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February 2010

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My Dad has put up a website for his new business.

My dad was laid off by First Data Resources Corporation (big credit card processing company) recently, during one of their (numerous) rounds of downsizing. Coincidentally, two other friends of mine have also lost their jobs at FDR in the past month or two, but that's a story for another time.

Either way, he's decided to use this time to start up a part-time business doing something he's long enjoyed, and long wanted to do. He was originally planning to wait until after he retired to try working this into a business, but when the lay offs occurred, he figured this was a pretty good time to give it a shot.

He's currently got a website up at communicate4success.com. It's not a bad website, but I'm going to see if I can't rework some of it. It could use a little cleaning up, IMO. That, and it uses HTML that was generated automatically by a program, and the HTML is *nasty*. So I'm gonna try to clean that up, too.

If you're curious about what exactly he's doing with communicate4success.com, he's primarily doing training seminars and sessions related to improved public speaking, successful meetings, creative thinking, and general
communication improvements.

He's really good at what he does, too. He's spent the last eight years or so working at First Data as one of their trainers. And as for public speaking experience, he's been a member of Toastmasters International (A professional-type speaker's organization, with an LJ community here: toast_masters) for longer than I've been alive (I think he's been doing it for around 30 years now). They do a special competition each year. This past year, he competed in it, and took second place in the Regional competition. There are 8 regions in the world, which puts him at approximately the top 16 speakers in the world, by that.

He's awesome. I seriously wish I could get up in front of people and speak 1/10th as well as he can. Teaching a class at a local community college helped a lot (nothing like getting in front of 30 people each week for a few months to make it easier), but I've still got a *long* way to go.

Watching him do this is making me want to do something similar (start my own company, write a book or two, etc). I don't know if I can pull it off right now, but I would truly love to try it.

Maybe soon. . .

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