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GET INVOLVED!

Posted by on in Marketing

 

A client, Bob, said to me the other day: “Oh, no, I don’t want to get involved.

 

Involved with what?

 

I am not talking about people's personal affairs (although I think that occasionally we should get involved).

No, I am talking about business groups, charities, chambers, city life.

They could… no, they WILL grow your business.

 

Why? 

Because you make connections. Either with your future customer or someone that can lead you to your future customer.

There is usually business development and training thrown in.

 

What kind of groups are there out there? 

Here are just a few genres and ideas:

 

Networking Groups.  BNI, RBN, LeTip, etc are great networking groups. Places to give and receive referrals and grow your business with other like-minded people. You have to be very committed but the payback is worth it. (http://www.bni.com/)

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Chamber of Commerce. They are not as intense as a BNI, but a great place to get to know local people (advise joining one close to your office or home). I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and now serve on the board at the RSM Chamber of Commerce. Love the family feel at our chamber and the local knowledge. http://rsmchamber.com/   http://www.irvinechamber.com/

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Women's (and Men's) groups. For example the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO - https://www.nawbo-oc.org/) is a great organization that encourages and builds women’s businesses. Highly recommend them along with other similar enterprises.

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Charities and Non Profits. Great place to connect with like-minded folk and make connections. Remember a lot of your business will come from your more ‘social’ side. And, the added bonus to this group, is that you are giving back to the community.

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Global Groups. Some of the groups above can be seen around the world, but others are focusing on  trade or the globalization of companies.  I belong to an organization called the British American Business Council OC (BABC - http://babcoc.com/) Amazing people who do business together  and have the most marvelous social events. In May there is an event on the Queen Mary with the Chef to the Royal Family. You should all come! 

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NO EXCUSES! Don’t tell me you don’t have time, or don’t like getting up early, or are too shy. Do you want to increase the profitability of your business? Then … GET INVOLVED!

 

 

To get your marketing plan, call Penelope at 1 855 472 3776 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Secrets into our Marriage

Posted by on in Making it personal

I am not ‘in love’ anymore.

Yup... you heard right.

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Not as ‘in love’ as in the first months of romantic, airy-fairy dating.

‘I love’ as in: solid, stable, strong, comfortable, safe, warm, loving, caring.

 

On April 2nd I celebrated my 27th wedding anniversary.

And, the amazing thing is, we love each other more now than ever!

 

I always ask people who have been married for a long time,

“So what’s your secret? What is the key to a great marriage?”

 

These are some of the gems we have learnt from them, as well as our own marriage.

 

1.    Give 100%, none of this 50/50 stuff!

2.    Always wake up wondering what you can do for the other person.

3.    Don’t sweat the small stuff (Glen dumps his clothes; I leave cups around the house).

4.    Laugh a lot – don’t take life too seriously.

5.    Stop thinking about yourself all the time.

6.    Give each other lots of grace.

7.    Give each other lots of space.

8.    Be on the same page when you parent.

9.    Find a mentor couple, a season or two ahead of you, to guide you.

10. Keep an agreed budget together.

11. Don’t keep score.

12. Have the same core values (religious, financial, leisure, parenting, etc)

13. It’s ok to have different interests.

14. Have sex often (oh yeah).

15. Always talk through big things.

16. Value one another.

17. Be thankful every day for one thing about your spouse.

18. Love on them even if they are not being very nice.

19. Find out what their love language is and focus on that (see below).

20. Never be afraid to seek counsel (mentor couple, pastors or professional).

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Most importantly, be best friends. There are times when the love (and the lust!) tend to wane. Friendship is what holds you during that time.

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Glen and I have gone through ups and downs. Some very down, some very up. But, we have held on, sought counsel and come out the other side. 

Now we work together (and still like each other), sleep, eat, and vacation together. We also have our own individual interests and hobbies. The main thing we do is laugh!

Marriage is good!

Life is good!

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http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

 

Penelope is a marketing consultant, promotional products expert and corporate trainer.   BUT... in her spare time she speaks on marriage and parenting as well as being a lay counsellor. You can book this British lady to speak at your group (non profits is donation based) by calling 1 855 472 3776 or emailing her direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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