20 Ways To Make Someone Smile

Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face today? Maybe make their day a little better. It won’t cost you a single penny or much time to do just that. And because smiling is contagious, it probably won’t just be one person you make smile today.

Here are 20 ways to turn that frown upside down.

1. Send some flowers to your partner at work.
2. Compliment a friend or work colleague on their appearance.
3. Donate something to charity.
4. Take a friend out to lunch.
5. Let someone know you miss them.
6. Make a surprise telephone call to your partner at work, just to say hi.
7. Hold a door open for someone walking behind you.
8. Hug your partner for no reason.
9. Leave a joke on a friends answer machine.
10. Send a card to a friend letting them know what a good friend they are.
11. Give up your seat on the train to someone when there aren’t any left.
12. Share your umbrella on a rainy day.
13. Ask a friend if they need anything while you’re out shopping.
14. When it’s raining, plan an indoor picnic with your children.
15. Leave a love letter somewhere where your partner will find it.
16. Send someone an unusual and unexpected gift like chocolate, flowers or sex toys.
17. Tell your child you’re proud of them.
18. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.
19. Cook a surprise meal for your partner one night, especially if they normally do the cooking.
20. Tell your partner you love them.

Did you know it takes only 17 muscles to smile, but 43 to frown. Why waste all that energy frowning when you could just smile.

Here are 5 more facts about smiling.

1. Women smile more than men.
2. Smiling releases endorphins that make us feel better.
3. We are all born with the ability to smile, it’s not something we learn from others.
4. A smile is a universal expression of happiness.
5. A smiling person is thought to be a more pleasant, attractive, sociable, sincere and competent than a non-smiling person.

Just remember, smiling is the easiest and cheapest way of improving your looks.


How to Sell to Anyone

Let’s face it. We all have those difficult customers to whom we are required to sell. From the demanding, abrasive buyer to the individual who never seems to make a buying decision, we encounter challenging people on a regular basis. Part of the reason this happens is due to the disconnect we have because of conflicting personalities. This post will look at the four key types of people and how to improve your results with each.

Direct Donna. Donna is very direct in her approach. She tends to be forceful and always wants to dominate or control the sales call. Her behaviour is aggressive, she points at you while she talks, interrupts your to challenge you, and she seldom cares about hearing the details of your new product or service. Instead, she demands that you cut to chase and tell me the bottom line. Donna is very results-focused and goal-oriented and hates wasting time.

To achieve the best sales results with this individual you need to be more direct and assertive. Tell her at the beginning of the sales call or meeting that you know how busy she is and how valuable her time is. Tell her that you will get right to the point and focus your conversation on the results she will achieve by using you product or service. Resist the temptation to back down if she confronts you because you will lose her respect. To Donna, it is not personal, it’s just business.

Lastly, be direct in asking for her business, you don’t have to dance around this issue.

Talkative Tim. Tim is a gregarious and outgoing person but very ego-centric. He is often late for your meetings and his constant interruptions and long stories cause your sales calls to go beyond the scheduled time. He appears to be more concerned with listening to himself talk which is frustrating because you don’t always get enough time to discuss your solution.

Relationships are very important to Talkative Tim so invest more time in social conversation. Even if you don’t see the point in this, he will appreciate the gesture and will like you more. This person often makes buying decisions on intuition and how he feels about the sales person.

Be careful not to challenge Tim because he will feel rejected and when this happens he will shut down and become unresponsive. During your sales presentation, tell him how good your solution will make him look to others in the company or how his status or image will improve. In other words, appeal to his ego.

Steady Eddie. Soft-spoken, Eddie is a nice fellow who seems more focused on his team and coworkers than on his personal results. He is very quiet compared to some of your other prospects and can be difficult to read. But most frustrating is his reluctance to make a buying decision. Eddie’s mantra seems to be I’m still thinking about but thanks for following up.

Structure and security is important to these people and it is difficult for Eddie to make changes. He often contemplates how the decision will affect other people within the organization. That means you need to slow down the sales process, demonstrate how your solution will benefit the team, and remove as much risk from the decision-making process as possible. Soften your voice and make sure your sales presentation flows in a logical manner. Use words like fair logical and your team in your presentation.

Analytical Alice. She reads every point and specification about your product or service and regardless of how much information you give Alice, she always wants more, including written guarantees and back up documentation. She is very difficult to read and it is extremely difficult to get her engaged in an open conversation because personal feelings and emotions do not enter the picture when Alice makes a decision.

Whenever possible, give Alice a written, bullet-point agenda of your meeting beforehand. Ideally, email it to her a few days in advance so she can prepare herself. Make sure it is completely free of typos, spelling mistakes and punctuation errors. When you meet, follow the agenda in perfect order and if you make any type of claim, have supporting documentation available for her to read.

While the approach to use with each of these people may not make sense to you or seem completely rational, it is critical to recognize that how you naturally and instinctively sell may not be the best way to get results with someone else. Modifying your approach and style, even briefly, will help you better connect with your customers and prospects which means you will generate better sales.

Working OAuth2 with Foursquare on Sinatra

require 'rubygems'
require 'sinatra'
require 'oauth2'
require 'json'
require 'net/https'
require 'foursquare2'

set :port, 80

CLIENT_ID = '****************************************************'
CLIENT_SECRET = '****************************************************'
CALLBACK_PATH = '/callbacks/foursquare'

def client
{:site => 'https://foursquare.com/',
:token_url => "/oauth2/access_token",
:authorize_url => "/oauth2/authenticate?response_type=code",
:parse_json => true,
:ssl => {:ca_path => '/etc/ssl/certs' }

def redirect_uri()
uri = URI.parse(request.url)
uri.path = CALLBACK_PATH
uri.query = nil

puts redirect_uri
if params[:code] != nil
token = client.auth_code.get_token(params[:code], :redirect_uri => redirect_uri).token
client = Foursquare2::Client.new(:oauth_token => token)
email = client.user('self')['contact'].email.to_s
return "Authenticated user: #{email}"
'Missing response from foursquare'

get '/' do
redirect client.auth_code.authorize_url(:redirect_uri => redirect_uri)

Latest eclipse app on Mac OS Lion preference pane

When upgrading to a new eclipse app and selecting existing workspace it makes preference pane unavailable. So to be able to access settings you have to either create a new workspace and migrate projects to a new workspace or remove settings files from old one. This saved my time a couple of times.

Mac OS Lion and installing ruby 1.9.2

I am always having trouble with installing fresh rvm instance, so here are all steps needed in fresh rvm to install new ruby 1.9.2

export ARCHFLAGS="-arch x86_64"
export CC=gcc-4.2
rvm pkg install readline
rvm pkg install iconv
rvm pkg install zlib
rvm install 1.9.2 -C --with-readline-dir=$rvm_path/usr --with-iconv-dir=$rvm_path/usr --with-zlib-dir=$rvm_path/usr

Kindle still rules the ebook world

First time when i saw kindle being presented I was thrilled, because i read a lot of books. I saw a future in electronic books. That was 2 years ago and I wasn’t wrong. Nowadays Amazon sells more ebooks than paper print books.

So last year when they introduced third generation of Kindle, I’ve jumped on the kindle wagon. I’ve bought wifi only version which came quite cheap. I never imagined that kindle would replace all paper books. Actually since owning kindle there was only one book I’ve bought and that is Four steps to epiphany. The only reason I’ve bought it is that is not available in digital form.

Does this mean kindle replaced all paper based books for me? Well yes and no. There is still one thing that kindle cannot be used and that are pdfs, even it supports them they are unusable on it. Zooming functionality is not quite there.

Only competitor To kindle wasn’t other ebook readers but Apple iPad. I was quite known to it, even tried it few times, but it was obvious that it is unusable in direct sun light. But still I was wondering if I would be able to use it for reading books. So last month I’ve finally needed to buy iPad, because i was doing some applications for it. So I also tried to use it as a ebook reader, because it also has kindle app so it means all books i’ve bought before i could them read on it also. My final decision is that it didn’t came to my expectations as a ebook reader. Only part it did excel were pdfs technical stuff which I wasn’t able to read on kindle.

So to write a conslusion. I will use both devices as a reading utility but kindle will still be my main device for reading. No other digital device can beat reading in direct sun light. But main differentiator is that kindle still feels like something natural it doesn’t have exclusive electronic device feeling. It feels like something coming from analog age. I even don’t have a feeling I need to take care of it because it feels as rugged device. From mine point of view I can easily say that kindle has a bright future as a reading device and I hope they will continue and not to become yet another android clone as Nook did.

The inception

It’s time to start over, blogs do go old over time and we don’t want to read old topics or out of date blog. ¬†So i started from the beginning. For all who doesn’t know me I am mostly interested into technology, art and other modern¬†esoteric interests. So stay tuned for my posts.