I’ve not started reading this yet, but for sure I will. I shall read this beginning very soon for this was a gift from a guy I have met but twice, for very brief chats, likely a total of 6 minutes, the third occasion we met he handed me this book.
I met Kevin in a pub, he came to watch a band I play keyboards in. After hearing about my background in the audio industry he suggested I might enjoy to read “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?” (you can buy that book through that link).
These sort of encounters are quite wonderful, and I thank you Kevin.
Here’s is one to keep your eye on. I’ve started a new network in the darkest depth of Cornwall. Cornwall can often be mistaken, very wrongly, for being so far South that nothing happens outside of tourism.
What utter nonsense, in fact Cornwall is absolutely rammed with talent, incredible talent that is equally comparable to the South East, easily! This talent manifests itself in a variety or entrepreneurial small business dotted around the county.
I know this as I’ve been networking, and making it my business to find out about all these amazing businesses. This new network, the Cornwall Trade Network is the glue, it’s connecting businesses and supporting them, and offering business growth and digital marketing solutions through various third parties.
So it seems there is all hell kicking off in Saudi today where, wait for it…. WOMEN have been seen driving in the streets!! OMG, can you imagine this? What the hell is happening here, WOMEN are driving, HOW DARE they, I’m totally in shock and not really sure how to take this information on board and process it.
What’s the hashtag on twitter for this? – we need to help out.
It struck me one morning over a breakfast meeting that all successful businesses have a community built around them. It wasn’t a huge revelation, I’ve been aware of the power of a community for a very long time, but this was a “light bulb” moment for a particular nut I was trying to crack.
So I had moved location, back to Cornwall, back to the land of legend, the land of my family, the beautiful county of childhood memories, and I had taken my business with me. Sure I had clients in “the smoke” still, but I was now actively networking locally to generate clients.
Whilst popping in and out of these networks, breakfast meetings, and what not, it struck me that what I needed to do was to create my own network. Creating my own network would yield a variety of benefits such as:
leads & potentials, referrals
a sales funnel
a place to sing loudly about my clients
MOST IMPORTANTLY a talent rich network, where skills and services can be linked.
I looked around at what others were doing in the space, who was building a network offering businesses the type of things I can offer. Who was genuinely adding value to businesses, and who was doing it well? Who was offering modern networking, with a joined up virtual service.
Nobody. – I’ve not seen it yet, so I’m building it.
So here’s a recent shot of me playing some keys in The Bare Knuckle Blues Band. I’m really enjoying the band for a variety of reasons, not least because we have now begun to compose original songs. Something I’ve done quite a lot of with other bands and at certain periods of my life.
It’s a great feeling hearing back your own original work. The most recent compositions are taking shape and the plan is to record them around August/September time, so watch this space.