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Over the next couple of weeks, once we get through the holiday season, I will be working on a series of posts that cover some basic training on the sites.

This will include: Changing the web name to direct to your Empower Network site and be personalized to your business and will also allow posting in Facebook  and other sites. As well as making changes to tabs and sidebars. 

I will also cover some of the programs I use to capture the training.

Other topics will cover methods to organize your business and allow you to accomplish more things efficiently.

Stay tuned for some interesting and informative topics as we tear into 2014 and make it the best year ever!!

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Ken Barrett


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Trust

Guest Post by my daughter Alyssa.    

     Trust is a big issue in relationships, whether it’s with a spouse, co-worker, parent, child, etc.  Many people in a relationship automatically assume that their spouse would never cheat or lie in the relationship, because they want to be able to trust them. When a man and women get married, they vow to each other not to cheat or lie, so that’s where the trust part goes into place.

     Trust is a big word, but you have to prove to the other person that they have your word. When the man or women break that trust, there is no point in having a relationship anymore.

     A co-worker is much different. Working with someone, you have to trust that they are going to help you with a project or just simply being there for them, as a friend. You can easily break trust with a co-worker, or a boss. Your boss has to be someone that you can trust with your work, or to even pay you for your work. Co-workers have to trust you also with the work you do, because if you haven’t done your part, they’re not going to be able to do theirs because they are still waiting on you to do it. Then your boss steps in and you’ve lost your job.

     When you’re a parent, you want to have trust in your kids. You want to be able to let them go out to the movies with friends, or even go out on a date with a guy. But when they break your trust, it’s a whole other ball game.

     Having trust in your kids is scary at times, because you want to always have them under your wing and always make sure they are okay or doing the right thing. Once they break your trust, it’s hard to regain. 

     At times its going to suck because they want to go out with friends and you can’t trust them to do the right things so they’re stuck at home on a Friday night while everyone else is at a football game, because their mom and dad have trust in them.    

Driving is similar in many ways. When a 16 year old kid starts driving all by themselves, they want you to have a lot of trust in them to know that they are doing the right thing and that there safe. Or they are where they’re supposed to be at.
 Your gut wants you to call them 24/7 to make sure that they are okay, but you have trust in them so you don’t.

     Having trust in your child is a big responsibility, it can be scary at times, and can be difficult. When a child breaks a parent’s trust, it makes them feel bad about themselves. Because they know what they did to make their parent lose it, and they want to be able to prove that it won’t happen again.

     Regaining trust takes time and effort. It can also take days, weeks, months, maybe even years before its fully regained.
 

     Trust isn’t a toy that you can play around with and then put back on the rack when you’re done playing with it. It’s something that modifies you. It can make or break you in every way possible.

Alyssa

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Ken Barrett

 

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The Real Reason Behind Dating Shows.

  I’m trying to understand the people that would try out and appear on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette or any of the other spin off shows of that nature.

     My mid-teen daughter seems to have a fascination with these shows or maybe she just watches them when she gets her iPad taken away because she knows they drive me nuts.

     I’m sure many have the memories of grade school when you were playing any of the sports during school or, the best ones, at recess. They could be Red Rover, Baseball, Dodge ball, Frisbee Football or whatever other game was the flavor of the day.  Somebody decided who the team captains were and they worked their way through the crowd of hopefuls picking teams. Fortunately it didn’t take long and most people already knew the order they would get picked. Me being the smaller, nerdy type kid with glasses I was usually in the bottom third but in baseball I would always make sure to bring a glove as that guaranteed you a spot on a team.

     Are these new reality shows a version of the same selection process? A bunch of hopefuls try out and if all goes well they will be picked by the team captain and get to spend the rest of their life with somebody that picked them out of a crowd?  I can hear some of those arguments in the future, ‘You picked me baby and now you’re stuck with me!”

     So are the contestants on these shows the kids who were picked first in grade school and don’t think anybody else could possibly beat them at this or any other competition. If so why are they single and on a dating show?

     Or are these the ones that were picked at the bottom and they feel this is their only chance at finding someone?

     Maybe none of these contestants got to play pickup sports in school or at recess because they have grown up in the age when these were considered too violent and nobody was allowed to be picked last or feel bad.

     I’m glad that I was able to suffer the effects of being picked last for a team at recess in Grade 5.

Some lessons are best learned as a kid.

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Ken Barrett

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Arrival of the Chinese Icebreaker to Ship Frozen in Antartica

Off the coast of Antarctica there is a cruise ship that has been stuck in the ice since Christmas Eve, it is located about 1500 nautical miles south of Tasmania. The ship has 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board and has ample supplies and is not in danger of sinking.

                The trip left New Zealand on Nov 28 and is on a special research voyage to honor the 100th anniversary of famed Australian explorer Douglas Mawson

         A blizzard’s whipping winds pushed sea ice around the vessel, freezing it in place. On Dec. 25, Turney tweeted “We’re in the ice like the explorers of old! All are well and spirits are high. Happy Christmas.”

         As you can see in the video posted today the Chinese ice-breaker Snow Dragon ison the horizon and proceeding at 2 knots per hour.
“There’s a lot of relief among the team and a lot of happy faces,” said expedition leader Chris Turney.
        

         “This could be a very lengthy process as it depends on the thickness of the ice,” Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman told the Australian Associated Press.
            “The masters will have to determine whether it’s safe to get to the Shokalskiy and if they have the capability to do that.”

          If the Chinese vessel, or the French icebreaker L’Astrolabe not far behind it, cannot reach the stranded ship, a third rescue vessel, Australian Antarctic Division vessel Aurora Australis, may have a better chance because it has a higher ice-breaking rating. Other options include bringing in ice-crushing vessels or airplanes or helicopters.
         Despite the interruption to the expedition, the scientists have continued their research while stuck, counting birds in the area and drilling through the ice surrounding the ship to photograph sea life.

This should be an interesting story over the next few days.

If you have any comments please post them below.

Would you consider a cruise to Antarctica? or do you prefer some place warmer?

 

 

Ken Barrett

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Christmas has gone, now what?

 

Yesterday was Christmas and as many of you noticed I didn’t write a blog yesterday.  Christmas is a day that I close my stores and although I have people that want to work I don’t let them on Christmas, or Thanksgiving. These days are meant to be a day off.
     There are many people that have to work on Christmas, Firefighters, Police, medical staff of all types, military and many others. There are some that switch shifts to allow others the time off, I have seen this many times with older workers that want to allow a young family the time together.
     I spent the day with my family doing a lot of nothing. We woke up early and opened presents and then had breakfast. The rest of the day was spent with the fireplace channel on TV, cooking food, eating and watching some TV. The kids were on various electronic devices playing games or “talking” to friends and We walked around the block with the dogs and talked to family in other areas on the phone.
     Overall just a nice, quiet relaxing day.
Today is another story. We are doing some bathroom renovations replacing a shower.
       I hope your Christmas was great and spend some time over the next week reflecting on 2013 and deciding how you will make 2014 a year to remember.

 If you have ay comments please post them below.

Ken Barrett

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How To Move Blogs To Other Websites

      This is a continuation of some of the steps to setup your blogs to be more personalized and to show the ease of making changes.

      In this post I show how I have been loading most of my blogs to my main site www.KenBarrett.us but now that I have set up a completely separate blogging website for my Laundromat businesses I want to move some of the posts to the new site.

     It literally only takes a few seconds and you can move tem back or to another site anytime you want.

     Seriously, if I can figure this out, make a video, post it online and tell others how to do it then anybody can. Really it’s that easy to work so get ready to hear more of me spreading information and business tips and some stories along the way.

If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken Barrett

 

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The About You Tab- What Does Yours Say?

About You
    Every company has a website now but many of them miss an important page. The About Me page.
    I’ll admit I have some that need to be updated as I just did a generic post and a Copy and Paste between a few of my sites. They are for my Laundry’s so I didn’t think much about it and I made them business specific.
    The problem with this is they are a community based business; I cannot sell the service on-line or offer shipping. I do know many of my customers but there are others that may see me in the store and not know if I am the cleaner, repair man, candy machine guy, manager or owner or just some guy walking through the store.

    People do business with people they know, like and trust. Also they want to know there is a real person on the other end of the phone or at the end of the email. They may not have a particular concern but just want to feel like a person and not a bag of quarters to an anonymous corporation. The customers that know you personally or by learning about you will also promote and defend your business to others.

     This applies to most businesses, especially small or independent. You could have an on-line company, a Brick and Mortar or a Click and Mortar. Your About Me page should have a picture of you and a story of how you got to this point in your life and business.

How many of you feel you know somebody that you follow on Facebook? It could be someone you went to school with years ago or someone that has the same interests as you. Maybe it’s a relative that you have not actually talked to or seen in years and could have walked past them on the street if you had not been reading their posts or watching a video they made.

Spend some time writing your story and get it on your website and other Social Media pages. It may be the best business move you make this year.

 

(Sorry the video doesn’t have any sound. Sometimes you have some glitches and just need to keep moving on.)

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Play Safe

Ken Barrett


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How To Change The Header On Your Blog Site

       Today’s Tip is How To Change the Header on your Blog Site so it is more reflective of your business.

      Your page sould be a reflection of you and your business and your goals and values. The change on this post were made in a few minutes to show you how easy it is.

        My company is on the road to prosperity, it has not been without bumps and turns  but at this point I feel we are on a smooth straight path, with some slight dips and turns but the vision of moving up is in site. It is clear and directly ahead. As we rise our views and vision will expand to the horizon and beyond.

       Don’t be afraid of the road ahead or mountains to climb to reach what you can attain.

 If you have any comments please post them below.

 

Ken Barrett

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How to Add a New Blog

With this blogging platform you have one monthly suscription and as many separate blogs as you want to have.

Check Out The Details Here

In this video I explain how easy it is to set up a new, completely separate blog. This allows you to use one for business and you could use another one to keep family updated on events and general news. Or use it as a platform to teach people about your hobby. The uses are only limited by your imagination.

Did I mention it’s only $25 a month? That’s not per blog, that’s total! 

Details Here

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Play Safe

Ken Barrett


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Life Moves Pretty Fast

A busy but fun day.

    The ability to run my own business and give stuff away at Christmas and any other time I decide to is AWESOME.

    At the store today I gave a little girl a couple of things from the gift pile. She picked out a Minnie Mouse puzzle, I put a toque (not a toboggan) on her head and gave her a pair of gloves and she ran over to show her mom.
After that I walked over and put a pair of felt reindeer antlers on her head. But she really laughed when she looked over and I was wearing a pair too.

Merry Christmas

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Play Safe

Ken Barrett

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