Dec 15, 2016

Episode 17: How to Relax and Relieve Stress with Peaceful Strength Massage

Peaceful Strength Massage

Not so guilty pleasures...

It may make you feel pampered and decadent, but massage is actually an affordable luxury that should be part of your healthy living plan.

Whether you've got that nagging neck pain or are simply feeling overwhelmed, the healing power of touch can bring a welcome relief to many of today's stresses.

  • pain relief
  • relaxation
  • improved focus & concentration

In a 24/7 world where there is no down time, making a commitment to give yourself a 30 or 60-minute timeout every month is a necessity for anyone who wants to be on top of their game and feel their best and Lisa Poole from Peaceful Strength Massage makes it easy to fit into just about anyone's busy schedule and budget.

  • 45-minute lunch-time massage (special discount!)
  • convenient evening hours
  • easy online booking
  • pricing starting at $40
  • IRS approved for HSA/FSA

Join me for this month's Live from the Hive podcast as massage therapist Lisa Poole from Peaceful Strength Massage shares her top tips for how to relax and enjoy a stress-free lifestyle. And no, it doesn't require daily massages, winning the lottery or quitting your day job.

NH Business Partner Finder

Don't forget, the first meeting for the NH Business Partner Finder group is 6:30 PM -8:00 PM Monday, January 2nd at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2 S. Beech Street, Manchester.

The new year is traditionally a time for new beginnings and I am launching the new NH Business Partner Finder group on Monday, January 2nd, the first business day of the new year.

If one of your goals for 2017 is to find a business or project partner this is your opportunity to start the new year strong. For more information please visit Start the New Year with a New Business Partner.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Peaceful Strength Massage is located at 167 South River Road, Suite #5, Bedford.

For more information about Peaceful Strength Massage, please visit their website, or find them on Facebook

  1. Stress Busters article mentioned in the podcast:
  2. Lisa's quick stretching videos can be found on her Facebook page:
  3. Current discounts & promotions are listed under Massage Rewards on the Peaceful Strength website:

Nov 21, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Embrace the Silent Power of a Smile

Those toothpaste commercials were right...

Way back in the day, when I worked for the City of Manchester I noticed that if I smiled at people they yelled at me a lot less and started smiling back at me.

Just so we're straight, people would come in off the street and start yelling about things that neither the city nor I had any control over, this was not a personal response to me or a reflection on my (superior) customer service skills.

"Breathe, breathe again, smile and relax"
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The results from the smile test were so compelling It inspired me to write a poem called SMILE and start using the simple act of smiling as a way to relax, diffuse unpleasant situations and boost my own day.

In this week's podcast, I am going to share the hows and whys of embracing the silent power of a smile.

While my own experience with this powerful tool (a smile could never be a weapon) is purely anecdotal, there is clinical scientific data that supports the idea that a smile can make you and the people around you feel good. If you're interested in learning more about the science and psychology of smiles please visit:

Remember, a smile can help you improve your mood, help you relax, and influence the people around you so they are more calm and relaxed. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, "breathe, breathe again, smile and relax." It really is that simple.

Black Friday Ad Deadline

Don't forget that the deadline to submit your FREE Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday ads has been extended to Tuesday, November 22nd. For more more information about this promotion please visit "Promote Your Holiday Specials for FREE on Queen City Buzz." If you have any questions you can reach me at Please use Black Friday as the subject on the subject line.


Nov 15, 2016

Episode 16: Ideal Health - The Best Choice for Healthy Weight Loss


Stop the Madness!

Is your weight causing health problems like diabetes or hypertension?

Are you tired of being sick and tired?

Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 100, this month's guest, Stephanie Edwards from Ideal Health, LLC, can help.

Edwards is a nutritionist and a weight loss coach who has helped dozens of people not only lose weight but keep the weight off.

  • quickly lose 2 - 5 pounds a week
  • learn how to read labels & plan meals
  • understand how your body processes food so you can make better choices
  • enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

The Ideal Health program is a scientifically proven, easy-to-manage weight loss plan and maintenance system. No gimmicks, no magic pills, and no requirement to buy expensive supplements for the rest of your life.

This program will help you adopt a healthy lifestyle, eating real food so that you lose weight and keep it off forever.

If you're on the fence about trying another weight loss plan, check out the podcast to learn more about Stephanie Edwards and Ideal Health. Depending on your weight loss goal, you can be half-way there by New Years, and you won't have to skip Thanksgiving Dinner.

To reserve your spot for the FREE weekly introduction workshop please call 603-206-5846.

For more information about Ideal Health, you can find them on the web at


Oct 31, 2016

Kickstart Monday: Stop Feeling Like a Fraud: How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome


Even the people we look up to have those moments...

Poser, faker or fraud. No matter what you call it, there comes a time when we all look across the conference table and felt like an impostor.

No matter how much experience, skill or education there comes a point when we meet someone or come across a work situation that makes us feel like we're lacking some essential quality that distinguishes as a qualified professional.

Trust me, it happens to everyone.

On this week's episode of Kickstart Monday, I am sharing my top three tips for overcoming Impostor Syndrome.


Oct 15, 2016

Episode 15:How to Save Time & Money with Island Breeze Virtual Assistants


Virtual Saves You Money

In the business world time equals money, and when you're a small business owner it's super easy to convince yourself that doing everything on your own will save money. I'm here to tell you that mindset is a false economy.

This month's guest on Live from the Hive is John Morgan from Island Breeze Virtual Assistants and we are going to be talking about how to save your money and your sanity by hiring a virtual assistant.

Island Breeze offers just about every service a start-up or small business owner could need.

  • Accounting/Bookkeeping
  • Billing
  • Administrative Tasks
  • CRM Management
  • Email Newsletters
  • Meeting/Event Planning
  • and many, many more!

Thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to hire an administrative assistant to take care of billing, set up your newsletter or simply manage your social media, and it's a lot cheaper than you think.

Whether you pay by the hour or the project, a virtual assistant can save you money by freeing up your time so you can spend it on activities that make you money like sales and servicing clients.

Listen to the podcast then click on the link to see what Island Breeze Virtual Assistants can do for you.

Veterans Week November 6 - 12, 2016

Don't forget that we are 2 weeks away from Veterans Week.

If you are a local veteran small business owner who missed the deadline but would still like to be included in this year's event, give me a call. If you're a little flexible with time, I will work with you to try to get you on the schedule.

You can reach me at 603-264-0788 or send me an email to be sure to use Vet Week as the subject.

For more information about the Veterans Week promotion please visit Promoting & Supporting NH Veterans One Business at a Time.


Oct 3, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Be Productive in Three Easy Steps


Stop the Excuses!

Everyone has an excuse, and it's usually something reasonable and valid, but at the end of the day all it takes are three easy little steps to overcome almost any situation and be productive.

This week's podcast isn't so much about finding the right time management system as it is about how to get yourself into position to use whatever system you use effectively so you can get to the things you need to get done.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup:Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 10/3/16 - 10/7/16

603 Networking - Concord: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Fort Eddy Road, Concord. The 603 Networking Group is starting October with an open networking event in Concord. If you're looking to connect with other local business people or simply want to put a face to the people you talk with on Linkedin why not stop by? Please be sure to sign up as they do need to know how many people are coming. RSVP: NOTE: This link worked when I tried it the other day, but was broken when I tested before posting. If you want to RSVP and it is still down please visit the group post on LinkedIn:

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "How to Overcome a Bad Networking Experience"


Sep 19, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Find Your Mojo & Get Things Done


Finding Your Groove

Do you ever feel like you work, and work, and work but you're still not where you want to be?

On this week's episode of Kickstart Monday, I'm sharing tips on how to figure out what's holding you back and how to find your mojo when you're in a slump.

At some point or another, we've all been there and we'll probably go there again, but there are a few easy things you can do to get yourself back on track.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup:Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 9/19/16 - 9/23/16

Veterans Week 2016 - We are doing interviews through the end of the month.

If you're a veteran and would like to have your business featured on Queen City Buzz and the New Hampshire Business Show, let us know.

For more information please visit: Vet Week 2016 or click the Uncle Sam graphic on Queen City Buzz or New Hampshire Business Show. And if you're feeling old school give us a call.

Chris Pastrana, NH Business Show 603-493-2843

Pat Hammond, Queen City Buzz 603-264-0788


Sep 15, 2016

Episode 14: How to Get Noticed With Video From the NH Business Show


Did you know there is a video version of Queen City Buzz?

In this month's episode of Live from the Hive I am talking with Chris Pastrana from the New Hamsphire Business show and he is going to share insider tips and answer questions about using video to market your small business.

  • How to use video
  • Why it's more cost effective to hire a pro to shoot your video
  • Why he offers free video interviews for you to use on you website & social media
  • How to think outside the box with video

We're also going to talk about the Veterans Week promotion, why we're doing it and why it's so important to us.

Click on the link and find out what a free video interview with the New Hampshire Business Show can do for you!

For more information about the NH Business Show, you can find them on the web at or you find all of Chris' social media links at


There is still time to participate in the Veterans Week promotion.

If you're a veteran and would like to have your business featured on Queen City Buzz and the New Hampshire Business Show, let us know.

For more information please visit: Vet Week 2016 or click the Uncle Sam graphic on Queen City Buzz or New Hampshire Business Show. And if you're feeling old school give us a call.

Chris Pastrana, NH Business Show 603-493-2843

Pat Hammond, Queen City Buzz 603-264-0788


Sep 5, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Avoid Deadbeats & Other Problem Clients


You Want to Get Paid? You Gotta Follow the Rules!

In this week's podcast, I'm going to talk about the three rules for handling clients, why they are important and what to do when a client doesn't comply.

If you're not familiar with them, the rules are:

  1. Always get a contract
  2. Always get a deposit/good faith payment
  3. Never fall in love with a project

In twenty-five years as a freelancer and small business owner, I've had two occasions when I didn't get paid. In both cases, I broke the rules. I didn't get a contract, I didn't get a deposit, and I fell in love with the project.

These are not my rules. These are standard business guidelines that go back to when people first started doing business and we have them for a reason.

At the end of the day, people are people. Some are good, some are bad and most will take advantage of any opportunity they can get. If you want to save your sanity, your business, your reputation, and your wallet, all it takes is following these three simple rules.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 6th at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "How to Deal With Problem Clients"

Merrimack Motivators Toastmasters: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Tuesday, September 6th at Merrimack Town Hall Meeting Room, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack

Toastmasters - Amoskeag Better Communicators: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Wednesday, September 7th at Manchester Community College 1066 Front Street, Conference Room 267, Manchester.

Nackey S. Loeb School: Public Speaking: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday, September 10th at Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications 749 E Industrial Park Dr, Manchester. Taught by Southern New Hampshire University Professor Andrea Bard, this workshop allows participants to develop important oral communication skills and knowledge through information and application. Cost for workshop $50 For more information/enroll please visit or call (603) 627-0005

To find more business, networking, and tech events in and around the Queen City, visit Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 9/5/16 - 9/10/16


Aug 29, 2016

Kickstart Monday: September is the Perfect Opportunity for a Do-Over


Review, Refine, and Re-boot

No doubt about it, September is the best time to call a do-over.

Think about it, when you were a kid September meant a new school year. You were in a new grade, with new teachers, and everything was new and exciting.

If you are like most people you spent 13 of your first 18 years starting fresh every fall. This is a learned behavior that was repeated over and over again. Embrace it. Make it work for you.

You weren't looking back at what you did or didn't achieve in March or April, you were looking ahead to figure out what you could to reach your goals today.

I'm not going to say to forget about the goals you made in January, but if you are looking at the calendar today and you're not happy with where you are, it's time to put on the brakes and call a do-over.

  • ask yourself if you want the same things
  • figure out why you did or didn't meet your benchmarks
  • find a way to apply what you've already accomplished to another goal

There are a lot of reasons people fail to reach their goals. Sometimes it's because they were over optimistic with their timeline, other times it's because once they got started they realized their goal wasn't something really wanted to do. Whatever is keeping you from succeeding, it's okay.

Take an honest look at what worked and what didn't.

With four months left in the year, there is plenty of time to review, refine and re-boot so that you can reach your goals in 2016.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 8/29/16 - 9/2/16 - A weekly listing of business, networking and tech events in and around Manchester.

International Game Developers Association - NH: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM The Shaskeen Pub & Restaurant 909 Elm Street, Manchester. IGDA NH Presents: Gary Freeman - An Introduction to Concept Art. Open networking and a presentation by artist Gary Freeman. This is a great opportunity for local artists who have wondered how to break into the complex world of digital art.

Toastmasters of Manchester: Humorous Speech Contest 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Manchester Community College, Room #Main 240 1066 Front Street Manchester. Who said that speeches and presentations had to be boring? Three clubs (TMM, ABC, and Millyard) will compete in back-to-back contests. Come and hear the incredible speeches. Note the earlier start time.

Currier After Hours: Cocktails and Color 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash Street, Manchester. Looking for a way to socialize and unwind? The Currier is hosting an evening of food, cocktails, and coloring at the Winter Garden Cafe. The event is free with museum admission. Coloring books and markers will be provided.


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