Archives for July 2014

Hot Baked Walleye Sandwich

A spicy new twist on a fish sandwich, takes just a few minutes to prepare, and about 20 minutes to cook.

2 Fresh Caught Walleye FilletsWalleyeSandwich
½ onion, sliced or chopped small
1 Roma tomato, sliced thin
3 cloves fresh garlic, sliced thin
1T flour
¼ t Black Pepper
1 t Cumin
1 t Paprika
1 t Chili Powder
¼ C Tartar Sauce
½ C shredded Mexican Cheese
2 Big Brat Buns
1 lime
  1. Shake fish fillets in a baggie with the flour and spices to cover.  Lay on lightly greased foiled pan.
  2. Cover with the onion, garlic and tomato.
  3. Place a sheet of foil on top.
  4. Cook at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  Fish is done when it is white and flaky.
  5. Cover brat buns with tartar sauce
  6. Place 1 fish fillet on each bun
  7. Arrange the tomato, onion and garlic across each fish fillet
  8. Sprinkle half the cheese on each sandwich
  9. Squeeze ½ of the lime on top of each fillet, and serve with chips

Makes 2 Sandwiches

 

 

 

 

The Art of Listening, Part 3–5 Steps to Becoming a Better, Active Listener

“Just because it popped into your head, doesn’t mean you should blurt it out.” 

How many times has someone cut you off in mid-sentence with some uttering, either relevant, or completely irrelevant to what you are trying to communicate?  How many times have you done it to someone else?

Sadly, most of us are acutely unaware that we even do it; and shockingly, some people actually believe it’s perfectly acceptable behavior. Some individuals live with the additional hardship of having medical issues that may intensify bad listening behavior, but the bottom line is,

Poor listening is unacceptable behavior.

How would you feel if in the middle of sharing your emotional, painful experience with someone the listener blurted out “oh, now there’s an outfit I could wear—how cute!”? Pretty rude, and insensitive, right?

What if, as you are looking for serious, specific feedback to a problem, the listener is constantly checking their IPhone messages, and clicking away?  Pretty rude and insensitive, right?

Or what if, as you tried to share your cliff hanging story, the listener kept interrupting you with statements about what you should do, or what they would do….all of it being inconsequential since the event already occurred?  Pretty rude, and insensitive, right?

In our ever-revolving “self” filled worlds, we often bull doze over others in their quest to simply share information, or tell their story.

For the person trying to speak, often, it pays to be proactive and pre-empt your “floor time” with a blanket statement to your listeners.  If you are not looking for an exchange of information throughout your communication, tell them straight out before you begin that you would like to share something in its entirety, asking everyone to hold all comments and questions until you have completed what you have to say.  Another, more abrupt response would be to simply stop talking.  Once your listeners realize you’ve stopped talking, politely suggest you continue with your information another time, when they are better able to listen.

In business situations, strong listening skills are especially critical.  It can be a costly mistake to interrupt a prospect who you are trying to garner business from.  If you ask your prospect a specific question, then interrupt them with everything you think you know about it and how you can solve their problem—you’ve just committed a heinous business crime. You’ve sent the message loud and clear that what they have to say is not as important as what you do.  Chances are, that person is not going to volley with you for the floor, or politely correct you.  Perhaps they become very quiet and reserved.  Or they look away, or smile and nod, and look at their watch.  You blew it.  You have come across as a “know it all”, made a terrible first impression, likely lost their attention, respect, and possibly the sale.

What can you do to make sure you are not perceived as a poor listener?  Put that ego aside. Begin practicing today, to improve your listening skills! The first thing to do is physically prepare to listen.  Take several deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth.  Are you calm?  Great.  Now check yourself at the door, and read on.

5 Steps To Active Listening

  1. Focus on the other person. Turn off the phone. Turn away from the TV, or any other distractions around you. If possible, face them in the same sitting or standing position they are in. Look them in the eyes as they speak to you, noting their expressions. Give an occasional nod to show them you are listening.
  2. Do Not Interrupt. Pay attention to the person talking and do not start “talking in your head” with possible arguments, suggestions, or comments and blurt them out. Do not allow yourself to wander off in the privacy of your mind with a conclusion while they are speaking to you. Do not decide you know how to solve it, what to do with it, or what they are about to say next. Commit to yielding the floor to them until they say they are done.
  3. Become completely “other-aware” and listen carefully to their words. You checked yourself at the door. Now it’s all about the speaker. Notice the inflection used as they speak. Are they being facetious? Are they being serious? When appropriate, ask open ended questions to clarify anything they said that you don’t understand, or want more detail about. Be aware of and listen for what they don’t say, as well as their actually stated message.
  4. Restate back to the person your understanding of what they said. “Is this what you mean?” “Did you say…?”
  5. Ask any lingering open ended questions for clarification, then present your response as appropriate. Continue to look for feedback from the other party, engaging them with eye contact, and gestures as appropriate.

Want to make a great impression? A very positive thing you can do as a result of active listening is come up with a discussion item list. Often a conversation will lead to a number of off shoot-topics that make for good additional conversations. Rather than try to dump them all into the main conversation, hold them aside on a list, and when appropriate, propose discussing one, or more of them at another time, if right then is not the right time. This is a sure fire way to demonstrate to the speaker what a good listener you are!

“Earlier you’d mentioned _ _ _ _ _, can you tell me more about it?”

As your active listening skills improve, you may come to find that in return, you receive a stronger listening audience as well. Having actually heard the whole message, you will have a deeper understanding of, and a better ability to, respond to situations and opportunities. People appreciate being heard. They appreciate clear feedback and action.

It is never too late to become the best listener you can be. Embrace the Art of Listening!

Contact PR Brady AdVentures for course offerings on Developing Active Listening Skills for you or your team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Special

It’s been a tough couple of months. It’s been a time of unexpected, tough day to day choices, struggling with problems, priorities, business, even my residence. But mostly, it’s been tough to see my hunting partner slowly declining, becoming weaker and weaker, trying so hard to cope with unfixable damn Osteo Sarcoma. BeyondSpecial4 It breaks my heart, watching him all day every day, knowing there is nothing I can do to stop it.  It certainly doesn’t help that everything in our house is up or down a flight of stairs.  It absolutely pains me to see him limp around.  I just can’t bear it.  But like a champ, he gimps on up those stairs.  Or down.  And then he sleeps.  Life seems to be all about just trying to get through a day with minimal strain on my poor boy.

Thank the Gods for the many friends that are here for me.  How comforting to know I matter to them on good days, and bad days. How wonderful to share good times and laughter, hard times and tears, always feel cared about. They are so thoughtful, and I so appreciate their genuine touching exchanges with Buddy. I am so lucky to have the caring friends I do.  And he is one spoiled dog…which is as it should be.

Just when I thought my circle couldn’t possibly be more abundent, I was given the most amazing gift for my birthday ever.

Actually, the amazing gift appeared just after the last traumatizing event in my life:  March of 2013, when I received the news about Mike Strandlunds unexpected death in the Philippines.  As I sat in a frenzy of panic attack grief at the end of the driveway of the home he and I shared for 10 years, a hard, sharp pain in the heart suddenly struck me and the next thing I knew, I was in the driveway of a most cherished friend I’d been estranged from for many years.

I promise it’s true what they say that true friendship, true bonds last forever no matter what.  No judging, no questions, no “WTF”…that girl took me into her arms and comforted me in my horrific sobbing grief as though we’d never been apart.

BeyondSpecial1Now, here I am, over a year later, simply overwhelmed by her incredible act of generosity on my birthday.  Buddy, the girls and I will be spending much of the remainder of the summer “on the lake”.   She and I just pulled my Toy Hauler up to her lake property.  It still seems to be to be somewhat of a dream.BeyondSpecial2

It’s been a hard day of work, weed whipping, analyzing, backing, and leveling. And of course, what would an adventure be without something going wrong with my Toy Hauler?  So yes—I will have to tow it to Bemidji Monday to see why the fridge doesn’t work after just 16 months.

But it’s been a great birthday.  We made some dinner, enjoyed a few adult beverages, BeyondSpecial3took Buddy for a very short walk, and now I am sitting here, cradling my good boy, looking out at the big waters of Leech Lake, so grateful for this special opportunity.  He lifts his head high, smelling the woods, the water, the grouse, then lays back down falling into deep, dog dream sleep. What a grand, glamorous way for our outdoors family to spend the remainder of his time together.  What an appropriate place to grieve for him after he is gone.

Throughout life, people pass through our worlds, touching us in different ways.  Some connect and stay, some simply pause, play for a while, and go.  There are people who, despite being present, actually were never there.  And then, once in a great while, if a person’s lucky, they may be graced with some who are beyond special.

Clearly I have been graced.  The depth and strength of unconditional love and friendship is astounding to experience.  Once again, the recipient of heartfelt selfless giving beyond my wildest dreams, realizing and reinforcing, how much I have to be thankful for in this life.

 

 

Inspiration Intake Hour

Thank you for being here on this page. It brings me great joy to be helpful to others and share my passion for life. I look forward to offering you a guided trip into an inspired, successful future. It all begins with a confidential, 1 hour meeting to uncover and define the initial situation that has brought you to PR Brady AdVentures. This special hour will generate a discussion regarding the scope of the potential project we will embark on together. Perhaps the project involves just you — or perhaps you are looking for assistance with your sales, customer service, or management team. You and I will discuss the issue or issues, and identify an initial plan to move forward with. You will come away with an enhanced perspective, and feel refreshed and hopeful.

Take that first step.  Message PR Brady AdVentures today to set up your Inspiration Intake Hour!

 

Inspiration Ignited—PR’s Personal Power Program

Now that you’ve taken that first step for yourself or your team with the intake session, it’s time to get to work! We agree to a commitment between you and I, over a period of time, to resolve the issue/s defined in our initial Inspiration Intake meeting. For an individual, this generally means meeting in person for 1 hour twice a month, phone meetings once a week, and periodic homework assignments communicated via email and phone. Some programs include embarking on an experiential journey for a day, or even multiple days. We will identify the best plan for your Power Program needs. Some of my more popular programs center around topics like:

  • Individual Brand Development
  • Career/Employment Coaching
  • Superior Sales Strategies
  • Managing Difficult People and Situations
  • Customer Service Excellence

The key here is, there isn’t one cookie cutter set of steps to insert into all situations. Your program will be uniquely designed just to fit you and your needs. It may even involve bringing in additional resources. While our commitment can take as long as it needs to, things generally fall into place within an 8 week program for individuals. For business groups and teams, the scope and timeframe can vary extensively depending on the specific needs.

To get started your own Personal Power Program, message PR Brady AdVentures to set up your Inspiration Intake Hour today.

Discovery Day!

Tired of the same old, same old? They say the definition of insane is when you keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Got some insanity in your life? On the Job? With the team? STOP THE MADDNESS and schedule a Discovery Day!

You deserve a day all about getting away from your routine and finding out something new about you! Experience an “ah ha” moment about yourself, build your confidence, step out of your comfort zone, expand your boundaries and maybe discover your life passion! Break away from the routine for a day of participating in an activity or two, combined with thoughtful, gentle discussion in a safe, comfortable setting. Start the process of making new and better choices. These experiences can be scheduled for individuals, social groups, and corporate groups.   The opportunities are endless for discovering new and exciting things about you!

Message PR Brady AdVentures to discuss the options to provide you or your team a positively fabulous Discovery Day!

 

Discovery Adventure Trip!

The ultimate getaway to rest, rejuvenate and reinvent yourself!

Embark upon an adventure for a weekend or a week, all about getting away from your routine and finding out new things about you!  Experience “ah ha” moments about yourself, build your confidence, step out of your comfort zone, expand your boundaries and maybe discover your life passion!

A short or long trip jam packed full of fun–participating in healthy, creative, interesting or downright challenging activities, combined with thoughtful, gentle discussions in safe, comfortable settings. Trips can be scheduled for individuals, social groups, and corporate groups.   The opportunities are endless for discovering new and exciting things about you!

Message PR Brady AdVentures to discuss the options and opportunities that will provide you or your team an amazing Discovery Adventure Trip!

Winter Glamping Adventures

 

LET’S GO WINTER CAMPING…………

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WITHOUT

GETTING

COLD!

 

 

GatorAdventureWhat are you going to do in January, February or even March?

Watch the snow fall? Shovel? Crank up the heat?

Rent movies or flip channels on those long cold nights?

Count the days before the snow is gone?

 

ManateeMagicWouldn’t it be fun to pack a suitcase with shorts, Tees and sandals, hop a flight to somewhere south, get picked up at the airport, and be brought to a ready-made campsite complete with modern amenities and a week jam pack full of fun activities to choose from?

And all you have to do is get there?

 

HorsinAroundSwim, Snorkel, Kayak, Canoe, Fish, Hike, Manatee and Whale watch, Airboat rides, Sight Seeing, Festivals, Outdoor Music, Horseback Rides, Wine Tastings, and oh so much more…….

Or, heck, just hit the beach and get to work on your tan!

 

 

WindsurfingJoin one of my organized group trips or schedule your own private adventure with me!

Send a message now if you have specific dates in mind and would like PR Brady AdVentures to build your own personal Glamping Adventure this winter.*

 

 

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REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON

FOR 2017-18 Winter/Spring ADVENTURE Packages:

 

SailingWine Tour and Camping Trip December 6 – 10 2017 

Palm Tree Holiday  December 24 – Jan 1 2018

Suwannee River Canoe Camp Trip March 25 – 11 2018

Mammouth Cave Park Camping and Bourbon Trail Tour April 6 – 12 2018

OceanSet*Have the perfect warm weather get-away trip created for you.  The opportunities are endless for exploring the Sunshine state. Get your custom adventure started before the snow starts to fly!  This is the perfect winter destination for individuals, couples, groups and leadership teams to get out of the cold and into the warm, jam packed with an adventure experience made just for you!Dinner

 

Contact me TODAY for more information!

Or to discuss additional trip options, and receive complete trip information, pricing and registration on future trips. Let’s plan the adventure of your dreams.

Life is an adventure!   With a life time of experience in the outdoors, one of my biggest joys is to coordinate trips for individuals and groups to places that enrich their souls. I invite you to contact me to create an amazing outdoors adventure just for you.  Please feel free to share this with others who may find meaning and value in exploring the limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures.

Wilderness Adventure Trips

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Gateway to an Extraordinary, Wild, Adventure!

 

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Release the stress
Challenge yourself physically
Relish the solitude
Simplify your routine
Listen to the call of the Loon
Get in touch with your inner, outdoor self
Refresh, renew, and revive

 

Experience a world without human influence. An ancient, uninterrupted wilderness that few make the effort to visit. Breathtaking views, pristine lakes and streams, abundant wildlife and memories to cherish a lifetime.

Escape to Serenity!

Picture yourself immersed in a landscape of still, glass like waters and majestic, tall pine trees; a rich wilderness, with blueberry lined banks.  Your paddle cuts into the lake like a knife, effortlessly, as you glide across to the next portage.  Hear the haunting cry of the loon echoing across the lake, the howl of the wolf.  Perhaps see a moose or black bear wading on the shoreline, and maybe, just maybe at night, catch a glimpse of the mystical, magical Northern Lights in the star studded skies, or hear the occasional SPLASH of beavers slapping their tails on the top of the still waters.

The BWCA is quoted as one of National Geographic Traveler magazines “50 Places Of A Lifetime”, a list of the world’s top “must see” destinations, and is on almost every conservationists bucket list.  This is an extremely remote and protected area; a vast preserve of lakes and woods that spans over 100 miles along the Minnesota/Canadian border, filled with staggering, natural beauty.  Over 1 million acres in size, the BWCA contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, over 1,000 lakes, rivers and streams linked by trails called “portages”, and over 2,000 designated campsites. It’s the ultimate nature experience.

You deserve a wilderness retreat.  Schedule an amazing adventure week of paddling, camping, exploring, and fishing Fishingin the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with me.

When we push off onto the first lake, we will leave civilization behind—no more city lights and sounds, electricity, stores, crowds, or cares.  Clear your mind, enrich your soul, feel the solitude of the earth and become one with nature.

You will have the opportunity to see abundant wildlife in its natural habitat, and make the journey with a skilled traveler that knows the area—hey, that’s me!  I take care of all the details around our trip, so you can focus on having an amazing week.

This trip is perfect for any individual looking to fulfill a personal challenge in a majestic wilderness setting.  It’s ideal for small groups, and management retreats.  Each trip is custom designed for the group to deliver the epic experience you’re looking for.

Trip group sizes, timeframes,  and access points are limited.  CONTACT me to discuss additional trip options, and receive complete trip information, pricing and registration for  future trips. Let’s plan the adventure of your dreams.

NOW TAKING REGISTRATIONS FOR JUNE AND JULY 2018 TRIPS—CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS!

Life is an adventure!   With a life time of experience in the outdoors, one of my biggest joys is to coordinate trips for individuals and groups to places that enrich their souls. I invite you to contact me to create an amazing outdoors adventure just for you.  Please feel free to share this with others who may find meaning and value in exploring the limitless possibilities with PR Brady AdVentures.

 

Cagin’ Catfish

South Dakota Catfish sure are clean and tasty!  This fish recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare, and about 20 minutes to cook. It’s great with a side dish of greens.

Fish

2 Fresh Caught Catfish Fillets

½ onion, sliced or chopped small

1 Roma tomato, chopped small

3 cloves fresh garlic, sliced thin078

¼ t Black Pepper

1/2 t Cumin

1/2 t Cayenne Pepper

 

Rice*

½ C brown rice

½ C basmati rice

2 Chicken Boullion Cubes

2 T butter

  • Place rice in rice cooker* with crushed cubes, butter, and water (about ½ inch over the top) and cook.
  • Sprinkle both sides of the fish fillets with the 3 spices to lightly cover.
  • Lay fillets on lightly greased foiled pan.
  • Cover with the onion, garlic and tomato.
  • Once rice is more than half ways cooked:
  • Cover fillets with foil and cook at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  Fish is done when it becomes flaky.

Plate cooked fillets on bed of rice, arrange tomato-onion mix on top.  Serve with your favorite greens.

Serves 2