Month: December 2015

Your Elevator Speech

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Do you have an elevator speech prepared? I learned about such a creature years ago, used it upon occasion in job hunting, then teaching the process to others. I think it was the creation of real estate people looking for capital  investors, and then it moved into other industries such as job hunting and now I see that it is often used by authors whenever they might meet an agent or a publisher

What exactly is an elevator speech, you might ask.  It is being able to explain your job experience, your new book, your renal property or whatever, in the length of time that it would take an elevator to rise 20 floors.  Several inventors have used it upon meeting an inventor.  Some claim they have found jobs through this approach.

Simply put together, it is a couple of paragraphs describing  your job talents, a book synopsis, the value of a property or the wonderfulness of a product.  When I was teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University a few years back, I am happy to say I helped many students develop good appeals. When I retired I also spoke to groups of unemployed persons at the State Unemployment office, helping them to regain confidence, and a new approach to job hunting.

So there it is.  A tip toward success.


Sparkling Twinkle Lights

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Did you know that those sparkling twinkle lights that shine were created by the Sadacca Brothers in 1917 in Chicago?  They happened to be in a business that created Christmas tree lights such as shiny bulbs and other fanciful creations.  One of their best sellers was a lovely bird in a gilded cage.  They thought this ornament would sell well because there was a tradition that a bird in a Christmas tree would bring good luck to the household.

Now during those years electricity had been invented by Thomas Edison, and many attempts had been made by inventors to create a portable electric lamp or as it was named, a “flashlight.”  But the models that were created using a battery and a bulb were considered a novelty toy.

It was Albert Sadacca who wondered how their new bird ornament would look if it was illuminated by a tiny battery that powered a flashlight bulb. Painstakingly he succeeded in attaching the two producing a sparkling golden cage.

That was when brothers Henri and Leon joined the fun and decided to try linking five or six electrified cages together. The illumination was really not that much, but it was a beginning.  The light bulbs were only one and two-half volts. The string of lights was also somewhat bulky.  It is said that they did sell about 300 sets of lights that first holiday.  We also have to  remember that at time many homes did not have electricity.

On December 24, 1923 President Calvin Coolidge lighted the first National Christmas tree with three thousand electric lights.

Through the years as the excitement of twinkling lights has grown in popularity, it also has come to be recognized as a terrific decorating idea. And, twinkling lights are no longer just a holiday decorating novelty.  Restaurants,  shopping areas and small shops and boutiques also add them year around to add excitement to the shopping or dining out experience.

You can learn more about  these sparkling, twinkling lights in my children’s book “Mr. Umbrella Man” as well as other inventions that are of a common nature.  :