A good example is your phone charger.
But…an even better example is your…
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Performance Improvement IDEAS
(PI Squared) Newsletter
Monday 29th January 2018
NB: This PI Squared newsletter will be published weekly, on Mondays, in place of the Speaking/Web Marketing IDEAS newsletter, starting from today – 15th February 2016. I’m reinventing my Monday newsletter content and theme, to accommodate my vision of serving the growing audience of serious minded individuals and organizations reaching out to me, with information, education. news and research findings designed to help them do what they do better.
PII 103: One Travel Accessory You Should NOT Travel Without [Read THIS to Get IT FREE]
Travel accessories are a key requirement for problem free trips. If you leave home without some essential ones, your trip may end up being more of a nightmare – especially if you’re unable to find a good replacement.
A good example is your phone charger.
But…an even better example is your Power Bank – especially for people in my part of the world!
Since you’ll often be more on the road, than not, chances are good that you may not have ready access to electricity needed to powering your mobile devices – which, in today’s world are essential tools for optimal productivity in virtually every area of life.
The above is why having a ready and reliable means of charging your devices as you journey to your destination(s) is something you need to give careful consideration to.
In the course of my travels as a location independent multipreneur, I’ve learnt how important a good charging source can be to staying connected.
Even when one is not traveling, the ability to keep your mobile device ON is one that most people go out of their way to ensure they develop – for obvious reasons!
So, you see many carrying chargers and power banks of all kinds around with them.
This is an especially common sight in a place like Nigeria, where epileptic or even no power supply tends to be more of the norm than the exception. So, people are often on the lookout for every opportunity they can get to charge their devices.
Not doing so would make them stand the risk of losing valuable opportunities in their personal and work lives.
Take my case for example.
I once needed to transfer funds from an account to another that was linked to the debit card I wished to use at the ATM to cash money.
It was around 1p.m and I was at the ATM premises of the bank I used. Unfortunately, for me, the battery on my Smartphone (which has been flashing almost empty) finally shut down just as I tried to compose the SMS code to make the transfer!
When this happened, I almost panicked, since getting the funds was necessary for me to be able to continue towards my destination, where I was to keep an appointment to train a user who’d traveled down from outside the state, after purchasing my Feed Formulation Software and Handbook.
I owned a normal power bank that is charged using electric power supply (be it public or generator), but it was already drained…AND since there was no available place I could plug it into, like the phone, there was no way I could use it.
Out of desperation, I spoke to the security guard about finding a place I could connect my phone charger to boost the battery a bit.
But he told me there was no place I could do that where he was.
I looked around in frustration, and tried to think – hard. My mental attitude of never giving up, and always trying to think of viable alternative ways to achieve my intended purpose kicked in.
All of a sudden, I remembered that I had in my bag another power bank that was solar powered!
Quickly reaching into my bag, I brought it out, and soon located a convenient spot to place it for maximum sunlight exposure. Thankfully, the sun was really out on that day.
At this point, I knew everything was likely to soon be okay.
TIP: This comforting feeling came from my recollection of a day when I was traveling back to Lagos from Cotonou, while expecting an important call.
My phone battery was almost out of power, so I had places the Solar Power Bank on the dashboard (front passenger side) of the taxi I was in.
Then I’d connected my phone USB cable to the power bank, and watched it get charged at the same time as the power bank was storing sunlight as energy.
This made it possible for me to keep the phone on, and NOT have to wait till the power bank was charged up to some lower limit.
As a result, even though my phone battery had almost shut down when we took off for Lagos, I was able to take a call I was expecting, without worrying that it would shut down.
On that day at the bank, it took the Smartphone battery about 20 minutes to come alive enough to get a signal and allow me send the SMS to effect the funds transfer.
Over the years I’ve noticed that it pays to keep a simple and small “battery economizing” phone (like the nifty double SIM Nokia shown in the photos below) as a backup for when one is on the road.
This is mainly for times when one’s bigger and more battery hungry Smartphone runs out of juice.
When you’re traveling, functionality and expedience will sometimes take precedence over the need to use the pretty features available with advanced devices!
This is why I’ve used my small Nokia phone in the photos to show the Solar Power Bank in use.
Do NOT however take it to mean it cannot charge bigger devices. It CAN.
For instance, I’ve used it to power my Blackberry, a relative’s Galaxy Tablet, and even another power bank with absolutely no problems whatsoever.
Yes. This solar power bank is THAT powerful (and as a result it’s NOT cheap!)
My point, is however that using it with a smaller device when you’re on the road, can ensure you can stay connected LONGER, and that if your battery shuts down, you can get back up and running FASTER.
When you get back to “civilization” (i.e., places where you are sure of access to enough electricity for your charging needs), you can then switch your SIM card back to your Smartphone or other more advance mobile device.
That’s what I do anyway, and I’ve found it keeps me optimally productive.
Interestingly, small phones like the one in the photo are getting better at providing Internet enabled access.
For instance, mine lets me check my emails and Facebook quite easily – it’s just a smaller and simpler interface, but it works!
Another thing I absolutely LOVE about this solar power bank is the powerful fluorescent it has on the other side to the solar panel.
Even after it no longer has enough juice to charge my phone, it’s given me massive return for my investment in it by providing excellent lighting at night or in dark places I’ve had to be.
The best quality of this device is however its durability/longevity.
Since I bought the first one I ever used in 2015, the one in the photo is the 3rd I’m buying.
But guess what? I’ve NEVER had to throw any away due to a fault or damage.
The first one got left behind in a Lagos Tricycle by my kids when we went on an outing. It still worked perfectly despite being badly scarred on the outside.
It had taken countless falls – without getting damaged – for over a year when that happened.
Sadly, the shop that sold that first one to me had run out of stock by the time I went back to them.
It took me time to find a reliable source to buy a replacement from (there are fake versions or copies in the market, so one needs to be careful) – and I only found the right place about 6 months ago.
Last week, I gave THAT second one to my daughter as a gift (so she and her siblings could use to charge their phones and also for lighting at night) and I bought the new one shown in the photos here.
I took that decision because I want to offer useful resources like this solar power bank to travel minded enthusiasts I intend to attract to DiscoverCotonou.com – the new Travel Website I’m launching.
Join DiscoverCotonou.com as a member and I’ll send you THIS Solar/Electricity Driven Power Bank and Fluorescent Lamp as a FREE Gift!
Below: Key Features of the Solar Power Bank/Charger & Fluorescent Lamp [Also Charges Using Electricity]
- Solar panel on one side – for charging in direct sunlight e.g. you can charge on car dashboard while you drive or outside the house while you’re indoors.
- Electricity input point for charging using current from public electricity supply.
- Solar powered fluorescent lamp on opposite side/face
- Long lasting. High Capacity :> When full, it charges my Smartphone twice. > Even after it no longer has enough juice to charge your phone/device, the residual power allows you use the powerful fluorescent lamp for hours!
- Intelligent power management solution, soft switch button, steady and high efficiency
- Works with most types of mobile phones and digital products wu9ch have USB cable connector
- Provides several different charging adaptors e.g. iPhone/iPad/iPod/MP3/MP4/GPS/Cell Phone Bluetooth device, some tablet PC and other digital products
- Possesses precise IC protector to safely prevent overcharging, over discharging, and short circuit.
Excel-VB Driven Ration Formulator
1. Click here to learn more about this app – watch demo videos etc
2.Click here to watch a 4 part video in which I demonstrate how to use this app to formulate rations using real life data sent to me by an Algerian PhD student.
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EXCEL-VB DRIVEN POULTRY LAYER FARM MANAGER SOFTWARE
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New posts from last week*
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Tayo K. Solagbade*
Self-Development/Performance Improvement Specialist and Multipreneur
*Best Practice Farm Business Support Specialist & Founder of the MS Excel Heaven Visual Basic Automation Club and Competition
Mobile: +234-803-302-1263 (in Nigeria) or +229-66-122-136 (in Benin Republic)
Tayo K. Solagbade is a Location Independent Performance Improvement Specialist and Multipreneur (i.e. a highly versatile/multi-skilled entrepreneur), with a bias for delivering Best Practice solutions to Farm Businesses and others.
Since 2002, he has earned multiple streams of income providing individuals and organizations with personal development training and coaching, custom MS Excel-VB solutions, web marketing systems/ web hosting, freelance writing services, and best practice extension support services (for farm business owners).
Tayo is the author of the Self-Development (SD) Bible™ and the popular Livestock Feed Formulation Handbook. He is also the developer of its accompanying Excel-VB driven Ration Formulator™ and the Poultry Farm Manager™ software.
He has delivered talks/papers to audiences in various groups and organizations, including the Centre for Management Development, University of Lagos, Christ Baptist Church, Volunteer Corps, Tantalisers Fast Foods and others.
In May 2012 he was the Guest Speaker at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development’s Annual Semester Entrepreneurial Lecture at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.
On 1st April 2013, Tayo (who reads, write and speaks the French language) relocated to Cotonou, Benin Republic to begin slowly traveling across the West African region.
His key purpose is to deliver talks, seminars and workshops on his key areas of focus and interest to interested audiences (Email tayo at tksola dot com for details).
In a previous life, before leaving to become self-employed, Tayo served for seven years (October 1994 to December 2001) as a high performing manager in Guinness Nigeria. He rose from Shift Brewer to Training & Technical Development Manager, and later acted in senior roles as Production Manager and Technical Manager.
In addition to constantly challenging the status quo and influencing positive work changes, he built a reputation for using self-taught spreadsheet programming skills (starting with Lotus 1-2-3, and later moving to Excel Visual Basic) – in his spare time – to develop Automated Spreadsheet Applications to computerize manual report generation processes in the departments he worked. Over four(4) of his applications were adopted for brewery level reporting.
Tayo holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Extension Services from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, having graduated top of his class – with Second Class Upper Division honors – in 1992. He is an Associate Member of the UK Institute & Guild of Brewing, a 1997 National Finalist of the Nigerian Institute of Management’s(NIM) Young Managers’ competition, a Certified Psychometric Test Administrator for Psytech UK, innovator of Spontaneous Coaching for Self-Development™ (SCfS-D™), and Founder of the Self-Development Academy (SDAc).
When he’s not amazing clients with his superhuman skills (wink), Tayo works as the creative force behind his Daily Self-Development Nuggets blog – on which he also publishes The Farm CEO Weekly Newspaper (sent via email to paid subscribers) and his Weekly Performance Improvement IDEAS newsletter.
Visit Tayo Solagbade Dot Com, to download over over 10 performance improvement resources to boost your personal and work related productivity.
On 4th May 2014, Tayo’s 9 year old domain (Spontaneousdevelopment dot com), which hosted his website, was taken over by Aplus.net.
Within a few days however, Tayo used his advanced self-taught web development skills to build a SUPERIOR “reincarnation” of it the website http://www.tayosolagbade.com.
But updates are still ongoing to URLs bearing the old domain name in most of the over 1,000 web pages, and blog posts he’s published.
If you experience any difficulties finding a page or document, email Tayo at tksola dot com.
Click “Tayo, What Happened to SpontaneousDevelopmentDotCom ?” to read a detailed narrative about how the above event occurred :-))
Here’s an article Tayo wrote, to inspire others to defy adversity, and bounce back to even greater reckoning at what they do EVERY time:
(TayoSolagbade.com launches extra Hosting plan with FREE Web Marketing!)
And he wrote the one below, to explain why losing a domain name, no matter how old, NO LONGER determines your online success or otherwise:
A Proven Strategy to Find Profitable Buyers Regardless of Your Domain Name