How to network effectively
through the recovery
By JOHN EARL CARROLL
President, Unlimited Performance, Inc.
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
14, 2010 As the economy locally and nationally moves through
the paces of recovery, businesses search for cost-effective ways
to grow sales and profits. Networking presents one such viable option
for Charleston area businesses.
the most successful and effective networkers in Charleston or elsewhere
and youre bound to take away valuable tips you can apply immediately
in your own work. Here are seven traits that top networkers have
understand what networking is. A good working definition of
networking is the process of connecting and staying connected
with others. Simply put, this is a business term for making
and keeping friends. When you can connect and youre able
to stay in touch with others, they are in your network and you
are in theirs. That connection opens up other possibilities.
feel good about themselves. High self-esteem is critical to
ones networking effectiveness. If youre comfortable
in your own skin, others will sense that and be more comfortable
around you. When you like the person youre alone with, you
have a good level of self-esteem.
have a heart for the well-being of others. Networking isnt
about how much I can get from others and how quickly I can get
it. Instead, networking is a giving with the expectation of return
on the investment. With a generous heart, top networkers are looking
out first for others and helping them along the way. They are
confident in the knowledge that such kindness comes back in other
ways at different times.
have positive, reasonable expectations. Unrealistic expectations
of results from networking are the single biggest reason why people
give up easily on this form of business development. One may attend
and judge an events success by whether he or she gets a
new sale before exiting the hour-long meeting. Networking is a
process; done well, as with most things in life, it requires time,
energy and effort.
apply the Indirect Effect. The best networkers
conduct themselves in ways that make others want to be around
them and work with and through them. In their relationships with
others, they understand that the best way to get respect is to
give it; the best way to get attention is to pay attention to
others; and the best way to make a good impression is to be impressed
connect without selling. When top networkers reach out to
others, its almost always to add value. Sometimes that is
done in a selling mode. Done well, theres a variety of reasons
for the contact. You can forward an article containing timely,
relevant information just to let a friend or associate know that
youre thinking of her or him. Thats connecting without
selling, and it sends a clear message that you care about the
person more than you care about whether youre getting a
sale every single time youre in touch.
communicate easily through several channels. Different people
prefer to communicate in different ways at different times, and
the best networkers keep this clearly in mind. They can connect
equally effectively through e-mail, phone, snail mail or texting,
and they know when to use each medium for each person they want
can make networking more effective personally and professionally
by incorporating these practices. As you commit them to habit, youll
notice the positive difference in your results.
Earl Carroll is a national award-winning columnist, author, consultant,
speaker and president of Unlimited
Performance Inc. in Mount Pleasant, which strategically connects
strengths on behalf of executives and organizations, helping them
generate dramatically improved results they previously considered
out of reach. Carroll is a former president of the Mount Pleasant
Business Association and former board president of the Dee Norton
Lowcountry Childrens Center. Contact him at email@example.com
or follow him on Twitter.
This editorial contribution is copyrighted by John Carroll 2010
and submitted for use with permission to CharlestonCurrents.com.
All rights reserved.
special doors for local student at White House
By ANN THRASH, editor
14, 2010 A lot of grown-ups (including this one) have to
turn to Google to find out who an artist named Jacob Lawrence is.
But for one bright fifth-grader at Mt. Zion Elementary, knowing
who Lawrence was and whats more, recognizing one of
his paintings out of the blue opened a few doors for the
student and her friends at the White House.
got word of this neat story from the folks at the Gibbes Museum
of Art. The Gibbes implements a program at Mt. Zion called Art
to Go which enhances the arts currriculum at the Title 1 school
on Johns Island. Rebecca Sailor, the associate curator of education
at the Gibbes, says museum teaching artist Martha Criscuolo spent
time in Mt. Zion art classes once a week duing the past school year,
working with the kids not only on art projects, but on art history
as well. As part of the effort, the kids had several opportunities
to visit the Gibbes during the course of the year, and they even
had the thrill of having their own works of art displayed in the
welcome area of the museum for a few days.
a recent end-of-the-school-year trip to Washington, D.C., the fifth-grade
class from Mt. Zion made quite an impression on the White House
staff. We hear that the students were so well-behaved and polite
during a tour of the White Houses new vegetable garden that
the pastry chef who was leading the tour decided to let the kids
have a quick look inside the White House itself.
a 1946 painting by American artist Jacob Lawrence, is part
of the collection at the Gibbes Museum of Art (although its
not currently on display). During a recent White House visit,
a local fifth-grader at Mt. Zion Elementary recognized a painting
there as being a Lawrence work, and the tour guide was so
impressed that he showed the student and her classmates a
few extra rooms at the first familys home as a reward.
Image courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art)
happened inside the mansion is even better. One student surprised
the tour guide by recognizing a painting as a Jacob Lawrence. The
guide couldn't believe that the children possessed such knowledge
and took them to see two more rooms, a school official said
in an e-mail to the Gibbes. She attributed the perk of getting some
extra time at the White House to Criscuolo, the Gibbes teaching
artist, and her work to expose the kids to art history.
this being summer, we werent able to get in touch with the
right folks at the school to find out more details, and we didnt
want to publish the students name without her familys
OK, so that part of the story remains untold for now. But its
neat to see the way that art can touch a child and leave a lingering
impression on her and open some unforgettable doors for her
and those around her as well.
the artist whose painting the child recognized, lived from 1917
to 2000 and was one of the first artists to use Modernist depictions
of blacks in his works. He has one work at the White House
The Builders, a 1947
painting (tempera on board, 20 inches x 24 inches) that the George
W. Bush administration acquired for the White Houses permanent
collection in 2007. You can see the painting and read more about
Gibbes has one Lawrence work in its collection Accident,
a gouache (opaque watercolors mixed with a preparation of gum) on
board. It was painted in 1946, just a year before Lawrence painted
The Builders, and you can see the similarities between
the two paintings. Were not sure if the Mt. Zion student had
seen The Builders in an art-history program at the Gibbes
or if she just recognized the style, but either way, its quite
an achievement for a fifth-grader, and its the kind of story
that makes us smile.
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After 5 networks its way into Charleston
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
14 , 2010 -- Phil
Bevans, who runs the GSA Technology Council in Greenville, has brought
his successful Tech After 5 networking event to Charleston.
The first one, held June 28, attracted some 50 tech types of varying
stripes, including some from Columbia and Greenville. Tech After
5 is scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of every month through October
at the Southend Brewery in downtown Charleston. The next one will
be July 28. Read
more and sign up here.
Apple iPhone a monopoly
argue that the lockup agreement with the bumbling AT&T network
is a monopoly heres
the latest on the lawsuit from Wired.
Brains over brawn:
Reset Economy is good for women
it be? So says an article in the latest
issue of the Atlantic: In the wreckage of the Great Recession
of the 8 million jobs lost were lost by men. The worst-hit industries
were overwhelmingly male and deeply identified with macho: construction,
manufacturing, high finance.
are now the majority in the U.S. workforce, the clear majority in
undergraduate studies, half of all medical students and new CPAs
where are the men?
Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
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Indigo blog here.
League set James Island candidate forum
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters
of the Charleston Area are sponsoring a candidate forum for James
Island mayor and Town Council contenders at 7 p.m. July 19 at James
Island Charter High School, 1000 Fort Johnson Road.
The forum is free and open to the public. The mayoral candidates
are incumbent Mayor Mary Clark, Jonathan Brown, Brett Johnson, Warren
Sloan and Bill Woolsey. Town Council candidates include incumbents
Leonard Blank, Joe Qualey, Bill Wilder and Parris L. Williams; and
James Balliet, David Engleman, Denny McKeever, Carter McMillian,
Darren Troy Mullinax, Robin Welch and Karen Wilder-Smalls.
are currently four Town Council positions, but voters will be deciding
in the election, which is Aug. 3, whether to add two more seats.
featured in new ESPN advertising campaign
is featuring the Charleston RiverDogs in a new brand campaign that
was launched earlier this week during the State Farm Home Run Derby,
a precursor to the All-Star Game. The campaign, dubbed Its
Not Crazy, Its Sports, celebrates the idiosyncrasies
and distinctive stories that make sports fans so passionate.
first spot in the campaign was filmed at Joe Riley Park in early
June. Titled Sign Language, it takes an intimate look
at the complexity, art and intensity of signing in baseball. Also
featured in the spot are the Hickory Crawdads, who were playing
the RiverDogs at the time the campaign was filmed.
We wanted to capture the distinct energy of minor league baseball,
and the RiverDogs have a reputation as an especially engaging and
entertaining team, said Chris Brush, vice president of ESPN
Marketing. With the strong support they have in Charleston,
teams like the RiverDogs help perpetuate the kind of fandom that
were highlighting in this campaign. Both teams were also extremely
accommodating and hospitable during a very long day of shooting.
Dave Echols, general manager of the RiverDogs, said the organization
was thrilled to have been chosen for the ads. It was a lot
of fun to participate in this commercial and we hope that all who
see it enjoy it as much as we will, he said. The RiverDogs
are an underwriting partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.
In coming weeks, ESPN will debut a second spot called Miles
and Miles that looks back at the Apollo 14 mission where astronauts
Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard took a few golf swings on the surface
of the moon. Other spots are scheduled in the months ahead.
Local athletes heading
to national Special Olympics
athletes from the Greater Charleston area will be heading to Lincoln,
Nebraska, this weekend to compete in the Special Olympics National
Games. The local residents will compete against 3,000 other Special
Olympic athletes representing all 50 states in 13 sports. Athletes
will be measured on their individual and team skills compared
to athletes of similar abilities, with every athlete being recognized
for his or her performance.
to a press release from South Carolina Special Olympics, the local
competitors are: in aquatics, Tim McBride, Charleston, age
46; in bowling, Jamie Dangerfield, Charleston, 44; in tennis, Darryl
Malone, Charleston, 25, and Casea Stevers, Charleston, 24; and in
track and field, Desmond Holmes, Charleston, 24. Theres also
a basketball team, all from Summerville: Robert Bazzel, 47; Kevin
Clark, 36; Justin Dorch, 23; Justin Duey, 21; Carolyn Mack, 35;
Stephanie Miller, 34; Shawn Moultrie, 29; Charles Smith, 24; and
Bruce Walters, 15.
are still being accepted to help all athletes travel to and from
the Games. For details on donating or on sponsoring an athlete,
contact Lucy Swaffield at 795-6226 or Lucyswaffield@bellsouth.net.
sponsoring Christmas cocktail contest
restaurant Circa 1886 is conducting a contest asking local residents
to come up with a Charleston Christmas cocktail. The contest is
the third in a series of summertime culinary contests sponsored
by the AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four Star restaurant; others asked
contestants to turn Charleston into an ice cream flavor and a Christmas
cookie. The results were Seersucker Ice Cream (Charleston Chew candy,
blueberries, peanuts and vanilla ice cream) and a cookie shaped
like a Palmetto tree with pecans, rice flour and sesame seeds topped
with a sweet tea glaze.
enthusiasts can submit their suggested ingredients and name for
the cocktail online at http://www.Circa1886.com
through July 31. They also can submit a video with their suggestion
tagged CharlestonChristmasCocktail on YouTube. Collins, along with
restaurant manager Mark Severs and head bartender Brooks Alger,
will narrow the entries to three finalists. A panel of judges will
select the winner in early August at an event at Circa 1886.
The winning beverage will be served at the restaurant during December,
and the winner will receive a complimentary dinner for four at Circa
1886, excluding alcohol and gratuity. To see videos of past contests
and winners, visit www.YouTube.com/Circa1886.
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Ann Thrash.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
farming is the production of annual fruit and vegetable crops to
be sold fresh. Truck farming began after the Civil War as cities
grew and the spread of railroads made transport faster and more
efficient. In 1868 William Geraty and Frank Towles began farming
on Yonges and Wadmalaw Islands, where the soil and long growing
season were ideal for truck crops.
1889 farmers in Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort, Horry, and Berkeley
Counties planted 2,103 acres of produce for market. By 1900 the
acreage had more than doubled, to 4,928 acres. They grew cabbages,
Irish potatoes, asparagus, turnips, string beans, lettuce, and cabbage
plants. The area around Meggett in Charleston County became the
world leader in the production of cabbages and potatoes.
farming helped fill an agricultural niche in the lowcountry as the
commercial production of rice ended. A 1907 report on agriculture
in South Carolina described the Sea Islands as crisscrossed with
rail lines, rail spurs, packing sheds, and icehouses to service
the industry: at every mile, and in some instances at a less
distance, are station platforms filled with barrels, crates and
baskets of vegetables for shipping. On Yonges Island, in an
area known as Barrelville, barrels were made to supply the farmers
demands. Several hundred rail cars a day shipped out of Meggett,
headed for eastern and western markets.
it was a boon to the Sea Islands, truck farming was not yet a major
factor in South Carolina agriculture. The 1920s and 1930s were disastrous
for South Carolina agriculture as a whole. In 1932, at the urging
of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, Clemson College opened
the South Carolina Truck Experiment Station (renamed the Coastal
Research and Education Center in the mid-1980s) to solve problems
affecting truck crops. By then some large truck farmers farmed from
a distance, not living on the farms and using African Americans
from South Carolina and Florida as laborers.
the late 1970s truck farming had come into its own, and as the twenty-first
century dawned, truck crops were an important contributor to South
Carolina agriculture, valued at over $60 million. While many Sea
Islands may appear to be wilderness from the highway, on the back
roads the cotton and rice fields have given way to fields of tomatoes,
melons, and other truck crops, which are harvested by migrant and
resident Mexican labor.
Excerpted from the entry by Karen Nickless. To
read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina,
check out The
South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used
those of you who have visited New Orleans, you'll know that "lagnaippe"
means something provided to you that's "a little extra"
-- a small delight that may accompany a meal or a 13th doughnut
for a dozen bought, for example.
Andy Brack is traveling this week in Turkey on a cultural exchange
and thought you'd enjoy this photographic lagnaippe of a taxi driver
with attitude as he waits for a fare. For context, a Turkish police
officer with a submachine gun patrolled the streets about 25 feet
away. The two men seemed oblivious to each other. More next week
on this interesting country.
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When the readers
of a magazine that has a circulation of 1 million single you out
for praise, you know youre doing something right. And thats
exactly what happened to five local establishments that earned spots
in the World's Best Awards, a ranking by Travel
+ Leisure magazine readers of the top hotels, destinations,
airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies. The
results are featured in the August issue. Congratulations to our
local winners. All these awards in the U.S./Canada category:
was ranked third best city.
Resort & Inn was ranked second among inns with fewer than
Inn was ranked No. 6 among city hotels with fewer than 100 rooms.
Place was ranked No. 12 among city hotels with 100 rooms or more.
- The Sanctuary
at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was ranked No. 17 on the list of
without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.
Laurie Colwin, American novelist and food writer (1944-1992)
and Palate Stroll: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 16, downtown.
The Charleston Fine Art Dealers Associations Annual
Palette and Palate Stroll features a dozen art galleries, each of
which will be offering samples from one of the citys top restaurants.
Benefits CFADAs visual arts scholarship fund. Cost: $45 per
(required) and gallery info or 819-8006.
Café: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 16, Gibbes Museum
of Art, 135 Meeting St. Society 1858, a new group for young professionals
who support the Gibbes with social and educational programs tailored
for up-and-coming art patrons, will celebrate Bastille Day with
food from 39 Rue de Jean, can-can dancers, absinthe, a French-art-inspired
scavenger hunt, and a guest appearance by Marie Antoinette. Tickets:
$25. To purchase or learn more, call 722-2706, ext. 22, or go
Party: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 17, Charleston Museum,
360 Meeting St., downtown. Come dressed as your favorite princess.
Make a tiara, decorate Cinderella's slipper, get your photo taken
with a fairytale princess, make a princess frame and enjoy a cupcake.
Parents can get in on the fun by taking their little princesses
through the museum to see the latest exhibits on jewelry and wedding
dresses. Cost: $8 museum members, $10 nonmembers (price includes
one adult and museum admission). Reservations (required): 722-2996,
ext. 236 or 264, or online.
Wildlife Benefit: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 17, South Carolina
Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. An evening of live music and food
to benefit wildlife rescue efforts in the wake of the oil spill
on the Gulf Coast. Guests will have a chance to hear from aquarium
staff who have been to the Gulf to help with sea turtle rescue and
dolphin surveying. Music by the Red Top Ramblers, Henry's Attic,
Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, and Doug Jones and Gary Greene
from Cravin' Melon. Krewe of Charleston will provide Cajun food,
and beer and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. Tickets:
$30 per person. Reservations: 577-FISH (3474).
Theatre Camp: July 19 to July 30, Charleston Acting Studio,
915 Folly Road. Kids ages 8 to 13 can learn about acting, singing,
dancing and various aspects of production in a professional theatre
setting. The studio is the educational arm of Midtown/SheriGrace
Productions. Session one (July 5 to July 16) meets 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.; session two (July 19 to July 30) meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both sessions will end with a musical performance for family and
friends on the second Saturday of camp. Registration/more info:
War Tours: 4 p.m. Thursdays in July, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St. The museum house will offer the special tours,
which focus on the connection the house and its previous residents
had to the Revolutionary War. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (free
for Charleston Museum members). Reservations not needed. More info:
722-2996, ext. 235.
and Farming Course: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks,
beginning in June. The Food and Farming Entrepreneurship Course
is offered by FastTracSC and Clemson Extension for those who are
interested in becoming food-system entrepreneurs (urban/rural farmers,
local food artisans, chefs/caterers, bakers, food media, processors,
etc.). Cost: $145. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONGOING AND SOON
Up West Ashley: 7 p.m. July 19, Orange Grove Elementary
Charter School, 1225 Orange Branch Road. Stand Up West Ashley, an
effort of the city's Old Charles Towne District Task Force, will
have its first meeting to talk about needs and goals for residents
of District 9, the Old Towne area of Charleston. All community members
are invited to meet their neighbors and community leaders and share
their ideas and concerns about crime prevention, beautification,
livability, safety tips and more. More
'Alcohol, Boat Chases, Shootouts': 6 p.m. July 21,
Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., downtown. Author
James Morrison will talk about his book "Alcohol, Boat Chases
and Shootouts! How the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs Fought Rum Smugglers
and Pirates." During Prohibition, dozens of cargo ships filled
with liquor sat off the coast waiting for smaller, faster "rum-runners"
to speed their goods ashore. Morrison's book offers true tales of
that era and the efforts by the Coast Guard and Customs to match
wits and firearms with smugglers in every American port, inlet and
even on the Great Lakes. More info: 805-6930.
AND Good?: 6:30 p.m. July 28, Charleston Cooks, 194 East
Bay St., downtown. Holistic chef and gRAWnola
creator Ken Immer will lead a cooking class titled "Delicious
AND Good for You?" featuring easy recipes and ideas to raise
the "health quotient" of your kitchen without sacrificing
flavor or taking extra time and effort. Menu includes cucumber and
avocado soup, grilled vegetable pilaf with sprouted quinoa, summer
slaw with kale and arame, saucy Brussels sprouts, and Key lime pie.
Cost: $60. Register
online or call 722-1212.
Summer Soiree: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Francis
Marion Hotel, corner of King and Calhoun streets. The Charleston
Young Professionals group will host its "Summer Soiree - the
Black Tie, Blue Jean Event," featuring food, drinks, networking
opportunities, giveaways and music from DJ Doug in the Carolina
Ballroom. Cost: $60 CYP members, $75 nonmembers. Tickets/more
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