Anything Under the Sun
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Jobs and their fringe Benefits
1. Life Guard - Paid to ogle at skimpily clad women
2. Security Guard - Paid to ogle at well dressed women
(at town offices)
3. Doorman - Paid to ogle at richly dressed women
(at first class Hotels)
4. Fashion Models - Paid to be skimpily dressed
5. Photographers - Paid to "shoot" skimpily dressed women
(of fashion models)
6. Fashion dress designers - Paid to get women to wear skimpy
7. Model hair stylist - Paid to work on the hair of skimpily
8. Lawyers - Paid to lie
9. Politicians - Paid to lie profusely
10. President - Paid to live a lie
11. Cartoonist - Paid to make fun of others
12. News reporters - Paid to report the tragedy in others life
13. Clowns - Paid to make a fool of themselves
14. Magicians - Paid to make things disappear
15. Authors - Paid to have his ideas read
16. Singers - Paid to have his voice heard
17. Insurance agents - Paid to extol "Murphy's law"
18. Bankers - Paid to keep your money
19. Brokers - Paid to play with your money
20. Housewives - Underpaid and overworked! - So All Housewives -
get a job with Fringe Benefits Now
Monday, September 24, 2007
Humourous Ponderings - laughter the best medicine!
o We chop down trees but chop up wood;
o We draw down wrath, we draw up wills,
o We run down foes, we run up bills;
o We eat food up, we down a drink,
o Which is a little strange, I think.
o We turn down offers, turn up noses--
o Just one last thought and then this closes:
o We should remember, we poor clowns,
o That life is full of ups and downs.
•Two robins are lying on their backs, soaking up some sun.
A Mama cat and her kitten come walking by.
The kitten complains, "Mama, I'm sooo hungry, what can we eat?"
The Mama cat, spying the 2 birds replies, "How about some baskin' robins?"
What's the difference between a railway guard and a teacher?
One minds the train, the other trains the mind.
Why wouldn't the skeleton go to school?
Because his heart wasn't in it.
Teachers nowadays specialize so much that they know more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing!
Why did the flea fail his exams?
He wasn't up to scratch.
Do you know that if you laid all the economics teachers in the world end to end you'd still not come to a definite conclusion?
Why do stupid people eat biscuits?
Because they're crackers.
Why did the robot act stupid?
Becaude he had a screw loose.
What is the most popular sentence at school?
I don't know.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
What sells and why - enticing people to buy
Free Gifts is one word that attracts lots of people - me included. Most mums know that when they bring along their kids for grocery shopping, they'll end up with dealing with a tantrum where the child wants the cereal for the toy free gift even though the mum explains there's more than enough cereal back home! Many a time I've been enticed to buy a product because of the free gift that I would receive when I buy the product.
I know that most men would be attracted to the word "Fast" - like fast results, fast delivery etc. Nowadays, we value our time just as much as our money.
I would be more willing to buy or use a service if there were a "Money Back Guarantee" where if I'm not satisfied I'll get my money back hassle free.
Most of us are enticed to buy (sometimes they are not even needed or useful to us) when we see that the product is offered for a "Limited" time only or limited stock only. I remember that there were long queues when MacDonalds offered "Hello Kitty" dolls as there were limited stocks only. People want to own things that are exclusive or rare and thus they are easily enticed to buy!
We all know that word of mouth "Testimonials" works. I would be willing to try out a new restaurant or buy from a boutique etc, based on the favourable comments from my friends and relatives. Great service and excellent products always sells!
The magic words "Discount / Sale" will surely have an impact on the public. Especially if it is not just a sales gimmick but a genuine sales. Once when we went to shop for some jeans for my husband, we came across a shop having a sale - On the front, the sign stated "Closing down sale" and at the back "Opening sales" - that's sales gimmick for you! Of course, this is not the case when it comes to "Big" stores like Walmart, Watsons etc. People will always want to find bargains in the form of rebates, percentage offers or get one free etc.
Being New in itself sells. Especially when it comes to technological items such as PC, laptops, PDAs, Mobile phones etc. Most men (and some women) want new products or services that will improve their life like new information, taste technology, results etc.
Most of us want to look better. Thus products that helps to loose weight, tone up our body, make us look slimer or fairer and improve our looks etc will grab our attention.
Ever heard of Fountain of youth? Well nowadays, there are loads of over the counter medicine and vitamins that promises us long and healthier lives.
MOtivation Sells - people like to feel good about themselves thats why there are so many self-help gurus mushrooming everywhere with thousand and one E-books on how to improve your life etc.
OSIM may be expensive but look at their sales turnover and you'll understand that people want to relieve aches and pains and get comfortable. Thus ultimately products that can help a person get comfortable sells. ( Five star Mattresses, Jacuzzis, spa treatments etc)
Tours sell - whether it is to a neighbouring theme park or an all out exoctic trip to an topical island, people will spend money to relax and have a time of their life before going back to their boring old jobs...
Hope you liked my insight of what sells. Please feel free to comment and add your own ten cents worth of opinion!
Monday, September 10, 2007
The helping hand
Well, recently I received help from a stranger that has "knocked some perspective" into me.
Rainy days may mean different thing to each of us. But ask any mom with children going to school and they'll remember raincoat and how to manage a safe journey to and from school.
The other day, while I was about to bring my son to school, it started to drizzle. So I got a raincoat for him, placed a raincoat on top of the pram to protect my baby daughter and an umbrella for myself.
Fortunately, I could go through covered walkways and blocks for about half way to the school. While I was still in the covered walkway, it started to pour so much so that I could barely see through the rain. (I was about 100 meters from the school and usually I would be able to see it). I was just thinking "What am I going to do?" When suddenly, an old woman came into the walkway from the rain. She came to me and offered to take care of my baby in the pram while I brought my son to school. She spoke to me in Chinese which I don't really understand. But I could understand her offer through her gesture. I told her thanks and rushed my son to school and back to her. The kind old lady was talking to my baby to keep her entertained while I was gone. I told her my heart felt thanks and she continued to go back to her home.
Another kind soul that touched my heart was a Malay Taxi driver in May 1996. Yes, I may not remember his name or face, but I'll always remember his help.
I was about to deliver my second child on that day. I had flagged a taxi and had asked the driver to rush me to a neighbouring hospital. Within about the 20 minutes of the journey, my labour pains had intensified very much.
Upon reaching the hospital, the driver insisted that I keep put while he rushed to get the nurses and a wheel chair for me. I was rushed to A&E and gave birth within the next 10 minutes.
It was a long while later when I realised that the kind gentleman who had helped me had not even insisted on getting his fare. I had no way of contacting him, but he will always have my sincere thanks.
May God bless the kind old lady who helped me, the helpful taxi driver and all those who help others without thinking or needing reward.
I may not be able to do much to help others, but I have resolved to at least make some cards and spread some cheer into the lives of my friends and relatives.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Top 25 Leadership Quotations
"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."
"No person can be a great leader unless he takes genuine joy in the successes of those under him."
--W. H. Auden
"Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning."
"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it."
-- Andrew Carnegie
"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be."
"Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others."
"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality."
-- Max DePree
"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
"A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group."
--Russell H. Ewing
"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. "
-- Harold Geneen
"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
"All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. "
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on... The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully."
"Leadership is getting someone to do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they want to achieve."
"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them."
"The real leader has no need to lead-- he is content to point the way."
-- Henry Miller
"The leader must know, most know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows."
--Clarence B. Randall
"The person who know "how" will always have job. The person who knows "why" will always be his boss."
"A true leader is hated by most, and respected by all. A follower is liked by all, and respected by none."
"Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word."
"You know what makes leadership? It is the ability to get men to do what they don't want to do and like it."
--Harry S. Truman
"Leadership is not the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women. It is a process ordinary people use when they are bringing forth the best from themselves and others."
"Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."
--Thomas J. Watson
"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish."