I Have a Coach at CBT Nuggets!

February 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm


I am so excited to start the Accountability Coaching program at CBT Nuggets. I really need to update my MCSE skills in the Windows Server department, and I just keep dragging my feet on it.

I might not train on these products in the future, but I sure use them everyday as I choose to run VMs and Cisco’s VIRL against these server platforms.

From what I have heard about Coaching at CBT Nuggets, it will be a great way for me to ensure I am staying on track with this endeavor. I will be sure to post here about my experiences in the program. In fact – step 1 has already happened and was painless. I was assigned a coach – Karin – and I visited her CBT Nuggets page in order to schedule my first coaching call. I was thrilled to see she had several time slots available tomorrow since I really need to start this journey right away.

Here is a video on the coaching program that I watched that got me excited about this:

How Well are You REALLY Listening?

February 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

More times than I want to admit it – I don’t listen to others all that well. Hey – after all – I am paid to TALK – not always to listen.

In the 7 Habits of Kick Ass people (I think the actual title might be Highly Effective People or something like that) – we learn there are different levels of listening. I am really going to work on empathic listening from now!

  • Ignoring – here we are not listening at all – it was I do when I hear a Kayne West song 😉
  • Pretending – I am guilty of this with my wife sometimes
  • Selective listening – we are only hearing what we want to really
  • Attentive listening (active) – we are paying attention and focusing energy on the process
  • Empathic listening  – the highest level we can achieve!




Power Google Search Usage – Part 2

January 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Ready for more power Google tips? Here they are:

6. Local Searching – looking for something nearby? Try – “NY Style Pizza” 01505 – or, if for some reason you do not know where you are – hit Search Tools after your search and use the area options – including the ability to auto-detect your area.

7. Better Images – use the Search Tools options at images.google.com and do all kinds of cool things like select the type of image you need and even find royalty-free stuff.

8. Better Images – Part 2 – search for something general like cliff, and the images results will give you more specific suggestions at the top of the screen.

9. Web History – want to improve the accuracy of Google auto-recommendations for you, and also get a nice detailed history of your searching – check out history.google.com – are you freaked out about Internet privacy – don’t go near this feature. 🙂

10. Time Sensitive? – Use the Search Tools option in order to refine the time range of what you are looking for. I love this feature combined with news.google.com – especially when I am checking for NFL injury information.

11. Site Down? – web site down you desperately need to get to? Try cache:cisco.com in your search in order to pull up a cached copy.

12. File Types – want a specific type of file about a subject? No problem – for example – filetype:pdf “EIGRP Named Mode”

13. Let Google Help – Google will suggest related searches at the bottom of the page that just might help you narrow things down for what you need.


More great tips on the way in the next post…