Connect with Yellow Dog Consulting in March!

Hank and Tully talking it up

Hank and Tully talking it up

Well this year is flying by already – stay tuned for a birthday party in April and anniversary party in May! If you’d like to catch up with Yellow Dog Consulting – here’s where you can find us in March!

Friday, March 2nd 10 AM
Dog Park Networking!

Join Hank and me at Mercer Island Off Leash for some swimming and tennis ball throwing. You can’t miss Hank, he’s the loud one who barks at tennis balls and demands all the attention (I have no idea where he gets that from!) Let me know if you’ll be joining us – and you don’t need a dog to come play!

Thursday, March 8th
Puget Sound Business Journal Biz Mix
Wine, Women and networking? Yeah, I’ll be there!

Friday, March 9th
NWEN’s Breakfast Buzz
NWEN is one of my favorite organizations; the breakfast buzz is a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and service providers around the Puget Sound. Plus, the breakfast rotates between Seattle & Bellevue – this month it’s in Seattle, hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 15th
eWomen Network Luncheon
This is a fantastic networking event each month and THE place to learn how to most effectively network I believe. This month’s speaker is my friend and fantastic woman, Rachel Dexheimer of Equispire.

Thursday, March 22nd
NWEN eDate
Join me for eDate where entrepreneurs and experts meet. And some how Yellow Dog Consulting will be there to answer those burning marketing questions.

 

Here’s a couple other events that look great but don’t fit with my schedule…

Geekwire Summit
March 7th
If you work with the startup community you need to be here.

eWomen SBI’s

Strategic Business Introductions are a great way to get introduced to eWomen Network with a small group of people instead of 100 like at a luncheon. I understand it can be overwhelming for folks, an SBI is a great way to check out eWomen. There is one SBI in March and one in early April (3/20 & 4/3) let me know if you want to go to one and I’ll join you!

 

Let me know if you’re able to join me or if you know of other great networking events I should check out!

Dog Park Networking!

In case you missed our newsletter yesterday – we hope you can join us (Elizabeth & Hank) for our first Dog Park Networking event!
Hank at Mercer Island Off Leash
Yellow Dog Consulting wouldn’t be who we are without Hank, the worlds greatest yellow dog!
Starting in March we will be hosting Dog Park Networking! Come join Hank & I on Friday, March 2nd, 10 AM, at the Luther Burbank Off Leash area on Mercer Island for some dog park fun and informal networking. Let me know if you’re coming and make sure to bring a towel if your dog is a swimmer like Hank!

The Story of Hank’s Arthritis

Hank's first Acupuncture appointment

While checking twitter this morning I came across an article about a new potential solution for dogs with arthritis. While it sounds expensive and we haven’t seen long-term benefits of it YET, I’ll be keeping an eye on this.

In June of 2010 Hank woke up one morning and could barely walk. He limped along and didn’t want to go up and down the stairs (a problem in a townhouse). So, we took him to the vet and after some x-rays discovered that our 4-year-old lab has arthritis.

We talked with friends who have had dogs with arthritis and did a bit of research. We decided to try naturopathic pain relief and acupuncture for Hank. YES Acupuncture for the dog. (We know, we promise not to reproduce.) And the acupuncture has been a good solution for Hank. Except Hank HATES needles. In fact his vet has to special order needles they use on birds for Hank. He now goes each change of season for his acupuncture appointment and we load up a Kong with cheese for him. He LOVES the vet – it’s the place with all the cheese!

This past fall our vet started offering laser therapy and we thought that might be a great solution since the bernese mountain dogs across the street from us had AMAZING success with it. But laser therapy didn’t work for Hank right now. So, we continue with acupuncture, walks, supplements, diet changes and swimming – Hank loves to swim!

Someday it may also include a stem cell injection, but for now, bird needles and keeping the weight off are doing OK.

Why I’m not on Facebook

anti-facebookIf you know me, then you know I’m not on Facebook. It’s true. I own a marketing consulting firm and often suggest to clients that they should have a Facebook page, yet I myself refuse to join Facebook. Why?

Well, the short answer is, I just don’t like that many people.

The long answer is this: I graduated college before Facebook started. And then it started and it was just for college kids. And then all of a sudden my parents were on it. And I was pretty convinced Facebook was the next MySpace and would be gone in about the same time. So, I held out. And then I began to realize, Facebook is a great excuse to stalk your friends and family, and not actually have to talk to them.

What have I missed with Facebook?

A few birthday’s from friends I didn’t know it was their birthday anyway. I did miss a cousins’ (or two) baby being born. But here’s the deal. Why didn’t they think it was important to call/email/text/skywrite/wire and tell me? Because Facebook is an excuse to not talk to people.

You’ll never find me on Facebook. I thought I might join after I left the Business Journal and then I realized, I don’t have a free evening to un-tag myself from photos all night long (evidently it’s a real evening activity for some folks). If I want to know what’s going on in your life, I’ll call, I’ll email, I’ll text. And just because I don’t know what your kid (or dog) did today doesn’t mean I don’t care. It means it’s really not that important, is it?

How falling off the radar and coming back with a BANG can fill up your sales pipeline in a day

 

Lonely Hank

As you know, I recently launched Yellow Dog Consulting. I’ve had the idea since early 2011 and started the company in May 2011 but didn’t announce it to the world until October. After sending out my first email announcement mentioning an upcoming event, I had 75 emails by the end of the day. I also had coffee appointments, drinks, lunches and more by the end of the week filling up my month(s).

If you have a monthly newsletter you’re forgetting to use, or even if you’ve been off the radar, who in your network hasn’t realized they miss you until you reach out to them?

Try it. Make the commitment to send out a newsletter or just an announcement, open coffee, dog park meet up,  15 minute phone consultation,whatever it might be, just “reach out and touch someone,” (but let’s not be a pervert about it, OK?)

Network with Yellow Dog Consulting in February!

January seems to have flown by and it looks like February will be a fun month with some great networking events coming up! Grab your business cards and come join me!

Wednesday, February 8th

Hank & Pippin Networking

Hank & Pippin Networking - thanks to www.lickedlens.com for the photo!

Geekwire Game Night

I’m a big fan of Settlers of Catan thanks to some friends introducing us to it this summer. So for $5 I get to hangout with friends and play in public? Heck yes! I’ll probably also bring Uno for anyone who wants something more casual.

 

Friday, February 10th

NWEN Breakfast Buzz

NWEN is one of my favorite organizations, and they have a snazzy new website that just seems to have quietly launched…

The breakfast buzz is a great opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and service providers around the Puget Sound. Plus, the breakfast rotates between Seattle & Bellevue – this month it’s in Bellevue, hope to see you there!

 

Thursday, February 16th

eWomen Network

This month it’s a little longer and a few bucks more, BUT you get to hear Sandra Yancey, the founder of eWomen network speak. She’s incredibly inspirational (not something you hear often from me) and good for that kick in the ass you’ve needed.

 

eWomen SBI’s – Strategic Business Introductions are a great way to get introduced to eWomen Network with a small group of people instead of 100 like at a luncheon. I understand it can be overwhelming for folks, so an SBI is a great way to check out eWomen. There are two SBI’s in the February (2/7 & 2/28)- let me know if you want to go to one and I’ll join you!

NWEN eIQ’s - these are a great opportunity to learn first hand from experts on those specific questions and issues your startup is facing. Check out schedule for February and start planning ahead for March, these fill up!

Tales from the Tail: Pick it up!

One of the things I want to do with this blog is to write on behalf of Hank, so today Hank & I are going to have a short RANT about dog poop.

Yup, evidently we need to remind people to pick up after our dogs. I know with the snow and all this rain lately that it’s easy to “forget” to pick up after your dog when you’re walking him. Here’s the request:

1. Don’t poop in the middle of the sidewalk

2. PICK IT UP!

You got a dog, there’s responsibilities with a dog, and I think we all know, Everyone Poops. So why the heck is is so hard for you to pick up after your dog? There are pet waste stations every block in most neighborhoods these days. If you have a dog, you have poop bags laying around the house, or an empty bag from the store. Make sure to take 2, Hank is notorious for pooping twice when I only grabbed one bag. Thanks buddy…

The real issue here is the environment. Besides making all your neighborhood dog owners look bad, it’s bad for the environment. The fine folks at Pooper Troopers wrote a great article a couple years ago on dog waste – and they have great resources on their website – plus they’ll come pick up for you. AWESOME. Dog waste is toxic and the way the water system works in Seattle, if you leave your dog crap on the street, it gets into the drains and then you’re eating salmon filled with dog crap. And that’s DISGUSTING. (yes i’m exaggerating, SORT OF).

Please do your dog and Hank a favor and pick up after your dog. If you can’t exert the energy to do that, you should have gotten a cat.