a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications October 2005

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Events to Help Your Business Grow


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Events to Help Your Business Grow

Join me at some of the following events:

Tuesday, October 4
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Dave and Busters
No RSVP necessary.
For more info, click here.

Friday, October 7
7:00 -9:00 a.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Petroleum Club
7th Floor of the Energy Bldg, 8620 N. New Braunfels
RSVP here.

Monday, October 10
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Presented by Jan King, Mary Kay Sales Director. See the article below for details and prices.
O'Krent Abbey Flooring Center, 2075 N. Loop 1604 E
Click here for more info. Call 210-863-2250 to register.

Monday, October 17
11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Presented by Jan King, Mary Kay Sales Director. See the article below for details and prices.
O'Krent Abbey Flooring Center, 2075 N. Loop 1604 E
Click here for more info. Call 210-863-2250 to register.

Monday, October 24
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber's Northeast Area Business Council
Piper Bass Center at Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger
Meet Councilmen Kevin Wolff (District 9) and Chip Haass (District 10). RSVP here. Free Admission.

Tuesday, October 25
7:30-9:00 a.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber's Northwest Area Business Council
Norris Conference Center (at Crossroads Mall).
Sponsored by Civil Engineering Consultants, O’Connell Robertson & Associates Inc., and SBC. Hear John Strybos (Alamo Community College District— Construction) discuss the upcoming ACCD Bond Issue and business opportunities it for local firms. RSVP here.


This is usually my favorite month, probably because of the change in the weather. Think the next "cold snap" will stay with us? Hope you have a great beginning to your autumn.

  • Creativity
  • "Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything."
    - George Lois

    As many of you know, I lived in New Orleans for ten years. It was an amazing time and my memories of the place are bittersweet. My son was born there. I overcame my fear of public speaking and started doing training there. I received my M.P.A. degree there. But it was also the place where I was mugged, my house was broken into, and where my marriage fell apart. On top of that, a friend of mine died from knee surgery after two months in intensive care.

    Maybe any city you live in for ten or more years can bring about those radical highs and lows of life. But for me, New Orleans will always be a city of extremes.

    Two of my friends (and their three dogs) came to stay with me the weekend after Katrina. I’ve watched the situation in New Orleans through my own tear-filmed eyes, but also through theirs. As I write this, they have gone back for the first time to see if anything can be saved from their residences. I can only guess at the pain they must be going through and I’m so blessed to be able to provide a dry, mold-free place for them to stay until they decide what to do next.

    I’ve read tons of news articles about rebuilding the city. Mayor Ray Nagin this past week put together a commission to rebuild New Orleans. I can’t imagine the United States without New Orleans. If, however, this city has a chance to survive again, the highest need will be for creative minds.

    Wynton Marsalis expressed it best. He said, “New Orleans is a true American melting pot: the soul of America....These people produced an original cuisine, an original architecture, vibrant communal ceremonies and an original art form: jazz.” For those of you who have never been there, no words can truly express the soul of this city. The people are generous and kind in spite of, or maybe because of, the sometimes adverse conditions – whether hurricane or flood or abject poverty. There are things to do in the city even if you have no money, and that can’t be said about every town. (Try to have a good time in Dallas without funds.)

    It will take people who are not willing to settle for the first ideas that rise to the top. It will take people who can be visionary, who can see the potential. It will take people who understand that it takes all the people of New Orleans to rebuild the city, not just the rich folks uptown. And it will take people who can engineer pumps that work and levees that hold.

    Creativity can solve any problem. The first step is to dream big, to see what you want the end result to be, and then open yourself to the possibility that the dream can happen.

    Creativity is an interesting skill. It happens if you let it. But if you take the first solution you encounter just to solve the problem, you usually don’t get to the good ideas. I hope the powers-that-be in New Orleans will work toward the best, not just the easy, solutions. I hope you can use that same model to solve your problems. Dream the big dream and then blow past the first few ideas until you get to the best solutions.

    Last week’s contest was: 29, 57, 44, 128, 140, 379 – What number (other than 1 or -1) can be divided into each of these numbers without leaving a remainder? Any fraction with a one as the numerator works. Maggie Seay came up with 0.5. Maggie will receive a gift certificate to Entree's Cafe and Catering.

    This month, an easy one: Find the logic in this series of numbers: 0, 1, 8, 10, 19, 90. Why can't the series continue?

    I have a gift certificate from Entree's just waiting for the winner.

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    My friend Cheryl Cook has a wonderful newsletter (and if you like this one, you'll like hers, too.) Cheryl's suggestions will help you get more cash in your pocket, more sales in the door, and reduce the amount of cash leaving your business. To visit her website and sign up for this biweekly ezine, click here.

  • Crystallize Your Connections!
  • Enjoy a fun-filled lunch and meet new people while learning tips for successful networking.

    Two more Mondays, October 10 and 17, I'll provide easy-to-follow steps for making the most of networking events.

    Both events will be held at O'Krent's Abbey Flooring Center, 2075 N. Loop 1604 E (at Gold Canyon). Price is $25 per person.

    Per person $25 each event

    Click here for more information and to RSVP

  • O'Krent Floors -
    No Payments & No Interest For Six Months
  • O'Krent
    As San Antonio's oldest and largest family-owned floor covering and carpet dealer, O'Krent's Abbey Flooring Center is the leader among San Antonio floor covering companies. O'Krent's reputation lies in its quality installations, fair pricing, and lifetime labor warranties. Products include carpeting, natural stone and ceramic floor tile, cork and hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring and area rugs.

    O'Krent's is so proud and confident in their abilities that it offers a full lifetime installation warranty on every floor covering and carpeting product installed.

    Check out the specials - including six months of no payments and no interest - when you come to the Making Connections Lunch Events - and bring your friends!

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