I was recently put in touch with Kobby T. Warren of the afore-mentioned Warren Healy defense law firm here in the downtown Dallas area. Kobby is a former prosecutor-turned-defense-lawyer and needed some help rebranding his website, as well as SEO efforts, hence why he reached out to me. Since the lawyers at Warren Healy attract a wide variety of clients in need of legal defense, it was important to make sure the firm's website was user-friendly and loaded quickly on a variety of devices. People looking for a lawyer oftentimes don't have time to waste, after all.
I got me a fancy little Nike gift card for Christmas and decided to invest it in a pair of, wait for it, shoes. Yes, shoes! And not just any new shoes. NIKES. And not just any NIKES, but the swanky new Flyknit Racers that many marathoners and actual runners swear by.
This is a phenomenal shoe. And I am by no means an expert, but the Flyknit Racer might be the lightest shoe I've ever worn. The fit is also fantastic - Nikes tend to run a little small and narrow but I had no problems ordering at Nike.com. If fit is a concern, however, it would be wise to go to a Nike outlet and get a proper measurement.
The cushion on these things is also fantastic, especially relative to how almost-non-existent the weight is. Again, the real "game changer" here is the weight of these great running shoes. Easily worth trying on if you have any interest in running. How they hold up under extreme conditions is anyone's guess. But out of the box? An amazing and durable shoe.
A few new projects I'll be working on includes branding for:
A1 Soapstone Countertops - owned by my associate Aloys, they specialize in what their name suggests.
www.homesforsale75230.com - a yet-to-be-developed real estate site targeting homes in the North Dallas area.
Little Elm Tree Trimming - owner Geoff G. is starting a new tree and landscaping company that handles the far north Texas area.
These are three new referrals that will hopefully be expanded out in the coming months.
My lawyer friend let me know about some interesting advice that I figured I would pass along to fellow Texas residents. Crowdfunding is coming to the Lone Star State...
That was my response, too. Then I did some digging and it made sense.
So what is crowdfunding, exactly? I'll try to explain in layman's terms....
As best described by one business portal that is set to help with the process, new rules have allowed any average joe investor to get in on funding startups and other business ideas.
As an example, a restaurant wants to sell a 10% equity in their company to raise money to buy new patio furniture. Previously, this would be a very convoluted process (involving well-connected heavy hitting investors only, in most cases) that most people wouldn't have a chance to get involved in.
New crowdfunding rules change that. Much in the same way a band can raise money via Kickstarter to buy a new van for their tour, people will be able to invest in new business ideas and other investments.
This is interesting for a number of reasons and should open up a wave of new business opportunities that were not possible up until now. It allows the common man to become a "VC" or "angel investor" in a way. Again - terms that were not possible for 98% of the population until recently.
Basically, via a business portal such as the afore-mentioned Lone Star Crowdfunding - investors connect with entrepreneurs selling stock in their ideas. If my understanding is correct.
Are there limits? Yes, but they aren't restrictive. New businesses can raise up to $1 million a year from the public. Not too shabby.
I've probably butchered it a little but that's the general gist. It's an exciting new era for business development in Texas, thanks to new regulations that will come into play in 2015.
My friend (and fellow fantasy football player) owns Rakestraw Fence and Rustic Furniture - a niche business in the North Dallas area - and after months of putting it off, I finally got around to commissioning him to build me something custom for my living room.
I've known the owner for well over a decade now and he's always been handy and creative. His business started out as a fence repair site in his neighborhood but his flair for building quality furniture took on a life of its own and that soon became his main focus.
Anyway, I'll be adding pics shortly but the wine rack he created for me, complete with Texas flag branding, looks amazing and I've already gotten compliments on Facebook. It holds 6 bottles of wine, takes up minimal space and even has a slot to hold wine glasses. How cool is that? Very!
I try to support local businesses whenever possible and this is a keeper for sure. If you are looking for something cool to give your spouse or family this Christmas, check them out and see what they can do for you. You'd be surprised at what they can build and you are limited only by your imagination. Happy holidays!
I was referred to personal injury lawyer Michael M. Guerra recently to help him with his new propane explosion website. Mr. Guerra is busy as it is in the McAllen, TX and San Antonio areas, handling all manner of injury claims, and wanted to focus on helping victims of faulty propane tanks in their RVs.
I know what you're thinking, and I had no idea either - how many people get hurt each year in a propane explosion? Apparently, thousands. Michael is one of the leading experts on the subject in America and has written extensively about the dangers of faulty propane tanks in RVs and campers.
While this is definitely a niche area of law, if thousands of people are hurt each year in these type of accidents, there's definitely a need for a qualified injury lawyer to help. That's where Michael comes in. He knows the courts and handles cases nationwide.
I will be doing consulting on his website over the next year and look forward to working with him. Since this is a nationwide campaign, I plan to employ a variety of methods to assist him.
Update: Michael was so impressed that he asked me to help with the overtime branch of his law practice.
I just wanted to send a quick shout-out to JET Electric of Desoto, TX. Though they are far away from North Dallas, they were still the only company I could get a hold of during the last blackout. It was the classic case of not missing something until it's gone and that's exactly how I felt when my breaker box broke down and caused all the power in my place to go out.
I looked around on Google and finally found JET, who offered 24 hour electrician services. Two other companies weren't responsive but Jay and his assistant arrived after-hours and ready to help.
Within an hour, everything was working again. I would highly recommend JET Electric to anyone in the Dallas area who needs an honest and ethical electrician.
The adidas Energy Boost 2.0 is probably the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. They will run you $160+ but you get what you pay for. Also, consider you're either in bed or in a pair of shoes 90% of your life, so it's not a bad idea to invest in a good pair of running shoes.
These came highly recommended to me by a friend but I normally don't like adidas all that much. First, they are what the Nike Lunarglide wants to be. A much higher quality shoe that is light as hell and features an amazing upper construction. One of the lightest shoes you will find.
Then, there's the sole. This thing is like walking on a cloud. It has a high "drop" (meaning the heel is higher up that the toe area) which may pose problems for some serious runners. I've had no problems so far though. If you're going to be on your feet for hours at a time, this is also a wonderful and functional shoe.
The bottom line: These are at least worth trying on the next time you go to a shoe store. It's unlike anything else on the market and is the first "futuristic" shoe I've ever actually believed the hype on. The Boost material is for real and adidas knocked it out of the park with this model. It's also a very sleek looking shoe that is narrow and not bulky. Highly recommended ru
I was given all the pertinent contact information for a mutual friend, Steve at S and L Mobile Mechanics, just in case my car ever found itself in some trouble. I'm paranoid about being stranded on the side of the road after having it happen a few times driving across Texas while in school. When a car breaks down on the side of the road, it's a mess because you have to pay a towing company in addition to getting work done to get your car running again. Not a fun situation.
I know several people who have used S and L Mobile Mechanics and it's always good to have a reliable repair company in your phone for such a situation, especially if you find yourself in the Fort Worth area. Since they are based in Euless, they can cover both Dallas and Fort Worth, but prefer to stick mostly on the west side of the mid cities.
Anyway, I ended up needing Steve's help when I was over at the Fort Worth Stockyards this past weekend for an event. Turns out, my timing belt had snapped and I needed a new one. Steve was a lifesaver because not only did he show up in a flash, but he had all the parts and was able to get me back on the road without having to call a tow truck. If that's not good service, I don't know what is. These guys are definitely a company to add to your rolodex just in case you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a forlorn look on your face.
In "The Wolf of Wall Street", we see two scenes involving the standard "sell me this pen" question that often comes up in job interviews for sales positions. In the first scene, at a diner, the answer is a matter of creating scarcity. "Write your name on a sheet of paper - oh you don't have a pen? Here you go." is assumed to be the correct answer from one of Belfort's cohorts.
At the end of the movie, we see a sales conference in New Zealand where Belfort goes around the room asking newbie/aspiring sales professionals the same question. "Sell me this pen."
Of course, no one in the crowd gets it right. They ramble on nervously about how great the pen is, how you can write upside down, etc. So what exactly is the correct way to answer this open-ended question if it comes up in your next job interview?
First, this question IS too open-ended. You can't sell a pen (or anything) unless you ask questions. If an interviewer asks you to sell him this pen, the correct answer would be something like:
"First, I have no idea the context in which you are asking me this. How long have you been in the market for a pen? What type of pen do you typically use? Etc."
You need to be asking questions to qualify. Otherwise you may be selling something to someone who doesn't need it. This IS THE CORRECT RESPONSE. No matter what. Any interviewer with half a brain will understand this. If they don't, you're probably interviewing at the wrong company. Without understanding the context, it's impossible to sell anything.
Yes, it's an open-ended question. So ask questions of your own to figure out if the hypothetical buyer (the interviewer) even needs the pen. And what he looks for in a pen. And how often he uses a pen. It's that simple. Sales is about asking questions.