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Conference Attendee Tip

November 10, 2014 — Leave a comment



I love to attend conferences. Actually, I am attending one of my favorite conferences right now – The Platform Conference.

Michael Hyatt and his team put on a great conference, packed with speakers and networking opportunities.

I often struggle to keep track of the conference agenda when I’m attending a conference. Sometimes I inadvertently leave it in my hotel room, other times I’m digging for it in my briefcase to see what’s up next.

Here’s a tip for your next conference:

Set the wallpaper on your phone to be the conference schedule.

This allows you to simply whip out your phone and check the schedule with a quick glance. The image above is the lock screen of my iphone – clearly displaying the schedule for the Platform Conference.

Here’s how to set it up:

1) Snap a picture of your conference schedule.

2) Go to the saved picture in your phone’s camera roll

3) Tap the share icon.

4) Select the “set as wallpaper” option

That’s all there is to it. You’ll never hunt for your conference schedule again!



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I am writing this post while on vacation in Colorado. Karen and I are enjoying the cool weather, majestic scenery and getting our share of fly fishing therapy.

One purpose of this post is to serve as a reminder – a reminder for me when we are planning our summer next year. You see, we often hesitate and go back and forth over whether to vacation and if so, for how long. Note to self: Go on vacation! It is well worth the time and money.

The time away from home has been extraordinary. Karen and I have grown closer and enjoyed the extended time together. It seems like the hectic pace of everyday life saps our energy and sometimes our zeal for one another. Pulling away for a vacation allows us to reconnect and rekindle our relationship.

Another benefit of vacation is how I get to thinking bigger. The down-time seems to stoke my future-casting. I start to ask myself deeper questions: What do I want in life? Why am I here?

I start to dream about “what if” scenarios instead of the more limiting “Oh well” type of thinking. Rather than thinking about today, my thoughts drift to five, ten and twenty years in the future.

Vacationing is an excellent time to make memories. Memories from past vacations are one of the strongest bonds that help define our family. We still laugh about the time several years ago that our older three kids got into some hot sauce named “Toxic Waste” at a burrito place in Crested Butte.

After a short while, they all three wound up crying in unison – Ben and Zach with burning mouths and Emma somehow getting it in her eyes. As we consoled the suffering, all Karen and I could do was laugh! A trip to the ice cream store across the street helped to quench the fire.
(The photo below is one that I took this week of the “Wall of Fire” when we strolled into the same burrito place for old times sake.)

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Even today, we made a memory that will last a lifetime. Karen and I were fly fishing and all of a sudden I heard her yelp. I looked up and she had a dry fly stuck into her lip! She was saying, “elp me, elp me” with a little bit of a lisp.

Even though in pain, she had the presence of mind to say “take a picture!” before we proceeded to extract the hook from her lip. The hook didn’t go deep, and we had a great laugh together after the fly was out of her mouth – and we captured the image to share with the rest of our family (see picture below). By the way, she proceeded to out-fish me and caught a really nice 15 inch brown trout on a dry fly!

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I guess what I’m saying is “Vacations are good” – and not just because of fun times and new places. Vacations strengthen our family relationships, expand the horizons of our thinking and create defining memories for years to come.

My First Post

March 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

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This is my first blog post. There, I wrote it. Those six words have been stuck in my mind for months, refusing to exit my fingers as they float over the keyboard. I have used so many excuses, framed as reasons, to delay writing this post.

First, the “why”of launching this blog. I have felt a tug on my heart and soul for some time. I sense it when I’m still and quite. At first I thought it was a byproduct of my love for spicy Mexican food, but the feeling surfaces regardless of what I’ve eaten! It emerges as a sense of unattempted endeavors, under-developed talents, and untouched lives. I now see it as a call to reach my God-given potential — a challenge to close the gap between my current level of impact and the potential of a life best-lived. This blog is one way to reduce that gap.

Generally speaking, I’m a learner, a connector and an encourager. I enjoy reading, researching, connecting with friends, engaging new ones, asking questions, and encouraging others.

My interests lie in the areas of leadership, innovation, the effective use of technology, real estate investing, and design.

I will post to this blog two to three times each week. We’ll explore intentional living, lessons learned, calls to action, – all freely shared through this platform called a blog.