New York Times Agrees

See my review of “A Steady Rain” a few posts ago. Here’s what the New York Times critic said this morning: “A Steady Rain” is probably best regarded as a small, wobbly pedestal on which two gods of the screen may stand in order to be worshiped.


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 9/28/09

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Alan’s Monday Morning Memo’s mission is to help readers to thrive. September 28, 2009—Issue #2 This week’s focus point: Every buyer in every business has both time and money. Acquiring them for yourself is not a resource competition, in the traditional sense. It’s a priority competition. That money and time are going somewhere, just not to you at the moment. You have to manifest more value to win that competition. Monday Morning Perspective: “ The secret of being a bore …


Football

I had won two Patriots’ tickets at auction: seats in the fourth row on the 50-yard line. The game was with the Atlanta Falcons, a good team with a fine, young quarterback. Rain was forecast, so my son, Jason, who was visiting to celebrate my granddaughters’ and wife’s birthdays, and I prepared for professional football in inclement weather. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, running shoes, and toting a rain slicker, I joined my son in our six-passenger limo. I wasn’t …


Open Channel Teleconference

Alan has just conducted his monthly teleconference series while dedicating this one to questions sent and asked by various members of his community. Click on the excerpts below to listen to some great sample questions and outstanding answers from Alan, or Click here, then scroll down and order your copy of the September 25th Teleconference in an MP3 format so you may listen to the rest. Ever had a client not pay? How do you price a three-options proposal? How …


Birthday Party Successful

A year after we raced home from Capri, our twin granddaughters celebrated their first birthday on the roof garden of their home in Chelsea. About 40 adults and children attended, including all the “cousins.” When Chad gets the chance, you’ll see a photo here of Cousin Jimmy’s (immortalized in one of my stories) daughters with me: Lisa and Andrea Gallo, along with birthday girl Gabrielle. The rain held off and we had a great event looking over the rooftops. (Lisa …


Broadway: A Steady Rain Has A Dry Spell

We were close enough for Hugh Jackman to perspire on my wife, which pretty much made her night. The house was packed, though the play doesn’t officially open until Tuesday. Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain are alone together on stage all night, and they are formidable actors. Aside from some very minor mood music and an occasional lighting change against the backdrop, they use only two chairs to tell the story of two cops headed in …


Alan’s First Social Media Client!!

Having been King of Social Media for four or five months now, and with 6 million connections on linkedin, 300 friends on Facebook, and 1100 followers on Twitter, my very first client from those sources came on board this morning!! Chris Patterson runs Interchanges.com in Jacksonville, Florida. Although he knew of me for several years, his interest was piqued when I showed up on Facebook. He entered my Mentor Program this morning (and actually qualifies for the Million Dollar Club), …


The City

I love it when people in Rhode Island say, “I’m going in to the city,” meaning Providence. There is only one The City, and it’s New York. The Acela yesterday was smack on time, first class only half-filled, which is the best ratio. Limo to the Hotel Greenwich, way downtown, with a fabulous suite with river view. There’s an open air atrium for breakfast and cocktails. It’s just a fabulous property with magnificent service, and a fireplace in the room. …


The Restaurant Cold Call Transformed

The names of everyone and everything except my wife and me are changed for obvious reasons! As we’re driving out of the house to dine last evening, we realize that we have no dinner reservation in New York for the next night (tonight). We stop on the bridge, I use my Iphone to call via the car’s Bluetooth, and this drama ensues between us and over the speaker: ME: Where should we go? The Lovely Maria (TLM): What about that …