Joshua Wilner http://joshuawilner.com A Writer Writes Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:05:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 http://joshuawilner.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JWLinkedIn3-5492414cv1_site_icon-32x32.png Joshua Wilner http://joshuawilner.com 32 32 Star Trek Technology Is So…Ordinary http://joshuawilner.com/2015/08/01/star-trek-technology-is-so-ordinary/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/08/01/star-trek-technology-is-so-ordinary/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:05:12 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5508 A thousand years ago when I was but a wee lad we would watch Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Bones and the guys in the red shirts who were always doomed to die use incredible technology to travel through space and time. Out on the school yard we’d talk about what we would do if we […]

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A thousand years ago when I was but a wee lad we would watch Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Bones and the guys in the red shirts who were always doomed to die use incredible technology to travel through space and time.

Out on the school yard we’d talk about what we would do if we had our own spaceship, Phazers and Tricorders. We had big plans, grand ideas for adventures.

And then we’d watch episodes of Welcome Back Kotter, All In The Family and Happy Days. The Sweat Hogs, Archie Bunker, Ritchie and The Fonz would bring us back to a reality that was a bit different from what we saw on Star Trek but it never stopped us from hoping that maybe one day we’d see these things.

Really, we were children of the seventies and we knew that something bigger was coming.

Maybe it was because we were still kids who played outside until dark and rode our bikes all over the city without parents in tow.

Or maybe it was something else, the how and why isn’t really a part of this post.

Nah, this is focused on how we watched Q give James Bond the coolest tech to defeat the bad guys and the hope we had that maybe one day we’d gain access to it too.

Our Children Don’t Appreciate Tech

Our children don’t really appreciate how cool it is to have all of this technology on hand. Smartphones are ordinary and they don’t know from not being able to pause their favorite television show because they had to pee.

They don’t know about life without computers, typewriters and the Internet.

It is all normal and ordinary to them.

That is not necessarily a good or bad thing, it is just a thing but sometimes I wonder about it.

Wonder because does imagination do better when you have a framework of ideas to base your dreams upon or does that framework also serve as a prison that restricts what you can or cannot imagine.

I don’t have a definitive opinion about that, but I enjoy mulling over the ideas.

What do you think?

Bonus: Star Trek Tech Brought To Life

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Life & Business Lessons As Taught By John Wooden http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/30/life-business-lessons-as-taught-by-john-wooden/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/30/life-business-lessons-as-taught-by-john-wooden/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:18:46 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5506 People who aren’t real familiar with John Wooden might not be aware that he was far more than a just a college basketball coach. He was a man who could teach you life and business lessons that you can use off the court just as easily as he could teach you how to win on […]

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People who aren’t real familiar with John Wooden might not be aware that he was far more than a just a college basketball coach.

He was a man who could teach you life and business lessons that you can use off the court just as easily as he could teach you how to win on it.

I never get tired of learning from him. This video is worth watching again and again.

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Did Technology Kill Communication? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/26/did-technology-kill-communication/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/26/did-technology-kill-communication/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:36:17 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5495 A dear friend and I wandered through the student union at the university we attended and were surprised not by how many buildings were gone or renovated but by what we didn’t see. Eyeballs. We didn’t see eyeballs. Yeah, I know that sounds sort of odd but when I provide more details it will make […]

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A dear friend and I wandered through the student union at the university we attended and were surprised not by how many buildings were gone or renovated but by what we didn’t see.

Eyeballs.

We didn’t see eyeballs.

Yeah, I know that sounds sort of odd but when I provide more details it will make sense.

In our day it wasn’t uncommon to find us sitting at a table at the student union or to find us sharing a pitcher of beer on the balcony at the Pub that overlooked the swimming pool.

We’d watch the girls walk by, talk about classes, talk about summer break and just hang out. But the way we hung out then appeared to be very different than what we saw.

That is because this last time on campus what we noticed was how many people were lost in electronic devices so instead of seeing eyeballs we saw the tops of the their heads.

From our non scientific, impromptu study it appeared to us that people spent more time in electronic bubbles than talking to the people who were sitting next to or across from them.

Since there was nothing scientific about our approach I can’t tell you if our conclusion is accurate or false. I can only tell you I wonder if there is something to it.

Did Technology Kill Communication?

Every time my children have a birthday party or some other function I find myself noticing how there are always children who seem to be more engaged with their electronic devices than with the people around them.

I watch them and wonder what the real impact of technology is on communication.

I think about how technology has shrunk the world in such a way that my children don’t understand why someone should be quiet because you are on a “long distance” telephone call and yet fewer people seem to use the telephone to speak.

Are the devices that were supposed to improve communication and increase productivity doing so or are they causing other issues?

Those of you who have had conversations with me know that I’ll ask you how know something is true and inquire about sources and facts.

So when I ask if technology has killed communication some of it is done tongue-in-cheek because I don’t have any data I can use to give a definitive yes or no.

But that doesn’t stop the father in me from making sure I work hard to make sure my kids never lose the ability to communicate face-to-face and or use a telephone.

That might be the most important or among the most important skills a person can have, the ability to communicate thoughts and ideas.

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I suppose the Mark Twain quote above is proof that commentary and thought about whether people were communicating isn’t a new idea.

There is certainly no doubt that every generation seems to look back at those that come after as being questionable.

Still I can’t stop thinking about what sort of influence technology has upon our children and those that follow. Do people know how to put their devices down and just talk or is there something to our concern.

What do you think?

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It’s Not Even Close- LA Would Beat Chicago http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/20/its-not-even-close-la-would-beat-chicago/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/20/its-not-even-close-la-would-beat-chicago/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:51:11 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5490 We would beat em by fifty “what you think”. Let me know and don’t hold back A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on Jul 19, 2015 at 5:29pm PDT If you are in need of a break from the political rhetoric and the important daily tasks we all take on I have […]

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We would beat em by fifty “what you think”. Let me know and don’t hold back

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If you are in need of a break from the political rhetoric and the important daily tasks we all take on I have a gift for you.

I am going to join the hubbub surrounding Shaq’s Instagram from the other day and say I’ll take the Lakers over the Bulls.

Don’t think I can go so as far as to say they would win by 50 but they would win. Not even a question, far too much firepower.

There is no doubt that Jordan at his peak was a force to be reckoned with and that he had all of the tools and ability to destroy teams.

We saw it happen.

But the bulls couldn’t stop the captain, Kareem is the X factor there and there is no answer for him and his sky hook.

That is the ‘think about it for three minutes and go with Josh’s gut response.’

Could we produce something more substantive?

Of course.

We could enter all of the historical data into the computers and come up with the technical answer about who wins but I don’t know that I would want to.

Why?

Computers can’t predict everything.

They can’t tell you about the crazy, illogical and inexplicable stuff that a human might come up with the sort of accuracy that would make it work.

Part of the reason we watched these players is because you never knew what they might do. You’d watch them do something that should have been impossible and make it look simple.

I don’t know that I would want to hear what the computer came up with either. Yeah, it would be kind of interesting to find out what it spit out but it would take some of the magic and mystery away from it all.

There is something kind of nice about not having a definitive answer and being able to chew on it for it bit.

I can promise you that even though I am a die hard Laker fan if I really thought they couldn’t win I would have said so.

What about you? What do you think?

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Are Parents More Powerful Than Superheroes? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/18/are-parents-more-powerful-than-superheroes/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/18/are-parents-more-powerful-than-superheroes/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:11:59 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5486 It would be kind of cool to be like Wolverine when the kids start dating, some Adamantium claws could go a long way towards influencing good behavior. 😉

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Parents, Assemble! 11 Ways That Parents Are More Powerful Than Superheroes

It would be kind of cool to be like Wolverine when the kids start dating, some Adamantium claws could go a long way towards influencing good behavior. 😉

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The Closest Shave Ever http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/14/the-closest-shave-ever/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/14/the-closest-shave-ever/#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:06:20 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5471 This post was going to be about razors and crowd sourcing information as a way to try to find the best product/service but I stumbled across a series of videos and other articles online that reminded me that my headline here is a bit weak. It really ought to be more exciting than the closest […]

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This post was going to be about razors and crowd sourcing information as a way to try to find the best product/service but I stumbled across a series of videos and other articles online that reminded me that my headline here is a bit weak.

It really ought to be more exciting than the closest shave ever because the fight for eyeballs is best served by hyperbole.

I thought about using something like “The Closest Shave Ever that Kills Cancer and Saves Orphans” but was worried that people might actually believe I was serious.

And I would never ever want to tell a tale that might be considered, false, outrageous or an exaggeration.

That is why I need to tell you the story about the Buck in the photo above.

It Started In Malibu

Summer in Los Angeles can be kind of hot, especially when your air conditioning is broken so we often choose  to head out to the beach to beat the heat.

It is a fine summer day in Malibu and we are hanging out at the beach with half of Los Angeles and a dozen celebrities, some of whose names you might actually recognize.

I don’t want to sound like I am bragging, but three hours into our day Kevin Love asked me to take on Lebron James and some shmo no one has heard of in some beach volleyball.

I tell them I don’t want to embarrass them but they insist on my playing and we light those suckers up. Five matches later I am thoroughly exhausted and I collapse on the sand and thank them for their time.

My eyes close, a smile crosses my face and I think about what a cool story this is going to make and then everything goes to hell.

I have never been in combat but if I had I am sure I would have recognized the sounds of bombs and bullets on the beach.

That might have been a great moment for D-Day or Saving Private Ryan but it certainly isn’t my preferred form of relaxation.

I sit up, fire coming from my nostrils ready to dish out some damage because whomever is responsible for this has just wrecked the best nap I have had in three years.

And don’t even get me started on the kind of dream I was having because that is private.

I turn in a circle, head on a swivel searching for the culprit when all of a sudden I feel this burning sensation in chest.

There is a bright red circle there and just as I am wondering if I have been shot I feel my feet leaving the ground.

I look up and discover I am being kidnapped, not just by aliens, but those fucking illegal aliens, you know the kind that live on planets and travel by spaceship.

The bastards.

The Zombie Apocalypse

When I come too I find myself lying face down in some forest and now I am really pissed.

Those bastards didn’t just screw up my nap, they put me face down in the dirt and I just know I am going to be part of some kind of mud race that has more serious obstacles than man-made walls and little pits of fire.

I stand up, dust myself off and take a moment to look around and get my bearings. Aliens may have kidnapped me but I teach my kids to panic and even though they aren’t here I am not going to start now.

It is not like I am swimming in the middle of some burning river in a dying city.

But the thing is the devil that designed this day doesn’t have any intention of letting me catch my breath so he/she/it sends the creatures of the wild out to attack me.

Wolves, ferrets, squirrels and  bears wander out from between the trees and I assume my best Festivus pose and let out a barbaric yawp that is supposed to make them think twice about attacking me.

It is doesn’t work and the animals start coming at me but instead of working as a team they come at me one at a time.

Dumb animals haven’t figured out that I have watched every Rocky 98 times and know that if I keep fighting with the eye of the tiger I will win.

And that is when things get really weird.

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Zombies enter the fray and I realize that I can’t win this fight with just my fists alone.

I don’t have time to skin the damn bear and use his claws so I am forced to grab the buck in the photo above and break his neck so I can use his antlers to stop the zombies.

In the midst of this festival of fists I realize I am huffing and puffing much harder than I should be and get pissed off because I just know that if I wasn’t in my forties it wouldn’t be this hard.

The twenty-five year-old I used to be would just laugh at this old man. If I could go back in time and slap myself I would, but I am far too busy to figure out how to build a time machine to make that happen.

Besides after I save the world from the zombie apocalypse I am going to find the aliens and blow up the mothership and maybe take out their nasty planet ensuring that the human race survives.

And you just know that I won’t get any credit because no one is paying attention to me. They are too busy staring at their phones and the few that are filming this are more interested in selling the footage to TMZ than thanking me for saving their asses.

The Closest Shave Ever

And that my friends is the story of the closest shave ever.

Parts of it may have been altered, manipulated or adjusted to fit with reality television guidelines and or the Fouker Fiction institute. 😉

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Aren’t Reading Glasses Just For Bloggers & Old People? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/09/arent-reading-glasses-just-for-bloggers-old-people/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/09/arent-reading-glasses-just-for-bloggers-old-people/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:26:12 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5456 I think I was about 12 the first time I saw one of those “objects in the mirror may be bigger/closer than they appear” stickers. It was on my grandfather’s car, the driver’s side side-view mirror but I couldn’t figure out why it was there or what purpose there was for a mirror not to […]

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I think I was about 12 the first time I saw one of those “objects in the mirror may be bigger/closer than they appear” stickers.

It was on my grandfather’s car, the driver’s side side-view mirror but I couldn’t figure out why it was there or what purpose there was for a mirror not to reflect reality.

Can’t say for certain if that ‘moment’ happened when I was twelve because it could have been when I was nine or 10 too, but 12 sticks out because it was the year I got glasses.

Initially I didn’t have to wear them anywhere but in class and that suited me just fine because I having to rely upon help for my eyes.

And when you are a boy who loves to play sports, ride bikes and wrestle with his friends glasses are something you never want to wear because you don’t want to break them and get in trouble.

Boys Grow & The Eyes Don’t Cooperate

When puberty hit and I finally started growing I held out hope that I’d somehow make it to 6’4 and that my eyes would cooperate by becoming stronger and not weaker.

Nature chose not to gift me with the height I asked for and decided a double dose of myopia would be good for me.

That old mother didn’t bother to ask me if I thought it would be easier to hit the ball, make a basket or win the 100 meter breaststroke with bad eyes.

By the time I graduated high school I was almost 5’10 and weighed 185 pounds. Since my dad told me he had kept growing until he was around 20 or so I figured I was mostly on track, I still had a shot at 6’4, didn’t care if it was a small one.

A chance was a chance.

But what I didn’t have were good eyes anymore.

If I wasn’t wearing contacts or my glasses it was because I was asleep or swimming.

I couldn’t watch television or a movie without them and even though I could read without them I tended to wear them anyway.

And don’t bother asking about driving because I knew that getting behind the wheel without them for anything short of a major emergency was a mistake.

So I grudgingly accepted my glasses and wondered if the surgery I had heard of to give people perfect vision would ever make sense for me.

I very much wanted it, but the idea of someone taking a scalpel to my eyes was…uncomfortable.

All Shook Up

By the time the Northridge earthquake hit in ’94 I was almost 25 and sadly resigned to never getting beyond the 5’10 I had maxed out at.

Part of me appreciated being average height, I loved to work out and there were multiple advantages that came from not having the longer arms and body that the additional size would have brought.

But the earthquake shook the idea of being ok with my eyes right out of me.

That is because that monster threw my classes off of my nightstand and destroyed the shot glass collection that had been hanging on my wall.

So when I got out of bed I couldn’t see very well and I knew damn well that much of my floor was covered in broken glass.

That was the day I decided I was going to figure out how to pay for surgery, especially since I had started to hear about some fancy Laser deal that could fix your eyes with less fuss and muss than the other.

Aren’t Reading Glasses Just For Bloggers & Old People?

It took another five years or so for me to figure out how to make wishing for perfect vision into reality and not a dream.

I remember right before they clamped my eyes open and told me it would be over before I could blink they reminded me by the time I was old enough to need reading glasses there would be a surgical option to correct that.

It made me laugh to hear them talk about that, they used some ancient number like 45 and that was more than a decade away.

Hell, it was almost 15 years and for all I knew I might be using a jetpack instead a car to get around.

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The kid who was 3 months old when I had the surgery done is going to be 15 this year and the jetpack hasn’t yet materialized.

But the reading glasses that I couldn’t imagine wearing…have shown up.

I don’t use them all of the time but I have noticed that they help if I am tired of if the lighting isn’t particularly good.

Dates on coins and and the small details on some stuff just don’t jump out at me like they used to. I’d like to say it is because they are dirty, smudged or have other issues but…

But I am pleased to say I proved the doc wrong because I am not 45, I am 46 and still not using them all the time. That has to be worth something.

Ok, maybe not to anyone but me, but I’ll pat myself on the back and smile at the imaginary trophy I am holding.

And since the airlines have seen fit to shrink the amount of room we have I am even more thankful that I am not 6’4, but between you and me I’ll confess that if there was a pill that made us a bit taller I might consider it.

But that is not because I care about being taller because I don’t but a couple of inches in height would mean I could say I only need to lose a few pounds. :)

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Life Is About Priorities http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/05/life-is-about-priorities/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/07/05/life-is-about-priorities/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 22:33:29 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5440 My daughter asked me how long I plan on playing basketball for and I told her I will do it until I can’t move or it is not fun any more. “But daddy, aren’t you getting kind of old for it?” I laughed and told her I was young enough to do almost anything I […]

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My daughter asked me how long I plan on playing basketball for and I told her I will do it until I can’t move or it is not fun any more.

“But daddy, aren’t you getting kind of old for it?”

I laughed and told her I was young enough to do almost anything I want to do. She laughed and told me that I was still too old to do certain things and I told her life is about priorities and the choices we make.

Can’t blame her for asking because sometimes the day after the mornings hurt a little bit. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to work out the kinks and to stand up straight.

My game isn’t predicated upon talent. It is built upon trying to out hustle, out muscle and outwork the other side.

I am still willing to dive for balls, set picks and run through whomever is in the way to get to where I am going.

Twenty years ago I could play like this every day and ever think about making adjustments because time hadn’t had its way with me.

Today I can go three or four times a week but only if I give my body a break between it all. Experience has taught me that without that rest I just don’t have it.

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It took a long time to accept that things had changed. For a while I blamed the shortcomings on my own lack of talent and figured I just needed to improve a couple parts of my game, but it was more than that.

Life Is About Priorities

If you could turn the clock back 30 years ago to see what I was doing you would have found me hiking through the Judean desert, wandering the streets of Jerusalem or maybe hanging out somewhere around the Golan Heights.

That teenager would have told you that he was certain that in two years he’d leave the U.S. to go to college in Israel and that there was a good chance that was where he would choose to build his life.

Life surprised him and he ended up taking a different path and now the perspective I bring to my personal and professional worlds is entirely different than what he or I would have thought.

Kind of funny to refer to him as he when it is me I am talking about, but even though I remember being 16 so much has happened I can’t be him any more than he could have become me.

The one area I suppose I can be certain of is he would have looked at the man we have become today and asked what the hell happened to our hair and wondered how I couldn’t have maintained the  six pack and muscles.

That 16 year-old would never have understood how easy life is when you have no responsibilities and the challenges of managing time when you do.

But he would have been happy to see that we didn’t become social climbers or choose to measure our self worth based upon the size of our house, cars we drive or clothes we wear.

He would be pleased to see that we value education and experiences and that we taught our children to never be ignorant enough to try and make others feel badly by badmouthing them for what they don’t have.

The Value Of Experiences

Sometimes people give me a hard time about some of the stories I tell about different experiences I have had. Sometimes they ask what I have now and I laugh and shake my head.

I laugh because I have a ton of experiences that are present day and those who know me best understand my focus is upon continuing to build a foundation that provides the opportunity to enjoy more.

When I shake my head it is because I wonder if maybe I have done a poor job of communicating those things or asking if the reason they didn’t hear is because so many people have trouble listening.

They don’t ask questions because they want to know your answer but because it is a bridge that allows them to take a breath so they can continue to talk about themselves.

Or maybe it is a combination of the two.

Does it matter why or how?

Maybe.

From a professional standpoint I think about it because my job is to communicate thoughts and ideas and I pay attention to how I am doing there.

I suppose since I find storytelling and communication interesting on a personal level it makes it easy for me to spend more time thinking about it too.

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Every time I look at the photo above I wish I could just walk into the picture.

I’d swim and canoe/sail around the lake and probably take a hike too. I’d have more than a few adventures, I just know it.

Sometimes I look at the photo and think about how I got it as part of a free stock photo service and wonder how many other bloggers will use it in a post.

Will that affect its usefulness for this post? What kind of impact, if any, will it have upon this post?

It reminds me of my desire to become a better photographer and to spend more time working with multimedia so that I can become more effective as using it to help tell a story.

Life is about priorities and figuring out what is important, meaningful and significant to us.

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Is Your Business Blinded By Familiarity? http://joshuawilner.com/2015/06/30/is-your-business-blinded-by-familiarity/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/06/30/is-your-business-blinded-by-familiarity/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:29:30 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5434 Last summer I was contacted by a business that said they wanted to find a way to improve the effectiveness of their website. I told them I would be happy to help them and asked them to answer two questions: 1) What did they mean by improving effectiveness? 2) Did their website tell their story? […]

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Last summer I was contacted by a business that said they wanted to find a way to improve the effectiveness of their website.

I told them I would be happy to help them and asked them to answer two questions:

1) What did they mean by improving effectiveness?

2) Did their website tell their story?

They told me effectiveness referred to generating leads and told me the second question was silly. I asked them why and they told me it was silly because it was obvious what they did and the services they provided.

I asked them to humor me and suggested that familiarity with their products/services was creating blind spots that they needed to fix.

They assured me again that they had no doubt but said they would be willing to test my theory.

Did Their Website Tell Their Story?

They asked some friends and acquaintances who were not familiar with the business to take a look at the company website and were surprised to find out that these people did not walk away with a clear understanding of what was being offered.

What they learned from this experience was the website was not effective in telling visitors what the company offered.

It didn’t tell their story.

It wasn’t for lack of effort on their part either. It happened because familiarity can cause blind spots. When you know something inside and out it is sometimes easy to forget to include key pieces of information because you think it is obvious.

Yet what is obvious to you isn’t to everyone else.

Change Your Thinking

Sometimes the best thing we can do to help our businesses and ourselves is open our minds and allow for the opportunity to change our thinking about some things.

It doesn’t have to be a radical change either. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple restructuring of how you look at things.

When it comes to websites and encouraging prospective customers to respond to a call-to-action or at least to ask for more information simple is good.

Make it easy for them to understand you story.

What do you do? What do you offer? Why is it valuable.

Share the features, share the functions, share the benefits.

Don’t let familiarity prevent you from being open to recognizing not everyone can see what you see or knows what you know.

What do you think?

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Goodbye Cellphone, Hello Soup Cans & String http://joshuawilner.com/2015/06/26/goodbye-cellphone-hello-soup-cans-string/ http://joshuawilner.com/2015/06/26/goodbye-cellphone-hello-soup-cans-string/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:44:06 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=5423 It’s close to midnight and I am preparing to say goodbye to Thursday and hello to Friday but instead of smiling there is a look on my face that my teenager used to refer to in his toddler years as “the angry face.” Back then he would say, “daddy, don’t make the angry face, I […]

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It’s close to midnight and I am preparing to say goodbye to Thursday and hello to Friday but instead of smiling there is a look on my face that my teenager used to refer to in his toddler years as “the angry face.”

Back then he would say, “daddy, don’t make the angry face, I don’t like it.”

I would always respond with “why is daddy making the angry face” and then we would talk about what happened and ways to prevent it from happening again.

It is too bad this isn’t one of those situations because it would be much easier to explain to a toddler why he shouldn’t try to climb on the stove, throw eggs or try to lock his little sister in a closet.

Instead I am threatening a laptop and a cellphone with death for disobeying me.

All They Need To Do Is Work

All they need to do is work. Make calls, grab my email, surf the net, play nicely with MS Office and the assorted programs I use.

That is not too much to ask nor an unreasonable expectation except lately both seem to want to make me lose the rest of my hair.

The laptop has current antivirus and malware protection. It is defragmented on a regular basis and handled with care.

It is only two years old but it has developed some bad habits where it overheats, drags, lags and protests being used.

And then there is my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the one that is only six months old that has started to give me all sorts of hiccups and its own set of protestations against working as it should.

What bothers me the most about the gremlins that have attacked my tech is that I am tech savvy. I know how to use my tools more effectively than most because I have taken the time to learn how to use them.

I know many of the keyboard shortcuts and tricks that the experts use to maintain high levels of productivity and keep their equipment running but that hasn’t stopped this crap from creeping up.

Don’t mistake my comments for a claim to be an expert because there are many people who know far more than I do, but I know enough to make them work or at least until recent events it seemed so.

Is It Time To Join The Cult of Mac?

Many of my friends have encouraged me to give up my PC and Android attachment to join the cult of Mac. For years they have said the difference in cost is worth the quality that comes with Apple products.

I have nodded and smiled my way through most of those conversations but I am really beginning to wonder if it is time to agree that Voldemort Jobs and company produced products are worth the extra cost.

But more than anything, I just want my tech to work without any hassle.

It is really not too much to ask for.

And now I bid you adieu, while I make the angry face again.

Goodbye Cellphone, Hello Soup Cans & String.

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