Archives for : August2010

Are You Getting Ready?

These bees are in preparation. As much as we would hate to admit it, they are preparing for the colder months that lie ahead. They swarmed around this hummingbird feeder, as if the cooler nights recently have signaled that winter might be just a few days away.

Bees Preparing For Winter

Bees Preparing For Winter

The metaphor is obvious, and I can’t miss this opportunity to issue a gut-check for your business for the coming months: Is your business ready for all the excitement and stress of the 4th Quarter of 2010? Are you prepared for the planning and strategy development to move smoothly into the 1st Quarter of 2011? (Yikes, it’s just around the corner!) Are you getting the referrals you need for your business to grow?

If you answered “No,” the help you may need can be found at the next Rainmakers Kokomo A.M. event. If you answered “Yes,” come and share your wisdom and strategies. Either way, the overall goal is the same: we all want our local economy to expand and grow via the success of small and large businesses!

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 a.m., the place to “bee” is the Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery in Kokomo. Get out your calendar or device right now and mark it in. Don’t “bee” late! (You didn’t expect me to miss an opportunity like that, did you?)

I really tried to resist saying this, but I just can’t.  The Rainmakers Motto, special blog post edition – Bee More. Serve More.

And stop calling me, “honey.”

Where Were You?

It’s a rhetorical question. I should say, “You missed a great show by InsideOut tonight!”

Ibn Saud Grotto hosted a charity motorcycle ride/picnic/concert tonight. I was told that response for the ride was very good. The audience for the bands was much smaller. (More after the photos.)

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Sometimes, It’s Necessary

I don’t lie. But there’s nothing wrong with a little judicious exaggeration.
(From “Inherently Obvious,” a non-existent non-fiction book by Jerry “J.R.” Renkenberger.)

InsideOut at Taste of Kokomo

Saturday, Aug. 21. Don’t get me wrong. We had a great time listening to a jam band (photos coming) and eating the fantastic food at the Grillmaster Challenge. The Taste had some great food, too. But the highlight for my day was getting to see and hear InsideOut. From front to back, their classic rock covers were just as tasty as the best vendors’  food.

Recently formed, they sound like they’ve been playing together for years. Their set list was fun, and they kept things moving. Here’s a sample of what I saw while I listened.* Check their Facebook page for upcoming dates, then go. Seriously, go.

(*My apologies to the band – these are the raw shots, just resized for web delivery.)

Rainmakers Biz2Biz Launch Report

Welcome Sign

Welcome Sign

Well before the start of the event, around 50 businesspeople from Kokomo and the Central Indiana region had gathered at Continental Ballroom. They met to support the Rainmakers Kokomo effort headed by Sherry Rahl of Star Financial Bank to create lasting improvement for the local economy.

This effort started with the formation of a Biz2Biz (Business to Business) Power Circle, which met for training at Star Financial Bank (Markland Avenue) every Thursday morning since last May.

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Timing Is Everything

In nature and landscape photography, it seems like timing is everything. For example, take a look at these photos of the pre-dawn sky. They were shot only 3 minutes apart.

Tming Is Everything

Pre-Dawn Sky, 3 Minutes Apart

In business, it’s possible to miss a key opportunity by only minutes as well. This Thursday, for 90 minutes, Rainmakers Kokomo Biz-2-Biz will conduct it’s long-anticipated launch event! And these could be important moments for the future of your business. With your help, we may be able to initiate the relationships that will bring you to higher business and personal success than you ever imagined. Big words? Yeah. Find me Thursday at the event, and I’ll back ’em up.

Here’s the what/where/when:

What: Rainmakers Kokomo Biz-2-Biz Launch
Where: Continental Ballroom, 920 Millbrook Lane, Kokomo IN
When: 8-19-2010 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Shoot me an e-mail at with any questions.

Refining my customer focus

I’m refining my customer focus…specifically, to rock the For Sale By Owner market even stronger. Take a look at my “About J.R.” page. Tell me what’s missing, what’s unclear.

And watch for an even bigger set of resources and tools, coming soon.

Thanks to Jack Klemeyer and everyone in the Kokomo Xpedishon group. The most recent session was awesome!

Every one-on-one’s a winner!

Get smarter.

Reach higher.

Care more.

Everyone wins!

You know I’m a huge advocate of business networking. I have been encouraged to seek self-improvement along the way, and have encouraged other as well. Reading (and listening to) more books, attending the occasional seminar or workshop, and utilizing a business coach is making me a more capable professional, and it enhances my personal well-being.

The one thing that carries the greatest benefits is the one-on-one, where I share an hour or so with another professional, learning as much as I can…

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A little lightning

I grabbed about 50 seconds of camcorder footage from last night’s lightning storm. Pretty blurry, but still amazing! Sorry – the camcorder would not stay in focus, since it was pointed mostly at the sky. The storm was only a few miles away, but it was eerily quiet – you can hear the crickets very well, and a very low, distant rumbling.

Lesson from Nature

No terminal bud

No terminal bud

When I got home from a meeting this morning, I saw a pine tree in my yard that I look at all the time. I noticed again that it has lost it’s “terminal bud.” That’s the top end of the top branch, and it always points straight up on a pine tree. From this bud, they get taller. They grow in the direction they are supposed to go. Over a year ago, the tree was damaged somehow, and this important element is gone.

Well, because this bud is gone, the other three top-most branches are growing larger. The tree won’t have it’s perfect cone-shaped appearance. However, it will be much fuller, and produce more oxygen, and more pine cones that bear it’s seeds – because of this change.

It reminded me that we NEED adversity to really grow. Sometimes we “look different” afterwords, but have capabilities for growth that we didn’t have before. I know, I know. I hate going through those times, too. But, after a day like I had yesterday, and perhaps the week that you’re having, I’m sure glad for this reminder. I hope it helps.