Zoom meeting Best Practices

Here are some tips on having a great meeting:

1.  High-quality headset and webcam:
Most laptops now include these. Headsets and microphones are necessary to prevent background noise and echoes, as well as to ensure adequate volume.  Here is the Camera I am using.  https://amzn.to/2UJtTad

2.  Connection checks:
Minimum suggested internet speeds are 20 mbs/download, and 10 mbs/upload. you can test your speed here for free https://www.speedtest.net/

3.  Professional background
Present yourself in front of a professional environment free of distractions, with adequate foreground lighting and minimum background lighting to ensure a visible face to the camera. or you can get a greenscreen for very little money.  https://amzn.to/2yigkHj

4.  Business casual or business professional dress
Dress appropriately for the meetings, as you would an in-person meeting.

5.  Practice
Write your Weekly Presentations and rehearse to ensure you meet the timing requirements of the meeting. Complete training and how-to video here  https://bakersfieldbusinessnetworkinggroup.com/how-to-share-your-screen-on-zoom/

7. Unmute only during speaking portions
In order to minimize distractions, mute yourself during non-speaking portions.

8. Create a Zoom Account
Especially in these times of social distancing, connecting with positive local business peers is important. Social distancing should not mean social or business isolation. So we hope you’ll join us next meeting.

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Membership Drive 2019

Win a Trip for two to the Cabernet House, an Old World Inn in Napa, CA.

We are having a BBNG Membership Drive starting Aug 20th ~ Nov 15th, 2019  The member with the most points at the end of the drive will win this fabulous package.

A two-night stay at the famous Hotel Napa Valley, an Old World Inn. Experience the secrets of the Napa Valley when you stay at Hotel Napa Valley, downtown Napa’s newest boutique hotel– a warm and friendly wine country escape. Their website

How the contest works.

This is a BBNG wide drive so all members are in the drive. You will get 1 point for each visitor who visits a chapter meeting up to a total of 2 points.  The prospective member can visit more than 1 chapter, however, the point limit per visitor is 2.  You can get 1 bonus point if they attend the mixer. If the join a group you will get 5 bonus points.  So the max for 1 prospective member is 8 points.

You must be a member in good standing to receive points.  If you quit your membership before the conclusion of the drive all of your points will be lost.

To qualify for the point.

  1. The prospective member must complete the guest form and name you as the inviter each time.
  2. They must be a qualified prospective member.  ie: someone who has a real interest and can join the group. No just inviting your unemployed friends lol

You will also lose 1 point each time you miss a meeting.  You can have a substitute in your place and retain your point. A substitute is not a visitor and will not receive a point.

The prize is for two nights at the Hotel Napa in Napa, CA at a date of your choosing within 1 year. if the hotel is booked or has raised its prices beyond the current rate an alternative hotel may be selected. As the winner, you can also take the cash value of $500.

Rules are subject to change.

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The only B2B Marketing Event you need to attend in California

The only B2B Marketing Event you need to attend in California is finally here! The B2B Marketing Expo will be held on the 2nd & 3rd of October at the LA Convention Centre, and is designed for the most ambitious and talented Marketers looking to drive business growth and advance their own professional development.

The event will be a real One Stop Shop to ignite your marketing capabilities- including an Agenda filled with exceptional, inspirational Speakers from the likes of Google, IBM, Microsoft, Forester and Nike, covering the latest need-to-know topics such as B2B Branding, Data Marketing, Content Marketing, and Voice Marketing. With more than 250 seminar sessions to choose from, there will be something for every Marketer, whatever your experience or passion!

That’s not all! For Marketers who are looking to learn about and try the very latest marketing technologies and strategies, the event offers over 200 educational masterclass sessions and the opportunity to meet with and experience the products and services of more than 300 suppliers.

The event really will be a hub of marketing talent and creativity, including unparalleled networking opportunities with 10,000 other professionals, all visitors are invited to join this ultimate showcase of exceptional marketing minds.

Visit the B2B Marketing Expo website for FREE tickets or alternatively contact Eddy Lawrance on 702 707 7627 or eddy.lawrance@prysmgroup.co.uk to enquire about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities

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New Networking Group forming

A new business networking group is forming on Thursdays at 11:30 am for lunch. This group will meet for 1 hr. This is an exclusive group and only 1 company per category may join.

The membership cost is $125 per year.

Pending memberships are:

  • Kevin Rende of Fidelity General (Mortgage Loans)
  • Kyle Brown of My Bakersfield Printer (Printer & Promotional Products)
  • Nicolas Fequiere of Northwestern Mutual (Financial Advisor)
  • Bobbi Thompson Coldwell Banker (Real Estate)

If you would like to be a part of this group please email Kyle at kyle@baoa.us and mention the Thursday BBNG group. Please include your name, company & phone #

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This weeks bussines tool finds May 13th 2016

Change Detection

ChangeDetection.com provides page change monitoring and notification services to internet users worldwide. Anyone can use our service to monitor any website page for changes. Just fill in the form below, we will create a change log for the page and alert you by email when we detect a change in the page text. We’ve been doing it since 1999. It’s free.

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Social Media Marketing Society

Discover the latest social media techniques to quickly grow your business
The Social Media Marketing Society will help you discover how to implement the newest social media marketing tactics. No more guessing. We show you how, step-by-step.

The result: You become a hero as you quickly apply new ideas that keep your business on the leading edge, ahead of your competitors.

The team at Social Media Examiner will guide you.

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Hispanic Business Conference & Expo Aug 27 2015


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Our group will have a booth at the Hispanic Business Conference & Expo on Thursday August 27th 2015.
The booth will represent the group as a whole and some members will be featured.
All featured members will get:

  • Your Logo on the Banner
  • Your Company Name & Phone Number on the Banner
  • Your Business Cards, Tri-Folds, Flyers, any information you provide on the Table.
  • Copy of all Business Cards we collect.
  • Time in the booth “if wanted” (1pm to 7pm).  You must work at least 1hr if you are going to be in the booth.

Deadline to sign up is Sunday Night as I will be ordering the banner on Monday Morning.

KERN COUNTY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LogoTotal Investment is $40.00 Per Company
Please fill in the form below

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

7 habitsOverview
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal.

Editorial Reviews
From Barnes & Noble
Despite having sold many millions of copies, Stephen Covey’s groundbreaking book remains as fresh, helpful, and important as when it was first published. Such longevity is a testament to the quality of the insights that Covey offers: Eschewing easy fixes and simple-minded formulas, his writings offers a comprehensive and highly detailed program for invigorating your career as well as other aspects of life. You won’t be able to breeze through this book (the writing is sometimes complex and involved), and you won’t be able to apply Covey’s ideas half-heartedly (the vision outlined requires serious effort to realize), but if you’re willing to do the work, you’ll reap the enormous benefits that many other readers have discovered and put into action.
From the Publisher
The late Skip LeFauve President, Saturn Corporation/General Motors Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People played a major role in the development of Saturn’s operating systems and philosophy. Our commitment to quality and to our customers has its roots in The 7 Habits.
Ken M. Radziwanowski AT&T School of Business Picture someone going through the best experience they’ve ever had in terms of training — that’s what they say. People credit the 7 Habits with changing their lives, with getting back on track personally and professionally.

Daniel Pink
“Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books.”
author of On Becoming a Leader and Still Surprised – Warren Bennis
“Covey’s masterpiece, if it hasn’t changed the world, has influenced millions of readers who can and will make our planet more peaceful and prosperous and prepared and purposeful.”
Maya Angelou
“Happily, this book has advised and encouraged us for 25 years. Now, I encourage us to be loyal and supportive for another 25 years.”
New York times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc. – Tony Hsieh
“The 7 Habits encompasses timeless principles that can help guide any company toward success.”
Meg Whitman
“The 7 Habits has guided many of us on our journey through the world of business. Simple but incredibly effective. A great guide for any aspiring leader!”
Jim Collins
“No person lasts forever, but books and ideas can endure. Stephen R. Covey’s life is done, but his work is not. It continues, right here in this book as alive today as when first written.”
Arianna Huffington
“Twenty-five years after it first appeared, the wisdom of The 7 Habits is more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are burning out, and on a collective level we are burning up the planet. So Dr. Covey’s emphasis on self-renewal and his understanding that leadership and creativity require us to tap into our own physical, mental, and spiritual resources are exactly what we need now.”
author of Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
“Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is a master of them. Buy his book, but most important, use it!”
Indra Nooyi
“As the seminal work of Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has influenced millions around the world to be their best selves at work and at home. It stands the test of time as one of the most important books of our time.”
author of The Key is Love: My Mother’s Wisdom, A Daughter’s Gratitude – Marie Osmond
“With all the responsibilities and demands of time, travel, work, and families placed upon us in today’s competitive world, it’s a pig plus to have Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to refer to.”
Library Journal
While Covey’s book is perhaps not as explicitly spiritual as some self-help titles, his emphasis on character and values reveals his Church of Latter-day Saints background very powerfully; interested readers may want to go on to his 8th Habit or The Leader in Me.

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The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life

Book of the Month of MAY

The Slight EdgeWhy is it that some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else? One simple reason, those that are “successful” have found their SLIGHT EDGE! This book is not just another self-help, motivation tool of methods you must to learn in order to make it up the path of success. The Slight Edge simply shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you. And all you need to make that happen? Discover that “one” thing that will help you achieve that goal, realize a life-long dream or propel you up the ladder to success. Once you got it, then you will discover how your philosophy… creates your attitude… creates your actions… creates your results… creates YOUR LIFE! Plus, Jeff shares with you “the key” that will make all of the other self-help information you read, watch and hear actually work in your life!


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