Category Archives: Growing Your Business

What Stand-Up Comedy Taught Me

I don’t know what’s on your bucket list, but until recently, I had just two things: 1.      Sit in the front row of an NBA basketball game. 2.      Take a stand-up comedy class. You’ll be pleased to learn that #2 has been officially checked off the list. After years of – let’s be honest – being too afraid to do it, I finally followed my wife Linda’s encouragement and signed up this past fall for an 8-week class at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. […] Click to read more…

 

Juggling Act

When I was 13, I taught myself how to juggle three tennis balls. At the time, I was operating under the mistaken assumption that 13-year-old girls would be awestruck by those in possession of this ancient and mystical skill. They weren’t (surprise!). Nevertheless, it’s an activity I’ve enjoyed for several decades. Which is why when my son Evan returned home for the holidays showing off his ability to juggle not three, but five balls, my first thought was, “Maybe this will work with the 13-year-old girls.” (Don’t write to […] Click to read more…

 

Hit ‘Em Where They Ain’t

I don’t know where you live, but I know this: Your airport is better than mine.  I say this with confidence because my airport is Logan, here in Boston.  Is it because of the decrepit parking garages? No.  Is it because of the dark, unwelcoming terminals? No.  Is it because of the ever-scowling state troopers who treat all travelers as if they are members of the returning British army, here to make another run at taking back our fair city?  […] Click to read more…

 

Who’s Making Your Rules?

You know me, I don’t tell people how to live. You want a pet boa constrictor? Be my guest. You want to live on a strict diet of baby food and beer? I’m not going to stop you. You want to give all five of your sons the same first name? Who am I to suggest otherwise? But there is one thing that bothers me – people who talk loudly and at length on their cell phones in the Hopkinton, Massachusetts Starbucks, a place where I make […] Click to read more…

 

Pen-Ultimate Marketing

Do you know what happens to me about once a year? If you said, “You’re mistaken for Vin Diesel?”, I’m going to give you partial credit. But no, I’m talking about the white padded envelope with no return address that shows up in my mailbox. It’s always the same thing inside: A sample pen with my company name already embossed on the side, courtesy of the National Pen Company. This year’s sales letter opened with the following: Dear Michael, You have one of […] Click to read more…