Meeting Recap, 2/22/2019

Posted By Tim Lewis


Meeting Recap

Guests: David Pomerenke, Amy Gardner, Christopher Jones, Allie Jones & Hanna Jones

This week Christopher Jones, Allie Jones and Hanna Jones spoke to us about the new age of work and technology, and how to attract Millennials to your business. Christopher and Hanna’s father is club member Scott Jones. Allie is Christopher’s wife. As technology continues to improve, “remote” workplaces will become more common. Technology allows more people to work off of Wi-Fi, and therefore work from anywhere. Technology also allows industries to become more efficient. The “Millennial Generation” (people born from 1982-2004), have grown up with technology. Hanna described Millennials knowledge of how to use technology and how problem solve with it as like learning to speak English as a child. Technology has opened up new opportunities to work from home or have more flexibility on when and where to work, and to create wealth. Many Millenials prefer to work at home, in a coffee shop, or in a communal workspace than in a traditional office setting. Having an attractive brand for your business and having a good social media presence is essential for attracting Millennial customers. When searching for a business or service, a Millennial is going to search Instragram, Facebook and websites for information. For younger customers who are used to using their phone to find information, if your business doesn’t have an online presence – you might as well not exist. Christopher, Allie and Hanna are examples of how technology is opening up new job opportunities. All three earn a living from social media. Christopher and Allie are using their ability to work from anywhere to spend the next 10 months traveling all over Europe. They earn money from advertising revenue from Youtube videos, from advertising and affiliate links from blogs, and by being brand ambassadors on Instragram.

Final Thoughts

A great American poet, Mary Oliver, died last week. A Pulitzer Prize winner, she wrote some beautiful words about nature, living life with awareness, and death. As a testament to the power of the written word, her poem “When Death Comes” saved someone’s life – a girl chose not to commit suicide after reading the poem in an English class. If you have time and interest, read the whole poem and the letter of appreciation from Ms. Kingwell on how the poem helped her. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/13/how-a-poem-helped-save-a-suicidal-teens-life/?utm_term=.e1cee920467f; https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2015/07/letters-about-literature-dear-mary-oliver/

“When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

Mary Oliver (1935-2019), from “When Death Comes”

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