“It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races” ~~Mark Twain
It’s true that “birds of a feather flock together” while the strength in a network expands along with its diversity. This means leaving our comfort zone—intentionally. Expanding contacts in order to provide better access for your customers to services they may need as well as to expand your reach into new markets.
As you grow your contacts you will find that a… Read More
Added by Steve Hand on February 27, 2011 at 11:05am —
Those three words are quickly becoming my new mantra for my business growth. I do business with and depend on those I know, like & trust.
I am taking the 100 Days to Abundance at Team Nimbus, with Bill Davis. In the process of the class, you learn to look at your relationships as more qualitative rather than quantitative. Who gives you the most referrals? Rather than who has the most business cards in their box or the most friends on Facebook, Inside919, Women’s Power Network or… Read More
My Twitter feed lately has started pulling in followers like camels thirsty for water. On following up and following through, I check on websites, see who the people are behind the Twitter I.D.
One new follower is the CEO of a company, which has a great looking website - 'cept... um... I couldn't figure out what they do & had to hunt down their "About Us" page to find out. Once I did find out, I could see the words I missed on the homepage & in their business…
This past Saturday I ventured over to Carrboro to check out the latest Food Truck Round Up. This one was hosted at Johnny's in Carrboro. It was the perfect day for an outdoor event like this given the warm temperatures we have been having recently. There were seven food trucks featured at… Read More
Added by John Huisman on February 24, 2011 at 7:53am —
Recently, because I am so frugal (tight wad), I decided to paint my own house. Why not? It needed it inside and out. So I decided to list all the supplies that I would need, how many cases of beer for my friends and the week off from the both jobs to get it done. Here is my list.
Ladders, cloths, sand paper, steel wool, brushes, scrapers, hammer, nails, screws, tools in general, joint compound, putty and knife, caulking gun, rollers, applicators, extra… Read More
The receptionist dialed the extension of the buyer and said: “There’s an invisible salesman in the lobby.”
The buyer replied: “Tell him I can’t see him today.”
When I first heard that joke, it was a doctor and an invisible patient, but it occurred to me that it’s a better joke with a buyer and a salesperson. The point, of course, is that cold calling — defined as walking into a building without an appointment and expecting to meet with a buyer — is a losing… Read More
As Three Dog Night explains in the lyrics of their 1969 hit, one can be the loneliest number. Sometimes, there is power in the masses, meaning a group makes more impact that just one; however, when it comes to certain organizing tools, one can be a very powerful number. It can be very important to "practice the power of one". Here are a few examples:
- One Calendar... Whether it's paper or electronic, a single planner enables tracking all commitments (personal and… Read More
Dear 919 Friends ~ I encourage you to investigate this issue and learn that you have a right to choose better health for your self or your children.
My Passion For Healing
By now, many of you know that I am passionate about healing the planet and healing the people we love. Your responsibility to investigate and find out the truth behind medications and vaccinations, their history, their side-effects and how…
Let's start with introducing myself. My name is Remy Heskett and I'm a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed. I'm part of a great small team that has over 25 years of combined experience and it's been a fun & exciting to help my clients steer through good and tough financial times. Being a financial advisor combines my love for numbers & math (& my strange love for excel) with helping people.
Because of my previous job as a GM for Best Buy Mobile, I have a huge… Read More
It truly amazes me how much can be done over a cup of coffee. What follows is that true story.
Once upon an Inside919 Coffee Break, Peter Agiovlassitis, a friend of mine who I met at the Wake Zone Espresso, solved almost every problem of the day. As we sat waiting for the others (who never appeared) to arrive and drinking some of the Wake Zone's fine coffee, we discussed raising kids, marketing our businesses, global politics, poverty, famine, world unrest, etc. You know...the usual… Read More
Most businesses think of their website as a large online business card. Given the size and detail you can display there, I believe your website acts more like your Personal Assistant than a business card.
If first impressions are lasting impressions, how do you think people are perceiving you if all they have to go by is your website?
Is it like a poorly dressed worker, who looks sloppy or unprofessional?
You don’t have to be connected at the same time, to be connected all the time, so you can do it any time! How? GoogleDocs: free tool to collaborate with online, and securely place documents on the cloud for controlled shared access. Ideal and essential solutions in working together, to get something with many components done, that’s project management! Simply tracking what everyone in a collaborating group or on a team does, in Excel, and putting it on GoogleDocs as an… Read More
Simple question: how do I get it all done? Deceptively simple answer I found in managing projects, personal and corporate: get ONE thing a day done for sure. Thing-A-Day System (TAD.sys), born out of frustration plus experience managing a small sales and service business with 30 employees in the mid-1990’s, works! The nutshell: list all essential get-to-outcome tasks for the project or process. Schedule each as a TAD, in the period you need/have to get to the outcome. A TAD is… Read More
When was the last time you typed up a flier to attract and inform your chosen audience to your event, workshop, group or gig?
Not very long ago? You probably wanted to use color, quality paper and great graphics. Instead you probably ended up using colored paper instead of colored ink. Thin paper and poor quality, low rez graphics.
Did you know that you may be eligible for up to an extra $2,000 in tax credits simply for saving? That’s right! The Savers Credit, also known as the Retirement Savings Credit, applies to certain individuals who contribute to qualified retirement accounts such as a IRAs and 401(k).
To qualify, you must have been born before January 2, 1992, you cannot be a full-time student, and you cannot be claimed as a dependent on another person’s return. Lastly, your income must fall within the…
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~~Albert Einstein
If you have ever felt that the time spent networking was wasted I submit that it is not the activity itself with the problem. Rather it is your intent and/or your event. Amateur networkers experience this often and heed Dr. Einstein’s observation by simply discontinuing the practice. They are not crazy—just fed up.
I'm sure many of you have had prospective clients ask what's the difference between you and your competition. Many of these prospective clients want to know what makes you better and why they should spend their hard earned money on you. When I am asked, I try to point out my positives, rather than the negatives of using someone else.
I know of a few business people who take every opportunity to knock the competition. I feel that this is very unprofessional and will only make you look… Read More