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I love acronyms. Anyone that knows me knows that if I am trying to learn something or trying to remember steps to a procedure, I will create an acronym for it.

Big businesses use them, small businesses use them, and we find them in how-to books all the time.

I was in the third grade when I fell in love with acronyms. My teacher was teaching the class how to remember the five great lakes. She gave us the acronym – HOMES. So when the question – Name the five great lakes appeared on the test – Nailed it! Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior, just rolled off my tongue. (Uh – rolled off my pencil). From that time onward, I was hooked on acronyms.

Today, I use acronyms in my business. When working with clients or when presenting a workshop or training, I will share acronyms. My acronyms are excellent memory aids for recalling steps to getting things done. They are set up to be time savers. Rather than choosing a bunch of words to make up an acronym, they are always related to the subject. For example, if a client is dealing with a lot of paper clutter, I will choose the acronym, P.A.P.E.R. I will then ask the client to create five piles for each letter and sort in the following order. Office Worker with Mountain of Paperwork

Pass it on (If it’s not yours, pass it on)

Act on (Put it in your Daily Activity Folder, Pending/tickler file)

Put away (File it)

Eliminate (File 13)

Read (Put material in a read folder)

Can you imagine the amount of stress that is eliminated knowing what to do with each piece of paper on your desk, and the time saved looking for misplaced documents all because you have a system in the form of an acronym?

Now, why am I using my first article to talk about acronyms? Because you will find in many of my articles to follow they will be loaded with acronyms, such as, when the trust has been breached with a customer, how do you regain their TRUST? How can you give your customers the RESPECT they expect each time every time? Or, have you ever wondered if it is possible to conduct a SIMPLE and PEACEFUL meeting?

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