8 Ways to Make A Knockout Impression

Written by Michael Goldberg

It may seem like “common sense”, but we all have stories about those that did or didn’t do the thing – and it didn’t make the best impression.

Especially in business networking circles where a great impression can make you more attractive, and therefore more referable.

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The Multidisciplinary Magic: Rethinking Tech Through Diverse Lenses

Written by Joe Curcillo

If you skillfully follow the multidisciplinary path, you will never wish to come back. It would be like cutting off your hands.
Charlie Munger

If you’ve ever strolled through the annals of history, you’d note a captivating pattern. Think of the days of the Renaissance—when polymaths like Leonardo da Vinci didn’t just paint but delved into anatomy, science, and engineering. Their mastery wasn’t confined to a singular domain. Instead, they danced with diverse disciplines, creating symphonies of integrated knowledge. So, why then, in an age of exponential technological growth, do we risk narrowing our perspectives?

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From Adversity to Advantage: Stoic Best Practices for Business Success

Written by Machen MacDonald

In the face of adversity and setbacks, maintaining a positive outlook can often feel like an insurmountable challenge. Yet, history and philosophy offer us a trove of wisdom on how to navigate turbulent times with grace and resilience. The Stoics, a group of ancient philosophers, provide particularly potent insights into enduring life’s inevitable hardships while maintaining our composure and optimism.

The Stoic philosophy, which emphasizes virtue, wisdom, and the importance of controlling what’s within our power while accepting what’s not, offers invaluable guidance for modern business professionals navigating the tumultuous waters of their industries. From the teachings of Stoic philosophers like Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius, we can extract practical strategies for staying positive even when the odds seem stacked against us.

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Networked Founders: The Fastest Way to Scale Your Business and Grow Revenue

Written by John Hetherington

It's not just a strategy; it's a game-changer. Discover the secret behind billion-dollar companies like Uber, Airbnb, and TripAdvisor – they're all Networked Founders! Groundbreaking research reveals how this approach leads to soaring profit margins, unprecedented revenue growth, and remarkable scalability. But it's not just about networking; it's about building relationships, fostering collaboration, and helping others.

Wharton published research showing that Networked Founders will produce the largest profit margins, generate the most revenue growth, and are more scalable than traditional start-ups. Think of Uber, Airbnb, and TripAdvisor. All billion-dollar companies that have scaled fast because of being Networked.

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How Routines Optimize Life

Written by Juli Shulem

Case Study:

An ADHD client I was working with resisted putting structure in place. Like many I work with, he knew it would probably be beneficial, yet never having imposed structure in his life as an adult, he figured he could get by without it. However, anxiety and stress were present on a regular basis and that didn’t feel so good.

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What Will You STOP Doing or AVOID Doing in the New Year?

Written by Juli Shulem

Many are thinking about what they are planning to DO in the new year, but don’t neglect thinking about what you will STOP or No Longer do in the new year, too. 

Maybe you took on a variety of new tasks, projects, or responsibilities this past year. 

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Year-End Musings

Written by Dorothy Martin-Neville

As we near the end of the year, I get excited about new beginnings, new adventures, and new ways of doing old things. Soon, it will be my chance to start anew – to grow – and to become even more of myself than I have ever been. For me, one of the best ways to do that is to take on more challenges. To reach higher, to take on those scary new risks that show up, and that I create.

Simultaneously, I am also aware of the need to look at the things I have done this year. What am I extremely proud of, what can I applaud myself for? What risks did I shy away from? What limiting beliefs popped up? Which impacted me and which could I simply identify and then ignore? Also, I look each year at whether or not I ever lost my passion and love of what I do and if so, why? In this, I easily learn from my clients.

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The END Game of Goals

Written by Machen MacDonald

When it comes to setting goals, most people have it wrong and wonder why what they really desire never comes about. Even if you are great at setting goals and achieving them, odds are you feel like you are missing out on something.

By setting specific, smart, actionable, realistic & timebound (S.M.A.R.T.) goals, many of my clients have achieved the financial goals they’ve set for themselves. They’re in a good, even great relationship. They’re in exceptional health. They’ve achieved status both at work and in their community and yet after acknowledging their achievements, the ask, "Is this all there is?"

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The Power Of A Question

Written by Dorothy A. Martin-Neville

I am almost finished in redesigning my Leadership Self-Assessment Tool that supports leaders in understanding their style of leadership. I have developed Thought Leader – Team Leader – Supportive Leader – Visionary Leader & Organizational Leader. Each with different strengths, vulnerabilities, beliefs, and stress patterns, along with the diseases and disorders those of each style are predisposed to, based on their patterns of stress. It is going from a pdf to a digital graphic format with immediate response and analysis. Always with an option for a more in-depth personal consultation.

In creating the questionnaire, which is now with the editor, I have been told repeatedly, by others who have seen it, “I have never been asked that question before.” If they have never been asked that question, why would they have ever spent time on understanding the answer? Our questions, especially the more outrageous or unusual ones, have the power to cause people perhaps for the first time to stop and think about themselves at a level they have never approached before.

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Knock Out Networking at Holiday Parties!

Written by Michael Goldberg

Holiday parties are great! Whether it’s your party, a client’s gathering, association events, or a business networking group, it’s a chance to have fun and get into the spirit of things.

Holiday networking may be a bit different from the usual networking event so here are some quick tips on how to “work the room” Knock Out style while socializing and celebrating. Cheers!

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Networking Characters

Written by Michael Goldberg

“Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.”
-The Wolf (Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction).

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Unlocking Success: Building the Best Websites with WordPress

Written by John Rod 

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, selecting the right platform for your business website is crucial. At John Rod and Co, we have consistently chosen WordPress as our go-to platform for crafting the best websites. Wondering why? Let's dive into the reasons behind our unwavering preference and why business owners should consider the same.

1. Unparalleled Flexibility:

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Fluidity And Fortune

Written by Dorothy A. Martin-Neville

About 8 months ago I decided to give myself a gift and take Mondays and Fridays to do the “backroom” things involved in having a business. I also thought that on occasion, I could grab lunch with a friend as well. Mostly, those days were when I could put on leggings and a sweatshirt and write content, plan videos, create or enhance programs, etc. Tuesday thru Thursday would be the days when I saw the few patients I see and work with my clients (although they have access whenever, but the basic form would be in place for intros etc.) It was all so perfectly logical and planned with precession. Then over the course of the months, reality hit.   

I was now in the office seeing people 3 days a week pretty much from 8:00am – 8:00 pm with 30 minutes to one hour for lunch – or emails, returned calls, or texts. Not what I had envisioned. This morning I woke up thinking, “I don’t like my life.” WOO that is so not me. The perpetual optimist, the one filled with laughter and joy at the drop of a hat... As I sat there on the edge of the bed, it took a minute to say, “OK time for a change.”

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It's Not the Medium in Which We Connect, It's How We Engage in It

Written by Betty Monroe

Last night I attended an event with some pretty amazing humans. I posed this statement to the group, and followed it with the question, "We are all human beings being human. What does this statement mean to YOU?"

Someone approached me afterward and said that it was a takeaway for him. We spoke briefly, and connected, and will be talking further, soon. I think it's actually simpler than we think.

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Just Say "NO"vember

Written by Machen MacDonald

Leaders with a Mentor Mindset know that November is a great time to take inventory of what to say "No" or "No more" to.

In today's world we experience more stimulation in one week than our ancestors did in an entire year just a couple generation ago. It's no wonder anxiety is on the rise.

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Written by Michael Goldberg

I love the concept of blocking. Blocking and tackling. Blocking time on the calendar. Chip off the old block. The new block. Not my first trip around the block. Jenny from the block. Chopping block. Blockchain. Off the chain!

I heard a fitness instructor use the term “blocking” today to describe improving a specific aspect of your fitness regimen, in this case, running. He said if you want to focus on endurance, then block out the next 3 months to focus on the endurance aspect of your running. Simply go easy or easier on other aspects of your fitness – strength training, stretching, diet, etc. Then in 3 months track your progress and either continue focusing on endurance for the next 3 months or focus on something else for 3 months. This way, you can track results and not deal with being overwhelmed.

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Written by Lara Kisielewska

The word “branding” means different things to different people. In fact, it is probably one of the most misunderstood pieces of jargon among small businesses that don’t employ their own marketing experts.

Many people assume that a brand means a logo, and a logo is definitely the most immediately visible part of a brand. But a brand is also composed of other visual aspects, like your fonts and colors, and maybe a set of icons. It is also your messaging, as conveyed in your marketing collateral such as your website and brochure, as well as in how you express yourself verbally via your elevator pitch. And most importantly, a brand is also the way your business makes people think and feel.

You expect to feel a certain way when you open the door to a Starbucks, and you expect to feel a completely different way when you enter a Dunkin’ Donuts for your morning cuppa joe. The experience of buying that coffee is a part of that chain’s brand that has nothing to do with its logo. Instead, it’s part of that company’s brand experience.

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3 Ways to Create Compelling Business Stories

Written by Cindy Ashton

Looking at this picture of me performing, the visual instantly tells you a story -- it gives you a first impression.

Imagine if you could tell a story that inspires people to follow you, rave about you and buy from you….

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10 Knock Out Business Practices to Practice!

Written by Michael Goldberg

Here are 10 simple strategies you can put into practice NOW to be more impactful with your business networking, improve your street cred, and make a “knock-out” impression!

24-Hour Rule

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Ghosts of Networking Past

Written by Michael Goldberg

As opposed to the rom-com Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Cute movie!

There may be very good reasons to leave your past girlfriends (or boyfriends) in the past, but the same may not be true for many in our network.

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