Category: Business

12 Sep

Speaking Tip #17 – Play the Long Game with Cancelations

Business, Speaking Tips No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

My bag was packed and I was ready to head to the airport the next morning, but then the school called to cancel. She was calling to say that, due to several factors out of her control, she needed to cancel the program. In our contract we have the following clause: f. Termination. Unless otherwise […]

01 May

Letting go of goal setting

A guest speaker came to campus to talk to the student business club about how to increase sales. Rafael, a senior in college who also owns an online t-shirt company, excitedly filled his notebook with tips and ideas the guest speaker shared. Towards the end of the lecture, Rafael wrote in big bold print a […]

07 Apr

What Does The White Man Want?

I had dinner tonight with Deanna Latson and Patrick Combs talking about a variety of topics. At one point I asked them about which direction they thought would be best to take Swift Kick between adding an additional channel to focus on corporate culture training, or to continue to build out services for student leaders […]

13 Mar

Question: Is it better to do or plan?

Question Asked To Me: So when you think of new ventures…do you vision out like a year, 5 years, etc? My Answer: It depends. Sorry, I know that’s not what you were looking for, but really it depends and there are two schools of thought on this. One is to jump right in and start […]

17 Jan

Selling Our Crowdfunding Platform – Student Launcher

The vision of Swift Kick is to see a world in which every student feels welcomed, connected and engaged at their institution and retention rates are 100%. In pursuit of that vision, we’ve tried many tactics: 1) Dance Floor Theory Leadership Training 2) www.StudentAffairsCollective.org (#SAChat) 3) www.StudentLeaderCollective.org (#SLChat) 4) www.StudentLauncher.org Some of these projects are immensely […]

28 Feb

Physical vs Digital Businesses

Today, one of my EO Forum mates toured a group of us around his newly purchased storage facility here in Atlanta. It was fun to see how excited he was to show us each floor of the place…even though every floor pretty much looked alike. It’s a storage space after all :). I don’t think […]

27 Aug

Blind Optimism vs Determined Optimism

Business, Entrepreneurship No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Blind Optimism: “Huh, the sun isn’t out today. That’s ok, because I know it’ll be out by the end of the week.”   Determined Optimism: “Huh, the sun isn’t out today. That’s ok, because I know it’ll be out by the end of the week, because I’m going to finish building my anti-cloud machine to […]

23 Aug

Dodging a Business Legal Bullet

Six weeks ago the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board sent me a letter stating that I was in violation of their employee worker comp laws and thus fined a $10,000 penalty. I didn’t think I was in violation, but worried that I just forgot to file/pay for something and was thus actually in violation. […]

28 May

Building a Company is a Marathon [QUOTE]

“Pixar has been a marathon, not a sprint. There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, Why am I doing this? But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going. Fortunately, my training has been in doing things […]

19 May

My Love of the Team and the Game

My first business was selling old edition textbooks online through a company called DiscountedDepot. It was very lucerative for me until the bookstores, I contracted with, realized they could do the same thing and cut me out. I really enjoyed growing the business, but I also really enjoyed growing my knowledge about how to grow […]