Risk and the dogsbody

“Chief, cook and bottle washer. Risk taker, dogsbody, that’s me, Charlie …” That’s just the way it goes when you are working as a sole trader Ben, we start and go forward with ‘the plan,’ right? Look at it this way … Every big business started as a smaller business. There is always a timeContinue reading “Risk and the dogsbody”

Your story?

So, what’s your story? How do you, stick in the mind? All around us media often appears full of ‘stuff’ that’s intended ~ just for you ~ right at those ‘peak times,’ perhaps that ‘stuff’ hits you just before you jump in the car and head off to the office? Over the car radio or during lunchContinue reading “Your story?”

Don’t mention Vicar

The conversation was going nicely until I mentioned the Vicar. My colleague Helen has a well established stained glass business when the conversation naturally turned to business referral. ‘Would you like an introduction to the Vicar, Helen?’ ‘No.’ Came her curt reply, the ecclesiastic world is not my market, I prefer to provide my servicesContinue reading “Don’t mention Vicar”

Comfortable vs remarkable

‘Hey Charlie, I think I’m getting comfortable with this networking ‘thing’ now. I do understand when you say that it’s all about spending time, being familiar with the expectation, you’re right, it takes a while.’ Good things take time Ben … the key is to stay the course and following through. ‘Well, I’m managing the routineContinue reading “Comfortable vs remarkable”

Hey good looking … smile

It’s January … you are dreading the call to the local Networking soirée. Are you the kind of person wishing there was an easy way to break the ice and so avoid those uncomfortable silences prior the feeling of … ‘I can relax now.’ Smile, you are certainly not alone. Study the following FORM GuideContinue reading “Hey good looking … smile”

The resource for referral

It’s been a BIG year for Clarice, lots of new resources and the business looks now to be heading in the right direction. ‘What now?’ I asked – just as the festive mince pie hit her chops … Once composure was regained Clarice informed me exactly of what I already knew. ‘More of the sameContinue reading “The resource for referral”

Time tells …

It was one of those clear, crisp Autumn mornings … so wife, father-in-law (George) and I took some time to walk down through the gardens to the church yard. We crossed the old ‘falling-down’ bridge and up, through the gates leading to our destination. We were here just last month. George had wanted to show usContinue reading “Time tells …”

Routine and the glittering prize …

Living by the coast I spend much of my spare time along the shore-line. The combination of energy by the sea, oxygen in abundance, the space, solitude (apart from the dog of course,) are a great combination for inspiration. I like to scour the shoreline for sea-washed glass. Just fragments of colour glistening amongst theContinue reading “Routine and the glittering prize …”

Referral tip No. 6

Some really missed the point when we discussed the ‘being helpful’ post just recently … they missed the referral pointer, or maybe it was just my way of  ‘engagement’ that may have confounded the issue? The issue of being really helpful … So a friend or colleague have a need? To me – and IContinue reading “Referral tip No. 6”