Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Power Groups and Managing Large Networking Groups

We have an enormous networking group that meets every Friday. It is an incredible group called Brighton's Best BNI. And I wouldn't want to spend my Friday mornings any other way. I go to that meeting and I make money.

The thing about that group is that there are so many people it is hard for new members to get to know everyone - and it is hard for everyone to stay in tune with the specialties and the needs and wants of each member.

We have decided to make our large group work for us by breaking the group into smaller teams that will meet on a semi-regular basis... allowing members to meet 4-8 members at a time to chat, share ideas and learn about eachother.

I posted more on this subject at:
http://businessnetworkinggroups.blogspot.com/2005/11/power-groups-large-group-networking.html

Check it out!

- Meg

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

THANKS - giving

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection - of thanks - of family and friends.

Today was difficult. The day ended too soon and the projects weren't done that needed to be done.

But we are healthy - happy. I hired a great new salesperson this week. The work will get done.

Thank you to all my contacts, my supporters, my family, my friends, my co-workers, my clients, my neighbors. This holiday I want you to know how much I appreciate you - and how thankful I am.


OTHER THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR:
Search Engine Optimization
Business Networking
Blogs
Sales People who know their shit
Readily available Wireless Internet
Lower gas prices
Websites that work

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

How Much is the Blog Worth

I found a cute little calculator online today that will determine how much your blog is worth - presumably based on links. This blog, as it turns out ios woth $6700 today - not bad... too bad I haven't seen $6700 from this blog. If you want to try it out there is a little link from this page... and for the record: My other blogs are worth nothing!



I suppose I will have to keep working on my link strategy.

- Meg

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Art of Self-Promotion

I have been thinking of self-promotion a lot lately. Since my book will be out in about 6-8 weeks (and yes - I know that is after Christmas - arg) I have been trying to figure out how to proceed with promoting the book and in turn me (is is that the other way around).

The one thing I did figure out is "The Art of Self-Promotion" - is actually a cute title. Granted there are some similar Titles: Self Promotion for the Creative Person: Get the Word Out About Who You Are and What You Do by Lee Silber, and Art of Promotion: Creating Distinction Through Innovative Production Techniques by Lisa L. Cyr, but nothing quite the same. I guess as I try to market this book, it may lead into book number 2. Of course... it may not. If the first book doesnt sell, I cant see myself going through this frustration again!

But as far as Confessions goes... it is back at the publisher. Out of my hands again.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Great News

Just a quite note - I got my first online pre-order from a nice lady in Baton Rouge. I have no idea how she found me, but I am pretty pleased! It doesn point out the obvious... as in I need to ask on that form how they found me!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Business Networking Groups - Rules, Regulations, Policies...

I am the vice-president of my BNI group right now. We have 35 members and average at least 5 guests each week (Friday morning's at Hawthorne's Restaurant--Rochester, NY--7am).

As VP - I am essentially in charge of the group. For whatever reason, they chose to make the presidents of BNI groups the "meeting leader" - but give them only that main responsibility, and making the VP the heavy... perhaps this is true of the country's Pres and VP...(That may be a discussion for another day).

So as such, the BNI Leadership for our area has rolled out a bunch of new "policies" - and renewed a lot things that should have been done all along...this makes me the bad guy a lot of the time.

I bring this up because it is just a business networking group...but BNI is run like a business. It is a business. And while some of the rules about attendance and participation may seem oppressive--but it is what keeps the group going, functionable, and profitable for the member.

--more on this later, but I did want to remind everyone that business networking is...work. And our group is one of the best in the country because we take our work seriously. If you are offended by rules about showing up on time, and professional behavior, then maybe a group like Brighton's Best, is not for you.

-Meg

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

It has been a while

It has been a while since I had the time to ramble on. Fact is I have been very busy - and not having so much of a sleep problem lately either. At least if you can consider getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night, "sleeping well" - which in my case I do.

"Lindsay the incredible editor" is currently wearing the "Lindsay the incredible proofreader" hat. I apparently can not spell, punctuate or use grammar appropriately... but then that is why I have an editor.

Still hoping to get the book out by Christmas, but I have asked for an extention from the publisher - so it may be tight.

On the BizNetix side, we have plenty of new clients - ranging from a satellite phone business to the Rochester International Marine Tattoo.

Tomorrow I am the guest Lecturer at SUNY Brockport - so I best be going to I can figure out what I am going to talk about!

-meg

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Tuesday - I think

There is much going on here. Ia m just back from Florida - a little vacation, although I spend the majority of it going through the manuscript of Confessions of an Introvert - yet again, before it was sent (today) to the proofreader. The book is better than ever - I just hope that that is enough. I am investigating selling the book at other outlets - such as WalMart and Hudson News (who have stores in airports) - so if anyone out there knows of successful authors who have broken into either of those markets, please let me know.

I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but my Website is in the middle of an overhaul... it will be done by the time the book is printed. But it is looking good.

Lots of great news on the BizNetix front - new clients, SEO successes and the like, but I am too tired to write well about that right now. I need to get my butt in gear and re-aquaint myself with my blogs... maybe starting tomorrow.

-meg