Broken Trees & Masterminds

I realized that you, as you work in your business, look for places that are custom made for your growth. Well, I don’t want to hide this one from you–in fact, you are welcome to join in for a special Mastermind Discovery Session happening this Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm in Medina, Ohio.

But, first listen up as I explain a little about what you can expect.

Reach out to me at TheNetworkingBob@gmail.com with the title of “Mastermind” and I will forward you more information.

Hope to see you soon.

ONward, Bob Arnold

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If you’re not a member of “Bob’s Pencil Points” blog, click here to join. Periodic glimpses into the deeper world of networking. One new connection for you is worth more than you can imagine.

His book “The Uncanny Power of the Networking Pencil” is to be released soon.

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As an author, networker, and architect, Bob simply believes in and has seen networking make phenomenal changes in people’s lives and businesses. Check out Bob’s story.

Networking Distraction

 

It’s you! (I’m just going to say it right up front.)

You have it all set; your mindset to meet her, the focus on how to work the conversation, the intention to learn about her—not focus on you.

Then you walked through the door! Your heart is pounding! You’re looking around the room.

There she is! And, she’s not talking with anyone!

She’s the person you had found out from the host would be there, but had never met before. The person who could provide work opportunities for you, or help you connect with others who can.

“I’ve got this!” you said.

As you started walking over—there they were! The ones you always see at events like this, the ones you talk with all the time. They’re not your customers and they don’t send you any good connections—but you’re friends.

Distracted, you say “Hi!” You pause. You get in a conversation about something that’s going on in both of your worlds; the weather, workload, or some common interest.

Next thing you know the Host is asking everyone to sit down because the main part of the event is starting.

Your mind snaps! You did it again!

You look over, only to see the person you had planned to meet—sitting with your competitor.

You cringe!

You did it again—lost your focus—got distracted!

Why?

Because, you are the distraction!

Instead of staying in a comfort zone with someone you know very well, just say “Hi! I’ll get with you later.” and go on to that person you had intended to meet—your friend will understand.

Be a connector, not a distraction.

Meet someone new today.

 

Bonus Tip:  You might even introduce your friend to her–after you have had a conversation and know a little about each other! Otherwise, you may just be setting up another distraction–more on that later.

 

Of Note: I’m starting up another Mastermind Group, so if you’re interested in knowing more about its focus on taking your business to the next level, let me know & I will send you some information. Email me HERE. Use subject line: Mastermind. I’m running a Discovery Session in Medina, Ohio the last week of October for those interested in learning more. These change lives and businesses!

 

ONward, Bob Arnold

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If you’re not a member of “Bob’s Pencil Points” blog, click here to join. Periodic glimpses into the deeper world of networking. One new connection for you is worth more than you can imagine.

His book “The Uncanny Power of the Networking Pencil” is to be released soon.

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As an author, networker, and architect, Bob simply believes in and has seen networking make phenomenal changes in people’s lives and businesses. Check out Bob’s story.

 

12 Gather…After 38 Years!

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At first, I didn’t see anyone I knew—I walked around the tent and texted one of my past classmates who I knew would be there and stood waiting for the ribbon-cutting to happen.

I remember to this day, 42 years ago, when I first experienced Taylor Hall at Kent State University—the top floor of which was dedicated as a studio for the long hours we students of architecture would spend captured in its glass walls working on our projects.

…then Kath, one of my classmates of the 1978 graduating class walked up & we reintroduced ourselves and she escorted me to a seat in the reserved section of the ceremony.

We were there for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly built building which will now house the Architecture School.

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  • It’s a beautiful design
  • It’s State of the Art
  • It provides the atmosphere needed to design
  • It’s prominent
  • It was commissioned well

As I toured the building, I started discussions with a few students and found myself remembering the excitement I felt those years I spent in such a space seeking inspiration for the next design project I was assigned. I smiled as I listened to their stories…

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There were 12 of us from our original graduating class who came to witness this event that gathered afterward around a meal and liquid refreshments—catching up on each others lives and the lives and adventures other classmates had experienced who were not present or who have departed from this world since graduation. It was good and sobering to hear and see what had become of so many of us. There were:

  • Dreams realized
  • Dreams shattered
  • Accomplishments made
  • Accomplishments dashed
  • Families built
  • Some retired
  • Some expired
  • Rumors revealed
  • Remembrances refreshed

Yet you’ll find us across the world executing our craft.

It’s humbling to not recognize someone from your own class, yet it brings a smile to my face to see some that I remember having certain characteristics, still exhibiting them and others who act a lot different than I remember. Many of those present I spent time studying architecture in Europe with for 12-14 weeks during our 4th year of architecture school.

The main Point here is that for each of us there are groups we remember and I want you to heed the fact that those people who share the journey with you will always be soul-mates of yours and, in the networking world, they are groups you can (or should) count on as you live your life.

Yet, too many of us move on and discard old friends and fellow travelers as irrelevant or of no importance. It’s sad, but it is also a part of life.

I enjoyed myself as we all shared memories and laughs and I count it a privilege to call them all friends.

My world wouldn’t be the same without them and neither would yours, after all we have designed many of the buildings that you frequent or spend much of your time in & some of us will continue to do so.

Bonus Tip:  This is especially for those of you who are in college right now—the people around you, your professors and other college students, are members of your influence group. You will find that as time goes on, those you met while schooling, in a Fraternity or Sorority, will be ones you will take a call from anytime they call. You will find they will help at the drop of a hat. Make sure you build a strong network while you’re there! YOUR CAREER DEPENDS ON IT!

 

Reminder: I’m starting up another Mastermind Group, so if you’re interested in knowing more about its focus on turning your business into a ‘Results-Oriented’ networking entity that produces prospects during your networking efforts, let me know & I will send you the key information you need to become involved. Email me HERE. Use subject line: Mastermind. I’m running a Discovery Session in Medina, Ohio on October 12th for those interested in learning more. These mastermind groups change lives and businesses! Don’t underestimate the height you can climb to—check it out today.

 

ONward, Bob Arnold

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If you’re not a member of “Bob’s Pencil Points” blog, click here to join. Periodic glimpses into the deeper world of networking. One new connection for you is worth more than you can imagine.

His book “The Uncanny Power of the Networking Pencil” is to be released soon.

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As an author, networker, and architect, Bob simply believes in and has seen networking make phenomenal changes in people’s lives and businesses. Check out Bob’s story.

 

Bob’s Mountain?

Valuable lesson in this post—I got surprised this week, pleasantly, that is!

I was just reading a post from another blogger friend (Michael Port, Founder of Book Yourself Solid® Worldwide) and he commented on how his assistant turned his attention to a place online where Doctoral candidates post their dissertation titles. One caveat though—they are required to turn their title into a single sentence anyone would understand! Oh-Oh; that could be quite a task I thought.

The title of one was: Studies on an Arabidopsis thaliana MYB Transcription Factor Involved in Heat and Salt Tolerance

It got posted as: Plants will die if you put them in the oven.

Well now, I don’t know about you, but I certainly understood the second rendition a lot quicker than I did the first! (Actually, I still don’t understand the first one.)

His post caught my eye because of something that happened to me this week. I hosted a couple of networking events on Thursday (National Coffee Day) at coffee shops and had planned to debut my new diagram representing 10 networking tips—in fact, I had titled it: 10 Results-Oriented Tips for Networking Success. No Kidding—that’s what I called it! I thought it was succinct enough.

During the week, Donna, my talented go-to graphic artist at 2d3d Group here in Medina, Ohio, sent me a prototype to look over & simply said “Take a look at Bob’s Mountain inside.” Simple comment that knocked me off my seat—before I even took a look at what she sent me. The graphic was even more spectacular—I love it when someone “gets it” from a simple diagram & explanation I give of what’s in my head.

But, back to the title—she captured the image in two words: Bob’s Mountain.

Here’s the lesson: Quit trying to be so succinct and descriptive of what you’re putting out there for someone else to read—most of it is boring. The main point of a title is to draw someone into your paper, book, or picture. Keep it simple, and memorable!

I see the same thing going on with networking introductions. Someone feels like they have to give me all the intricate details of how they do the job they do, with disclaimers and all, when all I’d really like to know is an easy way to remember them later. Those long dissertations lose people—Keep it short; keep it memorable; keep it on-point; and, you will capture someone’s imagination with your product or service.

By the way, the two networking events went great and we all got to know each other and learn some valuable nuggets about how to get results from our networking.

You’ll be hearing more about Bob’s Mountain!

Bonus Tip:  2-7 words are all it takes to capture an imagination, preferably 2-3!

 

Oh, By-the-way: I’m starting up another Mastermind Group, so if you’re interested in knowing more about its focus on taking your business to the next level, let me know & I will send you some information. Email me HERE. Use subject line: Mastermind. I’m running a Discovery Session in Medina, Ohio on October 12th for those interested in learning more. These change lives and businesses!

 

ONward, Bob Arnold

If you’re not a member of “Bob’s Pencil Points” blog, click here to join. Periodic glimpses into the deeper world of networking. One new connection for you is worth more than you can imagine.

His book “The Uncanny Power of the Networking Pencil” is to be released soon.

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As an author, networker, and architect, Bob simply believes in and has seen networking make phenomenal changes in people’s lives and businesses. Check out Bob’s story.