But I love Orange!

Driving around this morning, I heard a radio report that excerpted the results of a career advice study that if you are going for a job interview, you should still wear black or navy blue…that wearing those colors improves your chances of getting hired.  Red is listed as a power color—one of the last times I got hired to work for someone else (1996) I was wearing a floor length Calvin Klein swing coat.  The worst color?  Orange.

I have been carrying a super-cool orange Kate Spade handbag for a few months now and it is the most commented-upon item that I have ever owned.  I am no accessory hog and the fact that I’ve been carrying it around since the summer is probably an indicator that I am not that fashion-conscious.  But it makes me happy and I love that people take note of it.

Purple is probably my signature color, in my logo, banner, website, etc.  I like bright green and orange too.  I guess all of this means that I am a misfit for the corporate-type jobs that this study was referring to.  I can live with that.  Color expresses my individuality and creativity.  If someone wants to hire me, they will need to appreciate that anyway.

Want to read the original article?  Here it is.

Baltimore Web Videos Launch (Next shoot date January 15th)

I am bullish on video.  It has been great for my business and my clients too.  For the last few years I’ve been partnering with Marty Jenoff of Focal Point Productions to create professional videos that small business owners can use on their websites.  (have you seen our work on YouTube?)

We’ve got it down to a science:  we schedule five people in one three hour block of time.  I prep you and we do group coaching and practice to get you ready for your turn in front of the camera.  Marty brings his green screen, lighting and audio setup.  I do the off-screen interviewing and there’s nothing to memorize,  nothing to get nervous about.  Then we take the raw footage, add your images, logo, colors and turn it into a masterpiece.

So I built us a simple website to let people know about our video program, check it out at www.baltimorewebvideos.com.  And if you’re interested, our next shoot date is Wednesday, January 15th (in the morning) in Pikesville.

Want to know the “secrets” behind successful Facebook advertising?

I run a webinar every month for my Bold Business Works community and this month was one of the most chock-ful of valuable information of any that I’ve ever done.  Mara Glazer of Cut the Crap and Profit Now has been placing Facebook ads for her clients with amazing success and she demonstrated to our audience how simple it is to bring prospects into your sales funnel with some “tricks of the trade.”  Because I’m such a nice person and this is such gold material, I’m giving you the link here even if you missed it live and didn’t register!  https://vimeo.com/74951898

Nothing like connecting over a cuppa coffee.

I had a cup of coffee this morning (at one of my favorite Baltimore spots, Goldberg’s Bagels, but that is a different blog post!) with someone I’d been on a panel with maybe two years ago. We had seen each other in passing several times, but he initiated this meeting and I was glad to sit down with him.

We had a great conversation, just 45 minutes of catch-up on how our respective businesses are doing, telling some client success stories and sharing what would make a great client for each of us.

I have to tell you, there is a connection you make when you meet with someone in person that is just not replicated over the phone, even over Skype. It’s why I still prefer to coach in person whenever possible. Eyeball to eyeball, mano to mano is still so much better. And for those of us who work from our homes, it is healthy to get out there and see other people, too.

Try it and see for yourself.

Milana’s amazing event on August 29th

You won’t want to miss this:

Ask any successful coach, author, or speaker what their #1 most
powerful marketing strategy is, and 90% of them would say the same

…It wouldn’t be Facebook or Twitter…It wouldn’t be blogging or SEO….It wouldn’t be newsletters or articles.
Sure, they probably do all those things. And some of them
probably make a nice bit of money from them. But if you really
looked at what was driving the BULK of their sales, and
consistently filling up their programs month after month, year
after year…

You would discover that JOINT VENTURES are the #1 force driving
new clients into their business.
Want to cut to the chase? This FREE webinar shows you exactly
how to find, approach, and get JV partners to promote your
products and programs for you!


You see it all the time.

The big players in a niche teaming up to promote each other’s
products and programs. And with a few email blasts, these
partnerships are generating 1,000’s of new subscribers, and
100’s of sales for everyone involved.

The problem is, unless you already have a big list (and can
offer to promote your partners’ products in exchange for them
promoting yours) it’s really tough to get potential joint
venture partners to say YES to doing a deal with you. It’s like
an “elite club” or “secret society” you are LOCKED OUT of.
But that’s where my friends Milana Leshinsky and Rich German
enter the story.  Milana and Rich have each done 100’s of joint ventures. They’ve
tapped into the power of joint venture partnerships to add tens
of thousands of people to their email lists, become top players
in their niches, and sell millions of dollars worth of products
and coaching.

Most importantly (for you), they have created a VERY unique
approach to joint ventures that completely levels the playing
field and allows ANYONE (even if you have NO list) to quickly
and easily start setting up lucrative joint venture partnerships
with other coaches, speakers, and authors.

It’s like they’ve stolen the “keys to the club” and are letting
everyone in. So anyone can start tapping into the incredible
power of joint ventures to grow their business, not just the
elite few who already have huge lists.

They’re laying out their complete system on a special free
webinar, and I thought you would want to jump on this:

FREE Webinar: Instant Clients Formula: The Fastest Way
to Get More Clients, Sell More Products, And Build a
Massive List of Hot Prospects

Space on this LIVE webinar is extremely limited, and spots
will fill up fast.  There is so much re-hashed marketing info out there, you rarely
come across TRUE breakthroughs and advances. THIS is one of
those times. This is really a whole new way of approaching joint
ventures that finally lets people just starting out tap into the
same powerful marketing strategy the big guys use to make

FREE Webinar: Instant Clients Formula: The Fastest Way
to Get More Clients, Sell More Products, And Build a
Massive List of Hot Prospects


Last video date until the fall.

Marty Jenoff of Focal Point Productions and I are offering our last video shoot of the spring (we’ll be on hiatus in the summer), so if you’ve been procrastinating about getting a professional video done for your website and web marketing, now is the time to get it done at our amazingly low price of $350.  (Honestly, the price will probably go up in the fall).  Tuesday, June 4th in the morning in Pikesville, Maryland.

It can be a lonely virtual world. Feedback is wonderful.

I sent out my monthly newsletter this afternoon and within an hour, I heard from three different recipients (in unrelated far-flung corners of my world) thanking me for sharing my thoughts and ideas.  When you mostly sit by yourself on your sunporch working (sure, I talk on the phone or online all the time, but its not really the same) it is so gratifying to know that your ideas and words are actually touching people in a positive way.  When I first started blogging, I had this misguided conception that I would start really building up an online conversation and have largely found that few people actually comment on blogs.  But I do appreciate every one who takes the time to comment (especially if its thoughtful and heartfelt) on the blog, an article or my newsletter.  Did you miss the newsletter?  Its right here for you to read—this month about Marketing Ideas That Get An A—ideas I’ve borrowed from my campus visits with my college-bound daughter.

Welcome Spike!

I am always impressed how bountiful the universe is.  I have loved working with Sheila Brown for the last five years or so, supporting the clients of our website builder, but Sheila has decided she needs to focus on her full-time work and so she “gifted” me her friend Spike.  Spike Dolomite Ward is a force to be reckoned with, people.  Check out her website at www.spikedolomiteward.com and see for yourself.  She is just starting to work with us and is being trained to handle all of our sales and client requests with the same friendly approach as Sheila but in her uniquely Spike-like way.

Welcome aboard!

I love my work!

Since the beginning of the year, I have been working on such a wide variety of fascinating projects, people and businesses.  Even just the “exploratory coaching calls” have been stimulating and intriguing, giving some off-the-cuff ideas and reactions to entrepreneurs who are stuck.  Here’s a smattering of what I’ve been up to:  I coached a mortgage specialist to create and present a killer presentation to a group of realtors…impressing the socks off her boss.  I’ve hooked up my client www.citypizzaovernight to a contact at the Huffington Post and his pizza was recommended as a unique Valentine’s Day gift!  I met a couple with a non-profit startup that is doing so well they have to figure out if they want to stay grant-funded or move into the for-profit world.  I did a talk on Sales and Marketing for the Small Business Development and Technology Center of Central Maryland that resulted in a terrific follow-up call (so far) with a young woman building an all-natural candle business.  I was a guest on my buddy Tea Silvestre’s Prosperity’s Kitchen program, talking about metrics, then judging the entries.  And that’s not even mentioning all my ongoing coaching work and some big announcements coming with my website builder.  Tap into my brain and set up your own coaching exploration call!  https://my.timedriver.com/KBN82.

Have you read the Steve Jobs biography?

I’m about 3/4 of the way through the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs.  Have you read it?  It is completely absorbing and has had my mind spinning on a whole bunch of different levels.  I like to think of myself as a big-picture person who can handle ideas and creative people in productive ways.  But as I reflected on what Steve Jobs and Apple were like (at least in the early days) I am not sure I could have been a part of the Jobs universe.  He was the master of the “reality distortion field.”  What that means is he lied when it served his purposes.  He also was very eccentric personally, having weeks on end of just eating one thing like carrots or apples.  And then not bathing because he believed his diet meant that he did not produce normal human sweat or smells.  And everyone and everything he met was either the absolute best or “shit.”  From my reading, Steve Jobs didn’t much tolerate the grey reality that lies between black and white.  As exhilirating as it must have been to be on one of the teams he worked with to great success—at Apple or Pixar—I have to admit that I am not sure my own constitution would have been up to handling his genius-level strangeness.  Would you have been up to it?  What do you think?