Have you ever met someone who smiles and instantly makes you feel welcome? Does this same person introduce you to their friends and make you part of their lives? Does their network, become your network? If so, you have met a “Human Spark Plug.”
Human spark plugs are wonderful people. They provide “Ignition” at the dullest of parties and can make a boring meeting into a lively and exciting event. You don’t forget a spark plug when you meet them, and the good ones won’t forget you.
They will take your business card or write your name on the back of a napkin, and for sure they will get back in touch with you. They always have friends you should meet, and the usual outcome of meeting them is at least one new contact or business acquaintance.
There are also people that are “Technology Spark Plugs.” They always know the latest gadgets, the coolest software and the most interesting web sites. If you hang around them for any length of time, you’ll end up with a new app on your cell phone, a new program in your computer, or a new shiny gadget in your hand.
I would like to share with you today, three “Human Spark plugs,” who have changed my life, introduced me to hundreds of their friends and made my life considerably more interesting.
The first spark plug is my good friend Karen Robertson. I’ve known Karen for over 15 years and she always amazes me with her energy and willingness to take on the craziest goals. Over the years, Karen has become Ditzy the Clown, a public speaker, a personal coach, and just recently a stand up comedian.
In each step along the way, Karen has involved her friends and family and if you meet her she’ll drag you into what ever she is doing. If you want to get a project done, Karen is the one to talk to. She took on a building project at our church and tirelessly interfaced with city council members, building planners, and a maze of bureaucrats to get our church building built.
This year Karen decided she wanted to become a stand up comedian. While Karen is an outgoing person, a stand up comedian seemed like the last thing she would ever be. After all, she is a strong Christian, and I just couldn’t see her in a comedy club, in front of a bunch of rowdy people, telling jokes. But that is just what she did. She became a clean comedian in 2009 and even performed along with her friend Steve Matley, on a Sunday night at the Improv in Hollywood. Wow!
The second spark plug, is my friend Phil Gerbyshak. Phil is know as the “Make it Great Guy, and he always brings a positive attitude and will introduce you to a cadre of successful and positive people.
Phil’s book, 10 Ways to Make it Great, is a fun and interesting read. It’s simple yet easily do-able positive philosophy on life is embraced by so many of his friends. But what makes Phil stand out from the crowds, is his tireless energy.
If you log into Phil’s web site, he always has something going on. Whether it be a contest or course or a new motivational video, Phil always has something to motivate you to improve your life and truly make your day great.
The third spark plug on my list is my longtime blogging friend, Dwayne Melancon. Dwayne has written in his blog, Genuine Curiosity, for over four years. Dwayne is a Technology Spark Plug, and you’ll find reviews of the latest gadgets on his blog.
The thing I like about Dwayne, is his in depth personal analysis of products, software, and places. Dwayne travels intensively on his job, and his insights on carrying different gadgets, computers and a wide variety of wireless phones on airplanes has been invaluable.
He’ll give you a true reading of battery life, portability, and ease of use. His latest reviews on the popular iPhone have been very insightful. I’ve wanted one since they first came out, but his latest reviews reveal that now may be the best time to buy one. Apple has finally fixed his pet peeves and made a truly remarkable product. My iPod Touch is certainly better after Dwayne’s recommended 3.0 Apple software update.
If you use technology on your job and especially if you take your technology along on your travels, Dwayne’s site is one you should bookmark. A word of warning though, Dwayne’s reviews are so good, that you’ll find yourself spending considerable time reading through them. After a few minutes, your wallet make take a debit from the purchase of the latest recommended item on his list. Dwayne has certainly cost me a few dollars with his recommendations!
Human Spark Plugs can ignite a fire, help you make your day better, and truly help you find that special gadget that will make your life better. Check out the web sites above, and as Phil says… Make Today Great!