Featured Blog Posts – December 2008 Archive (22)

How Blogging Can Be Used as a Great PR Tool!

Being a public relations professional, I decided to start a blog, www.michellestephenson.blogspot.com, to give PR tips as well as to inform readers about upcoming events, what's going on in our community, post my press releases and whatever else I feel like discussing. It's just another outlet to have my opinion heard as well as the opinion of my readers.So, feel free to make comments! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Why Blog?" you ask....

1. Easy and FREE way to market… Continue

Added by Michelle Stephenson on December 29, 2008 at 11:42pm — 3 Comments

Don't get Twitter?

What is twitter you say?

Here's the link to Twitter

Twitter is a rather new web2.0 tech that helps networking.

Want to get it? You should read this blog: http://blog.mrtweet.net/?p=69

Then you should create a twitter account, follow me on twitter and then follow mrtweet for automated networking advice.

If you already have a… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on December 29, 2008 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

Friendly facebook Tip

Have you ever wondered the value of facebook?

Try going to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/friends/?phonebook&ref=nf

This adds a phonebook to facebook.

Eric Standlee

Added by Eric Standlee on December 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Fiesta Bowl Tickets

Are you an avid University of Texas or Ohio State fan who would be interested in attending the Fiesta Bowl on January 5th in Arizona? Or perhaps you have a friend who might be.

Have 4 tickets on the Ohio State side, asking face value of $150/ticket. Email me at judyanderson05@gmail.com if interested.

Added by Judy Anderson on December 29, 2008 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Have you visited our site's Non-Profit focuses?

We have painstakingly picked amazing non-profits dedicated not to just raising money but to making a difference.

You can view links to their profiles here: http://inhouston.ning.com/page/npo-focuses

Don't forget that the deadline for 2008 tax-deductible donations is coming up really quick.

Who have you welcomed to the group lately?

Who have you invited to join lately?


Added by Eric Standlee on December 27, 2008 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Giving back -- another article in the series

I started inhouston.ning.com which is also a LinkedIn group among others.

I was networking on LinkedIn like I do in person and found that there were hundreds of thousands of people on LinkedIn in Houston. I started meeting them onsie twosies for coffee and realized that it would take many lifetimes to meet them all that way and many more to even try to help them.

At about the same time, I started to apply lessons learned from a book like Never Eat Alone by Ferrazzi and… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on December 22, 2008 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Don't Let Email Control Your Life: Manage Your Inboxes Through NutshellMail.com

If you are like most Internet users you likely have more than one email account and subscribe to a few social networks such as LinkedIn or InHouston. According to eMarketer 65% of all users maintain 3 or more email accounts and belong to at least one social network. Simply keeping track of all your online communications can be a nightmare; many of us refer to this problem as "Information Overload." Existing tools like Outlook or Gmail may not… Continue

Added by Mark Schmulen on December 17, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Networking at an EXPO

The Houston Business EXPO is TOMORROW and I know you're all excited about it. This Networking experience is going to be great but Networking at an EXPO is different from Networking in any other enviroment. It can be long and tiring but if you have a plan you can make it. Here is an article that hopefully will help you be more productive in your networking activities at this and any EXPO:

When networking at an EXPO, it’s important to have a strategy, but you can’t have a strategy… Continue

Added by Lataya Ballard-Simpson on December 15, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Genuine Service: How a forgotten business card became a good friend

Life as a consultant often means traveling and relying on the services of others. With services we have all experienced the good (Vonage), the bad (Comcast) and the ugly (Kool Breeze). As my fellow tweeters know, these were a few of my experiences when I moved to Houston in July.

I worked in Houston for over a year before moving my family down from Ohio. This meant I had to rely on services of many others to get thru the week, be it for transportation, hotel, food and anything else a… Continue

Added by Brian Mahn on December 13, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Office Space Available/Galleria Area

Do you know of anyone in need of office space in the Galleria Area? We have extra space available for sublease. We are located in The Decorative Center in the Tanglewood area. Please contact me at 281 833 3040 if you know of anyone that might be interested.

Thank you!

Cheryl Garcia
281 833 3040

Added by Cheryl Garcia on December 12, 2008 at 3:51pm — 5 Comments

What a Great Experience!

As a new member of InHouston I was very impressed with my first networking function. Everyone was receptive to meeting new people and made me feel welcome and genuinely interested in me and my company. Great group Eric and I'm looking forward to attending more functions in the future and learning how I can support each and every member of the group!

Cheryl Garcia
Cheryl Garcia & Company

Added by Cheryl Garcia on December 11, 2008 at 7:57am — 2 Comments

Myspace..good or bad?

Is Myspace a good place for Business?

It is pertinent to take advantage of all the free marketing the internet has provided in the last few years. Myspace being one of them. Feel free to design your own free Myspace page for your business. It’s free and relatively easy to manage. It’s a great networking tool as well. You can meet people that may turn out to be your competitors or your new clients. Make your Myspace page similar to your website layout so that it will be easily recognizable… Continue

Added by Krystal Morehead on December 10, 2008 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Acceptable Identification for Closing

Acceptable Identification for Closing

The HUD has been reviewed and the numbers are perfect! Your borrower/buyer is not bringing more money to the table than what had been estimated. All parties have arrived for closing and the Escrow Officer asks for the borrower’s driver’s license. It is EXPIRED! What now?

We can accept other forms of ID besides a driver’s license. The following criteria must apply for an ID to be acceptable for closing:

• It is issued by the… Continue

Added by Megan Collins on December 10, 2008 at 11:05am — No Comments

RSVP for the Mixer

The 12/10/2008 Mixer is upon us.


Use the invite link there to invite your crowd.

There are already 100+ RSVP'd and experience shows that means we will probably have more than 200 show up.

We only have 200 name tags from our name tag sponsor Smith& Associates because it seemed a conservative number, so show up early to get a name tag so that people in the crowd can… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on December 9, 2008 at 11:50pm — No Comments

What is Servant Leadership?

Give It First or Pay It Forward?

Servant leadership snuck into my life while I was trying to figure out what all the fuss was about networking. I had met people who lived it out in my life before I ever knew its name.

Before I'd ever learned how to network, I owned (and still own) a small boutique specialty IT firm. Prior to that I was a geek's geek. I can still geek…


Added by Eric Standlee on December 7, 2008 at 11:00pm — 15 Comments

Favorite Texas Cities or Towns

So what is your favorite Texas city or town and why? What is the best time to travel there (if you know)? If you have more than one, just list them. I'll start.

1. South Padre Island (http://www.spichamber.com/visitorguide/welcome.php): Great beaches, wonderful weather during May, quiet and serene. There are quite a few nature activities (ecotourism) and it's not expensive to visit. Best of all, the locals and business owners are very nice and helpful, and it's not too touristy. I… Continue

Added by Tamara Ritchie on December 6, 2008 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

New Group - Inside the Loop

Chicago, Downtown Phoenix, Mexico City, Houston. There is a flavor for all these places and being Inside the Loop is where the that flavor is found to be the best.

If you know the rail, MFA-H, Discovery Green, Tranquility Park, The Angelica, River Oaks, the Heights, Bellaire, the Zoo, the Last Concert ... and every other possible eatery you can imagine, it is all Inside the Loop.

Join this group if you know the flavor of being Inside the Loop.

I cover the… Continue

Added by Lilibeth Andre on December 5, 2008 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

Humane Society Christmas Picture with Santa

Hey folks, most of the local PetSmarts are doing pics with Santa (50% of $10 fee goes to Humane Society). Bring all of your furry creatures down - you might even see me as an Elf this Saturday at the Portofino for those of you that far North. Merry Xmas

Added by Angela M. Schimmels on December 4, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

What makes Houston great for YOU?

I travel a lot and today was the most frustrating day I've had in a long time.

I'm in beautiful, but cold, St. Louis and while trying to get dinner I met a 'gentleman' who asked me where I was from. Proudly, I stated "Houston". He started telling me why Houston was a horrible place. But mostly he kept going back to "it's all concrete."

So I told him all the great things that Houston has. Not to convince him, that was clearly impossible, but to let him know that I'm proud… Continue

Added by Luis on December 4, 2008 at 12:28am — 1 Comment

Is your perception in sync with your identity?

Your customers all have a perception of you now. You have an identity that your are trying to portray. To be successful, your customer perception needs to match your corporate identity. When they do, that’s authenticity and the making of a brand. When they aren’t, you’re either overselling yourself or underselling selling. Is your company living to your customers expectations? Are you telling the right story? Are you willing to sit back and let other people define you or are you going to be… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on December 3, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments


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