Peter, you are part of a new generation that may have grown up seeing
women more empowered and so more readily accept and respect what she
has to say. If so, that is great.
That is true. I don't believe that there are many "professions" that a man has "an edge" on a woman or vice versa.
I also don't think that women are naturally more intuitive in assessing a person. Maybe if you paired up 100 women vs 100 men, women are more intuitive. But, to make the blanket statement that ALL men need to learn it and NO women need to learn it, seems a bit extreme.
Sorry, Jeannne. I still don't see the case for a sales course tailored only to women.
So, Rick and Dave... When is OMG (Recently named to the Inc 5000) going to step up and dig into those tens of thousands of assessments they've given to determine whether men have different sales issues than women?
The box below gets appended to our clients' newsletters - if they opt for it. By participating, they get their message out to 60k subscribers. That's reach that a small business could never acheive alone. We're soon launching some more cool things for our clients that will get their message out even farther - and help them increase their traffic from search engines.
I am seriously considering keeping a public log of everyone that I meet and have a quality conversation with. What are your thoughts? Tell me. Then, I'll tell you why I might do it.
Spoke with Christopher Berglund from Marlborough Bank this morning. Good guy. Met him here. He helps businesses get the money they need to grow. He is also an expert at retail lending.
As a result of our conversation, I am connecting Joe Eori of Sage Capital with Chris because they both agreed that they might be able to help each other - by helping each others' clients.
Anyways. The impetus for writing this post was that Marlborough Bank's URL is A Great Bank. That's smart. Not only from the tech side because it helps with SEO. But, from a marketing side too as there aren't many banks that strive to be GREAT. And from talking to Chris and learning about how they put service and relationships and their clients' needs before "pushing products" - it sounds like they 'live it' over there too.
I haven't watched the videos yet. Scoble is always a little late to the game. I've never really seen him say anything too profound. And this actually verges on the sensational. I don't think techmeme, facebook and mahalo will beat google. Although, they are all piece of a more useful interweb.
But, I agree with the theory: The most important variable in the future-perfect search algorithm is 'what mom thinks'. Or more broadly: what the people you trust think is important.
We're booking some speakers for the Beechwood Forum. Each of them asks me for a description of the group and what other speakers talk about. Each time, I have to go through and dig out the links. Now I can just send people to here.
Update: While I am at it. I might as well have a centralized 'public' place where I can store the upcoming dates and who is slotted in to speak.
September 20th - Ray Frias, CEO of BBB. October - Attending NE Biz Expo in lieu of meeting. November 22nd - Dennis Rice, Executive Director of Alternatives Unlimited December 20th 2007 January 24th 2008 February 21st March 20th April 17th. May 22nd June 19th July 24th August 21st September 18th October 23rd November 20th
Ethan points out Yelp doesn't have events in their database. Of course they don't. They just launched it. Ethan says his company has lots of events because they are focussed on creating a search experience. True. They do a good job there.
IMHO, you need both a big list of events and you need a comunity. Yelp seems good at creating a community or atleast throwing a party. Ethan thinks search is more important.
A long time ago, I and a lot of other people, stopped comparing my startup to these companies chasing consumers. Obviously, WhizSpark hasn't focussed on search. And our community isn't that large or geographically dispersed. And we're focussed on business networking events and events that have a financial purpose for being. We provide a service that provides value to event producers, businesses and individual business professionals. Things that they are willing to pay for. But, every startup founder has a sweet spot for his own startup. Mine is certainly not better than any others. In fact, there are so many unique approaches being pursued, it's really cool to watch. When we started, there certainly wasn't anywhere near this amount of innovation. I welcome Yelp to the party. It'll be interesting to see how their service evolves when they begin to care about generating revenue.