TGIF Business Networking Hangouts

TGIF Business Networking Hangouts are no longer broadcasting live, but you can still enjoy these replays!

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Global Etiquette in the Internet Age w/Meloney Hall

Hey there Business Bloomers!  This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is all about communication in the age of the internet, when our thoughts and posts are public and technology bridges the gab between distant cultures, allowing us to join in global conversations. . About the Topic: Global Etiquette in the Internet Age In this age of global communication and diverse cultures, how do we manage to engage in conversations without accidentally insulting others, or unintentionally pissing them off?  This is going to be a great conversation and topic for anyone interested in broadening their business beyond local borders.   About the Guest, Meloney Hall . Joining me will be special guest +Meloney Hall, Owner and CEO of Big Uptick Social Marketing. I met Meloney from watching one of her awesome weekly Women in Business Hangouts, and the rest is G+ history… she is a fellow Toastmaster and awesome business woman, and we both are in the biz of helping people create an effective social presence and to use social media with intent and purpose. It was only natural that we got to talking about the subject of social media and the communication challenges that come with global conversations and instantaneous posts that can be read by the world at large. We had some good discussion and I thought hey this would be a great topic for the TGIF Business Networking Hangout!   Join us! Join us here and watch the broadcast live on Friday, April 18th at 4pm pst, or if you’d like to participate by joining us INSIDE the Hangout, or by submitting questions, then go to the TGIF Google+ Event listing,... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Writing, Publishing and Promoting Your Book

This ep of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is all about writing, publishing, and promoting your book release.  I am very excited to have special guests +Edward Lopatin and +Arlene Morgan joining us to share their experiences, tips and lessons learned as they navigated the waters of authorship, self publishing, and marketing their words and works. . . About Edward Lopatin Edward Lopatin’s books are based on his life experiences, and with his love of and gift for storytelling, it’s only natural that he loves to write. Edward has authored and self-published 3 books. The latest is titled “How to Survive Your Vacation,” and tells us true tales of the author’s harrowing travel adventures to 53 countries on four continents. The book also offers readers 80 surefire recommendations for how to have a great time and get home in one piece. Edward is also an accomplished Toastmaster DTM who is a familiar face in public speaking contests, with many trophies making his shelves shiny. I’ve heard Ed speak and been to a few of those contests, and let me tell you it is always a treat to hear Ed speak!   And here’s the example of Ed’s pre-release teasers over on FB: (Apologies to the folks who ~gasp~ don’t have a FB account, as you may not be able to see these posts. FB is like that.) When Edward changed his cover photo to this pic:  This explanation went up with it: “Cover page was changed. This picture taken in Petra Jordan. One of the Indiana Jones movies was filmed there. Two days after I took this picture, my tour group was fired upon by terrorists as we crossed the border... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – TV and Twitter w/ Joseph Giacalone

TGIF Business Networking Hangout w/ Joseph Giacalone Hey Peeps! This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is going to be a blast! I’m so excited to have as special guest +Joseph Giacalone, Criminal Investigation and Cold Case expert.  Joe is one of the expert consultants seen on the Investigation Discovery Channel’s show, “Tabloid,” which is hosted by Jerry Springer.  Joe has also appeared on numerous  tv and radio news shows, including NBC Nightly News w/Brian Williams, ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News, A&E, and al Jazeera English. Joe is also a guest writer and blogger for many criminology and law enforcement related sites, and also has his own blog. You can check out Joe’s blog here, and you’ll find his book, “Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators,” on Amazon here. Joe is going to talk to us about how he is using Twitter to promote awareness of “Tabloid” and of himself. He conducts live Tweets during the show’s broadcast times to get people interested in and chatting about what was happening on the show, and the fans love it! Additionally, the Twitter activity has introduced him to great new connections that are bringing him lots of opportunities and offers. . . Join us here and watch the broadcast live on Friday, March 21st at 4pm pst, or if you’d like to participate by joining us INSIDE the Hangout, or by submitting questions, then go to the TGIF Google+ Event listing, where you can add your voice to the mix! You will need a Google account in order to participate over at the Google Event listing.  For easy, step-by-step instructions for how to... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – The Toastmasters Episode 03.07.2014

Next up on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout   This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is all about public speaking and leadership, how Toastmasters International clubs help develop those skills, and how they benefit us and our businesses. . . Joining us on the TGIF BNH will be a panel of Toastmasters, past and present, who will share with us their experiences, the benefits of being a Toastmaster, and how they’ve grown personally and professionally with the skills they’ve learned at their Toastmaster Clubs. Mark your calendars and come back here on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 4pm pst to watch the live broadcast right here in this post, or join us over on the TGIF Google+ Event Listing, where you’ll be able to watch and participate, submit questions, and join in the conversation!  Just be sure to RSVP “yes” you are going to watch. If you’d like to be invited to join us in the Hangout, or submit questions via the TGIF Google+ Event listing, you will need to have a free Google account.  Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create your free Google account, send me a message on Google+, and join in my Hangouts. So come back and join us, learn about Toastmasters International, public speaking, and... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Tax Tips for the Self Employed w/Scarms Financial, Inc.

Hey There Business Bloomers!   This Friday, Feb 7th at 4pm pst, please join me in welcoming special guests Rick and Cathy Scarms to the TGIF Business Networking Hangout!     Rick and Cathy are small business owners themselves, and through their business Scarms Financial Group, Inc. they serve other small business owners and self-employed people. In their own words: “We specialize in tax preparation & business consulting for the self employed. By reviewing previous tax returns, we help our clients recognize tax deductions that they may not be aware of & show them how to take advantage of the tax rules that reduce their future taxes.  We also set up corporations and LLCs for clients who want to further reduce their tax.” Rick and Cathy have worked together for 30 years and are long time residents of the Coachella Valley. They serve clients throughout the United States & Europe, Asia and Australia.  Scarms Financial Group, Inc. has clients in a variety of industries including retail, physical therapy, IT, music/entertainment, manufacturing, transportation, shipping, and financial.   So get your tax time questions ready and join us at 4pm this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Go to the Event listing on Google+ if you want to join in and submit questions in the comments there, or you can watch the video feed right here in this post.    Please share if you know any small business owners or self employed folks who might benefit from this great just in time for tax time... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – POP Mobile App Marketing w/Bill Sanderson

Hey There Business Bloomers! This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is all about Point of Purchase Mobile App Marketing, a new and effective advertising trend that takes advantage of the opportunity to provide targeted advertising to customers near or inside your store. POP Mobile Ad Marketing is when a customer walks by or into a store, and an ad or coupon for a special in that store pops up on their smart phone or other mobile device. +Bill Sanderson of will be joining us today on TGIF and giving us a nice slideshow presentation on this kind of Mobile App marketing.  He’ll explain how it works, what technologies it uses, and more! Please join us on Friday, January 17th, 4pm to 5pm PST right here!  The video feed will be embedded in this post so when you come back you can catch the video live. If you would like to join us live INSIDE the Hangout, please leave a request to be invited in the comments under the TGIF Google Event Listing here.  You can also watch and submit questions at that event listing. If you want to join us INSIDE the Hangout, you must have a Google account (it is a Google app, after all!). For easy, step-by-step instructions for how to create a free Google account, contact me on Google+, and get into my Hangouts, click... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Online Press Release Marketing

In this episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout we discuss promoting your business using online press releases. +Christine O’Kelly  and +Tara Geissinger, owners of,  share their insights and advice for writing great press releases and getting them seen. Topics covered include: – Why are press releases important and how can they benefit your business – How press releases have evolved from the newspaper era’s typed release to today’s super-charged online press release that contains links, pull quotes, videos and even your web page embedded in the release. – How your press releases can be widely distributed online – Crafting effective press releases using key words, catchy headlines, and more     Many Thanks to my special guests Christine O’Kelly and Tara Geissinger of for sharing their expertise and advice with us!  Visit their web site to find press release distribution packages suited to any size budget! This was one of the best episodes yet, and I really learned a lot! Thank for joining us to Theresa Delgado, Kristen Berneis, and Blair Warner!... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Finding Your Own Star Power w/Stephen Dimmick

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Finding Your Own Star Power w/Stephen Dimmick On Friday, Jan 3rd, 2014, the TGIF Business Networking Hangout will be joined by special guest, celebrity makeup artist and vlogger +Stephen Dimmick to discuss letting your inner star shine like a social media celebrity. It’s not always about having a bazillion followers. Sometimes it’s about how fanatically they love you. There is an art to keeping them coming back for more and Stephen’s posts never lack interaction, and the interaction they get is just filled with Stephen love. Stephen is very outspoken and holds nothing back in his public posting. We’ll learn why he chose to go so public, and what benefits doing so has reaped him. We’ll also find out what impact his social openness has had on his career as a high fashion makeup artist. Just bookmark this page and come back on Friday to watch the live video feed, or if you have a Google account please join us over on the TGIF Event page at Google+.  There you can participate with Q & A or even join us in the hangout – just leave a request to join in over in the comments under the event listing. You need a Google account to join us in a live Hangout. Click here for easy, step-by-step instructions for how to create a free Google account and get into my Hangouts! Check out Stephen’s work at: – Stephen’s beautiful makeup artist portfolio site – Stephen’s online resume – Stephen’s vlog... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Branding and Rebranding with Win Charles

Hey There Bloomers! Please join me on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout with special guest +Win Charles!  We’ll be discussing branding and rebranding, and Win’s story is a great one for this topic. Win is an inspirational young woman who decided not to let her physical disability (CP) prevent her from becoming an artist, writer, and even triathlete!  All of this makes for a great inspirational speaker, and Win has found this to be her overall passion.     Join us to hear about how Win’s focus has changed from being an artist, opening her online store and selling artwork all by the time she was 20, to writing an autobiography and competing in a triathlon! All together, these individual stories when combined paint a picture of a compelling inspirational speaker who motivates people to never give up, never surrender! Once Win had a different social profile and website for each facet, and now she is consolidating them all into one profile and one website that positions her as an inspirational figure and speaker first, while highlighting the art, writing and athletic endeavors as adventures that serve to provide Win with the experiences that make her such a compelling inspirational speaker. Please come check out this very special guest on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout this Friday, Dec. 20th at 4pm pst! The video link will be embedded in this post when it starts, so you can come back right here to watch it, or go to the TGIF Event listing on Google+. Check out Win’s web site at Want even more inspiration?  Click the link below to... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Creating a Web Presence for Your Business

Hey There Business Bloomers! Today’s TGIF Business Networking Hangout features special guest Andy K. Stanik from Desert Vibe Web who will be discussing the considerations a small biz owner might have when planning their online presence. Do these questions sound familiar to you? Have you ever thought about hiring a web developer, but had no idea where to begin, what to ask them, what you need to bring to them? Do you want to know how much ongoing maintenance is involved when you hire a web developer to create your web presence? What do the business owners have to do to keep their sites relevant to their audience? How much of that comes from the business owner and how much from the web developer? Watch TGIF today, Nov. 15, 2013, at 4pm pst right here, or at the TGIF Event Listing over on Google+.  The graphic above will be replaced with the live video feed at 4pm... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Community Partnerships: How Volunteering Benefits Your Biz

Hey There Business Bloomers! This episode of the TGIF Business Networking Hangout is about Community Partnerships: How Volunteering Benefits Your Biz.     This episode features two very special guests: Lee Grafton, Instructional Technology Specialist for the Palm Springs United School District and creator of the award-winning DigiCom Film Festival. Jessica Pack, a Palm Springs United School District Teacher who specializes in using movie making as a teaching tool and author of, which features educator resources for technology and movie making in education. Mrs. Pack was chosen out of over 260,000 educators to be one of five recipients of the 2014 California Teacher of the Year Award! Non-profit and educational organizations often need community partners who are willing to donate time, energy, volunteers, in-kind services, facilities, equipment, or funds to their cause. Many orgs would not be able to accomplish their great deeds without community and business partnerships. So often, the companies that give also receive, by building positive community relations that enhance their reputation and brand identity and by making valuable business contacts through their non-profit connections. Learn more about the DigiCom Festival and movie-making as teaching tool during this awesome episode of TGIF!... read more

TGIF Business Networking Hangout – Welcome Wagon Marketing w/Desert Welcome

  . Have you ever received a welcome basket? Have you ever moved into a new home and wished you knew who were the good plumbing, cleaning or flooring companies in your new town? Do you prefer personal recommendations and warm greetings to Yellow Pages and CraigsList? This Friday, November 1 at 4pm, +Tim Bloom and +Greg Jones from Desert Welcome / Locals Choice will be my special guests on the TGIF Business Networking Hangout!   These gents and their partner Mario Hernandez did some beautiful brainstorming during the down economy.  The market was saturated with empty homes, but in the Coachella Valley the lower housing prices enabled a lot of people to purchase a home, and those homes were selling.  They saw a niche market that could be served by a lot of local businesses. Just think about it.  What services did you use when you moved into your home? Ours had been empty for 3 years so the first thing we did was hire a cleaning company to come give it a good cleaning. I mean the takes-3-people-all-day type of cleaning to get the dust out and the drawers silverware ready. We’ve needed our air conditioning fixed since we moved in. I just cannot live in the desert summer without AC. We’ve needed a plumber. We actually ended up hiring a general contractor, which saved us money and time. And you do have to get your septic tank pumped, or… ewwww! Let’s face it, homes need maintenance.  So there was a nice market of new homeowners needing services, Desert Welcome was there to serve it, and has been very... read more


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Meilani’s Blooming Business Club workshop schedule

Meilani's Blooming Business Club - Hangout workshops schedule, woohoo!

Join Meilani's Blooming Business Club and enjoy workshops held via Hangout, follow-up homework assignments to help you put what you learn into practice, and ongoing support in Meilani's Blooming Business Community on Google+!
2015’s Blooming Business Workshops will focus on Audience Building. Monthly workshops are held the first Wed. Here is the 2015 schedule:

Jan. 7, 2015 - Audience Building using Google Circles part 1 - Intro to Circles

Feb. 4, 2015 - Audience Building using Google Circles part 2 - Shared Circles and CircleCount

March 4, 2015 - Mining Events & Using Hashtags to Build Targeted Circles

April 1, 2015 - Introduction to Twitter: How to Say It in 140 Characters

May 6, 2015 - Twitter Part 2 - 3 "R"s: Research, Retweet, Reply

June 3, 2015 - Introduction to Hootsuite - Social Posting Made Easy

July 1, 2015 - Hootsuite Part 2 - Engagement Made Easy: Finding and Following Key Conversations

August 5, 2015 - Introduction to Pinterest

Sept. 2, 2015 - Pinterest Part 2 - Rich Pins, Map Boards, Community Boards, and more

Oct. 7, 2015 - Brilliant Blog Marketing - Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog w/2 case studies

Nov. 4, 2015 - Annual Review, Progress Report, and Plan Updates: What Goals Did You Set This Year? What Progress Are You Making On Your Plans? What Do You Want or Need to Change?

Dec. 2, 2015 - Blooming Business Open Brainstorm Blitz - bring your challenges to the table and get great solutions!!