21
Oct
2014

Dealing With Interesting Clientele

One of the areas that most people in Dallas Fort Worth don’t have to encounter everyday is dealing with the “less than stellar” people of the world, especially those who have no problem engaging in criminal behavior.  Taking it further, there is a sub-set of that universe where people can be accused of criminal behavior… and the nature behind those accusations may be false.

Talk about dealing with a different kind of human dynamic!

Nonetheless, that is what Patrick has to deal with everyday.  He is a criminal defense attorney and, furthermore, deals with military cases where soldiers are the target of false accusations by fellow soldiers or even superior officers.  This area of the world may seem to be “dirty” to most people.  It forces one, however, to view the world with less “rose-colored glasses” and understand many factors that come into play.

The reasons that you may better want to learn about some of these one day is to protect yourself and your family.  So many people have their “heads in the sand” and just don’t want to know these activities that are happening everyday.  If you talk with a criminal defense attorney one day, especially since the prosecution often is representing the local municipality or the State – sometimes even the federal government in terms of multi-state securities fraud or human trafficking – then you will find out some of the core principles about the ugly truths.

By learning what to be aware of, especially in terms of patterns to watch out for, you can better protect your family, yourself, and your financial interests.  Some of these dynamics which come into play are:

  • people with mental illness
  • the result of long-term abuse by family from a young age
  • corruption by officials
  • history of growing up in families where criminal activity is rewarded
  • humans who will stop at nothing to gain financial cash reserves
  • those who gain excitement and personal satisfaction at “duping” or deceiving others
  • protection of one’s image or ego
  • accusing others falsely in order to hide their own illegal activity
  • the inability to produce tangible results, thus pursuing a criminal path to achieve desired outcomes
  • many other factors
  • inability to achieve a lifelong dream, so fraud is needed to “show the world” what he/she accomplished something special even though, in reality, such never occurred

These forces work both in physical crimes (drug selling, trafficking, assaults, etc.) all the way to white collar crimes (e.g. mail fraud, medical fraud, etc.).

While this is not necessarily a fun topic to discuss, and the lay person is likely to have incorrect notions about these dynamics, it very well may be worth your time to understand more in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.  Hopefully you never deal with such people, or are falsely accused of such behavior, in your lifetime.  Nonetheless, this is one of those topics where it is better to have the knowledge rather than remain unaware.

24
Sep
2014

Black Tie Charity Events

A lot of people enjoy the concept of a black tie social event in the DFW Metroplex, especially when tied to some reputable charity.  The reasons why may help you in several areas, and not just socially.

They include:

  • In some manner, financially or otherwise, assisting people in need
  • Bringing awareness to a charity to people’s attention for the first time
    • By using a charity event you “meet people halfway” where you give them something they want (a fun night out on the town) in order to get something you want (awareness of the charity, donations, etc.)
  • A tax write-off (at least a portion so be sure to talk with your accountant or CPA about this)
  • Invitation to be social that your significant other may enjoy
  • The events usually are held in respectable venues where there is minimal risk to your physical security or risks to your car or other property
  • They usually have some form of security on site
  • Tapping into a formal setting tends to force people to act with some degree more of class and manners when out in public, above and beyond whatever levels they normally have when dressed casually
  • A chance to network for business
  • Those who are single have a more controlled setting where the opportunity to talk with somebody else can happen instead of in a crowded bar or dance floor
  • A setting where the ability to start conversations is more open and natural, such as a person’s involvement with the charity
  • Sometimes the “society pages” types of local publications are there to take pictures
  • Gives people an excuse to “play dress up”
  • Sometimes they have good food (!)
  • Usually a better-quality band or DJ to play music
  • More formal styles of dancing instead of just hip-hop
  • A chance to meet new friends
  • And… perhaps an opportunity to get inspired if you meet someone needing help is leading an inspiring life.  Imagine that!

 

I want to thank my friend Tony for helping me come up with some of the bullet points to compile this list.  If you have other benefits that people across DFW could find beneficial then feel free to share them with us.  Thanks!

24
Sep
2014

Soft Tissue Healing For Pain

One of the major problems with adults in the Dallas Fort Worth area is people in significant amounts of physical pain.  No matter how “in shape” they may look long-term injuries from athletics, genetic flaws in their bodies, injuries from falls or auto accidents or just being in inadequate physical condition people in the Metroplex are in a lot of physical pain.  This doesn’t even account the “emotional” element of the pain.

This often leads people to being on painkillers, abusing alcohol, using narcotics and other substandard ways to “cope” with the pain they experience each day.  This, of course, can affect your life in any number of ways:

  • Bosses on pain pills often make poor decisions which can affect your career and the lifestyle you offer to your loved ones
  • People using drugs or alcohol to cope with their pains can have affected driving which, in turn, can cause harm to you, your loved ones and your physical property
  • Some people mix alcohol and pain pills which can lead to attacks on you and your property
  • People might withdraw from society due to being in tremendous pain, often due to the inability to partake in activities that they truly enjoy
  • Physical pain can limit other activities to being in shape and, in turn, this can lead to worsening internal health

These are just some of the manifestations that high severity concerns such as neck pain, low back pain, migraine headaches, and other chronic pain in Dallas Fort Worth can wreak on you and your loved ones.

There are many methods to explore depending on your financial situation, insurance coverage plan, time availability, geographic convenience and personal tolerances.  The more traditional measures would be to visit an orthopedist, go to physical therapy or other suggestions by your doctor like dietary changes.  On the opposite end of the spectrum are the wide range of alternative health methods such as herbs, Rolfing, Reiki and other non-traditional methods.

In the middle is the use of chiropractic services.  Recent advances include the use of technology to overcome the fear of being “cracked” as well as technology to help with soft tissue (non-bone) issues.  These include the electrical muscle stimulation and cold light laser therapy methods.  For some videos on these technologies, and seeing them in use, then here are some which might be of interest.

23
Sep
2014

Learning To Box

Whether you love or hate the sport, you likely are familiar with the rudiments of the sport of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA).  One thing that many people would like to have in their “back pocket” is some form of ability to defend themselves; and others want to be in physical shape from an overall conditioning level – not just running endurance nor just weight training strength.

A way to accomplish both goals is to learn from an accomplished veteran in one the Dallas MMA gyms which also has trainers for boxing.  There are many factors to consider besides geographic convenience, price, hours when training is permitted and equipment.  Some of the other factors include:

  • experience of the head trainer
  • safety equipment and emphasis on safety during all training
  • licensing with appropriate governing bodies
  • a philosophy which is indicative of helping you become better at defending yourself
  • the success levels of students who started out in situations as close as possible to yours
  • fighting style(s) taught that match your goals

Some people also like training in a motivated group setting (versus small groups or individual training).  This is because they enjoy feeding off the energy from other students and/or they feel that the class’ intensity will hold them to a higher standard of discipline.  The expectations of the group often can help someone prevent from “slacking off” and putting in sub-standard effort.  Here is a video of such a boxing class in Dallas:

Be sure to find some sort of training facility which benefits your particular style.  Again, learning fighting styles is not for everyone.  If you are interested, however, consider the above points plus always talk with your medical professional before starting any new fitness-related activities.  This is especially true for something as intense as learning self-defense, MMA or boxing due to the high risks of injury during training or during the conditioning activities.

22
Sep
2014

Changing Up The Model Of Commercial Property Development

A recent business in the North Dallas/Plano area is attempting to make changes to the way certain types of commercial property development gets funded.  With the explosive growth in residential and commercial real estate development happening across the Metroplex, large companies with “retail” (or medical) locations elsewhere in the United States are likely looking to gain market share in this area.  Many of these companies are franchises for both traditional services (e.g. fast food and automobile services) as well as higher-end services (e.g. bank branches, tax preparation, or health-related).

The current business model for many commercial property developers forces the development company to incur several risks that are not just related to the actual physical structure.  Some of these risks include:

  • needing to scramble to get equity partners
  • securing bank financing
  • cost overruns
  • finding a broker to sell the property should the development company not want to keep the property for its portfolio
  • carrying costs while waiting for the buyer to purchase the property, including costs when dealing with typical property selling “headaches” related to the end buyer

This new business is one of the few companies which offers 100 percent commercial property development funding in Dallas Fort Worth (and elsewhere in Texas) should the strength of the tenant’s financial position be sufficient.

In essence, it is trying to spur growth in Metroplex commercial property development by removing many of the typical barriers and risks commonly associated with such deals.  This affects you because vacant land, zoned for commercial property, may then start showing signs of construction.  This may affect your everyday life due to new business coming to the area, increased tax revenues to the particular community, and possible new businesses who will want to sponsor local events such as children’s athletics, religious organization events, etc.

21
Sep
2014

Your Upcoming Experiences With Print Marketing

In the coming months, your experience with print advertising in the Dallas area may be enhanced by the technology you carry.  Although seen regularly, not many people use QR code technologies in everyday life due to having to download the app on their phones, scanning and not necessarily knowing what is going to happen after the code is scanned.  Some basic uses of QR codes in print marketing and advertising include having the phone app get you to:

  • visit a website
  • watch a video
  • download a vCard
  • download a white paper (PDF)
  • join a text (SMS) notification list
  • join an e-mail newsletter
  • a number of other actions

The next evolution of the QR code technology is the use of similar items to enhance brand/company awareness.  One of the experiential marketing agencies located in the Bishop Arts area of Dallas blends its artistic skills with technology to help companies and large organizations (such as museums) enhance the experience and make a definitive impression on the intended audience.  Here is one such example of this type of marketing for a “scooter” type of vehicle:

 

Notice the impact that a simple print ad now can have on your life when integrated with the technology you may already carry (e.g. a mobile tablet).  Hopefully you can begin to envision future applications of what can be done once the creative juices start flowing.  Traditionally-discarded print materials such as brochures, sports game programs, and much more now can be “revitalized” by matching up the technologies with defined “calls to action”.  More on this topic to be discussed in the future.