My name is Lonnie, and I'm a victim of identity theft.
So check this out. A buddy of mine wrote a Facebook post about how someone stole his daughter's Social Security number and filed for unemployment benefits with Washington State's Employment Security Division (ESD). Having never occurred to me, I decided to go to ESD and attempt to file an unemployment claim. After I entered the information I received the following message:
The Social Security number (SSN) you entered already exists and is linked to this partly hidden email address: *****@fasternet.co
Years back a required skill for secretaries (politically correct = administrative assistants) was shorthand. There are a number of shorthand systems including Gregg Shorthand, Pitman Shorthand, and Handywrite Shorthand. With the advent of technology, texting, and 140-character tweets the Mad Men-era shorthand has been replaced by a world of abbreviations and phonetic acronyms which describe the most popular thoughts, feelings, and reactions that we use in our daily speech. Most acronyms are easily decipherable, some take a bit of noodling to understand, while still others require a quick web search to translate.
I've adopted video as a key component of my communication strategy to my subscribers and customers. In doing so, though, I've decided on the following guiding principles:
I've spent quite a bit of time over the Thanksgiving holiday getting my social media strategy in place. A big component of doing so is getting my profile and titles cleaned up on Goodreads. if you're on Goodreads and want to check me out go to my Goodreads author page. See you there!
This week I've been doing a lot of social media stuff; getting my facebook, twitter, google+, youtube, linkedin, rss, pinterest, and hootsuite accounts all shined up and ready to interact with my readers. I've just about all but abandoned old-fashioned email blasts until I stumbled across mailchimp. Really cool product that has brought me back from the email brink. Want to get a weekly email of my posts? Go here and subscribe!
Christmas is nearly upon us. Some of you got up in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday to wait in line for that bargain-basement flat-screen TV or ultra-cheap notebook computer. Others of you went online on Cyber Monday to snatch up great deals on Amazon, Ebay, or some other etailer. Or perhaps you frequented your favorite small business on small business Saturday for a special stocking stuffer. Still others have decided that your shopping doesn't start until December 24th and will frantically plow through your shopping list and still be home in time for Christmas eve dinner. Ah the joys of a low-stress season :-).
For this report I'd like to hit the pause button for a minute. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses of shopping, parties, or the occasional crazy relative who comes to visit. Take some time this season to think about the wonderful things you have to be thankful for. None of us is pain-free or lives life without disappointment; that's just the way the world works. I'm most definitely thankful for a wonderful and loving wife, terrific kids, and a supportive extended family. Whatever your belief system take the time this season to be thankful for what you have and remember those who are in need.
In closing, see below for some interesting Christmas facts for you to enjoy this Holiday season. My very best to each and every one of you.
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