Conversations with Oscar
It's been an interesting Summer, much of which has been spent sorting out the direction I want my life, and my message, to go. A mid-life crisis of sorts (I did turn 52 this past July, so it's probably time I had one of those).
Much of this crisis is dealing with sociological and technical changes that confront my core values and beliefs. I'm all for technology that can (and does) serve people, enhances the quality of life and evens the playing field for all, regardless of economic, social, or cultural status. However, I'm adamantly against the trend of people being forced to serve technology, being called to attention 24/7 by buzzes and rings, the temptation to voice an uninformed opinion any time a sensational headline presses an emotional button that is disconnected from reason.
Yet here I am, using that very technology to write this blog. Is it serving me, helping me to spread the message of relational reciprocity, or is it misleading me, pulling me into the cyber world of self appointed, self-important, self-obsessed voices who's combined clamoring for attention accomplishes nothing but to drown each other out?
As Oscar says " A crisis is a terrible thing to waste". Of course, Oscar! Oscar has the answers and therefore I've called upon Oscar to "be" the answer.
Going forward this blog will called "Conversations With Oscar". Along with Oscar, it is you dear readers of the book and this blog, who will create it's content.
Now that you've read the book we (Tyler, Oscar, and myself) expect that you've been putting the lessons to work. Have you created your referral action plan? Have you come up with your one-sentence response to the question "What do you do?". Have you made up your golden eggs? Have you identified your geese and granny geese? Are you attending, and serving, networking events. Are you consistently hanging out in service to others? If so, you probably have questions or challenges.
I've asked Oscar if he would be willing to occasionally interrupt his retirement to answer those questions. He has enthusiastically agreed, provided that he doesn't have to come out of the teapot to mentor any more shlubs who need his help. (And before you ask, although Tyler will be succeeding Oscar, he doesn't currently have time to engage in the blog. He's too busy building his Slarrefer Mutual business and trying to keep his numbers up at work).
Oscar informs me that he's gotten himself one of "those gizmos" that does that "googling stuff" and he'd be happy to spend some time each week to answer an occasional question related to the message in Hanging Out For a Living, or about networking and strategic relationship building in general, from the comfort of his library/cigar den.
Have you finished the book? Do you have a question for Oscar? If so, you may ask him directly by sending it here. He's just lit one up and is now awaiting your questions.
Conversations with Oscar
Oscar is the ancient master who resides in the teapot.
Although he can be little rough around the edges, Oscar is happy to answer your questions and address your challenges regarding networking, strategic relationship building and other lessons he shares with Tyler in Hanging Out For a Living. You may submit your questions here. However, he is a little sensitive about his age (he was born Dec 4, 587 BC) and his weight (though he carries it well), so watch it!
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