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Thanks so much for these videos from France, Barbara. â€¦The â€˜penny droppedâ€™ for me. Iâ€™ve put together the following, with yesterdayâ€™s Newsletterâ€¦and, if it is correct and appropriate, I would like to pass this document on as info about Barbara Sher, to those I know are interested. Iâ€™d also like to post it on your boards, with your permission. BARBARA SHER TODAY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhhiatvjzUk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuLWGPy ... re=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGUKHLFk ... re=related (From a Scanners Retreat in France.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4P6J7TAaoM&NR=1 (From the video 'Creating Your Second Life after 40...or Anytime.') [Thank you, Matthew, for picking the parts I most needed to hear.] - â€˜Creating Your Second Lifeâ€¦â€™ is available from Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver... http://www.rmpbs.org/content/index.cfm/ ... tegoryID/7 â€˜Creating Your Second Lifeâ€™ was nominated for an Emmy award, 1994, I believe. ...Which was the same year that Oprah named Barbara as her favorite interview. Barbara's first book, 'Wishcraft' had its 30th birthday last March (1979 - 2009). It is available, online, no charge, at... http://www.wishcraft.com Barbara's Information Central... http://www.geniuspress.com (Click on 'Barbara Who?' to get some of her story.) Be sure you are on Barbaraâ€™s mail list to receive her email Newsletters! (See http://www.geniuspress.com ) .......................................................... Barbaraâ€™s June 18, 2009 Newsletterâ€¦ Hi Friends, If you'd like to receive early notice of all my events, before the newsletter rolls out, here is what to do: Go to Twitter.com and search for #SherEvents. Everything I do will be there first. It can take a week or more to update the webpages with new dates, photos, fees, descriptions, but the shortest distance between scheduling an event (like a Scanner retreat, or a WriteSpeak program, or one of those $10 interactive teleclasses I love to run) and informing you of it, is Twitter. Twitter is turning out to be very fine. Every day I read of new ways to use it. Regarding my stuff, we have the Twitter #ideaparty where we launch dreams, the Twitter book club at #booktweet where we're going through Wishcraft and now, #SherEvents where I can pop in new upcoming events as soon as I schedule them. And that's nothing to what I'm planning to try in the near future. (Watch this space :-) I am totally sold on Twitter. If you're not, you must understand that resistance is futile. I'll nag you til you give in anyway, so it's best to succumb and join. If you follow me on Twitter (I'm @BarbaraSher - not hard to remember) you can tweet me a question, and I'll do my best to answer it. For you that's called 'access.' For me it's called interesting. If you've got a minute, take a look at my first video clip from the most recent Scanner retreat. I'm telling everyone, as persuasively as I can, to understand why it's essential to do what you love. Nothing fluffy or woo-woo about it. What you love is what you are gifted at, because that's how DNA tells you what you were designed to do. Let me warn you that we didn't have professional lighting and I mumble something awful, but the message is what matters. You'll see. Note: Please ignore the YouTube Related Videos from the movie "Scanners," because they're about people's heads exploding and so far that hasn't actually happened. I got a really funny translation in the mail the other day, obviously done by a computer. It seems to have originally been in French, maybe from Quebec. It's wonderful to know that they're talking about Scanners all over the world because that means more and more people will understand that there is nothing wrong with them. As you'll see in the letters further down, discovering that you're a Scanner is incredibly important. The problem is that some computerized translations aren't so easy to understand. If you got this and didn't know you were a Scanner, would it make you glad? (Or maybe this is what makes Scanners heads explode!) "Un blog utilisant Le Blogue du QuÃ©bec (or, How's That Computer Translation Program Working For You?) SCANNER TRIBE ON THE UNSCATHED -- ARE YOU A SCANNER? Many people call with projection when they critique Refuse to Choose in favour of the chief later. (It's Barbara Sher's tome with the brand of people she calls Scanners.) I certain that because they bear down on onto her despatch boards and bruit about so, and more recently on Twitter too. Because your behavior is bizarre unacquainted with - regulated perturbing - to the people circa you, you've been taught that you're doing something off the beam and you have to examine to brand...Not only would that be unfair and flawed, it could block you from developing your gifts and making your contribution to the on cloud nine. You are the hotel-keeper of a uncommon, multi brilliant brains taxing to do its work up in a on cloud nine I have a sneaking second thoughts the comply that causes the most tears may be a feel discomfited put on tucked in between the Acknowledgements and the Prologue, on pages vii and viii, sooner than the becoming bellhop numbering begins. They give birth to artlessly been misunderstood first encounter to their brains working in an unorthodox mode. Its inscription is Are You a Scanner? Now, I confess I don't want to hear that you "....bruit about so," on my bulletin board. I don't know what that means but I'm sure it's not the right thing to do. Still, that last question is a reasonable one: Are you a Scanner? If you think you might be, you'll enjoy these two short letters. Dear Barbara, No kidding: I just scanned the first 60 pages of your newest book "Refuse to Choose"!!! It took me about 30 minutes and yes, I will go back and read it all in detail and yes, I will start a daybook and develop a HUGE wall calendar! You must get thousands of e-mails as full of excitement as this one but believe me, I AM SO EXCITED! I NEVER KNEW I WAS A SCANNER! I am the only person I know that has done so many different things work-wise and otherwise and still do not get to do many of the things I feel passionalte about because there are so many and I am paralyzed by the choices and the lack of time!!! I try almost anything and invariably, soon move on to the next. Everyone tells me that I can do almost anything and once I get focussed on something the outcome is of a high caliber. It is now 12:12 am and I am sneezing and have a sore throat so I must sleep BUT I just had to write this e-mail to you. I can't wait to start your book a-new tomorrow- and do it properly this time! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have always known that I could do anything I wanted and set my mind to doing, but I could never understand why I just couldn't choose one passion and path to follow! Wow! Now I understand. Yes, feel free to post or print any part of my letter... Thank you. Lidia Did you see yourself in that letter somewhere? If so, here's another one I got a few days ago. It shows what a huge difference it makes once a Scanner understands who she is: Dear Barbara, Well! I just had to share with you the latest interview I had for a job because you are responsible for the turn around in my attitude (it's a good thing). I was asked to come in and discuss "social media" with a high profile local company. They were about to embark on a campaign and wanted to know how I could help them. Before we began the formal part of the meeting the person in charge asked me to give them a brief rundown of my career history. Before I learned about Scanners that question usually sent me into a string of apologies because I have never stayed in any job for very long (three years max.), and then I was a stay at home mom for ten years before re-entering the workforce part-time. The apologetic stance I used to take did NOTHING to impress people, as you can imagine. But this time I just explained, with a huge amount of confidence, my job history and educational background and simply said that I liked variety and when I became very good at things I moved on to something else, but I'm still in the learning phase of social media so I'm here for awhile. I have to say, when you put a positive spin on the things you've done you receive completely different reactions! Do you know I think they were even a little intimidated? -- Or maybe that's just the way I read their silence when I'd finished. Thanks to you I now accept the type of person I am and no longer look at specialist doctors, lawyers and accountants with 20+ year careers and envy them (well maybe a little), but that's not who I am and I never will be. I'm working on three major projects at the moment. They will all take more time than I've mapped out to finish, but I'll get them done and I'm no longer panicking that I'm just spinning my wheels with my lack of a "traditional career." Thank you, thank you thank you for your enlightening message!!!!! Sincerely, RC When I see my work making that kind of difference, it makes me feel very, very good. If you're ready to start building a life where all (yes, all) of your talents and interests can flourish, head over to GeniusPress and look at the info about my next Scanner retreat, September 22 - 27, in gorgeous Corfu, Greece. In a retreat I spend 5 days with a small group of people, so there's plenty time to work with everyone. That's why I love doing retreats. If you think you can benefit from that kind of intensive work, just head to the link at the bottom and sign up. Spaces will go fast. In the meantime, check out these video clips from the last retreat I did in April. Next time we'll talk about the Write/Speak Program I put the dates down below in Announcements along with links to more information. Suffice it to say that if you've ever thought, "I want to do what Sher does for a living," that's the program you want to join. IMPROMPTU EVENT (with plenty of notice) Keep Dec 4 - 6 open for a special Wishcraft pre-Xmas weekend in New York. We'll work together so you find your wishes and dreams, learn the right way plan them, and find new ways to stick with the plan. You'll spend a day and a half in meetings with me, which leaves time for you to shop, see a show, look into the windows of the stores on Fifth Avenue, all the things that are wonderful about New York during the holiday season. We have suggestions for some very loveable, inexpensive hotels nearby. Write me for more information. ANNOUNCEMENTS AUGUST 8, 2009 WRITE-SPEAK PROGRAM BEGINS WriteSpeak Part 1: 6-hr Teleworkshop, August 8, 2009 (This teleworkshop is prerequisite for attendance at the retreat. More dates will be scheduled, so if you can't attend this date, email Barbara.) All details and registration are here. SEPTEMBER 22-27, 2009 SCANNERS RETREAT CORFU, GREECE All details and registration info are here. NOVEMBER 6-11, 2009 WRITE-SPEAK RETREAT WriteSpeak Part 2: 5-day Retreat in Saluda, North Carolina, All details and registration are here. DECEMBER 4 - 6, 2009 WISHCRAFT XMAS WEEKEND, NEW YORK CITY Join a small group and work with Barbara to discover your dreams and learn the practical, down-to-earth secrets for making them real. Bonus: meetings are scheduled to leave time for you to catch a show, do some Xmas shopping, or just walk around this great city at its most beautiful and exciting time of year. For more details, write Barbara directly. And here's your audio tip! Barbara Sher ............................................. You owe yourself these treats! [Personally, I'm drooling over the September 22 to 27th Scanners Retreat, Corfu, Greece.] [Oops, the Newsletter links didn't come through. Sign up for your own newsletter at http://www.geniuspress.com while I figure out how to get the BBCode back on.]
Another entertaining newsletter, as usual from Barbara. It's the only one I wish would come more often. I was laughing out loud when I read the machine translation, and at the same time thinking there was something strangely familiar about it. It was only near the end I was astonished to realise that it's a mangled up version of one of my own posts on my Scanner Tribe blog at http://www.scannertribe.com/2009/06/04/ ... -a-scanner At first I thought it had probably been translated by machine twice to make it so bad - into French and back again. But after a bit of experimentation and detective work I came to the conclusion that it's not a translation. Although I am fairly sure a machine or software robot was involved in making it almost unreadable. So I'm planning to write another blog post about how I think it happened. I'll let you all know when it's done.
Thanks for clearing that up, Skannie! I have read a translation of a website from Slovenian to English, and, believe it or not, I was able to understand it, pretty closely. But, this one, was completely...well...mangled. I would very much like to know how it got that way. Surely no program would want to make your good posts sound almost as though they were derogatory! And then, maybe I could get some machine to translate from English to Taiwanese, to say 'Hello' to a pal...in such a way that it is polite, and thoughtful. However, we do have Jane, who lives on Taiwan...a Success Team leader. English seems to be your first language...you are so fluent in it. And your ideas are always spot on. My best, Mahara