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A Career in Drafting

A Career in Drafting

No matter how bad the economy gets, there is always a need for drafters. Drafters are the ones who create technical construction drawings from information given to them by professionals like architects, engineers, designers, and surveyors. Drafters create drawings and plans on a drafting board or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program. These drawings are then used by craftsmen to build various projects or products.

A drafting board is a piece of furniture that has a flat top and can be set at different angles so the drafter can reach the entire piece of paper to draw.

A CAD or Computer Aided Drafting and Design program is basically a drafting board in a computer program.

There are multiple needs for drafters in various fields. Below are a few of the fields drafters are needed in:

Architecture:

Architectural drafters prepare drawings of buildings, and houses. From sketches, the drafter builds sets of plans that include floor plans, exterior elevations, foundation or basement plans, and sectional details.

Engineering and Civil:

These drafters prepare drawings for roadways, structural drawings for large commercial buildings, topographical surveys, steel fabrication drawings, etc.

Survey:

Survey drafters work for surveyors laying out land boundaries, topography, building and structure locations, etc. A licensed surveyor will "shoot" angular and vertical data of a piece of property that is then compiled and interpreted into a map of a piece of real estate by the drafter.

Industrial:

These drappers are used in manufacturing plant layout, product illustration and cut sheet drawings, assembly drawings, etc. …

The Science of Trade Marketing – Issue 1: Introduction and Strategy

The Science of Trade Marketing – Issue 1: Introduction and Strategy

What Is Trade Marketing?

We better get this answered before we go any further. While it has similar processes, Trade Marketing is distinct from Brand Marketing in a very important way. Trade Marketing is focused on marketing to your supply chain rather than to consumers. Quite simply, it is how you market your products and services to the customer base that will enable access to the end consumers that your Brand team is trying to attract. Trade Marketing creates access and distribution.

Importance of a Trade Strategy

In far too many companies, the Trade Strategy consists of hiring some salespeople and letting them run around trying to sell to any customers or prospects that will take an appointment. While this will definitely get results, they won’t necessarily be good ones and it is an extremely inefficient model to follow. If your resources are unlimited, by all means flounder about. For those of us with a budget, however, it is best to formulate a strategy

There are several important components to an effective Trade Strategy including Trade Communications, Trade Events, Trade Programs and Trade Coverage. For this article series, we’re going to focus on the most important component, Trade Coverage, and the associated processes. I call it the most important because it involves the bulk of the resource time for your entire sales structure. The two reasons this is so important is because 1) they represent a very large percentage of the SG&A dollars for any organization, and 2) they represent the entire communication and relationship pipeline to all your customer and prospects. With that much at stake, you better make an attempt to get it right.

Components of Your Strategy

When people hear strategy they start thinking about an elaborate scheme that will be the silver bullet their organization uses to slay the competition. Think again. There are no silver bullets and the simpler your strategy is the better. The more complex your strategy gets the more difficult it becomes to understand, communicate and implement. Pick a simple strategy and stick with it.

With that said, here are the basic components of a simple Trade Strategy.

  • Who Are You Going to Call On – This is the definition of your universe. It is a list of attributes rather than a list of actual customers or prospects. It would include things like the geography, channel, type (e.g. wholesale or retail), etc.
  • Who Is Going To Call On Them – This is the definition of your Customer Touch Points and processes. It would include options such as field sales reps, telesales/telemarketing reps, customer service or technical reps and management structure.
  • How Are You Going To Call On Them – This is the definition of your Sales and/or Call Process. It would include options such as a specific selling methodology or step-by-step process for making a call.
  • When Are You Going To Call On Them – This is a definition of your call prioritization as opposed to a time of day or year.
One Careful Owner – The Science of Selling Cars

One Careful Owner – The Science of Selling Cars

When it comes to upgrading or offloading your car, there are several routes you can take. One of the most popular methods is to upgrade your car through a part exchange. This means that you give a car dealer your old car in exchange for a reduction in price on your new one. This is a quick and easy way of upgrading your vehicle, though you will not get as much as you would if you were to sell it though other means.

The other limitation of this method is that it only works if you want to buy another car from the dealer. There may not be another car that you want, or that's in your price range; maybe you have decided to go car-free or you're moving abroad and no longer need a car?

If, for whatever reason, part exchange is not feasible, many people try and sell their car onto their friends or work mates. This can be good for a quick sale, and it also costs little or nothing to advertise – just a quick email or a few phone calls. However, selling to people you know does not always have a happy ending. The problems can come when something goes wrong with the car. The buyer may feel that you are still responsible for it in some way, and may expect a refund or some sort of compensation. This can lead to a very awkward situation and friendships have been outlined over less, so the best advice, if you're going to take this route, is to make out a clear agreement in writing that you both sign relating any warranty period, refunds and repair costs. This way, you both know exactly what the agreement is at the time of the sale, so there a much less chance of any misunderstandings later on.

If no-one you know is interested in buying your car, or you'd rather avoid any potential awkwardness, then classifieds are an ideal place to advertise cars for sale . Local papers, and publications such as Auto Trader have always been popular places to buy and sell vehicles and nowdays online classifieds are also very popular place to advertise.

The advantage of using the web to sell a car is that information can be uploaded instantly, and it is also much easier for buyers to search for vehicle via price, make, or model. The added bonus is that anyone with internet access can view such ads so an online advert tends to reach a wider audience. By selling privately, you're also likely to be able to get a higher price than through part exchange, or selling to a used car dealer.

But, whichever route you take to sell you car, be sure to hold out for the best possible deal; but at the same time, be realistic about what your car is worth. …

Guide to Adopting a Web Design Career

Guide to Adopting a Web Design Career

If you think you have the creativity, flair and a knack for techie widgets and designing tools, starting off with web designing can be a very easy flowing task. The good thing about Web designing as a profession is that the barrier to entry is fairly low and navigable. The nation of designers is very democratic and newer members rise and shine rather soon. Plus, it gives a great value at a low start-up cost compared to other professions. And who can miss the leisure of working at one's own hours and the freedom to toggle one's table anywhere in the house -garden, lounge or even on the couch.

If the possibilities are already tempting you, start doing your preliminary work to dig yourself a firm base. If you are amply prepared and resourceful at the very beginning, you can get a head start with as little frustration and lost effort as possible. The forefather paradigm shift that you must go through is from the mind frame of an audience to that of a designer. There are two ways of looking at this web page: an audience will probably glide through it smoothly, absorb some information, and click away to a new link, without something eventful disruptions his / her browsing. As a designer however, you have to carefully rate every minute detail of it for features like design, user interface, and complexity of HTML coding and loading time.

Then, get behind the scenes by linking up with people already in the Web Design industry. This is ever more important because a beginner like you has very little to show in terms of past work. On the other hand if you can impress the designers by your technical showoffs, you can hope to get your first assignments following to their recommendations. There's nothing wrong with that, because clients are obviously inclined towards trustworthy designers. If you can reduce their perceived risk in preferring you over an experienced designer, bingo! And nothing works better than camaraderie of a respectable professional.

Using a freelance website to project your company may not be a good idea at this stage, for reasons similar to those mentioned above. You have very little past work on display, and only after an incessant pleading will you be able to get a pea-sized project, that's too for an even lower wage.

But what if nobody has yet approached you for a business website? You have decided to enter the Web Design industry, and see yourself as a leading moneymaker in the coming years: why not make yourself a glitzy website? Put your skills and play with your technical prowess to prove the point that fresh blood is ever more energetic than the stolid crowd that you have just entered into. …

Financial Education 101 – For Sovereign Wealth and Emergency Financial Preparedness

Financial Education 101 – For Sovereign Wealth and Emergency Financial Preparedness

It is similar. As a culture and a society we have not been very well financially educated. At times it is important to cut through all the confusion and get down to the basics of financial knowledge and financial security to help lead us into sovereign wealth. Do you know the old saying, "a dollar just does not buy what it used to", well, keep that in mind as you read this article.

The question was posed to me, "How does the value of a dollar relate to a declining economy?" And the simple answer to that is, "what can it by you?" It's all about PURCHASING POWER. Think commodities, the simple things that make your life easier. The oil that makes the gas that drives your car. The food ingredients to the meals that fuel your body. The materials used to dress you and your family.

Now if you have ever held stocks, more definitively, a stock which has split, you get double the amount of shares, although each share only has half of its buying power. For instance, if you have 100 shares at $ 100 dollars, and it splits, well then suddenly you have 200 shares at $ 50. It's the same with the value of the dollar or any other fiat currency.

There are essentially 2 reasons why the value of a fiat currency (aka the dollar) will lose its value.

  1. The amount of dollars increases in circulation (ex- the federal reserve printing money out of thin area often to cover outstanding debts to other countries – think China)
  2. A decreasing demand for that said fiat currency (ex- the United States dollar, when steeped in so much debt, other countries or loaner's lose faith on ever being paid back, will stop buying into it – think China)

So now, say that the same example happened with the dollar as did the stock in our above example of a stock split. Either supply doubles or demand gets cut in half, and the value of our dollar is cut in half. Now when you want to go out and fuel your car, feed your family, or cloth yourself … you dollar will only buy half as much as before, so "a dollar just does not buy what it used to." This is an important basic of knowledge to keep in mind when planning for your financial security, especially when speaking of growing sovereign wealth and planning for emergency financial security. …

Driver Education Training

Driver Education Training

Driver training is defined as behind-the-wheel lessons given to students once they complete the classroom program. State licensed instructors train students in dual-controlled vehicles equipped for safety. The instructor has a foot brake attached to the passenger side near the floor, so that the instructor may slow the student down at will. The students who do not meet the age requirement must get written permission from their parents or guardian.

During these in-car training sessions the instructors teach students different aspects of driving. They start by driving on a surface road and learning the basic controls of the car and how to operate it safely. They then progress on to more advanced skills like driving in the dark. At the final stage are trained to drive on the freeway and get exposure to heavy traffic while learning more complex defensive driving skills.

Behind-the-wheel training takes approximately 6 to 10 hours to complete and is spaced out in two-hour sessions taken at the student's convenience. On completion of the driver-training program, students are awarded a certificate of completion that can then be used to get a driver's license from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Of course, the student must then pass the DMV requirements, such as knowledge tests and a qualifying driving course.

Driver-training programs are very important for young drivers because they learn the right driving attributes and develop proper techniques that make them safe and reliable drivers. Without these trainings, the roads would have even more chaotic than they already are. …

The Science Of Phobias

The Science Of Phobias

Here’s how phobias work.

There are two parts to your mind – one that thinks, and one that feels.

The thinking part is the conscious, rational mind that you are using now as you read this.

The feeling part is the unconscious, emotional mind. It takes care of automatic tasks like regulating the heart, controlling pain and managing our instincts.

It’s the unconscious mind that is programmed to act instinctively in times of danger. It reacts very fast – making you run or fight – rather than allowing your thinking mind to philosophize while you are attacked by a tiger. This has great survival value.

The unconscious mind is also a very fast learner. The same emergency route that can bypass the rational mind in times of danger can also stamp strong emotional experiences (traumatic ones) in the unconscious mind. This makes evolutionary sense – it ensures that we have vivid imprints of the things that threaten us.

And just as we have two minds, so we have two memory systems: one for the facts and one for the emotions that may or may not go with those facts.

Sometimes, when a person experiences a very traumatic event, the highly emotional memory of the event becomes trapped – locked in the emotional brain – in an area called the amygdala which is the emotional storehouse. There is no chance for the rational mind to process it and save it as an ordinary, non-threatening memory in factual storage (in the hippocampus). Like the memory of what you did last weekend.

Instead, the emotional brain holds onto this unprocessed reaction pattern because it thinks it needs it for survival. And it will trigger it whenever you encounter a situation or object that is anything like the original trauma. It doesn’t have to be a precise match.

This is pure survival again. You only need to see part of a tiger through the bushes for the fear reaction to kick in again – for the “fight or flight” response to trigger – you don’t have to wait until you see the whole tiger or identify it exactly as the tiger that attacked you before. In fact, it probably only has to be something orange and black moving through the bushes. This is why the pattern matching process is necessarily approximate, or sloppy. You err on the side of safety. You don’t have to have all the details to know if something is dangerous.

This is the basis of a phobia: a fear response attached to something that was present in the original trauma. The response is terror, shaking, sweating, heart pounding etc. And because of the sloppy pattern-matching it can get stuck to literally anything – animal, mineral or vegetable. It may not even be glued to the thing that caused the trauma. So a child attacked in a pram by a dog may develop a phobia of prams rather than of dogs.

It is because phobias are created in this way, by …

Want An Effortless Education? Travel Often

Want An Effortless Education? Travel Often

Whether you are an adventurous traveler who scales mountains and hikes through jungles or you are a lover of creature comforts who lives for five star hotels, travel will teach you some of life's great lessons. It does not matter if you were born a beach bum or are an art enthusiast travel will enrich your life.

Whether you prefer traveling in groups or going it alone, if you are a planner or spontaneous your life will benefit by traveling away from what you know. You do not have to go far, you may or may not cross oceans, take a plane, train or car the important thing is that you explore the world outside of your community.

What will you discover?

Look at the familiar through new eyes: Travel to a place you know well with someone who has never been there before. On a trip to Pittsburgh, where I grew up, my niece and her boyfriend showed me a city full of unique and charming old neighborhoods, museums dedicated to things such as ketchup, Andy Warhol and the birth of the labor movement. I also saw that the view of the three rivers from Mount Washington is as beautiful as any large city vista.

We are small: Walk through the redwood forests in California or hike through Rocky Mountain National Park and you will discover just how small we are.

There are more similarities than differences: Stand on the shore in Nova Scotia, Canada and then the coast of Brittany in France you will notice the similarities in the landscape and the people even though these two places are separated by an ocean.

You can be someone else: I have had people think I was Dutch in Lucca, Italy and Quito Ecuador, French in Venice and German in Rome. In fact the only place people absolutely know that I am American is in Canada. It is fun to play along and see where it takes you.

Food can be part of your adventure: You will find that pretty food is not always good and ugly food is not always bad. It is not the wine that is important it is the new and old friends that you share it with that is important.

You can be happier if you strike out on your own: If you are traveling with a group you do not need to do everything your companions do. Some people have an amazing capacity for art museums, others prefer churches and still others can walk without a break. After spending a week in France looking at buildings designed by the architect Corbusier, I finally rented a car and went to San Tropez. Everyone was happier after that.

Rain is beautiful too: The sun does not have to shine to make a place beautiful; standing in the rain in a rain forest is as beautiful as sitting in the sun in Portofino.

Beauty is all around you, just look and see: Treat yourself to the colors …

Technology And Child Education

Technology And Child Education

Techno-Toddlers

When I was a child, I was very up-to-date on the latest technology. I watched Sesame Street, followed by Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. My home received all the channels available – three local channels, and two PBS stations. I surfed the available programming by going over to the television, taking the pliers off the top of the TV, gripping the pin and twisting (the plastic dial had broken off years before my birth). Telephone calls could have made on our large, black rotary phone. During fifth grade, I played Pong and thought I was really onto something. We got an Atari 400, and I experienced my first educational programming: Lemonade Stand, while was a very early version of Roller Coaster Tycoon. Nowadays, a four-year-old could probably program that game while watching the latest episode of Dora the Explorer and surfing the Internet for accompanying website games to develop his map skills.

Technology can be both helpful and harmful for your children. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of using technology with your kids:

Stimulation and Learning Toys

Computer games and toys that simulate computers can be very helpful for learning. Repetitive games that teach letters, numbers and reading can be great, and the graphics and music accompaning basic facts can help kids learn.

Be careful, however, not to let your child become over-stimulated by video-type toys. Reading books with each other is another great way to develop reading readiness, and playing with puzzles or basic toys is also good. You do not want your child to depend on flashing lights and buzzers in order to learn new skills.

Health Risks

Video and computer games have been linked to vision injury in children, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition, addiction to these games is a very real consensus. It is extremely important to set time limits on gaming. While your child may develop some killer small motor skills, he could have ruining the nerves in his hands at the same time. Keep an eye on him (and his fingers).

Predators on the Net

The Internet is a remarkable learning tool. Work together with your child to research anything of interest. Most children's programming also has websites with games and activities. There are also interactive sites where children build houses, care for pets, or submit writing.

Close parental supervision is of utmost importance when children are surfing the web. Chat rooms on kids' sites are often prowled by child predators. If your child has an email address, monitor it carefully for spam and sexual content. Kids are naturally curious, but can get into a lot of grown-up trouble quickly if left to their own devices online.

Cell Phones

My daughter came home from fourth grade yesterday, begging for a cell phone. Since her teenage brothers both have phones, I assumed she just wanted to act older than her age. Not the case at all – over half her class has cell phones. The kids are talking, and …