Thursday, December 31, 2015

Getting some Experience

 Work part-time, do internships, volunteer, etc., in the field you want to work in while you are in college (and even high school).

30 years ago, back when I was in High school, I got a part time job after school working in an old peoples home. Basically I worked in the kitchens, helping to prepare the evening meal (dinner), setting the tables and doing the dishes after. This particular old peoples home did NOT have any automatic dishwashers. I was paid something like $4 an hour for 3 hours work, 2 days a week and also every second Saturday.

I lasted in this job for 2 years before I was finally asked to leave. And the reason they asked me to leave? Well that was because I would spend too much of my time reading all the books the old people had on their shelves, and not enough time actually doing the job.

I was more than happy to leave when they asked me, since I was quite bored doing that job. Two years is a long time to stay in one job. Well, it is a long time for a teenager anyway. And it was NOT teaching me any skills that I could use in the workforce.

With my love of reading, what I should have done was to volunteer at the local public library. But then again, I probably would spent all my time reading instead of re-shelving those books.

I personally would NOT get any part time job flipping burgers at McDonalds or any other fast food joint - unless you do want to work as a chef or be in the hospitality trade, Then flipping burgers and waiting on tables would be the perfect kind of experience to get.

Not everyone knows what they want to do when they finish High schools.

But if I had been given the choice back when I was in High school, to flip burgers, or write a semi-regular column for a community (free) newspaper, I would have chosen the writing,

You can save the clips and use them for your writing portfolio. You cannot do the same when you're waiting on tables or flipping burgers.

As for internships, I think any business offering unpaid internships, should be required to pay the equivalent to the bus fare on a monthly basis, (perhaps pay for or provide a monthly bus pass?) as the absolute MINIMUM.

After all. the intern is not earning any other money. How do you expect them to travel to and from your office? Cars and buses do cost money. You don't want to be sued for using free labour in a job that usually has a salary tagged to it.

Otherwise, I suggest that students ONLY look for and apply for the PAID internships.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Don't burn your bridges

Even as you become more and more unhappy in your job, try not to take your anger and frustration out on your boss and your colleagues.

Your professional network is extremely valuable. No matter what your reason is for leaving a job, never burn the bridge when you move on.

We have all heard of people who have told the Boss to "F Off" when they dramatically throw down the gauntlet and stalk out the door.

It is a well known fact that employees usually leave the job due to bad management and not the job itself.

I know how that feels. I stuck it out in a job for almost 6 years, because the job was interesting despite the terrible management and the bullying supervisor I had to put up with.

I actually stuck it to the boss when I got married by taking 2 weeks off - 1 week before my wedding and one week after - then coming back to work for one more week before resigning altogether.

I had more than enough leave to cover all this time off, and the boss really could not say NO. I resigned because I was moving to a new country. 

That last week at work was horrible because I was given all the shitty jobs to do. But again, I stuck it out and stayed quiet.

One of the reasons why the management was so poor, was because the boss (and owner) was an older fellow (in his 70's) and he was NOT willing to change with all the new technology. He was starting to lose customers when I left. And yes this was a small PRIVATE company - with NO shareholders.

Four years after I left, I discovered that the business was taken over by one of its competitors and now no longer exists. The bosses son chose not to take over and modernise the business.

So the message is...

Even if you are mad at the boss when you leave, do not mouth off at him as you leave, because you never know when you might meet up with your colleagues in some other job, many years in the future.

You do NOT want a former colleague telling the potential new boss that you are an unstable worker because you once quit while telling the boss to "F Off!!"  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Learn other people's jobs.

Know your job inside and out, then learn what those down the hall do. First, you'll know who to go to when you need help. Second, the more skills and institutional knowledge you pick up, the more valuable you are to the company. 

For a scanner, any chance to learn is a great opportunity. So if you feel brave enough, go ahead and try to learn other peoples jobs. 

Just remember you still have to continue doing your own job to the same high standards as well. 

And it might be a good idea to not start doing this until after you have been in the job for at least 12 months and passed at least one employee evaluation. 

Also don't get so good at other peoples jobs that the boss begins to turn to you instead of to them. The other person may come to resent you for it and they could also end up losing their job because of you. 

Remember, if you do end up doing their job, will you still have time to do your own job as well?

I think learning other peoples jobs is a noble idea, but not necessarily a practical one. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

You can be anything you want to be

Did you grow up with your parents telling you that you could be anything you wanted to be?

I didn't. My parents told me that history was a bad choice for a degree since I clearly did not want to be a teacher. They told me that I should become an accountant instead. That was a very bad choice for me. I failed all my first year exams, got kicked out of the University on academic probation and never bothered to go back.

Some children may think that when they grow up they can be a Unicorn or a Princess Those are highly unlikely to happen - although there have been two young ladies in recent years who were both lucky enough to marry a prince.

For scanners to be told that they can be anything they want to be, this is a problem. You see, they want to be everything. Well they want to do many things, especially those things that includes their passions and hobbies.

As I have mentioned before, Scanners do NOT like being pinned down to one career or one job for their entire working lives. Not for the next 40 to 50 years. That would be so incredibly boring.

On the other hand, if scanners don't get any real help in carving out a career of some kind for themselves, then they will end up like me. Unemployed, pretty much unskilled and pretty much useless.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, scanners need to find at least one common theme (if they are lucky they might be able to find 2 or 3) covering all or most of the areas that interest them, get some training in that area and then, learn as much as they can about jobs in that area.

For example, my common theme is Administration. I love doing researching and writing and organising.

If I had thought to ask the librarians, back when I was in High school, what they needed in order to become a librarian, they would have told me that a history degree was more than acceptable and then after that, I could do an MLS, a Masters of Library Science. These days the masters degree is often called something like Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Information Science (MIS).

Some career experts are saying that now that there internet is here, we don't need librarians anymore.

But I found a list of 61 NON Librarian jobs that someone with an MLIS could do. I truly regret not sticking to my plans to do a history degree. 

Anyway. Now I have to find a list of interesting jobs for someone with a General Administrative diploma.

Administration Degrees are usually designed to have several areas of specialisation, where a person can specialise in, There is that word again, The one that Scanners detest!!! Areas such as Human Resources, Legal Assistant, Database Administration, Records Management, Accounting, Marketing and Sales. None of those areas include writing, publishing and web page design. These are what I have now discovered that I love doing - and it's taken me half my life so far, just to figure this out. 

Other areas with a common theme for your passions and hobbies may include fixing cars, (mechanics) which can become fixing anything that runs on wheels and has an engine (cars, trucks, trains and planes). 

Then there is the outdoors, which can include being a park ranger, a outdoors tour guide, joining outdoor groups such as Outward Bound or Raleigh International, Sky diving teacher, working on farms, orchards or vineyards,  snowboarding or ski instructor,  cruise ship jobs, zoo or wildlife rehabilitator (if you also like working with animals), nature and outdoors photographer and helping with reforestation.

Those are just some ideas to get you started.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Keep doing what you’re doing

Another piece of bad advice for Scanners is - Keep doing what you’re doing.  If we keep doing what we’re doing, it shows that we cannot adapt, and it will get old pretty quickly.

The one thing that is inevitable about life is that - THINGS CHANGE.

We Scanners cannot just keep doing the same thing and expect everything to stay the same. Life and the 21st century employment market just doesn't work that way.

Thinking like this, Keep doing what you're doing, may work in the very short-term, but the world is changing so fast that if you’re still doing the same things in the same way, then by definition you’re falling behind.
This is the part I have trouble with. The bar just keeps moving higher and I am tired of always trying to play catchup.

I have discovered something about myself. I am not the kind of person who works fast. I like casual and easy going. I actually dream about getting back to a simpler life when there was no instant communication and before life sped up. I'm thinking back to the 1970s when I was a child. 

Even today in 2015, I do NOT have a cellular phone. After watching the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, I told myself that I was never ever going to become a slave to any cellular phone like Andie was to hers. A landline phone is perfectly good enough for communication.

The younger generation have grown up with all this instant communication and may well be able to adapt and change to keep their careers, but the older generation, such as myself, find it very hard to make that adjustment.

I have found that I detest being part of the corporate world, and having to dress up in "power" suits and wear high heels.  They say I have to be myself. Well dressing up in power suits and high heels, is NOT my idea of being myself!!

While I may like variety, I prefer to be dealing with the same kind of variety on a daily basis and not being hit with totally new demands every day.

Some people like routine, but if you want to reach your full potential, you have to “shake it up” and keep learning and growing.

Routine is the death of a career. Dealing with totally new jobs every day may be considered as changing, but it is happening way too fast for me.

So how to get ahead in the job market and deal with all the change?

Scanners may have to become self-employed. They can find and start their own businesses where they are in control of their careers, and can control how many clients they have and whom they do business with.

I have read of some people who find something that they can make, and they produce and sell these items as they make them. One of my favourite teenage actors of the 1980s, Michael Schoeffling, left Hollywood and now lives in Pennsylvania. He has been making and selling hand crafted furniture for the last 25 years. It seems that he chose to leave Hollywood after being typecast as a teenage heartthrob. I think he found it difficult to get more mature film roles based on that perception.

The Star Wars actor Mark Hamill had similar problems. While his cast mate Harrison Ford has been able to develop a very good movie career, including 2 record breaking movie franchises, Mark Hamill was pretty much typecast back in 1977 as Luke Skywalker and had a lot of difficulty getting mature film roles as he grew older. However he was able to adapt and change by becoming a VOICE actor. Mark now makes his living lending his voice to cartoon and animation  TV series, as well as to video games.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Keep your eye on long-term goals

Probably the WORST career advice to ever be given to a Scanner is this one

Keep an eye on your long term goals. 


What goals?

Scanners find it very hard to create goals, let alone attain them. 

Scanners want to be able to work either in a variety of jobs or work with a variety of people in order to continue to learn.

Very few Scanners know what they will be going in 2 years time, let alone 5 or 10 years.

In terms of Goals for Scanners, the trick is to NOT go looking for your dream job. Don't get sucked into one niche.

Instead Scanners should look for the job that gives them the MOST OPTIONS in the future.

Which means they need to be thinking about how they can be leveraging the skills they already have, into a position that will allow them to learn the skills they don't have.

Barbara Sher tells Scanners to find what she calls a "Good Enough" job.

By this she means a job that is not too boring  but one that brings in enough money for scanners and their families to live on.

As a Scanner I have had my share of "good enough" boring jobs and "good enough" interesting jobs.

The most boring job I had was spending 3 years at a telephone call centre dealing with angry customers day after day. They called in complaining that their phones had gone faulty,or they had  stopped working or whatever. I eventually took Severance pay to leave that position.

The most interesting position I have had so far was with a media monitoring company - also called a press clipping service.  This job was interesting because it allowed me to read, but I also had to stop and mark up newspaper and magazine articles for the clients who would be interested in that specific article. I also had to read EVERY article, not just the ones that interested me. I never really learnt any new skills as a reader, but I stayed there for 6 years because the job was stable and interesting.  

There will be NO post tomorrow, since it is Xmas Day. I need a break. Thanks. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Things That Drive Scanners Crazy About Traditional Career Advice.

As a Scanner you are probably desperately looking all over the internet trying to find something that will help you cope with life. Especially with regards to your employment and/or career.

I did write a post a few days ago saying that Scanners don't have careers. This refers to those who have scanner personalities but have not discovered this yet. They haven't yet worked out who they are.  

Once you do learn that you are a scanner, it is usually a huge relief and weight off your shoulders,

But do NOT, I repeat, do NOT, get into the habit of thinking that this means you dont have to do anything.

That is just NOT true. If you don't do anything, your resume will continue to be job hopping and you will never find any career satisfaction.

I know this from personal experience. I only discovered that I was a scanner when I was in my 40s and had already given up working!!.

Now I am desperate to start working again, and have accepted that I basically have to start all over again. Which is why I am writing this blog.

As far as I can tell, there were only 2 books written about the Scanner personality and they both were published around 2005 and 2006, or 9 to 10 years ago.

Barbara Sher's book, Refuse to Choose,  has covered the Scanner personality very well. She also followed up her book with lectures and talks about how to deal with being a scanner for the next eight years. I think that was very admirable of her. Being a Scanner herself, Barbara chose to specialise in this one area for a number of years in order to help and support her readers.  And we all know that Scanners HATE being specialists. But there was enough variety amongst the readers to keep Barbara's "boredom" away,

I mention all this because Barbara has now retired from doing the personal lectures, talks and tours. Don't worry. She will still be available online to ask questions and seek help.

The second author who wrote a book on the scanner personality was Margaret Lobenstine. Her book was called Renaissance Souls. She also started a blog and kept mentioning that she was going to write a list about career tips for scanners.

As far as I can tell, no such list was ever posted. Nor has she done any followup and her blog posts are old. Which is sad really. Because I would love to have read that list.  

So I have decided to make this list myself.

Over the next few days I will be posting tips that may work for "Normal" people but wont work for Scanners. I will also suggest how scanners can use other career tips to their advantage. 

Starting Tomorrow.

I promise you, with the huge amount of job hopping on MY resume, I have plenty of experience in getting nowhere in the Business world. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Finding Your Passion - does not work for Scanners

It is common knowledge that the business world supposedly works on passion. Because finding your passion is the ONLY way to be happy. At least that is what the modern world says.

Everyone says that a child needs to find their passion or their calling, preferably before they finish High School, and that will be the one thing they will want to do for the rest of their life.

To a Scanner, this is like a jail sentence. Being stuck in one career for the rest of the scanners life, will drive the scanner to an early death,  They would find that one career very boring and would be totally miserable and have NO enthusasim for doing that job at all.

This lack of enthusuasam eventually shows up on their Employee Evaluations. Bad Evals means they don't get promoted so they stay at the rank and file level, and eventually the Scanner ends up leaving with no new skills, and no means to apply for higher ranked jobs.

This is exactly what happened to me.

The only time when I was really happy was when I was back in my apartment (this was before I got married) at the end of the day, and doing a ton of reading. Mostly NON fiction Books. I like to think that I "home schooled" myself during those long hours spent alone in my apartment.

I read everything. Science, religion, politics, history, travel, computer stuff, literature, biographies and memoirs. Probably the only sections I never read are Vehicles and Animals.

In 1998  I finally plucked up the courage to get a computer and get online.

Things just exploded from there.

I didn't realise it then, but the internet has now become my passion. Even today, more than 15 years later, I am still following my passion to learn new things.

Below is a link to a Video from the Paulymath show about how Scanners cannot choose ONE passion.

How to Find your Passion as a Scanner

Monday, December 21, 2015

Personal Goal posts are different for Scanners

Just so you know, the Goal post for a Scanner is frequently different from that of a Normal person.

For example if a normal child learns to play the piano, and read music, and continues to play the piano through High School, they may end up becoming the next Richard Clayderman.

The scanner child learns to play the piano, learns to read music and then drops the piano after passing their Grade 1 or 2 exams, saying they are bored and want to try something new.

The scanner child usually only started learning the piano in order to learn the basics and/or to read music. They never had any intention of taking their piano playing to any expert level. They certainly had no plans to play in any recitals or for any music group. 

So the scanner child spends one year playing piano, another year playing the violin or the guitar, a third year playing trumpet or saxophone or some other wind instrument. So that by the time they ask to learn to play the drums the parents are adamant about saying NO.

Parents cannot understand why their child cannot commit to any one instrument nor do they understand why their child does not continue with that instrument to an expert level.

Staying with one instrument  in order to reach an expert level is the sign of a specialist.  In the business world this can be equated to a Niche.

Scanners are NOT specialists. They prefer to know a little about a lot of things. They live to learn and they LOVE to learn.

Scanners want to be the Jack or Jill of all trades and Master of NONE.  Again in the Business world, this is usually the sign of a Generalist.

Below is the link to an episode of the Paulymath show (a play on Polymath) about the Goal Posts for scanners.

How to Become a Good Finisher

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Most Scanners are often both Creative and Intelligent.  They love to read and learn new things.

Which explains why I am prefer reading NON Fiction much more than I do reading Fiction!!

This also explains why I seldom read just one book at a time, but instead I usually have several books open all at the same time. So if I get bored with one book, I can move onto the next. Very typical scanner behaviour.

 And if you are anything like me, you also LOVE to test your knowledge

With all the information I pick up from reading NON-fiction books, I find myself watching Quiz shows on TV such as Jeopardy, Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader and Who wants to be a Millionare. I also LOVE playing Trivial Pursuit and testing my knowledge as well. Scanners LOVE those Intellectual games!!!

Of all the above named quiz shows, my favourite was Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader.

Have you ever been told - You know, you should apply for Jeopardy or Who wants to be a Millionaire. You would do great on that show.

I have been told that lots of times. I probably could do well. But I hate being on camera. That alone stops me from even applying. So I just settle for watching and answering the questions while sitting in front of the TV.

There was a new Quiz Show on TV this year. It's called 500 Questions, and debuted on the ABC channel.

While Millionaire has 15 Questions to get the Top Prize and Jeopardy has 30 to win the top prize, this new show has 500 questions!!!!

500 Questions - ABC - May 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Scanners seldom have a career

I don't think scanners can have a career. A career usually implies you have worked your way into top management within ONE specific business sector and become an expert or a specialist in that area.

As I have stated previously, scanners dont do expert. They do general.

And while a varied work history with lots of variety and experience was acceptable back in the days before the second world war, it is NO LONGER acceptable now.

If like most scanners, you have a spotty resume with a fair amount of job hopping, just like MY resume, think back over your previous jobs and see if there is a common theme.

Most of my jobs for example were administrative jobs. I love doing admin work EXCEPT for accounting.

If you can find a common theme in all your jobs, (such as writing, being outdoors, and so on) then maybe you can find a "good enough" job that uses those skills and that common theme, just to survive, feed youirself and your family, and pay the bills. Your free time can be spent on your scanner creativitiy.

As to education and qualifications, again you will have to think back to your childhood and ask yourself which activity did you most love doing as a child. 

When I was a child, I loved writing. I can remember sitting on the floor with paper and pencil writing away, and when I was unable to say what I wanted, ripping the paper out of the pad, and crumbling it up. I would end up with LOTS of crumpled paper beside me and still NO story.

It is only now, more than 30 years after leaving High school, that I have finally realized why I have trouble writing stories.

I cannot write fiction. I prefer to write to teach or write the NON fiction stuff. And while I can read SOME fiction - usually historical fiction - I actually prefer reading NON fiction.

So as of todays date, I am going to start a new writing career.

Now about post secondary education, I actually wanted to do a History degree. But I allowed myself to be persuaded by my parents do something more "practical."  That was a HUGE mistake.

 Always trust your instinct and do NOT second guess yourself. First thoughts are almost never wrong.

There is nothing wrong with scanners going to university and getting a degree or some other qualification. Some scanners can use their skills and hold down a job. While others just ignore the degree and move on to doing something else. This is perfectly typically normal scanner behaviour. Goodness knows I have done this myself lots of times. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Keeping the boredom away

One of my Scanner idols is Leonardo DaVinci. He was a scanner. But I really don't care for his paintings. They look just like all the other paintings of that same era. Well there are 2 paintings I like. But only because some great novels have been written about them.

I like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper fresco!!  In mainstream life, this attitude of mine - of not caring about Leonardo's paintings - would be SACRILEGE!!!

My interest in Leonardo lies purely in his notebooks and his science. It took me many years to figure out WHY I preferred to read or look at the notebooks rather than to look at his paintings.

I LOVE the way Leonardo wrote everything down, drew diagrams and made notes on the things he PLANNED to make or invent.But of course not all of his ideas made it into reality.

Now you can make your own version of Leonardos Notebooks as well. You can call these Idea Books, or Thinking books or whatever you like.

Make, Find or Obtain something you can use for a record of your ideas and plans. This is the only way a scanner can survive.

Like Leonardo, you too can write down and keep a record of all the ideas that you get. Dont forget to include diagrams, pictures, photos, and please add the days date for each new idea you record.

Barbara Sher calls these books a Scanner's Daybook. You can use a notebook, a WORD document, a blog, a website or anything else that allows you to record your ideas and any images, plan and diagrams you want to save.

Sometimes making notes and plans in a daybook, on any new subject is all you need to do to satisfy that Scanner itch. At other times, the desire to learn more can be expanded from what is recorded on those pages.

I spent 2 years making pages (lenses) on Squidoo from 2011 to 2013. I left Squidoo when the TOS became too restrictive. Squidoo was later sold off to Hub Pages (competitor) in 2014.

But while I was there, I had an incredible amount of FUN making pages on so many different topics!!! By the time I left Squidoo, I had made over 250 pages (or lenses) and 2 of my lenses had won the top award - Lens of the Day!!!

Squidoo was my daybook for those 2 years.  The main reason why I have not joined Hub Pages is because they have the same restrictive TOS that Squidoo had.

Instead I now have my own website - which I call The Scanners Universe - on which I have posted a number of pages on various different topics that I enjoy learning about. Now I use this website as my daybook!!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Know who you are

There are 2 books available on the Scanner Personality. Both of them were published at roughly the same time. That is around 2006.

 One is called Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher.

 The other is called The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobenstine. 

As I have mentioned, I have read Refuse To Choose. I have not yet read the Renaissance Soul. But it is on my list.

Knowing who you are goes a long way to helping to plan your career and your life. Understanding why you do the things you do and why you made the choices you have made will make a huge difference in planning your future. This is the power of knowing your identity.

KNOWING that you are a Scanner is a HUGE relief!! An incredible weight off your shoulders.

I wish I had known about being a Scanner 30 years ago when I was in high school. Then perhaps I would not have made that ONE decision I did make that I should not have made.

Perhaps my life would be different. I might be married to the same person or to a different person, or maybe not even be married at all. In which case I would certainly not have immigrated to a new country. Nor would I have the children I have either.

Anyway, This is your chance to make the RIGHT decision for your life.

Now you can give yourself permission to leave something incomplete just because you are bored with it. That's OK.

I do that all the time. Drives me nuts when it happens, but there are many books that I start reading but never finish. If they end up to be boring than NOTHING can induce me to finish reading them.

You can also learn to ignore those people who call you lazy or silly, scattered, indecisive, or that you lack focus, lose interest far too easily, get bored too easily, that you start too many things but dont finish anything, or even call you stupid.

Forgive them if you possibly can,. They do not know any better.

Repeat after me - It is OK to be a SCANNER!!!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Are you a Scanner?

Until the mid-1950s, scanners ruled the parlors and dinner parties with their erudite contributions on poetry, music, politics and science. From Aristotle to Asimov, generalists were people you wanted in your circle. 

Barbara Sher says the space race changed all that.

Funding to the liberal arts was cut and specialising (specifically in science and technology) became de rigour, while scanning was seen as irresponsible and somehow flabby.

Noone wants generalists any more.

Sher says scanners have come to doubt themselves terribly. We can’t decide on the one career path, because what if it’s the wrong one. We frantically think we need to focus, become an expert in something, but get bored when we have to do anything twice.

SOURCE - Sarah Wilson

Orginally sourced from Barbara Sher's Book - Refuse to Choose.

I am a Scanner. I can definitely agree to the above statements made by Barbara Sher.

I discovered my scanner personality when I was aged in my 40's. It was near the end of the year 2010 while I was trying to understand why I got bored so easily, why I just couldn't seem to finish anything I started, and why I kept coming back to the same interests and hobbies time after time.

That's when I discovered Barbara's book - Refuse to Choose.  It didnt take me long to read it through. It described me just so PERFECTLY!!!!

Prior to reading Refuse to Choose, I had gone back to school to update my skills, I chose a generalist administration course, because I wanted to learn a little about several different areas.  I could have chosen the computer tech course or the paralegal course. They both interested me. But I did not want to tie myself down to ONE niche for the rest of my life. That would be just so boring!!!

My resume shows this boredom as well. I have done a lot of job hopping, and have seldom held any job for more than 1 year.

After I graduated from the private college, I had a lot of difficulty in obtaining a job. Eventually I stopped looking.

Over the last 5 years, since I graduated - this was the one thing that I DID finish. I was able to graduate - I have learnt that, try as I might, I can never stay in one niche. That is just TOO boring.

I have had to learn to ACCEPT who I am. It has taken me quite a while. But it does explain why I made the decisions I have made in my life, and why I do not have a career.

I am a Scanner. I have a wide range of interests. I do not like being forced into one niche. 

Anyway, I have decided that for now, I want to educate others about the scanner personality.

Ms Sher is getting on in years - she is now in her 70's. In fact she announced last year that would no longer be doing any face to face coaching sessions or lectures after the end of this year. but she would still be around online.

I am not exactly young myself, but I can still do another 25 years at least.

My first step is to develop The Scanner's Survival Kit.

Some Skills and Tips to help Scanners survive in this current recession.

Barbara Sher Official Website