December 2, 2021

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5 Ways To Grow Your Business by Getting Plugged In To Your Local Chamber of Commerce

I have had the honor this week to be able to speak to the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and I wanted to take the time to encourage you to join your local chamber and get as involved as your time allows.

The majority of cities and towns across the United States and many abroad have a local area Chamber of Commerce.  As a business owner, joining your local chamber and really getting plugged in and involved can bring tremendous benefits to you, your business and to your local and greater community.

As someone who has served on committees and on a Board of Directors for my local chamber, I would like to offer up 5 ways you can grow your business by becoming a member of your local Chamber of Commerce:

1.  Attend Chamber sponsored events. These include:

  • Mixers
  • Seminars
  • Lunch and Learns
  • Committee Meetings
  • Annual Dinners
  • Benefit Functions
  • Networking Breakfast Meetings
  • Membership Drives
  • Ambassador Programs

2.  Become a Chamber Ambassador. As mentioned above, becoming an ambassador for your chamber will give you the opportunity to visit potential new members and business owners who will in turn learn more about you.  The more visible you are in your community, the more likely people will choose you when buying a product or service.

3.  Serve on a Chamber Committee. Each Chamber of Commerce offers members the opportunity to serve on sub committees.  These committees may include the following

  • Marketing
  • Special Events
  • Military Affairs
  • Membership Drives
  • Community Outreach

In choosing a committee, you will want to look closely at the committees where your skills can best be used.  Your skills and assets will indeed be noticed, which is a form of marketing for you and your business or can lead to a nomination for a Board of Directors position.

4.  Volunteer to be the coordinator for a major Chamber event. All Chambers sponsor membership and fundraising events, and they are mostly coordinated by volunteers.  As with point number three, your skills will not go unnoticed.

5.  Serve on your Board of Directors.  Serving on your Board of Directors is the most visible way to show your assets and your leadership skills. Having said this, serving on your Board of Directors will take time, and your Chamber will want to see that you are a loyal, hard working and disciplined business leader and Chamber member.  Your Chamber will also be looking for the amount of time you have lived, worked and served in your local community, so be patient, and then speak to the CEO or President of your Chamber about your desire to serve on the board.

At the end of the day, the first step to growing your business through your Chamber is to join and get as involved as your time allows.  You will be so happy with the contributions you make and the rewards which follow.

Temple Grandin Video: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Where Will We Find Tomorrow’s Leaders? Video

An Interview with Linda A. Hill, Professor, Harvard Business School. Hill suggests we won’t find new global leaders by looking in conventional places for people who act in conventional take-charge ways. Instead, look for people who can lead from behind to promote the collective genius of their teams.

I am seeing more and more in the current job search that companies are willing to take someone with 40 years of experience at a much lower pay.  My question is “Will they use this unconventional, collective genius approach?  If you don’t believe so, it’s time to start taking a closer look at our up and coming Generation…Gen Y.  They live, eat and breathe the team approach and are anything BUT conventional!

Video Rating: 4 / 5

Coaching Employees: 5 Coaching Power Words

Want to learn more about what coaching really is and 5 powerful words to get employees to grow and develop?  Watch this quick video from the Center for Management and Organizational Effectiveness.

Video Rating: 4 / 5

Mitch Albom, Howard Dean, and Hank Haney Added to Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development Lineup

Mitch Albom, Howard Dean, and Hank Haney Added to Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development Lineup
Prominent public figures join over 100 of today’s most influential thought leaders, business gurus and authors at top-ranked leadership development institute. (PRWeb Jun 13, 2010) Read the full story at
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Coaching Questions – Management Leadership Training

COACHING QUESTIONS Training Video from New Market Learning: Employee coaching is a large and complex subject. But at its heart lies effective questioning skills. This program by New Market Learning provides  your managers with practical illustrations of how to use questions to help people think through a problem or a task for themselves. If it is a managers intention to coach the other person, the type of questions they use will be different from those questions designed simply to elicit information.  And, when it comes to coaching, questions can be much more powerful than giving advice.

This scenario below is quite common, so for any of you who are interested in a few support videos to add to your training presentations, these look like they could stimulate some great conversation with your clients. Visit

Video Rating: 5 / 5

Lastest Leadership Coaching News

John Wooden embodied American spirit in his amazing lifetime
During the small, private luncheon last July at which he formally was introduced as Sporting News’ greatest coach in sports, John Wooden sat quietly and listened to a chorus of praise that consumed nearly a half-hour. It was, simply the price he’d have to pay to enjoy the company of his players once more, perhaps one final time. John Wooden embodied greatness, on and off the court. Kareem Abdul …
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Social Intelligence and Leadership

Great video…check it out!

An interview with Daniel Goleman, Psychologist. See how you can use emotional and social intelligence to improve your own and your organization’s performance.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Weighing In On the Jim Joyce Call in the Tigers Vs. Indians Game

Baseball needs instant replay after Galaragga debacle

“…as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience.” — Malcolm Gladwell , author of Blink and The Tipping Point .

THURSDAY, June 3 HE’S SAFE: If you haven’t heard already, umpire Jim Joyce made a colossal bad call in the Tigers versus Indians game Tuesday night that cost former Mud Hen Armando Gallaragga a perfect game.
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I am sure by now that unless you are living under a rock, you have heard about this “bad call”.  But…let’s think again.  If you listen to the interview on Social Intelligence and Leadership, you will hear Daniel Golman talk about how we all have to understand that we have emotional responses…sometimes great…sometimes not.  I can see how this “bad call” could have happened.

Imagine…the momentum of a perfectly pitched game…batter up…umpire ready to call “Safe” or “Out”…adrenaline pumping…anything can happen.

So…do we need to tap into technology?  Eh…why not?  Since it’s available to us, I say WHY NOT?  But, as of today, June 3, 2010, in the world of baseball, instant replays mean absolutely nothing.  And…as the above article stated…at least Joyce had the guts to “man up”, own his mistake and apologize.  It will always sting, but he is only human.

Let’s all give this man (and ourselves) a break!