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Need something to read this morning?

The first 4 reviews of 2007′s Love Affair with Books are now up at Joyful Jubilant Learning:

(click the date to be taken to the review)

March 1: Made to Stick, written by Chip and Dan Heath, Reviewed by Tim Milburn

March 2: Setting the Table, written by Danny Meyer, Reviewed by yours truly!

March 3: GRUB, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry, Reviewed by Mary Hunt

March 4: Love is the Killer App, written by Tim Sanders, Reviewed by Yours Truly, Benjamin Bach

There are great discussions going on in the comments and through trackbacks… Head over and join in the fun!

Benjamin Bach is a Sales Representative with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo. He is passionate about building wealth for his clients, and loves nothing more than to help people start building equity and get on the road to financial freedom and abundance. He wakes up each morning excited to fulfill his mission of building wealth for his clients through comprehensive Real Estate investment planning, and helping people achieve success. This year Benjamin is going to read at least 52 books, and review all of them for his friends, family, clients and colleagues.  If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, have any questions about buying a home or selling a home,  or are looking for a good book to read, please email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or call him at 519 772 4376.

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A Love Affair with Books 2007

This Month, Joyful Jubilant Learning presents A Love Affair with Books 2007.  Every day, a guest author will be posting his or her review on a book – new or old, business or not etc.

There are some great people involved, myself included, and there are going to be some AWESOME reviews.  Check out the line up:

3/1 Made to Stick, written by Chip and Dan Heath – Reviewed by Tim Milburn – (review already up here)

3/2: Setting the Table, written by Danny Meyer – Reviewed by Rosa Say

3/3: GRUB, written by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry – Reviewed by Mary Hunt

3/4: Love is the Killer App, written by Tim Sanders – Reviewed by Benjamin Bach

3/5: Authentic Leadership, written by Bill George – Reviewed by Dean Boyer

3/6: Two Weeks to a Breakthrough: How to Zoom Toward Your Goal in 14 Days or Less, written by Lisa Haneberg – Reviewed by Dwayne Melancon

3/7: Do Less, Achieve More, written by Chin-Ning Chu – Reviewed by Karen Wallace

3/8: Your Brain on Music, written by Daniel Levitin – Reviewed by Steve Sherlock

3/9: The Zen of Groups, A Handbook for People Meeting With a Purpose, written by Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey and Bill Taylor – Reviewed by Lisa Haneberg

3/10: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, written by Michael Pollan – Reviewed by Bren Connelly

3/12: Wherever You Go There You Are, written by Jon Kabat-Zinn – Reviewed by Chris Owen

3/13: Move Closer Stay Longer, written by Dr. Stephanie Burns – Reviewed by Beth Robinson

3/14: Leaders’ Playbook, How to Apply Emotional Intelligence: Keys to Great Leadership, written by Reldan Nadler – Reviewed by Wayne Hurlbert

3/15: The Sundering, Banewreaker and Godslayer, a two-volume work written by Jacqueline Carey – Reviewed by EM Sky

3/16: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama – Reviewed by Nneka

3/17: Citizen Marketers by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba – Reviewed by Phil Gerbyshak

3/19: How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less, written by Nicholas Boothman – Reviewed by John Richardson

3/20: Seeing David in the Stone, written by James B. Swartz and Joseph E. Swartz – Reviewed by Terry Starbucker

3/21: The Difference Maker, written by John C. Maxwell – Reviewed by Tim Draayer

3/22: Oh the Places You’ll Go!, written by Dr. Seuss – Reviewed by Dave Rothacker

3/27: StrengthsFinder 2.0, written by Tom Rath – Reviewed by David Zinger

3/28: One, written by Lance Secretan – Reviewed by Greg Balanko-Dickson

3/29: Think and Grow Rich, written by Napoleon Hill and newly edited by Ross Cornwell – Reviewed by Carolyn Manning

3/31: Go Put Your Strengths to Work, written by Marcus Buckingham – Reviewed by Blaine Collins

Benjamin Bach is a Sales Representative with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo. He is passionate about building wealth for his clients, and loves nothing more than to help people start building equity and get on the road to financial freedom and abundance. He wakes up each morning excited to fulfill his mission of building wealth for his clients through comprehensive Real Estate investment planning, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions about buying a home or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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Local Kitchener Waterloo Friends Online

Check out these sites, of local Kitchener Waterloo businesspeople and entrepreneurs:

Dan Donovan is blogging his way through his Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) at the prestigious University of Waterloo, and you can read all about it here: The MBET Experience. Check out this post, about one of my favorite people in town.

David Ehrenworth just opened up David’s Gourmet, a new ‘Vincenzo’s/Pusateri’s’ like store in Waterloo in the Keg Plaza at Northfield and King. They do fantastic corporate and personal catering and can arrange delivery to you. Go to their website for all the info.

In other news, the best wings in town are found at Morty’s. Tell Jay that Ben sent you!

Benjamin Bach is a Sales Representative with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo. He is passionate about building wealth for his clients, and loves nothing more than to help people start building equity and get on the road to financial freedom and abundance. He wakes up each morning excited to fulfill his mission of building wealth for his clients through comprehensive Real Estate investment planning, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions about buying a home or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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GigiOM shows why he’s the best

This made my night

**update** Episode 1 was stellar. It made me smile; it made me cry. It made me wake Sarah up at 3AM to tell her this is the best season so far. She told me to tell her in the morning.

Benjamin Bach is a Sales Representative with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo. He is passionate about building wealth for his clients, and loves nothing more than to help people start building equity and get on the road to financial freedom and abundance. He wakes up each morning excited to fulfill his mission of building wealth for his clients through comprehensive Real Estate investment planning, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions about buying a home or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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The z list

If you’re looking for more great reading, check out this list, strangely titled the z list.

BrandSizzle,bizsolutionsplus,Customers Rock!,Being Peter Kim,Andy Nulman,Billions With,Zero Knowledge,Working at Home on the Internet,MapleLeaf 2.0,Darren Barefoot,Two,Hat Marketing,The Engaging Brand,The Branding Blog,CrapHammer,Golden,Practices,Viaspire,Tell Ten Friends,Flooring the Consumer,Kinetic,Ideas,Unconventional Thinking,Buzzoodle,Conversation Agent,The,Copywriting Maven,Hee-Haw Marketing,Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn,Multi-Cult Classics,Logic + Emotion,Branding & Marketing,Carpe Factum,Steve’s 2,Cents,Simplicity,Popcorn n Roses,On Influence & Automation,Servant of Chaos,converstations,eSoup,Make it Great!,Presentation Zen,Dmitry Linkov,aialone,Urban,Jacksonville,John Wagner,Nick Rice,CKs Blog,Design Sojourn,Frozen,Puck,The Sartorialist,Small Surfaces,Africa Unchained,Perspective,gDiapers,Marketing Nirvana,Bob Sutton,¡Hola! Oi! Hi!,Shut Up and,Drink the Kool-Aid!,Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together,Community Guy,Social,Media on the fly,Jeremy Latham’s Blog,SMogger Social Media Blog,Masey.com,37,Days,A Clear Eye,Alex Halavais,Blog Brothers,Brand Autopsy,Brand Soul,Creating Passionate Users,Crossroads Dispatches,Doc Searls,Drawn,eHub,FAST,Company,gapingvoid,gillianic tendencies,Good Experience,Hitchhikers Guide to the Blogosphere,Hobopoet,How to Save the World,Josh,Hallett,Joy of Six,Learned on Women,Listics,Make it Great,my topography,New,Charm School,Occupational Adventure,Orbit Now,Pause,PureLand,Mountain,Seth Godin,Simplicity,Songs of Experience,Talking Story,Time Goes By,Tom Peters,Tomorrow Today,WonderBranding,World Changing,Tertiary,Education,Joyful Jubilant Learning,Creative Think,8wishes,Movie,Marketing Madness,Blog Till You Drop!,Get Shouty!,One Reader at a,Time,100 Bloggers,Critical Fluff,The New PR,Own Your Brand!,OTOInsights,bizandbuzz,Work, in Plain English,Buzz Canuck,New Millenium PR,Pardon My French,The Instigator Blog,AENDirect,Diva Marketing,Marketing Hipster,The,Marketing Minute,Funny Business,The Frager Factor,Mindblob,OrbitNow!,Open,The Dialogue,Word Sell,Note to CMO:,KW Market Watch,Ready2Grow,That’s Great Marketing!,Shotgun Marketing Blog,Josiah Mackenzie,Creative Life Coach,People Are Ready,Build Something Great

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Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo. He voraciously tracks the Real Estate market so that he can fulfill his mission of building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions about buying a home or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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Five things you should know about me

Troy Worman is a super cool guy. Among other things, he’s a prolific blogger and my newest mentor. Phil Gerbyshak tapped Troy (as well as Liz Strauss, Jodee Bock, Ted Demopoulos, and Kammie Kobyleski) to tell us five things about him, and in turn Troy has tagged me (as well as Stacy Brice, Hans Henrik, John Koetsier, Mike DeWitt, Jennifer Warwick, and Steve Portigal).

Hmmmm…. what should everyone know about me?

1) I believe that we create our own future. I see a lot of people who are resigned to life. ‘Things happen for a reason;’ ‘It wasn’t meant to be’ etc. I don’t buy into that at all. Watch The Secret.

2) I am Quebecois (well, a Montrealer at least), and according to the Canadian Parliament, this is a separate nation onto itself.

3) I’m younger than most people think. I attribute this to the fact that I am wise beyond my years.

4) I am one of the few people living within 200KM of Toronto that knows that the best hockey team in the world doesn’t play in this province.

5) I’m a Toastmaster – this means I get up really early once a week and practice bloviating in a room with a bunch of other Toastmasters.

Since I’m a big believer in always giving more, here is number six: I started a software company in high school. I designed CRM software (before everyone was using CRM software) for high end financial advisors.

Now for the fun part… I’m tapping Josiah Mackenzie, Scott Ginsberg, Eitan Pinsky, Mark Graham, Chris Newell, Lois Raats, and Ian Ybarra over at Never Eat Alone. You’re it!

Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, or wnat to know some more things about him, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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Spotlight on Kitchener Waterloo

Turning our attention to local issues for a moment, I’m in the paper again! This time I appear with Brynn Varey, local entrepreneur extraordinaire. Brynn is the owner of Seniors Move and is an operating principle behind the newly formed corporation Age Wise Solutions Inc. Brynn and I were down at Conestoga College, Kitchener Waterloo  third major post secondary institution, promoting the Kicthener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Young Professionals, a dynamic group for any professionals, entrepreneurs or business people under 35 (or young at heart).

brynn and me

The Chamber Young Professionals has a couple of AWESOME programs coming up, including Do You Have A Personal Brand? and Speed Mentoring. Here is the info for the branding event, I’ll be blogging about Speed Mentoring (Nov 22) later on this week!

Have you ever been to an event where you were asked to make a lasting impression on a particular person, client or speaker? Did you achieve this by accidentally spilling your drink on yourself? Perhaps you mispronounced their last name. Avoid being remembered in a negative or unprofessional manner by making a positive and lasting impression with those around you.

Whether you are conscious of it or not, people everyday blend in with one another, so take a lesson and employ some of these essential techniques offered by Shirley Lichti, Founding Partner, Marketing Magic.

Personal branding is not about applying a thin layer of veneer. It’s about getting in touch with your authentic self – what’s true and real and genuine about you. It’s about harnessing the values you live by and the passions that drive you and presenting the real you to others.

Following the event, employ your newly acquired skills at the Chamber’s November Business After 5, located in the same building, Centre for International Governance (CIGI).

Contact Jason Kipfer at 519-749-6044 or visit the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce to find out how you can take advantage of this great networking opportunity!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Chamber Young Professional / Chamber Members: $10
Future Members: $15

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Registration/Networking: 3:45 – 4:00 pm
Programme: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location:
Centre for International Governance Innovation
Seagram Room
57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2

I just remembered that I forgot to wish Brynn a ‘happy birthday’ on Wednesday. Brynn, next time the shiraz is on me!

Now this is important. I’m representing clients who are looking to buy space (5500 sq ft – 10,000 sq ft) for a restaurant on King Street in Waterloo between Union and Columbia . They’re in a position to buy quickly, for cash! If you own such space, or know of someone who does, get in touch with me (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com or 519 772 4376)!

In other news, I’ve discovered a wonderful new blog today, Sapphire Martini. They “are constanly on a quest for good food. Since we live in Waterloo, it’s quite obvious that most of the reviews will be about restaurants in the tri-city area.”

The most recent review is on ultra posh local spot Janet Lynn’s Bistro.

For my main dish I had one of the specials, Thai marinated ribs with asian pasta and julienned vegetables. As expected, everything was cooked perfectly – the ribs were meaty, moist and tender. The Asian pasta was a little heavy on the vinegary dressing which made it a bit of a struggle to make it through the generous portions. G had the roasted garlic and fennel seeds marinated rack of lamb with herb tomato vinaigrette gnocchi. Rack of lamb is G’s litmus test of a decent restaurant, as we know from first hand experience that it can be difficult to tone back the harsh lamb taste while finding some interesting flavours which do not include rosemary or mint. Janet Lynn’s passed with flying colours here – no complaints. The gnocchi was also very good, making us appreciate proper cooking techniques with this item. The portion size was very generous with 7 ribs arranged in a little tepee over the gnocchi. A real bargain compared to the 3-4 ribs you’d normally be served. We skipped dessert since there was nothing that caught our eye amongst the cheesecake, creme brulee and cakes.

What I’ve come to appreciate most from Janet Lynn’s is the professional level of service. For business lunches, they are prompt and unobtrusive. For dinners the servers have always been able to find the appropriate level of engagement, whether you’re on a casual dinner or an eye-gazing romantic affair. I’ll never forget one of our first dates when we were seated at a corner table. We were obviously out together for the evening, and when it came time for dessert we ordered two separate ones. The kitchen sent it out on a single plate together with a couple of heart shaped cookies. It was at that time we knew we were in love.

The Bistro is located at 92 King St. South, Waterloo, Ontario, and can be reached at 519.725.3440, according to the site.

Don’t miss Uptown Waterloo Cheap Lunch Roundup, or Uptown Waterloo Cheap Lunch Roundup (II)!

Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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Another Great Carnival

Check out SuccessJolt’s Carnival of Success (volume 5). What an awesome roundup of posts on Success! Defiantly another

November 8, 2006 edition of the Carnival of Success. Enjoy!

Manny presents Success Books: Success Book Review: “How Successful People Win” posted at Success Books.

Andrea presents To Become Wealthy: Passive Income is Real posted at To Become Wealthy.

John Hill presents A Goal A Day posted at Universe Of Success.

Wenchypoo presents A Revolt on the Revolt of the Fairly Rich posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Erek Ostrowski presents Being Effective With People: Part 2 (Speaking Your Mind) posted at Verve Coaching.

Travis Farnes presents I don’t do jobs! Be an avid job avoider. posted at Self Improvement with Travis Farnes.

Peter Kua presents 2006: The year venture capitalists adore freemiums posted at RadicalHop.com.

Patricia presents 4 Steps To Make It Happen, Every Time posted at A Better You Blog.

Erich Jaeckel presents How to Read People – Part 1 of 3 posted at LifeTraining – Online.

Debra Moorhead presents The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams posted at Debra Moorhead . com.

David Maister presents Marines and Mercenaries posted at Passion, People and Principles.

David B. presents Power of Compounding Interest posted at How Do People Get Rich?.

Super Saver presents Investing 101 – Managing Risk Successfully posted at My Wealth Builder.

Jack Yoest presents 7 Tips for Mass Marketing posted at Reasoned Audacity.

Joe Caterisano presents How to attain success posted at help with everything.

Steven Aitchison presents Silent Power posted at Change your thoughts.

Jake Danger presents How to Energize Yourself With Radical Forgiveness posted at Lunatic Wisdom – The World According to Jake Danger.

Thom Singer presents Keep Trying To Reach The Prospect posted at Some Assembly Required.

Donald Latumahina presents Time Management in Three Steps posted at Life Optimizer.

Jane Chin PhD presents Most Important Quality in a Coach posted at On Careers and Life.

Slade presents Your Business in One Sentence posted at PageCoach.

Steve Faber presents How to Become a Millionaire posted at Debt Free.

Travis Farnes presents Get Motivated and Stay Motivated! posted at Self Improvement with Travis Farnes.

Brian C Lee presents Five Ways to Create Passive Income With Little or No Money posted at geniustypes.com.

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Success using the carnival submission form.

Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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Awesome posts from around the blogosphere

Mega Agent Russel Shaw has been blogging over on Greg Swan’s site fantastic post this morning on why fantastic Realtors are worth the high fees they charge to list a home:

How much commission should an agent charge?  Well, I suppose it depends on the agent.  I charge more than Nu-Way.  I charge more than most agents charge.  Why?  Because I am worth more and I want to.   When the market was so on fire that most of the public thought of us as a commodity – and most Realtors couldn’t wait to agree with them, we had potential home sellers call our office every day and tell us they could get someone to list it for less.  We already knew that and it made no difference what commission percentage they told me they could get an agent to list their home for – I would tell them, “you can get it for even less than that”.

But there were still loads of home sellers who understood that what we did wasn’t the “same as everyone else”.  In that market we factually sold homes for more money.  In this one we actually get them sold.  Anyone who wants to hire one of the limited service companies (who want to insist on marketing themselves as FULL service at a lower price) gets exactly what they deserve.  Those companies track records for selling their inventory really isn’t the same as mine.  It isn’t even as good as the market average.  Those companies do have a wonderful track record with regard to marketing themselves to the public but not for marketing their listings TO the public.

Oddly enough the average home seller (they don’t tell this to agents) doesn’t believe that the agent will work as hard to get their home sold if the commission is “too low”.  They don’t want the commission to be “too low” because they want the agent to “work hard” to sell their house.  This was verified by a university research team (they didn’t like the answer they found).

Is it okay with me for every buyer to have access to the inventory via IDX (ed: this is the same as our MLS.ca system)?  Sure.  Do I believe that will put us out of business?  No.  My value to the seller or buyer isn’t my access to a secret database.  When I go to my dentist or doctor or CPA I am not going to see them because they have access to secret information that no one else can get.  I could get all of the information that my dentist, doctor or CPA can get.  The problem is I can’t properly EVALUATE that information – they can.  They can look at the same information I could look at and see things I would never see. [emphasis mine]

Leon at Lifehack.org points to a great article by Forbes on how to tell if someone is lying to you. Always a good thing to know!

The Real Estate Bloggers discover that 50% of Real Estate Agents in the US have been in the business for four years or less:

What is even more amazing is that only 1 in 3 Realtors have seen a down market. In the record home markets of the last 4 years, if you could hammer a sign in the front yard and find a seller, you probably had a good chance of getting a commission and making some money. But now these new agents have not developed the skills to truly market a home in a difficult environment. In fact, odds are they have built in some bad habits that will need to be broken if they are to succeed.

That last point is the reason that I’ve had a coach ever since I started my Real Estate business. Paul Gruber doesn’t let me develop bad habits!

Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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MeeboMe!

Last week I installed a meebome widget on the right sidebar of my blog. It shows you whether or not I’m online, and if I’m online, you can send me an instant message (or IM) from the site, and I’ll respond in no time!

This afternoon I got an IM from Jay Hicks of [5280]Denver Homes, and we started a great conversation about real estate and blogging. Turn out Jay is a Realtor, also in his second year of business.

Take a look at his site, it has great information on the Denver market, and some awesome tips for FSBOs.

Benjamin Bach is a Real Estate Consultant with Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty in Kitchener Waterloo dedicated to building wealth for his clients through smart Real Estate investments, and helping people achieve success. If you are interested in how you can start your Real Estate portfolio, or have any questions and buying or selling a home, you can email Benjamin (benjamin AT benjaminbach.com) or reach him at 519 772 4376.

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