There’s Always Room for a Cup of Coffee …

When your life seems almost too hard to handle, remember the story about the jar and a couple of beers.

A philosophy professor stood before his class and started to fill a very large and empty mayonnaise jar with rocks.
He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled the gaps.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. This time the students were sure and they responded with a unanimous “YES!”

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar — effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children, things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car”.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you”.
“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
And, It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a coffee”

Thanks for the contribution to Southside B2B Member:
Jason McChesney
Business & Personal Coach
Jason@businesscoach.ie
087 222 2000

Taking notes on how to Boost your Business @ SouthsideB2B

The visitors and members alike were certainly absorbed in the what Jason McChesney had to tell them about how they can set their goals and achieve them during 2013. The attendees were scribbling frantically to take as many notes as possible to gain as much as possible from a man who has been there and done that.

Jason is not only a great business coach but also a great athlete and completed a half ironman in 2005, ran 2 marathons in Dublin & New York in aid of Crumlin Childrens Hospital.

The crowd in the room were also very impressed by the fact that Jason is one of the crazy people who swims in the 40ft all year round and is currently in training to complete the full ironman sometime in the next two years.

When it comes to business Jason has shown that he can not only talk the talk but can also walk the walk having successfully setup and sold two previous businesses and now shows others how to do it.

Southside Business Network are honored to have someone of his skills and experience as a long-standing member of the group and always welcome Jasons presentations.

If you would like to learn more from the Boost Business Coach here are the details of his upcoming seminar in conjuction with DunLaoghaire Rathdown Chamber:
When: Thursday January 31, 2013 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
Where: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber Offices, Kilcullen House, 1 Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

Price: €85 (members), €95 (non-members)

Space limited to 10 students

For further information and to book you place please call Loredana McHugh at 01 284 5066 or e-mail loredana@dlrchamber.ie.

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The Gathering 2013

Yes its 2013, the year of The Gathering and Southside B2B Business Network is having a gathering of it’s own.
We’d love to hear from all our old past members where ever they are around the world.

We’d love to hear from you.
If you are a past member of Southside B2B Business Group please be sure to give us a call over the coming days and months and visit one of our fortnightly meeting to catch up on old times and maybe even make a few new contacts. You’d be most welcome.
Even if you give us a call we’d love to hear how you are doing these days and hopefully the recession is’t hurting you too much.

Past Visitors
A big shout out to all the very many visitors we’ve had over the last 12 years of the groups existance, we’d love you to come back to our own little gathering for 2013.
Even if you just want to get out of the house for and hour, have a bit of crack and even a drink in the bar afterwards, we’d love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for a number of people to refer business to in the following professions:
INsurance Broker
Graphic Artist
Florist
Beautician
Solicitor
Gas Fitter
Personal Trainer
Architect
Builder
Estate Agent
Pension Consultant
Loss Adjuster & Accessor
Event Management Consultant
Public Relation Consultant
Catering
Alarm Security

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ABC’s of Networking

If I had to name a single characteristic shared by all the truely Successful people I’ve met over my time networking, I’d say it is the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.

I could lose all my money and all my business, but leave me my contacts and I’ll be back in business as strong as ever in three to five years. Networking is that important. The alphabet is a great place to start as you build your network – Organize your contacts from A to Z:

– is for antennae, which should be up every waking moment. Never Pass up an opportinity to meet new people.

B -  is for birthdays. It’s always advantageous to know the birthdays of you contacts and that’s getting easier with reminders coming from all the social media platforms your connected to.

C – is for contact management system. Have your data organized so that you can cross reference entries and find the information you need quickly.

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Making Positive Connections at SouthsideB2B

Southside B2B Business Network hold their visitors open night twice yearly and has proved to be a GREAT foundation for building relationships and business networking in general. Last nights visitors night was no exception.

The business network group is now in it’s eleventh year and last nights event, as usual, held in their home venue in the plush surroundings of the  National Yacht Club, Dunlaoghaire and was another great success in offering local, and not so local, businesses a great opportiunity to meet other like minded business people.

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7 Ways To Boost Your Business, Simply By Asking

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If you are not moving closer to what you want in sales (or in life), you probably aren’t doing enough asking

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The gift called asking has been around for a long, long time. In fact, one of life’s fundamental truths states, ask and you shall receive. Kids are masters at using this gift but we adults seem to lose our ability to ask. We come up with all sorts of excuses and reasons to avoid any possibility of rejection. Yet the world responds to those who ask. If you are not moving closer to what you want in sales (or in life), you probably aren’t doing enough asking.

 

Here are 7 asking strategies you should be implementing into your business to boost your bottom line: (and remember – all these strategies can be used in others of your life as well)

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Positioning Yourself and Your Business for Another Economic Change

All the Advertising and Marketing Gurus talk about positioning as the key to success. What do they really mean? The definition of positioning is ‘Placing your offering before a receptive and available market’. So what is positioning about? Is it just a shrewd instinctive guess as to what will happen next in the economy? A talent for identifying what the right place and the right time will be in 6 months or a year? Or is it about something else?

After what we have experienced over the past year to 18 months it would seem that most of the experts, on whom we relied for advice and leadership, were not so expert at all. In fact they seem to have made a rather large mess of things. My question to you is: What are we to do? We can sit there, listen to the journalists hyping up the problems and wait for something to happen or we can get on with running our business as efficiently as we can. Which will you pick?

The reality is that 90% of people still have jobs. And that means there is about 80% of the money that was here in 2007 is still available. If that is true then the economic problems are mostly about consumer confidence. Small Business can operate in a low confidence time because of the personal touch. I intend to use that personal touch to generate new business in 2009-10.

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