So here we go…

We enjoyed the neighbors holiday fireworks as we watched another July 4 celebration.

When I decided to start a new business in 1986, I started TBS Marketing Services on the weekend of July 4, 1986.  Dave Hans and I purchased a telemarketing machine from a company on the East Coast. At the time, I thought this was so high tech: 5 individual players/recorders and a Tandy Computer that tied the system together.  This would enable me to dial 5 people at once (Actually, this machine would call one number at a time and then go on to the next phone number. In theory, it was like calling 5 people almost at the same time.)  There would be NO live callers; just a DJ or someone who had a wonderful speaking voice asking the callers for their interest.  This was a dream come true….selling this fantastic new service.

A month later, we got a note from the phone company telling us that the system was now illegal!  We could continue to use the machines until we got caught…or scap it immediately.  We decided to scrap the machines and start a telemarketing company.

It was a great run; we sold it in 2000 and I moved to Portland in February 2001. My job as VP of Sales at only lasted thru July 2001 when they declared bankruptcy …and I had to start over again looking for a job.

I started Sales Velocity Group (just me)…and it grew year over year until March 2008 when I had my stroke.  When I recovered (my wife Jill may have a different interpretion of events) I tried working for my friend Scott, but it was clear that I didn’t much to offer the partnership.  We disbanded as friends.

I joined the National Speakers Association in 2012 and got to me the most fascinating people. You can’t believe the generosity of the members who wanted to help me achieve my goals. When the Covid-14 pandemic hit, I had time to think about what next.

As you know, I thought it would take a few hours.  Boy, was I wrong!  When I weighed all the options, I decided I do something differently.  After 3 months of soul searching, I decided to be a professional blogger!

My website is in the startup phase…  (The very first iteration)…but I am ready to start.  Hey, I think I may need different cards!!!


The next few months will be exciting as I get my new site operational.  I look forward to your feedback.  To be clear: I will still be writing about stroke and how OTHER people are dealing with their new situation. Sometimes I will offer perspective on how we can learn their efforts.

You may not know this: Since my stroke, I am afraid of people.  In public situations, I don’ say much; I just listen. Now I can focus on my writing.  OK, that is funny…,but I can dream!  Who knows: I may become good at writing!

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