Friday, September 12, 2014

We Have a Stage-Four Talker

I've spent 44 years on this Earth. 44 years of learning and growing. Yet there's one skill that still eludes me. It's the art of getting out of a conversation.

It isn't so bad now that I work from home. In a cubicle, it's the worst feeling ever. In my 20s, I worked with a woman who came into my office every day to tell me how much weight she'd lost.

I once used the bathroom as an excuse to get away from a guy who would sit in my guest chair, talking for hours about football, despite my repeated attempts to tell him I knew NOTHING about football.

I've seen people who can gracefully get out of any conversation. I'm not one of them. Someone once told me if you want a conversation to end, stop talking. Eventually they'll run out of things to say.

Yeah...that doesn't work.

I had a friend who would pretend his phone was buzzing. He always left it on silent at work, so people believed him. He'd just grab his phone (on his belt) and say, "Sorry. I have to take this call." It worked every time.

How do you get out of a conversation that won't end?

And now for a little Friday fun. If you've never seen this video, you  have to watch it. It's HILARIOUS!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Release Week Giveaway: Ashelyn Drake, Into the Fire and Perfect For You

Usually when we celebrate a book launch, it's to announce the release of one new book. But this week, we're celebrating the launch of two books. The first one is a YA romantic fantasy called Into the Fire.

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

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The second is a young adult contemporary romance called Perfect For You.

Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker? 

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn't want to be in Meg's shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She's torn between Ash, the boy she's been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible. 

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn't intend to, could end badly if she isn't careful. 


To celebrate the releases Ashelyn is giving away a SWAG pack that includes:
A flame pendant from Into the Fire.

A phoenix button.

A heart bracelet from Perfect For You.

$5 Amazon Gift Card.

You know you want to enter, so fill out the rafflecopter. Good luck!

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Monday, September 08, 2014

A World without Secretaries

At one time, offices were filled with women whose duties revolved around making life easier for their bosses. They typed letters.

Screened phone calls.

And made sure their bosses always had plenty of alcohol on hand for their morning, noon, and early evening meetings.

They also covered up their bosses' affairs, fetched coffee, and picked up dry cleaning. Often they'd even be asked to buy gifts for their bosses' wives. There were no job descriptions in those days. Secretaries did whatever their bosses wanted.

Secretaries, now called administrative assistants, are increasingly disappearing from the workplace. In many businesses, bosses are deciding they don't need assistants at all. They can type their own letters (emails), take their own calls (smartphones), and outsource everything else.

There's just one problem with that. Just one thing businesses have forgotten.

"We don't need assistants," bosses said. And now many bosses look a lot like this most days.

Of course, the career began becoming extinct at just the right time. The very types of women who were running offices behind-the-scenes in the 60s and 70s have now figured out they can run their own businesses today. And best of more demeaning work.

What do you think? Do today's businesses need administrative assistants?