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More content is coming soon, that fits one or more of the following categories:

  • fun
  • useful
  • inspiring
  • ridiculous

I just want you to know that I haven’t quit on my blog. I’ve been mighty busy with numerous projects (grateful to God for that), but haven’t spent any of my free time right here. Feel free to post any comment you like. (Please keep it clean.) Thanks for reading! –JR


Productivity Getting In The Way

Cubs Game Interrupts Productivity Interrupts Cubs Game

Cubs Game Interrupts Productivity Interrupts Cubs Game

Actually, it’s the Chicago Cubs game. I’ve started on my Saturday errands and work around the house. BUT the Cubs game starts in just a little while, and I’ve got a lot to do yet. A list of personal and professional tasks await.

I hate when that happens. Well, I’ll just have to be productive for a few more minutes, and see what the day brings. GO CUBS GO! Have a great Saturday.

(BTW, that’s my photo, not some “Google Images” download.)

Sometimes, It’s Necessary

I don’t lie. But there’s nothing wrong with a little judicious exaggeration.
(From “Inherently Obvious,” a non-existent non-fiction book by Jerry “J.R.” Renkenberger.)

Submissions Needed: “Rock Ballads” for the Dentist’s Office Station

I had just sat down in the chair so they could begin the process of putting a crown on one of my molars – #19, as they affection call it. I noticed the overhead speaker was softly emitting Carly Simon singing, “I haven’t got time for the pain…” That seemed pretty funny to me.Musical tooth

While they were still preparing to drill, I heard Air Supply, then Barbara Streisand, then Dan Fogelberg, then Barry Manilow.

I love classic rock. Each time, as the next song played, I found myself thinking, “I hate Christopher Cross!” No I don’t. But I hate him when he follows Air Supply, then Barbara Streisand, then Dan Fogelberg, then Barry Manilow. After that succession, I hate everything.

I was about to suggest to the dentist that he have Bon Jovi Day. (I knew the mostly-female staff would go for that, too!) Then I realized that I would be tapping my foot, and that tapping would transfer all the way up my body. And ANY movement that happens in your mouth while the boss is drilling is a bad thing. So, Bon Jovi Day is a bad idea.

A better move might be some slow guitar blues. Great sounds, but very little toe tapping.

Wait a minute. Boston, Night Ranger, Journey, Meatloaf, etc., all have great ballads. Maybe I could program a 24-hour Rock Ballad station for dentist offices…

What’s your favorite rock ballad?

Faces + Upcoming Whiteboard

The faces below belong to some of the participants in the Thursday 8 A.M. Power Circle sessions  at Star Financial Bank. I posted them somewhat for my own entertainment, but mostly, to show you that these folks are comfortable in sharing themselves with others in the room. As I mentioned in my last update on this topic, trust is a big part of making networking a powerful part of your daily activities!

I also want to add that Tony Scelzo, Rainmakers founder, will join us this NEXT Thursday, July 1 at 8 a.m. for one of his famous “Whiteboard” sessions. Bring a pad for notes, and DON’T MISS THIS!

There are many other “faces” that have been contributing their energy and talents at our Thursday 8 a.m. sessions at Star Financial Bank. Please bring yours!

For more information, please contact one of these folks:
Nikki Lewallen, Rainmakers – (317) 902-1388
Sherry Rahl, Star Financial Bank – (765) 868-3834
Jerry “J.R.” Renkenberger, Marketing Mercenary – (765) 210-6893
Scott Pumphrey, Team MonaVie – (765) 437-1075

If you prefer sending e-mail, please contact me, and I’ll help you with that. See you Thursday! –JR

Guess the Feet

To which well-known Indianapolis businessperson and Rainmaker do these feet (and sandals) belong?

Hint: This was their footwear choice when speaking at a Rainmaker event recently.

Feel free to explain your opinion in the COMMENTS as well.

Mystery Presenter

Thanks for waiting for the answer that I was supposed to post on Monday. I forgot. Sorry. These feet and shoes belong to Nick Carter. Since 75% of the voters chose Nick, I guess it was only a surprise to ME that he wears “Jerusalem Cruisers” (Nick’s term) to Rainmakers events.  (Thanks for being a good sport, Nick!)

Great tips for job seekers!

These are funny. And, possibly EXTREMELY useful. Take a look.

10 Questions Not to Ask in the Job Interview – from

I think my favorite is the one concerning getting rid of someone for poor performance. However, the author didn’t cover asking for a huge sign-on bonus. Too bad. I guess I’ll just keep using “trial and error” on that one.