The Final Buying Tip, Number Four!

Smart Buying Tip #4: Sell-offs and Discounts.  Many promotional product manufacturers have been carrying too much inventory recently so you can find excellent value by searching for Sell-offs and Discounts.  Manufactures will offer deep discounts to sellout a discontinued item.  To capitalize on this you may have to accept an unusual color choice or mixing up colors but the price …

Functional Medicine — Read up…

I just finished reading two interesting books and wow, did I see how I can improve my lifestyle!  UltraMind and the UltraSimple Diet both by Dr. Mark Hyman.  I have had two major complaints over the past five years: increasingly foggy mind and persistant weight gain.  Dr. Hyman's point is that many factors effect issues like weight gain besides the …

Smart Schwag Buying Tips #2 and #3

On Jan. 22 I teased you with Smart Buying Tip #1.  Here's the next two and don't forget to watch this blog for the fourth and final tip shortly.    Smart Buying Tip #2: The Smaller Big Guys.  Are you currently using one of the “big guys” to source your premiums and incentives?  Every city has a few of these …

How Starbucks Saved His Life

I just finished reading How Starbucks Saved My Life.  It's a hilarious book, poignant and touching.   By reading the memoires of this 60-something Manhattan-ite author I got a brief insight into why my OWN father is still working having retired twice in the past 5 years. I highly recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592402860

Buying Schwag in Tough Times

Corporate Premiums & Incentives – the golf shirts, mugs, pens and other premiums you use to reward staff and encourage customer loyalty – are often thought to be “expendable” during tough times.  Over the next year organizations may reduce or eliminate promotional product budgets.   Smart companies don’t stop buying premiums and incentives – they realize that keeping customers and …

Inauguration Day – A day NOT for Corporate Schwag

I really enjoyed watching today’s Inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C.  I get too used to seeing pomp and circumstance in the British/Canadian tradition and its quite different to see the American Way.  I really liked the voiceover introductions, I kept waiting for his deep baritone to exclaim “Leeeetttttts get ready to Ruuummmmble!” It certainly was a well dressed crowd save …

Fat, Forty and Fired

I just finished this excellent book by Nigel Marsh.  I highly recommend it.  A great read about work, life, family and balance (and the myths surrounding balance). Read more about the book and its author: http://www.fatfortyandfired.com/index.html

Why Blog now?

So I became a new father on Dec. 9, 2007 and my wife didn't go back to work until mid Feb 2008 so we've had almost a year of sharing childcare.  So, why am I writing about being a working father now? The short answer is I didn't know if I could do the whole — workign father routine.  Now …

Connecting Digitally

Ok, some have a New Years resolution to lose weight, be better parents, live better lives.  Not me.  I'm on the wrong end of 40 years of age and wondering what the heck all this Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter stuff is all about.  Well, really I'm 38 but in new media years I may as well be 80. I figure there's no better …