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  • 06/07/2014 9:14 AM | Mary Adams (Administrator)
    Business is like dating. It’s a dance, a series of moves, part strategic and part serendipitous. How on earth do we navigate that? As we embark on the month of finding money in our networking follow up, a personal story comes to mind.

     

    My dating mantra was the following: “I will always have a good time or a good story”. This one is my favorite.

     

    A successful NYC doctor asked me on a date and I accepted.  We planned to go to the movies on a Tuesday night, followed by dinner. He told me to arrive an hour and 15 minutes early. No way. I said no, I’ll be there 20 minutes before it starts. When I arrived he had purchased the tickets, popcorn, and a bottle of water for me. As he selfishly crunched away on his popcorn, I turned to him randomly and said, “sure, I’d love some” and jammed my hand in the bag of popcorn. We went to dinner. I ordered soup and salad and he ordered a full on steak dinner. The check came. He sat staring at it. He started mumbling “tickets, popcorn, water…you owe me $33.75”.  I was stunned. I just subsidized this guy’s meal and he was charging me to the penny. So I went home and vowed never to go out with him again.

     

    Four days later, I received an envelope from him. Inside was a note written on is Rx pad that said, “I miscalculated and charged you too much,” accompanied by a $10 bill. Henceforth my date with him is dubbed as the “rebate date”. In this case, the money was literally in the follow-up.

     

    This month’s workshop is about how to grow our business through follow-up. How many times did you go on a date that you thought went well and then the phone never rang (not that we, as empowered women, couldn’t make the call)? How do you think our potential clients feel when they spend time with you, listening to your pitch, reading your proposal, researching your company, only to receive a cold, form email that says “just checking in…” (Or “hey, I charged you too much”, in my case)? Be thoughtful and strategic about how and when you engage after meeting someone. 

     

  • 05/02/2014 3:55 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    A milestone birthday just passed for me (29, or course) and a dear friend mailed me a gift with a note that said “I’m not sure why, but I thought of you when I saw this.” I was intrigued. I ripped off the packaging to find a box with a photo of a white handbag/tote on it. I thought it wasn’t the greatest looking bag I’d ever seen, but it looked functional enough. As I opened the box I realized the potential of this bag… it has a plastic pouch for a beverage of choice (wine) and a pour spout on one end. Can you imagine what one could do with this bag??

     

    The bag is just like us as professionals. We may see ourselves as good at what we do, but often overlook our potential. Well, it’s time to take a long hard look at what’s inside you.  Michele Brown of IntuAction Coaching enlightened us today with some strategies to get out of our own way, recognize our strengths and soar as professionals. I encourage you to try one thing you learned today. If you were not able to join us in person, we’ll see you next month for the workshop with Mandy Schumaker, which is all about leveraging our follow-up to close deals. Network, learn and be inspired by BCPWN.

  • 02/16/2014 2:31 PM | Beth Donalds
    Sorry Ladies...but the snow has caused me to need to reschedule and I can no longer make the Tuesday breakfast.  I know that Irene will do a great job...and I encourage the members that have not yet been to the Suburban Diner to come on down and check out the new place!
  • 02/14/2014 2:40 PM | Dorothy Anderson

    Yes, spring really is just around the corner.  Please join Maria and Dot March 7th - March 13th in Montvale for the W by Worth Spring Trunk Show.  View the entire line at www.wbyworth.com

    10% off your entire order if you come with a friend to shop.  Contact me now for an appointment.  danderson@wbyworth.com or 201.264.4229. 

  • 02/06/2014 4:12 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    Like many of you, I’m tired of the weather here in the Northeast.  I don’t feel like going outside for fear of losing a limb to frostbite. I’m not always motivated to do things differently because I’m in “burrow in” mode with work and home.  I have to maintain focus on what I do enjoy about my business.

     

    One of my favorite parts of business is the overuse of clichés. People can string sentences together that mean absolutely nothing. “Put some fires out”, “square off some corners”, “tee it up” and “deeper dive” are a few of my top picks. So when people say “think out of the box” my eyes glaze over. Who sits in the box and thinks anyway? EXACTLY.

     

    As many of you know, my son turned one on Jan 1. He is a continual source of entertainment, joy and inspiration. He was at daycare with all of the toys in the world around him. The sitter sent me this photo of him smiling from ear to ear. She had just unpacked a retail shipment and left the box out momentarily. Instead of playing with the same old toys, he gave sitting IN THE BOX a whirl. And look how happy he is.

     


    As we listen to Johanna Baralle from Paychex at the BCPWN First Friday Luncheon talk about strategic planning and business cycles, remember to force yourself think differently for a fresh perspective.  Immerse yourself, get inside the problems or projects you are facing. Let me know how it goes and if we can help you in any way! 


  • 02/06/2014 8:48 AM | Deleted user

    Ladies,

    Now is the perfect time to audit your existing wardrobe and start updating and refreshing your style.  Spring is appearing in the stores and why not try a new color, accessory or even a new bag.  I am offering a Valentine's Day promo:  15% off any package til Feb. 14th.

     

    Buy for yourself or give a gift certificate to your friend, husband, yourself or partner!  Who wouldn't enjoy styling made easy!!  "Fashion fades, style is eternal".  Yves Saint Laurent

    FIND YOUR STYLE!

  • 11/16/2013 8:43 AM | Mary Adams (Administrator)
    Entrepreneur Lauren Seise of Playground Talk entered the world of events yesterday at Bookends Bookstore in Ridgewood. She invited terrific vendors such as all American hand-made gifts from Oliver & Adelaide to a mother's workout haven Ridgewood Bar Method. The offerings were diverse and the products amazing.

    I would say my favorite was Brandyn Randolph from Lady Savant. Her energy was inspiring and the company is all about supporting women's business. That's exactly what we do at BCPWN and I love that there are other companies dedicated to the same. Bravo Lauren for putting together a wonderful collage of people and businesses!
  • 11/11/2013 8:37 AM | Deleted user
    Special invitation for BCPWN members! I am delighted to be selected by Worth to host an exclusive Preseason Worth New York Spring 2014 Trunk Show from Friday, November 15th thru Sunday, December 1st.
    Location: 287 Anderson Avenue, Alpine
    Contact Julie Cohen, Executive Wardrobe Consultant for your personal styling session.
    Jcohen@worthnewyork.com
    201-819-0976
    www.worthnewyork.com
  • 11/06/2013 4:58 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)
    Every month at the First Friday Luncheon I share with you a Seinfeld-esque story about my life. If you can't make the lunch, then I think you should know what craziness goes on out there...at least to me. The fun part is, I always find a lesson or a message in each situation.

    I ran a professional conference two weeks ago for an educational institution. I left my house in NJ at 5:30 to arrive in NYC by 6:15. I pulled up in front of the University building and had to park on the bustling 9th avenue, right at an MTA bus stop. Stress.

    I pop my hatch and unload the first of 3 large pieces. I run into the building with package #1. Out of breath. I hurriedly introduce myself and explain why I was there, fearing the tow truck and policeman were already at my car. The security guard looks at me - blank stare. Nothing I said registered. His response "You talk reaaaalllyyy fast. Could you repeat yourself?" Oh boy. I continue with my unload, park my car and take a deep breath, bracing myself for the day ahead.

    Registration is set up and I ask a union employee for a "small trash can". Nope, he didn't start work for another 5 minutes. I was told I needed to ask again at that time. So I did. "What are you going to put it in it?" he asked. "Paper and small bits of trash," I replied. Five minutes later, I repeated my request for a "small trash can" and then again another hour later. Nothing. Three hours later, I walk out to registration. Alas, a "small trash can". The size of a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket. I had to laugh. Although it held nothing and it had to be emptied every 10 minutes, the guy gave me what I asked for.

    The lesson: Be specific about what you want from your clients and how you ask for it. They may just give you what you ask for.
     
  • 11/06/2013 1:22 PM | Dorothy Anderson

    Message me if you would like to stop by and see this affordably priced gorgeous youthful and professional line of women's clothing.  Perfect for all busy women as there are items for all aspects of your business and social life.  Showing from Friday November 8th until Thursday November 14th in Montvale, NJ.  Conveniently located showroom right off Grand Ave.  Maria and I will ensure that you have a great experience!  Check out the entire line at www.wbyworth.com.    Contact me at danderson@wbyworth.com or (201) 490-2058.  

                                                                                                            
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