Networking Nuggets from Client Connections
Helping You Connect With Confidence                          June 3, 2011 
Kath the Connector
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We actually had warm, sunny weather in Minnesota yesterday - amazing! That's the good news.  


The less good news is that we had a humongous tree limb come down during a storm that preceded the nice weather.  


The additional good news is that a friend who loves using his chainsaw came over and, in just a few hours, cut the limb into fireplace-sized pieces. (Thank you, Mark!)


I threw myself (okay, my husband dragged me) into the clean-up work of schlepping logs off the lawn, then raking up the smaller chunks of wood that were still large enough to make the lawn mower very unhappy.  We were working fast to beat the rain (which we did), and the yard looks great.  Unfortunately, I'm walking around kind of like Frankenstein - just a bit on the stiff side.


It's all too easy to over-do when we throw ourselves into our businesses, too.  We commit to projects that aren't in our best long-term interests, we focus so much on new clients that we fail to nurture our current ones, and we tell ourselves we'll "get around" to paying attention to our mental and physical health.


I hope the following Nuggets move you toward a dynamic equilibrium that's healthier for you, your business, and your bank account.

Tip of the Week
You never know where powerful business lessons will come from.


My good friend, Tina Floyd of Nonprofit Funding Solutions, has saved herself much pain over the years by applying something she learned while reading The Adventures of the Berenstain Bears to her kids: 


"It's never too late to correct a mistake."
How's This for Success?   

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Levi Anderson, of First Choice Uniforms and Promotional Products, clearly knows the value of nurturing business relationships.


When he recently shifted from his old job to First Choice, he had built up enough goodwill with his former clients to be able to immediately build his book of business with his new company.  He saw that he was able to make life better for those clients with a whole new set of products and services, he contacted them, and he was off and running.


It's all about the relationships.

A Really Good Resource

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Stress management is crucial to success in business (not to mention life).


Here's one of the best tools for lightening your mental load that I've ever encountered.  Enjoy this good-natured, laugh-out-loud video.
Thanks to my friend Flickr.


Here are this month's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Networking Nuggets
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While I'm not thrilled about the painful state of my raking muscles, I am delighted by the way our lawn looks.  This exercise in yard work is a great reminder for how I can experience more in my business and my life:

  1. Keep your eyes on the goal, not what it takes to get there
  2. Be willing to trade comfort for results
Here's hoping your "yard work" produces equally gratifying results.


Wishing you a year of massive success...



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