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Don’t look for (business) love at networking events

February 13, 2013

Attending networking events where you don’t know many of the people there, no longer seems like an effective way to meet other like-minded professionals. I have always approached meeting folks at these events with a long-term perspective. Primarily, to learn more about them and explore whether or not we could contribute to each other’s community. […]

Room & Board Wasting Money & Trees With Their Brochures

January 31, 2013

A little while ago, I shared my thoughts on the ineffectiveness of brochures as a marketing tool. I recently received a brochure (actually two) from Room & Board that missed the mark on a few levels and wanted to share this experience with you. I thought this story would be best told visually and so […]

The biggest networking time-waster

January 9, 2013

If you’re anything like me, you’ve wasted more time attending networking events than you care to acknowledge. You show up, and after conversations with the animated hand gesture guy who forgets he’s holding wine spills it on you, and the woman who clearly doesn’t attend many of these rambles on about her business without ever […]


December 17, 2012

By Dipesh Patel Several people over the last few weeks have told me how technology has made it easier to build a network.  I believe the opposite to be true and that technology has made it more difficult to build a network.  The ease of friending someone on Facebook or adding a new connection on LinkedIn makes building […]

Grow your business like a prize-winning pumpkin farmer

October 31, 2012

Just as most pumpkin farmers grow ordinary Halloween carving pumpkins, most entrepreneurs grow ordinary, unremarkable businesses. Yet other farmers know that by tweaking their methods in a few small ways, they can grow giant, award-winning pumpkins that get attention and press coverage. In The Pumpkin Plan, Mike Michalowicz (who is keynoting the upcoming Trim The Fat […]

Why you are not getting referrals from the clients who love you

October 25, 2012

First off, I understand that if you’re not getting referrals from clients who love you, there could be any number of reasons why. The human factor is a wild card and every situation is different. But I wanted to share a reason that might not have occurred to you. I’ve talked about how to make […]

You want to push your services at my networking event? I don’t think so!

October 8, 2012

If you attended Cadre’s Event of Business Awesome last week, you probably (unfortunately) received an email from someone named Ajay Sagar in the days that followed. Ajay, who is not a Cadre member, apparently looked up all of the attendees’ email addresses and added them to an email list in an effort to promote his […]

Stop letting your inbox drive you insane!

August 29, 2012

I have written about productivity in this column before (here and here) and many of you have asked me about the tools I use that make me more productive. About three months ago, I started using a service called SaneBox to help me manage my email and it saves me approximately 3 to 4 hours […]

Being a guru is like being good-looking

July 9, 2012

For those of you who don’t know me personally, I am a pretty good-looking guy! How obnoxious does that sound? Well, how about this? I am a leadership guru (or a coaching guru, a website guru, a pie-baking guru…you get the idea). Not much difference, I say! I think anyone who refers to themselves as […]

Convenient, proactive and A+ customer service? A mother’s dream!

June 28, 2012

By Melanie Coburn We are a city family, and we enjoy the many benefits of city life. But when it comes to purchasing baby supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.) being a city family means that we do not have the space in our home to use some of the more affordable, bulk ordering companies out there. […]