Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, The Startup Show-- ideA Action!

Join us tomorrow if you're in the metro Denver area for an IDEA Startup Workshop, more info and optional RSVP at

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Startup Show idEa Evaluation Wednesday

Once you've had an inspiration, developed, alternatives, how do you evaluate before taking action.

Often times you don't. That's why the Babson College motto is "Entrepreneurial Thought and Action." The true entrepreneur is inclined to get the idea, then go out and do it.

But there is value in taking a few minutes, any way, to reflect first. That's the topic of our show today:

SBA Councilors Are Standing By To Help You Now:

If you're in Denver, hope you can join us Friday afternoon. 2:30 p.m. IDEA Group Open Startup Discussion, bring a topic or just share about topics others raise. Then at 4 p.m. IDEA Startup Workshop, we share startup experience and brainstorm. Both are free, join us. If you'd like to start similar groups in cooperation with your local chamber or other group, call me any time (303)861-1447

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Startup Show Daily iDea Develop Alternatives

Each Tuesday quick update on one aspect of business creativity and what's happening with startup and small business. Today John Wren will talk about the first SPECIAL EDITION The Startup Show and what is planned for the future:


Today, Tueday, October 29, topic "How
to close sales over the Internet using Google+ Hangouts and the other powerful Internet tools that are now available." 

Join us right here at 10 a.m.Mountain to watch, link will be posted here when the show goes up. Or come back here anytime after the live broadcast, the link converts to connection to the recording.

Or watch live on Google+ Live Hangouts or YouTube Live Broadcasts.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Startup Show Idea Inspiration Moday

Here's today's 5-minutes on the first step in the IDEA creativity
model. If you're not inspired, what do you do?

What have you experienced? After you watch this, hope you'll
post a comment here, or email me

Here's today's show:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Do you have friends who talk too much?

Do you know someone who talks too much, never really listens to you?

I know you and I wouldn't be that way, other people just like us to do the talking most of the time, that's why these people are so irritating when they won't listen to us, right?  :-)

Share this with a friend because it's so funny, written by one of the writers for the Simpsons.

Funny, but true and, I hope, helpful.

Below is the article, and here's an interview with the author (click here.)

Hope you're having a great weekend, more later...


It's True: You Talk Too Much
How to achieve the optimal 50-50 conversation flow

I'm sorry to be the one to tell you, but you talk too much. I know you think you don't, but seriously, you do.

Take this simple test: After your next long conversation with someone, estimate what percentage of it you spent talking. Be honest. No, you're already underestimating. How do I know? Because it's more fun to talk than to listen. Talking is like drinking a great Cabernet. Listening is like doing squats.

Add another 20% to your total.

If you talked more than 70% of the time, you jabber too much. I know, because my son has Asperger's syndrome, and part of his education was learning conversational dynamics.

People with Asperger's tend to give monologues about their obsessions, which can be problematic socially. It's hard to get a date after you've just told a girl all the subway stops in North America.

Dr. Lynn Koegel, who is clinical director of Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, says that an optimal conversation flow has each person talking about 50% of the time. This is the Ali-Frazier of good give-and-take.

But, you say, what if your talking partner is just quiet and loves to listen? Stop it. She doesn't. Listening is like reading a corporate report. Talking is like eating a cinnamon bun.

So how do you achieve this 50-50 conversational ideal? Easy: ask questions. But don't think that one "How are you?" is going to turn you into Oprah. Actually listen to what the other person is saying, and find openings.

For instance: Your friend says, "I think that Henry the intern is probably a psychopath."

Now if you're inclined to say, "So's my mother! Yesterday, at the museum, she…" don't. You're talking too much. Instead, try, "Why do you think Henry's a psychopath, and if he's cute, would he be good for my niece?"

Now you're doing great. Your friend will love telling you about Henry. When she's done, if you really must, you can tell the anecdote about your mom. But if you're talking about someone whom your conversation partner doesn't know, especially a mother, keep it short—one minute tops, unless it's a truly fantastic story. And to qualify as such, at least five people need to have said to you in the past, "Wow, that's a fantastic story." Not "a great story" but "a fantastic story."

I can hear you complaining already: "One minute? But I need to include all the details." No you don't. Just get to the part when, on a crowded elevator, your mom turned to you and said, "I wish I could press the up button on your boobs." Your job is to quickly entertain and inform, and then to ask good questions.

Also, let your chattering breathe a little. One dastardly arrow in the big talker's quiver is to slow down in the middle of his sentence, then to blow through the period so that there's no opening for anyone to squeeze a word in. Secretly tape one of your own conversations, and if you realize you do this, stop it or never go out in public again...

So when reading this piece, did you recognize yourself? Did it perhaps make you think of someone else? If so, wouldn't it be great to send it to him? But you don't want to hurt his feelings, so how would you go about it?

Decent questions, right? Now I'll sit back and let you talk.

—Mr. LaZebnik is a writer on "The Simpsons."
A version of this article appeared October 4, 2013, on page C3 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Talk, Talk, Talk of the Town.