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By Pat Hammond

I was sitting at my desk this morning eating my oatmeal when it occurred to me that there are really only three core office personality types resulting in a total of seven possible variations.

  1. Doers
  2. Dreamers
  3. Whiners
  4. Doer-Dreamers
  5. Whining-Dreamers
  6. Whining-Doers
  7. Dreaming-Whining-doers

That's it. Forget about the introvert, extrovert, intuitive, thinking labels based on years of testing and research. It's too complex and doesn't really help the average person trying to put together or motivate a team.

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By Pat Hammond

It's a great idea, but...did you do the math?

Sometimes a new idea sounds great in your head, but doesn't translate well in the outside world. Don't worry, it's not another ploy to get you to do a business plan.

Doing the math is something you need to think about before you even get to the business planning stage.

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By Pat Hammond

Week 1 Notes

As usual, Wednesday seems to be the busiest day this week. In addition to the weekly Gold Star and Londonderry Breakfast meetups, there is the monthly StartUp meeting at the Alpha Loft as well as the (women's) Net Lunch meeting in Bedford and a Find Your Passion meetup in Londonderry.

I'm still trying to catch up from all those vacation and snow days, but will be making the time to get to the Alpha Loft StartUp meeting. They've added "a new feature to the the meetup called "dynamic issue processing" to help people find solutions or direction for any problem or opportunity they are facing. Based on my last visit it should be a powerful tool for anyone (like me!) stuck in the planning process.

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By Pat Hammond

Finding the Zone

I know it sounds kind of new age touchy feely, but when you think about it being in the moment is just like being in the zone and who doesn't love the zone?

Awareness, focus, mindfulness, being in the moment is about ignoring tomorrow's to do list, letting go of outside distractions and paying attention to the moment you're in right now. Whether you need to plug in to an IPod, meditate or simply make a conscious choice to focus, find your process and actively be in the moment.

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By Pat Hammond

Boom!! Crash!! Bang!! Even something as subtle as a creak in the night, the simple truth is that people notice sound. It's in our DNA and we can't help it. So why don't more businesses use it? Why don't you?

The marketing gurus tell us it's a visual world, but they're wrong. Yes, a great graphic will get noticed, but it's sound that grabs people's attention and Peter Jude from SoundWhere17 knows how to get your attention.

Equal parts marketer, artist and sound engineer, Jude is passionate about his craft and with a corporate pedigree that includes 15 years with the Walt Disney company he has the chops to back it up.

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By Pat Hammond

Pen & Paper: The Easiest Way to Avoid Overwhelm & Stay Organized

I'm a web developer, I drank the Kool-Aid and I love my technology, but when it comes to staying organized I believe that you can't beat plain old pen & paper. There's never an issue with viruses or compatibility, it's cheap and user friendly, you're never a slave to someone else's system and at the end of the day you can still upload your pages to Evernote.

That's right, even the biggest online notebook company sees enough value in old school tools that they give users the technology to make their paper notes searchable online. It's like having the best of both worlds. How cool is that?

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By Pat Hammond

What does it mean?

Whether it's holding a door, anonymously paying for someone's coffee or donating an hour of your expertise to a start up, any time you make a positive difference in someone's day with no expectation of reciprocity you are Paying it Forward.

Tip: If you are having a challenging day, take a minute to brighten someone else's.

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By Pat Hammond

Londonderry Breakfast Networking Meetup

Location: Avandi's Family Restaurant, 87 Nashua Rd, Londonderry
Date: Wednesdays 8:30 AM (check their meetup.com page for details)

The Facts:

  • price: free, cost of meal
  • atmosphere: casual professional, mainly referrals
  • amenities: restaurant setting - coffee, full menu, wifi, free parking, easy access from highway
  • content: open discussion, networking & referrals
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By Pat Hammond

Week 2 Notes

It's the second week of the month and you know what that means, it's time for the monthly WordPress Developers and Users meetup.

As a web developer I get constant questions when I go to networking events from people struggling to manage their WordPress websites. If you are having an issue, want to learn how to use more of the awesome WordPress features or even if you are thinking about taking the leap from user to developer, you should check this group out.

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By Pat Hammond

Shake up the Status Quo!

  • Have you ever been stuck, so transfixed on a specific idea or process that you couldn't move forward?
  • Have you ever had an idea that would have been brilliant, if only you could have found a way to make it work?
  • Have you ever wished that you could find a new way to use old skills?

If you said yes to any of these three things, then you might be stuck in the Status Quo.

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