Thursday, June 29, 2006
Today was such a day.
I sit on the Advisory Board for Career Services at Davis College and we had a quarterly meeting this afternoon. Brian Houdashelt is also a member of the Board. Brian is a alumni of Davis, and he now works there, too. He is also a graduate of the Certified Networker (CN) training. Every month a newsletter is published for the 300 member CN community and a large part of the newsletter is the opportunity for CNers to tell the others in the community about something they've accomplished....something they are proud of.
Brian has been falling down on the job!
What I found out today is that Brian has started a new comic strip that he draws three times per week. It is called Victor. Check it out, the humor is right there. Victor thinks he is brilliant and his assistant proves him wrong quite often.
But my question to Brian is, "Why in the world haven't you told us about this accomplishment? It certainly is worth tooting your horn."
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Dave's Power Team is new and they are figuring out how to make it all work. What we found out in the conversation was that the five individual members think they all have a similar target market, but really they don't. They have identified small to medium sized businesses with 25 - 50 employees in NW Ohio. I laughed to myself when Dave told me this, because that is a description of half the world. This group of five is committed to developing and making their team work. I don't doubt that it will happen. There may be some adjustments along the way, but with five individuals committed to helping each other gain more new business, something good will come of it.
If someone asked you what your target market is, what would you answer be?
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Cindy is in the middle of trying to educate her market. People are not learning the lessons quickly enough for her. As a smart entrepreneur she asked for help from a few of her business friends. They suggested that she might link with a carpet cleaner who is called in to clean the spots out of the carpeting just before the sign goes out in front of the house. This person could recommend the use of Cindy's services, just as the carpet cleaner's services are being engaged. Cindy can return the favor when her business starts to take off and she is called in first. Additionally, one friend suggested asking to speak before home owner's association meetings. Staged homes get sold more quickly, and from the association member's point of view, it helps to keep the public perception of home values higher when there is NOT a glut of for sale signs sitting in front of houses.
Educating a market about a new idea is always a challenge. If you were Cindy's friend, what ways would you suggest (that wouldn't take a lot of cash) to move her business to the next level?
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
With lots of energy to spare, after one long, eight-hour construction day, Angie climbed to the top of Flattop Mountain in Anchorage. The picture was taken at 11:30 PM; yep, that's just before midnight. Never one to shirk a challenge, Angie shared that the work week and climbing the mountain were both two of the most strenuous activities she has ever undertaken. She is happy and proud to have done both.
What is the most difficult task or tasks you have undertaken of which you are totally proud?
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
The night before I had spent time washing all the baseboards and up the walls with a bleach solution. I had also taken all the slip covers off the furniture and washed them, even if they had not been a target of the cats. The crew that came to clean and deodorize the chairs, told me that the odor attaches to dust particles and that is why it is so difficult to get rid of. MASTER MIND TO THE RESCUE.
One member, Merri Bame, reminded me that I had purchased an enzyme spray from another BNI member, to help with the stinky dog odor in our home. (It sure does seem to be a theme here.) Until she reminded me, I had totally forgotten about this stuff. Another member, Cathy Skiver, offered to lend me her room purifier unit. Wow! We had guests coming for the weekend on Saturday morning, so I spent Friday night spraying the enzyme stuff, and cleaning as much dust as I could. I borrowed the electronic air cleaner early Saturday morning. The house smells a lot better; I only catch a whiff of a bad odor ever so often. I'll just have to keep working on that dust thing!
What's the worst catastrophe you've had to deal with before guests have arrived at your house?
Thursday, June 8, 2006
I just picked a name at random the other morning at the meeting. Lisa Goodell is with Midwest Mortgage. We chatted for quite awhile, and then as we were ending the conversation, I said that I didn’t think we had ever met, but that I would be looking for her at the next WEN lunch meeting. Lisa said, “Well, actually we have met before, but you probably don’t remember.” (She was right!) Three years ago we both attended a meeting of the Women’s Council of Realtors at the Toledo Zoo, and both of us volunteered to sell 50/50 raffle tickets that day. Lisa’s name has changed since then, so I guess that lets me off the hook, but she has a better memory than I do.
Do you have trouble remembering people you have met in the past? What do you do to help cement them into your memory?
Thursday, June 1, 2006
A fellow BNI member, Joe Sparks, is a running coach, a very special running coach. He is certified in the POSE style of running. This method is used by many world class athletes; because it keeps them injury-free and also helps them to go faster with less effort. Joe has even invented a belt system that helps runners to learn this method easily and quickly.
Who would you like to spotlight as being a top level networker?