Networking for Chickenheads

I bet you thought this was a post on networking as in meeting new or vaguely familiar people. Not!

There are many people who have wonderful business ideas that would fulfill many a person's needs if only they would allow the idea to breakthrough the walls of procrastination and doubt.  "If only I had money..." is a perfect example of how creatives stifle their dreams instead of using the same creative power to alternatively succeed. Quite frankly, money is the last of a person's problems.  Let's look at ways to creatively network ideas into action.

Say what you want. Biblical knowledge says, "Ask and you shall receive."  One of my favorite forums has a thread dedicated to situations where requests were verbalized and later granted. Saying what we want crystallizes our thoughts leading us into action.  Getting into the habit of verbalizing our wants serves us well as we now have the ability to ask potential investors for items we'll later need. 

Write it down. This idea may seem simple, but is often neglected when one has an idea.  One of the created mottos of BPE is, "If it's not in black and white, it does not exist." How many of you actually have a mission statement, business plan, and written goals ranging from short to long terms?  Writing things down, and later formulating those things into a plan, is what is helps you stay on course. One-sheets, white papers, press releases, biographies, and the like will assist you with getting your ideas out to the world-attracting the things you'll need.

Plan your work; work the plan.  Chickenhead will have new meaning if you start any new venture without a plan. Companies who experience longevity have routine planning meetings and often tweak and fine tune those plans to stay afloat. Check any new ventures and products against your mission statement and/or brand profile. Don't move to fast or you may experience backlash, ala' the GAP logo change fiasco.  As the adage says, "slow and steady wins the race." Working your plans in a timely and efficient manner contributes to success.

"You gotta get up, get out, get into it, get it on to be strong..." Quincy Jones had the right idea on the song "Tomorrow."  Sitting on Facebook and Twitter isn't going to get you where you need to go.  While social media has become an invaluable tool in getting products and services out there, at the end of the day, meetings need to be made, products need to be demonstrated, and contracts need to be signed. If uncomfortable with face-to-face interactions, continue to create them.  Practice does make perfect. 

These ideas are not new, and are hardly innovative, but they do fit into our favorite motto, "Connect. Build. Make Moves."  Simply stated, it provides a great visual on moving your thoughts from ideas into action.
We're wishing C+A of Black Pearl Entertainment a Happy Birthday!


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