Jia Jaing spoke when I entered the GrowCo 2017 event on Tuesday in the Sheraton downtown New Orleans. People were laughing. First I didn´t really understand why Jia Jiang got such an attention. After him spoke the famous Steve Case, founder of the former AOL, Sheryll Sandberg, COO of Facebook and finally Kevin O´Leary “Shark tank matador – known for his toughness. (“Don´t you want to know the truth?”) – His own truth… Surprisingly nobody reached the same attention than the first speaker anymore: Jia Jiang. By telling his own story people got engaged. His theme is “rejection” Wonderful. Everybody has exprienced rejection in his life. But how many of us really have learnt to deal with it? After the speeches I went to his book signing and told him about the “motherland of rejection”: My place of origin: Germany. Actually there is a whole chapter in my book “Jeder Tag ist ein neuer Anfang” about the german NO. We do say very often No first in Germany – especially about new things we cannot forecast. Jia started to laugh and we took this picture to remember the moment…Right now I am reading his book “Rejection Proof” and I will give a speech about it within the next weeks.
Tom Dunne is one of our “tennis buddies.” He plays a consistant game, and it is always a pleasure to partner with him on the court at our weekend social tennis events, even though we both play left-handed. And by the way, together we even won once a double against the unbeatable “Psychologist” Harold Steinitz . So much for the records. Yesterday, Margarete and I had an invitation to enjoy a totally different Tom Dunne. Tom is a wood turner. He creates anything but everything out of wood. Beautiful wood! Our friends Lee Isaacson & Cynthia Knight invited us to their house on Napoleon Ave. in the honor of Tom Dunne to showcase his beautiful wood art work. It was a tremendous success! Tom sold over 30 pieces of his art in one evening! Tom really loves his art and you can feel it with every object he showed to us. Every piece is indeed unique. We also bought a beautiful wood bowl made of spalted sycamore from Audubon Park. Every piece is produced out of one piece of a tree stump. That´s the kind of wood you can keep forever. And our bowl will get a nice place in our home with a lasting memory of this evening. Thank you Lee & Cynthia for making this happen! You can find more about Tom Dunne´s art on his website “Artistic Wood Turning. com“
Today I would like to introduce to you Bobby Mitchell. I think it is time to talk some business on my blog again:–))) It´s been a while. Bobby knows what it means to walk the “extra mile.” He is the newest member of the CCBRN and recently joins us on our monthly meeting from Poplarville, MS 39470 which is a two hours drive away! Boy, that´s impressive and that´s what I call “commitment!”
He makes sure you find and get found on the internet. And he has got a lot of fun offering his online marketing services. His company is called The Kranken SEO. The name says it all! Once you met him and he feels you are really serious in getting business from the internet he will offer you a complementary analysis of your website for free to learn what you can improve yourself immediately. Are you curious to meet him in person? Than please go to our meet up group and check our questionaire by joining the group. Yes, we want to know first if you can identify with our ideas of doing business… Isn´t that make much more sense than blindly meeting with people you don´t know at all like you often experience on other networks? Ideally you will read the book Go Givers first before you join our (still) complimentary meetup´s. Will you join us next month?
It´s a late start for my blog this year. I wasn´t sure if I should write about this experience. I was invited for the funeral of Irwin Isaacson. He was the father of a good friend of mine Lee Isaacson. Lee helped Margarete and me a lot when we did our first moves in New Orleans and we will never forget our fun travels with him, Cythnia Knight and Genevieve and Martin Morell.
I met Irwin the last time on Lee´s 60. birthday. He became 91 and had a fulfilling life. It was my first time in a Jewish Temple for a funeral. It was surprising to me that we heard Beethoven and Vienna Walzer. Among the four speeches also the two sons Lee and Walter gave one. Good speeches. Both showed their gratitude for their father. Both started by telling a childhood experience story. The six year old Walter said to his dad when he heard a fire truck that he didn´t hope that it wouldn´t come to their house. His father answered him he shouldn´t say that because he was concerned about the people who had the fire problem. Walter characterized his dad as a man who was always thoughtful for other people. Little Lee as a little older kid was gifted a bike in pieces. Irwin wanted him to build his bike himself. That wasn´t a good idea. In fact, Lee didn´t like to build it himself and cried instead. Finally his dad build the bike for him. Lee ended his speech that his father was a “cool guy”. I am sure there was a lot more to say about their speeches. I just mentioned them because later in Lee´s house I heard Walter talking about Lee´s speech. I used the moment to tell Walter that I had read about him in the Toastmaster International Magazine. He was surprised, thanked me that I told him about this article and wanted to know who is Toastmasters International. I answered him that TMI is the biggest organization world wide about public speaking and that Toastmasters International New Orleans will become 75 years old this year. Walter answered: “Are you member of this club?” – I nodded. Walter finished on his way out: “We might meet there.”
I had already heard Walter speaking about the New Orleans history at the NOEW in 2013. He is well connected in town. He might even know former members of our club? Julie Schwartz for instance? Last week at Toastmasters I gave an impromptu speech. I always like the challenge if someone becomes sick or don´t show up to speak. My title: “The Foreword of our book?” I told my above story. We are thinking about writing about a book about our club by interviewing former and current members. TMI was so friendly to give us the database of a view hundred former members. At our next board meeting February 15, 2017 we plan our final decision to start this Kickstarter project…which would take place between 24 of Februar and March. I ended “What if we would ask Walter Isaacson to write the foreword of our book?” I think that would be great. We should set ourselves the goal to publish our book May 22, 2017 which is Walter´s 65 birthday to promote our clubs 75 years birthday event beginning of June 2017…
Joschua is the guy who invented Delicious. That´s 13 years ago. Next week it´s been ten years ago I started using their service! OMG! It feels like ages! Actually I am really thinking about to stop using it. Do you really need an app for such a simple communication goal like bookmarking? Joschua recently tweeted: “i want to write some shit down so other people can read it. blogging is too painful, but if i use medium
@pinboard will probably mock me.” So what kind of “shit” does he wants to write down? Does it mean Joschua himself doesn´t even use the “delicious service” anymore? And what does it mean when pinboard will mock him? Be bright. Be brief. Be gone? How do you organize your informative interaction? Do you still write posts like me? Do you podcast? Do you constantly tweet? Or are you permanently live on all social media channels as a product yourself?