Letters That We Love.

In real estate, it’s always great when a client shows their appreciation for a job well done. A thank you note is worth its weight in gold, and studies have shown that expressing your appreciation elicits both physical and psychological benefits good to both giver and receiver. Read more about why a thank you note is such an effective part…

Money to be Made at BNI!

BNI is making money happen for its members even during the traditionally sleepy summer months. Sean Mathey took home over $1000 in the chapter’s weekly raffle jackpot!  That’s not the only good news–Chapter 36 is on target to reach its goal of over a million dollars in closed business this year. Visit BNI Chapter 36,…

May is Disability Awareness Month

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month.  A doctor or an attorney is usually protected via income insurance, however, what about the rest of working adults?  In our high earning years the probability of a sickness or injury keeping us from working is high and if you don’t have another income, an inheritance or lotto to…

Are LGBT Workers Saving for the Future?

The Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement took a look at how well prepared the LGBT community is for retirement. In its recent study “LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social Progress,” Aegon says,“Until recently, LGBT people were legally denied same-sex relationship recognition, limiting their ability to get married and start families. In addition, discrimination in the workplace…

New Jersey Finds a Tax Loophole for Homeowners

The State of New Jersey is working on a loophole for the new tax bill. Under current law, property taxes over $10k are not tax deductible. However, New Jersey may make these taxes a ‘charitable’ expense, which would be tax deductible. Other states, including California, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington are considering similar “workaround” legislation, according to…

A Flaw in the Tax Formula? No Way!

Most of us are relieved to be over the hurdle of filing our 2017 taxes. But, there are always issues that present problems for filers. Check out this story about the math student, his Uber driver, Obamacare subsidy, and taxes. Sam Ferguson, 27 is a math Ph.D. student at New York University who was discussing…

Time to Improve Your Marketing RBI

Here are five essential ways to promote your business. According to author and consultant David A. Fields, there are FIVE Marketing Musts for consultants who want to build their visibility — and these also apply to any individual and organization: Networking Speaking Writing Trade Association Digital Presence Consider which approaches are most comfortable for you…

Keep your recent conference current

Summarize and refresh the proceedings as evergreen insights. Your company or nonprofit organization convened a large event. Speakers delivered presentations; attendees asked questions and gave feedback. All in all – there were stimulating and productive discussions. How can you build on that momentum to keep the conversation going? A follow-up email is sent to participants…

Close-up of Your Digital Portrait

Complete and embellish the image of your online presence. When someone you met at a conference searches for you online, what will she find? What you say about yourself? Or is there a blank or incomplete space? You have the positive obligation to shape your digital presence and tell your story through multiple channels. As…

Create Your Own Traveling Classroom

Lead a workshop at the office of your contacts. Speaking engagements are a proven marketing strategy to get new clients. You may be invited to lead a session at a professional membership organization. You may also create your own event by recruiting a contact to host a meeting at their office and have that person invite their…

Grasp the Hidden Power in Your Networking Group

Diverse perspectives of members yield strategies. Networking. What could be new? Your networking group is a source of direct referrals, of course, and some of its members may even become clients. Through these contacts, you might land an introduction to a person connected to a company in your sights, following the maxim Everyone knows someone…

Ragged Dick” by Horatio Alger

  No, this is not the title of a Tom of Finland coffee table art book, but the book that Nucky Thompson toted around in “Boardwalk Empire.” Nucky never understood that the rags to riches story made famous by Horatio Alger had a back story of hard work and honesty and perseverance. Oh well, poor…

Chinatown Loft at Open House New York

Chinatown Loft at Open House New York by Ritu Saheb, AIA I volunteered as a Visitor Host with Open House New York at the Chinatown Loft on October 15th. I love the mission of this organization, which is to open both public and private buildings to an average New Yorker for a weekend. What a…

“The Humans”

“All happy families are alike, every unhappy family is alike in its own way.” “Anna Karenina”, Leo Tolstoy In a world where Bob Dylan is a Nobel prize winner and a judge of beauty pageants is a presidential hopeful, “The Humans” is a Broadway show and an also-ran for the Pulitzer Prize. Again, much like…

“A Man Called Ove”

  Periodically I like to bore myself and others with my ill-informed opinions on matters of law. Today, I am not that bored and so….some opinions without merit…on a film. “A Man Called Ove” is Sweden’s offering for the 2017 Oscars. Ingmar Bergman, wherever he is resting, need not worry: “Cries and Whispers,” “The Virgin…