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e-NewsLetter Volume 6 Issue 21
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

In this issue:


From Another's Eyes

    "I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, "I wanna grow up and be a critic."
      --- Richard Pryor

It is easy to find fault in others, especially when they don't agree with our point of view. Whether it is our partners, employees, customers, or vendors, it is difficult to stop ourselves long enough to try to see the situation from another person's viewpoint, but that is exactly what we need to do. Criticism is the first and easiest thing to do when we don't see eye to eye with someone else.

    "My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me."
      --- Benjamin Disraeli

In order to make the operation run smoothly, everyone should have a clear understanding of the direction the enterprise is heading. That doesn't mean that everyone will agree with the direction or the steps to get there, but that the plan is set and should be followed.

If you have those who are not in agreement, draw their reasons out to discover their thoughts and ideas. Learning the reasons might not change the course, but at least it gives you an opportunity to see from the other person's point of view. This information will help to open communications and to learn something about your organization from a different angle. It also takes some ammunition away that the other person may have used to criticize you or the leadership team.

    "The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge."
      --- Elbert Hubbard

Learning to see things from another's point of view opens up new perspectives. It gives you a chance to see different angles and to learn that your way is not always the best way. This is why the President of the United States and other leaders in the world depend on advisors. They seek counsel from others in order to get a well-rounded view of the situation or the problem at hand.

    "Sane and intelligent human beings are like all other human beings, and carefully and cautiously and diligently conceal their private real opinions from the world and give out fictitious ones in their stead for general consumption."
      --- Mark Twain

Obviously, your opinions do matter and it is important to voice them after careful consideration of your word choice, your timing, and your audience. Everyone has opinions and most are best kept unsaid. However, there are times when your opinion may be the voice of reason and should be shared. But, in most cases, the prudent act is to try to see things from the eyes of others before voicing an opinion that may cause harm.

    "I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
      --- Margaret Thatcher

In his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie said, "Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." The difficulty comes in holding our tongue. How often we look to find fault in others without considering their circumstances and the troubles they may be having in life. Sure, you may be right and your opinion correctly on the mark, but voicing it without consideration for the other person is just foolish.

    "Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions."
      --- Cullen Hightower

Sign World USA 2005
December 1-3
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Exhibits, seminars, and workshops at the world-class Atlantic City Convention Center. See virtually every product made for use in the manufacture of signs - from banners to the latest computer graphic design systems to crane and ladder trucks... all on display! Don't miss out: December 1 thru 3, 2005.

Feature Articles

Protect Yourself with, not the vinyl ones.
By Mark Battersby

Records are not an option, at least not if your sign operation hopes to survive and prosper. How, after all, can any professional monitor the progress of his or her sign business?
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LED Concourse Fascia: Lights, Motion and New Dimension in Signage
By Louis Brill

Take one sports stadium, a high-tech LED video display board complete with flashy programming displays, the stadium concourse frontage, a creative advertising program and carefully mix them all together. When the dust settles you have a totally blended, completely enclosed electronic display format that is half advertising and half entertainment and fully engaging to the audiences that watch it during game breaks.
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Awnings Provide Continued Growth and More Opportunities for Sign Makers
By Johnny Duncan

With new technology and advances in architectural design, awnings are providing a new source of revenue for sign professionals.
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The SGIA Digital Expo - Advertiser
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Phoenix, Arizona - December 8–10

Exciting technology, new products and imaging’s innovators come together for a cutting-edge exposition and first-rate conference. Join your digital community while you visit leading suppliers and compare flatbeds, ink, media, and more, side-by-side and face-to-face. Get the first-hand insight only SGIA can provide. Plan to attend today.

You'll find a highly-focused forum where you can immerse yourself in the digital imaging marketplace. Your technology and markets are moving fast, and to take advantage of all the opportunities you face, you need the type of insight only SGIA can provide.

Keep the Pace
Constantly-changing technology and ever-shifting markets is what digital imaging is all about, and it's what you'll experience at the SGIA Digital Expo. During three energetic days in Phoenix, you'll meet suppliers and users who are changing your business landscape.

Come Together
New technology, exciting applications & imaging's most successful innovators converge for a cutting-edge exposition hall and a first-rate conference program. See first-hand how technologies are changing your community and how your marketplace is making technology change.

Learn by Knowing
Your time at the SGIA Digital Expo is your time to make new contacts, shoot the breeze with old friends and generally plug into your network. Visit leading suppliers and evaluate your choices, side-by-side and face-to-face. Compare everything you need to win the digital imaging trifecta: speed, quality and profit margins.

New opportunities come to light when new markets and technologies come together. Join us at your digital community marketplace: SGIA Digital Expo.

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Funny Signs

At an optometrist's office:

    " If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

Sign in front of bankrupt store:

    "We Undersold Everybody"

On a Lutheran Church Sign in Lincoln, Nebraska:

    "Stop, Drop, and Roll Does Not Work in Hell"

Have you seen any funny signs lately? Why not share them with the world? Send your comments, suggestions, and hysterical observations to:

Product Showcases

Brightboard -Low Cost, High Impact, Easy to Use Digital Sign System
Brightboard™ is the first digital signage system to offer low cost, easy set-up and a simple update process in a stand-alone, solid-state package.
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Banner Blanks at Wholesale low as $2.19
2' X 6' (Finished size) 10 ounce Banner blanks with double stitched hems, Grommets every 2 Ft. Individually packed and available in: White, Yellow, Black, Red, Blue, Green. Most standard sizes readily available.
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The SGIA Digital Expo - Experience the Digital Community Marketplace...Phoenix, Arizona - December 8–10
Exciting technology, new products and imaging’s innovators come together for a cutting-edge exposition and first-rate conference. Join your digital community while you visit leading suppliers and compare flatbeds, ink, media, and more, side-by-side and face-to-face. Get the first-hand insight only SGIA can provide. Plan to attend today.
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New Ink Jet Media from IJ Technologies
IJ Technologies has introduced new media for solvent printers in widths up to 60 inches plus instant dry microporous papers, glossy waterproof banner, new economical waterproof Poly Banner II and Premium Edition Water Resistant Canvas.
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Rock Your Roland with New MAX Ink
Revolutionary ECO-SOL MAX ink is the world’s toughest, most advanced eco-solvent ink ever.
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Sign Industry News

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INDUSTRY ALERT- Street Graphics and the Law
By International Sign Association

Find the history and impact of Street Graphics and the Law and see its recent revised release in October will have an impact on your clients rights and your businesses future if we don't intervene.
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