Aug 29, 2016

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

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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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Aug 22, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Wade Through the Crazy Without Losing Your Mind

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Feeling like this summer has been one big challenge? You're not alone...

I'm hearing from a lot of people that things have been spiraling out of control lately which got me wondering how people wade through the crazy without losing their mind.

In my world, the first step is always going to be to define the problem.

Is it a demanding client? Is it family, friends or co-workers? Is it a technical or mechanical issue?

Is the challenge just one person or are you being bombarded with people and problems all demanding your immediate attention?

My experience has been that crazy doesn't happen in a vacuum.Like attracts like and once you've got one disaster in your personal gravity field you end up with multiple people and challenges orbiting planet-you. And since I've already tortured my astrophysics analogy, I going to go all-in and say that if you do not take control of the situation you will end up like a big black hole sucking in whatever debris enters your personal space.

Life is full of challenges and left unchecked those little things will start to add up and overwhelm you.

Which brings me to the next question, is it really your problem?

This may sound like a no-brainer, but it's pretty common for people to dump their problems on other people with the hope that someone else will fix them.

If it's something that you feel obliged to fix and you can actually do something about it, then add it to the to-do list. Otherwise, let it go.

Lend a shoulder or an ear, give some advice or point them to someone who can help, but let it go.

If it really is your problem then you need to determine if it's something that you can fix.

If the answer is yes all you have to do is break down the problem into manageable chunks.

Start by fixing critical items first, then extend your timeline so that you're dealing with a workable to do list.

It may take a little longer than you'd like and you may need to get some outside help, but you'll feel a lot better once you have a well-considered action plan.

If it's something you can't fix yourself, the next question is why.

Is it lack of resources like money, time, or skill? What can you do to overcome those obstacles?

The idea is to keep drilling down until you have something actionable.

If the resolution is truly out of your hands then you're going to have to let it go. Maybe that means handing it off to someone else, or maybe that means walking away entirely.

At the end of the day wading through the crazy without losing your mind comes down to three steps.

  • define the problem
  • make an action plan
  • let it go

I'm not going to lie here. Letting go is a learned skill, and it's hard.

If you can be objective and master all three of these skills you will have the confidence and vision to deal with your own crises, help your friends and wade through the crazy without losing your mind.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

603 Networking - Manchester (Open Networking): 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Portland Pie Company 786 Elm Street, Manchester. Here's another of the very popular 603 Networking Group's August events. 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-822-530-730pm-manchester-open-networking-tickets-26867451270

Friends of Kevin - Nashua: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friends of Kevin Networking is holding a FREE networking event at the Millyard Technology Park 10 Technology Drive, 3rd Floor Cafe, Nashua. Registration is required and you can register on Facebook or meetup.com.

Alpha Loft Hoopla Party: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester. From their website: "Hoopla is a gathering for you and a hundred of your favorite peoples who love all things creative, tech, and entrepreneurship in the Manchester area. Enjoy a beverage, hang out with your peers, and relax. No presentations. No fuss. Just a whole lot of Hoopla. " Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoopla-party-manchest...

For more information about the 7 Veteran-Owned Businesses in 7 Days promotion please visit Veterans Week 2016 or give us a call.

Chris Pastrana, NH Business Show 603-493-2843
Pat Hammond, Queen City Buzz 603-264-0788

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Aug 15, 2016

Episode #13: Live from the Hive with Sharon Jensen from Embrace Your Wardrobe

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Why You Need a Personal Image Consultant

You've been dressing yourself since you were 5, you love those skinny jeans and there is no way you'd ever be caught dead in pantyhose. You have a clear idea of how to dress for comfort, but is it really your best look?

  • Do you struggle to find the right outfit for business meetings or interviews?
  • Do you look in the mirror and wonder why your favorite top makes you look pale?
  • Do you wish you could just run in the mall and find the perfect pair of jeans on your first try?

If you said yes to any of these questions it might be time to talk to Sharon Jensen from Embrace Your Wardrobe.

In spite of what you see on tv (Trinny & Susannah, Clinton Kelly & Stacy London or even the exalted Tim Gunn), working with an image consultant is a stress-free process of learning the best styles and colors for your body and lifestyle.

Jensen offers one-on-one consultations for men, women, recent grads, and bridal parties as well as a regular line-up of workshops and seminars designed to keep you comfortable, confident, and on trend.

She even offers a 5-week course through the Derry Adult Education program.

If you want to take your confidence to the next level think about trying a consult with Embrace Your Wardrobe.

Still not sure? According to Jensen finding the right style can help you look 15 pounds thinner! That's right, no diet, no exercise. All you need to do is choose the color and style that flatters your existing body, and she can show you how.

Upcoming Classes/Workshops

August 22, 2016 - Scarves - How to tie - 6 - 8 pm - SubZero, 495 Amherst St, Nashua NH August 29, 2016 - Business Casual - What does it mean? - SubZero, 495 Amherst St, Nashua NH

September 7, 2016 -De-Clutter your CLOSET - Ideal Health, Cilley Rd, Manchester NH September 22, 2016 - Ladies Night Out - 6 - 8 pm - Salisbury MA

September 28, 2016 - Ladies Night Out - 6 to 8 pm - Castleton, Windham NH September 29, 2016 (6-8pm) Derry Adult Education - Polish Your Image - 5 week class October 2, 2016 - Bridal Expo - Brookline Event Center - FREE - Noon to 4:00 pm - BRIDES should register to PRIZES

For more information about Jensen's upcoming workshops and classes please visit http://embraceyourwardrobe.com

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Aug 1, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Leverage the Power of Your Network

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Building Relationships

Do you know what's even better than a Monday? When Monday is the first day of the month.

I don't know why, there's just something clean about it, a new month, new week and a new opportunity to succeed. Can it get any better?

Since this month's Coffee Buzz Networking is tomorrow I thought it would be a good time to talk about How to Leverage the Power of Your Network.

As a lot of you know I recently teamed up with Chris Pastrana from NH Business Show for a Veterans Day promotion and this would never have happened if it wasn't for our network.

We didn't know each other and even though we do basically the same thing as far as promoting local businesses, we haven't been to any of the same events and don't know all that many of the same people. But we had one person in common, Piper Turgeon from Eco Chic Interiors.

Piper met Chris at one of the Gold Star Referral Club meetings, one thing led to another and she gave us an introduction. Now we're working a joint project and it's kind of big.

This is what I'm talking about when I say the "power of your network."

In it's purest form, networking is about building relationships.

Relationships open doors and give us credibility. They put us in touch with potential buyers and business partners, but that's it. Some of the people in our network may end up as clients, but that's not why we cultivate the relationship.

I know a lot of sales people are going to disagree with me on this. And if you are a sales person whose sole purpose is to find customers and make the sale, I get that your perspective is different from the rest of us. Your goal is to find a prospect and sell, that's it. You have people to handle all those other pesky business details like product development, production, front office, back office and everything in between. Your focus is the sale and anyone who isn't buying isn't important to you.

No business can survive without revenue so yes, sales are always important, but the average small business person has a wider scope. And this is particularly true for people who work on their own.

Which brings us to the question of how do you leverage your network?

Introductions

One of the biggest benefits of a strong network, if not the biggest benefit, of having a network is the ripple effect.

When you carefully tend and nurture your network it opens doors far beyond the person standing in front of you. And yes, I am talking about introductions.

Sometimes it's someone knowing the gatekeeper for the person you need to meet, other times it's being introduced to potential partners or new clients.

And this is where the sales guys and the people who go to networking events for the sole purpose of making a sale get it wrong.

A sale today doesn't guarantee anything tomorrow, but when you build relationships it opens the door to tomorrow's possibilities.

That's huge because when you combine your address book and all of your connections' address books at least one, if not two or three people, can put you in touch with the right people at the right time.

Product Development

Product ideas and development are another great use for your network.

You can spend a lot of money and do focus groups and A/B testing, but it makes more sense to start by talking to people in your network. Ask questions and listen to what they're saying.

You don't have to specifically tell anyone you're trying to develop a new product, just pay attention when they start talking about the things they hate or the tools they need to make their job easier.

It doesn't really matter what kind of product or service you provide. Get to know the people in your target market and listen to what they say. This will put you a step ahead of everyone else and because you've already established a rapport you'll have one foot in the door when it comes to selling it.

Credibility

The third way to use your network is to leverage the credibility factor.

We all know that people want to do business with people they know and it's not enough that they met you at a networking event.

Before someone entrusts you with their kitchen remodel, their wedding photography or their website, they want to know that someone they already know and trust is willing to vouch for you.

Again, this is why we build relationships and why it's so important to have those relationships with the right people.

People who are trustworthy, who are upstanding citizens and are connected to the audience that you want to reach.

Wield the Power

When you're an entrepreneur, especially a solo entrepreneur, your network is probably the most valuable tool in your toolbox. As a one person shop, you don't have a development team, a production manager, accountant, or marketing team on hand to help you get things done. But when you have a strong network, you can easily get the help or introductions you need to get reach your audience and get the job done.

So Take the time to make quality connections and build relationships. And Remember, it's not all about you.

All relationships are a balance of give and take so be a good networking partner. Answer questions, give introductions and referrals. And trust me when I say that as a small business person there is nothing more reassuring than knowing that people have your back.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

603 Networking - Concord (Open Networking): Concord (Open Networking): 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Uno Pizzeria & Grill Fort Eddy Road, Concord. The 603 Networking Group is kicking off August 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-81-530...

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "How to Find Clients"

Yoga + Fitness in the Park: Weekly yoga and fitness session are 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM at Victory Park 119 Concord Street, Manchester. Why not duck out of the office for an hour and enjoy an open air class? For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/510240419181789/

Gold Star Manchester Business Network

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Jul 25, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Save Your Sanity with One Simple Word

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The Power of No

A couple weeks ago my mother-in-law's looked at me and said "Pat, you've got to learn to say no once in a while."

Being a reasonably polite person I smiled and said "I do. In fact, I say no to people all the time."

I may be in the office six days a week and my calendar may look overwhelming to my mother-in-law, but I'm well aware how many hours there are in the day and I carefully plan how many of those hours can be spent on any given project.

I make sure that I include time for working out, reading and down time every day and I even schedule mental health days where I can either do nothing or go crazy and just do whatever I want. I also never eat lunch in front of my computer.

None of that was true when I worked in a cubicle. And it probably wouldn't happen now if I hadn't learned the power of NO.

No is a powerful word. It's a statement of autonomy that lets people know that you are in control of your own choices. And It doesn't have to be harsh or rude, it just has to be firm.

No doesn't require excuses.

You may feel like you have to give a reason, but if you're doing it right, no stands on its own without justification.

You may think that it's being kind or tempering the blow, but adding a reason weakens your position and gives false hope.

Think about it.

What happens when a parent says no to a child? If it's a resolute no the child will (eventually) back off, but as soon as mom or dad adds a reason that child sees it as a hurdle to overcome.

It's no different for adults.

What do you hear when you ask someone to do something and they say "No, I don't have the money right now?"

If you're most people, you interpret that as "I'd like too, but the price is wrong" and you go out and find a way to make it cheaper.

That's fine if the person really does have a problem with the cost, but you and I both know that chances are good that as soon as you come back with a solution to the cost problem the person will come up with some other excuse that skirts around the fact that they just don't want to do it. So why not skip all the hassle and just say no right from the start?

It's all about awareness & self-control

It's easy to say no when it's something we don't want to do, but it takes a lot of control and awareness to say it when it's something that appeals to us.

And this is where it's easy to get into trouble.

We're all working for the day when opportunity comes to us instead of us having to find it, which makes it hard to say "no" when someone shows up with an interesting project or offer.

It's easy to jump right in and say "Yes, yes, yes," but you have to remember the big picture.

  • If the project doesn't support your stated goals, then say no
  • If taking on the new project means changing timelines to the point where they are meaningless, then say no
  • If taking on the new project means giving up important projects that do further your stated goals, then say no

This is how you take control of your life.

Being able to say no, even when something sounds good is the number one key to avoiding overwhelm and saving your sanity.

Give it a try.

Most people understand and respect your decision. The ones who don't are probably people you don't want to work with anyway.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Granite State Fitness Networking Event Wednesday, July 27th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Granite State Fitness 880 Page Street, Manchester. The cost is $5 in advance and $10 at the door and food and beverages will be provided. For more information you can click the link or call Chris at 603-361-0892.

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Jul 15, 2016

Episode 12: How to Boost Your SEM with Daryl Eames

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Fix-It-and-Forget-It is Not a Marketing Strategy

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times. Fix-it-and-forget-it is not a marketing strategy.

Forget about all those stories you've heard about people who put up a website or got a business page on Facebook and became an overnight success. They're urban legends.

It defies logic that with over a billion websites and almost 1.6 billion Facebook users that any one person is going to get noticed in all that noise without at least a little bit of effort.

That effort is what we call marketing and in this month's episode of Live from the Hive I am talking to local inbound marketing strategist Daryl Eames from the Paid Search Society about the ins and outs of maximizing your budget and getting your website in front of the people who want your products and services.

We're talking about the difference between SEO and SEM.

SEO = organic ranking, optimizing site with content and key words that will improve your page pank over time when someone does a key word search

SEM = search result pages when someone actively searches for a key word and display ads on websites

Eames is also sharing insider tips about current trends and digital marketing strategies for how to get the best bang for your buck in Google ad campaigns.

Top Tip: Google doesn't let you allocate specific dollar amounts to a particular ad group within a campaign, so if you have ten ad groups in the campaign you have no control over which ad groups gets the money. This is important because you may find that one ad group does a lot better then the other nine when it comes to actual sales or lead generation. The work around on this is to have one ad group per campaign.

Learn why the search engine results you get from SEM are a better choice than waiting for organic SEO results. (Hint: It has a lot to do with the ability to infer intent and qualify prospects based on what words people are using to search.)

And finally get a sneak peek at the Paid Search Society the incredible new online marketing resource right here in New Hampshire.

Eames is billing the Paid Search Society as a "collaborative environment where people can come together to share and learn and get better at their craft" and has built a platform that offers information, coaching and consulting services for every budget.

At the free level there are "tips, tricks and strategies" as well as articles, white papers and ebooks to help you build and improve your marketing strategy. The paid level offers in depth guides and strategies to take your marketing efforts to the next level as well as a mastermind group that includes peer-to-peer support, webinars and training, Q&A with noted local experts and a wide range of tools and marketing services.

Join me for this month's podcast as Eames tells us about designing campaigns, choosing ad words and setting price points. He also sheds some light on the truth about budgets (you don't need to spend a lot to get results!), and using Google and social media networks like Facebook and LinkedIn to get leads and drive traffic.

And don't forget, visit the Paid Search Society. Take their survey, sign up for the newsletter and stay on top the rapidly changing rules and trends of internet marketing.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

To contact Daryl Eames you can find him on the web or give him a call (603) 669-1512

Paid Search Society

Google Ad Words

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Jul 11, 2016

Kickstart Monday: How to Discover Your Strength by Paying it Forward

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Knowledge is Power

Have you ever heard someone say that knowledge is power? Did you know some of that knowledge comes from things we've learned in books, but an equal part comes from experience and learning from our own mistakes?

We may not always have the information we need or want, and there may even be days where we feel like complete idiots, but the truth is no matter where we are on our own path, we all have knowledge, skills and experience that someone else needs.

Which brings me to this week's topic, how to discover your strength by paying it forward.

I went to the new Software Entrepreneur group's meetup last week.

It was an interesting experience and it kind of got me thinking about how a lot of people get stuck and dwell on the things they don't know how to do instead of focusing on the things they can do.

And it's something we all do. We undervalue the skills we have today and forget that chances are good someone else needs or wants the knowledge we take for granted.

A lot of people suffer from impostor syndrome. They compare themselves to people who have a lot more experience than and feel like a fraud because they're not at the same level yet.

It's very easy to lose track or undervalue the knowledge you do have when you're focusing on what you don't know.

In my case, I know a lot of software engineers. These are people who seem to effortlessly build incredible products. They can write code in multiple languages, understand advanced developer concepts and have experience in areas of development I've never even heard of. When I compare myself to them and dwell on the many things that I don't know how to do I am completely overlooking all of the things that I do have experience with and it drives people nuts.

Which brings us back to the idea of finding your own strengths by paying it forward.

Rediscover Your Value

When we reach back to lend a hand to someone climbing the ladder behind us it gives us the opportunity to see ourselves through someone else's eyes. Not only do we get a new perspective on the value of the knowledge and skills we take for granted, but it forces us to learn new lessons from our old experiences.

In the heat of the moment, when we overcome a challenge we tend to focus on the next hurdle rather than taking a minute to consider how we made it to this point. When we're in the zone our focus is on the horizon and how to deal with the next step. We don't ask why certain steps did or didn't work, and we certainly don't pause for an atta boy.

Taking the time to lend a hand forces us to step outside ourselves and consider how to apply our own experiences to different situations. It forces us to look for the commonalities and let go of the "that's the way we've always done it" mentality so we can effectively apply what we know to the other person's situation.

Sharing your skills by paying it forward also acts as a catalyst to find a new way to use your old skills.

For example,Cami Baker is known as a real estate expert. Not only does she have a stellar track record as an agent, but she has years of experience training other realtors how to reach the same level. Instead of building on that experience to focus solely on real estate she found a way to apply many of the skills that made her a successful agent to becoming an expert on networking. Now she has tv shows, books, speaking gigs as well as an entire line of workshops and products created to share that knowledge and they are all built from the same skill set. A skill set that many small business people have and take for granted. The ability to walk into a room and introduce yourself. The ability to listen to what people are saying and recognize what they really mean when they say it.

Helping someone else is a great way to shift your focus away from the status quo, to see how other people view the skills that you don't even realize you have and find strength in the knowledge that you do have what it takes to make a difference and succeed.

There is power in knowledge and that power becomes exponential when you share your knowledge to help someone else. Not only is there the karmic benefit from giving the assist, but there is the enlightenment that comes from seeing the value other people put on your skills.

When you pay it forward by sharing your skills it shifts your focus away from what you don't know or haven't done and helps you appreciate what you have already achieved. It's a win/win and it's something that each and every one of us can do.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Software Entrepreneur

Cami Baker

Daryl Eames (Paid Search Society)

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Jul 4, 2016

Kickstart Monday: What’s Your Motivation, Why Are You an Entrepreneur?

 

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What's YOUR Why?

This week I am talking about motivation. Not the kind of motivation that propels you through the tedious tasks, but the motivation that explains why you chose to be an entrepreneur.

I found a quote from recording artist Kid Cudi that really resonated with me. He says "I just want to go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow."

He nailed it. I can't speak for everyone, but that one statement succinctly sums up what a lot of us want.

It's that elusive dream from when we were teenagers. We had no idea what it meant to be an adult, but when you're sixteen life is an adventure and anything is possible

And that is the goal, that is the dream and that is the reason so many of us become entrepreneurs, but is it why you want to be your own boss?  Is it why you gave up the certainty of a regular paycheck to do whatever it is you do?

And trust me on this, knowing why you want it is important. It might even be more important than knowing what you're going to do or how you're going to do it.

When I started my first business it was all about the money and I was miserable. Not at first, I was happy to be making money when I first started out. The rent got paid, we went on vacations and everything was great, but when it got to the point where I had to seriously consider moving out of my home office so I could hire people I looked around and realized that I didn't want to do it anymore.

Taking the business to the next level was going to require a greater commitment of time and energy and money wasn't enough of a motivator for me. So I quit and got a day job.

Starting and growing a business takes a lot of time and effort and it's impossible to sustain twelve hour days six or seven days a week if you lack motivation.

I couldn't do it with my first business because it was just a way to make money. I had basically traded a day job for what was essentially just another job. I liked the idea of having more control over how much money I made, but it wasn't enough.

I suspect some of you are looking for the control that can't be found in an office job. You may not always get a paycheck, but the one thing you can guarantee when you are your own boss is that your income will always be a direct result of your effort and you will never be outsourced.

For the majority of us, I think that Kid Cudi had it right. We just want to go on more adventures. We want to be around good energy, connect with people, learn new things and grow. Things that are hard to accomplish when you're stuck in a cubicle wondering if your job will be sent to India before the end of the year.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 7/4/16 - 7/8/16

Coffee Buzz Networking: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM at Aroma Joe's Coffee 2. S. Beech Street, Manchester. This month's topic is "Your Quick & Dirty Guide to Finding Clients"

Alpha Loft Startup Meetup: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester.

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Jun 27, 2016

Kickstart Monday: Time for a Mid-Year Goal Review - Check Your Panic at the Door

 

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Winter is coming...

It's official. We've reached the end of June, the summer solstice is behind us and the days are getting shorter. I don't mean to alarm you, but "winter is coming" and it is time to get serious.

Anyone who reads the Queen City Buzz blog knows that I've spent the last three weeks practically begging people to do a mid-year goal review. So check your panic at the door and let's get down to business.

  • Are you where you want to be?
  • Are you where you need to be?
  • Do you have the same goals today that you had in January?

When we make a plan six months, twelve months or five years in advance a lot of the details are based on estimates and best guesses. It may seem reasonable given the information available at the time, but in the real world when you're out there trying to reach your benchmarks things can look a lot different. 

How do you get back on track? You start with a status check.

Have you been meeting your benchmarks?

If you answer yes to this then you're golden.

You might want to adjust a few small things based on what's worked and what hasn't the past few months, but otherwise good job and carry on.

If your answer is no, then ask yourself what's been holding you back?

Be brutally honest.

Is it circumstances out of your control or are you behind because you've lost sight of the big picture? It happens. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day details of life and forget about why we're doing things.

Which brings me to the next question, do you still want to achieve that goal you made back in January?

If it's June and you're struggling to stay dedicated to that goal you made at the beginning of the year , it's time to reassess.

  • Is that old goal reasonable given the current situation?
  • Would it make more sense to shift your focus?

Take a look at what you've done so far.

  • Have your actions moved your original goal forward?
  • Is it sustainable?

Can you reasonably expect to reach your goal if you maintain this pace? And look it from both perspectives. Will you reach your goal on time if you're lagging behind? And Is the current pace you're working too demanding? Will you burn out before you're done? Will even a minor setback be irrecoverable?

And finally, is there a way to use the work you've already completed to achieve a different goal?

As we close out the month I'm going to ask you to please take a half-hour and review this year's goals. Maybe you're doing great and are on track to have the best year ever, but if you're not where you need to be, spend a few minutes figuring out what's working, what went sideways and how to fix it. You might need to adjust your goal, you might need to change your plan or you might just need to tweak your timeline, but it's not too late to get things done this year.

Misc. Links From the Podcast

Weekly Roundup: Manchester Meetings & Tech Events 6/27/16 - 7/1/16

603 Networking - Manchester (Open Networking): 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Sam Adams Bar & Grill at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 1 Line Drive, Manchester. This is an open networking event, but you will need to purchase an admittance ticket to the game to get access to the bar where we'll meet. By calling ahead, you can get a group rate for the ticket of $9; if you decide to grab your ticket at the gate that night, the price will be $14. ALSO, REMEMBER THAT YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE GAME TO GET ADMITTANCE TO THE BAR. Contact Stephanie Fournier, Director of Hospitality and Special Events at 603.606.4105 — and tell her you are with the 603 Networking Group for Monday night, June 27. RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/603-networking-627-53...

Marketing Jam NH: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Open Jam Night Part Deux Alpha Loft 844 Elm Street, Manchester.

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Jun 20, 2016

Kickstart Monday: You Are What You Think You Are

Who do you think you are?

There is one voice that is always with us, the one that has seen all of our actions and knows the truth of our desires even when we aren't ready to admit them to ourselves.

Are you smart? Are you pretty? Do you suck?

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We all have an internal monologue, what do you tell yourself?

On an average day we're all bombarded with criticisms, other people's expectations and conflicting messages, but the most important voice is our own. Sometimes it gets lost in the babble, but it's the only one that is always there.

Why not build ourselves up instead of tearing ourselves down?

Why believe you're bad, unworthy or flawed when you can believe that you're kind, caring and successful?

With belief comes possibility,

Believe the best about yourself and you will achieve it.

Have a great week!

Pat Hammond

Editor & Queen Bee at Queen City Buzz​

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