Looking Back & Forth… What Are You Thankful For?

Every year, around the 3rd to 4th week of November, until the 1st week of January, business starts to slow down (unless you are in retail). We start to reflect on the previous months of the year. It’s also a time to look forward to what’s next. I can tell you as you get older…

It’s Not What They Say… It’s What They Do… CONSISTENTLY

One of the keys to success is consistency. That is true with business, sports, and so much more. I can tell you that shooting a 39 on nine holes of golf is a great score. Then when you shoot a 50 on the back nine (11 more and 14 over par) turns an excellent 9…

Name That Tune – Has Your Brand Voice Evolved With Your Business?

Late Sunday night, I was asked if I wanted to help out with the AMA Triangle booth (American Marketing Association – Raleigh chapter) at the Digital Summit in Raleigh. It was last minute since it started the following day at 9 AM. I really wanted to attend the entire conference, but could not spare two…

Boy… Do I Have A Deal For You? Deals From The Trenches And The Search For Value And Truth!

A lot has happened over the last 20 years. There has been a technological revolution. The most obvious are the smartphone and the internet. But some are less obvious: Human Genome Project Bluetooth Curiosity, the Mars Rover Electric Cars 3D Printing Multi-use Rockets And much more… When we sold our house, we sold everything including…

Seeing The World Through A Fresh Set Of I’s

I have had more than one person question, “Why would you leave an area, where you have 22 or 40 years of connections to start over?” I have asked myself that question a few times, too. The only answer I could give was, “It was time!” I have lived in the Chicago area since I…

“You Can Sell Anything!” (With A Little Help From My Friends)

We’re about to make the 1000-mile journey from our old home to a new apartment. We had to find short-term living arrangements while our new home is being built. Last week we found out that there was a miscommunication about the closing date. It was supposed to be June 27th, (agreed to by the realtors)…

Why “FREE” Is A Four Letter Word That’s Bad For B2b Businesses

Most of us have fallen victim to the allure of FREE stuff. I had a freezer full of big bags and boxes of frozen food from going to Sam’s Club and being a victim of the FREE sample person standing in the aisle. I have gotten a FREE phone and Airpods that raised my monthly…

No One Can Serve Two Masters… But You Can Serve Two Clients At The Same Time!

Check… One Two… Last week I had the pleasure and honor of being a paid speaker at a live conference. It was the first one I was able to do in the past 3 years. Actually, this conference was started and booked in 2019. It was canceled until this year with all the restrictions being…

Networking Is All About Give And Take But Success Takes Giving

It’s been a long journey to get ready to sell our house and buy another. I have been in the Chicagoland area for almost 50 years. Over that period I have moved at least a dozen times. But, you never really move far from your network. You know what grocery stores have what. You know…

How To Land The Right Client (Hint: It’s About Connections)

I don’t know about you, but the past two years have been a challenge for everyone, and we are no different. It’s not only made working from home more acceptable but an embraced lifestyle. People are transitioning from living to work to working to live. So we have been on a journey at the Basilico…