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I Gotta Guy
March 2009
In This Issue
I Gotta Guy
Indispensable You
Declare a Media Moratorium
Speaking of Faith
Wrapping Up Q1
  
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Photo of Tyler LewkeMy friend and colleague Tyler Lewke, quintessential real estate czar of McHenry County and beyond, has a saying which he generously agreed to let me share with you:  "I gotta guy..."  Tyler has a guy for everything.  
 
Here's what Tyler told me:  "I want to be way more than the real estate guy--and since I know everyone, I always
'gotta guy'... get it?"  
 
 
Team GraphicWhen people need any service or resource [fill in the blank here: attorney, accountant, financial planner, mortgage broker, plumber, carpenter, business coach, yenta, etc.] they turn to Tyler.  He says, "I want my clients to think they can lean on me for anything, so I have this huge group of people around me, 'partners'  that I love and use myself and totally respect.  I hold them all accountable and make sure they treat my clients first and best."   
Indispensable You 
Apple OrchardIsn't that brilliant?  By leveraging the people he knows (I call this your "Golden Rolodex"), Tyler has made himself indispensable.  And by doing so, he spreads business around like Johnny Appleseed planting trees.  The harvest comes back to him, undoubtedly tenfold.  His "guys" (and "gals") reciprocate by sending referrals his way.  "You know, one thing leads to another," Tyler said.  "As my grandfather taught me, 'To have, give all to all.'"  Sage advice from a top performer.  
 
Golden Rolodex eBookIf you need some help with your own Golden Rolodex, my new eBook, "Your Golden Rolodex: How to Network for Results!" is now for sale and available online.  This 50-page eBook will help you with the process of building, then leveraging, the power of your network.  For people in transition, those building a business or for all of you who just want to keep your network in good working order, this book offers a powerful, practical method for staying connected.  Click here to purchase, download and read and then you, too, can say:  "I gotta guy!"   
  
Declare a Media Moratorium 
After a four-year hiatus from television, the Austin family has reinstated cable TV in our household.  One of the things I didn't miss was the broad range of news shows, now full of oppressive details about the current state of our economy.  I agree that it's important to stay informed; however, watching the news these days can throw a person into a state of paralysis and/or despair.
 
TV anchor deskSo here's my Rx for all of us trying to stay sane among the current media madness: limit your exposure to TV news.  Stay abreast of current events, yes, but give yourself a stern quota for watching or reading the business news.  Better yet, declare a media moratorium for a day or even a week.  You'll find yourself lighter, brighter and a lot more hopeful about the future.  And you'll have more time to read inspirational books, listen to motivational CDs, learn a new skill, write a lot of thank-you notes, pray or meditate, exercise, walk the dog, spend time with the people you love... well, you get the idea.  
 
Speaking of Faith... 
Gary United Methodist ChurchWe just completed the "Career Transition Workshop: Your Best Work is Ahead of You," co-sponsored by Gary United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.  Executive coach Dave Cox provided eight weeks of terrific material designed to provide folks in transition with the skills and tools to navigate the murky waters of career change.  My thanks to Dave for his insights, his humor and his generous sharing of this mission and ministry.  Thanks, too, to all the volunteers and staff from both churches who helped as well as the church leaders: the Rev. Tony Asta and Jim Whitlock from Gary UMC and Angela Stephenson and Jim Carr from First Presbyterian.  Bob Hutchinson from Wheaton Bank & Trust graciously stepped up to the plate as a sponsor.  Eighty people attended, confirming that we couldn't have offered this at a better time.  

If you are in career transition anywhere around the country, there are career ministries, job clubs and other career transition centers all around you.  You can find them on Google or perhaps through your church, your public library or the state department of employment services.  Free and cost-effective services abound, so don't suffer alone.  And if you're in the Chicago or Phoenix area and need some recommendations for resources, please e-mail me at vaustin@choicesworldwide.com. I'll be happy to share with you about the resources I know are available.
Wrapping Up Q1
 

  The first quarter of 2009 has gone by like a flash, filled with inspiring projects and people.  I've enjoyed getting to know the folks at the Illinois Hospital Association as we developed and delivered a customized program on business writing... had an opportunity to meet the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association at a leadership retreat in beautiful Sedona, AZ... participated in a career workshop for women, "Ignite Your Life!," sponsored by DuPage Woman Newspaper and Benedictine University... and I also spoke recently on time management to the Women's Business Council of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, a group that's near and dear to my heart.  Just last week I joined 200+ extraordinary women (and a few men) from all over the country at the "Marketing to Women Summit" of the Women's Council of Realtors in downtown Chicago.  What an amazing, optimistic and wildly successful group of professionals!  I was fortunate enough to Women's Council of Realtorsbe photographed with Barbara Norcross (left) and Mary Christenson (right), both from Bakersfield, CA, at the Friday night reception.  These exceptional ladies shared with me their strategies for growing their business, everything from e-newsletters geared to custom affinity groups to singing opera with a local chorale.  Barbara, Mary and the real estate professionals who attended the summit were quite clear that recession or no recession, they're always ready to sell.

  
Vickie AustinThe antidote to fear is faith, and the best way I know to practice faith is through gratitude.  It's corny but true: you can't be fearful when you're counting your blessings.  Thank you for taking the time to read this e-newsletter and thanks, too, for staying in touch.  Please let me know how you're doing and how I might be of service to you, your organization or your professional association.  You are the gold in my Golden Rolodex!
Love,
 
Vickie
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