About Randy Clark

Randy Clark is the Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, where he blogs for TKO Graphix Brandwire. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren, and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of How to stay Ahead of Your Business Blog Forever and The New Manager's Workbook a crash course in effective management, and The Manager's Guide to Becoming a Leader He can be found on Twitter @RandyLyleClark, Facebook Randy Lyle Clark, and LinkedIn Randy Clark.

10 Networking Introductions to Break the Ice

So, why would you need 10 networking introductions?  Because you’ve been there. We all have. It’s the pre-event networking 30 minutes, and you only know one other co-worker and the bartender, but he doesn’t count because you just met him two minutes ago. The question is, do you stay with your co-worker, sit at the [...]

By |2021-06-10T13:47:35+00:00June 10th, 2021|Networking|Comments Off on 10 Networking Introductions to Break the Ice

Can You Be Replaced? How to Replace Yourself

So, do you know how to replace yourself? Do your career plans include promotions? Do you plan on being in the same job that you have been doing ever since you left college? Have you developed, mentored, and trained your replacement? How to Replace Yourself Does Job Security Mean You’re Irreplaceable? No. Often, job security [...]

By |2021-06-08T15:14:26+00:00June 8th, 2021|Leadership|Comments Off on Can You Be Replaced? How to Replace Yourself

What Networking Events Should You Attend and Avoid?

So, what networking events should you attend and avoid? I’ve made fruitful and lasting connections at networking events both in person and virtual. And I’ve sat through awful presentations looking for an emergency exit. I was introduced to a customer which became a multi-million dollar contract at an event, and I’ve waded through bore after [...]

By |2021-06-03T13:53:32+00:00June 3rd, 2021|Networking|Comments Off on What Networking Events Should You Attend and Avoid?

How Working for Your Team Can Work for You

How can working for your team help you? I recently met with a young sales manager who wanted to be an effective team leader. After offering a few ideas and discussing accountability procedures, he asked me about a particular situation. His top salesperson had recently taken off several days. He took time off to care [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:09:01+00:00June 1st, 2021|Leadership|Comments Off on How Working for Your Team Can Work for You

Why You Should be Networking Internally

Networking internally is a thing? Yes, well at least it can be. I've written quite a bit about networking but so far everything I've discussed has been virtual and in person networking events set after hours or away from the office. Isn't networking at the workplace just as important? What Networking Internally  Isn't Networking at [...]

By |2021-05-27T13:57:40+00:00May 27th, 2021|Networking|Comments Off on Why You Should be Networking Internally

How Recognizing Employees Helps your Organization

Recognizing employees isn't only for the employee. Yes, employees seek recognition. They want to be appreciated, but recognizing employees helps your organization as well. But What Does Recognizing Employees Do for me? Last week I was talking with one of my favorite managers. He shared his belief that you can’t expect most people to do [...]

By |2021-05-25T14:02:37+00:00May 25th, 2021|Leadership|Comments Off on How Recognizing Employees Helps your Organization

Sell More by Selling Less

Salespeople in many industries could increase their sales IF they stopped selling. As counter intuitive as sell more by selling less may sound, the best sales approach may be no sales approach at all. Instead of (or at least along with) improving small talk, sales presentations, and closing skills — work on improving product knowledge, [...]

By |2021-05-20T12:58:30+00:00May 20th, 2021|Sales and Marketing|Comments Off on Sell More by Selling Less

Don’t Confuse Networking with Hijacking

So, what does don't confuse networking with hijacking mean? Here's an example. I once had a person, I thought was my friend, ask me to exaggerate and “Just stretch the truth a little. You know, a white lie.” The key word for me was lie. A lie is a lie regardless what color it is. [...]

By |2021-05-18T13:40:06+00:00May 18th, 2021|Networking|Comments Off on Don’t Confuse Networking with Hijacking

8 Steps to Improved Writing

So, 8 steps to improved writing. It's intimidating to write a how to (or should that be how-to) post about writing. I mean, readers are going to search for my mistakes. I know I would, and that's my first point. Your writing will never be perfect, so don't sweat it. 8 Steps to Improved Writing [...]

By |2021-05-13T14:06:35+00:00May 13th, 2021|Writing|Comments Off on 8 Steps to Improved Writing

Are You Managing Your Business or is it Managing You?

So, are you managing your business or is it managing you? I want to share two stories about small business owners. One is about managing your business the other is about being managed by the business. A Tale About My Dad My father worked in the grocery business for more than 50 years. He began [...]

By |2021-05-11T14:29:24+00:00May 11th, 2021|Leadership|Comments Off on Are You Managing Your Business or is it Managing You?
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