In an effort to counteract information overload, I've started qualifying much of my written communication with a certain taxonomy. Since I won't be able to explain it to everyone, I'm writing this blog, which I'll send people to when they ask "what are the numbers all about?" I've even made a Magic Decoder Ring below. Well, technically it's more of a rectangle than a ring, but you get the idea.
I'm putting numbers in front of much of what I write in our internal company communications. I usually don't do it publicly, although I might start to, if it works well. For example, if I were writing this blog internally, I'd give it a , since it's of low priority. That doesn't mean it's not valuable, it just means you won't need the information to do your job effectively -- think of a  as an "FYI, a  of "I need a response when you can" and a  as "urgent -- I need an answer right now". We'll see how well this works. I've been using it for a few days and it feels good so far from my perspective. Feel free to leave your comments below telling me how you perceive it as a recipient.
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Let's face it, we all have to be salespeople in some aspect of life - most of us just don't like it.
There are some people - myself included - who do like selling.
A great salesperson is just about 180 degrees opposite from a used-car salesman. A great salesperson is a trusted partner in business. And if that statement sounds as strange to you as it does to most people, you'll realize how un-great most salespeople are.
First, let me tell you about my background. I was selling sodas to construction workers in my neighborhood when I was 8 years old. I sold candy bars on my school bus in high school. I paid for college by licensing the University of Virginia's "V" logo and producing Frisbees with the logo, which I sold in the school bookstores (my self-portrait, at left, with my Frisbees in the window of one of the bookstores, dated 1996).
I spent 4 summers at GE while in college, working as an intern in the telesales department, where I beat the sales numbers of some full-time salespeople, selling Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solutions to banks in Brazil. Since then I've been an Entrepreneur full-time; I've gotten massive amounts of press, including a cover in the Marketplace section of the Wall Street Journal, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, TLC, Discovery Channel, CBS News & many, many others.
(For those RSS readers who didn't check out the comments on yesterday's post,yes, it was an April Fools day hoax.)
As you probably know, when I get into anything I take it to an extreme and often unreasonable level. Now my phone is no exception.
I already had a pretty cool phone setup. I ported my cell phone number to callcentric.com, a VOIP provider, who then forwarded it to my local cell phone. There were three problems with this, though: