Author Farai Chideya (former host of NPR‘s “News & Notes“) will be signing copies of her new book, Kiss The Sky on Monday, August 3rd as part of SuperNodes “First Mondays” series.
The wine list is great and both the white and red Sangria’s will be on tap. Please come out and have a drink (or chat) with yours truly and the rest of the SuperNodes gang on Monday at Ara Wine Bar.
@supernodes is @bondgyrl, @lionelane, @showboat92, @raquelrsanchez @mrroarke.
I call my notes from the BNI meetings the Kool-Aid Kronicles. BNI is an acquired taste. It’s very regimented and orderly. It’s also 7am every week. If you are going to do this 45+ times a year, you have to be very devoted to networking or crazy. So yes, I am sippin’ that Kool-Aid.
For the last eleven years, I have been a member of BNI. This networking tool and word of mouth marketing has kept my company afloat. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to be a better entrepreneur. Right now it looks a little rough out there, so it’s good to hear about everyday people who are keeping their heads and making things happen. Here are a few things I heard and learned on Wednesday from my colleagues:
The residential real estate broker was involved in three cash deals this week.
The residential mortgage broker has 9 applications in the pipeline this week – and they will close.
The real estate attorney offered that sometimes you best serve a client by letting them go.
The photographer had a substitute today because she was archiving the notes and memoirs of a Holocaust survivor whose health and mental clarity has taken a turn for the worst.
RSS still has a pulse.
Previously, I talked about using LinkedIn’s RSS capability as an easy and effective way to follow connections and activities among your favorite networkers.
Another thing that I have been doing recently is using RSS feeds of my Ning groups to follow activity and find new networking partners. Anyone interested in networking, socializing and meeting new folks probably belongs to a bunch of Ning groups…as well as other sites. And we’re talking dozens, which is a modest estimate. Even if you are on top of your game, that is just too many sites to cull pertinent info on a consistent basis.
So when you are at your Ning sites, find the orange button and subscribe (I use Google Reader and Feedly). Those feeds will now keep you better connected.
While it isn’t necessarily about networking, I must add that an easy monitoring tool just get ridiculously simpler. Alltop now features RSS feeds for My Alltop. For a guy like me whose day job is about developing publicity campaigns and media strategies – monitoring keywords and sites is a big part of the job. Now that Guy Kawasaki and company added the orange button, I just got a tad more efficient at my job.
I realize that I am no early adopter, but to say that RSS has outlived its usefulness is laughable. If it still helps you do the things that are important to you, then why not keep putting it to use?