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Personality Types Of Successful People

Who Are You Today?

Batman or Bruce Wayne?  Selina Kyle or Catwoman?  Clark Kent or Superman?  Jekyll or Hyde?  Sunny Side Up or Over Easy?  Knowing Your Personality And That Of Others Could Mean The Difference Between Success Or Failure, Business Or No Business, or Revenues or Shortfalls.

 

So which personality type are you?  How many different kinds of personalities are there?  How do you determine the personality types?  So many questions.  And we've got the answers at the next Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group meeting.

Understanding personality types can help you land a new job, influence your friends, help you get a girlfriend or boyfriend, negotiate a deal, increase sales, and a whole lot more.  It can also mean just easier conversations and better understanding of yourself and others.  This can save you a whole lot of frustration, anger, and anxiety.

Whether you're red, green, blue, yellow, white, extrovert, introvert, thinkers, feelers, judgers, or emotional wrecks, we'll help you get a clear picture of your personality and some of the tools you can use for a deep dive.

Join us in this exciting adventure of self-exploration.

Also, we’ll have our HOLIDAY SOCIAL AND FOOD DRIVE Event with snacks and good vibes for all. Free free to BRING A DISH TO SHARE, or just enjoy ours.

P.S. Don't forget to bring your business cards. As always, we'll be RAFFLING off a special success prize as well in exchange for one of them...Make sure you're there.

 

 

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Get Registered Now at http://chicagoentrepreneur1218-muce.eventbrite.com/

It's only $15 to attend and Every non-perishable food item is worth $2 off (Not to exceed $15) MUST register on eventbrite in order to qualify for discount.Bring as many items as you can though cause every bit helps those in need!

PLUS, When you register and pay online,

Even better, sign me up as an annual member so I get to attend all the general meetings for year and get some other members only goodies.

http://www.bit.ly/cemgmembership
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MEETING FORMAT:

  • Registration & Open Networking (Starts at 6:30 pm, Meeting Starts at 7:00 pm)
  • Introductions (Everyone gets a 15-second intro - No entrepreneur left behind)
  • Announcements & Sponsors
  • Continuity Recap of last month’s topic, and progress of Group Members.
  • Presentations / Speakers / Discussion / Workshop Sessions
  • Speed-networking / Open-networking / Power-Networking
  • Holiday Social

Everyone will have an opportunity to introduce themselves, tell us what they do, and BRIEFLY discuss their business. And as always we will have our raffle for one or more self-development and business-growth prizes!

Attire is Business Casual.

Onsite Registration starts at 6:30 PM. Meeting starts at 7:00 PM. -

LOCATION:

Campanelli YMCA

300 West Wise Road Schaumburg, IL 60193

(847) 891-9622

Qualifying Food Drive Items Include:

  • Cereal and Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter And Jelly
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Fruit Juices
  • Canned Fruit, Meat, Soup
  • Pasta, Hamburger Helper
  • Baby Food, Formula
  • Toothpaste, Deodorant
  • Tissue / Toilet Paper
  • Cash Donations

 

************************************************************************* Here's that registration link again: http:// chicagoentrepreneur1218-muce.eventbrite.com.  It's only $15 AND Every non-perishable food item you bring is worth $2 off (Not to exceed $15) MUST register on eventbrite in order to qualify for discount.

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- ABOUT THE CHICAGO ENTREPRENEUR MEETUP GROUP

The Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group is a great place to network with like-minded entrepreneurs. Our goal is to make our events educational so everyone benefits and can apply something from each event to their own business. We focus on the networking & connecting people who can help each other. Our “Mission & Vision” can be found here: http://entrepreneursuccessnetwork.com/mission-and-vision/ -

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Business Afterhours at the Drink – August 29, 2012

If work's got you in a tizzy and you need to just relax and hang out with some like minded people folks while having some light snacks, then make sure you plan on showing up!

The Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group is holding another Business Afterhours. Come join us at on August 29, 2012 for our next Business Afterhours. Bring your business cards, network, and have some light snacks. This will be a great chance to get to know your fellow entrepreneurs and build solid relationships.

Relax and meet some new people after a long day of work. There will be a cash bar, and the Drink has graciously offered to provide some light snacks.

It's only $10.00 to attend if you preregister or $15.00 at the door. Here's the registration Link:
http://chicagoentrepreneur0829-com.eventbrite.com

Space and snacks are limited, so make sure you RSVP early to get in and enjoy the atmosphere.

Business Afterhours at the Drink – June 27, 2012

If work's got you in a tizzy and you need to just relax and hang out with some like minded people folks while having some light snacks, then make sure you plan on showing up!

The Chicago Entrepreneur Meetup Group is holding another Business Afterhours. Come join us at on June 27, 2012 for our next Business Afterhours. Bring your business cards, network, and have some light snacks. This will be a great chance to get to know your fellow entrepreneurs and build solid relationships.

Relax and meet some new people after a long day of work. There will be a cash bar, and the Drink has graciously offered to provide some light snacks.

It's only $10.00 to attend if you preregister or $15.00 at the door. Here's the registration Link:
http://chicagoentrepreneur0627-com.eventbrite.com

Space and snacks are limited, so make sure you RSVP early to get in and enjoy the atmosphere.

The Rise of the Wantrepreneur

The following is an excerpt from the Entrepreneur Manifesto.  Enjoy this snippet and download the rest of this powerful report FREE at our home page at http://www.ChicagoEntrepreneurMeetup.com

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Some people here the siren's call to become an entrepreneur.  Unfortunately, many are too afraid of taking the next step... or they "think" they're taking steps to become an entrepreneur and instead because a wantrepreneur.

 

So what is a "Wantrepreneur"?

 

A wantrepreneur is someone who thinks about starting a business and hasn't taken that first step yet.  They're someone who is looking for the right idea and believes it will come one of these days, so they just kind of hang out at networking meetings or read things online.  Furthermore, it's someone who wants to act like an entrepreneur or wants to be an entrepreneur and yet doesn't do jack diddly about it.

 

The worst kind of wantrepreneur is the kind that goes out and "says" that they've started a business; they join a company or start a company by filing corporation papers; they get a website; they get business cards, and then they start telling people they're in business and don't do anything else.  They don't make sales; they're not consistent with marketing; they're not making any money and not doing jack squat to build their business.  They're just all talk and no action.

 

Sorry... did I describe anyone reading this?

 

If you’re a wantrepreneur, at least admit it.   As the quote says, “The truth will set you free...but first it will piss you off!”

 

When I first got into real estate investing, I started attending real estate training seminars.  I was a complete "newbie" and didn't know anything about real estate or real estate investors.  At one of my very first events, I sat behind a fellow who was in his late 40's, early 50's.

 

I asked this guy what he thought of the event so far because I was blown away with everything I was learning.  His simple response was, "oh, it's o.k."  He went on to tell me that he's been attending these things for years and knows all this stuff already.

 

I'm thinking, "Wow!  This guy must be a big time investor because he's been at it for years and knows all this stuff already."  So I asked him.  "So you've been investing for a while now and have a lot of properties?  What strategies do you use?"

 

And his response blew me away!  I mean, I was completely floored!

 

Do you know what he said?

 

He said, "Oh, I haven't bought anything yet.  I just enjoy attending these events and learning stuff.  I'm going to buy something one of these days."

 

A complete and total "wantrepreneur".  He spent years of his time learning all this great information and didn't do a single thing with it.  And yes... he even had real estate investor business cards.  Ever run across anyone like that?

 

Now hey, buying real estate is a big deal.  You can lose your behind if you don't do it right.  Ask me how I know.  And there are steps you can take to advance your business instead of spending years attending events and not doing anything.

 

Wantrepreneurs tend to hope & pray that their precious little “business ideas” will take off.

 

Some even jealously guard their ideas hoping no one will steal them.  Some wantrepreneurs can’t even find ONE business idea!

 

But what’s more sad, is when someone come up with some “OMG TOTALLY GREAT IDEA!!” and then spend the next few months or years doing absolutely nothing about it or working on building this idea into something and never doing anything real with it.

 

You know, the kind that writes something down on a piece of paper or in a journal and constantly revises their idea for years and years until one day they see it on the market because someone else had the same idea and took it to market?

 

You get my point here.
This manifesto is about being and ENTrepreneur, not a WANTrepreneur.  So let's look at some attributes of entrepreneurs.

I’ve Collected All Of These Business Cards…… Now What?

Like most networkers I am sure you go to an event with a plan, humor me and tell me you have a plan.  Your plan should contain how many new contacts you would like to meet, what type you would like to meet and you have already checked that you will have plenty of business cards.  (Please make sure you have enough cards, it really is annoying when you meet someone that could be a client, a power partner or someone you could refer business to and you or they are suddenly out of cards.)

 

You put your awesome plan into action and you come back from the event with a pocket full of cards that go in a pile on a desk and there they sit, for weeks, months maybe even years.   You keep repeating this over and over until you run out of room on your desk for cards and of course you can’t find the one card you need. It took me a couple of years before I figured out that I was not making the most of a networking event. I am sure by now you have read everything that you have seen online on how to best “work” a networking event. Collect cards, don’t collect them, and make notes on them and so on.  I can’t tell you the best way to “work” a networking event but I can tell you what works for me.

 

First and foremost, don’t spread yourself too thin.  I have seen it happen time and time again, new networkers and veterans; they belong to too many Chambers of Commerce or Professional/Business Associations.  They spend their time running from one event to another, meeting and collecting cards.  Never really getting to know anyone at any of these events to establish relationships with.  The only ones they seem to connect to are those that are like themselves and running from event to event. The saddest part is that they never really doing anything with the leads and thereby they underutilize their time.  Remember this is not a popularity contest; this is not a race to see who can collect the most cards.

 

As I am meeting new contacts I make sure I ask them what they do and get them talking about themselves.  This gives me a good idea on what category I will be putting them in.  If the person does not ask what I do after we have chatted, their card goes into the "don’t follow up" pile.  I know it sounds harsh, but honestly if they don’t ask me about me, I am not going to make the effort to follow up.  If they wish to follow up then that will be up to them.   These cards go into a separate pocket in my purse; if you are a man, use a different pocket in your jacket or pants.  The cards of people that I have met are acted on immediately after the event, either that night or the following day.  I check to see if they are on Linked In and request to connect.  If I can see an immediate connection or possible fit, I will ask them to meet for coffee or conversation.  Once I have done that I add them into my CRM, I use Business Contact Manager for Outlook, and of course there are plenty others, such as Sales Force, and a really Great one is SageCRM. Funny thing is that you can have the best CRM available, but it is only as useful as you make it.

 

Invest in a good business card scanner.  This will cut down on the time it takes to enter the cards into your CRM program.  Make sure you indicate where you have met the person at and any details you can remember, along with any action that is required.  Business Contact Manager allows me to color code and categorize my contacts.  I do this for each chamber that I am in I file them into 2 categories, Primary and Secondary.  Primary is only for the contacts that I feel are of immediate importance.   The people I have met that I cannot see an immediate connection or fit for them get placed in the secondary category. Take all of the cards; put a sticky note on them with the event/chamber/date.  Everything goes into a box.  I save all of my cards because one day I may need a resource or one of my networking contacts will need a resource. If I remember that I ran into someone at an event, I can look them up in my CRM. If I don’t know the name or if I have searched my CRM and can’t find it I can always pull the box out and give it a quick once over.   Sometimes looking at the card will trigger the memory and you will be able to find the contact you are looking for.

 

Now you are saying to yourself,  “Why keep the one’s I really am not interested in” , these make a good base for your email campaigns, for your newsletter and for when you need a resource in a hurry ( remember all of the appropriate rules).  I recently had a networking friend reach out to me for some resources; I went to my CRM and pulled out quite a few that I found in my database.

 

Before you start complaining about having thousands of cards, you can’t possibly enter them all in etc.  Get a card Scanner and do 100 a week, if that is over whelming then just start with the next event and work your way from there.  Remember, this system works for ME, it may not work for you but take what I do and make it your own, because to be honest with you, that’s what I did.