LQI VS HQI

LQI VS HQI
Low quality information vs High quality information

Why subject yourself to information that will never impact your life.
What happens in the news or with the Kardashians does not and will not ever change your life, at least in a positive way. Why not instead focus on things that actually impact your life.

  • Health
  • Job/Career
  • Business
  • Self Help

These small suggestions alone will propel you towards any goal you may have in life.
Make a conscience effort of knowing how much time is spent on low quality information. I guarantee that you’ll be shocked at the amount, I know I was. Check out this TEDEX video by Richard St.John on The Importance Of Focus

How To Take Out The Trash!

Weeding Out The Troublemakers

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I’ve been in the furnished rental business in Toronto for over 15 years and I can count only 2 serious incidences that places got trashed. Once a prominent actor had an in-prompt to dinner party in his penthouse suite, by the look of the suite everyone showed. Cigarette and cigar butts on the floor,  spills on the furniture, carpet, beer and liquor bottle spewed throughout the suite. Oh! did I mention it was a particularly “warm” Friday night and the end of the month. The last night of stay in the suite, flights were booked for the next morning. As I’m sure you have guessed the penthouse fermented until Monday morning when maid service was scheduled for cleaning and my next set of clients were scheduled to move in that afternoon. Stressful was a word that could make the short list, absolutely. Walls had to be patched and painted, professional carpet/house cleaners had to be brought in to remove the stains and what contributed to the stench that permeated every inch of the suite. It was an unpleasant moment to say the least. What I later learned was just a series of misunderstandings. (The broken telephone theory) I’m very thankful to deal with such great people. The people behind the film industry in Toronto are second to none, they are in the business of keeping everyone happy. What would have taken mere mortals days took them hours, because they care. Most of us have an intuition about a person or a situation but it doesn’t always work. It’s really unfortunate that this happened and I by no means am trying to equate my story to theirs but it does arise on occasion. Picture where you live, I could almost bet this has happened in your community. Growing up I had been to a few house parties in high school where parents had gone away only to come back to thousands in repairs. Airbnb if they could predict the future would spend their time undoing all that has happened. Should they thoroughly investigate this situation and others to improve on services? Without question. These subhumans fall through the cracks from time to time, that’s where the real attention belongs. The people behind Airbnb had an idea to change peoples lives in a positive way by building this business. The Alberta family had a similar dream in helping their family by using Airbnb’s idea to improve on their lives. Both ideas served one another, until someone without care destroyed all. When something like this happens, your forced discover new ways to improve, protect what’s important and how make it even better. As I write this I keep thinking of that phrase “Don’t let the terrorists win” A little over the top sure, but same premiss. Imagine the Alberta family and Airbnb fight back together, what if they could create a way to not only solve this issue for other families but make it even better. The best ideas and improvements are created out of failures ask Alexander Graham Bell. So what happens now, does this Alberta family and rightfully so, shutdown and shun Airbnb and it’s industry? Does it force changes and laws by politicians to prevent this from happening again? How will the changes if any affect the millions of others that travel the world and enjoy good deals and a unique stay? Only time will tell. 

My thought’s to the family.

4 suggestions to improve the odds of a good tenant.

1.) Lengthen the stays to a min of 1-2 weeks. It’ll deter the majority of weekend warriors.

2.) Make sure to do a thorough credit check. Spend the money! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

3.) Check references Call every reference, a casual conversation can reveal a lot about the people your renting to, their family do they have any kids,type of friends.

4.) Neighborhood Watch Have your neighbors keep an eye on you place for suspicious activity or if you live in a condo, that’s where all those gifts to the concierge pay off.

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I would love to hear your opinion or ideas, please post in our comment section.

How to communicate effectively

 

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You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life” ~ Zig Ziglar
The most valuable tool in life is communication. When you are a effective communicator, you gain better opportunities. How would you like a better job, or win that contract that somehow you thought wasn’t attainable. It’s great to be able to chit chat with people, but how do you begin to develop the skills necessary for stronger relationships. To establish a deeper bond the conversation has to maneuver beyond the weather. The 32nd President for example, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a master in the art of communication. Prior to having a visitor to his office, he would stay up the night before and study topics he knew his guest would be interested in discussing. The strongest aspiration of any human being in life, is to be understood and appreciated. According to Dale Carnegie author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, success can be found in the “genuine” interest of others. Resist your first instinct to talk about yourself and put that energy into lifting others, trust me it’ll comeback to you ten-fold. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Want to be successful in life and business, learn to communicate effectively.
Toronto Courses: Dale Carnegie Training

Get The Lifestyle You’ve Always Wanted?

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Outsource for success
One of the biggest things I see with clients today is that they try to do it all. How does one manage their career and family.That’s a lot of hats to wear for an already busy life. I find the balance is often tipped when business and personal lives collide. The demands of your work vs the demands of your family are always evolving and can erode any schedule with ease. So how do you find that middle ground? Maybe instead of wearing every hat why not outsource the skills that help improve your lifestyle. Give yourself the gift of free time to restore balance and regain your life again. The biggest thing in improving your lifestyle is to understand your motivations. What comes first for you, family, career, friends. I find every person or family have their own unique set of challenges. If your an elite athlete for example, you may want to improve on a specialty skill or spend more time with your family. By understanding what your motivations are you can carefully plan what’s important. Once you’ve done that, you can now have things that are of less importance outsourced. Having more time and less hassles for the things you enjoy is where you find joie de vi·vre. Wether your a business executive or a pro athlete, your time can be better spent in places that improve on your unique way of life. Business or personal, outsourcing tasks that are of less importance only adds value to a healthier lifestyle.

Boehmer Restaurant Toronto

Boehmer Restaurant  

93 Ossington Ave. Toronto (at Queen St W.) | 416.531.3800  Menu

 A wonderful combination of elegance and ambience. This tastefully designed restaurant of Chef Paul Boehmer also named after him “Boehmer” On Ossington is a welcoming delight to one’s senses. Assorted cheese plates with a complimenting wine to Kobe Beef on the perfect side of medium. I was quite pleased with everything. Chef Boehmer is at the top of his game after paying his dues in many well known and respected kitchens throughout the city such as The Spoke Club, Opus and The Rose Water Supper Club. If you’re looking for a place to impress your girl, your clients or your friends, this spacious niche and wonderfully knowledgeable staff will help you close any deal. You can find Boehmer on their website www.boehmer.ca Facebook and on Twitter .

A special Thank you to Chef Ross Monro from PEI Culinary Adventures and Medallion Smoked Salmon, Paul Boehmer and the great staff at Boehmer Restaurant.

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Starbucks Service With Heart

Every morning I get a Starbucks Long Shot water first Americano from this one location in downtown Toronto. The amazing lady that manages the coffee shop and I had a conversation about the making of an Americano. I was sharing with her how it is never consistent no matter where I go. So I asked her why is it so difficult to make? In my mind Im already in think mode of what it might be. The machines not calibrated or not cleaned regularly as they should be, or Maybe the machine is just running too hot. Well the science behind the answer I got wasn’t expected but it was well received. So here is the breakdown of how to make a perfect Grande Long Shot Water first Americano from a well known and respected expert in the industry. Withheart

People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. John C. Maxwell

If your interested in how to have one made properly, click on the link below Josh Weiner on Quora has the best explanation of the why and how of a great tasting Americano.

TheBestAmericano

 

Simon Sinek First Why Then Trust


Business or personal Simon Sinek gets to the root of many issues people face and where you should end up. A truly inspiring talk I had to share. Please share your impressions and aha moments.

Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) created a simple model, The Golden Circle, that codifies what makes the most inspiring people and organizations so successful and influential. Beginning as a student in anthropology, Simon Sinek turned his fascination with people into a career of convincing people to do what inspires them. Through his struggle to rediscover his excitement about life and work, he made some profound realizations and began helping his friends and their friends to find their “why” — at first charging just $100, person by person. Never planning to write a book, he penned Start With Why simply as a way to distribute his message. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Now Simon takes the next step. After why comes : trust.

Recognizing Change

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Remember when video stores and VHS videos used to be everywhere, fax machines were a technological wonder, Not so much now. Due to the rapid advancements in technology, I can watch a movie on my on my phone and send business documents seamlessly. (Side note confession: I still send faxes to particular clients.) Self reflection is your friend when reviewing with the right glasses. To recognize change be open to it, and who knows, you might find something that could change and improve the way you do things.

5 Ways To Use a Concierge Service

IMG_0933Out with friends. A place to stay. A concert. Family time. Are you missing out? Hectic schedules can leave little time to do what matters. Life can easily pass you by, but it doesn’t have to. That’s where a concierge service can help. Originally found behind desks at luxury hotels serving high profile guests and Celebrities the concept has expanded personally and professionally. Concierge Services can now be found in almost every city. They handle outsourcing for businesses and can act as personal assistants for executives & Celebrities. As people try to fit more hours in a day at work and at home you can see how it’s a growing industry. Below are some suggestions as to why using a concierge can improve organizing your life one task at a time.

 Here are 5 ways to get the most out of a concierge service and improve your quality of life.

Save time Instead of trying to handle everything yourself, they can save you time by running your errands and paying your bills.
Reliability A reliable concierge can look after your family and friends while your working or out of town. Manage your property, organize your home and can even shop for you.
Experience By hiring a professional you get a highly skilled person that knows the city, your needs and how to get things done.
Increased flexibility Hiring a concierge service frees up your time so you have more flexibility to attend the things that are most important to you.
Makes Sense Instead of hiring several people for specific tasks, save time and money by hiring an experienced concierge that can handle it all. It will reduce your costs and save you time.

I hope this short example of what a concierge can do for your lifestyle helps and remember the only limit to exceptional services is your imagination.