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By Pat Hammond

NodeSchool Manchester

Location: TBD
Date: TBD, (check their meetup.com page for details)

The Facts:

  • price: free
  • atmosphere: casual, professional, friendly, supportive
  • amenities: TBD based on venue
  • content: workshop format, independent study with group & mentor support, open discussion, networking
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By Pat Hammond

Why vs. Why Not?

Do you realize how many of your daily activities rely on habit?

Don't get me wrong, habits are great for things like brushing your teeth or mowing the lawn, but there's nothing innovative or exciting about doing the same thing over and over.

Shake it up a little. Instead of automatically asking why try why not.

Sometimes coming at a problem from a different perspective is all it takes to see the possibilities.

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By Pat Hammond

April: Week 3 Notes

Okay, so it snowed this week, but next week is supposed to be sunny and warm and there are a ton of great meetings. Take the opportunity to get out of the office.

Featured Meetups:

Monday

New Hampshire WordPress Developers & Users: Heads up! This group is meeting on Monday this month. April's topic is Spring into Plugins and should be of interest to anyone who manages, uses or builds WordPress websites. For more information/RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/WordPressDevNH/

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By Pat Hammond

Don't stop unless the wings fall off...

You've already done the due diligence. You've established clearly defined goals and benchmarks to navigate from your starting point to your final destination and you included enough flexibility to handle a little turbulence.

You made a good plan. Don't toss it out the window just because some unexpected weather moved in. Assess the situation, make some course corrections and press on.

To put it another way, Stick With the Plan!

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By Pat Hammond

Don't be that guy...

In the words of New England Patriot's coach Bill Belichick, "Do your job. Take care of your responsibility and just do it right."

Don't be the guy who whines and complains and drives everybody else nuts before pointing the finger at someone else when asked why he didn't finish the project.

Be a professional. Do your job.

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By Pat Hammond

April: Week 1 Notes - New Quarter = New Opportunity to Succeed!

It looks like there is a little something for everyone this week. In addition to the usual weekly referral groups, it's time for the monthly Alpha Loft Start Up Meetup on Wednesday, SCORE is hosting a "Get Started Online" workshop on Tuesday and the Center for Women's Business Advancement is offering a workshop on using QuickBooks on Thursday.

Whether you are looking for business advice, tech skills or just want to get out and meet other entrepreneurs there is a meetup for you.

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By Pat Hammond

Sometimes it's just better to simply let it go...

We've all known people who were mean, petty and just plain unpleasant. These are the people who seem to go out of their way to make life miserable, but that doesn't mean that we have to fall into their trap.

We have a choice and it's called Taking the High Road.

Taking the high road isn't about letting people walk over us, it's about knowing when to dig in and fight and when to let it go. It's not always easy, but knowing when to take the high road will make dealing with these people a whole lot easier.

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By Pat Hammond

A few months ago I noticed a surprising new business trend. It may have been purely anecdotal, but it seemed like there were a lot more New Hampshire small business owners branding their businesses with religion and it got me wondering how a small business in a local market navigates the politically correct waters when it comes to merging religion and business and why would they put themselves in that position?

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By Pat Hammond

March:Week 4 Notes - Spring is Here!

Now that most of the snow has melted it looks like things are picking up around the Queen City. Most events are still clustered around the middle of the week, but it's a full calendar with a little something for everyone.

You can start your morning with no less than five breakfast events (Gold Star, Master Networks and Londonderry Breakfast Networking Group) and finish the day with a wide variety of networking activities including monthly meetups like New Hampshire PHP, the Future Women in Tech Hangout at Dyn, the Manchester Makerspace and Southern NH Clojure meetings as well as one time events like the Women in Action Forum at SNHU.

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By Pat Hammond

The meeting went great! The client loved your proposal and wants you to add a few other features. Can you get him an updated timeline and cost breakdown by the end of the week because he wants to move on this right away.

Your head is spinning. Can this really be happening? Has all that hard work finally paid off?

You might need to back burner another project and sub-contract part of the work to meet their deadline, but it's doable and it will be worth it.

You float back to the office on autopilot, your face flushed with pleasure as you relive every word and nuance of the best meeting ever.

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