Put Yourself Out There! #BizToolKit14

Last week I was able to attend and be apart of quite a few awesome events. I want you to think about the last time you put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. A situation out of the ordinary, that made you nervous. I try and do this on a regular basis. As my man Grant Cardone says – “If you don’t make your life uncomfortable, you’re not trying hard enough.”

Thursday was the first advisory board meeting for Shear Madness, which ended up being me and a bunch of extremely distinguished BIZpeople in the K.C. area give feedback to a franchise. It was a fun, intellectual, exciting meeting to be a part of.

Here I am, sitting amongst some of the most successful BIZpeople in the Metro area giving feedback to an already semi-successful franchise with 6 units. I think it was beneficial not only to the company, but also to me in the fact that I was able to bounce ideas back and forth with some Big Baller’s. I am happy to report that most of my feedback and advice was taken to heart and was accepted by the other members as well.

Friday brought on a new experience – the Business Toolkit 2014 – Art of Communication. This was held near the Mid America Nazarene campus and yielded some really cool speakers as well as a few new contacts, and maybe even a few leads!

Idle Smart’s main investor @HarrySCampbell was the first speaker, and man can he really get you pumped up!  I want you all to check out his website and buy his book, I just finished it and can guarantee you it’s worth the read. All of his proceeds go to an amazing cause that he is extremely passionate about. What a humble guy. Here’s the link – http://www.harryscampbell.com/

The next person I want to speak to you about is @AlanaMuller. This Pretty Lady is packed full of networking tips and is coined as the Networking Sherpa. Go follow her on twitter and check out her website http://www.coffeelunchcoffee.com/ I can only hope to have a nickname that cool one day.

Some of my favorite tips from Alana 1.) Don’t leave the house without a gift. What I interpreted this as is always have an interesting fact, or idea for someone that will set you apart from the crowd. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes – “Greatness is about being a little better than mediocre every day!” 2.) Ask questions – Alana had some great examples like “What’s your favorite app?” I shared with her my little acronym that I use in situations (I think she liked it)




OSA is my tip I want to leave you with today. Make an observation, share a related fact/experience/idea, and ask a question. This ultimately works in every situation. Be creative, be yourself, and have fun.


“Be great, nothing else pays.”

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