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Monday, 18 January 2016

Two Lessons from the Old Iron Pot.

You know how some people can "beat" you into submission with a look and a twitch of an eyebrow?

That was my Grandmother! 

Not only was she the best storyteller in the whole wide world, she was also the best disciplinarian.

Know what? She never touched us! If looks could kill...

Don't get me wrong. Grandma loved us and we knew it because she would give us hugs and kisses and bake bread and cookies for us. But...we had to abide by her rules. It is amazing how she could encourage us to eliminate misbehaviour in a glance.

We all knew that look! Nobody ever dared to cross that look. We never knew what would happen if we disobeyed, and we didn't want to find out either.

Know what I mean?

Oh! And she would use our first and second names when we were in trouble. Yes, she incorporated all our senses. Somehow we knew how it would feel if she ever had to apply something physical, like a licking on the buttocks.

From the time we were very young, we learned obedience, work ethic, and self-discipline. 

Grandma would let me go outside to play, but after I took off walking for a mile into a pasture coulee where nobody could find me, boundaries were enforced. 

Grandma, Mom, Dad, Grandpa, the hired men and anyone within earshot on the ranch was commandeered to find me. 

The pasture I had wandered into was muddy, and I got stuck in the mud along a hillside directly above a dam that my Dad had built to capture and save water for livestock. 

No sooner had I begun to realize that I was in trouble, than I saw a big, grey dog flash by around the side of the hill and disappear. 

Just then, my Grandma and Mom found me!

Grandma yelled, "The coyotes were going to get you!" That was what I saw disappear around the hill! 

Well, to say that I was frightened of coyotes is an understatement, somehow I found my footing, pulled my feet from the mud and ran as fast as my little legs could carry me, mud clods flying, to the arms of my Grandma and my Mom. 

Yup! I got the "LOOK"! I never did that again!

Many great things came from Grandma's "iron pot" besides great stories and her wonderful home made baked beans. Lessons of courage, integrity, honesty, being true to your word, respect, love and honour, to name a few. It was not just stories that were pulled from Grandma's iron pot, but love and life's experiences were also found there.

So, what were the two lessons that I learned from my Grandma's iron pot?

1. To always do what my parents and Grandparents told me, because that protected me from possible harm and helped me for the future.

2. To never question authority or be sassy back because life and living in this world is a privilege and not a right. 

Yes, I learned to be polite to my elders and everyone I met and to accept the tasks that were given me. I learned never to complain when my back hurt from hoeing the garden. 

Grandma taught me how to raise my own kids by her great example of hard work and integrity. 

I really miss my Grandma!

These lessons I apply to my own business today. I have a huge work ethic and respect for others.

What are the lessons you learned from your childhood.

Have you thought of automating your social media?

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Christine Till
The Marketing Mentress
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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

LinkedIn Tip # 14 - Searching for Commercial Use

Why do I see a message about commercial use limit on search?

We've recently improved the LinkedIn people search experience. You can now view the full names and profiles of anyone in your extended network (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree), regardless of whether you're connected or have a Premium account.
This improved network visibility includes a limit based on search usage. If you reach the commercial use limit, your activity on LinkedIn indicates that you're likely using LinkedIn for commercial use, like hiring or prospecting. This limit is calculated based on your search activity since the first of the calendar month.
A progress bar appears in your search results when 30% of your searches are left, and continues to remind you in 5% increments. After you've reached the limit, you can continue to search, but will see a limited number of results. Your free monthly usage resets at midnight PST on the 1st of each calendar month.

The limit doesn't affect your ability to search 1st degree connections. Even if you've encountered the limit, you may always search your 1st degree connections on your

Note: We're not able to display the exact number of searches you have left and we also cannot lift the limit upon request. Also note the warnings may not display if you run through the full amount of searches too quickly.
You can always upgrade to one of the below Premium account plans for unlimited searching:
  1. Business Plus
  2.  Recruiter
  3.  Sales Navigator
If you choose to cancel your premium subscription, you will no longer have unlimited searches and your search limit will not be reset upon cancellation.
Note: Our Job Seeker plan doesn't have unlimited searches. Learn more about the commercial use limit for search.

This post is quoted directly from LinkedIn, as a reminder of the new changes on LinkedIn.

Remember that if you are using the free platform, your number of searches/page views is considerably less. In my experience, the free platform can only complete a maximum of 300-400 searches/page views per day. These include sending messages, accepting and sending connection requests and just viewing people who have viewed your profile. Each is counted as a page view. We do not realize how quickly these can add up.

Give us a call and we will fill you in on all the details.

Got a LinkedIn question? Feel free to email me and I will answer it in my next blog.

Have you been looking to automate your Social Media?

Fired at Fifty: Stop Looking For Work and Discover What You Were Meant to Do.

Christine Till

The Marketing Mentress
Twitter: @mktgmentress