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Website getting facelift!


I’m giving my website a Fall cleaning before the snow starts to fly in Minnesota.

I have been wanting to update my homepage and website, and I’m starting now.

It’s not yet done, with more fine adjustments on the way.

Best wishes,


At home in Minnesota

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Jannet Walsh, Minnesota Native Daughter in 2010

In 2010 I connected with Garrison Keillor with my iPhone from Murdock at the Minnesota State Fair.
(Click here to listen to the audio. My questions are located near the end of the recording.)

In the past few years I’ve been adjusting to my old home state in Minnesota, and finding my way.

Here’s a video I just posted about the end of summer and Minnesota.

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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at

Shooting video: Travel, business, everyday

Photo by Jannet Walsh, ©2014 Jannet Walsh, All Rights Reserved.

Photo by Jannet Walsh, ©2014 Jannet Walsh, All Rights Reserved.

By Jannet Walsh
Here’s a video I created with a few tips for shooting video you can use for travel, business or everyday. Let me know if you have any questions.

Just click on photo above or video below to start learning! That’s Wee Bobby in the photo.

Best wishes,
Jannet Walsh

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Job interview: Break the treadmill process

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View recent video publshed by Jannet Walsh, “My home, Minnesota” of her native state.

By Jannet Walsh
©2014 Jannet Walsh

There’s a cycle searching for a job that’s like being a hamster on a treadmill.

Learning how to take care of yourself and your job search process is required to stay focused and healthy while searching for work.  Just like an athlete, you have to have a quick recovery period when the outcome is not positive, meaning you didn’t get the job.  If the outcome is great, then you will be celebrating about your new job or maybe even the start of a new career.

Recovering after job interview

Below are a few ideas they I employ during a job search that you might find helpful.  If you have tips to share, please do, so we all can learn!

1.  First, you did not fail, the employer just failed to select you. In other words, it’s the company’s lost opportunity to hire someone that’s talented, like you.  The employer just didn’t get you, along with your skills, talents and potential.

What really might be happening – Remember, the employer might already had someone selected, meaning they knew the person they were going to hire, but went through the motions before you were even called for the interview or before you even wrote a thank you immediately after the job interview.   The process is not perfect, and that’s the way it is.  I’d say all is fair in love, war and even job interviews.

2.  If you were interviewed, call the employer to ask what skill, talent or experience you were missing so you can be qualified the next time you apply for the job.  I even call the employer to ask why I wasn’t interviewed so I can be ready for the next opening.
It’s important to note that you just listen to the response as they make suggestions on how to improve your career and potential future employment with their organization.  Don’t question or interrupt, simply say thank you, and move on.

This will tell you a lot about the organization you thought you wanted to work for.  I have heard all kinds of responses from ‘not having enough Minnesota experience’ to ‘if I hire you, you might try to take my job.’ (Yes, really, from a man that was extremely very tall!)

The response from a nonprofit in Minnesota that helps underprivileged families build homes was maybe the worst, as I couldn’t understand the executive as she mumbled something, and I when I asked her to repeat, she just became nasty.   The lesson learned is how gracious are employers delivering bad news and do I still want to work with this person or the organization.

In the case of another company I interviewed with recently, the candidate, not me, was selected in less than 24 hours of my job interview, meaning the company most likely didn’t get a chance to read my thank you notes, sent to three people I met during the interview, what you should do after an interview.

From the same interview, I received a rejection email sent by one person, but the actual body of the email was from another person, not even present for my job interview.  It was confusing as I didn’t know why another person would be emailing someone else’s email.  It made me think it was not authentic.

Employer tip:  If you send out a rejection email, have the employee’s email match the person that writes and signs their name to the email.  If not, it adds to confusion in the process of a rejection email, and also looks like you and your company just don’t have the process down in a professional way.

3.  Keep looking for job openings, use your contacts for networking
Enlist your family, friends, friend’s of family, friend’s of friends, and anyone you come across along the way.  Make sure you thank them, even send them a thank you email or a real note with your business card in the mail.  Besides, the thank you note or email will be the way you can be contacted with they hear of job openings.

4.  Most Important step:  Do something that has nothing to do with looking for wor
You might need a nudge to forget the last job rejection.

It’s the ‘not doing what you need to do so you can the job done activity’ that is required.  Simply put, give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work, and take a break from looking for work, at least for the rest of the day.  It’s like refueling so you can carry on the job of looking for work.

Activities might include:  Hiking, visiting friends or family, go shopping, cooking your  favorite meal, or just treat yourself to your favorite tea or coffee.

Just be creative, take up your favorite hobby or find a new interest to keep you positive and ready for the next ride on the job search treadmill.

Final Thoughts – Always take the highroad.  If you meet with the executive that gets nasty while trying to learn how you can be better prepared for the next interview, just say thank you, then shout for joy, after you hang up the phone, that you didn’t get hired by someone that doesn’t know how to handle a difficult, but necessary conversation regarding employment.

About the author:
Jannet Walsh loves cutting-edge innovation and using new technology to engage people’s attention in today’s social media world. Her videos have aired on CNN, CNN iReport, HLN, and elsewhere. With a background as a New York Times Company staff photographer, you can find her latest multimedia work at

Jannet is also a Certified Life and Career Coach, Certified Life and Career Coach with training by Jay Block, Executive Career Coach and author,

Goal Zero Portable Solar Panel Review

This review was orginally published at

By Jannet Walsh, Contributor 


Jannet Walsh

While camping last year at a primitive campsite along the North Shore of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minn., I realized I needed a power source or a portable solar panel to power my iPhone 5S and camera batteries.

It took me about a year to find a solution — with stumbles along the way — but it appears I’ve solved the problem with a portable solar panel kit called the Nomad 7M.

Finding the right product took some time. The first portable solar panel I tried was the Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 12V Solar Battery Charger ($199) purchased at REI in Bloomington, Minn. I tried three times to charge my iPhone 5S with no luck, so back to the store it went!  (REI has a great return policy, especially if items don’t work, so no worries there.)

I wasn’t ready to give up on finding a portable solar panel, so I looked at what a manufacturer called Goal Zero had to offer. I noticed the Boy Scouts of America sold Goal Zero products on their website, leading me to think that must be an indication the solar panels really worked for their scouts out in the wilderness.

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So I headed back to REI to search for the Goal Zero solar panel. From my tiny hometown of Murdock, Minn.,  the drive to REI is more than two and half hours, but I didn’t want to just order off a website. I wanted to look, touch, and learn in person.

It was the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger ($120) that I wound up purchasing along with an additional Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack ($49).

The first day I tested the solar charge (aka the Nomad 7M solar panel), I was amazed that my iPhone 5S was charging in my backyard off the sun. My iPhone 5S charge went from about 50 percent battery power to 100 percent in just about one hour! Plus, I was able to get this brand up and running on the first attempt using the kit, which made me a happy camper.

How to get started with the portable solar panel
First, I unfolded the solar panel, and using the daisy chains or hoops on the side of the solar panel, I attached the panel to a hook on the side of an old garage to collect energy in the sunniest spot I could find.

After realizing I needed to make the solar panel more portable, I used a step ladder to hang it in a way that could be moved around the yard to the sunniest locations, although it was overcast for most of the morning while I was testing out the kit.  You could also use cords, carabiners, or hooks to attach the solar panel to a backpack, tree, or other location to collect solar power.

There is a description and diagram located on the backside of the solar panel with instruction on how to properly use the panel to collect solar power.

Fast charging steps – smartphone, tablet, and moreI’ve put together helpful steps to get your smartphone charging fast, along with some comments from Lisa Janssen, Public Relations Manager at Goal Zero.

It’s important to note:  If you are planning a camping, wilderness trip, or anticipate a natural disaster or emergency, charge the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack, aka the recharger, to full battery power before heading to locations where you will not have access to electrical power.

Also good to know: Charging from the USB cord direct to the solar panel could take several hours and is not recommended.  Using the combination of the solar panel with the recharger — the design of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger — will help you charge your smartphone faster.

For the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit Solar Charger
(Charging smartphone with portable solar panel and recharger)

  1. Find a sunny location or the best location even if it’s cloudy outside. Unfold the Nomad 7M.  Hang the solar panel on a tree, backpack, or other location to collect solar power.  Remember to look for directions for best solar collection found on the panel’s backside.
  2. Turn smartphone to airplane mode to save energy, or turn it off, to help charge faster. If you are trying to make or receive an emergency call, charging time might be longer.  If the iPhone is off, you can’t see the percentage of battery power, but you could turn it on and off when needed to check on the charging progress.
  3. Plug USB cable, the cable that comes with your device, into the smartphone and into the front side of the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Battery, the USB port, located above the LED light on the center front.
  4. Go to the back of the Nomad 7M solar panel, and find the Guide 10 cable, and plug into the Solar Input on the front side of the Guide 10 Plus.
  5. Turn the switch on the Guide 10 Plus to “On”, or to the “I” position or middle location. Note:  You will hear iPhone make charging sound and there will be a green light on the back of the solar panel indicating the panel is collecting solar power.  This means you are charging your iPhone with both the solar panel and the recharger.
  6. Monitor solar panel to make sure it’s in the sunniest location or make changes.  The Guide 10 Plus is designed to charge on cloudy days.
  7. Now just be patient and wait.  You can still use your smartphone as you are charging, if needed.  Charging times depend on weather conditions and the device you are charging.

(Charging GoPro, Garmin watches, and other small devices)
“You would use the charging cable that comes with the device and plug it into the USB port on the Nomad 7 Solar Panel. They can also be charged from the Guide 10 Plus,” said Lisa Janssen.

She also suggests if you have a GoPro camera you might want to follow the directions listed above to charge a smartphone fast as the GoPro is notorious for terrible battery life.

Final ThoughtsI was able to charge my iPhone 5S from about 50 percent to 100 percent battery power in approximately one hour using the Nomad 7M solar panel with the Guide 10 Plus Battery (the recharger).  The recharger was almost at 100 percent before starting the direct solar charge with solar panel and recharger, which is the best practice if you know you are going to be heading in the wilderness or off the grid.

The fact that it only weights 19 ounces and folds into its own carrying case is also a plus for hikers, as every ounce add up while walking long distances!

The material from which the solar panel is made — monocrystalline — along with the design, makes the solar panel efficient and durable.  There is a video on YouTube of a van driving over a Nomad Solar Panel, and still working after the test!  I’d say that’s a good sign if you are heading into the great outdoors and likely to come across a few bumps or possibly drops of your solar kit during an adventure!

At this time, I plan to keep the solar panel kit and go on a few adventures!

About the author: Jannet Walsh loves cutting-edge innovation and using new technology to engage people’s attention in today’s social media world. Her videos have aired on CNN, CNN iReport, HLN, and elsewhere. With a background as a New York Times Company staff photographer, you can find her latest multimedia work at

Jannet Walsh Timeline: 2010 to present


I am currently creating a timeline of my work since I returned to Minnesota in 2010.  Please take a look at the timeline below. I’m testing a program from Timeline 3D and  will be completing the timeline shortly.  You can click on the hyperlinks to go directly to the orginal video and stories.

A complete Media Room is available until this project is complete.


Click for full page view.


Blogging my LED candle light

Dec. 13, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Blogging by LED light during Christmas Season. By Jannet Walsh, Minnesota Native Daughter

Nothing beats blogging by light-emitting diode, LED, flameless candle lantern during the Christmas season. The candle has a timer feature, will turn off after five hours and goes on again at the same time you turned it on. I got mine at Hererger’s in Willmar, and I’m testing it before I give it as a gift to see it really works.

Video created by Viddy iPhone App

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
Contact: Jannet Walsh at

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