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What Grammar Can Teach Us
 March 2013
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What Grammar Teaches Us
Happy Nat'l Proofreading Day!
Who's on Your "Posse?"
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In Honor of 
National Pi Day
 
According to Monica Metzler, executive director of the Illinois Science Council, March 14 was "Pi Day, " that "most delicious of all holidays... that spans all cultures, continents and cuisines." The day honors the number 3.14, the unique, indefinite number that is (in case you forgot) the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. 
 
Pi Day Pie
The ISC cleverly celebrated with the first annual Pi Day Pi K Run, a 3.14 mile run that trumps the "oh-so common" 5K run. The event was also celebrated throughout the city of Chicago with free pie. 
 
March 14 is also Albert Einstein's birthday. Here are some quotable quotes from Professor Einstein:
 
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."
 
"Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity."
 
"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
 
"If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X+Y+Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut."

Congratulations, Brett! 

 

Congratulations to Brett Mathieson, CPA, of  Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., on winning the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Gamon Award for Top Young Professional of the Year! Brett was nominated by Mary Gammel of Quality Web Site Testing, an Ambassador of the Chamber who in her nomination form spoke highly of Brett's professionalism and his contributions to the Chamber. 
 
Brett Mathieson at Gamon Awards Brett has served as the Steak Fry co-chairman, is active in the Young Professionals group, and this year has stepped up to the board of directors as the Chamber's treasurer.

Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., LLP, Accountants and Advisors, also was nominated in the Large Business of the Year category.
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Pronouns My mom, Geri, was a stickler for grammar. When I was a kid, I couldn't get away with so much as a dangling participle around her. She taught me well and I still cringe whenever I hear someone say "me and him" instead of "he and I."
 
We can learn a lot about networking from grammar rules. Good grammar dictates that we put that other person's name (or the pronoun "he" or "she") before our own. Likewise with networking, it's a good idea to put the other person's agenda first. 
 
If you're trying to connect with someone, start by talking about
them. "I'd love to hear more about your business," you might write in a LinkedIn invitation. Or perhaps you leave a voice mail message that says "Let's get together so I can hear what you're up to these days." Then, it's fine to add, "And I'm eager to share with you about my new campaign to [fill in the blank: re-career, launch a new project, connect with new clients...]."
 
When we put others before ourselves, it isn't just good grammar--it's good business.
Speaking of Grammar and Moms...

 

Nat'l Proofreading Day logo My friend Judy Beaver, owner of The Office Pro, is the founder of National Proofreading Day which we just celebrated March 8. Judy created this day in honor of her own mom, Flo, who like my mom was fanatical about getting it right in grammar and punctuation.

 

  Red pen If you think proofreading is a trivial matter reserved for English teachers and editors, read this article from Forbes posted on Judy's NPD LinkedIn Group page about the connection between grammar and income. Hats off and a tip of the red pen to Judy who got this holiday registered in Chase's Calendar of Events last year.

Who's on Your "Posse?" 

Barb Good, my friend and Spiritual Director, once remarked, "Vickie, you're just like JLo... you have a 'posse!'" I wasn't quite sure who JLo was, but I soon learned she meant Jennifer Lopez, and the "posse" Barbie referred to was JLo's entourage.

Suzette's I am indeed blessed to be surrounded by great people... so I threw a "Posse Appreciation Luncheon" in February to honor the people who support me and my business. We met at Suzette's Creperie in Wheaton and I acknowledged each of them for their contribution to me and my business.
 
Whenever I'm coaching or speaking I ask the question, "Who's on your 'Posse'?" In other words, who's got your back? Who do you turn to for counsel and advice?
 
As a solo entrepreneur, I surround myself with people who provide the services I need to grow my business. Their contributions give me the time to serve my own clients. Whether it's administrative assistance, web site design, IT support or bookkeeping services, my Posse is the team that allows me to focus on my priorities: client service and marketing my business. 
 
Do you have a team in place to help you accomplish all your ambitious goals? Who's on your posse? Here's mine:
 
Vickie & Posse
Pictured from left to right are: (first row) Carol Hameister of Stolen Moments Spa, my office mate and esthetician; Donna Micklich, Virtual Concierge; Brian Karel, BRAiNSEARCH, iNC. (my IT guy); Brent Ohlmann, Esq., intellectual property attorney; (second row) Lesley Ronson Brown, BFF and Yoga Diva; Anna Piro, Anna Piro Design; Sue Tripp, DreamCatcher Websites; Joy Meredith, social media guru; Me (can't stop grinning); Jackie Sloane, Sloane Communications, my long-time business coach; Mary Pat Wesche, my accountant from Forum Tax & Accounting; Susan Headley, my bookkeeper, also from Forum; and The Rev. Barb Good, Spiritual Director and originator of the "Posse" concept.
You Have 'Just Enough Hours in the Day'

Many thanks to Jan Faris and Peggy Goddeau of Pinnacle Planning Group, LLC, and The Heartland Group for inviting me to speak at the Association of Senior Service Providers (ASSP). I shared "Just Enough Hours in the Day: Time Management with a Twist" with this extraordinary group of professionals. My goal was to transform their relationship to time, from "there's never enough" to "I have just enough hours in the day to accomplish my goals, objectives and dreams." After all, everyone gets 24 hours a day, right?
ASSP leaders (from left) Holly Miles, Lori Martin & Lynne Kornecki

Thanks, too, to Tina McHorney of Strohschein Law Group, LLC, in Geneva, for her role as director of programming for ASSP, an association comprised of organizations which provide services to the senior market.

Please let me know if you'd like information on this presentation or others related to business and career success for your own business or association. I speak around the country on topics related to networking and career strategy. 

Vickie Austin Can it be nearly spring? Here in Chicago we're still getting some snow. But geese are flying in formation, honking on their way back north, cardinals are singing defiantly and Midwesterners are thinking wistfully of planting their gardens soon. 


May your March be filled with the luck of the Irish... and may you be surrounded by a "posse" of people who love and support you.
Love, 

 

Vickie Austin 

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