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By Pat Hammond

Oh the Humanity!

After last week's overload of networking goodness, this week's events calendar is almost completely empty. Even the tech groups have let us down.

The Southern NH Clojure group that usually meets at the Alpha Loft on Elm Street is meeting in Nashua this month and the New Hampshire PHP group that usually meets the 4th Thursday of the month seems to have completely fallen off the map.

The good news is that the Future Tech Women's Women in Tech Hangout is still on the calendar and Merrimack Valley Small Business Strategy is doing a workshop on using QuickBooks for your business, but that's it.

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By Pat Hammond

Nobody likes a fake(r)

Have you ever seen a child start screaming his head off when presented with a mall Santa? It's not because he's not up for the idea of an old guy in a beard bringing him toys, it's that even with his limited life experience he can tell that the mall Santa is a fake.

And nobody likes a fake.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek of next week's events...

It looks like the summer business networking season is in full swing in the Queen City next week. To see all of next week's business, networking and tech events visit our Event Calendar.

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By Pat Hammond

Avoid your competitor’s strength and attack their weakness

When it comes to business a lot of people subscribe to Sun Tzu's strategies found in The Art of War.

It makes sense. There are a lot of parallels between business and war and the wisdom of Sun Tzu does seem to stand the test of time so let's take a look at the idea of knowing your enemy (competition).

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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By Pat Hammond

Alpha Loft's Startup Meetup

This week's podcast is short and sweet and features the Startup Meetup from the Alpha Loft business incubator and Makers in Manchester.

The Startup Meetup meets once a month for networking and problem solving. They meet the first Wednesday of the month from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Alpha Loft, 844 Elm Street in Manchester and is a super resource for any startup, entrepreneur or small business owner looking to overcome challenges in growing their New Hampshire business.

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By Pat Hammond

Job Satisfaction = Happiness

I know it's cliché, but if you want to find a work/life balance you have to start by loving what you do.

There are going to be days when you hate the menial tasks, can't stand the sound of your coworker slurping his coffee and wonder if that stick could go any further up your manager's butt, but they can't be the norm.

The fact is that we spend 8, 10 and even 12 hours a day at work or doing work activities. That's almost half our day and more than 2/3 of our waking hours. When you spend that much time pursuing a single activity it can't just be about the paycheck.

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By Pat Hammond

Timeliness = Success

Timeliness is all about preparedness and creating opportunity.

  • have clear vision & goals
  • be present, aware of the current status
  • time management -- meet benchmarks and deadlines

Master these timeliness skills and you will be prepared when opportunity knocks.

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By Pat Hammond

Have you ever used a business coach? Have you at least thought about it?

If you're not familiar with the world of business coaching, it's a lot like sports coaching.

A business coach can work with an individual or a team, can specialize in one particular position or industry and uses their specialized skills, training and knowledge to help their clients create goals to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Jen Ryan of Jen Ryan Coaching is a successful small business owner who brings the skills and lessons learned over her 25 year career to help you develop the personal and business skills you need to start and grow your small business.

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By Pat Hammond

Connecting is Just the First Step

You met someone at a conference and followed up with a LinkedIn invite. You use the same procedure after every networking event and have a couple hundred connections, yet you're still struggling to find leads.

The problem is that connecting is the first step. Once you've got their attention you need to follow through and build the relationship.

  • send a thank you email
  • comment on one of their discussions or projects
  • congratulate them on a milestone
  • check in every few months
  • offer assistance (hint: if their project is outside your skillset it's perfectly acceptable to introduce them to one of your other connections who can help)

Whatever you do, do not lead with what you want from them!

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By Pat Hammond

Whiner's complain about why they can't do it, while winners get it done.

I'll make this simple and to the point. Do you want to be the guy who makes excuses or the guy who gets it done?

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