The Hourly Cost of Networking

If you know me, odds are you’ve heard me say “every minute we take away from our business is an investment, so spend it wisely.” As I’ve been speaking with groups about my book, “Lunching with Lions: Strategies for the Networking-Averse” there’s one part of my presentation that creates an interesting deer-in-the-headlights look from audience members.  It’s the part of my talk where I ask them how much their time is worth. See, when we … Read more

Lunching with Lions: Strategies for the Networking-Averse BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING   Wednesday, March 20 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Community Room Westminster City Park Recreation Center 10455 Sheridan Boulevard Westminster, CO 80020 BOOK SIGNING AND LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL FOLLOW THE PRESENTATION Join us for a special evening with Katherine McGraw Patterson (“KP”), Brand and Business Strategist, Speaker, and Founder of WEBO Network to celebrate the publication of her debut book.  In “Lunching with Lions: … Read more

What’s Your Networking Personality?

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This week, I presented my talk “Lunching with Lions: How to Survive and Thrive at Networking” (based on my new book) to one of my favorite women’s groups.  Before I took the stage, everyone was asked what their greatest networking challenge happened to be. Out of nearly 100 responses, two things stuck out as common conundrums: Dislike/discomfort of small talk and the desire to connect more deeply from the get-go; and The question of what … Read more

How to Nurture Your Network

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Have you ever heard of Dunbar’s Number? It’s the number of people with whom we (as humans) can maintain “stable social relationships”. Relationships in which we know who each person is and how they relate to every other person. That number is 150. How many LinkedIn contacts do you have? Facebook friends? Names on your oh-so-important email list? I’m going to bet it’s way beyond Dunbar’s 150. As business owners, we are challenged to maintain … Read more

Cashing in on Brand Equity

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The following is from a blog I wrote in 2008: “Today on NPR, I was listening to an interview with tourism analyst Ralf Garrison of the Denver-based Advisory Group, Inc.  He was discussing the downturn in the Ski Industry this year.  Now, I’m not a skier, but he said something that immediately caught my attention.  “Some resorts are characteristically better known than others.  They have more BRAND EQUITY.  They have more loyalty in the marketplace, … Read more

How to Create a Simple Marketing Plan for 2019

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Take a deep breath.  I’m going to say something now that might freak you out a bit. You need a marketing plan. If you know me, you know I preach the holy trifecta of AWARENESS, PURPOSE, and INTENT in running your business.  You must be AWARE of what you are doing in order to align your activities and actions with PURPOSE and INTENT to achieve that end goal. Like this: When you’re aware of your … Read more

7 Reasons You Don’t Need a Marketing Plan

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If you’re like many of my clients who hate planning and just want to go, go, GO in their business, this message is for you! While a recent CoSchedule study showed that marketers who document strategy are an astounding 538% more likely to report success than those who don’t; and that marketers who set goals are 429% more likely to report success than those who don’t (and, 81% of those successful, goal-setting marketers achieve them), I get why you wouldn’t want … Read more

Taming Your To Do List (or…How Do You Eat an Elephant?)

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There’s an elephant in the room. If you’re like me, it’s sitting just to your right as you read this. It’s big, it’s cumbersome, and it likes to stick its long trunk into everything you do all day long. It’s your TO DO list. I recently wrote an article about how I organize and prioritize my to do list to keep me on track and make sure the most important stuff (read: revenue generating) gets … Read more

10 Written Statements Every Woman Business Owner Needs to Succeed

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I started my business kinda sorta by accident (read the story here), meaning I didn’t plan to start a business when I did.  And, because I didn’t PLAN to become a woman business owner, it took me a very long time to treat it seriously. How do you know you’re not taking your business seriously? Do you find yourself continually giving away your products or services because you “just love what you do”? Do you … Read more

The Accidental Entrepreneur (or, How I Learned to Take My Business Seriously)

I was reminiscing today about that time that I started my own business. You know, that day way back in 1999 (the LAST MILLENNIUM, as my daughter would say) when I quite my corporate job and became an entrepreneur.  Huge decision, right?  Big day.  Momentous, even. Except, it didn’t feel momentous.  It didn’t really feel like anything.  Because at the moment I submitted my resignation and became a small business owner, I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE … Read more