VANTAGEPOINTS
ON LEARNING
AND LIFE

Finding Learning Opportunities in Everyday Life Situations

by
Kevin Eikenberry

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Two Recent Interviews

I've been interviewed in the last week or so by a couple of folks about issues relating to Learning and Life... because of the book.

You can read my posts on my other blog about them here and here.

I think you will enjoy them.

Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 - Permanent Link

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Bloggers are Blogging

... about the book and the promotion today.

Phil Gerbyshak talks about it here.

And Marc Shiman posts an interview he did with me, and mentions the book in conjunction with the interview here.

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - Permanent Link

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Today's the Day!

... or it will be by the time you might read this. March 28th, with the help of an amazing group of colleagues and friends, I hope to make Vantagepoints on Learning and Life an Amazon #1 Best Seller.

Among the many bonuses and gifts available to people buying the book during this promotion, I think I am most excited by our Virtual Book Signing.

I know of only one other book (there may of course be others) that had a chat room for people to converse with the author on the day of a book's release. But as far as I know, no one has combined that with a way for people to get their book signed by the author "virtually".

When you buy your book during this promotion, you will be directed to a link to enter your name and address and I will send you a bookplate signed and inscribed specifically for you. About the time your book arrives, your bookplate will arrive and you will have a signed book.

I look forward to signing a bookplate for you and hopefully "seeing" you online.

I'll will probably be in the virtual book signing room much of the day on the 28th, but there are specific times you can be guaranteed to find me: 10am, 2pm, and 9pm ET and again on March 30 at 3pm and 9pm.

For all the information on the promotion, go HERE.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - Permanent Link

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Strengths or Weaknesses?

EM Sky has been reading Vantagepoints and posted today about her reflections on the chapter, "Heads or Tails". In her post on her Mind Unbound Blog, she shares a fabulous example of how two people with different talents and predispositions can make a great team.

It is a well written and very valuable look at how we can leverage strengths to form a more effective team. I highly encourage you to read it!

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - Permanent Link

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Interviewed on a Podcast

Rick Beneteau interviewed me for his podcast released this morning on MentorAudio.com

I talked about the value and power of reflection. Reflection is in large part what Vantagepoints on Learning and Life is about. This interview allows me to talk about some of the barriers that keep us from reflecting and some things we can do to be more effective each day.

I think you will enjoy it. You can hear it here.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - Permanent Link

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A New Promotion Coming

If you haven't yet purchased your copy of Vantagepoints on Learning and Life... wait until March 28th.

Why?

Because on that day we will be doing a promotion to make the book an Amazon bestseller... and you will get a set of amazing bonus gifts if you buy your copy(s) that day.

More information is coming soon, but trust me, you'll be glad you waited!

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2006 - Permanent Link

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Be a Giver and a Taker

My friend Stacy Brice, in her Virtual Moxie blog commented on the Smile chapter in Vantagepoints recently. You can read her post here.

Her point is that we are at our best when we are willing to give to others AND able to ask others for what we need in a gracious way.

Here is her final paragraph:

In this life there are givers and there are takers. Too few are both. Be both. Take what help you need to grow and develop your own business, and never hesitate to share with another. You don't grow weaker by helping someone else; by giving someone else's wagon a push. Instead, your acting from abundance makes everyone that much stronger, and the profession that much more solid.

This reflection is exactly why I write Vantagepoints each month and published the book. Stacy has read and reflected on what I wrote and the lessons I drew from the situation, then found other lessons that are valuable to her - and because she shared her reflections - valuable to many others.

That is how expansive learning from everyday situations can be when we observe, reflect and share,

Thanks for sharing Stacy.

Posted on Sunday, March 12, 2006 - Permanent Link

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Quoted in Cleveland

Terri Mrosko referenced Vantagepoints in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on 2/26/06.

What did she say?


It's the everyday non-event that can hold the greatest life-expanding growth potential. Unfortunately, so many of us allow distractions such as world, national, sports and entertainment events to drain our energy that we often miss seeing these spontaneous learning opportunities.

"For many people, learning is connected to school. People think about learning in a classroom, in the orientation to a new job, in a training class, in college or in a seminar," says Kevin Eikenberry in his book Vantagepoints on Learning and Life. But they are not the only places for learning and he challenges people to become engaged with learning possibilities in everyday life.

Eikenberry offers these everyday examples on learning and life:

- We all need to focus to achieve better results—whether leading a team, driving our car or teaching someone something, playing darts or anything else. If we challenge ourselves to higher levels of achievement, we are taking a positive step toward becoming a "better player." Often we try to do too many things at once or try to finish what we're doing too quickly. Instead, focus on aiming at the target and taking your time to get it right.
- Curiosity leads to learning, whether we are exploring new things or solving problems. We need never outgrow curiosity. Watch young children and observe their need to always ask "why" in learning situations. "Why" is a powerful question and is perhaps the best way to cut through the clutter to better understand a situation.
- Instead of focusing on an enormous learning process in front of you, look back at positive experiences to help alleviate anxiousness and put things into perspective. When you remember your successes, it can build your confidence that you can do it again.
- There is a big difference between deciding to do something and actually doing something. That difference is "action." Deciding is a commitment to start, but making a plan is the first step toward action. Nothing happens until we act. Take those first steps, act on your dream and get the results you want.

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - Permanent Link

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The Last Book You'll Read?

That is what I signed in a copy of Vantagepoints recently.

Why?

Because a friend, Stacy Brice, author of the wonderful Virtualosophy blog, among other things, had decided that she might stop reading books.

Rather than me explain it, here is her post with her strategy, and reasoning.

While I hope that Vantagepoints isn't the last book anyone reads, I sure hope they read it.

Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - Permanent Link

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