Wine Gourmet Toasts the Speakers

Kimberly Eakin - Wine Gourmet

Kimberly Eakin, Owner, Wine Gourmet

Kimberly Eakin, owner of Wine Gourmet, and one of the charter participants of Synergy Sessions has stepped up to toast our speakers by becoming our official Speakers Sponsor!

Wine Gourmet is located at 2219 Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA, 24014 and can be found on-line at

Thank you, Kimberly, for stepping up and honoring our fantastic Synergy speakers!

US Census is out and guess who’s growing?

Southwest Virginia is growing slightly while places like Prince William County in Northern Virginia is exploding!

Explore the data yourself by visiting the site HERE  (

Your customers – Their smartphones – Can they find you?

Don’t guess or think that you have this.  Make sure that you do.  Here’s a great article with a quick check list.  Take just a minute, it’s worth it.

Guy Kawaski’s Message to Small Business Owners

Facebook controls your Fan Page – make no mistake

Just a “business beware” article that you need to check out.  Doesn’t mean you need to change anything you’re doing, but you might want to have a Plan B at all times.

Here’s the link to the full story:  Facebook shuts down Realtor Fan Page without notice

A couple of cools dudes tell restaurants how to make it work with digital marketing

It was cool getting to know Eric Greenspan and Chris Foley at the Convergence 2010 Conference in California last week. I grabbed them at the very end and ask them to give small business owners some practical advice on how to make their marketing work. Eric and Chris run Make It Work and are launching their internet radio show in the fall by the same name. It’s worth the few of this one. 
Eric Greenspan and Chris Foley of

Participants give a shout out

“Synergy helps business owner’s who are shy and have a hard time communicating.  It’s a great way to open up and grow as we learn and know what people are doing right.” - Dottie Ortlinghaus, Beauty Control

“Synergy has refocused my business to the new generation, helping me realize a new way of thinking in business and life.” 
- Kathy Blackwell, TIED To Success

“Sometimes we forget to play and dream… Synergy brings us back to that — asking what we want to accomplish.”
- Suzanne Ashley, Chase Morgan

More comments from Synergy Participants

“Synergy is a great place to share creative solutions and thoughts with business owners that are in a similar situation.”
Allen Tsang
Christiansburg, VA
“It’s (Synergy) the kickstart to my day.  It’s the perfect balanced of interaction, imagination and take-a-way action.”
Caleb Mann
State Farm Insurance Agent
Roanoke, VA

“Synergy has opened so many doors for me.  Doors that I didn’t even know were there!”
Marlene Beckner
Send Out Cards and Author
Roanoke, VA

“I now know how much I don’t know!  Synergy takes me out of my routine to find out a lot of information in one place at one time.”
Jeanie Patterson
Distributor, Send Out Cards
Roanoke, VA

NRV gets an audacious start yesterday!

“Look out world! I attended one of Darin Britt’s synergy seminars today on Guerilla Marketing and came away with lots of big, hairy, audacious ideas. It was fun.” 
Mary Wright, Broker  
NRV Gateway Realty

I Broke The Cycle!

WOW!  What an impact the recent Break The Cycle weekend “retreat” had on me when I attended a few weeks ago.  I think I’ve  been pretty good about staying in shape for the last 3 years and doing a fair job with my diet, but this seminar by FitStudio 365 had a big impact on me.  On the first night Jeff Philips made us aware of what our emotions mean.  Like when we’re angry (and I know how to do that one well) that means that we feel like someone has violated one of our rules.  I had never looked at it like that before.  I thought I was just pissed off and needed to get over it or go into a calm state of mind to move away from the feeling.   The tie-in was that our emotions will lead to distructive behaviors and we also need to use them to motivate us sometimes.

The second day was spent learning our way around the grocery store by Dorothy Shaver, the registered Dietician for Kroger.  She’s not only cute as a button, and walks her talk (what I would give to have that awesome Yoga body), but man, has what she taught us really stuck with me.  She not only showed us how to be more mindful in the way we ate, but she took us through a tour of the most imporant isles of the store and taught us how to read labels and choose the best foods to nourish us.  It was a real eye opener.  I’ve already changed the way I shop.  The same day we got to taste some of the healthy foods she was showing us at a cooking demonstration at Foodies.  Emily Sesler was a great host and Dorothy whipped up some things that I loved and helped me learn what I didn’t particularly care for so I wouldn’t waste my money purchasing those items.

The last few hours focused on our body image and how we could change that.  I was surprised to learn that my self talk about my body was not has positive and up lifting as I would have thought.  All my coaching training and education was finally pulled together by Jeff and Dorothy as they led us through an exercise that you’d have to experience yourself to explain.

Robyn Goodpasture, who is one of my favorite people on the planet, was a gentle, guiding and positive presence through the whole experience.  Her servant attitude and kind encouragements to attendees was felt and appreciate by me and my daughter Melody who shared the experience with me.

What a blessing the weekend was!  Make the time to attend the next one.  It will definitely break your cycle.