The Ultimate Solution for Interviews

  • What are the expectations for me in the first 90 days?
  • The company is a great cultural fit for me, as am I for it. – recovery
  • Experience: the projects I’ve been part of don’t compare to the experience of helping others. Motto for Heritage4Uganda was “people helping people”
  • Purpose of recovery

Tell me about yourself: my background to date has been centered around community engagement and writing.

Weakness: I tend to be a perfectionist whose had trouble delegating tasks to others but I’ve come to see that teamwork and capitalizing on everyone’s strengths (which I can see through newfound perspective) is a much more effective way to get the job done than trying to do it all myself.

  • who would the audience be for the article about alcoholism?
  • Length of article/ placement of article? – write differently for first-person alcoholic or for family members?
  • Am I trying to get them to make an appointment?
  • You might have a problem if :
  • Afraid of treatment: overcome objections “if you’ve tried before, it’s not your fault” “alcoholism is real” “most people cannot stop on their own”
  • Empathy
  • Reassuring statistics
  • X percent of people who try to quit cold turkey fail
  • BUT x percent of people who maintain sobriety for 5 years or longer have gone through similar experiences: treatment and meetings
  • Give hope
  • Disease
  • I understand
  • No labels/stigma
  • Detox withdrawals
  • Empathize fears but overcome objections

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The Internet of Things – Part 2

Last week, I wrote about how the home is beginning to be connected to the Internet. Because this is now a “thing”, it will grow exponentially. This is because technology seems to grow exponentially. And the Internet is no different. The Internet is wildly different that is was 10 years ago. After all, YouTube is not much older than 10 years old? The same goes for Facebook and other major websites that people use as part of their daily lives.

I wrote that my A/C unit is connected to the Internet. How can a piece of metal be connected to the Internet? Well, it’s more complicated than that. Let’s just say that my A/C touchpad has it’s own IP address. Are you lost? Don’t be. Let’s talk a little more about what’s to come.

Soon, more than the A/C unit will be connected to the Internet. The fridge, the coffee machine, and even the lights will all be connected to the Internet. A homeowner will be able to control his house from his iPhone if he wants to. What is right next to him when he wakes up? His iPhone is next to him. Let’s say the homeowner wants a nice cup of coffee. All he has to do is press a button on his iPhone. That will transmit a message to the coffee machine, which will immediately get to work! That is, of course, if the homeowner filled his coffee machine with coffee beans beforehand.

Soon, even meals will become automated. This is much more than the home being connected to the Internet. The robots in the home will do much more of the work. We already have robots to clean our dishes. They are called dishwashers. And even though they don’t talk or walk, make no mistake. They are robots! Swing by next week to learn more.

The Internet of Things – Part 1

The world is getting smaller. The world is getting smarter. And technology is exponentially improving each year. iPhones only came out 10 years ago. What will America look like 10 years from now? I have an idea of what it will look like. Everything will be connected to the Internet. People don’t realize this, but we are already on our way there.

Think about the appliances in the home. The A/C unit, the dishwasher, the fridge, and the stove or oven. 20 years ago, it was not possible to control the A/C system from a cell phone. As a matter of fact, most people didn’t even have cell phones 20 years ago! Now, almost everyone of adult age has one.

I have one of these A/C systems. The A/C touch-pad on the wall is connected to WiFi. That means, if I’m upstairs, and want to turn the heating on in the winter, I simply need to open the application on my phone and turn the heating on. My A/C system recently broke down, a few months ago. I had to buy a new system. The system is so new that I haven’t even downloaded the A/C application on my iPhone yet. Maybe I’m old-fashioned. I don’t really see the need to control the heater from my phone. I can just walk up to it to program it. If I wanted, I could also program the unit outside of the home. I connect to it via my cell phones service, which eventually connects to my WiFi, which also connects to the unit. Did you follow all of that? Technology is amazing! And it’s only going to get better.

Swing by next week where I continue to write about the Internet of Things. You’ll be surprised what technology has in store for us soon.

My A/C Unit

Let’s talk about A/C units. What is so special about them? Well, for example, try asking that question again if the unit breaks in the summer or winter. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what happened to me this year! It was not fun and it was unexpected.

First of all, it broke a few months ago in the summer. Secondly, heat rises very easily in my home. Therefore, without some type of cold air, it could get to 80 degrees in my bedroom. I can’t sleep in that heat! My family, especially, don’t deserve to live in those conditions. I needed to replace my A/C unit. but I needed a quick fix in the meantime. So I went to Home Depot.

Once at Home Depot, I looked for a portable A/C system. To my surprise and delight, I found many. On top of that, once I installed them, I found out they worked extremely well. The room, if I wanted, could become very cold. There was a soft hum coming from the unit. Back that did not bother me too much. I was happy sleeping in a cool room while it was hot outside. That was good enough for me.

I think sometimes we take our technology for granted. A simple unit such as an A/C unit becomes very important when it doesn’t work. When it does work properly, we don’t think much of it. As a society, I think that we, as a whole, should be more thankful for what we have, technology-wise. 100 years ago, we did not have the simple luxuries we have today. Even today, much of the world does not have these types of technologies available for them. That is slowly changing, however. And it’s changing for the better.

Then and Now

When I was growing up there was not much technology in our home. Or perhaps in just seems that way. This is because many years ago technology was not as advanced as it is today.

Sure, we had a television. We had an antenna on the roof, even if we had cable TV for a few years. We had the Internet, even though it was a dial-up modem. We did not have cell phones yet. We also did not have smart devices. After all, smart devices work mostly over WiFi!

The technology of when I was growing up has changed. A/C units did not have the capability to be programmed by WiFi. By current A/C system has this ability. If I want to save on my heating bill, I can keep my unit off when I’m not home. At the same time, if I know  I’ll be home soon, I could get on my iPhone and open the A/C system app that I downloaded. From there, I can turn my A/C system on! This is amazing to me since something so small can make such a large change.

Smart appliances are becoming a thing. Imagine filling the coffee machine the night before bed. Remember now, this is a smart machine. Upon waking, I could decide to get on my phone and open the coffee machine app. From there, I would simply press another button or two and hear a noise from the kitchen. What’s that? It’s the coffee machine which turned on via WiFi!

As technology continues to improve, more people will have smart appliances. Everything will be smart. Smart appliances, smart homes, smart cars, and more, will be commonplace. There will come a time when we will wonder what life was like without all of our amazing technology. That time might be sooner than we think.

The Year 2100

The year 2100 is less than 100 years away. What will it look like? What will we look like? Surely, fashion will undergo a dramatic change, as it did from the past 100 years. Will we still have iPhones? Perhaps the question should be rephrased. Perhaps we should wonder if smartphones will even be around. Communication will be there, yes. But the method of communication will probably change. Technology, on a larger scale, will probably make today’s technology unusable and obsolete.

To put it in perspective, even technology from only 10 years ago seems more dated than it is. 10 years ago, most people were not using smartphones. Flip cell phones and Nokia cell phones were all the rage! Flip phones constantly broke for many people because over-bending the phones. I may or may not have done this! Nokia phones, on the other hand, were like bricks the mostly worked even after being dropped repeatedly.

Technology encompasses more than communication. It is involved in all fields to include medicine, space exploration, and even education. Speaking of space, only a few years ago did Pluto cease to be a planet. I’m sure that by 2100 we will discover more galaxies and other unknown areas of space. As of 2017, we are only a few years away from sending the first humans to Mars!

The great thing about technology is that it is growing at a pace which is the fastest in history. Where will this lead us? Automation is right around the corner. Imagine a society where the farmers are robots. This is not some far-fetch idea. Agricultural robots are already being used. And they are expanding at a rapid rate. Wouldn’t it be great if these robots could one day eliminate world hunger?

To learn more about future technology, check out the video below.