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Rick Demko
St. Louis
Advocate to honest and fair salesmanship and craft brewing ambassador.
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Are You Avoiding the Wrong Pain? Reblog from S. ANTHONY IANNARINO The reason you are not calling your client to discuss the major issue you have in producing the outcomes you promised is that you believe the conversation is going to be painful. So you avoid it. The reason you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Rick Demko
The key to survival—whether it be in the "real" world or the business world—is to know your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats). According to the U.S. Small Business Association, roughly 50% of all businesses fail within their first year. There is no shortage of “Top Ten Reasons Why Businesses... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at Rick Demko
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When you can't meet in person, use these 6 rules to build rapport and communicate more clearly. The telephone has been in existence for 136 years, but the way some people use it, you'd think it was invented yesterday. With business travel at an all-time low, there is simply no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Rick Demko
An auto insurance policy generally consists of several types of coverages. Because all 50 states have different laws when it comes to auto insurance policies and coverages, the following descriptions are simply general information. They are not statements of contract. To learn more about auto insurance in your state, contact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Rick Demko
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Before the August 2005 storm, Biloxi Blonde and six other beers were brewed on site at Beau Rivage’s Coast Brewing Company, Mississippi’s first microbrewery. The brewpub was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and when the resort reopened following a year-long renovation, Coast returned as a nightclub without the brewery. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at HOPpitality
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Most business professionals treat Linkedin as a virtual resume instead of a connecting tool. There are even features that allow you to print your profile in order to literally use it as a resume. What are you actually saying on your profile may not be the self you're trying to convey. Even if you don't spend much time on the site, spend the time required to accurately convey who you are and who you'd like to welcome interaction from. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at Rick Demko
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I was sort of kidding when I mentioned Ranger Rick, yes the publication still exists. The more I thought of it though, if Ranger Rick were to drink beer, this IPA is what he would drink! Why you say? Because I decided that he would drink a solid IPA, and he would certainly pick one from New Belgium since his entire mission is to save the environment. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at HOPpitality
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We all buy on emotions, it's been proven, but what happens when your cute Facebook posts stop yielding interaction? Either you're not cute any more or you've climaxed so mix it up. Evolve, not your brand, just pull on some different strings. The key to marketing is to be relevant. Consider your audience and if being cute stops working then it's time to travel a differnt path and find another way to engage. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Rick Demko
Not only do I believe that everyone needs to have a life program in place, it is WAY more important for young families, and exponentially more important still for single parents to plan. What single moms and dads really need to do is get something in place while the opportunity still exists. Yea, I hear you saying, "I really need to..", just reach out and start! You may not be insurable next year, month, week.. you know where this is headed. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Rick Demko
Believe it or not, I was able to find my food log :-) Day 1: Lunch, 2 Naked Juices Dinner, Mean Green Drink (32 oz): ½ Bulk of kale 2 Stalks of celery ½ Cucumber 1 granny smith apples 1 lemon 1 Gallon of Water Day 2: Breakfast, Apple-Pear (24 oz): 1 Apple 2 Pears 1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized) Lunch, Mean Green (16 oz); and a banana Snack, 6 Cheddar Crackers Dinner, Grilled Chicken Breast, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes and a side salad w/ vinegar dressing After dinner bday drink – Gummi Bear shot Snack, Apple 1 Gallon of Water Day 3: Brunch, Apple-Beet-Carrot (16 oz) 1 Apple 2 Beets 3 Large Carrots 1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized) Snack, 6 Cheddar Crackers Lunch, Mean Green (16 oz); 1 orange and 1 banana Dinner, Beer Cheese Jalapeño Soup, Baby Romaine Salad, Beef Tenderloin, Small Chocolate Desert After dinner b-day drink – 1 Glass of Bordeaux 1 Gallon of Water Notes: This was the first day that I thought, you know what, this sucks. I’m thinking about soo much great food that I could be having and I had a lunch meeting downtown that I avoided so I didn’t have to drool over solid food. I’m a trooper though and since this is so early on in the experiment I know that this is my first urge to resist. I’m going to fight it off with a smile and try not to think about real food. A big part of the urge could be coming from the decadent tasting but marginally prepared meal I had last night. Tonight’s dinner is going to be amazing so I know the next few days of just juice is really going to test me. Day 4: Breakfast, Mean Green (16 oz) Snack, Protein Shake Lunch, Shot of Body Effects, Protein Shake (69 g) Snack, Banana, Mean Green (7 oz) Dinner, Notes: Last night hit me pretty hard, I realized that I just wasn’t getting enough calories nor the proper nutrition I need for my life style. I decided to modify the experiment quite a bit.. I am not going to starve myself and try and only live off fruits and vegetables but instead continue to infuse my body with them in combination of proper protein, fat, and supplements. I already feel more alert, productive, and revived after having some protein and a small work out supplement. I believe the integrity of my experiment is still somewhat intact, since what we really are trying to accomplish is finding how providing my body with the best nutrition possible affects my mind and attitude. I sincerely believe that by filling the voids I had with nothing but fruit juice will do that. Since abandoning the Juice Diet, I felt it would still be important to keep track of my diet.. Day 7: Breakfast, Protein Shake (69 grams) Lunch, Chicken Salad including pineapple, avocado, and cucumbers with a vinegar based dressing Snack, Shot of Body Effects Dinner, Protein Shake (69 grams), half of a grilled chicken breast, and a small salad Day 8: Breakfast, Protein Shake (69 grams), and a Shot of Body Effects Lunch, Half of a Grilled Chicken Breast, a little Quinoa, and an Orange Snack, Naked Juice Dinner, Grilled Chicken Breast and Greens Snack, Protein Shake (69 grams) and Pudding Cup Day 9: Breakfast, Protein Shake (69 grams), Shot of Body Effects, and a Naked Juice Snack, Protein Shake (69 grams) Lunch, 4 Egg Whites with some shredded Cheese Snack, 1 cup of Almonds and an Orange Dinner, 12 oz Ribeye Steak, Scalloped Potatoes Snack, Protein Shake (35 grams) Day 10: Breakfast, Protein Shake (60 grams), Shot of Body Effects Lunch, Ribeye Steak, Scalloped Potatoes Snack, Protein Shake (50 grams) Dinner, Tuna Melt, Tomato soup Snack, Protein Shake (30 grams), half an apple and peanut butter Day 11: Breakfast, Protein Shake (60 grams), Shot of Body Effects Lunch, 3 BudLights
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2012 on The Juice Experiment Results at Rick Demko
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BridgePort Brewing Company in Portland Oregon has built quite a reputation in it's nearly 30 year history (founded in 1984). With roots literally spreading like a vine, the wine making heritage is prominent in BridgePort’s beers. Who else could produce Gold Medal winning craft brew from the most populated area in Oregon with locally produced Barley and Hops. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at HOPpitality
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There's nothing 'pretty' about the Dirty Bastard. It's 8.5% and murky looking. It has a full and complex nose that reminds you that something else is in play here. The beer just took a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup so you know this beer is solid. So good it's almost wrong. Brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at HOPpitality
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The big Bully Porter isn't the stereotypical in your face black coffee stout variety. Although it is Bottle Conditioned, it has a real clean body to it. Like most that leave a little finishing to take place in the bottle, it possesses some residual residue but Boulevard made this Porter to be enjoyed by a very large audience. Some how it reminds me of a Really great homebrew! Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at HOPpitality
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Bitch Creek perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. Like the stream for which it is named, our Bitch Creek ESB is full of character... not for the timid. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at HOPpitality
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Left Hand is quickly becoming one of my favorites again. Sadly, I have to admit I started to forget they existed until I found this 400 pound monkey on my tongue. English-style IPA's? Greatest idea ever! Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at HOPpitality
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Glock models exist for a wide array of applications. If you're a conceal and carry person they have the Sub Compact line (sometimes referred to as Baby Glocks). When it comes to home defense you can chose either the Compact (my personal preference) or the Standard frame line. If you're a competitor or just enjoy doing tachical drills then you can select a caliber you like from their Tactical/Competition line. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Bona Fide Arms
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I could make a very solid argument that even though the "big three" still own over 90% of the market share of beer sales in the United States, we're on the brink of a beer revolution. We are on the cusp of having as many breweries as we did pre-prohibition,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at HOPpitality
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Pilsner as a style is often overlooked in the craft beer world. It’s doesn’t have quite the same cool factor as a super hopped up IPA or a funky Belgian, but when you just want a crisp beer it’s damn hard to beat. For this reason we rounded up a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at HOPpitality
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If window film application were a cocktail it would be 1 part art form, 1 part manual labor, stirred with life lessons, garnished with respect, and served to the delight of your customers when they see their vehicle again. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Rick Demko
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Your location, age, driving habits, and credit history all play a major role, as do the types of vehicles you drive and your record of accidents. In many cases, the choices you make about the coverage you want determine the cost of your premium. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Rick Demko
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Soon the rest of the country will be able to try several new releases from the beer giants as they try to take all market share from the little guys that we love. Being an equal opportunist when it comes to my taste I always welcome new innovation and fresh styles of beer. Last weekend I was offered a sneak peek of two of the new arrivals. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Rick Demko
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Natural talent only takes you so far. This is what carries you the rest of the way. By Jeff Haden | @jeff_haden Some business people are like rock stars: Richard, Warren, Bill, the late Steve—all rock stars. Why are they like rock stars? Even without the last names, you immediately... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Rick Demko
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I remember when I first realized how silly I must have looked offering other chocolates to clients and their staff.. Yikes! I used to buy treats from Ghirardelli because I thought Russell Stover was over played, but what did I really know? I needed help, so I slowly learned to ask what my recipients really wanted. Armed with my knew knowledge, I went to the experts, Kim Bradley and her team at the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company store in Chesterfield. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Rick Demko
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“I hate cold calling.” “Cold calling is dead.” “Cold calling doesn’t work.” It’s interesting the effect a core set of beliefs can have on your sales results. Many of the salespeople I know that struggle to produce results prospecting have a very negative set of … Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Rick Demko