Connecting the dots forward …

Look back for a moment and take the time to identify the dots that are scattered on your way.

Can you connect those dots ?

Do you understand how you’ve reached the place where you are right now ?

Try to remember what was your vision at that time. Are you where you thought you would be ?

You are starting to explore some new grounds, discover some new people, some new tools, don’t be afraid, it will just connect … in the future !

Link:

Stanford University – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

There are no shortcuts !

Being an entrepreneur, a small business owner you already knows that there are no shortcuts, that you need to get through a lot of work until one day you deliver !

You’ve got now two more challenges, the first one is to be clear and perseverant to deliver and the second one is to be able to communicate to your audience the resulting products or services.


“Maybe Its My Fault” – Michael Jordan

Is it you ?

Am I the real me?

From gianΩmerz's Flickr photostream


You have probably been thinking how to describe who you are, how to present yourself to your clients or readers.

It’s often the first step required to establish your human touch and start a relation with them.

It’s also a quite difficult exercice and even if you think your portrait is accurate, is it really ?

How do the people you connect understand it ?

Do they perceive you as you do ?

Try this little exercice and tell us about the results …

The buddy system

Here’s the best way to improve your business plan or your resume:

Have someone else write it.

Find a friend of a friend, a document-buddy, someone who needs the same thing done for them, but not someone who is a close friend. And then interview each other and write the other person’s plan.

Don’t show them the existing plan or document, and don’t read it to them. Have a conversation. Tell your story. Answer questions. And then see what they come up with.

Writing about yourself is infinitely harder than writing about someone else–and you’re going to discover that the story you thought you were telling probably isn’t the story that’s coming across.

by Seth Godin on October 02, 2010

Profile : Frances Schagen, impacting the world …

In your quest to improve the way you are doing business, take a moment to observe what Frances Schagen depicts …

As a small business owner, you are part of a community and this community is important for you as well as you are important for it.

… Even if none of you knows it (my comment)

Like you Frances has it’s own bookkeeping business to run, and if you are living somewhere near Kentville, Nova Scotia Canada, have a look to her “Cristal Clear” company.

On the community side of the equation, she’s an active member of the “Business Owners Success Club”.

They start by deliberately working on our businesses every month to continually improve them and ourselves.
Every month they choose one aspect of business to improve, realizing the power of groups and taking advantage of the collective wisdom, varied best practices and accountability they offer.

What about you ?

Are you active in your community ?

Did you joined a local small business club ?

Frances Schagen unite small business

Links :

Cristal Clear, Frances Schagen bookkeeping business

The Business owners success club

Profile : Paul and Lauren Durban, shaping yours ideas …

You’ve got an idea !

Do you know how you will explain it to everyone ?

Don’t worry Paul and Lauren are there to help you creating easy to understand and professional materials.
whether for your website, a multimedia presentation at a business conference, a support to be showed at a convention booth, …

Ask them to co-create the ebook, paperback book, animation, video you deserve !

Links :

Some samples of the Durban’s work

Blazonfire Videos on Youtube

Seth Godin about eBook design and motion graphics

Lauren Durban
Paul Durban

How about you [Music]

Today, we would like to share some music with you.

Relax one minute and enjoy !

02 How about you by Daglinckx
Ukulele and electro, interpreted by Sebastian Daglinckx (1′ 06″)

Why are you invisible ?

In this video, you will see the immense gap that’s existing between the reality of small business marketing and the way potential clients are looking for them.

When local businesses are still thinking in terms of word of mouth or yellow pages, the consumers say they mainly use the Internet to look for local products and services,

It’s time to wake-up !

Links:

Video: WebVisible shows its customers “The Great Divide” in local online advertising

Webvisible: Small Business Internet Marketing Center

Profile : Trey and Monica Pitsenberger, passionate gardeners

Trey Pitsenberger
Trey and Monica Pitsenberger have been a garden center professional for over 20 years.

As independent small retail nursery owners they have to do it all.

The garden center industry is in a state of change as many retail business are these days.
Trey and Monica explore how to best use these changes to help the small and medium sized garden center.
How can you make a difference in front of chain and box stores that feature price and convenience ?

Another challenge is to show people how they can be more self-sufficient using gardening …

The blog The Blogging nurseryman at www.thegoldengecko.com/blog was the first horticultural industry blog to take up these issues and is the go to site for the most current thinking on small and medium garden centers.

Thanks Trey ! Thanks Monica !
You are inspiring us.

Links :

The golden gecko garden center

The Blogging Nurseryman …

About small nursery businesses benefit and the proliferation of social media

Profile : David Ellison, enhancing the collective spirit of a household

David Ellison from the Lorimer workshop
David Ellison designs and builds tables at the Lorimer Workshop.

A natural solid wood farm table truly represent warmth and relaxation in a home.
The table becomes the center focus for family gatherings, it helps build traditions of comfortable meal-times, great conversations with family and friends and a place for writing, homework and other projects.
All activities around the farm table truly enhances the collective spirit of a household.

In crafting a table, David use traditional hand-made methods for working wood.

Links :

The Lorimer workshop on Etsy

Profile : Murray Johnston, a passion for cranberries …

Murray Johnston Family

Murray’s father, Orville, began his cranberry dream in 1950 when he bought land in Bala, Muskoka and began clearing it.
Murray was born on the farm and has spent his life continuing his father’s legacy of growing quality fruit using sustainable, environmentally conscious practices.
Murray studied agriculture at University of Guelph and is passionate about growing excellent fruit.

In 2001, they also started Muskoka Lakes Winery and have been winning awards for their wines ever since.

Today, along with his wife Wendy, Murray manages the family business and, with the help of his four sons, continues to bring in the harvest every autumn.

Harvest is the most exciting time of year. It occurs from mid-September through October.
Cranberries are grown and harvested like no other crop in the world.
They’re also native only to North America. That makes them a fascinating part of our heritage!

Drop by and learn about this unique crop!

Links :

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh