Dave Howlett Live!


Last night I had the chance to see Dave Howlett give one of his famous “Knocking Down Silos” talks; it was a networking event not to miss. He has a way of working the crowd by telling story after story to keep people’s keen attention! Oh, and he keeps his crowd on their toes by bringing them into his talk when they are least expecting it…

Dave said that if we should only remember one phrase, that it should be “Watch your weekend challenges” to symbolize 3 ways to begin a meaningful conversation with another. I could easily post what its supposed to mean, but I would rather instill mystery and send you off to find out for yourself. So, check out his website at www.davehowlett.com and take one of his seminars – it’s a worthwhile experience! It’s the morning after, and I have already received one email from someone looking to follow up on a chat we had last night. It’s all about people.

Organizing WHO you Know!


I was just following-up on a speaker, Don Tapscott that I was able to see on Monday of this week at the Canadian Venture Forum. This guy knows what’s going on. Don is the author of the new book called Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and I highly suggest reading it.

In any case, I found a deck of slides he gave at another conference and there was a great slide on how to organize your connections with other people to maximize your network. Check out slide 35 from this presentation: http://www.newparadigm.com/media/2007-NGenBriefing.pdf. Now, if you’re lacking a network of friends, or acquiantances to organize, you might want to read another book that will help to maximize your business contacts; go and read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell immediately. You’ll become friends with more mavens, connectors and salespeople before you know it …