Old School Business and Millennial Mindsets

We’re looking for a mix of old school business people and new entrepreneurs at Wisconsin Business Owners and at our Wisconsin Business Owners Meetups.  It’s a bit perplexing to me that we don’t have standing room only crowds, given the quality of our programs.

An interesting conversation with Wisconsin Business Owners Co-Organizer Maggie Mongan crystallized the following:

Despite excellent quality and value, so many meetups are now focused on “drive-by” presentations of as little as ten minutes.  For some reason, people find that attractive.  It may be attractive online – just “like” and “follow” and you think you’ve done the work – but real success requires more.  Success is that place in life where preparation and opportunity meet.  [my emphasis]    We’ve long prided ourselves on professional, productive meetings in a very relaxed, personable atmosphere.  So, why the limited numbers for Meetup attendance?

The video that follows may explain a bit of our dilemma in driving up numbers of attendees.   I did a YouTube search for “old school corporate business” and “Why I do business old school” came up number one.

The points Andrew Henderson, the video presenter, makes are worthwhile for those who are “wannapreneurs”:

Rule #1 – Sales Matter

It takes more than a minute, or ten minutes, to master sales.  Both of our Meetups this Friday address aspects of sales and follow-up in-depth.  Our February 28, 2020 Lunch & Learn presenter, an engineer who sells, discusses “How to Advance Stalled Sales”  Seats still available.

Rule #2 – Your Word Matters

Our February 28, 2020 Special Morning Session master sales/presenter does an hour and fifteen minutes in the morning on why your business apology matters.

Rule #3 – Contracts Matter

Rule #4 – Protect What is Yours

Rule #5 – A Job is A Job

Many thanks to Mr. Henderson of https://www.nomadcapitalist.com for explaining his thoughts.  His thoughts helped me explain my own.

My next YouTube search was for “old school corporate business vs. millennial mindset” and this excellent animated video came up first:

I’m not blaming lower than expected attendance on millennials.  Rather, on the digital equivalent of “drive-by” networking, a “swipe-right” involvement level.  I encourage everyone to “do the work.”  Ninety percent of success is showing up.  Come join us!  

BTW, #2 in my YouTube search for “old school corporate business vs. millennial mindset” was this TEDx Talk – lest I be called on to apologize to millennials, this is a great rejoinder to the video post above.  My wife and I have four millennial adult children, and I believe all of them have life – work and play – figured out better than I did at their ages.

Constructive Criticism Equals Straight Talk

Straight talk – constructive criticism – is welcome in the workplace and as a volunteer.  As a matter of giving back, I did some community service organization volunteering.  As my kids were growing up I did a fair share of volunteering.  For my kids, whether for Scouts, Basketball, Baseball, Football or family outings, I figured that volunteering was a way to force myself to do the things with my kids that I wanted to do anyhow.

Whether as an employer, or a volunteer, a pet peeve of mine is the person who says, “someone, they asked me not to say who, didn’t like “x”.”   The peeve is not with the messenger.  My automatic responses are generally 1) what do you think? and 2) tell them if they have a concern, they should share it with me.  I welcome constructive criticism.  The way to deal with concerns is to make them explicit, to examine them, and to find resolution.

That matter of fact approach isn’t cold.  It’s realistic.  Complaining to someone who is not in a position to change what you’re complaining about is just complaining.  Complaining to someone who is in a position to change what you’re complaining about – in as positive a manner as you can muster – is constructive criticism.  Complaining in hopes of  changing outcomes is the mature, thoughtful approach to take, in my opinion.

I was reminded of my pet peeve about (the lack of) constructive criticism when I saw the following TED for Work talk, The Secret to Giving Great Feedback.

 

From:  https://www.ted.com/talks/leeann_renninger_the_secret_to_giving_great_feedback

Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we’re still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renniger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.

As one of the Organizers of Wisconsin Business Owners, I welcome your constructive criticism.  Use our contact page or call me…preferably after you’ve viewed the video above.

Regards,
Keith Klein

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WisOwners

 

 

Side Hustle Revolution & Wisconsin Business Owners

Side Hustles.  They’re everywhere, practiced by seemingly everyone.

This video (and another that will follow soon) explain that side hustles – and the reasons for them – vary widely.  I picked this TEDx video as a “jumping off” point, defining the side hustle, and the ‘whys and wherefore’s” of side gigs.

Yes, side hustles are often about the money.  Yet they’re often about so much more than just money.  They’re about doing what you love.  They’re about learning, growing, building and achieving.  They’re about balance and (self-) determining how we live and work.

I think the side hustle has been part of “the American Way” since the Pilgrims got here.  I’d classify a lot of part-time jobs as side-hustles.  The baseball park vendor who makes good coin while enjoying the ball park and the game.  The baby-sitter, the pet-sitter, the part-time elder care-giver, the student who teaches music…

My Dad, a self-employed construction contractor for fifty years, always suggested to me, “Use your brain, not your back  But learn a trade so you always have something to fall back on.”   He was a quintessential horse-trader with side hustles galore.

This from the YouTube introduction of the video: This is the side hustle revolution | The Way We Work, a TED series:

“Past generations found a company to work for and then stayed there for decades. But today, we rarely stay in the same job (let alone on the same career path) and we don’t rely on a single income stream. The tools and resources are out there for us to do our own thing, and more of us are going with the entrepreneurial spirit — even if it’s on the side of a traditional job. Podcaster and marketer Nicaila Matthews Okome helps survey the scene.

“The Way We Work is a TED original video series where leaders and thinkers offer practical wisdom and insight into how we can adapt and thrive amid changing workplace conventions. (Made possible with the support of Dropbox)”

Stay tuned for more of “The Way We Work” TED Talks.

Wisconsin Side Hustles

I helped make ends meet while in college by doing tax returns for people.  After a course in Econ 304 or 404, Money & Banking, tax returns made some sense to me, and I could confidently deliver value on basic returns.  My daughter-in-law, enjoys catering events with her mom and her auntie while bringing home some bacon, and sometimes great leftovers.  My daughter works hard and has fun at State Fair while making bank, listening to live music and seeing friends, family and other fairgoers who stop by to enjoy themselves – and tip well – to boot.

Wisconsin is great for side hustles.  Thinking locally, snow plowing comes to mind.   Micro-brewing, too.  Door County folks offer firewood for sale at roadside self-help stacks in their front yards. How many contribute cherries and maple syrup to destination retail locations?

Wisconsin Business Owners Side Hustles

Wisconsin Business Owners – our Members – are great for side hustles.  I’ve seen groups form from within our group, when several speakers, already friends, combined their skills to deliver even greater value together, while continuing to deliver excellent values to their clients in their own niches.

I met one of my newest clients online through our Wisconsin Business Owners Meetup group, then in person at a Wisconsin Business Owners event.  He’s got the consummate side hustle, a whole second business based on his skills and interests.  His education and experience at his primary job are quite advanced.  He’s engaged by huge multinational corporations on a project basis.  Yet, when his “day job” isn’t a hundred percent busy, he devotes time to developing his side hustle.  He simply never wants to be in the position of having to rely on a huge client or two for his bread and butter.  Self-determination is his key.

The “Side Hustle” for many of us amounts to figuring out how to deliver the best in all facets of our main hustle. We learn, we network and we share in a relaxed yet professional environment.

Our group Organizers are very much about delivering a greater value to Wisconsin Business Owners than the sum of our individual parts. Plus, our Organizers are “servant leaders” … people who derive pleasure from simply helping others.  And we all like to learn.

So, even if you’re “just” doing a side hustle, join us!  Network with people who are all about learning in a professional, yet personal, learning environment.

 

Blockchain Fireside Chat – How the blockchain is changing money and business, Don Tapscott

BlockChain Fireside Chat Preparation

 

Picture of Dave Rebro presenting at Wisconsin Business Owners - Blockchain -

Dave Rebro presenting at Wisconsin Business Owners – Blockchain –

Wisconsin Business Owners speaker Dave Rebro presents again on March 29, 2019, for a Blockchain Fireside Chat.

Come join us!

Info and RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/259544560/

More info coming soon about our Lunch & Learn the same day.  Our Wisconsin Business Owners Meetup is free to join, members pay only for events they attend.

Blockchain TED Talk

 

About the Speaker (from TED.com):

Don Tapscott – Digital strategist

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology in business and society. He has authored 16 books, including “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” which has been translated into over 25 languages.

Wisconsin Business Owners provides this information to:
– help you “catch up” if you missed our February Lunch & Learn
– provide an excellent overview of the importance of blockchain, whether you attended Dave Rebro’s introduction to blockchain or not.

Please contact Keith Klein if you have any suggestions or questions about Wisconsin Business Owners.

Please join us at Meetup.com – FREE – at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/

We’d love for you to follow and like us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, among others, as well.

Regards,
Keith Klein

 

 

 

Simple Podcasting on Video by Jake Nawrocki

Simple Podcasting

Great Lunch & Learn last Friday on super simple podcasting!

Picture of Jake Nawrocki, who awed us with Simple Podcasting

Jake Nawrocki awed us with Simple Podcasting

 

 

Jake Nawrocki dealt an extra-fine, simple podcasting presentation we all enjoyed!

 

 

 

Great to share this video with you from Friday’s Lunch & Learn

Super audience, great venue, outstanding food, warm and welcoming waitstaff and a terrific presenter …. in other words, just another Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn!  Join us!

Register (FREE) at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/

Regards,
Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
http://www.OnYourMark.com
Google Phone: 262-820-8201

Author of WebForging, A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence
http://WebForging.com  This 242 page guide is written in non-geek speak especially for small business owners. Copies are available for $20 if Keith signs yours at the event!

Link up with us on LinkedIn ~
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1795298
Our focus moving forward is to extend the value of the enhanced relationships engendered in our Wisconsin Business Owners Group, in person and online. Extend the value of your deepening relationships at our LinkedIn Wisconsin Business Owners Group.

Find and follow (and re-tweet) us @WisOwners at Twitter!

Like us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/Wisconsin-Business-Owners-170246793991/

Add us to your Circles at Google Plus:
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WisOwners Lunch & Learn: Podcasting-Your Business Voice ON AIR by Jake Nawrocki

Podcasting for Customers and Business Profit,
Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn

By Jake Nawrocki

 

Podcasting for Business & Profit, Friday, August 25, 2017
 to Midway Hotel & Suites
1025 S Moorland Road, Brookfield, WI 
Price: $25.00 /per person
Join Us!  RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/242074608/

PLEASE NOTE: WE’RE ENTERING THE OFFICE TOWER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
1025 South Moorland, 1st Floor (Enter, turn left, people to greet you!)

Wis Business Owners Lunch & Learn –
Podcasting Your Business Voice ON AIR
By Jake Nawrocki

-Do you want Apple to advertise your business for free?

-Would 15,000 new listeners create an impact on your business?

-Are you looking to build raving fans for your business while you sell more products?

If your business does not have a podcast on iTunes you are leaving clients, exposure, and leverage on the table. Podcasting is one of the most intimate and responsive mediums out in the marketplace today. The unique part, podcasting is easy to set up, cheap to operate, and you can record your show anywhere.

This presentation will demonstrate why your business must have a podcast. How to get 15,000 new ears to hear about your products or service. How Apple will advertise for your business for at least 8 weeks. Why Podcasting is a perfect partnership to boost your your social media, exposure, and to position you as an expert.

“If you are interested in Podcasting, then join us and learn how to create an easy podcast that will convert.”

MEET OUR PODCASTING EXPERT JAKE NAWROCKI:

Jake pitched his unique invention called the Tailgatespotter”. To the original Shark Tank show host Kevin Harrington at the CES show in Las Vegas. Kevin listened to his pitched and then just walked away. I guess he didn’t like it.

Contact Information of Jake Nawrocki:

Find Jake online here: http://operationselfreset.com/
Direct Dial Jake: 414-550-4012

***Come Join Us!***
RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/242074608/

Click on the “I’m going box” to start your registration now.  
You will be able to reserve your seat to network with other authentic relationship builders. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures to share!

***ITINERARY Friday, August 25, 2017*** 

11:00 – MEET AND GREET
OPEN NETWORKING FOR A FULL HOUR BEFORE LUNCH 

This is the start of the Lunch & Learn…
early arrival allows more open-networking time.
We encourage you to meet many during this time.

12:00 (Noon) – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet & Salad Bar! 
Network with great Business Owners and build strong
relationship at your table while Lunching.

12:30 to 12:37 Break for seconds, then settle in…
12:37 Keith’s Minute
12:40 – Speaker Introduction
12:42 – Speaker Presentation: Jake Nawrocki
1:15  Prize Drawings
1:25 – End… or stick around to build relationships!

***SPEECHES MAY BE VIDEOTAPED or PHOTOGRAPHED***

Your attendance at Wisconsin Business Owners means you may be shown on tape…and you’re okay with that!

Please contact Keith or Maggie with suggestions or questions.
Join us – RSVP for this Lunch & Learn now!
Join Us!  RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/242074608/

MEET OUR SPONSORS & ORGANIZERS:

Earl Smith, Consultant / Legal Shield

Stacy Kaat of Stacy Kaat Photography
She makes YOU look like a million!

Mark Mullarky of Mullarky Business Systems! From 1-50 PCs,  Mark is your man for Computers and Computer Networks.  Learn more at http://www.MBSWI.com

Maggie Mongan of Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc. Rocks!
Check out over 900 blog posts to simplify your business’s
profitability at http://www.BrilliantBreakthroughs.com

Ron Chandler of Summit Investment Management, Ltd.
http://www.suminvest.com

Lucas J. Robak of Skillset Life Coaching, LLC
http://www.LucasRobak.com

and our newest Organizer, Tamara Burkett
See www.TamaraBurkett.com 
and enjoy travel insights and savings!

— Thank you to our Organizers! —

Our newest Sponsor, a WisOwners regular, is Jamie at www.TheCardcierge.com ~ offering busy professionals a convenient greeting card service to make sure they are prepared for every special occasion.  Tell us what you need and we curate beautiful handmade cards to match.

Jennifer at http://www.MainStreetFraming.com in Lannon – Frame Your Awesomeness!

Gail Yaeger, Chief Flight Attendant at https://www.DoveCelebration.com 

Gerard I. “Jerry” SchritzPhone and Public Address Design, Sales, Installation & Repair at https://www.Intelegist.com

Nathan Klein is a great source for Lawn Care & Landscaping services.
Find him at www.PatriotLCL.com

And get your barbeque on with Ben Houle of www.ButchersCatering.com!

—-Thank you to our sponsors!—-

You can always get in touch with Maggie & me through the
“Contact Organizer” link on Meetup:

http://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/suggestion/

OUR MAIN SITE, BESIDES MEETUP, IS AT WisOwners.com !

Regards,
Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
http://www.OnYourMark.com
Google Phone: 262-820-8201

Author of WebForging, A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence
http://WebForging.com  This 242 page guide is written in non-geek speak especially for small business owners. Copies are available for $20 if Keith signs yours at the event!

p.s.: Link up with us on LinkedIn ~
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1795298
Our focus moving forward is to extend the value of the enhanced relationships engendered in our Wisconsin Business Owners Group, in person and online. Extend the value of your deepening relationships at our LinkedIn Wisconsin Business Owners Group.

Find and follow (and re-tweet) us @WisOwners at Twitter!

Like us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/Wisconsin-Business-Owners-170246793991/

Add us to your Circles at Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/+Wisowners-meetup/