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Discussion Think Tank for sign makers. I wonder if there might be any interest. I am open for discussion.

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by Robert Armerding, Sep 17, 2020.

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  1. Dan360

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    A very special place
     
  2. Robert Armerding

    Robert Armerding Merchant Member

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    Gino, again, I appreciate your feedback. As you say, "let us know what you are after."
    In this thread, my on going intent is still to leave the floor wide open for any kind of input.
    I am open to hearing the "push-back." I am open to hearing that it can't be done.
    Yet, I want to continue with this open discussion. After all, there might be just one good topic that can be the making of a productive thread.
     
  3. jochwat

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    Years ago, I had a program on my old Amiga 1000 computer called "Racter". It was supposed to be some sort of early A.I. computer therapist type of thing (there was also an older one called "Eliza"). Anyway, the odd back-and-forth of Racter came to mind after reading the back-and-forth here between Robert and other users. So, I found Racter online, and, well... yeah, it seemed a little similar... Screenshot below.
     

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  4. Gino

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    So then, why do you ask our opinions of having a 'think tank', to only have it poo-poo'ed and you move onto other subjects under the guise of something else ?? How do you expect to find any traction from a membership which is lost coming into this thread in the first place ?? Give yourself some breathing room and start a new thread about your future sign shops or just start a new subject about anything. Just keep it separate, so we all know what we're talking about, instead of some random thread with such a hodge-podge going on..... it's like a real cluster-f*ck.

    I would imagine you can keep 2 or 3 threads going at once without getting mixed up. So, I suppose.... much easier than trying to figure out what all these people are talking about. You're just creating havoc and kinda ruining your credibility to help anyone with this kinda mess at your feet.
     
  5. Robert Armerding

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    Gino, a day may come when a more specific Think Tank topic is in a new thread.
    For this current thread, my goal, my intent is just to let anyone, you and anyone else, sound off. Say it as you see, no holds barred. I knew going in that when I use the term "Think Tank" I could conjure up all kinds of response. Tomorrow might bring another approach, we shall see.
     
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    Is not a "Think Tank" developed to get ideas on certain issues and then those ideas are sold to industries to use them. And ThinkTanks are usually a group of deep thinkers who try to predict where future endeavors might lead to.
    Good luck with your new mission Robert and count me out because I am involved in a large project at the moment.
    Its called Life.
     
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  7. Robert Armerding

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    To the 50+ users who have read this thread, if you have any input, I am open to hearing you.
     
  8. Robert Armerding

    Robert Armerding Merchant Member

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    Johnny Best, I hear you.
     
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    gino, you mean "mastering layout" mike stevens?
     
  10. unclebun

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    Who would fund this think tank, and who is the intended consumer to which it would report?
     
  11. eahicks

    eahicks Magna Cum Laude - School of Hard Knocks

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    The problem is that no one can answer in real time. You're trying to create multiple topic discussions and there is no way in the world anyone can follow and participate like you seem to want. Maybe you should organize several topics and start a Zoom session. Otherwise, start a new thread for each topic and see what happens.
     
  12. Robert Armerding

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    unclebun, on the funding, that matter is unknown at this point in the discovery process. On the who, depends on the interests of the group of people participating in the Think Tank.
    One way to look at it, everyone here on Signs101 has one or more strengths when it comes to managing the business side of the their sign making. I am watching for key topics which will be in an upcoming thread, then we shall see if there any with valuable input.
     
  13. Robert Armerding

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    eahicks, good to hear from you.
    Let me attempt to explain one detail. I deliberately created this thread to be as wide open as I could make it. Why? So that anyone could express their interest. It could be dozens of topics.
    As you suggest, depending on the interest shown here, I will develop various topics.
    Interesting, you are the only one to suggest a Zoom session. I have been watching to see if anyone would bring it up. I am certainly open to planning one and your input would be welcome.
    Like you say, we shall see what happens.
     
  14. Gino

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    Yep, his last years were spent in this area right up the road. I think his daughter lived in this area. He had a shop in an old schoolhouse.
     
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    I thought that this was what the "Premium (paid) Section" of this forum was for, but when I was a premium member nobody ever posted or replied in those areas. I did not renew my subscription.
     
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    jfiscus, well, good to hear from you. If you have any interest in a Think Tank approach, I welcome your input.
    My subscription is an annual merchant membership. So I am allowed to promote myself.
     
  17. Stacey K

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    There will continue to be more and more but the market is pretty saturated with online tshirts and decals - but who on here wants to do one decal anyway?

    One thing I have been told by customers looking for apparel is they come to me is because I have actual product to "touch" and "feel". I was told the other day I know alot about apparel and they like that (I don't really think this is true but I'll take it). Signs are a different thing, many people are fine with never meeting me. Apparel is a little different, and it often goes hand in hand with signs.
     
  18. Robert Armerding

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    Stacey K, keen observation of the difference between the way customers relate to you.
    As you see it, in the future might there be more of "...many people are fine with never meeting me."?
    Somewhere, somehow, they are still doing business with you, even if they never meet you.
    My interest for a Think Tank topic might be on how to preemptively plan for that development.
    Your thoughts are welcome.
     
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    Liking for the Amiga 1000. Still have one.
     
  20. James Burke

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    I just gotta admit....You had me at drink tank.

    :eek:Oh crap....that said think tank.


    JB
     
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