Act 294

Attend a networking event

I know, right? Who uses words like networking? Business people, that’s who. It’s like we’re afraid to call it what it is. A chance to catch up, to spend time with people you like and respect but never get enough time to hang out with because, you’re a business owner and you’re, well, “busi”. Sometimes I think business should be spelled busyness instead.

Business loves to euphemize normal words to inflate their sense of importance. They don’t need a to do list, they need a long term corporate strategic plan. They don’t  have an image problem, they need a branding strategy. They don’t need to hang out, they need to network.

Anyway, funny thing about networking, it’s normally code for really good free food. Business people eat well and they normally do it on someone else’s tab. An expense account, a conference registration fee, an association meeting, a fundraiser. So if you can, be charming and delightful. Get yourself on the invite list, you’ll get to catch up with folks you like and get a bite to eat. No bill, no dishes, no worries.


Act 265

Go to a council meeting

First off, this is post 265 – 100 yet to go in case you’re keeping score. 

Back to the topic. Council meetings. On the surface, they can seem a bit boring and formal but the truth it what happens at those meetings can have a profound effect on your livelihood. Take this evening, for example. A proposal to rezone a former pub to an artisan coffee roasting company. I was in favour. For many reasons. It increases the livelihood of the neighbourhood. And lively neighbourhoods are good. Good for community. Good for property value. Good for business. Good for, well, a decent cup of coffee nearby mostly. 

Municipal government collect your money and spend it on your behalf. We really do owe it to ourselves to follow what’s going on. And if there’s an issue that’s close to your heart or your wallet, attend a meeting, speak at a public hearing or write a letter if you’re not the public speaking type. It’s a right that’s important to exercise. It’s how community happens.