Manage Netflix Account Why Not Use the Tools We Have?

This past week, I was faced with a dilemma. The shrimp I wanted to have for dinner was enclosed in a self-sealing bag. You’d think it would have been a simple thing to open it, right? But no, I absolutely could not get purchase on the two sides of the closure.Hungry and not completely rational, I struggled for quite a while, getting more and more distressed. I tried using a rubber grip that I use to open recalcitrant bottle tops, to no available. Finally, I opened the kitchen drawer where I keep useful tools at the ready and pulled out a pliers. Yes, a pliers. And that did the trick! It enabled me to grab hold of one end while the pliers pulled the other end open.I was very proud of myself. My solution might not have been elegant but it was functional. And I’ve needed to use the pliers every time since when I was lusting after the shrimp.


This experience made me start to think about the “tools” I have that can make my life easier, yet I forget they exist, and therefore, neglect to use them.For example, I finally broke down and purchased a garden kneeler and seat to save wear and tear on my knees when I plant or weed my gardens. I immediately put it to use in the spring when I first received it, because I was doing a lot of planting. However, although it is sitting right next to my back door, I forgot that I had it and resumed kneeling on the ground for subsequent planting and weeding. In other words, we have tools available that we overlook, so we make our tasks unnecessarily more difficult.On a more professional note, I spent a few days this past week developing a response to a request for proposal to conduct a three-day management and leadership training program. I took my typical first step, which is to search my files to see if I have any relevant lesson plans, training materials and/or past training proposals that I can incorporate or adapt.Since the client wanted specific content that I had not previously addressed, my file search provided insufficient results. My next step, therefore, was to start to Google articles and learning activities on the desired content. I spent hours searching the web, selecting and reading articles to see if they would be useful.


Finally, a simple reference in one of those articles took me where I should have looked in the first place. The reference was for a book of learning activities for teaching management and leadership. I had actually had one of my learning activities published in that book, which was sitting on my bookshelf. An excellent resource had been at my fingertips, but I had forgotten that it even existed.We are always hustling on to the next thing, assuming that someone else will have the answers if we can only find them, without recognizing that we might already have the tools we need.What tools do you already have that can make your work and your life more comfortable?

Key Factors to Consider When Buying a Travel and Tour Franchise

If you are considering investing in a travel and tour franchise, it is likely that you have many questions. For many people, the idea of setting their own business can be incredibly daunting experience, but also one of the most liberating experiences of their lives. In this article, we will look at some of key considerations which you should factor in when making this decision.

The travel and tourism industry is literally booming globally – now contributing over two trillion pounds to the economy. More and more people are thinking about how they can get involved in the travel and tourism industry, recognising the explosive and exponential growth. Starting your own travel business from scratch is one option that people often consider, however starting without a network of contacts or even a base starting point can be extremely tricky. A huge number of start ups will fail within 12 months, so always try to avoid this pitfall.

The more popular market to success within the travel industry is the travel, or tour franchise market. What this essentially means is instead of setting up a travel business from the beginning, you can buy a travel franchise which actually gives you a firm starting point to begin your business. There are quite a few travel franchise businesses online, however there are probably only a couple of established businesses. If you do choose to purchase a tour franchise, make sure to do your research and pick the franchise company which is the best fit for you.

So what can you expect in terms of support when you buy a travel franchise? When buying a franchise, there are always different levels of support. Think of this a three-tiered membership: platinum, silver and gold. The more initial investment that you are willing to put up, means the greater level of support and guidance that you are likely to receive. Nonetheless, there are some common levels of support which you should expect from all travel franchises.

The first thing you should expect is a fully comprehensive training or induction programme. Lots of franchise operators will actually offer a residential training course, so this is likely to be an intensive course over a number of days or weeks. This can be a great opportunity to spend significant time with the franchise tour operators and really pick their brains, whilst trying to soak up an incredible amount of information.

It is also likely that they will be inducting a number of other new franchisees at the same time. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some like minded people who are also at the beginning of the same journey that you are on. If you can take the opportunity to spend time with them and get to know their motivations behind setting up a new franchise, you can increase your knowledge but also begin to build up your travel network. In the travel industry in particular, your network and who you know can really be a determining factor in how well you do.

You can also expect some of the more practical tools for setting up a new franchise. This might include a laptop, hopefully pre-loaded with any specialist software and templates that you might need. This may not always be included as a standard support tool, so you should always try to make sure that you fully understand everything that is being provided. A functional website, which is branded towards your company name and logo, is also something which you expect.

Finally, you might also receive some branding materials, such as leaflets, tri-folds and business cards. Remember when you meet potential clients, handing them a business card can be a great way to exchange your details with them and keep in touch.