How to Grow Your Business by Networking | Podcast Episode 39

Last Friday, I had the honor of hosting Mark Herdering, author of Hanging Out for a Living, for an all day workshop based on the principles of his book. It was a huge success, if I do say so myself, but I will let one of the attendees speak for me:

“Just a quick note to express my thanks and appreciation for all of your work and effort in getting Mark Herdering to visit the greater Houston area. I got so much out of meeting Mark and attending his seminar….I am new to SOC (joined just prior to the convention last fall) so he was a very good way for me to continue on with SOC and start 2017 off on an excellent path!” – Kevin O’Connell, Hanging Out for a Living Workshop Attendee

After hanging out all morning with Mark, picking his brain about networking, and his book, I thought it would be fun to record a podcast with him on the way to the airport. It has been 18 months since I recorded my last podcast, which becomes quite clear when you listen to the audio track. However, the content is excellent, and if you can ignore the road noise, please have a listen to our conversation about growing a business through networking.

Hanging Out for a Living Workshop with Mark Herdering

Hanging Out for a Living Workshop with Mark Herdering

How to Grow Your Business by Networking | Episode 39 Show Notes

  • A visit to Mike’s Cigar Room.
  • “You can’t make a living hanging out.”
  • It’s not about network marketing, it’s about how to serve people.
  • Lessons from Nadia and Anton
  • Is print advertising dead?
  • Internet sales is great but face to face is best.
  • The yellow rose cigar sales rep.
  • Finding your place is the digital world and the generation gap.
  • Jay Leno on the poop pollution problem.
  • The woman in the middle of the road.
  • Houston’s tow truck lottery.
  • Oh, we were talking about networking.
  • What do you do when a weed grows in your garden?
  • Neil Degrasse Tyson can explain it.
  • Questions to ask during a one on one.
  • Conversation with a topless waitress.
  • Appropriate, and not so proper, places to have a one-on-one.
  • Renu never eats at networking meetings.
  • You become a very interesting person when you show interest in other people.

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Lunch & Learn: What is Clean Eating? with Renu Agrawal | Podcast Episode 38

Today’s lunch and learn episode was recorded live during the June 4, 2015 meeting of the Connecting Conroe Business Women.

What is Clean Eating?

Our speaker, Renu Agrawal, is a certified holistic health coach. Her teachers include Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Renu loves to work with women who are looking for easy and fun solutions for their health issues, especially pain and weight management.

Though the topic of the lunch and learn is clean eating, Renu’s talk begins with a short meditation. Find a comfortable spot, plant your feet on the ground and have a listen.

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Holistic Health Coach Renu Agrawal discussing What is Clean Eating

Holistic Health Coach Renu Agrawal discussing What is Clean Eating

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Lunch and Learn: Networking Basics with Louise Dewey | Podcast Episode 37

Today’s lunch and learn episode was recorded live during the May 2015 meeting of the Conroe Texas Chapter of Wealthy Sisters Network.

Networking Basics with Louise Dewey

Louise Dewey, Queen of Networking

Louise Dewey, Queen of Networking

Our speaker, Louise Dewey, AKA Lady Lou, spent over 25 years of her career in the world of sales, both inside and outside sales, and loved it. In 1989, when her husband died, she withdrew from the world for 12 full months as she no longer knew WHO she was.

Finally, she had only two choices to make – DIE, OR GET HER LIFE BACK.

Shortly after that she attended her first NETWORKING meeting. The speaker was an author on ‘women in sales.’ But the lady spoke on women “getting out of their nightgowns” instead! BINGO! Louise was ready. Her choice had been made! She was tired of living in her nightgown and wanted her life back!

Louise started going to so many networking meetings in Houston that her friends began calling her the “Queen of Networking.” During those same years Louise began attending many classes preparing for her new life – The Silva Method taught her how to meditate, use her mind, and balance her life. The Path Foundation taught her to be a Certified Hypnotherapist. NLP gave her more people skills, plus she attended many, many others helpful classes where she worked on becoming the best person she could be.

Finally it came time to put all the things Louise had learned to work for her, so she started a business as the ‘Queen of Networking.’ She began consulting with people on networking basics, speaking at public functions, conducting networking workshops, writing a weekly e-newsletter for networkers, writing articles, and having the time of her life!

When her elderly mother became ill in 2005, Louise left her business to be there for her mother, and two years later her mother passed away. In 2008 Louise sold her home in Houston, retired, and moved to Montgomery to live in the home her parents built back in the 70’s on 5½ acres. She is now a Lady Farmer and a Master Gardener.

Today, Louise is also known as The Baby Boomer Babe. You see, her middle name is M-S-U! That stands for MAKE STUFF UP! Who knows WHO she will be next!

Listen in as Louise Dewey, the newly un-retired queen of networking shares a few of networking basics she has learned.

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Master Relationship Marketing Seminar Wrap up with Laurie Jimenez and Alyssa Fitz | Podcast Episode 36

Laurie Jimenez is a project manager for a professional services firm.  Alyssa Fitz is an HVAC systems designer.  They both use relationship marketing to build rapport with their co-workers.  We recently attended the Master Relationship Marketing Seminar in Houston, Texas and each walked away with tons of actionable ideas to take our careers to the next level.

“Kandas I have attended some marketing conferences within last year and they were too “salesy” for me. I liked the “soft sale” spirit behind this one because that’s the kind I need for my business. Its about developing relationship and trust with people before they buy anything from you.” – Renu Agrawal, Holistic Health Coach

Oh eh, here is the the promo video from the Houston seminar and look who’s talking at :40 and 1:28.

“I found this seminar to be genuinely moving on a very human and emotional level. The speakers were truly top shelf and authentic. You cannot mimic that kind of thing. I can honestly say that the time spent here was worth exponentially MORE than I paid, and the time lost at work and home. I am sold on this system and look forward to sharing it with others!!! If you are a business owner, minister, coach author speaker or just a friend, wife, sister,husband or even manager team leader, this is for you!!!! Kandas thank you so much for urging me to go!!!! Also, it delivered more value than I have experienced in a long time. That is important to me.” – Kelly Taylor, Aromatherapist

The next Master Relationship Marketing Seminar is in Jacksonville, Florida May 29 – 30, 2015.  Contact me if you’d like ticket information.

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Gary Valmain answers “How to Keep My Computer Safe on the Internet” | podcast 35

Gary Valmain is considered by many to be the foremost expert on desktop computers in Montgomery County, Texas. His company, Computerwurks, has been helping businesses and individuals with desktop computer support since 1999.   In this podcast episode, Gary shares his tips for keeping your personal computer safe and running smoothly.

Show 35 Quick Guide

  • The average person should hire a professional to set up their new Windows 8 computer.
  • Internet Explorer has serious security flaws.
  • Chrome is becoming too bloated and Firefox may become the go to browser.
  • How to keep my computer safe on the internet?
  • Gary explains malware, spyware, viruses and worms in very layman’s terms.
  • The first line of defense in protecting a computer is the user.
  • Free anti-virus and anti-spyware software top suggestions.
  • Cloud computing is an old concept that has been reinvented.
  • There is a whole lotta money in writing computer viruses.
  • Tips for contracting the best computer desktop support and repair service provider for small businesses without an internal IT department.
Gary Valmain of Computer Wurks in Conroe, Texas

Gary Valmain of Computer Wurks in Conroe, Texas

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Following Up with Leads | podcast episode 34

 

Show 34 Quick Guide

 

Kody Bateman’s tips for mastering relationships in business:

  • Make a list of everyone you know and put them in a contact manager.
  • Categorize your list into 3 categories: 1) contacts 2) prospects 3) customers
  • Always add people to your list and move them through the 3 categories.
  • Take detailed notes on all of your contacts.
  • Reach out in the spirit of RELATIONSHIP 80% of the time and in the spirit of MARKETING 20% of the time.
  • Build your personal brand with friendship, celebration and service.
  • Use the 4 methods of communication to reach out regularly to your lists.
    The 4 methods are TEXT, CALL, GREETING CARDS, and ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION.
  • Always be in the spirit of service. GIVE for the sake of GIVING and you will attract what you GIVE.
  • Listen more than you speak and always make it about them and how you can help them.

Action Steps for Following Up with Leads

Action Step 1: Every time you connect with someone, write down in your calendar, or your contact manager the date you are going to make your next connection and HOW – text, phone, email, greeting card, in person.

Action Step 2: Right now, think of 2 or 3 people who you can reach out in kindness towards today, and do it. Send them a referral, or a gift, or just a quick text message asking how they are doing and that you are thinking of them. Don’t try to sell them anything, make it all about them.

Action Step 3:  Join me for the Master Relationship Marketing Seminar in Houston, April 17-18, 2015.

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Relationship Marketing on Facebook | podcast episode 33

Show 33 Quick Guide

  • What is relationship marketing and why do you need it?
  • My 3 rules for relationship marketing (see this post for the list).
  • Squeaky chair!
  • Mexican food is different in Texas than in California.
  • Doing business good ole boy style.
  • Waking up at 10 am.
  • You can do anything you want if you have the ability to build relationships and credibility.
  • Everybody is in sales.  Teachers sell the idea of learning to their students.  Chemists sell their research projects.  You are either selling yourself, an idea, or a product, or all three.
  • Relationship marketing on Facebook 101:  Facebook groups are a great place to cultivate relationships so don’t blow it by posting ads.
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  • Do you like this new podcast format or do you prefer interviews?
  • What is the average length of podcast that you normally listen to?
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Fallen Hero Memorial Chest Fund with Shane Rodarte | Podcast Episode 32

My guest today is my business partner for the past 17 years, Shane Rodarte, President and co-founder of Shaka Studios Custom Furniture. Shane has been a full-time professional furniture maker for almost 30 years. He is also my husband.

Working with your spouse can be an entire series of podcasts, so we aren’t going to talk about that today. Instead, we are sharing a project that is near and dear to our hearts.

Shane and I recently launched the Fallen Hero Memorial Chest Fund on Indiegogo. Our mission is to build and deliver handcrafted solid cherry heirloom memorial chests to families who have lost a loved one in service of our country.

The first three Fallen Hero Memorial Chests will be given to the families of these brave servicemen.

The first three Fallen Hero Memorial Chests will be given to the families of these brave servicemen.

To learn more, or give the to fund, visit MemorialChestFund.org.

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