Behind-the-scenes advice for busy solo professionals courtesy of Michael Katz, Blue Penguin Development

  • I liked how tactically specific it was, in terms of how to be more yourself as you meet people in business situations.

    Check it out here:
    http://tinyurl.com/d3bagfv


  • So I’m doing a couple of “must dos” for today and going back home.

    When I was an employee, this is the way I always handled sick days. But when I went off on my own, I got the idea (I don’t know where) that I was supposed to “soldier on,” no matter what.

    Now I know that if I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be of much use to anyone!


  • but have never done work for. She called because she needed some copywriting done.

    She’s brought me two clients over the years and I had lunch with her once or twice, the most recent being at least five years ago. She’s definitely moved to the outer reaches of “people I know” and even unsubscribed from my newsletter at some point.

    But she’s on my “keep in touch” list, so I send her a check-in email three times a year. She’s also received a birthday card from me for the last two years and most recently, a holiday card.

    And today she hired me.

    Just stirring the pot over here…. (Are you?!)


  • for a form I’ve developed that I mentioned in my newsletter and offered to readers.

    I could have dropped them all into one email and bcc’d the group, but instead I just answered them one by one. A little more work, but a chance to make a personal connection!


  • Hadn’t seen him in 7 or 8 years but ran into him a few months ago at a local biz event.  45 minutes, catching up.  Told him I thought he should meet with another person I know whose business overlaps and that I’d send an intro email to them both.