Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

Motivational Speaker

Self-Published Author Succeeds in Getting into Bookstores

Filed under: I'll Do It Myself: The Book, Motivation — by Glenda at 10:24 am on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. — Thomas Edison

I’ll Do It Myself by Glenda Watson Hyatt

When I was a young girl with the occasional bit of pocket money, I bought books such as Black Beauty and Alice in Wonderland at a small independent bookstore Black Bond Books. I dreamt that one day my book would be on those bookshelves too.

Last year, while I was still writing the manuscript for I’ll Do It Myself, I emailed Black Bond Books and asked if they accepted self-published books. (In hindsight, that was probably not the best way to ask the question.) The response was they typically don’t accept self-published works. Disappointed but not surprised because I was learning the self-published book was the illegitimate child of the publishing industry, I continued writing and proceeded with my plan to self publish my autobiography.

More recently and with encouragement from the Surrey Writers Group, I asked again if Black Bond would consider my book. This time I focused on the book’s message rather than on how it was published. After a delay of a few months and a gentle reminder from me, the response was positive! It was another “fall on my knees” moment along this book writing and self-publishing journey.

Yesterday I dropped off ten copies, which they are taking on consignment and will evaluate in sixty days. I’ll Do It Myself will be in local stores in time for Christmas! Please let Black Bond know they made a good choice!

Some times a “No” is not the final answer. “No” doesn’t necessarily mean failure. Some times you need to ask again, perhaps in another way or another person or at another time. Being persistent and driven, without being annoying, leads to success!

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Celebrating Liz Strauss

Filed under: Blogging, I'll Do It Myself: The Book — by Glenda at 12:12 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Blogger extraordinaire Liz Strauss is a kind, gentle soul who thrives on building relationships and connecting people. Promptly responding to any and all emails, it is as if she lives inside your computer. She honours successful and outstanding bloggers, including yours truly, with her SOB Award.

Liz inspired me to open Readers’ Café as a way to build relationships and community among my readers. And, she kindly guided me around the potential pitfalls of such an initiative.

Today we celebrate Liz! Her Successful and Outstanding Blog is two years old, and, typical fun-loving Liz style, she is having a party! Please stop by and wish her a happy blog birthday!

Fully in the party mood, I am giving everyone a party favour: an excerpt edition of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself. (Left click to open the free pdf or right click to ‘Save As’ to your computer.)

Wishing you a very happy birthday, Liz, my friend!

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Hiring People with Disabilities is Expensive: Myth Busted

Filed under: Living with a disability, Work — by Glenda at 1:59 pm on Monday, October 22, 2007

A pile of cash
(Photo credit: Stephen Hyun)

In the United States, October is National Disability Employment Month: a month devoted to increasing public awareness of the contributions and skills of employees with disabilities. In this day of labour shortages in various sectors, unemployment of people with disabilities still remains high at approximately 45%, according to the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The unemployment rate of Canadians with disabilities is equally as high.

People with disabilities face many false stereotypes and myths when searching for employment. One such myth is accommodating a person with a disability in the workplace is expensive. With this in mind, I would like to share the special equipment and technology that I use during my work day (many of which I demonstrate using in my video):

  • A standard keyboard without additional keys above the function keys so that I can glide my hand along the top to steady my hand while typing. (Keyboards without the additional multimedia and internet keys are becoming harder to find.)
    (Cost $20)
  • An Esterline Joystick gives me greater control than with a mouse. (Cost $600)
  • Words+ EZ Keys software for word prediction and completion to save me a bit of typing. (Cost $695)
  • TextAloud softwarefor proofreading my writing and for converting text into mp3 audio files when I give presentations. (Cost $30)
  • NeoSpeech’s Kate is my voice. (Cost $35)
  • Skype provides me with another means of communication. I can use either the text chat while the other speaks or texts, or I can use my webcam while speaking (people understand Glenda-ish better when they can see me speak) and then I use the text feature when we get stuck on a word or two. (free when chatting with other Skype users)
  • The total cost of the extra technology I use is approximately $1380. Putting this into perspective, is this amount any more than signing bonuses or car allowances offered to other potential employees?

    According to the Job Accommodation Network, the average cost to accommodate an employee with a disability is $500. (I’m above average!) Some funding and tax incentives are available to cover these costs.

    Myth: It is expensive to accommodate people with disabilities in the workplace. BUSTED!

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Readers’ Cafe Shares Stories Around the Fire

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by Glenda at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Longhouses at the ‘Ksan Historic Village

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share. Today we are visiting ‘Ksan Historic Village near Hazelton, in northwest British Columbia.

Inside a longhouse

Please help yourself to a warm beverage of your choice and join us around the fire. Then sit back and join in the conversation by posting comments below. Don’t be shy.

Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Sitting in this home of yesteryear, experiencing another culture, another way of life of long ago and not so long ago, one begins pondering one’s own history and culture.

Today’s conversation starter is:

Where do you come from? Do you have a story from your personal history or culture that you would like share? Or, another experience you would like to share or another question you would like to ponder around the crackling fire?

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Left Thumb Blogger Honoured with Talking Stick

Filed under: Living with a disability — by Glenda at 10:43 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Holding the prestigious talking stick in a longhouse in ‘Ksan Village

I have safely returned from Smithers and points beyond. The months of work by the SPARC staff paid off; there were no transportation barriers and all of the accessible washrooms exceeded doable. (Darrell and I have concluded doable washrooms aren’t completely accessible washrooms, but when nature is calling loudly, they are accessible enough to be doable!)

Thursday’s community dialogue focusing on accessible transportation, accessibility for Aboriginal communities, and access to civic engagement in rural areas was well attended and was quite an eye-opener. I won’t bemoan (as loudly) when it takes Darrell and me nearly six hours for our 1.5 hour martial arts class; at least there is a way we can get there, which is more than people in the rural communities have.

Following our Board meeting on Friday afternoon, an accessible bus, which took months to arrange, took us up to the ‘Ksan Historic Village. We toured several of replicated longhouses of the Gitxsan people. In the Wolf House (the feast hall), I was given the honour of holding the beautifully carved talking stick, which I thought was ironic yet symbolic. I view this blog as my talking stick.

We then enjoyed an Aboriginal feast of moose, halibut, smoked salmon, stuffed salmon, turnip, herring roe and oolichan (also known as the “candlefish”). After hearing much about the oolichan in my First Nations courses, I, of course, had to try it. One bite was all I could managed, which later proved to be one bite too much. But I appreciate having the opportunity to experience it.

Thanks to the SPARC staff ’s effort and persistent calls, I was able to see a corner of the province that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17th, 4-7pm pacific time for Readers’ Café. We may have a special guest in the house, if I can convince/coerce her to join the conversation. See you tomorrow.

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