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Merry ChristmasThis year, for whatever reason, I’m getting deluged with Christmas and holiday greetings of all kinds.  I appreciate the sentiments and thoughtfulness.  Many are even courageous enough to acknowledge that this is a religious holiday.

So far, I’ve received 52 in my email – mostly in newsletter form.  Most were automatically customized to insert my name in the greeting.

I’ve received four cards via snail mail.  Those are the ones sitting here on my desk – they didn’t get deleted within 10 seconds.

This is exactly why I sent physical cards again this year.  All handwritten and personalized to the individual.

It DOES make a difference.


Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On_Poster.svgI’m basically a one-person coaching business – I work with my partners in Small Fish, but ultimately I’m the one responsible for everything that happens.

I have lots of conversations with others who are in a similar situation – consultants, coaches, entrepreneurs, and other tiny businesses.  A common issue is getting off track – especially with the less-than-favorite tasks:

  • Marketing
  • Sales conversations
  • Billing and financial management
  • Keeping track of notes and information

Most coaches get into this kind of business because they love coaching itself – the rest of this stuff is necessary, but not usually as gratifying.

Here’s how I keep on track myself:

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I’ve had several opportunities recently to speak with people who were clearly teetering on the edge of business failure.  It’s a hard place to be, but it doesn’t have to be hopeless.

When you’re getting to that stage, here’s some advice which might help.  (But remember, I’m not a therapist!) Read the rest of this entry »

Crazy to start a company – or buy one – or join a franchise…  Really?

I thought I’d mention that I’m going to be giving a presentation at the Northern Colorado Career & Business Symposium on November 16th with Leslie Lautzenhiser.  The subject is whether taking any of these directions is courageous or crazy.

If you know someone who’s been thinking about becoming their own boss – or if you’re thinking that yourself – go to the website and signup before the slots disappear.  There’s a whole bunch of great content.

Ours is the best, of course. 😉

Monday, my PC came down with the same virus that I got last time.  Fortunately, this time I knew enough to not even waste any time – I just took it into the shop immediately so they could work their magic.

I’m a geek, but not THAT good.  And I don’t have all the great tools.

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It happened to me this week:  My PC got a nasty virus and was incapacitated for a couple of days.  In my case, I was lucky – only a minor amount of information was lost.

I know, I know, everybody always tells you:  Back Up Your PC.

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I talk to a great number of people who are starting up new business ventures, or maybe have companies that are a bit more mature.  When you’re in this critical stage, one of the big problems you have is getting advice for your decisions.

Well, I take that back.  Getting advice is easy – just go to Google.  Getting USEFUL advice is the hard problem.  Read the rest of this entry »

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