Tuesday Night Bull

by Jeremy Maron on January 27, 2012

It is all about the conversation. Conversation creates community  (and we are a big on that here at ThinkHouse). With that in mind, we have started a weekly Bull Session meeting on Tuesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. The idea is a low-key, informal get together to talk about doing business in Sacramento. It’s not a forum to pitch business, or a hard sell for coworking, just a relaxed atmosphere with people from the local business community (mostly independents) sharing thoughts and ideas over coffee (or beer and wine). There’s no commitment to the meetings, people attend as they can or want.

Changing the world, like these guys.

Here’s an idea of some of the topics that got discussed this week:

  • Apps for keeping track of business cards and contacts. CardMunch and Evernote Hello came up but we could use more suggestions.
  • Janna passed around/got feedback on a marketing postcard for a writer’s conference she’ll be attending in Chicago to promote Under The Gum Tree. We all liked it and since then she has proofed and printed them.
  • QR codes: what are they? More importantly, what are effective ways to use them? Suggestions that came up: great to use instead of business cards and name badges. Which bled into….
  • Making your own name badge for business events. Next business event you attend, instead that Hello, My Name Is sticker that always finds its way off your lapel and onto the floor, create your own permanent badge complete with your logo and a QR code. People will remember it better and they can scan your info right off your badge with their phone.
  • The pros and cons of going “niche.” This part of the conversation was a lot of fun. While we constantly hear to go niche and be the master of it, the idea of only doing one thing (or exploring only one idea) is not appealing to everyone. There was a lot of back and forth about how to explore more than one project at a time and the best way to go about it. Good stuff.
  • Recognizing common points of interest, and working from them. What happens when you have many ideas from different fields (or areas of business) to pursue? Recognizing what the common points of interest in all of the ideas and exploring how to combine them all in one project. It was fascinating to see what those different points were from person to person.

And… You don’t have to be a ThinkHouse member to attend. The Bull Sessions are open to anyone who wants to be part of the conversation. Just let us know that you’re coming so we have a seat for you. We’d love to see you there and get your thoughts how we in the Sacramento business community can help each other be successful.

Weekly Bull Sessions: Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., at ThinkHouse Collective, 1726 11th St.

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scott pannier February 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Zoho has a free component to organizing business contact information. You can of course pay up for a more robust version. SugarCRM offers a service as well, and it’s usually half the cost of Salesforce.com

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