calling on the mantra

If there’s one question I ask as I approach my work, it’s “how can I make this easier?” Not that I’m afraid of hard work. It’s just … nothing frustrates me more than working hard, unnecessarily. How do I ease the frustration of avoiding hard work? It’s tied directly to (one) of my core principles.Continue reading “calling on the mantra”

Catch of the day!

Not all are successful when it comes to networking. An open mind helps, and the willingness to engage in good conversation also. Craig was the type of fellow who was only with us to pick up the business (aren’t we all.) He wasn’t interested in the benefits of any long-term mutual collaboration. Craig was huntingContinue reading “Catch of the day!”

Being there

‘You know Charlie, it’s tough for me to take time off work to attend these breakfast meetings.’ I used to hear the above phrase a lot during the early days of the Weeklybiz.  Taking time off work? Another popular version was: ‘I can’t afford to spend time away from the job for the sake ofContinue reading “Being there”

Being lucky

‘It was only a matter of time, David.’ We were discussing the referral my friend had collected during this morning’s meeting.  David had spent the past twelve months working on his presence, his persona, and the business. His input was now rewarding him with some important work for his company. David of course was happy,Continue reading “Being lucky”

Gone fishing …

“You may call it networking Charlie, I call it fishing.” My wife was highlighting how much time I spent networking (6-8 hours per week.) Sue compared it to being a ‘golf widow’ or ‘fisherman’s wife.’ She had a point. I do enjoy the opportunity of meeting up with my regular group. We share so much, there’sContinue reading “Gone fishing …”

Engaging

‘How many will be there, Charlie?’ Mari asked. ‘A good mix of men and women no doubt,’ I replied. ‘Oh great, I much prefer lots of people, it makes for better value. ‘I’ll see if I can make it.’ Came the reply. Contrary to the claims of the paid-for member-driven organisations … networking is not about how manyContinue reading “Engaging”