Adding Resources and Making Changes

We’re right in the midst of “class season” with lots of opportunities to love to learn! Based on some input from students I’m in the process of making some changes and additions to this site–mostly around how courses are listed (the changes) and adding resources specific to courses. Brain Leaks is a work in progress!

You’ll notice a section in the sidebar at the right called “pages.” (These pages are also listed as tabs at the top.) The plan is to give each course its own page and on that page offer resources in the form of links. For example, I’ve already completed the “Got What It Takes?” Solopreneur course page. Those who’ve taken the course will find a link to the booklet I mentioned in class and some other sites that might prove helpful.

As a work in progress, I’m not sure I’ll ever be finished, but be advised I’m really just starting and, with my current course schedule, will be completing this in bits and pieces. Should you find any broken links or missing things, please let me know.

In the spirit of helping each other, if you find resources relative to a course you’ve taken, please send it so I can share it!

Stand Up! Speak Up! Shut Up!

Do you get sweaty palms and shaky knees when called upon to speak in front of a group? This brief course doesn’t promise to turn you into a great orator, but it will help you get the butterflies in your stomach to fly in formation when you stand in front of a group by having what is called an “enlarged conversation.” Come prepared to participate and have a lot of fun! Bring your butterflies! Course runs two nights and is scheduled to start in two weeks on March 22nd… call P.V.A.E.C. at 564-6525 and reserve your spot today!

Really enjoyed this class. Made it twice as good having an instructor with a great sense of humor.

My Brains Came! My Brains Came!

The UPS truck made it up the driveway yesterday in spite of the storm… I suppose the driver thought it a bit odd that I proclaimed “my brains are here!” when he set the box down.

It was a fairly large box.

Dealing with test and quiz anxiety is typically a challenge for some adult learners. A few years ago I learned that using stress balls (sometimes called “squeezies”) can help restless children focus… the constant motion seems to release energy and allow the child to focus. So, I thought. “Why wouldn’t this work with adults taking quizzes and tests?”

My first experiment with the theory included a young man who was self-proclaimed “A.D.D.” and he actually broke the stress ball I provided. But he also got a pretty good grade and thought having it helped. So I ordered more–different ones that wouldn’t break.

These cubes proved popular–so much so that they’ve gradually disappeared and I’m down to three. Since it was time to order more, I decided to get a little creative this time… and I was quite pleased to find “squeezies” in the shape of brains. How much more appropriate could things be? Take a test–squeeze your brain! You might be surprised to discover what comes out!

You Can!

You Can—Raise cash as a crop! This fast-paced, participative program will explore the opportunities we all have for “non-traditional” ways of raising cash through cost avoidance, part time work, cash crops from your farm, gardens and hobbies. You may want to start a home-based business… or just explore the value of bartering with friends and neighbors. When your wallet’s almost empty, this class will encourage you to open your mind and develop a plan. Part of the You Can Series sponsored by P.V.A.E.C. and Piscataquis County Extension… class will be held two weeks from today, March 13–call 564-6525 and sign up today!

Walter Boomsma (“Mr. Boomsma”) writes on a wide array of topics including personal development, teaching and learning. Course information is also available here!