Featured Blog Posts – January 2009 Archive (17)

Preserving Flowers

The different methods of preserving flowers follow the same basic principle, to remove moisture slowly while maintaining as much of the original shape and texture as possible.

Air Drying Flowers

Begin air drying your flowers by hanging them upside down in a dark, dry and warm place. Drying flowers may take one to three weeks to complete. Dried flowers can be used to create your own potpourri by gently removing dried petals and adding a few drops of scented oils. Or create your… Continue

Added by Cyndi Gutowski on January 26, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Giving Back

It's amazing how we let ourselves focus on our own spheres and don't really stop to think of what we have done to help someone else? In the last 24 hrs did you ever stop to think about helping someone?

I have been waking up early, exercising, and then boom! WORK! WORK! WORK! Mind you it's especially hard for me to stop working since I love what I do. I always wished there was more time in one day. It's always GO!GO!GO!, and I have failed to really stop to think about what really… Continue

Added by Laura Valentino Romero on January 21, 2009 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Urgent request from networking partner

I received an “urgent” request from one of my networking partners for 2 Financial Risk Consultants (refer to attached description.) The ideal candidate will have 3 – 5 years of work experience, a quantitative bachelor’s degree (engineering, science, math, actuary) + an advanced degree (technical or business.) Base comp will be in the range of $80k and performance bonus in the range of 50% (but could be as high as 100% of base.) The position is based in Houston and Houston-based candidates are… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on January 19, 2009 at 10:06pm — 2 Comments

Executive Workstations and Virtual Offices in New, Centrally Located Building!

Twin Flames Properties is now leasing premium executive workspaces and virtual offices in its brand new building in Houston, Texas, at 4707 Eigel Street.

The new building is in a coveted area inside the loop between downtown and the Galleria area, close to four major interstates and numerous restaurants, coffee houses, and gyms. It has all modern amenities and the benefits of Class A office space.

Executive workspaces and virtual offices at 4707 Eigel are perfect for… Continue

Added by Leslie Farnsworth on January 19, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Networking this week: Jan 19th

These are events I will be attending this week!


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When: Tuesday, January 20, 5:30PM Add to my iCal Calendar

Phone: 281-778-6661

We kick off 2009 in grand style! Join us at a favorite spot,

Belvedere. If networking is one of your resolutions this year

(and it should be) then come on out and join us. Also, we

have some big… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on January 17, 2009 at 8:33am — No Comments

Another Event for the record books! 260+!

I was so grateful to have the opportunity to provide the name tags for the event last night at The Tasting Room. Upon Olcay Kaplan's recommendation, based on the last event, I printed 230 tags (close to 200 were used last month). We used those logo’ed tags plus at least 30 additional. What a success! I met many more people, caught up with some previous contacts and made 4 solid connects that could potentially generate additional business for my company. This really has me looking forward with… Continue

Added by Mandy Lawshae on January 15, 2009 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

Tonight, 260+, Post your Pictures

Porshea Mitchell has posted a ton of pictures from tonight. I have featured them in the featured photos list.

Thanks to Mandy from AppleOne and Cyndi and Gerald for the door prizes and Tasting Room for having 260+ networking fools crash their place.

This was a huge success thanks to the many members of Inhouston who invited tons of guests.

Please be sure to post any pictures of the event so I can… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on January 15, 2009 at 12:29am — 2 Comments

Awesome event!!

Eric - another great turn out!! We could barely move around I'm thinking it was a record turn out. Thanks again for putting this wonderful event together - I keep meeting great people and am impressed at how many NEW people show up everytime and how great they are.

Added by Luis on January 14, 2009 at 11:09pm — 3 Comments

Body Language: Read, Know, Observe, Adapt, Communicate, Dominate.

The Canine Chronicles

Body Language: Read, Know, Observe, Adapt, Communicate, Dominate.

by Peter A. Wood

Just how does a dog always seem to know how to piss you off? Simple . . . body language. When you think, I want to go left, even before you turn, your body projects that thought through certain leanings, eye movements and hand gestures. Even if you think your move was unannounced, it was previously broadcasted to the world of those who… Continue

Added by Peter Wood on January 13, 2009 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

Don't have enough time to network?

Make Time

  1. Face-to-face 1on1s are important
  2. I know professionals, highly placed individuals, and experts who don't want to "waste" time with 1on1s and networking. This is a mistake. Every single person down to the last I know who is successful makes time for 1on1 conversations and networking. I have wealthy friends who have guests into their offices daily and make time to meet them and network. The time you need an…


Added by Eric Standlee on January 11, 2009 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

Speaking Opportunities - Workshops with University of Houston Small Business Development Center

Most of us are constantly looking for exposure for our businesses and this should be of interest to anyone who has a business topic that would be conducive to presenting as a workshop.

The U of H SBDC puts on workshops on a variety of business topics and they are open to new topics and speakers.

The general site for the SBDC is http://www.sbdc.uh.edu/sbdc

Contact Etna Pellman-Goldsmith at (713) 752-8482 or Erica Magallón at 713.752-8483 if you have a topic and… Continue

Added by Mark Sullivan on January 9, 2009 at 11:27am — No Comments

Unparalleled Success in Social Networking: It's not what my network can do for me. It is what can I do for my network or more importantly what have I done for my network lately.

For some social networking is a new term that holds the same interest as a root

canal, but isn't 10% as clearly defined. For others, they have dabbled in

social networking but haven't found value. Others have braved the deep in

social networking and still haven't found the value. And for 10% out

there, the have discovered the secrets to generating revenue and growing a huge

active network on-line and off-line.

I have grown a large off-line and on-line network… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on January 7, 2009 at 11:31pm — 1 Comment

Five Big Mistakes Companies Make in a Crisis

It was nine o’clock on Christmas Eve and I was waiting for the kids to drift off to sleep so Santa could visit, when my phone rang. It was a reporter.

“Is it true they’re going to evacuate Bridgeport?” he asked. The North Texas city was the location of my company’s largest single moneymaking asset, a natural gas processing plant.

“I beg your pardon?”

“Your gas plant is on fire and the rumor is, they’re going to evacuate the entire city,” the reporter… Continue

Added by Tony Lentini on January 6, 2009 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Twitter: Networking 140 Characters at a Time

In case you have the desire to go beyond LinkedIn to network but not so far as MySpace & Facebook, here is another opportunity in the form of a micro-blog….twitter.

Eric Standlee mentioned a good source in his post "Don't get Twitter?" (http://inhouston.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dont-get-twitter), but here are some other good references to help become familiar with twitter.

Here’s a link to an excellent video “Twitter in Plain English” by Lee LeFever at Common Craft… Continue

Added by Brian Mahn on January 3, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

SW Area Employment Activity

As the Southwest group grows, I would like to remind everyone that there is an organization in the area that is specifically focused on helping job seekers and employers connect. Jobs Minsitry Southwest (JMS) is an independent, non-denominational organization dedicated to helping people in all phases of their career. JMS has been operating since August. We have had over 200 job seekers come through our meetings. Plus we have hosted over 1200 man hours of training and… Continue

Added by Doug Thorpe on January 1, 2009 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

Happy New Year

Here's a tip for the New Year that borders on "Duh!"

Save gas get good at virtual or social networking.

If I can help you I'd be glad to as long as you promise me you'll help me learn what you know.

Blessed 2009 to all

Added by Eric Standlee on January 1, 2009 at 1:42am — 1 Comment


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