Time For Some Kool-Aid

My notes from the BNI meetings are called the Kool-Aid Kronicles. BNI is an acquired taste. There’s some regimentation involved and it follows an orderly agenda. 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 maybe a little touched in the head.  So those of us who are in BNI, accept the fact that we appear to be  sippin’ that Kool-Aid.

For the last twelve  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 dentist showed us the proper way to floss.  I wish Cayce shot video of that.

The Italian Cultural Entrepreneur releases his new album, Aceto, on June 15.

The bookkeeper talked about preparing projected cashflow statements for those considering selling their businesses or bringing in investors.

The nutritionist did a clever bit about turning the “perfect 10” couple into the perfect 11.  They were a ten because the husband was tall and thin and the wife was shorter and overweight.  But no one took offense, because he spun it so well.

The printer recently changed firms, and is now concentrating on producing printed matter for casinos.

The chiropractor is looking for that “thlon” group – biathletes, triathletes, marathon runners, IronMan-ers.

These are all fine folks, if you know of anyone that could use their services, feel free to connect them.   To see the rest of my chapter, go to BNI7.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Please tune in Friday, April 23, as I will return to Larry Sharpe’s Ivory Tower Radio program with SEO/Social Media Instructor (NYU Adjunct Professor) Ruben Quinones.  To preview this appearance, I want to play some bits from my first visit to the show last October.

In this segment, Larry asks me if there are outlets that still prefer getting pitched the old-fashioned way.  And for some reason, I start talking about OPML, even though none of the media folks on my list have ever asked me for it. I may have been trying to show off.
Larry Sharpe Interviews Bryan R. Adams
Please tune in to hear Ruben and I discuss traditional and new media strategies for small biz on Friday, April 23 at noon on Ivory Tower Radio.

 

 

Everybody’s Crazy ‘Bout A Sharpe Dressed Man

ZZ Top - Eliminator

Only a few more Larry Sharpe references, I promise.

On Friday, April 23, I will return to Larry Sharpe’s Ivory Tower Radio program with SEO/Social Media Instructor Ruben Quinones.  To preview this appearance, I want to play some bits from my first visit to the show last October.

In this segment, a caller named Joe wanted Larry and myself to slow it down and give him a top 3 list of the social media apps he should try first for his small biz.  We also talk about the value of interns.
Larry Sharpe Interviews Bryan R. Adams
Please tune in to hear Ruben and I discuss traditional and new media strategies for small biz on Friday, April 23 at noon on Ivory Tower Radio.

Sharpe Week! (Snippets From Larry Sharpe’s Ivory Tower Radio Show)

On Friday, April 23, I will return to Larry Sharpe’s Ivory Tower Radio program with SEO/Social Media Instructor Ruben Quinones.  To preview this appearance, I want to play some bits from my first visit to the show last October.

In this particular segment, we discussed Publicity versus Advertising.  In my defense of publicity strategies, I threw in a reference to BNI (since Larry and I are both members).  Further evidence that I keep drinking that Kool-Aid.

Larry Sharpe Interviews Bryan R. Adams

Please tune in to hear Ruben and I discuss traditional and new media strategies for small biz on Friday, April 23 at noon on Ivory Tower Radio.