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Why would you do differently?

It is so easy to make big plans at the beginning of a new phase of life, a new job or even a new year but being consistent and persevering irrespective of the different demands on our time and resources is the bigger challenge.

This year my approach will be to breakdown big goals into more attainable tasks and douse it with a healthy confident and pleasant disposition with dollops of kindness to boot!

I am learning more and more that in the the end it’s not so much how much was done but the experience for the person on the receiving end that makes the bigger impression.  What are those basic tasks you have considered or committed to that will make for a more productive year and perhaps also a big positive impression on others?

Spill it!

 

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Kemelayefa Crisis- Identity Crisis

It had been three years since their meeting at IDC by the 7th floor elevator banks.

In spite of several invitations, Kem’s schedule seemed to never allow him make it to Bible study at Tam’s church such that he was pleasantly surprised when he got a call from Kem asking if he could join them at the next Bible study. 

Tam made a mental note to talk with Kem after their Bible study about finding a Bible based home church even if OTR was not an option.  From Kem’s questions asked during the Bible study, it was clear he had at a minimum, a curiosity about forging a personal relationship with God, but seemed to think he needed “to “be ready” before he could make himself fully available. 

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He suspected this desire to draw closer to God had something to do with Kem’s efforts to get back in Sammie’s good books. 

Sammie had made it clear that her relationship with God was her first priority.  In Kem’s words “I am pulling out the heavy artillery for this one.”.  He had met Sammie about  a year ago and things seemed to be going well.  But to his surprise about seven months into the relationship, Kem decided it was best for him and Sammie to go their separate ways.  Tam’s cue that things may be warming up between the two was how, Sammie seemed to come up more often, lately in Kem’s conversations. 

It had been two weeks since the Bible study at OTR when Kem called to ask that they meet up the next day to go over the design mockups for Kanyi’s group.   Continue reading “Kemelayefa Crisis- Identity Crisis”

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Kemelayefa’s Crisis -Lets Talk

“I am done.  I can’t do this anymore.”

Kem blurted out, clutching his head between his palms, his anguished expression partially visible to Tam.

“My guy! what’s the problem?”

“It’s Rio.”

“Backup, what about her?  Are you not trying to work things out with Sammie?”

“Arrghhhh!! yes that was…is still my plan but…”

Kem had met up with Tam .  He wanted Tam’s opinion on some t-shirt mockups for Kanyi’s  youth camp group taking place in a few months.

Tam which was short for Tambari placed his glass down on the wooden slab table, wiping off the droplets from his sweating glass with a napkin.

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“What are you talking about Kemelayefa?”

Kem slowly raised his head.

What? Tam asked astonished by how quickly Kem switched from the  bewildering facial expression to a relaxed countenance.

“Oh its nothing!”

Tam sounded like his father, the way he pronounced his full name.  Kem short for Kemelayefa which means nothing is greater than a human being, was named after his Ijaw maternal grandfather.

 Tam continued ” I thought that the business with Rio ended when you made the decision to work things out with Sammie?”

Kem was quiet.  Tambari knew his friend all too well, so his non responsiveness was even more disquieting.

Continue reading “Kemelayefa’s Crisis -Lets Talk”

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Know the difference(s) before you provide your next feedback; Customer Reviews versus Testimonials.

The difference between Customer Reviews and Testimonials

Reviews are evaluations of products or services usually written by clients or customers on social media sites  like Amazon, Better Business Bureau, Yelp, TripAdvisor and OpenTable to name a few.

These reviews could be provide either positive or negative feedback and allow the vendor or merchant to respond to the feedback provided by the customer on product pages, search engines or a separate review website.

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Testimonials serve as a way of showing off how others have benefited from your product or service.  Unlike customer reviews it is not conversational which means the provider does not have the opportunity to respond to the feedback provided.  It is a powerful tool for building trust and encouraging potential buyers to take action.

Testimonials are meant to demonstrate success and so the more specific the testimonials with regard to the tangible impact of the services or product provided and the client’s overall experience, the more effective it is.

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Surrender All of it- The Conclusion

Kanyi caught a smile creeping up on him as he recalled growing up, some of the things his parents did for each other.  He had observed how the principle of surrender to God and to each other had played out in his parents’ 43 years of marriage.

Tenderness, a forgiving spirit, trust, vulnerability and mutual respect were core ingredients of their relationship.  Even after all these years, the way they strived to be of service to each other in the simple and big things, still amazed him.

As simple as they made it seem, he always marveled at the depth and richness of their friendship; something he was beginning to appreciate and desire more as he got older.

Earlier on in the year, following his breakup with Minna, there had been a growing uneasiness that was gnawing away at his spirit.  Then something happened at his church and the message was clear: he had to surrender it all.

On that particular Sunday, the pastor was teaching a sermon based off of scripture in Deuteronomy 11:12.

It was about God’s providence and His promise to have His eyes continually on our needs from the beginning of the year to its end. The only condition required was that as Christ followers to surrender their will to a loving Father who only desires the best for his children.

He walked out of service that day with a renewed desire to surrender his struggles which stemmed from ‘free fall’ fear, doubt, stubbornness and even pride.

Sunday Brunch and then some 

As they polished off what was left of their brunch at Ah-Wholein de Wall, Horace Silver’s “Song for my Father” was also winding down.  Judging by Kanyi’s crumb free plate, it appeared to Kene, the sweet potato pancakes and the mango jicama salad with cilantro and lime dressing were a big hit.

On the drive back to pick up Kene’s car, a Christian radio show came on and the topic was pornography and erotica in the Christian’s life.  Kanyi reached over with his right hand for the radio station knob. Continue reading “Surrender All of it- The Conclusion”

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How to take your feedback from mediocre to phenomenal!

I came across a visual depiction with accompanying text on a social media platform of this courier service provider.  On its face, it seemed so simple but what was even more remarkable was the attention to detail in the description of this simple concept of a form of transportation unique to certain parts of the world.

The content connected with me in such enigmatic proportions that it immediately got me thinking of the most appropriate word(s) to compliment the content creator.  One thing was clear, this called for more than a quick and perfunctory “Job well done” Continue reading “How to take your feedback from mediocre to phenomenal!”

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Before you draw up your next to do list, think Batch tasking

What is batch tasking? dedicating blocks of time to perform similar tasks that require similar resources thereby streamlining the process.  It differs from multitasking which has no structured way for handling the variety of planned and unplanned tasks.

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Why batch tasking? Helps with time management.  In addition to being a time saving mechanism, it reduces distractions; boosts creativity & productivity, by leveraging  the momentum garnered from the previous execution of similar oriented tasks; the need to make major mindset shifts when in the “groove of things” is minimized.

Zigzagging between answering phone calls,  creating content,  meeting with a vendor and then back to content creation should now be a thing of the past.  Batch tasking is more in the vein of  “we are on a roll, so why settle for one blog post when we can knock out three more within a shorter window of time!

Why take a break? Refreshing.  Well deserved breaks are the cherry on the sundae.   Batching tasks makes taking breaks an even more attainable goal.  It is an effective way of preparing the mind for the next batch of similar tasks.  Think reset button.

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