High Tech Training Methods

Our training department had a webinar today for the franchisees and I was invited to sit in. It was an interesting way to get our message across to the franchisees but to also get instant feedback from the participants.

All participants logged in on their own store or home office computers and could see and hear the subject matter simultaneously. They could speak up or text questions during and after the presentation. It was all very impressive and I think it was an effective method to deliver the information.

After the webinar I was asked to give feedback on the whole experience. The training department has started using online surveys to get anonymous and therefore honest answers to questions like, “Do you feel the subject matter will be useful in your business?” The answers are tallied and used to evaluate to materials and the instructors. Very cool.

Guitar Case at Guitar Center

This Martin 12C545EC Vintage Dreadnought Guitar Case that I found online on the website of guitar center is a sweet deal for less than $200, when it originally sells for $350. That is a 42% savings. Along with free shipping and a 30 day return policy is just icing on the cake.

one sweet deal

Down from $350 to $199

I have needed a decent looking guitar case for a long time and have been just waiting to come across a sweet deal just like this, so it looks like my patience has paid off. I’m clicking the “Submit Button” tonight!

Wondering about “Sideways”

While kicking back on my Friday night I decided to watch a movie. Normally, I like action movies like Mel Gibson and Bruce Willis films, or comedies. For some reason I picked the movie “Sideways,” starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh. I don’t know much about the guys, but I have been a big fan of Virginia Madsen and I recognized Sandra Oh from another movie that I like very much and I believe she is on a popular TV show, too. So I thought it was worth a look.

It was a strange movie and I’m still not sure if I liked it. It particularly bothers me that people not living in America might watch it and think that the way these characters behaved is typical for Americans and their values, because I don’t think that is true. At least, I hope it is not true.

If you haven’t seen “Sideways,” the story premise is that a couple of guys are going on a short trip to California’s wine country as a type of bachelor party for Jack. The two guys are good friends but just can’t tell the truth to one another nor to the several girls that they meet. The comedy is in the consequences for their lying.

My favorite part is at the very end – (yeah! it’s over!) when Miles gets manipulated into breaking into someone’s house to get back Jack’s wallet. The very premise and the chase scene that ensues is absolutely hilarious.

My New 100% Cotton PRS Birds T-Shirt

The PRS Birds T-Shirt that I ordered online from musician’s friend arrived and I have to say that it looks great and since it is 100% cotton jersey material it feels quite comfortable as well. As I get older I have found that being comfortable in my clothes is a huge issue. Gone are the days that it was all about looking good no matter how it felt to me.

Considering this t-shirt has a two-color PRS graphic imprint that was originally selling for $25 and I got it for $20, with no shipping or handling charges tacked on to the order, I think I got a pretty sweet deal. And I love the contrast color blanket stitching on the waist, the cuffs, the shoulders and the armholes has really impressed me. Since I generally don’t buy a lot of things for myself (especially clothing) I think I should have ordered two of them while I had the chance and the money!

100% cotton shirt

My New PRS Birds T-Shirt

Preparing For Middle School Music

We are trying to be proactive and find out how to prepare for our oldest son’s first year in middle school. I still think that 5th grade is way too early to be in the same school along with 6th, 7th and 8th graders. And I shutter to think of how the bus ride will be in the mornings and afternoons with such a diverse group of kids. But 2 years ago the school board decided to take the 5th graders out of the elementary schools and include them with the current grades and there isn’t anything any of us can do, but prepare as much as possible and say a prayer I suppose.

Anyway we know that he will be in a music class and hopefully he will be good enough to be in their band. So we are looking around trying to find a student clarinet that we can find online. There really isn’t a wide variety of music stores around here. I don’t know what we would do if it weren’t for the Internet. I’ll have to ask my mother what she did back when we were all that age and played various musical instruments.

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