Posts Tagged ‘Attentionology Power Play’

Attentionology Power Play – Launch or Update Your Website – PLUS NEWS

March 22, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…LAUNCH OR UPDATE YOUR WEBSITE

It’s no secret that more and more communication is via electronic options.

Websites have become standard to most organizations in every corner of the world with access to “technological highways.”

Information seekers and senders, shoppers and storekeepers of every description post and pull data from websites.

Do you manage or contribute to a website? If so, visual and verbal updates are proven attention-grabbers. Websites are important to your “brand.”

In School? In an Office? Look at your website, pretending that you’ve NEVER seen it before. What catches your eye and why? Is the information current, useful, inviting, easy to navigate? Does it need a “makeover?” 

If you don’t have a website yet, consider launching one to attract your market.

Speaking of launches and updates…BIG NEWS HERE…Attentionology is launching a brand new website on Monday, March 25!

The new and improved attentionology.com promises a more user-friendly Homepage, more content, brighter images, free resources, new options for readers…all with a commitment to serve as a valuable resource as we enter our fourth year online.

We’re looking to catch and keep more readers attention, too, so if you like the site, please comment. Your response matters to us; your suggestions are welcome. Stay tuned for the launch of attentionology.com on Monday (please update your bookmarks!) and follow us on Twitter @attentionology. The new site will also offer new ways to share Attentionology with your associates and friends that can also benefit from all that we offer. Let’s grow together!

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara The Lovable Poet

Attentionology Power Play – Host Lunch & Listen!

March 15, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…HOST LUNCH & LISTEN!

When someone invites you to lunch, do you consider what motivated the invitation?

Kids don’t. Lunch? They’re ready to go!

Adults are more likely to answer, “Yes, even if it’s for something fun like celebrating a birthday. I have to think  for a moment before I answer because I have so many responsibilities; my time is limited; and I need to know what lunch will involve.” 

Imagine your lunch partner’s surprise when you say simply, “I’d like to meet for lunch and spend some time just listening to you.” Imagine that!

Someone wants to really HEAR YOU…how you’re doing; what concerns may be “bugging you; ” ideas you have about how to improve your work to positively impact the outcome you seek.

The act of listening – without interrupting – is a first step in helping anyone. A whole lunch of listening…wow…golden!

In School? You know which kids would benefit from extra one-on-one time. Depending on the grade level and dynamics of your whole class, plan a private Lunch & Listen time in your room or corner of the cafeteria, or a group get-together. The key is your willingness to listen. With children, that may require your encouraging them to speak freely.

In an Office? Email an invitation to Lunch & Listen to an employee that you think could use some extra motivation or needs help or…whatever, depending on your workplace. Offer to have lunch in or out; it’s best if you also offer to pick up the tab!

Speaking of tabs, don’t forget to schedule a Lunch & Listen date for yourself. We can all use a good ear!

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

Attentionology Power Play – Use Humor with Goal-Setting

March 9, 2013

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…USE HUMOR WITH GOAL-SETTING

What’s funny about setting goals? Nothing really. Success is usually attributable, at least in part, to setting and prioritizing goals. Why use humor then? Answers:

  1. To lighten up the process so that goal-setting is less intimidating to the people with whom you work.
  2. To engage your group, catching and keeping their attention with a communal positive attitude.

In School? Here’s a funny to share with your class…keep reading…

Announce that you’d like to begin class with a few minutes of goal-setting for the day ahead. “I mean just for today, class,” you say. “Let’s focus on what we can accomplish right now!”

Pass out paper and instruct the students (grades 3 – 5) to write down five goals for today. Hold up a paper; point to it to show that you want the goals numbered with the most important first. Then share the funny…“For example, your number one goal for today might be LET’S ENJOY RECESS!”

Follow up the laughter with a more serious reminder: “Okay, really I need you to include some study goals, too.”

In an Office? At the start of a meeting, suggest a few minutes of open conversation about today’s goals.

Offer to start the process, quickly announcing that your first goal is… “LET’S KEEP THE MEETING SHORT!”

Without missing a beat, say, “I think our second goal should be…NAMING THE WINNER OF THE VACATION-TO-PARADISE CONTEST WE’VE JUST CONCLUDED. IT’S ME!!!! Follow with, “Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t anyone else get the memo about the contest?”

Follow the laughter with a business-tone voice, “Okay, I guess we better get back to work.”

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

Attentionology Power Play – Personalize Communications

February 26, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…PERSONALIZE COMMUNICATIONS 

What’s better? Personalized “care” from service providers or impersonal responses to your needs?

The answer’s a “no-brainer!” Just think of totally automated phone systems.  Yuk!

On the phone, online Skyping, talking in person – whatever the method used – the most productive, enduring, motivating and rewarding communications between people are personalized.

Personalized communications foster permanent, positive connections with customers – a key factor in setting goals and getting what you want.

In School? Your students are your primary “customers,” even though we usually don’t use that term in educational communities.

When working with a student one-on-one or with the whole class, offer this personal expression of interest…Say “I thought of you ___________ (fill in when – yesterday, early this morning, etc.) because I ________________________________________” (fill in the action that occurred, causing your thought(s) about the person(s). For example, you  could say, “I saw a new book about Space Travel and I know you love “stuff” about Space” or you could say, “I found a cool new book about Space that I think we’ll enjoy including in our upcoming Science Unit. I like new discoveries!”

In an Office? Surprise co-workers at the start of a meeting by saying, “I thought of you yesterday at the market when I saw the new chocolate candy we were chatting about at lunch. Yes, I ‘caved;’ I bought a bag; it’s here. Let’s pass it around right now before we pick up the agenda.” 

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

Attentionology Power Play – Pay Unexpected Compliments

February 22, 2013
Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…

…PAY AN UNEXPECTED COMPLIMENT

In school? Start the day with this, “Class, I have a compliment to pay to you…” (complete this sentence, being sincere in your choice of words. Watch for happy faces, all eyes on you.)

In an office? Knock on the door (in-person, not electronically) of your boss or co-worker and ask if they have a minute. Tell her or him, “I just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying working with you” (only if your sentiment is sincere; work this “trick” with someone who deserves your praise). Watch his or her expression change from “What now!” to “Wow; thanks for that!” The door might stay open for a longer conversation that you’ve been wanting.

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

BarbaraThe Lovable Poet