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My Crazy Project – Read 52 of the Best Business Books in 52 Weeks, and Post a Weekly Review

“You wasted $150,000 on an education you could have got for a buck fifty in late charges at the public library.”
– Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon), Good Will Hunting. First of all I want to introduce myself to those who don’t know me: I am Olivier Roland, I’m 27 years old, I’m French and I manage an information services company that I created when I was 19 (with 3 people).

Are you familiar with the Personal MBA? It’s a concept created by Josh Kaufman. Going off the assumption that business schools don’t have a monopoly on knowledge and wisdom, he suggests that every one of us passes a personal MBA by reading a selection of the best business books that exist, around 77 published in 2008 (93 with supplements) in 12 different categories.

  1. Quick Start

  2. Productivity and Efficiency

  3. Psychology and Communication

  4. Design and Production

  5. Marketing, Sales and Negotiation

  6. Entrepreneurship

  7. Management and Leadership

  8. Strategy and Innovation

  9. Finances and Analysis

  10. Personal Finance

  11. Supplement : Business History

  12. Supplement : Business Reference But what is an MBA, you might ask? It stands for Master of Business Administration – a degree that is the result of some very expensive classes (about ¬50,000 in europe, $100,000 in the United States!) and at a high level for doing business in the global economy, strategy, marketing, finance, human resources and management. Usually it takes from 12 to 24 months and it’s often pursued by students who want to finish off their education with a prestigious degree, usually executives in mid career who wish to boost their professional potential by acquiring high level knowledge – at an outrageous cost – quite apart from the cost itself, an MBA requires that you sacrifice a whole year or two, sometimes requiring you to give up your salaried job.

    That’s why Josh came up with the idea of acquiring the essential knowledge distilled in the MBA – that 20% of people accomplish 80% of the results – by reading a carefully chosen list of the best books covering the subject areas taught in the MBA – for less than $3,500, if you buy the books new, and even less than that if you buy the books used or borrow them.

    Started in 2005, the personal MBA has been aired twice, and now the idea is beginning to take off: take a look at this article in Business Week or this one in Lifehacker. It seems that the idea of getting a quality education by yourself is not new. To learn more about the personal MBA, read The Personal MBA Manifesto.

    My project consists of 52 books from this list. I am approaching this project seriously, and I am preparing for it in the same way I would train for a marathon: I know that the challenge will be long and difficult, especially once the initial motivation – as well the enthusiasm of getting started – wear off. Why am I doing this? Here are my reasons:

    • Because I am a an autodidact and I love to learn. What’s more I love to read and I love to learn by reading. Since I built my business when I was young – 19 year old, I would be the happy owner of a degree if it weren’t for 10 or 20 missing credits, and I have learned most of what I know on the job, learning a lot from my mistakes, and also taking some classes here and there. I have also taken some night classes, but the practical application of these classes is not always apparent in my business.

    • Because I feel the need to get more knowledge to better run my business, to better understand the workings of the business world in which I find myself, to be more effective in all the projects that I have taken on or will take on, and to get a better appreciation for the world in general.

    • Because I have read several of the books listed in the PMBA already, and I found them all to be excellent, with a special mention for The 4-Hour Workweek. They all changed the perception that I had of certain things, sometimes radically. They have all changed my life on at least one level or have given me a new tool to work with. In light of the important changes that these 7 books induced, I can hardly imagine what 52 will do!

    • Because reading 52 books in 52 weeks, and writing a review, and posting it here without ruining my professional life and my social life represents a challenge in itself, which will call into action all my abilities for organization and self motivation. If I procrastinate too long, if I don’t organize myself well enough, if my motivation sinks like a rock, I won’t get there. And you will be the first to know it. I will learn as much from the project itself as I will learn from the books.

    • To do a real life experiment to see if it’s possible to change your life by reading the right books. That’s the point of this blog – I don’t want to create a blog that only talks about this challenge – and I will try to show that it’s possible by sharing with you what it brings to my business, to my projects and to my daily life.

    • To share the results of this project with others, in particular by writing clear, concise and relevant summaries.

    • To improve my English (About 80% of the books are only available in English). How shall I undertake this task? Here are the rules of the challenge:

      1. Choose 52 books from the actual list of The Personal MBA.

      2. Read one a week for 52 weeks. Write a relevant summary, that includes an overall summary as well as chapter by chapter, if the book lends itself to that.

      3. Sacrifice only what is useless. I don’t plan on giving up my other activities – my business, improv theater, sports, my two entrepreneur clubs, my other blogs, my leisure time, my personal life. I am going to try and organize myself better and get rid of only what is useless – casually surfing the web, video games, YouTube, everything that wastes precious time in general. I can’t cut out TV, since I hardly watch it anyway.

      4. Take action. To think without doing something is just as stupid as to do something without thinking. Thought is based both on our experience – in the field – and our knowledge – acquired from books, school, in conversation with others. The first problem is to choose the 52 books from among the 77 or the 93 of the PMBA. This wasn’t an easy task. First, there are several books that I have already read (7 in all). For the most part, I decided to add them all to the list because (1) they are worth reading again and (2) I want to write a review for them because it seems to me they are all important.

        In the end, I got rid of the two Supplement sections (Business History and Business Reference), that’s 16 books, the books are only available in an audio version (being French, it’s much harder for me to understand spoken English than written English), a large part of the category Design and Production (being about services and software, this seemed less important to me), everything in the category Personal Finance (I have already read The Millionnaire Next Door, which has already opened my eyes on this subject – as well as the blogsGet Rich Slowly and The Simple Dollar and I will wait to be richer before I get deeper into this topic 😉 and the ones that seemed too specialized or too specific to the USA.

        Here, then, is the list of the 52 books that I will read. The original PMBA obviously suggests a list that is exclusively English titles, but some of them have been translated into French. I will read them in French when possible, to save time, and I will read the rest in English.

          Quick Start

        1. 10 Days to Faster Reading by Abby Marks-Beale
        2. >StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
        3. Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale

          Productivity and Efficiency

        4. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
        5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
        6. Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst
        7. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
        8. The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz
        9. The Simplicity Survival Handbook by Bill Jensen
        10. Cut to the Chase by Stuart Levine
        11. The Unwritten Laws of Business by W.J. King
        12. Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun
        13. Results Without Authority by Tom Kendrick

          Psychology and Communication

        14. How to Win Friends & Influence Peopleby Dale Carnegie
        15. Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
        16. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Deliveryby Garr Reynolds
        17. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath
        18. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
        19. Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions by Gary Klein
        20. Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
          Design and Production

        21. Getting Real by 37signals (free PDF ebook)
          Marketing, Sales and Negotiation

        22. All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin
        23. Indispensable by Joe Calloway
        24. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got by Jay Abraham
        25. The Sales Bible by Jeffrey Gitomer
        26. The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
        27. SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham
        28. Bargaining For Advantage by G. Richard Shell
        29. 3-D Negotiation by David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius


        30. The New Business Road Test by John Mullins
        31. Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson
        32. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
        33. How to Make Millions with Your Ideas by Dan Kennedy

          Management and Leadership

        34. First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
        35. 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner & James Harter
        36. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
        37. Growing Great Employees by Erika Andersen
        38. >45 effective ways for hiring smart by Pierre Mornell
        39. Judgment by Noel Tichy & Warren Bennis
        40. The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
        41. The Essential Drucker by Peter F. Drucker
          Strategy and Innovation

        42. Purpose: The Starting Point of Great Companies by Nikos Mourkogiannis
        43. Strategy Blue Ocean by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
        44. Seeing What’s Next by Clayton M. Christensen, Erik A. Roth, Scott D. Anthony
        45. Learning from the Future by Liam Fahey & Robert Randall
        46. Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
        47. Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
        48. Green to Gold by Daniel Esty & Andrew Winston

          Finances and Analysis

        49. Turning Numbers Into Knowledge by Jonathan Koomey
        50. Show Me The Numbers by Stephen Few
        51. Marketing Metrics by Paul W. Farris, Neil T. Bendle, Phillip E. Pfeifer, and David J. Reibstein
        52. Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik

        I don’t plan on necessarily reading the books in this order, but I will try to read everything one category at a time so that it is easier to compare and connect my new knowledge.

        My project kicks off officially on the October 1st. Let’s meet the 4th or 5th for the first review of the first book, 10 Days to Faster Reading.

Source by Olivier Roland


Development of Urdu Language

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Urdu is one of the most widely spoken languages in the Indian subcontinent. Other than that, communities all over the world speak it. In total almost 4 million people, speak the Urdu language.

Several factors lead to the development of Urdu language. The four most important of all the factors are given below.

1. Development of Urdu by speaking

The Urdu language was developed among the soldiers of the British Army who belonged to different nations. The word ‘Urdu’ itself means’Army’.To communicate with each other fluently, these soldiers used to speak in an amalgam of Persian, Arabic and Turkish languages.

However, very soon the language reached to the Royal courts. Actually, the language was easier than the Persian language. So the Royals also liked it. In those times, speaking Urdu became one of the trendiest things. Soon the Hindu population too started to speak it, by including many Sanskrit words to the language.

2. Development of Urdu through poetry

The Royals of the Indian subcontinent were very interested in the poetry. Amir Khusro was the first man who attempted Urdu poetry in the 13th century. It was a huge success. However, for another century no one prominent dared to experiment in Urdu poetry. In the 18th and 19th century, poets gave a major boost to the Urdu poetry. The royals too appreciated it in every way. They used to hold Mushairas in their courts and used to pay monthly stipends to the poets. Other than that, they used to bestow valuables upon their favorite poets.

3. Development of Urdu through prose

Unlike the Urdu poetry, Urdu short story or novel did not become a trend. The major reason is that the Royals were never interested in the reading. However, after the decline of Mughals and in the era of the British, a very intelligent man attempted to write an Urdu novel. The name of the man was Deputy Nazir Ahmed and the name of the novel is Mirat ul Uroos. Despite the fact that it was the first novel of Urdu, the novel became a huge success. Even today the novel is popular and in demand. In fact, Deputy Nazir Ahmed can be called the first and the most prestigious institution of the Urdu novel.

4. Development of Urdu through journalism

The Urdu journalism was late to pick up as compared to the Urdu poetry. However, as compared to the Urdu novel it picked up quite soon. In fact, when the atrocities of the British rose gradually, many prominent Hindus and Muslims took notice. So they started monthly, bimonthly, and weekly digest with focus on the current affairs and political satires.

Those magazines also had a dose of the ethics and the morals to be introduced among the Muslims and the Hindus both. It is needless to say that even the starting of the Urdu journalism contributed a lot to the mental awakening of the people of the subcontinent.

In fact, if it were not for the Urdu poetry, prose and journalism, the people of subcontinent might not had realized their worth and fought to drive the British out of the subcontinent.

Source by Asad Asrar


Refresh Rate Explained – 100Hz, 200Hz and 600Hz Compared

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Refresh Rate Explained

Trying to choose a TV today can be difficult. Very difficult. One of the most widely debated features of flat panel TVs is the ever confusing Refresh Rate. There are quite a number of different refresh rates being featured on today’s Digital TVs. 50Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz, and 600Hz. These Refresh Rates can easily divide opinion.

What is Refresh Rate, and why is it important?

Every video we watch is made up of thousands of “frames”. The refresh rate, or “Hertz” (Hz) is a measure of the number of frames shown on your TV screen each second. Remember in your younger years, when you were bored in school and used to draw a stick figure in the top corner of every page in your book, and then flick through it quickly to make it look like it was moving? This is basically what your TV is doing to produce motion on the screen.

It is refreshing (i.e. flicking) through frames (i.e. pages) to produce motion. Now the quicker you can flick through pages in your book – the faster and smoother the stick figures motion seems to be. Secondly, the more stages of movement you draw the stick figure in on each page – the more natural it will seem to move.

So let’s go back to our TV – if the same principal is applied, then the TV is able to show you a smoother motion if it can flick through its frames quicker. And by adding extra frames in between other frames – this causes the TV to produce a smoother transition from one frame to the other. So, the more times the screen can be “refreshed” every second, the smoother the image’s motion will seem to be.

The standard broadcast signal we receive in Australia is 50Hz. That means that the image on your Digital TV is refreshed 50 times each second. 50Hz is a fairly slow rate, and it is possible to see blurring or judder in the picture when watching fast moving sporting events or action movies, or any scenes where the camera pans across very fast. So the way the TV fixes this issue is to create intermediate frames and then insert them between the original frames. This is referred to as interpolation, or 100Hz Technology.

“100Hz technology doubles the number of frames shown per second which helps to reduce the blurring and is ideal for watching action movies and sports.”

To some people, the 100Hz motion can seem to be a bit “too” smooth initially, but once you adjust, it can be very difficult to return to a 50Hz TV, especially on a large screen. Today, larger and larger TVs have become very accessible in terms of price. Now because the picture is bigger, you will notice things like judder even more.

The majority of these large Flat Screen TVs (if not all) are 1080P Full HD. That means that there is a lot of information being displayed on the screen, and all of that information needs to be moved around very fast for it to look smooth. On a large Flat Screen TV running at 1080P and 50Hz, fast panning shots can show a lot of judder, because there is just so much image information being shifted around the screen, our eyes will pick up a lot of motion artefacts. So essentially, by doubling the number of frames, 100Hz removes the majority of motion judder.

So if 100Hz gets rid of judder, why do I need 200Hz?

Interpolation at 100Hz is good, but again, with a lot of Full HD, high resolution content like Blu-Ray, Gaming and more recently 3D Technology, now available to every home, and 46″ – 65″ LED screens surging in popularity due to plummeting prices – there’s more benefit to be had from your TV doubling its refresh efforts. While 100Hz will certainly remove a lot of motion judder from LED TVs and LCD TVs, the bigger the screen, the more apparent the remaining artefacts and judder become. So 200Hz was born…

By inserting 3 additional frames between each existing frame, instead of one as 100hZ does, 200Hz processors improve motion smoothness further and succeed in making objects look more “solid”. The aim of 200Hz is to keep objects such as Soccer Balls, or any small objects moving very fast across the screen, from losing their shape, blurring or breaking up when being propelled across the screen. However, it’s not as simple as just adding an extra three frames – that’s not quite the extent of the technology. A processor inside the TV looks at two sequential frames and then actually creates three NEW additional frames in between them.

Going back to our stick figure analogy, that means drawing four times as many stick figures by using four times as many pages, and flicking through those pages at the same speed. This fact, however, is where some 200Hz TVs succeed – or fail miserably!

Imagine you’ve drawn a stick figure on fifty pages, and can flick through those fifty pages in one second, without missing a page, and at a constant speed. Now double those pages, and you will find it harder to flick through the whole hundred pages without missing a few – let alone the same speed throughout. So your stick figure may seem to move smoothly, then judder, then smoothly again. Now, imagine trying to do that with two hundred pages. It’s a struggle, and you are sure to miss a number of pages along the way. To put it one way – some people will do a better job than others.

This also rings very true for TVs. There are some processors out there which do a much better job than others do. There are some 200Hz processors which don’t quite cut the mustard, and you can see odd frames skipping, lots of inaccurate and seemingly unnatural movement. So beware – not all 200Hz processors are created equal!

A lot of Plasma screens seem to highlight 600Hz – they must be at least three times faster, right?

Well in short – not exactly! What 600Hz Sub-Field Driving does, with a 50Hz source like how our Australian TV is broadcast, is split each frame into 12 separate frames or “sub-fields”, and then show them individually on the screen. What it does not do is create NEW frames. That means 12 sub-fields per frame in 50Hz (frames per second) creates 600 frames per second (50×12=600). The more sub-fields you have per frame, the more accurate the colour reproduction and less picture noise.

So technically, 600Hz sub-field drive is not solely linked to, nor is its primary purpose, eliminating motion judder.

Why are the manufacturers causing all this confusion?

Because Plasma vs. LCD technology is still the biggest debate when it comes to choosing a Flat Screen TV. The difference in technology is causing manufacturers like Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Sony to heavily promote features and benefits of their panels to attract customers.

As far as LCD, and now LED Digital TV Panels have advanced – the fact of the matter is that for smooth, natural motion in fast scenes – a Plasma is still superior.

With the way Plasma technology works, 100Hz or 200Hz isn’t a useful feature to have. But with LCD and LED heavily marketing 100Hz/200Hz, from a marketing perspective they needed a number to combat that. Some added 100Hz before, but now 200Hz LED and LCD have become more common, so they’ve started quoting the sub-field number – 600Hz.

The same thing happened with 1080p and ‘Full HD’. LCD manufacturers introduced terms on their TVs – purely from a marketing perspective – to try and deflect attention from the fact that a good Plasma TV produced a more “natural” picture.

In reality, the plasma manufacturers are being slightly misleading in how they market 600Hz sub field driving. In one way they are saying to customers that our 600Hz is a feature that helps remove motion judder three times as much as a 200Hz TV.

While this is not directly true – they are using it to promote a very true feature of plasma technology – superior motion handling. There is a little bit of “the pot calling the kettle black” when it comes to the LCD manufacturers though. While it is true that 200Hz was designed to aid motion on a large screen TV – the fact that the resulting image can often seem unnatural during fast scenes puts a big question mark over whet
her this aids or hinders what the customer is seeing. The insertion of frames that are not meant to be there can make it all look a little fake, in many people’s opinion. If you do encounter that, it’s best to disable it for that particular movie.

So, what is best? 100Hz, 200Hz or 600Hz?

In summary, for fast paced natural movement, Plasma screens are still superior. They do not need to create extra frames to eliminate motion judder, so the resulting image seen is not fake or unnatural. There are pros and cons for both Plasma and LCD technology, and opinion will always be divided one way or another, but if you prefer a smooth, natural picture – even though LCD and LED technology has improved immensely – a Plasma screen is still the way to go.

Source by Michael M Moussa


The Art of Properly Answering the Telephone – The 12 Basic Elements

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Many marketing dollars are budgeted to ensure that customers can reach businesses. Most advertising documents, such as letterheads, business cards, phone book ads, newspaper ads etc highlight telephone numbers in a most prominent way.

Yet very few training dollars are dedicated to properly answering the telephone. As a general rule the person responsible for answering the telephone has quite a few other duties to perform that are not always compatible with telephone answering. Most often the person designated to answer the phone is the first available individual.

In many businesses, it is not rare to see a huge reception area very ornately decorated to greet visitors and a receptionist, occupied with a multitude of tasks, too busy to properly greet visitors or answer the telephone properly.

When you look at the help wanted adds, virtually all those for receptionists ask for skills and qualifications that have nothing or very little to do with telephone handling. What will accounting basics; Excel, Word and or PowerPoint do for your corporate image when the phone rings?

Whenever someone calls a business, an image is forming in his or her mind as soon as the telephone starts ringing. When the call is answered that image is either positively or negatively reinforced.

Therefore a large portion of the dollars spent to enhance a corporate image can rapidly go to waste every time someone calls.

Call your office and experience what all callers do and then review the basic elements of the Art of Properly Answering the Telephone. How are you faring out?

The following are so basic that the tendency is to take them lightly and quite often ignore them. Reviewing them regularly and evaluating how they are being applied will most certainly prove to be beneficial. Who can really afford to lose a customer or a prospect by neglecting a few basic techniques and principles?

Your corporate image is always at risk. No matter how often a caller is being transferred, within your business, everyone picking up the line is responsible for its safekeeping.

Test yourself the next time you answer the phone and see how many of these elements you actually apply before you decide to consider them so basic that “heck, everybody knows that!”

To help you evaluate your performance, give yourself points or ask someone to grade you (Always =3, sometimes = 2, rarely =1, never = 0) for each of the following elements and see how close you come to the perfect 36.

1. Always smile before you answer the phone…

When you smile, you are actually sending a message to your brain that you are in a pleasant, congenial and happy mood. Even if it is not entirely true, your subconscious will actually accept this as a fact. This will affect your tone of voice as well as your manner of answering. Have you ever tried smiling and frowning at the same time? Ever tried talking to someone in a very abrupt or upset manner while you are smiling? You never know for sure who is at the other end of the line when you answer a call. Your entire corporate image is reflected on that magical moment which lasts but a few seconds. Your smile will leave a pleasant lingering image with your caller.

POINTS ______

2. Always enunciate clearly and energetically your business as well as your name…

How often have you called somewhere and were not really sure you had reached the desired person or business? If your caller asks you to repeat your name, your company’s name, or department name chances are you answered too quickly or simply mumbled. Energetically means you sound happy to receive this call. The caller should never feel like he or she is disturbing you!

POINTS ______

3. Always have a note pad and a pen that works next to your phone…

This is not only to take messages, but also and most importantly to efficiently take notes of the details the caller is unconsciously volunteering. It will help you reply properly and completely to the caller

POINTS ______

4. Always interrupt whatever you are doing prior to answering the telephone…

This allows you to concentrate your full attention to the caller and ensure that you actually apply the previous elements. Multitasking is not always a good thing and can actually be most impolite. How can you actually listen properly and take valuable notes if you are doing other things? Would you neglect a customer standing in front of you?

Your caller can’t see you, but he or she can certainly feel they don’t have your full attention.

POINTS ______

5. Always remain courteous, polite and professional – NO MATTER WHAT…

If your caller is upset or in a bad mood, your chances of turning things around in your favor are much greater in you remain courteous, polite and professional. We all know that it never pays to argue with a customer. Treat all callers as your most valuable customers. Never loose sight of the fact that chances are the caller does not need you, but rather needs your products or services.

POINTS ______

6. Always identify yourself and or company…

Answering the phone with a simple hello! or good day! is definitely not enough. The caller should know whom he or she is talking to without having to ask. Isn’t it easier to engage in a friendly conversation when you know whom you are talking to? Don’t you find it frustrating to realize that you have been talking to the wrong person or have been connected to the wrong department and realize that you will need to repeat everything all over again? A pure waste of time for everyone involved.

Try something like ” Customer Service Department, John Doe speaking, how may I help you?”

POINTS ______

7. Always attempt to get the name of the caller and use it as often as you can during the conversation…

This will allow you to establish an instantaneous and usually more pleasant relationship with the caller. It will further help you retain the person’s name, which to most people is the sweetest sound in the world. What a great habit to develop!

POINTS ______

8. Always listen attentively…

Most people will usually share more information than is actually necessary. In listening attentively you will gather much needed information to better serve as well as better connect with the caller. This never fails to impress. Everyone loves to feel listened to.

POINTS ______

9. Always validate the information you have just received before you answer any questions…

In validating the information first, you are ensuring that you are actually catering to the caller’s needs and or concerns. Furthermore, it proves that you were listening and eliminates potential misunderstandings.

POINTS ______

10. Always ask questions rather than interpret…

Never assume! Unless you are 100% certain what the caller is talking about or saying, ask as many questions as you need to.

POINTS ______

11. Always check with the caller every 20 to 60 seconds when you place them on hold…

We have all experienced those moments when we hang up out of frustration because no one gets back on the line. The caller might have decided to hold but then changes his or her mind and now would like to either leave a message or be transferred to someone else.

POINTS ______

12. Always offer to call back or take a message after checking the third time…

Even when the caller decides to keep on holding, You never know when he or she will change their mind.

POINTS ______

How well have you done? TOTAL POINTS ______

Source by Camille Bentkowski


Writing a Pitch for a TV Show

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Writing a pitch for a TV show can be a daunting task for many writers who may be more comfortable creating characters than they are at compressing their creations into a succinct story to present to potential buyers. A large number of TV script writers underestimate the importance of selling or pitching their story. Writing the pitch is often the first step for many successful screenwriters.

Begin your pitch with a logline. Whatever type of TV show you have created or plan to create, the pitch should include a logline. The logline is a one sentence description of your concept, which fully explains what your show is all about. If you’ve got a clear idea of what you have written, you’ll be able to write the logline. It is recommended that you write the logline before you even begin writing your TV show script because it will help you to focus on the core of your characters instead of wandering off into directions that fail to serve the overall story or worse yet, which are inconsistent with your characters emotions, motives, and drives.

A good logline will instantly tell people what you are trying to or have already made; the order varies depending upon your stage in the writing process. In the artistic, yet competitive business of TV show writing, the first impression may very well be the difference between going back to a traditional job versus earning enough money to work on more episodes for that television series.

Here are a few examples of loglines to help you begin writing a pitch for a TV show:

Amazing Race: “Couples from around the world race around the world to compete for a million dollars.”

The Simpsons: “The humorous misadventures of a dysfunctional yet lovable suburban family.”

Nikita: “A secret agent goes rogue from her evil trainers, trying to stop them from wreaking havoc around the world.”

If you’re having trouble writing a pitch for a TV show, the logline might also help you. Write a few variations of the logline until you think you’ve captured the show’s essence. The logline forces you to think deep and hard about what your show is really all about. If you can’t think of a good logline, it’s a good indication that you should back away from writing a pitch for a TV show and go back to thinking about the concept of the show. Once you know what you want to write, the logline will come more naturally.

After the logline, one way of proceeding is to write a one page summary of the show, and then the more detailed TV show treatment, and then finally the rough draft script… then another draft… and usually a few more before it truly stands out from the sea of mediocrity. The film treatment is an outline in paragraph form, which uses present tense, and is much shorter than the completed script, but longer than the 1 page summary. Think of it as a quick-start guide to your TV show to show potential producers who may commission you to write the script based on the strength of the treatment. Whether you pitch the treatment to potential buyers before writing the script, it can be beneficial to get feedback about the treatment before writing the rough draft script. In fact, it can be a good idea to get feedback on the preceding 1 page summary.

Once you’ve got at least your logline and a least a summary and ideally a treatment, you should be able to pitch and hopefully, have a shot at being hired to write the TV script and make your own TV show. But without a track record of previous success or connections, producers and film makers will prefer to buy an already solid and completed script. That’s not to say they won’t go ahead and send it through another round of rewriting. It’s a collaborative process and it ebbs and flows all the way to the final film edit.

Source by John Halas


Technology As a Hobby

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A hobby is a non profitable human choice of act for passing leisure time. Practising technological facts are very popular and common choice as a hobby. This kind of hobbyist already has a preference and basic knowledge in science and they like to learn more and apply it in making technical things. Technology dependent pastimes are not for everybody for its relative complexity.

Electronics is a hobby for many people and they like to make electronics products by following circuit design. They have an interest in electronics and gain enough knowledge in this field. It is not always mandatory to have an academic education to make electronics products.

Someone can start with some basic knowledge and by practising he may gain lots of practical experiences. Amateur electronics hobbyist likes to make things for their own pleasure but in this process, they may make some good products and make some money out of it. Sometimes this kind of practice may lead to a new invention.

A favourite recreation from the field of mechanical engineering is making vehicles. For the production cost, plane or water vessels are not very popular, but auto mobile is a very accepted form of this recreation. Someone with a keen interest in cars normally wants to make his own car or at least modify it.

The ultimate goal is to make it faster but other modifications like new body designing, lighting, engine performance and sound system are important for the hobbyist. An amateur car enthusiast usually grows his interest in the car from childhood and at a time he wants to modify his own car in his own hands but it requires technical knowledge. Sometimes an amateur with enough practical knowledge may get a job at a professional car manufacturing company. There he can earn a lot of money in the field of his interest.

Almost same as making a car, making radio controlled instruments is a popular hobby for many people. It not only requires mechanical knowledge but also electrical and electronics knowledge. The mechanical part includes the body structure and making it workable. The electronics part for controlling it by wireless instructions and its circuit design. A common example of this kind of hobby is a radio controlled model aero plane. Most of the times, the hobbyist designs the plane by following one of his favourite original models.

Another new hobby, totally based on modern technology, is robotics. This pastime needs a lot of expertise in mechanical and electronics science. But another thing is very important for robotics and that is artificial intelligence. Modern robots don’t just complete the pre determined task, now they are able to make contact with a human. This kind of recreation needs a lot of education and skill.

Programming is a new but fast growing hobby among the young people. Programming and other computer related topics are totally dependent on modern technology. It needs a lot of knowledge about the working process of a computer to write a program. It requires some academic knowledge as well. Someone may be a genius and understand the basic techniques of programming with ease, but to make it perfect for practical use, he must have some education in the related field.

Source by Christopher John Bennett


Kiss a Guy – Steps of Kissing Him After a Fight Without Being Rejected

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Have you ever wanted to kiss a guy after a fight? Are you afraid that he might get angrier if you do so? Do you want to do something to break the walls separating the both of you? Well you are thinking of the right remedy.

Having a fight with your guy is rather stressful. It brings so much tension on both sides and if not settled right away, it might lead to a breakup. If no one will ever step out of it and recognize their mistakes then there will be no way that your relationship will last long. One way to suppress the fire of the situation is to kiss a guy. There are 4 simple steps to kiss him without being annoying.


If the fault is really not yours to admit, might as well cut it off. It doesn’t mean that you have to eat up your pride or tolerate his ways, you just have to be still and avoid having longer discussions. Just calm down the situation for a moment. Silence doesn’t mean that you acknowledge defeat, it’s just that you don’t want to make everything a big deal. However, issue of a third party is out of the question. It is much of a bigger problem that needs serious conversations.

Look him directly in the eyes.

The eye is a good speaker. Though it doesn’t speak real words, it always tells a story. The eyes define the compassion we have within ourselves. And it may seem like a way to say “I don’t want this to continue anymore”. Look at him with such devotion and your eyes will do the move. How to kiss a guy starts with the intensity of your look. You don’t have to worry because the rest will follow.

Touch him.

You never have to worry that he might throw your hand away or do something you are afraid of if you’ve done the previous step. If he already understood what your eyes show, then touching him would probably ease him own. Touch him on his hands, then up to his face. Before you kiss a guy, make sure that his face is focused on yours. Make an eye contact for about a minute and you will surely win him over again. After tons of shouting and yelling, you can now get the response you’ve been wanting.

Kiss him.

Now you may kiss a guy. The kiss doesn’t have to be the intimate one. Start with a smack. Then pull back. Look at his face and wait for his reaction. If he seems to be pleased, smile a little. Hold back and just keep staring. If you see him looking at your lips, this is the ultimate sign that he wants it again. And if he wants it again, he will definitely be the one kiss you. So just wait for it. Men are impatient. If you give in, there will be no excitement at all. just wait for him to grab and kiss you, and the rest of the action will follow.

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Tips To Remove Acne And Acne Scars In 5 Days

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Are you suffering form acne? Have you done anything to cure it? Don’t worry; it is a common problem that affects more or less everyone. In teenage years, almost every boy and girl experiences this acne problem. Though acne is not a very serious problem, when it becomes relentless, can cause big problems, that leads to degradation of self confidence. So, you have to take care of your skin everyday.

1. The foremost and crucial things you have to do are smoothly clean your skin, particularly your face, as a minimum two times a day. Apply a soft cleanser and subsequently, wash your skin with water. Take advice of your dermatologist about what type of cleanser is best for you according to your skin type.

2. Make use of proper acne products ( prefer products which your dermatologist recommended for you ). Don’t apply products that cause rashes or itching sensation because it will damage your skin and lead to permanent skin scarring.

3. Use a cream which has benzoyl peroxide as the main base. Benzoyl peroxide dries the acne in about 2-3 hours. As a result the acne will dry out and can be washed off easily and quickly.

4. Use a facewash which has little or NO oil content. Because facewash and cleansers which contain oils can leas to excess acne formation.

5. Try to use a face wash that contains salicylic acid in moderate concentration. Salicylic acid helps to prevent spreading of acne and also helps to dry the acne quicker and also reduces scarring. (example : speelac facewash gel)

6. Avoid touching your face at all costs. Use the back of your hand for itching. Don’t make contact with acne with your nails. This will lead to intense scarring. Use cream containing glycolic acid. This helps to brighten skin tone and reduces scarring.

7. ALWAYS protect your face and other parts of your body from the sun. Sun exposure leads to pigmentation of your skin and can also is a catalyst acne formation and scarring. Use sunscreen whenever you go out and always try to avoid sun exposure.

8. ALWAYS wash your face before you go to bed. Remove all traces of makeup and other cosmetics before going to bed or else the pores of the acne get infected which can cause inflammation of acne. Use makeup in limited quantity. Use natural and herbal makeup as much as possible.

9. Use a anti-microbial soap to prevent acne formation. Avoid using soaps with oil extracts etc. Maintain a separate towel and soap for yourself. This will ensure that your skin is free from any dirt and will give you a healthy glow.

10. Avoid eating junk food as much as possible. Studies have showed that excess oil consumption and other fatty foods cause immense acne formation. Eat green leafy vegetables. And also include vitamin C and D in your diet.

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Island Physician Jobs – Rewarding Practice in Bermuda, a Tropical Paradise

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Wouldn’t it be nice to practice medicine in a tropical paradise? You can- by becoming an island locum tenens physician. This flexible, rewarding way of working provides a chance to see the world while earning a good income. Lasting between nine months and a year, each international locum assignment can bring a new adventure.

The first step is to connect with a locum tenens recruitment agency. They’ll have many options available to you, including those in tropical settings. One of the most desirable places to be a locum tenens is Bermuda. Of course, these island physician jobs are English speaking-making the transition into your new locum assignment very comfortable.

In this territory, consisting of approximately 138 islands, you’ll find endless opportunities to work and explore. Bermuda locum tenens typically practice on the main island, which consists of 11 small towns.

You’ll fall in love with the Bermudian people as you come to know the history and culture of the territory. England colonized Bermuda in the early 17th century, and the island still shows the remnants of that British influence. Bermuda’s quaint streets, lined with tidy cottages, are evidence of this-creating a nice mix of both worlds. You’ll love Bermuda’s fresh cuisine, as well. After a day of island adventure, you can enjoy a delicious meal accompanied by live entertainment in the restaurants downtown. With vocal artists, jazz bands and dance floors, Bermuda’s nightlife is sure to please all tastes.

Fill your Bermuda locum days off soaking up the rays on one of the island’s famous pink beaches. Visit the popular Horseshoe Bay beach with private coves and breathtaking views. Or make your way to John Smith’s Bay-a quieter, more secluded beach where you can float in the calm waters and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

Go parasailing, windsurfing or jet skiing to feel the unbeatable rush of racing on the water. And take a glass bottom boat tour for an up-close view of the coast’s marine life. The water sports and exploration opportunities are endless.

When you’re ready for a break from the water, play a round of golf on one of the island’s many courses. Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than any other place in the world. Politicians, celebrities and royalty alike have enjoyed this golfer’s paradise. From John F. Kennedy to Babe Ruth to Britain’s royal family, Bermuda golfing has been a worldwide attraction since the 1940s.

Bermuda also has one of the highest concentrations of limestone caves in the world. In 1884, two young boys went looking for their lost cricket ball and instead stumbled upon the Crystal Caves. These caverns’ clear ponds and remarkable stalactites are things you won’t want to miss.

Known as the “Shipwreck Capital of the Atlantic,” Bermuda offers one of the most thrilling scuba diving destinations in the world. You’ll travel back in time as you explore some fascinating shipwrecks dating back as far as the 15th century.

The laidback culture of this prime vacation destination could be the perfect place for your next island physician job. Residents and seasoned physicians alike can benefit from becoming island locum tenens. It’s a great way to make a smooth transition from residency to practice, from one practice to another, or even from full-time to part-time practice. Many choose locum physician jobs because they provide an excellent opportunity to explore the medical world, while offering a fresh, new, diverse work environment. Make sure to find a recruitment agency that helps you meet all of your needs-and don’t wait any longer to live your dream in a tropical paradise. Become a bermuda locum today!

Source by Megan Rasmussen


How to Have an Affair Without Getting Caught – Golden Tips That Ensure Your Affair Stays a Secret

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Having an affair has become a lot more prevalent than before. A lot of marriages and relationships these days seem to be affected by getting involved with a 3rd party. Tiger Woods is just the most latest to get caught but certainly is not the last. Although each partner vow to be loyal to his/her other half, circumstances lead to a secret relationship. It may be a whole host of reasons, the excitement, a mid life crisis, just for the heck of it or you just aren’t in love any more. Having an affair with a married woman / man has become rather commonplace these days, but if you plan to have one, make sure that you follow the golden rules at the end of the article. Simple rules but effective ones.

A lot of other people just don’t realize that their partners are seeing someone else. The assumption is that, we’ve been living in so long and it is very easy to know if your partner is cheating on you. The modern ways of living also contributes to the many ways to get away with an affair. A lot of people who have an illicit affair have husbands or wives that are too busy to notice. They do not have the time to think why his or her partner seems to be too distant or to ask what the partner is doing when he or she is not around the house, because there are a lot of other things to concentrate on. But what we fail to factor in is that this very reason, of you being together for so long allows your spouse to detect subtle changes in behavior. Over time, the no. of subtle changes increase and suddenly it becomes a full blown suspicion. Add to that “woman’s intuition” which lights up in case something has changed, even if there is no noticeable changes in her husband. So unless you are careful, you are bound to get caught eventually. Most do not even expect it to happen. But rest assured without a proper plan, you will get caught. Period.

The most easiest way to get away with a one time affair is to have one when you travel a lot on business. If you do, do this, make sure you actually are on a business visit. You can’t afford for someone from work to call in asking for you when you said you were on a business trip. The other lucky option is if your spouse travels a lot because their job requires it(I can’t deny the fact that he/she could be having an affair too). A cheating partner who is on such a business trip can easily justify his irregular comings and goings. The other partner would have no way of knowing his real whereabouts. Even if the business trip is legitimate, it is easy for a partner to fling around since there is no spouse nearby to worry about. Being away from home also makes it easy to lie about their marital status, since there are no people around who knows his personal circumstances. He can also easily shower or clean himself up to get rid of lipstick marks or scent of perfumes before coming home.

Here are the golden Rules to follow if you choose to have an affair. It is understandable that you will be in a conflicted state of mind, but make sure you choose to either have the affair or not, don’t half-ass on this one. It is just not worth the trouble

Source by Steve Shindey