Teach Your Older Employees a New Approach

Teach Your Older Employees a New Approach

With ever-advancing technology and the increased competitiveness of a more globalized economy, more mature employees are finding that their jobs just aren’t what they use to be. That’s where additional training can become instrumental to their success.

While studies show that workers over the age of 50 are often more committed to education, many employers fail to make it accessible to them. With technology constantly changing, many may not necessarily know the ins and outs of the latest breakthrough gadget.

By providing additional training that they can use on the job, you can strengthen the loyalty of employees older than 50.

If you install new software or applications, don’t assume the technology is completely intuitive to all your employees. It’s always helpful to provide a tutorial or a group training session. But you shouldn’t always assume that your older workers don’t know their way around a computer. A 2010 report found that social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older has increased from 22 percent to 42 percent in the last year. In the past several years, technology has become pervasive in our daily lives. Many people today regularly use e-mail and social networking sites such as Facebook for personal communications.

However, it can sometimes be impossible to keep up with the fast pace of technology. Find out what your employees do and don’t know to help train them on relevant topics. Ask their opinion. Studies show us that older workers have a desire to better their job skills, but do you really know what they want to learn about?

It’s hard for you to keep tabs on every single employee. Select a training representative or provide a go-to resource, such as a designated e-mail or a comment drop box in the breakroom, for employees who want to request some additional assistance. Sometimes your employees may be too embarrassed to ask for help, so you’ll have to go to them. If you can’t talk to employees one-on-one, consider sending out a survey that asks about their training needs. Usually, if one employee is struggling, he or she isn’t alone. Based on these results, you can decide what training is most relevant and needed.

Admitting that you don’t know how to do something is hard for a worker of any age. Mature professionals who have years of experience under their belt may have a more difficult time confessing that they need help refreshing their approach. But as much as they may want to learn, their fear of being laughed at or thought of as incompetent may make them hesitant to attend a course or training session. When you announce training opportunities be sure to tell employees that taking these classes will in no way reflect poorly on their position at your company. Reassure them that this training is only meant to add to what they already know.

When you set up a training class, keep your employees’ comfort in mind. Among other things, experts recommend choosing a facility that has ergonomically-correct workstations, ample lighting and good acoustics. They also recommend that all presentation materials have large font and images, making them easier to read.

Schedule time for regular breaks, so that employees are able to get up and move around. Employees who are comfortable will to retain information more than those that aren’t. Consider giving employees training materials a few days prior to the training session to let them get familiar with the material.

Once in class, invite discussion. Allow them to ask questions and address any material that is perplexing to them. Also, provide hands-on learning whenever possible. For example, if you’re teaching employees about new computer software or applications, allow them time in class to test drive it as you give them pointers.

Once they’ve completed the training, provide follow-up training, online tools, discussion groups and other resources they can use to help them practice and review what they’ve learned. Investing in education for older loyal employees can produce a greater return on investment.

Source : Kristina Meyer

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Top 6+3 Social Media News and Knowledge Sites in the World

Best Among the Bests

1. http://www.mashable.com

  • Founded in 2005, Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. With more than 40 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific news site reporting breaking web news, providing analysis of trends, reviewing new websites and services, and offering social media resources and guides.
  • Mashable’s audience includes early adopters, social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, influencers, brands and corporations, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 aficionados and technology journalists. Mashable is also popular with bloggers, Twitter and Facebook users — an increasingly influential demographic.

2. http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com

  • Social Media Examiner is a free online magazine designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find leads, increase sales and generate more brand awareness.  Technorati and AdAge rank us as one of the world’s Top 100 business blogs.
  • Our more than 58,000 email subscribers look forward to our daily original content. Offering a unique single source of knowledge, the site contains comprehensive articles and videos on how to use the best social media tools, along with original case studies, reviews of the latest industry research and advice direct from the world’s leading experts.

3. http://www.socialmediatoday.com

  • Social Media Today is an independent online community for professionals in PR, marketing, advertising, or any other discipline where a thorough understanding of social media is mission critical. Every day, we provide insight and host lively debate about the tools, platforms, companies and personalities that are revolutionizing the way we consume information. All of our content is contributed by our members and curated by our editorial staff.

4. http://www.onlinesocialmedia.net/

  • Online Social Media was started with the specific aim to provide readers with news focused exclusively on Social Media, and Web 2.0 technology. We report on new Social Media services and Web sites, publish breaking news and offer social media guides and resources.
  • If you’re a social media enthusiast, technology journalist, entrepreneur, or love new media marketing, then you will find OSM a good source of information. OSM will be popular with Bloggers, Facebook users, and Twitter users thanks to news on this influential media.

5.  http://socialmediainfluence.com/

  • Social Media Influence provides intelligence and analysis for business professionals looking to understand and navigate the ever-evolving world of online communication.
  • Social Media Influence runs one of the longest-established social media conferences, publishes industry reports and best practice white papers for social media practitioners as well as providing social media training and consultancy.
  • Social Media Influence is a partnership between Custom Communication Ltd and Screen Events Ltd.

6. http://www.socialmediatrader.com

  • Here at SocialMediaTrader.com, we offer a regular selection of in-depth articles, statistical analysis, simple to digest guides, original and unique resources.
  • SocialMediaTrader.com has information that will help you expand your website and help you to truly engage your audience.
  • There are two of us writing for SocialMediaTrader.com, Nick Christensen(twitter: nicksc) and Chris Woodley(twitter: chris_smt). We created SocialMediaTrader to share information which we think is useful to the online marketing community.

Special Mention

7. http://www.social-media.alltop.com/

  • The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.
  • We do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. We group these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Then we display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Our topics run from adoption to zoology with photography, food, science, religion, celebrities, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, Macintosh, and hundreds of other subjects along the way.

8. http://www.socialnomics.net/

  • Socialnomics was founded by Erik Qualman with the intent of providing short social stories, statistics, studies and surprises.  The term Socialnomics also has a double meaning in that as the success of this site grows the more social good we hope to accomplish/give back.
  • The blog spawned from the #1 Best Selling International Book Socialnomics.

9. http://socialnewswatch.com

  • Social News Watch is designed to get the story behind the stories, digging deeper into the underlying mechanisms that drive the news, the websites, and the people behind it all.  We will look fleetingly at the history, focus on the present, and speculate about the future.
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Timeless Message for Timeless Campaign – "This is an introduction, the rest is up to you"

About 20 years ago, the Social Development Unit (SDU) of Singapore (now, Social Development Network) encouraged singles to enlarge their social circles by being open to introduction through friends and colleagues.

SDU started organising events since 1984, use internet for online dating shortly after 1995, created campaigns like Romancing Singapore in 2003 and passed onto public sector in 2005. In 2008, they they leave the job as event organiser to the private sector and changes their role to a mere regulatory body. Till date they have accredited more than 10 dating agencies.

The message of this campaign is still relevant today. The problem may be more complicated but the solution can still be simple. All it takes is a change of mindset and willing to step out of comfort zone to brush aside social stigma.

Truly, a timeless message for a time campaign!

How many of you remember these TV ads?

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Andrew Chow's linkedin Referrals/Recommendations

Good testimonial and recommendation should always be sought consistently as we serve different people in our business and career. A good gauge for credibility and good network is to have 5% of your Connections to give you Recommendation on Linkedin. So if you have 400 connections, you should have about 20 recommendation.

Below is a list from my humble linkedin account.


“Andrew is a natural connector and very resourceful person. His kindness and enthusiasm immediately connect to you and inspire a lot of Ideas and opportunities. He is always on top of the social media industry and he creates positive waves! A reliable person indeed whom you need to partner with!”
— Ellen Shi Min, Owner, SMART Translation, was a consultant or contractor to Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew is a great entrepreneur with great business ideas which are always innovative. He is the pioneer of local social networking and the success of his social networking portals has made him a very valuable consultant. I have attended his course on social media. What I have learnt not only useful to my organisation but also to me personally. I realise that marketing myself is equally important than marketing my organisation, as people can only relate well with people, not the physical centre.”
— Anita Ho, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is an extremely gifted at networking. He is sincere about helping others find valuable connections.”
— Au Yeong Yuen Mun, Strategist, Hospitality Star / eUniversity, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“I have been a friend and business associate of Andrew for almost a year since we connected on Linkedin. We’ve worked together and planned activities for several high profile clients. Andrew has a generous spirit and is a positive individual. I would say Andrew makes a good counterpart.”
— Gavin Choo, Founder & Director, Chris Cooper Group, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew can always think out of the box for new ideas, creatives. Helpful and always on the go to help or assist with different creatives. Always there if you need an idea …thus to his Ideamart!!!”
— Gin Wong, Assistant Business Development Manager, RGB-Color, was a consultant or contractor to Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Because of He smart and a lot of ideas, suitable with the company name Ideamart!”
— Lily Ratnasari Lios, Owner, PT. Surya Indo Singa, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew is a passionate and disciplined professional. He delivers his training with love, humour and passion. He is very service oriented and cares for his clients. Working with Andrew on the Singles Cruise Asia event as trainers to the attendees was indeed a fun and rewarding experience.”
— Murshidah Said, Owner, M & Z Empowerment Institute, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew is really an expert in the areas of PR and Branding. Especially when it comes to managing media crisis and harnessing the potential of social network channels to grow your business. Look him up if you are looking to re brand your company or re brand yourself, it will definitely benefit your company or career.”
— Leonardo Wong, Marketing Communications Executive, Singapore Chinese Orchestra Company Limited, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“It has been great to work with Andrew Chow. He is energetic, optimistic and always has creative ideas. He is daring to try new things and always feedback with cutting edge input on the projects we are doing together. Andrew is also a great team player, good listener. Looking forward to continuing work with him in the new year.”
— Ocean Wang, independant artist, Ocean The Artist, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd


“Andrew is a meticulous coach. He put into consideration the welfare of the recipients when conducting courses. He makes his courses lively and engaging with jokes and hands on practical. Andrew is also a responsible consultant who comes in prepared. A very knowledge person with all his Social Media information up to date. His passion for social media is unquestionable. He encourages his recipients and assuring them that they can do as good as he is, if not better. He is
certainly a great leader who is not afraid to share his successful stories and methods.”
— Daphne Chloe Toh, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew delivered a creative and far sighted class on social media. He lives and walk the talk of what he is teaching, a truly commendable feat. His class was both engaging and informative. A definite must for those who are interested in implementing social media change for their business.”
— Marie Wong, was Andrew’s client

“The two days workshops conducted by Andrew on developing and implementing social media strategy for SMEs were enlightening. He was able to give good examples to illustrate the application of different social media channels from the practitioner point of view. We will definitely tap on his expertise to roll out our branding and marketing plan for the company.”
— Puay Hoon TAN, was Andrew’s client

“Mr Andrew Chow displays a strong understanding of the use of social media and provides practical insights on how to help non-profits relate to businesses. He is visionary, well connected and good at spotting future trends. I have learned much from him.”
— Adrian Choon Hock Tan, was Andrew’s client

“he is the best in his field and knows how connect everyone together.”
— Gnex Ganesan, was Andrew’s client

“I am impressed by Andrew’s knowledge and willingness to coach in a one-day workshop, Implementing a Winning Strategy for Social Media. He is an excellent presenter and coach. I am sure the class will benefit a lot from his sharing. Most of all, his passion for social media is undeniable.”
— Wendy Poh, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is clearly an expert in the fields of branding, PR and Social Media. He has provided us with great direction in formalising our social media strategy and will be referring business his way.”
— Melvin Byres, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is knowledgeable and passionate about Social Media Branding. He walks the talk and integrated much of social media into his lifestyle. He is an excellent trainer and consultant who who has a fertile mind full of ideas and imagination. He is fun to work with.”
— Ang Daniel, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is a true Master Match Maker in matching businesses to their business clients. Businesses are match-made through his ability to forge strategic alliances. He provides public relations strategic counsel to SMEs’ by matching them to the right media in order to effectively communicate their messages to their target market. Andrew also matches his corporate clients’ with their target consumers by executing comprehensive branding strategy and integrated marketing. Last but not least, Andrew’s record as a social match maker is well documented in the media ever since 2005 when he managed Romancing Singapore and later founded Table For Six.”
— Rovena Plique, was Andrew’s client

“”Andrew strikes me as a passionate, visionary and philosophical entrepreneur, who is dead-set to create a new thrilling era for the dating industry, which has been a taboo subject for a long time. I could feel his excitement and sincerity as he shares his vision and mission and charts a road map of true love for any single that looks for him.” Victor Tan Suan Howe – Spirit of Enterprise Award 2008″
— Tan Suan Howe Victor, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is a great friend to have. Very helpful and knowledgeable in his field in PR. Everyone should work with him.”
— David Wee, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is a creative and very enterprising and these shows in his work. He is also proactively trying to improve on the job / project which is very helpful for me as a client. Great guy to work with.”
— Pin Kee Lam, was Andrew’s client

“Andrew is a great connector, who really knows how to deliver innovative and personable services that puts him far ahead of others. He shows great dedication to his work and warmth and care towards the clients he has. Always a charming host, you can expect to meet a knowledgeable, charismatic, entertaining and trendy businessman with good business acumen and fine taste in wine.”
— Wai Hong Ho, was Andrew’s client

“Great time with his activities”
— Cindy Ng, was Andrew’s client


“Andrew is a visionary. His strong business acumen and eye for detail allows him to transform the social networking landscape in Singapore, taking an idea from concept to execution. On stage, Andrew is towering and captivates attention. Off stage, he is kind and compassionate to help people improve themselves. I look forward to exchange ideas with him!”
— Ezen Ho, General Manager, Eroma Marketing, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“I recently met Andrew as a result of reaching out for help with my start-up company. Andrew was able to offer his valuable pointers regarding the market and business plan, some of which have already been implemented. I was very impressed with his insights and understand the value he brings to his clients in areas such as social media, marketing and event management. Andrew’s definitely someone I want to remain in contact with as a future collaboration partner.”
— Andrew C Abraham, Founder and CEO, Kintuition, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew is a gifted teacher and mentor. Not just because he has many years of experience in Social Media,but he knows a variety of creative teaching methods to teach and you couldn’t just miss anything he taught. he is always encouraging and positive to me. I appreciate his time to share with me on certain marketing ideas and conceptualization.”
— Lucretius Goh, Regional Channel Sales, INQ Mobile, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“It is a great pleasure to work with Andrew, and I am delighted to make this recommendation. For there are three words that aptly described him: creative, passionate, generous. His willingness to share ideas with people despite his workload says alot about the person that he is. Indeed, Andrew is the go-to Ideas person.”
— Ange TEO, Owner, e2m – expat etiquette mentoring, was a consultant or contractor to Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew has consistently demonstrated his self-motivation and enthusiasm on whatever business ideas and projects he wanted to promote and deliver over the years that I have known Andrew. Andrew is an extremely sharp, bright, positive and creative businessman whom people will feel GREAT to work and to associate with, in both business and social ccasions.”
— Jason Chan, Regional IT Technical Consultant, Sun MIcrosystems Incorporated, was a consultant or contractor to Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew is an incredible media person with great network of contacts. A never say die attitude person who can get things done in a ziffy. He has been a constant adviser and mentor to me. Way to go, Mate !”
— Satheesh Paddolker, Vice President – ASEAN, MindNeurons, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“Andrew is a professional marketers and entrepreneur with many years of experiences. He is dedicated to transforming the life of others around him and consistently demonstrated sharp sense of business. He is good at seeking out complementary collaboration between people and maintain high level of focus in adding values to his customers.”
— Yew Chor, Gary Khoo, Co-Founder, Knowledge Mastery Pte Ltd, was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd

“I have know Andrew for many years. He’s the one that delivers his promise & prompt in his action. With service excellence. I highly recommend him for any projects you may given to him.”
— Ben Ng, Creative / Managing Partner, Foto88 (Foto & Grafics 1973-2007), was with another company when working with Andrew at Ideamart (S) Pte Ltd


“A true-blue social media innovator and marketer, always exciting with creative and original new ideas to offer and share :)”
— Sharon Tan, Group Marketing Manager, Mary Chia Holdings Limited, was with another company when working with Andrew at Table For Six LLP

“Andrew has always been very helpful in providing insights into drafting our conference program with the knowledge that he has on the media & marketing industry. Creativity is one of his forte and he has provided some very interesting & innovative ideas to us and I thank him for pushing some of these boundaries for us!”
— Linda Teo, Managing Director, T.U.N International, was a consultant or contractor to Andrew at
Table For Six LLP

“Andrew is one of the most creative business person I have ever met in my life. He can come up with great and exciting ideas for social events to the PR and marketing for our companies in just a heart beat. Despite his busy schedule of running his own businesses as well as accepting other free lance projects in PR and Marketing, he still finds time to be a mentor to a few of us. His guidance for the past one and a half years in not only the dating business but how to manage a
business has inspired me grow into a more confident and driven entrepreneur.”
— Jasmine Cheong, Owner, Ardor LLP, worked directly with Andrew at Ardor LLP


“As the managing agent of Romancing Singapore, Andrew went to great length to bring together both businesses and individuals who could contribute towards the dating industry. Under his helm, Romancing Singapore reached greater heights. Andrew is generous with his advices and compliments. At the same time, he is quick to point out doubtful areas and ever so ready to offer suggestions. Andrew is soaring great heights in the area of work he is now pursuing and sky’s the limit for him.”
— Annie Chan, Events Provider, Social Development Unit (SDU), was with another company when working with Andrew at Romancing Singapore

“I worked with Andrew before, he is a pleasant, knowledgeable and trustworthy partner.”
— Frank Amptmeijer, Owner, Mac Pacific, was with another company when working with Andrew at Romancing Singapore

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Developing Brand Ambassadors for Hong Kah Point through Social Media Journalists : Bloggers

The importance of Social Media for Business

Social media brings about a fundamental shift in communications from corporate to peers (social networking)

It’s no longer about brands crafting key messages through public relations or creating a punchline for marketing. It is about social influence and advocate from a 3rd party’s voice that bring about credibility and mindshare.

Developing Social Brand Ambassadors will be a thriving trend in marketing in 2011. It will require a serious budget allocation along with other marketing initiatives.

No longer will any advertisement be complete without the presence of social media platform for crowd sourcing or immediate response.

What are imperative for social media implementation to be successful ?

In order for social implementation to be successful, there are 8 main areas an organisation need to examine before taking the plunge :

  • senior management buy-in
  • social media knowledge level
  • existing customer engagement level
  • competitive insight level
  • staff and resources allocation
  • what are the plans and channels selected
  • the presence of process documentation
  • governance and measurement control

The Story of Heartland Fiesta 2011

Below is the case study of Heartland Fiesta (1-28 May), am initiative by Bole Business Consultancy. (www.myheartland.com.sg). It’s objective is to bring back the spirit of heartland centres’ vibrancy through Eat, Shop and Play concept. Already into its 3rd year in 2011, it can no loner create the same buzz through traditional media like TV, radio and newspaper advertisement.

Even with the creation of the fan page, there is a need to create awareness through strong advocate (aka. social media celebrities).  This problem is compounded by the fact that many neighbourhood centres in various parts of Singapore are involved. It is a social campaign and needed social celebrities to get involved.

The Neighbourhood  Centres:

  • Toa Payoh Central
  • Bishan Town Centre
  • Teck Whye Neighbourhood Centre
  • Jurong West N5 Neighbourhood Centre (Hong Kah Point)
  • People’s Park
  • Tampines Neighbourhood Centre 4

The beginning of the Journey : Hong Kah Point

Very few Singaporeans even for those living in the West know where is Hong Kah Point. Many thought it is a mall, or a building where the town council is. It is in fact a serious of 10 HDB blocks locating at Jurong West St 51 (Blk 501 – 510). It is also known as “Chinatown of the West”

Selection of social brand ambassadors

The requirement is simple, anyone who lives, eat, play and shop at neighbourhood centres. Social Media is about uniting people with common interest. It is no longer segmenting people based on age, gender, income level or occupation.

The offer - We invited 8 bloggers with a brief summary of Hong Kah Point, 3 weeks before Lunar New Year on Jan 9. To ensure google visibility, we prepare a list of tags to be inserted into their post. Each blogger is given $150 of ang pow to eat, shop and play in Hong Kah Point on 15 Jan from 10am to any time they wish to leave. The mission is to discover the magic and spirit of Hong Kah Point and capture them on blog with pictures, video, montage or even animation. They are free to bring anyone along but the budget to shop remains the same. There will be a competition among them to select the top 3 blog. The criteria is a) Content b) Creativity c) Vote. The prize is cash money :

  • 1st Prize – $300
  • 2nd Prize – $200
  • 3rd Prize – $100

15 Jan, 2011 @ Hong Kah Point Blk 504

On 15 jan, after some briefing with a map, Mr Kelvin Tan, Secretary of the Hong Kah Shop Proprietors’ Association gave out the ang pow to 8 happy bloggers. They are :

Their blogs for the Hong Kah Point Shopping trips are as follows:


Honorable Mention

Google Search

1. On 30 Jan 2011, 10 days after closing of submission

2. On 23 Feb, 30 days after closing of submission

Conclusion :

  • Results
    • The fan base of the page increase 100% in 2 weeks
    • Google ranking improved and stay consistent after one month
    • More than 500 pictures were added.
  • Social Media readiness
    • Senior Management Buy-in – Both the management and staff were supportive of the social campaign
    • Social Media Knowledge - All key staff are administrators of the page
    • Existing customer engagement level – Most micro business owners have yet to catch on the social media fire, but the younger generation living in neighbourhood centres are more aware of Hong Kah Point
    • Competitive insight level – In this case study, there was no competitors of a similar business
    • Staff and resources allocation – Staff planning and consultancy were needed and fund for shopping and prizes were also allocated.
    • What are the plans and channels selected – Only Facebook and Bloggers were engaged this time
    • the presence of process documentation – It is not integrated to other marketing initiatives except for press advertisement
    • governance and measurement control – As this is the pilot initiative, the governance is entirely depended on the discretion of the consultant
  • More projects are under way – those who are bloggers and keen to partcipate in the next shopping.blogging trip, please contact Andrew Chow – andrew@ideamart.com.sg
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Christmas (20-23 Dec,2010) @ Conrad Hotel @ Bangkok, Thailand






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For all the aspiring online publishing authors…Smashwords is your answer

Do you want to be a online published author like me? I searched for a long time for the right partner and the effort pays off. Smashwords is my answer. It is one of the online publishers which work with Apple.

Although I am still in the midst of working out the style guide, I am happy to share good things on the net like Smashwords.

Smashwords is an ebook publishing and distribution platform for ebook authors, publishers and readers.

They offer multi-format, DRM-free ebooks, ready for immediate sampling and purchase, and readable on any e-reading device.

For readers, Smashwords provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word.

Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library-building, and each week we add new features based on feedback from members.

At Smashwords, the authors and publishers have complete control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their written works.

Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, short fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, monographs, non-fiction, research reports, essays, or other written forms that haven’t even been invented yet.

Smashwords ebooks are distributed to major online ebook retailers such as the Apple iPad iBookstore(Smashwords is an authorized Apple Aggregator), Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo (our books also go to Borders and Samsung, powered by Kobo), the Diesel eBook Store, and soon, Amazon.

To qualify to publish at Smashwords, you must be the original author or the exclusive digital publisher, distributor or literary agent. Smashwords does not publish public domain books unless you are the original author.

It’s free to publish and distribute with Smashwords.

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Art of Life : Inspirational Words by Andy Rooney

They’re  written by Andy Rooney , a man who has the gift of saying so much with so  few words. Enjoy…….

I’ve  learned….  That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly  person.

I’ve  learned….  That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve  learned….  That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my  day.

I’ve  learned….  That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful  feelings in the world.

I’ve  learned….  That being kind is more important than being  right.

I’ve  learned….  That you should never say no to a gift from a  child.

I’ve  learned…. That  I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him  in some other way.

I’ve  learned….  That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a  friend to act goofy with.

I’ve  learned….  That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to  understand.

I’ve  learned….  That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I  was a child did wonders for me as an  adult.

I’ve  learned….  That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end,  the faster it goes.

I’ve  learned….  That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask  for.

I’ve  learned…. That  money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve  learned….  That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so  spectacular.

I’ve  learned… That  under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and  loved.

I’ve  learned….  That to ignore the facts does not change the  facts.

I’ve  learned…. That  when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person  continue to hurt you.

I’ve  learned….  That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve  learned….  That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with  people smarter than I am.

I’ve  learned…. That  everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a  smile.

I’ve  learned….  That no one is perfect until you fall in love with  them.

I’ve  learned… That  life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve  learned…. That  opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you  miss.

I’ve  learned….  That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock  elsewhere.

I’ve  learned….  That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before  she passed away.

I’ve  learned….  That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he  may have to eat them.

I’ve  learned….  That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your  looks.

I’ve  learned…. That  when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little  fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve  learned….  That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness  and growth occurs while you’re climbing  it.

I’ve  learned….  That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

To all of  you…. Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.

It’s National  Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care. Send this to  everyone you consider a FRIEND, even if it means sending it back to the  person who sent it to you. If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you  have a circle of friends. HAPPY FRIENDSHIP WEEK TO YOU!!!!!! YOU ARE MY  FRIEND AND I AM HONORED! Now send this to every friend you have!! And to  your family. This was sent to me by a friend.

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