Rick Younger Show Returns March 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rick Younger Show Returns March 7

BREAKING NEWS: RICK YOUNGER TO APPEAR ON SEASON PREMIERE OF DAMAGES MONDAY, JANUARY 25 AT 10PM ON F/X!

“The Rick Younger Show” makes its 2010 debut on March 7 at The Parkside Lounge at 8pm. It was this show which earned Rick Younger the 2009 MAC Award for Best Male Stand-Up.

All tickets are $5.00 with a 2 drink minimum. The Parkside Lounge is located at *317 East Houston Street New York, NY 10002. http://www.parksidelounge.net/

“The Rick Younger Show” merges live music, sketch comedy and stand-up in an hour long party that has audiences coming back again! A veteran stand-up comic and singer, Rick and his jazzy house band, Love Bucket, will entertain audiences with sketches, stand-up comedy and familiar songs.

Rick Younger, a self-proclaimed “Renaissance Man” has performed on “30 Seconds to Fame,” “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” and “Last Comic Standing.” As a singer and actor, Rick toured nationally with the Broadway Musical, “RENT” (2001-2002). He can be seen in numerous national television commercials (Verizon Wireless, ESPN Radio, Starburst) as well as the monthly “Guys Tell All” segment on NBC’s “The Today Show” with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. This summer, he appears in “Morning Glory,” featuring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Jeff Goldblum.

The comedian grabbed his first film honor (Audience Award) at the Inaugural Friars’ Club Film Festival in September 2009 for producing the documentary, “Souled Out Comedy.”

Rick can be heard every month on Joey Reynold’s syndicated radio show on WOR.

Special guests will be announced closer to the date, but in the past, “The Rick Younger Show” has boasted appearances by Dean Edwards (Saturday Night Live), Sara Schaefer (Best Week Ever, Head Blogger for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon), Alison Becker (Parks & Recreation, Law & Order), Tony Woods (Def Comedy Jam, A&E’s Caroline Comedy Hour), Carolyn Castiglia, aka Miss CKC (Last Comic Standing), Todd Lynn (David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, Premium Blend), Marc Theobald (The Chappelle Show, Premium Blend, Comics Unleashed), “The Hangover” Baby, and President Barack Obama.

* [F train to Second Ave, walk east 3 blocks/317 East Houston Street, between Aves B&C, 212 673-6270‎]

The NYC Pitch Party, January 21

(from the NYC Business Networking Group)

Join members of The NYC Business Networking Group for the monthly pitch so you can promote your products and services.

The Pitch Party is not a spectator sport and everyone participates to promote their own business. Each attendee promotes themselves in a 30 second pitch to each of the 80 or so attendees. This gives you a chance to make your pitch in a short, precise and effective manner. The members come from a diverse and broad range of backgrounds so connections made at their events encourage rich and rewarding conversations among participants.

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM
WHERE: New York Life Offices, Graybar Building, 420 Lex at E 42, 15th Flr
COST: $15 prepaid till noon on 1/21 or $20 cash/door (refreshments provided)
RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/The-NYC-Business-Networking-Group

The Evening’s Schedule:

6.30 – 7.00 PM: Registration & Informal Networking
7.00 – 7:45 PM: Everyone Participates in a 30 Second Business Pitch
7.45 – 8.30 PM: Formal Targeted Networking With Participants After The Pitch

Sponsored By: The NYC Business Networking is Proudly Sponsored by Microsoft Business

Happy Birthday, Martin

If you’re in my age group, then you should remember this Mickey D’s MLK spot. Brings back some memories of being young and proud of having a holiday named after someone who had the same hair texture as mine.
Happy Birthday to the good doctor, Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day especially, if you haven’t thought about service or helping those in need, please start. Haiti (among other places) needs your help. There are various ways to help.

My family grabbed some unused medical supplies we had in the house and went to Target to buy blankets, water and tents and dropped them off at Charity: Water on 200 Varick Street in Manhattan.

Also, take a minute to google MLK or read a passage about him on this day.

Networking Newbies: It’s OK To Cry After A Meeting

I talk about the benefits of networking and the good that can come from meeting new people on a regular basis.  What I haven’t talked about is the one drawback from expanding your circle – a temporary loss of confidence.

This week, a good friend of mine told me he was depressed.  The week started out great for him, he landed a new client by being proactive.  He left his comfort zone and shook things up…and it worked.

In the middle of the week, he went to meet someone who was recommended by a group of friends.  If this was last year, he would have never made contact and set up the appointment.  He was not a networker, at all. He had a good meeting with this person, a very respected elder in the industry.  This “mentor” gave my friend some advice.  The advice shook him up a little bit.

The advice was good and in two months, he will probably be happy that the mentor went out of his way to talk to him.  The mentor was very genial and the advice was given with the best of intentions.  And what’s crazy is that the mentor invited my friend to work on a project with him.  I would be bouncing around like a five year old at a childrens’ museum if it happened to me. But when you  spend so much time by yourself in your own small biz, your view of the world is not as big as it could be.  You think you are doing things the right way and you also think that everyone is going to be super impressed because you have lasted longer than a decade. It hurts your pride to hear someone senior (and more successful) give advice that you know you should consider and/or apply immediately.  They address the bad habits you have swept under the rug or the stuff you want to do but keep putting off.  We all have these.  So don’t take it personally… take it professionally.

When you leave your comfort zone and start meeting people who have businesses more successful than yours, or people who have more degrees than you, or people who know more successful people than you…you are doing the right thing.  Trust me, you are forming a better network.  And you will feel the sting of jealousy and uncertainty.  But you will also develop thicker skin, as the ones who take an interest in you give you constructive criticism that you will begin to appreciate immediately.  And at the end of the day, you will only grow and get better as a networker and in your current profession. So don’t let that temporary self-doubt and depression stop you from shaking more hands and kissing more babies.

That is why we network, because we want to improve.  Like when you renovate your home, sometimes you rip the walls out. But in the end, a new improved shell awaits.

The Return Of The Kool-Aid Kronicles, 2010

Kool-Aid Man and Logo

I call my notes from the BNI meetings the Kool-Aid Kronicles. BNI is an acquired taste. There’s some regimentation involved and it’s very 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 touched in the head.  So those of us who are in BNI, accept the fact that we look like we are  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 been an extremely valuable business partner. Many of the professionals in my chapter have dispensed weekly nuggets of wisdom for years on how to be a better entrepreneur. The economy is still trying to get back on solid ground, so it’s good to hear from everyday small biz owners who are keeping their heads and making things happen. Here are a few things I heard and learned on Wednesday from my colleagues:

The wedding favors salesperson contributed on a blog post on resources for women entrepreneurs (see #23).

The organizer/space composer of the group is offering discounts in January, since it is National Organization Month.

The massage therapist is looking to offer his services to pregnant women.

The web developer is looking to meet people who are  concerned with the cost of a website.

The yoga instructor is offering a 20% discount for the month.