Community & Relationships

You must be an expert if you are a small business owner

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Blog, Community & Relationships, Marketing | 0 comments

Want more media coverage for your small business? One of the best ways is to become an expert. “Who me? An expert?” you ask. Yes, absolutely you! You started your own business because you felt you could do something well enough to make a living, right? Well, if you are good enough to provide a product or service to actual paying customers, you must know enough about it to be an expert. Take, for example, Sammie Bracken, owner of Mr. Electric of Central Indiana. He provided (expert) advice for the Just ask column in the February, 2012 Angie’s List magazine. I don’t know the exact distribution of the magazine, but this particular publication goes to...

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Make the majority rule

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in Community & Relationships | 0 comments

How can so many people be doing so much good and there still be so much hate and violence in the world? I look around Hendricks County and the metro-Indianapolis area and I see individuals, organizations and businesses stepping up to lend a hand, a few dollars or at the least, a kind word and smile. And yet, the news in the media and so much conversation centers on all the problems and devastation. There are problems, I understand that. Just look at the economy and the behavior of people we have put in Washington to “lead” the country. I agree we need to focus energy to solve those problems. However, I have to say that the people centered on doing good, being...

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Embrace the unfairness – change the world, or at least your world

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Blog, Communication, Community & Relationships | 0 comments

You have probably already heard about Scott –  you know, the name tag guy. I admit being behind the curve – I am after all, of that “special age” that has a hard time keeping up with all the latest and greatest trends. That’s OK with me. I’m a firm believer that you get what you need when you need it because that’s when you’ll grasp it and appreciate it. Anyway, this guy is a hoot – and talk about prolific. Oh my. Going to his website means making a decision. Either you dive in the deep, deep well of the content he has available, or cut your losses and just start trying to keep up today. I jumped into the hole and...

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A little bit of queso makes this customer happy!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Blog, Community & Relationships, Marketing | 0 comments

I sneaked out of my Hendricks County office late this afternoon – around 4 – to get some bruncher (you know, breakfast+lunch+dinner) because I hadn’t eaten anything all day. As unusual as it was, I left without my computer. For anyone who knows me, that’s a rare event, however, I figured I’d have a nice relaxing salad and just let the spinning in my head slow a bit. That lasted long enough for me to get out of the line, fill a cup with ice and unsweetened tea and sit down at a corner table. Immediately I wanted to write and share what happened. No computer – I am reduced to pen (not even my signature Pentel mechanical pencil) and paper...

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Positive words create a warm feeling for you and your business

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Communication, Community & Relationships, Content | 0 comments

One of the things I like about Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak blog is that he is just so darn positive – and that he encourages others to be positive with words and his actions. He put forth a challenge called the 4 to 1 Challenge. He explains that for every one negative, four positives should be given as well. Whether you accept that philosphy or the bucket theory (How Full is Your Bucket?) or any other ideology for personal and professional interactions, I don’t think it really matters. We all KNOW that it feels better to hear positives than negatives and we spend a great deal of time and energy listening for them. When heard, we get a good feeling,...

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