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What I Learned from Listening to the First Half of the Top 40

Every Sunday morning I turn the FM radio onto my local country station for background while I get ready for my walks and workouts that take up my weekend mornings.  I learned something from those first two hours of the Country Top 40. Some real hard working artists make up the hits between 40 and …

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My Encounters with an Internet TV Star

I grew up watching a lot of television.  Variety shows, sitcoms, game shows and talk shows.  The talk shows from Phil Donahue to Merv Griffin to Mike Douglas to David Frost all captured my imagination and viewing time. Little did I realize that one day I would be able to say I helped promote an …

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Car Shows and Networking

You want to talk to people who have passion for what they do?  Do you want to have engaging conversations in a fun environment? Go to a car show. Seriously. Recently we attended the Good Guys Lonestar Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway. A sunny, warm Sunday with owners and drivers of Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes, pickups …

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The Pop Quiz

In recent networking training sessions I’ve taken the approach of quizzing the attendees–instituting a “pop quiz.” So could you pass a networking pop quiz? Here are some examples of the questions I ask after coaching a group.  Most are within the context of a networking event or meeting and involve having had people engage others …

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Building the Next Generation of Networkers–Part III: Implementing Job Shadowing Day

After months of preparation and processing, the day was finally here.  While many kids were at the State Fair of Texas, 31 GISD students were out in the workplace for a busy Friday. After Matching Day, the students were directed by the employers where to report, when and what the criteria for the day were …

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Inventing an Event: Revenue Sources

All it takes is money, as the saying goes. If you don’t have it, go find it. At our chamber, we rely on three sources of income for our programs: Sponsorships Memberships Admissions and fees to events When it came to the Big D BBQ Battle, we relied on a similar set of sources: Sponsorships …

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Inventing an Event: What’s in a Name?

We were all on board for the event early on but it needed a name.  And not just any name.  It had to: Be timeless (stand the test of time). Reflect the content of the event. Fit with the brand of the North Dallas Chamber. Be able to be translated easily to social media and …

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Inventing an Event: Heartstrings

In the fall before the initial Big D BBQ Battle (even before it had its name), I was introduced by a friend in the non-profit segment to the development director of the North Texas Food Bank.  Little did I realize at the time how important that introduction would become in the formulation of the mission …

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