June 2009 Blog Posts (54)

Certainty or Accuracy: Comment

A comment from my colleague, Les Courtney, on my most recent Quick Communique: Points to Ponder:

So many people come from a position of certainty.. when it’s really personal opinion, their perception of what they saw or heard. They can be sure.. but without accuracy or evidence..

A lot of conflict comes from unbending certainty - especially when one of the people know the logic is flawed or facts indicate something else.

When was the last time you looked past… Continue

Added by Shari Frisinger on June 30, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Recent UTD Honors Grad Still Looking for Position

Re-printed from an earlier blog posting. Many thanks to those who already have offered their help and support.

My twin daughters graduated from UTD with Honors on May 16th. One of the girls needs to get a job somewhere to earn tuition for law school, which she plans to enter in the fall of 2010. Since she is brand new to the job market she is not targeting any specific industry or even any specific position. She's extremely sharp and very trainable, with a great work ethic. Of… Continue

Added by Eric S. Griesel on June 29, 2009 at 6:43pm — 3 Comments

Business Networking _ Visual Cues And How To Spot Them

Have you ever been so engrossed in what you're telling someone that you failed to see that they weren't listening? I have. Sometimes I'm even aware of it and I ignored it while continuing to talk my talk. Afterwards, I wondered why I wasted that 5 or 10 minutes when I could have been talking to someone willing to listen to me.

Now the key here is not to just be blabbing your sales pitch. As I've discussed in other articles, you must be attentive to the other person, ask questions,… Continue

Added by Sara Blumenfeld on June 29, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

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Your 30 Seconds of Fame...Mastering Your Elevator Speech

Our "elevator speech" is probably the most important 30 seconds we may invest when "netweaving" with like-minded people. According to Wikipedia, the term elevator speech is:

Typically used in the context of an entrepreneur pitching an idea to a venture capitalist to receive funding.…

Added by Joe Stiles on June 26, 2009 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments


BNI Houston West Region will be conducting an Information/Orientation Meeting for people interested in being part of a new BNI Chapter in the Cy-Fair/Cypress area. BNI is the largest and most successful business referral organization in the world, with over 110,000 members around the world. In 2008, BNI members exchanged over $2.3 billion in closed business referrals.

This information meeting will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009 from 7:45 – 9:00 am at the Cy-Fair… Continue

Added by Ray King on June 26, 2009 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Energy Facts For Houston Homeowners

The Problem

Our communities and neighborhoods are under pressure. In order to keep up with our increasing demand for electricity (and to minimize or eliminate rolling black-outs/brown-outs), utility companies across the country are having to increase infrastructure and build new power plants. In addition to the huge capital investment and permitting concerns, this increase in usage has placed significant pressure and demands on the environment.

The… Continue

Added by Julio C Caraballo on June 26, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Spike Lee and My Year of Transition

Hello Houston, My name is Carl Settles Jr. I was born in Houston but haven't lived there since I was eight years old. However, I have many family and friends around there and it seems that destiny is beckoning for my presence there ever more frequently. Over the last 20 years in Austin, TX, I have done many things. I got a music degree, I taught Title 1 reading and math to 2nd graders, 6th grade science and history, worked in the software world,… Continue

Added by Carl on June 25, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Family Bonding

A little over 2 weeks ago, my uncle died. He was my mom’s brother. It has been really hard on our family, especially my mom. But, what hit me the hardest was the realization that the older I get, the more this is going to happen. As a child, deaths and funerals were rare for me and I never got used to the pain and sorrow that comes along with losing loved ones. I suppose that’s a really good thing though - having to lose people when you are young can be much worse. It was a sad day at the… Continue

Added by Eric Donaldson on June 25, 2009 at 3:13pm — No Comments


If you are in between jobs, or needing help with career transition, Jobs Ministry Southwest is for you. With weekly meetings held every Tuesday, JMS offers a place for highly motivated talent to meet.

For more information visit www.askJMS.com.

Also, area employers should contact JMS directly at employers@jobsministrysouthwest.com or call 832-789-9567

Added by Doug Thorpe on June 24, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

News Release : forGreen Marketing & Design Selected Agency of Record for EarthQuest Institute

Houston, TX (June 23, 2009) -- forGreen Marketing & Design has been selected as the marketing and design agency of record for EarthQuest Institute.

forGreen will work closely with its client to define the company’s brand identity and develop relevant messaging consistent with brand standards, thereby aligning marketing strategy with EarthQuest Institute’s specific business… Continue

Added by Mary Frances Blatchley on June 24, 2009 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Business Networking - What In The World Is A Niche? (and how do you pronounce it?)

So you're a networker.

You network here. You network there. You network everywhere.

Everywhere? Gee, who is your target market? I've heard people say, "Everyone." I've heard realtors say, "I'm looking for anyone who wants to buy a home."

How realistic is this? Why do some folks assume that everyone breathing is a prospect? For example, let's say your company sells those diapers for seniors. Would you market to teenagers? Posting ads on VH1 or MTV wouldn't get… Continue

Added by Sara Blumenfeld on June 24, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Chronos acquires upstream oil and gas specialist

Chronos www.chronosconsulting.com acquires stake in upstream oil and gas specialist Oil Advisers.com and OilProfessionals.com. This has greatly enhanced our service offering in the upstream oil and gas sector globally. Houston, June 2009

Added by Dr Simon Harding on June 24, 2009 at 2:51am — No Comments

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Added by William James Dutton on June 23, 2009 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Good Illustration of the COSTS of Legal Residents versus Illegal Aliens

Here is an example of why hiring illegal aliens is not economically

productive for the State of California. I would imagine it would not be terribly different in Texas.

You have 2 families..."Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have

2 parents, 2 children and live in California.

"Joe Legal" works in construction, has a Social Security Number, and

makes $25.00 per hour with payroll taxes deducted.....

"Jose Illegal" also works in… Continue

Added by Eric S. Griesel on June 22, 2009 at 1:25pm — 2 Comments

Media Diversity Council Launching Statewide Education Intiative


My name is Carl Settles, Founder/Executive Director of the Media Diversity Council www.mediadiversitycouncil.org. Please see the description below. I'm looking for folks that would like to help with this effort.

Media Xperiments 2009 – 2010

Media Xperiments www.MediaXperiments.com is a think tank and social web portal for students, media professionals, educators and business leaders to develop new models of engagement. Through a combination of… Continue

Added by Carl on June 22, 2009 at 3:10am — No Comments

July 7th Meeting of The Village

This month we are going to have a 5 min informational from Tom Oster about Twitter.

Tom has been an IT professional in academia for over 25 years.

RSVP to The Village

To see what Twitter is all about, see:



Added by Leroy Gibbins on June 20, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Pack that Walks Together, Stays Together

The Canine Chronicles: The Pack that Walks Together, Stays Together.

Peter A. Wood

Curtis, a 75-pound black-mouth cur recently picked up from the street by my client, just came into his new home where there are four more dogs currently living there. With Curtis exhibiting agression toward other dogs, this could be a disaster, or the forming of a new pack.

Dispite the prior existence of the pack, once a new member comes into the…


Added by Peter Wood on June 19, 2009 at 12:03pm — 1 Comment

Business Networking - It's About More Than Just Business

Today is a day for reflection.

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, I've come to the conclusion, or perhaps realization, that business networking is about more than just business. As I've mentioned in previous articles, networking in general and business networking in particular are about relationships: forming them, deepening them and maintaining them. I've known that all along, perhaps like you, but today it really hits home.

Things happen in life that you would not… Continue

Added by Sara Blumenfeld on June 19, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments

Tell Me Quick & Tell Me True (Or else, my love, to hell with you!)

I see that you've spent quite a big wad of dough;

To tell me the things you think I should know.

How your plant is so big, so fine, and so strong;

And your founder had whiskers so handsomely long.

So he started the business in old '92!

How tremendously int'resting that is ... to you.

He built up the thing with the blood of his life?

(I'll run home like mad, tell that to my wife!)

Your machinery's modern and oh so… Continue

Added by Murtaza (TAZ) Mandviwala on June 19, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

The Multi-Tasking "Myth"

There’s a television show called Myth Busters where a team of scientists take commonly held myths and determine if they can be BUSTED–or proven false. Recently, I had a little case of my own.

A friend of mine, Steve Scott, shared a powerful message at a networking meeting a few weeks ago and I wanted to share it and the impact it has had on me in hopes that it may do the same for… Continue

Added by Edie McRae on June 18, 2009 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

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