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Who Is Tooting Your Horn?toot-your-own-horn

I would be preaching to the choir if this article listed the things we all know.

You would be irritated and bored listening to someone toot their own horn.

Most people aren’t comfortable frequently extolling their virtues.


Everyone who is buying or hiring wants to hear about you, your work, or your product from someone in a position to know.


You probably have a handful of glowing recommendations from some of your strongest LinkedIn Connections.  Maybe you have a whole laundry list of accomplishments & accolades.

But think of this …

Has anyone ever mentioned they learned something special about you from one of your LinkedIn Recommendations?

Probably not.

Here is an idea describing how to make your LinkedIn Recommendations work for you.

  1. Copy all your LinkedIn Recommendations to a Word document.
    1. The example below started out as a three page document with 10 point fonts.
  2. Remove all unnecessary and overly repetitive statements.
    1. Then go back and remove some more.  I know … it can be painful.
  3. Reduce each recommendation to one phrase … two if both are outstanding.
  4. Review your remaining quotes, and cut more words.
    1. This is a case where “less is more”
  5. Use [brackets] t0 change your [Name] to [he] or [she] or to shorten [part of the quote]. The example below will show what this means.
  6. Arrange the quote snippets into logical groups
    1. Job Categories
    2. Industry Groups
    3. Or like a story … a brief description of yourself.
  7. Include a “Source” reference with a link to your LinkedIn Profile
    1. This adds credibility if someone wants to “fact check”.
  8. Share it
    1. Add it to your personal website
    2. As a link in your email signature information
    3. With your resume (electronic or paper)

Here are a couple examples

I created this example to assist my wife as she searches for contract recruiting & employment opportunities.


Click here to see an example using Brian’s LinkedIn Profile.


Brian Jacobson is a Salesforce.com and Marketing Automation Business Systems Analyst.

He is also the designer, writer, manager, and web administrator for these sites:


Lin Jacobson is a Technical Recruiter and Project Operations Manager with a robust network of Engineers, Scientists, and Mid-to-Upper Management professionals in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Life Sciences, and a broad array of Manufacturing industries.




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Ideas With Legs
Web Photo Galleries and Visually Interesting Websites
DIY … It’s Easy to Do It Yourself
My initial objective was to share photos of a special community event.
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I evaluated … even attempted to use several alternatives including:
  • PhotoShop
  • HTML
  • Dreamweaver
  • 3rd Party Dreamweaver Templates
  • flickr
  • Facebook
My HTML designs were too bland.  PhotoShop referred me to Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver referred me to Adobe?? to build a web gallery for Dreamweaver.  I tried, but was frustrated by the process and disappointed by the outcome.
By searching the web I identified some Dreamweaver templates that looked interesting and attempted using them.  No luck.
Responding to an interesting Tweet, I “won” a template from another designer.  I attempted to follow its instructions.  No luck.
flickr and Facebook offer only simple “album” type formats.
In addition I downloaded and tried several free trials and shareware packages. None of them inspired me to do more than create a few draft web pages.
I discovered Wix.com through a Tweet that arrived during my review of the software I downloaded.  After a few days wrestling with that software. I went back to that Tweet and followed the link to www.wix.com.
To get started I …
  • Watched an online video
  • Made some test pages
  • Selected a Template
  • Tweaked Template Organization & Navigation
  • Saved with Custom Name/URL
  • Added Content
  • Tweaked Layout & Feature Settings
Then I asked small number of people to review what I had created and give me some feedback.  I collected their responses and modified the site as needed.  Between Friday evening and Noon Sunday I completed my first Wix web photo gallery.
Since then I have created 6 additional Web Photo Galleries and Photo-Intensive Websites
  • The introductory information helped me visualize what I could accomplish with their tool
  • The GUI is intuitive.
  • I experienced few technical glitches while building my site.  Considering I was uploading photo files over a wireless connection to my home network … things went well.
  • When I sought templates for different topics or themes, I usually found 2 or 3 that interested me.  So, I feel the array of templates is good and  Wix appears to add new templates  regularly.
If you would like to see what I did with Wix,  follow these links:

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Gale’s Baggie Eggs

One of the missions of my Thought Patterns blog is to share ideas.  Here is one that will result in some great breakfasts for you.

On a recent visit with my sister, her husband offered to make omelettes for breakfast.  He has cooked for us before, so we knew breakfast would be good.  What surprised us was the cooking method.

The omelettes are boiled in zip lock bags.

I don’t know where he got this idea, but it is one that should be shared.  Gale is a recently retired DNR Officer and, thus, an outdoorsman.  He is also the father of some grown children.  Maybe Gale’s Baggie Egg method made for easy cooking and cleanup while camping or it simplified the process of feeding and cleaning up after a busy family.

Whatever the motivation or inspiration … it results in very tasty, non-greasy, easy-cleanup omelettes.

This is an easy method for preparing each omelette to individual taste (plain, cheese, meat, vegetables).

Here is how you prepare Gale’s Baggie Eggs.

While bringing  a pot of water to a boil, you prepare individual omelette mixtures.

For each person’s omelette:

  • crack eggs in a bowl, use fork or whisk to blend and whip
  • add butter, cheese, meat, vegetables, and seasoning … to taste
  • pour mixture into zip lock bag
  • zip baggie shut, leaving some air in the bag (about 50/50 … air/egg)

Repeat for each omelette.

Once all baggies are ready and the pot is boiling, place the baggies in the water.

 Be careful of the steam.

Using tongs or some other tool, assist the bags in remaining upright until the heat expands the air inside the bags, which should help them remain upright unassisted.

Remove the baggies from the boiling water after 12 to 13 minutes. 

Have your toast or muffins ready and slide each omelette from its baggie to your diner’s plate.

We have made Gale’s Baggie Eggs several times since that morning, and the eggs are fluffy, the cheese is melted and the omelette is hot all the way through.  Plus … everybody gets a hot omelette at the same time. 

Oh … and from the guy who usually gets KP duty … cleanup is easier.

Enjoy Gale’s Baggie Eggs!

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