakers in your group are even smaller than .05%. Writers tend to be shy types, happy to hole up in remote cabins and drafty guestrooms, turning down social invitations in favor of a laptop and a bottomless cup of coffee. Which makes the benefits that much…
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This has been sitting in my phone for awhile because I wanted to do something more in depth. But health has kept me from it and I think this is just to funny of a moment not to share.
Hotel suppliers like Choice Hotels International, Marriott, Hilton and InterContinental Hotels Group, threw a punch today aimed straight at the OTAs (Online Travel Agents) – like Expedia and Priceline – by launching a joint venture called Room Key. Now at first view this is awesome! It provides a new alternative search experience to find and book hotels. The home page is clean and simple in its design (something we can’t always say for hotel or OTA sites). But stepping back there are some questions one has to ask as to how this even came about and why.
I won’t bore anyone with details but it is fairly easy to find information out there about how competitive the Hospitality Supplier space is as a whole. They are all trying to vie for not only your and my hard-earned vacation dollars, but also which Hotel Brand (i.e Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Marriott etc) the owners of the individual hotels choose. Throw in the OTAs and it adds a whole new level to the mix – which makes the Republican, Democrat, and Independent fighting on Capitol Hill (and in the Media) look calm by comparison at times!
To help you understand think of Room Key like a new Hulu, but for the Hotel Suppliers. You take a bunch of competitors who normally don’t even like talking to each other, throw ’em in a room, and somehow they form a new company together. I mean a few years ago who would have thought that Fox, Disney, NBC etc would come together to create a company called Hulu? But they did because to them Google’s YouTube was a big enough threat to their profit models and control they wanted to have over their content. That is really what happened here. The OTAs have become a big enough threat to the ecosystem and the control which Hotel Suppliers (aka franchisers) have over their product and profitability that they had to do something. Room Key was their answer.
So just like Hulu (I know I should stop with the comparisons but could you?) the hotel companies come to the table with their “content” which is basically, hotels & room inventory. They provide this to the OTAs as well in a limited fashion, but the big difference here is they have complete control! They own Room Key! Yes it is an independently operating entity but really nothing happens without the input of the majority shareholders which in this case are the Marriotts and Choice Hotels of the world. Can they continue to work together to make it succeed? Or will this end up floating along never really becoming a contender because of too many competing interests?
Check out the site. It is clean! I like the search experience and according to their press release found on the site it will only get better.
Sound off below in the comments and let me know what you think about the site… This wasn’t intended as a review. Do you think it will float or sink?
The Paragon of “All That is Holy” to those who love Doughnuts…
The Krispy Kreme Hot Light is now available for all to see on your phone, your desktop, or even on Twitter!
Yes you heard right you can find out if fresh hot tasty scrumdiddlyumptious morsels that melt in your mouth are ready at a store near you… or across town if necessary. With a click of your mouse, a flick of your finger or a quick tweet you too can know if your cravings can be satisfied and where exactly to go to accomplish this task. Continue reading