Thursday, May 31, 2018

Holiday Inn Prove all hotels are bastards!

I have been had a couple of times after giving my credit card details to hotels... so much so I cause scenes at reception when they take my card away to record details.
In a weak moment [ totally my fault ] I gave my card to the function staff at the Holiday Inn Perth to pay for a function [ March 2018 ] - she said I need to run this on functions machine I will be back... and 3 minutes later I got my card back and the receipt.
Early May 2018 a charge appeared on my card for my April event which I had a Invoice for - I got really angry spoke to the manager and he said they would reverse it but as I owed the money I said keep the $$$'s but confirm you have destroyed the card details so it can't happen again... I duly got the email saying "Details destroyed and removed from our system "
I had a function there on May 13th and yesterday I got an email saying the $500 was due would I please pay by end of month [ today ] and then on my Bank statement appeared the amount as a "Pre- Authorisation" against the card they "didn't have details for"
I would say that is fraud!! Some people would say it is karma - I do play a hard game but when you let people have your card details expect someone to abuse that trust...
So, you have been warned... doesn't matter which hotel you deal with DON'T let you card out of your sight. And demand they destroy details as you watch.
Holiday Inn offer great service [ that's why I have used them ] but staff are treated like slaves so they mistreat the customers!

Monday, May 28, 2018

The eagles are flying

I am a chicken.... I had to wait until AFTER the game to check the scores of my favourite football team - the West Coast Eagles. They were playing the Hawks - Hawthorn and hadn't beaten them away from Perth in 11 matches... so even though they were going great 8 and 1 a win was problematic.
Why would I start my thouhts with a boring football story?
I had reason to find and then email the President of Hathorn Jeff Kennett on Sunday during the last quarter and after the game... and he answered and discussed my questions... that is commitment to the cause we were talking about.
Why would he??
The first thing is a got the introduction from someone with a connection to him - I am after all an unknown from Perth and he is the Ex Premier of Victoria, Media owner, President of one of the most successful Sporting Teams in Australia etc etc etc... and maybe the reason is he is committed to talking to people. The value of networking I would suggest.
[ it took three links to get to him on favourable terms but once their I felt important and isn't that what it is about? ]
Take away: Nurture those networks people.
The second thing is the subject Beyond Blue is close yo his heart - and he is still committed to the cause even after he has passed the reins on to someone else [ I think the new boss is Julia G ]
So thanks Jeff and of course Max who arranged the intro and Raz who suggested Steve and Steve who said talk to Jeff... the power of the network.

#WayneMansfield #HondaShop #Hawthorn #Eagles

Monday, May 21, 2018

The difference a week makes

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Last week John Worsfold was Australia's worst football coach and was consigned to the scrap heap.
This morning I read his team pull off a miracle win - and John is back being a genius... and it was after all the players who were at fault.
Life is funny!!
And West Australia has a power crisis... TOO much solar power being feed into the grid - two problems with that - o revenue for the greedy power facility and too much power that they can't sell as they forced the prices too high which got people to instal solar panels [ and the circle goes round and round...]
Oh I forgot these decisions are made by the people we elected to govern us... tut tut serves us right! Not a problem where the sun doesn't shine 300 plus days a year.
My question:
When do we stop taking advice from people who have less than 5 hours of sunlight for 6 months a year??

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Obstacle is the Way

The Obstacle is the Way
Just heard an interview with Ryan Holiday by Robert Kiyosaki... and I was reminded about the last couple of days... also Seth Godin's book The Dip. Most people give up due to the obstacles and success lies just beyond.
I had a challenging week of travel - my electric shaver somehow was turned on in the bag - so couldn't shave for 2 days - places to buy a replacement weren't open by the time I start or finish.
Left my laptop bag in the Qantas Lounge when leaving Sydney with 2 days of training to do - the airline found it but to transfer from one city to another said I had to use a courier which wanted $450 NOT to get to me in time to use... had to recreate the presentations...
Then in Melbourne stayed at the hotel I have stayed at for 20 plus times - new reception wanted extra $$$$ bond as I was checking in so late... of course all the other pre-authorisations had eaten up the balance on my cards - tense 30 minutes but creativity meant I got a room to sleep..
A morning walk is the ritual I order on an app so don't need to take my wallet - "Sorry we are experiencing technical difficulties try later " What is that word that you can't say that starts with F
And the wifi doesn't work and the paper is late - the next few days are going to be amazing!!
And I am reminded that the difference between success and obscurity is that successful people learn to eat shit before the lamingtons.
Ahh well it is Sunday... did you watch the wedding.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Where to now?

Recently I was talking with Croz who used some jargon - CMI and I had to ask what it meant... Clear Mental Image.. well last night was impacted by fitful sleep patterns bu on waking the CMI had emerged.
so for the next little while I will concentrate on LICENCING business seminars Australia in its major markets as the ultimate marketing tool for for professional speakers and consultants to self fund the expansion of their influence and business.
What created this search for my CMI ?? Well yesterday I woke to the news that one of my favourite social media appications KLOUT is to be shuttered on May 25th... the new owners don't want to continue and I thought my plans have relied on something I have no control over and now I mist be 100% behind my ideas... I have been playing with licencing for years and have always been distracted. So, today is the start of CMI - Licencing of Business seminars Australia...
Interested?? Let me know in the comments.

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Can you trust them... [ politicians I mean ]

A little off my normal thought pattern today I want to comment on politics...

The local member for Perth a young family man is quitting immediately [ forcing a by election ] because he wants to be a dad to his 3 young daughters - more power to him.

The area he represents in our Federal Parliament is Perth which I am sometimes in and sometimes not - the redraw the boundaries every few years and my street is sometimes in and some times out.

It has been a strong Labour seat and whoever they [ Labour ] nominates gets in... in this mornings paper they are saying ex Senator Pratt is red hot favourite to get the gig... now I identified with Hammond [ the retiring guy ] father of three in traditional marriage but no way do I identify with Pratt who is in a modern marriage with a transgender partner.

My question - have we gone too far with what is accepted as modern two party politics??

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Old Dogs New Tricks

Yesterday I was helping a mate do something new... a marketing concept most people wouldn't try... will it work "Who Knows"

Now some context... we are both qualified for Seniors Cards... have been in business since our twenties but haven't got a place in our vocabulary for the R word.

Yet everyday we hear people complaining about change and the attitude of kids.

You can do that or you can just "get on with it!"