Never, Never, Never Give Up

Never, Never, Never Give Up

As part of a commencement speech, Winston Churchill is believed to have once said, “Never, never, never give up!” I love this quote-however, the left side of my brain says that when it comes to business, that’s just not logical. You must know when the time is to give up. Fortunately, my right brain often wins the battle on this issue. You see, I may […]

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Pillars of Business: Passion and Commitment

Pillars of Business: Passion and Commitment

Let’s say you own your own business. You’re toiling away, working harder than you ever have because it’s something you LOVE–this business is your passion. But you feel yourself getting distracted; you sense the urge to cut and run. What do you do? Do you give in and find something else that isn’t quite as time consuming or difficult-or-do you stick it out and make this potentially the best […]

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Conquering the Fear of Rejection

Conquering the Fear of Rejection

Fear is a powerful driver in most people’s lives. It dictates what we take risks on, it makes us hold back, and it even hinders us from reaching our potential. The fear of rejection is an emotion that many of us carry in our personal lives, but it can very easily seep into our professional one as well. We all come to that nexus point […]

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Ask Me Anything Live Tomorrow

Ask Me Anything Live Tomorrow

I’m excited to be streaming live on Entrepreneur’s YouTube series to help listeners build their networking skills. This live-stream will be tomorrow, Friday, at 12 p.m. PT, and you can access it here. During the live chat, I’ll be answering all of your burning, networking-related questions. To get your questions in, go to the above video link and type in your question in the chat bar […]

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Introducing Garage to Global

Introducing Garage to Global

What does it take to start a home-based business and turn it into a global organization?  I am sharing the many lessons I’ve learned to do just that. In 1985, I started a small business from my home in Southern California.  Today, BNI has over 7,400 locations in more than 65 countries around the world (see the member growth chart to the right). From business […]

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The Power to Get Things Done

The Power to Get Things Done

How often do you hit a slump in productivity? Worse, how often do you know what you should be doing, but then fail to do it regardless? It happens to the best of us, but the good news is that this is entirely avoidable. Steve Levinson, PhD, and Chris Cooper recently released a book titled The Power to Get Things Done, and in it, they […]

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Three Basic Ways to Network Your Startup

Three Basic Ways to Network Your Startup

Working in a startup is completely different than an established company, and comes with its own unique set of challenges. Not only do employees or founders of a startup need to be conscious of these different challenges, there are also keys to business that become even more important when you work with a startup. Not only do you need to attend networking events, you should […]

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Where to Start When Starting Your Own Business

Where to Start When Starting Your Own Business

I recently got asked a really great question: Where do I get connected with people who can help me open a business? Though there is evidence that business is currently on the rise and the economy is moving in a positive direction, the recent downturn in the economy prompted many people who found themselves unemployed to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and consider starting their […]

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Are Your Coaching Skills Lacking?

Are Your Coaching Skills Lacking?

In this video, I talk  to Dave Buck, the owner of Coachville, about the importance of coaching skills for entrepreneurs. Any successful entrepreneur can tell you that success depends on the quality of the results produced by the people on your team; and the best way to get better results from the people on your team is to coach them. Watch the video now to find […]

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Vitality + Health = Greater Success in Business

Vitality + Health = Greater Success in Business

As this is a blog about business and networking, you may be wondering why some of my recent blogs have seemed to have a fairly apparent focus on health.  I think the video I’m sharing with you today should answer that question for those of you who may wondering.  Over the past couple of years, I have indeed become quite an advocate of the importance […]

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Lollipop Entrepreneur

Lollipop Entrepreneur

Understanding your behavioral style and how it relates to your networking is extremely valuable.  Most importantly, learning how to identify behavioral styles in others and learning how to adapt your own approach to those different styles can really make a difference in your referability. Often times your behavioral style can be observed at a fairly young age.  When I was 11 years old, I missed […]

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Lead from “Among” Not from “Above”

Lead from “Among” Not from “Above”

Stewart Emery (Success Built to Last) was over my house a few months ago.  At breakfast one morning he told me about an interview he did with a well-known billionaire in the computer industry.  The billionaire shared an intriguing story with Stewart about an experience he’d had when the senior executives of a company interested in purchasing his company visited his office to discuss the […]

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