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Submissions Needed: “Rock Ballads” for the Dentist’s Office Station

I had just sat down in the chair so they could begin the process of putting a crown on one of my molars – #19, as they affection call it. I noticed the overhead speaker was softly emitting Carly Simon singing, “I haven’t got time for the pain…” That seemed pretty funny to me.Musical tooth

While they were still preparing to drill, I heard Air Supply, then Barbara Streisand, then Dan Fogelberg, then Barry Manilow.

I love classic rock. Each time, as the next song played, I found myself thinking, “I hate Christopher Cross!” No I don’t. But I hate him when he follows Air Supply, then Barbara Streisand, then Dan Fogelberg, then Barry Manilow. After that succession, I hate everything.

I was about to suggest to the dentist that he have Bon Jovi Day. (I knew the mostly-female staff would go for that, too!) Then I realized that I would be tapping my foot, and that tapping would transfer all the way up my body. And ANY movement that happens in your mouth while the boss is drilling is a bad thing. So, Bon Jovi Day is a bad idea.

A better move might be some slow guitar blues. Great sounds, but very little toe tapping.

Wait a minute. Boston, Night Ranger, Journey, Meatloaf, etc., all have great ballads. Maybe I could program a 24-hour Rock Ballad station for dentist offices…

What’s your favorite rock ballad?

Whiteboard Session This Thursday – July 1

Vitamins for your business!

Vitamins for your business!

This week’s session for building power circles will include special guest Tony Scelzo, founder of Rainmakers. Tony will bring one of his famous Whiteboard Sessions to Kokomo. Folks who have experienced a Whiteboard Session with Tony say things like, “Anytime you hear of one of these, let me know…they’re GREAT!”

Why do I have a photo of some pills here? Because putting into practice the things that you can learn at a Whiteboard Session can be like having your business take a GIANT VITAMIN PILL.

If you’re a golf cart, you could become a HUMMER.

If you’re a bottle rocket, you could become a SATURN V.

If you’re a faucet, you could become NIAGARA FALLS.

Got it? Be at Star Financial Bank on Markland Avenue in Kokomo this Thursday, June 1, at 8 a.m. sharp. No charge.

Lightning Captured

Lightning Captured

Lightning Captured 06-21-2010

I was planning to compile a gallery of images from the storms we’ve had over the last several weeks. As I reviewed the last batch, I discovered this dramatic lightning shot, and decided…what the heck, the gallery can wait.

I added a little contrast to help you see some of the thinner streaks. Please don’t hate me ’cause I have tools.

Impressions: Kansas, Styx and Foreigner at Verizon Wireless

The bands Kansas, Styx, and Foreigner played in that order on Friday night, June 25, starting at 7 p.m. sharp, and ending at about 11 p.m. If you get a chance to see the show, in a word, “GO.”

Kansas was EXCELLENT. Made me wish I’d seen them before their 36th year! They played passionately and beautifully, and earned the crowd’s approval.

Kansas Onstage at Verizon Wireless

Kansas Onstage at Verizon Wireless

Styx sounded awesome, but from the moment they took the stage with their arms thrown up in the air, they pranced around like they were saying, “Look how famous we are!” and “Can you believe it’s US?” Make no mistake, they are great musicians and singers, and their song selection was very good (not counting the odd opening medley). But they need to be spontaneous and lose some of the choreographed “rock star” bits.

Foreigner was sounding really good – but much too loud for me and my wife. Their front man was a bit dorky – everything seemed rather rehearsed. However, they worked hard to please the crowd, and the crowd really responded.

It was a beautiful night, and we experienced a show that was definitely worth the $30 for each ticket and the $9 each for beverages!

Faces + Upcoming Whiteboard

The faces below belong to some of the participants in the Thursday 8 A.M. Power Circle sessions  at Star Financial Bank. I posted them somewhat for my own entertainment, but mostly, to show you that these folks are comfortable in sharing themselves with others in the room. As I mentioned in my last update on this topic, trust is a big part of making networking a powerful part of your daily activities!

I also want to add that Tony Scelzo, Rainmakers founder, will join us this NEXT Thursday, July 1 at 8 a.m. for one of his famous “Whiteboard” sessions. Bring a pad for notes, and DON’T MISS THIS!

There are many other “faces” that have been contributing their energy and talents at our Thursday 8 a.m. sessions at Star Financial Bank. Please bring yours!

For more information, please contact one of these folks:
Nikki Lewallen, Rainmakers – (317) 902-1388
Sherry Rahl, Star Financial Bank – (765) 868-3834
Jerry “J.R.” Renkenberger, Marketing Mercenary – (765) 210-6893
Scott Pumphrey, Team MonaVie – (765) 437-1075

If you prefer sending e-mail, please contact me, and I’ll help you with that. See you Thursday! –JR

Lightning Sample

I had a decent view of this morning’s thunderstorm from my home in Tipton County.

I captured several lightning strikes, and I hope to be able to post two or three more tomorrow.

Lightning in Tipton County

Lightning in Tipton County

Have you looked outside? Update!

These clouds rolled in, and the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees at about 7:45 p.m. Accuweather.com said, “Currently partly sunny and 85 degrees.”  The wind speed was 8 mph. 8 mph does not make an American flag stand straight out horizontally, or the trees whip back I forth like a flyswatter. (I’m estimating about 50 mph.) Guess they were as surprised as we were!

I shot a few more images as an eerie color filled the sky as the sun was going down, and the light filtered through the rain. It also provided a full rainbow that appeared to touch the ground between our house and the woods to the south.

Freakin’ Germany…Give Us a Challenge!

Group Interaction

Group Interaction at Rainmakers Power Circles Session

In a recent Thursday morning session, one of our members asked for a connection in a specific geographic area. Two of the participants raised their hand, eager to help a new networking partner grow his business. Where? Germany. All he had to do was ask. That’s right, freakin’ Germany!

Let’s talk about you.

One of your goals is to increase your business, but you’re stuck. You’ve tried some networking groups, but after a couple of “takers” within the group, the referrals you need to sustain your growth never actually come.

You might have had that experience with Rainmakers in the past. Let me get back to that in a moment.

Before you pass a referral, you want to know what that person’s all about, and whether or not they can be trusted. You want them to get to know and trust you, too.

In our Thursday morning sessions at Star Financial Bank, we have laid that groundwork with participants already, and are continuing to add new businesspeople to the group each week. We are passing business, and learning to make it easier than ever to help others refer business to each of us.

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Monday Morning Photos – Between Showers

The deep shadows of early morning light can help give a particular interest to many scenes.  The brilliant greens of this season are also attractive, and I’m blessing to live in farm country. Enjoy!

Kokomo Rib Fest 2010 Canceled After Strong Start.

Kokomo’s 10th Annual Rib Fib Fest was off to a good start today when it was canceled at about 8 p.m. due to severe weather. The crowd endured the first bout of rain earlier in the evening , then continued to enjoy the charity event that benefits Carver Community Center.

Crowd endures rain at Kokomo Rib Fest 2010

The crowd endures earlier rain at Kokomo Rib Fest 2010.

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