MLB Releases 2020 Regular Season Schedule-Reds Begin Season Hosting Tigers On Friday The 24th

first_imgThe 2020 Major League Baseball season will be officially getting underway. Unlike in seasons past, each team will play 60 games instead of the usual 162. The season will be starting with two games on Thursday, July 23rd. The defending World Series Champs, The Nationals, will battle The Yankees while The Dodgers will be squaring off against their nemesis, The Giants.The rest of the teams, including The Reds, will have their first game on Friday, July 24th. The Reds will have home cooking against The Tigers with the first pitch at Great American Ballpark will be at 6:10 PM. The Interleague battle between the teams will continue on Saturday the 25th at 5:10 PM and Sunday the 26th at 1:10 PM. The NL Central rival Cubs will be in Cincinnati for a four game series starting on Monday the 27th. The Reds wrap up the regular season on the road with Interleague play against The Twins Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe Reds will play 40 games against their NL Central rivals. 10 games each versus The Pirates, Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs and 20 against teams from The AL Central including The Indians, Tigers, White Sox, Twins, and Royals.The regular season will have the Designated Hitter (DH) for both leagues, three batter minimum for pitchers, and extra innings start with a runner on second base.The postseason will stay the same with two wild card teams in each league battling it out in one game to determine who advances against the division winners.last_img read more

Big surprise: In reversal of expectations, Melo struggles, Moussa Keita impresses through 2 games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Prior to Syracuse’s first practice of the 2010 season, head coach Jim Boeheim lauded the progression of one of SU’s center recruits in the Class of 2010. But Boeheim was not talking about the perceived jewel of the class — Fab Melo. Boeheim was speaking of the other center, Baye Moussa Keita. And after SU’s 86-67 win over Canisius Sunday, Boeheim took the time out to remind everyone. ‘I said in the preseason he’s been the biggest surprise on our team,’ Boeheim said. ‘He still has a long way to go, but he’s an active player.’ Surprise, surprise. Moussa Keita will look to keep up his play while Melo hopes to bounce back, as Syracuse (2-0) prepares to take on Detroit (0-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text After two games in which Boeheim was irate at the play of the SU’s bench players and freshmen who were supposed to bring depth to the team, Moussa Keita has been the biggest positive surprise for the Orange. Through two games, Moussa Keita has logged 17.5 minutes per game. And in Sunday’s win, he hauled in an astounding 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes of play, albeit against a much smaller Canisius team. In that postgame press conference, during which Boeheim asserted that no freshman has done anything of significance yet, the one person he singled out aside from his main four returning players was Moussa Keita. Yes, he would ream his bench in the locker room and press room about the fact that they hadn’t done anything yet to prove they lived up to the hype. They were ‘overrated.’ But Moussa Keita was the one who wasn’t. He was the surprise. He was a necessity, even if he wasn’t an expectation. ‘We wouldn’t have won tonight without him,’ Boeheim said, before drilling home the point with another short sentence. ‘That’s how important he is.’ The expected freshman necessity heading into the season was Melo. He would bring the depth down low to get past the Sweet 16. He would bring scoring. He would become the low-post presence everyone expected, as he was named the Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. Melo has been a surprise through two games. But to Moussa Keita’s positive yin, Melo has been the negative yang. Melo started both games but averaged just three points. The more discouraging statistic is that Melo has seven total rebounds in the two games. But perhaps the most discouraging part of his game has been that Melo hasn’t been able to keep himself on the floor. Against Northern Iowa, Melo fouled out. Sunday, Melo reverted to his foul-prone ways at the end of the first half. After the Orange had only amassed two total fouls in the game’s first 16 minutes, Melo quickly ended the trend. He picked up his first foul at the 3:23 mark with the game tied. Eighteen seconds later, he picked up his second foul. He picked up foul No. 3 just 27 seconds after that. Moussa Keita promptly subbed in. From that point on, Moussa Keita would haul in 11 rebounds to go along with his 3-of-5 shooting from the field, totaling six points. And from there, Melo played just four more minutes. In the SU locker room after the game, Melo had a certain vibe to him. A vibe that fused frustration, disbelief and apathy. Apathy toward the fouls. A sense of apathy because Boeheim told Melo the fouls were unwarranted. Melo played a half full of proper defensive position in Boeheim’s 2-3 zone. Nothing to be worried about with his play. ‘Most of the fouls, I don’t think they were fouls,’ Melo said. ‘(Boeheim) told me, ‘It was a good job, so keep playing defense.’ That is what I was doing. And the fouls, I didn’t like it a lot.’ And neither did Boeheim. The foul trouble was the facet of Melo’s game Thursday that aligned as a disappointment with the rest of the bench’s poor play. Melo just wasn’t in there enough to do anything, and his growth had been stunted. Against Canisius, SU struggled to grow as well. The much-maligned first half was highlighted by the 26-25 deficit Syracuse faced with 2:48 left when Melo exited. But in came Moussa Keita and, surprise, the Orange only trailed for the next 21 seconds before it would go up for the rest of the game. Moussa Keita proved the turning point, giving SU a 27-26 lead it wouldn’t relinquish on a simple layup following an offensive rebound. The next possession down, Moussa Keita deflected a Gaby Belardo pass, resulting in a Kris Joseph bucket. Soon, SU was up 32-26 because Moussa Keita had done the easy things. Unlike the first game, he wouldn’t foul out along with Melo. He played a second half Boeheim referred to as a huge step for the freshman from Senegal. He was the player who Boeheim felt turned SU around from not doing much on the boards to dominating the boards. But to Moussa Keita, he just had to correct an easy mistake. Grab the basketball with two hands. Not one. Success would ensue. It was that simple in order to surprise. ‘In the first half I was trying to grab everything with one hand, and in the second half I was trying to go after every rebound,’ Moussa Keita said. ‘Try to go up with both hands. That’s what I did in the second half.’ [email protected]last_img read more

Clippers get it together, defeat Warriors in Game 5

first_img“They had the raw emotions going into that game and we just didn’t handle it well,” Rivers said afterward, reflecting on the loss Sunday.Then he got to Jordan. Rivers said he received a text from Jordan after the team got back to Los Angeles.“He’s young,” Rivers said. “I have a young team; for that I thought DJ and a bunch of them got caught up in everything in Golden State. They had raw emotions going into that game. We didn’t handle it very well. I don’t blame them. I was really happy for him. He texted me right after we got back to L.A. and said, ‘That wasn’t me and I will be back.’“I didn’t know he meant that. I will make sure he texts me tonight.”Indeed, Jordan was back. And playing with that ferociousness that has become a staple in his vast arsenal.On his team as a whole, Rivers couldn’t say enough.“I thought they were great, I was really proud of them,” he said. “I thought they were tired a lot tonight. You could see that. I thought that was from the emotional baggage in the last few days. … I just thought they had great mental toughness. They wanted to win this game.”And the fans were right there in Rivers’ thoughts, too.“They were awesome,” Rivers said. “That was as good as I’ve ever seen. They were unbelievable. The mayor set a good tone in saying today is about L.A. I thought the city responded to that. Adam set the tone for us as well. You keep learning. You think it’s the players. It was the fans, too. Everybody wanted to excel.”It’s a good thing the fans did not heed the advice of an African-American fellow holding a sign in front of Staples Center before the game that read, “Is basketball more important than our dignity?”It’s not, of course. But along with that, the gentleman tried to dissaude fans from entering the arena, saying they shouldn’t until Sterling no longer owns the team.Rivers was queried two hours prior to Tuesday’s game as to whether he thought the punishment doled out by Silver would allow his players a better focus.“Yeah, I’m hoping,” he said. “Emotions drain energy. I know that, I felt that the other night. And when you watch it on tape, we were slow in everything and that’s because of all the emotions that have gone into this. Quite honestly, I didn’t think our guys had enough in them.”They did Tuesday. Clippers coach Doc Rivers has done everything he can to keep his players from having to talk too much about the situation regarding team owner Donald Sterling, who was caught on tape making racist remarks toward African-Americans. He had to know talking about it over and over would weigh on their minds.Much of the situation came to a head Tuesday when NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and vowed to get the vote of 75 percent of league owners needed to oust Sterling altogether.The sordid affair had obviously been in the Clippers’ heads when they were routed by 21 points in Game 4 Sunday in Oakland. Game 5 on Tuesday night figured to be played with more focus, thanks in large part to the burden being lifted by Silver.Indeed, the Clippers were much better. Thanks in large part to a terrific all-around game by DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers defeated the Warriors 113-103 before a crowd of 19,657 at Staples Center. The Clippers lead the series 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday in Oakland.Jordan had zero points and just six rebounds in Sunday’s 21-point Game 4 loss at Golden State. On Tuesday he erupted for 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. Jamal Crawford had 19 points, two coming on a 17-footer with 32 seconds to play for a 107-99 L.A. lead that sealed Golden State’s fate. Chris Paul scored 20 points, Blake Griffin had 18 and Darren Collison 15.Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points. Stephen Curry, who burned the Clippers for 33 on Sunday, had a rather quiet 17 points and David Lee and Andre Iguodala scored 18 apiece for Golden State. The Clippers, whose biggest lead was 13 points, led 55-50 at halftime and 77-72 after three quarters.What a difference two days and a lifetime ban made.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

England and Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi arrested on suspicion of rape

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement 1lwx3qNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vst0gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En6xeh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2auWould you ever consider trying this?😱aj734Can your students do this? 🌚2tk24Roller skating! Powered by Firework Callum Hudson-Odoi, the emerging Chelsea FC superstar and England national football team star was arrested on Sunday after allegations of raping a model that he invited in his home, in addition to violating the COVID-19 lock down restrictions in the UK. He is now out on bail but is to return to the police mid-June.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersHudson-Odoi, who tested positive for novel Coronavirus back in March, recently made  a full recovery. According to reports, he had invited a woman to his penthouse in South-West London on Saturday evening, whom he had met online and exchanged some provocative texts.As reported by a neighbour, the woman, who arrived by 8pm in the evening, was a ‘glamorous’ model and ‘the sort of girl you’d see on Love Island.’ She had arrived at Hudson-Odoi’s residence on a vehicle arranged by him.Advertisement “She had very posh Louis Vuitton luggage with her,” the neighbour added.Before the break of dawn, a call was made to the Police and Ambulance services, who arrived at the scene, and arrested the Chelsea star on suspicions of rape. The woman who joined Hudson-Odoi, was taken to hospital after she felt unwell.Advertisement “Police and London Ambulance Service were called at 03:53hrs on Sunday, 17 May to a report of an unwell woman. When emergency services attended, a woman reported that she was raped. She was taken to hospital. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape. He was released from custody and bailed to return on a date in mid-June,” a Police spokesperson said.Following Hudson-Odoi’s bail, a friend has reported that the 19 year old has denied the allegation against him. Chelsea has made no comments on the matter yet.Hudson-Odoi, a Chelsea youth product, joined the senior team in 2017. The winger has made 29 appearances across all competitions for the Blues, scoring once. He has also earned 3 caps for England.The youngster was the first Premier League footballer to contract COVID-19. After three weeks of treatment, he was confirmed to have been cured in April.“I am feeling perfect I had the virus which has cleared now. I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself, so it is all good,” Hudson-Odoi said last month.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-K League football team uses sex dolls instead of fans and social media melts down!Rahul Dravid reveals how taking commerce over science led to a career in cricket! Advertisementlast_img read more

Solution For Tree Ordinance Dispute Suggested

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – The Bor­ough Council seems to be making its way to another round on the future of a long-argued tree preservation ordinance.Borough Councilman Robert Marchese initiated a conversation during the council meeting Monday, May 14, and offered an amended version of the ordinance that has been the source of debate for more than a year.As Marchese explained it, the proposal would change the existing ordinance and allow property owners to get tree removal permits for certain types of trees with a certain diameter without having to appear before the planning board.“It would essentially be the same,” as the existing ordinance, Marchese said, “but now it would be done administratively.”The change would put the ordinance under the purview of code enforcement and property maintenance, rather than its current designation as a planning and zoning ordinance.If the council adopts the proposal, property owners would have to apply for a permit and have it evaluated by the local code enforcement officer and borough’s arborist.Property owners would appear before the planning or zoning board for approval only if the property was part of an application for development.Property owners would continue to be able to go to the council if their applications are denied.As it currently stands, the boards grant applications to remove trees and determine what trees need to be planted to replace them.The existing ordinance has been on the books for about five years. It was enacted to preserve especially mature full-grown specimen trees and to prevent clear-cutting of properties, which had occurred in the past.The ordinance became the source of much volleying among the council members more than a year ago when a developer appeared before the governing body to appeal the planning board’s denial of an application to remove 12 trees from a Poplar Avenue property.The council was divided; some members said preservation was for the public good and others thought the law went too far.Marchese was very vocal in his opposition to the ordinance during those debates. He called his new propsal “an improvement over what we currently have.”“We understand there are deficiencies in our tree ordinance,” Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said Tuesday. “I think this is a first step,” to remedy those concerns.The proposal is only in the discussion stage, The borough council is reviewing the language, Borough Attorney Salvatore Alfieri said.Officials may look at other municipalities’ laws as a model for the borough ordinance, Lucarelli said.last_img read more

Vacant for a Decade, Route 35 Site Eyed for Daycare, Retail…

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – The site of a long-vacant restaurant on Route 35 may be the next piece of township real estate headed for redevelopment.The Steak and Ale restaurant at 1287 Route 35 North was a popular dining destination before shuttering nearly a decade ago. Today, the abandoned building stands out for its forlorn state, with its untamed foliage and fractured roadside sign.A prospective developer of the three-acre site says he can provide an upgrade over what exists now.“We’re going to vastly improve it aesthetically,” said Robert Indig, managing partner of DeVimy Equities, a Lakewood-based land developer, referring to the property. “It’s going to be a nice ratable for the town.”On July 12, Indig will present a plan to the Middletown Planning Board to demolish the existing 5,849-square-foot restaurant and its associated parking area. He plans to build two separate buildings totaling 21,505 square feet of retail space.The first standalone building, a 10,000-square-foot structure, is reserved for The Learning Experience daycare center, with a 5,000-square-foot indoor play area.The adjacent 11,505-square-foot building will house three tenants: a 6,505-square-foot Mavis Discount Tire automotive center with six associated garage bays; a 3,600-square-foot retail center, currently without a tenant; and an 1,850-square-foot drive-thru Dunkin’ Donuts.Indig said the Dunkin’ Donuts at 865 Route 35, located a half mile south on the mid-highway traffic island in Middletown, will be moving to the site.The retail center would either be a local yoga studio or a smoothie beverage-type vendor, but that would be determined after the development is approved by the town.Regarding his mix of tenants, Indig said he sees it as an “internet-proof strategy.”If approved, the proposed tenants would join a Route 35 corridor already studded with similar businesses. Just north of the property beyond the Autozone retailer is a Firestone Complete Auto Care facility. Across the highway on the southbound side resides Bobby’s Precision Auto Repair, which shares a property with Penske Truck Rental and an Avis/Budget Car Rental facility.Just south of the vacant lot, past the Crown Palace restaurant, is a Bright Kidz Preschool and Day Care facility.“People still have children, and those children still have to go to daycare,” Indig said, adding that “everybody has a car, they need tires, they need brake repairs and oil changes.”DeVimy Equities is requesting seven different variances for the site, ranging from parking setbacks from the highway to retaining wall heights.The current owner of the Steak and Ale site is Manalapan-based River Birch, LLC, which took control of the property in 2011. Per county tax records, the nearly three-acre plot of land was assessed at just over $2 million in 2017.Indig’s purchase remains contingent upon approvals from the planning board.Steak and Ale, Bennigan’s and Bennigan’s on the Fly restaurants closed across the country in 2008 after parent company Metromedia Restaurant Group filed for bankruptcy.Per Bennigan’s, the brand has been revived under new owner Legendary Restaurant Brands. The Steak and Ale franchise is looking for domestic and international franchising opportunities, according to its website.Paul Mangiamele, chairman and CEO of Legendary Restaurant Brands, said there was “nothing wrong” with the site or location of the Steak and Ale in Middletown.“This store is in my neck of the woods,” Mangiamele said in a statement to The Two River Times. “I know this location and it would be ideal for the rebirth of our beloved Steak and Ale.”Indig and DeVimy Equities are represented by attorney Rick Brodsky of Ansell Grimm & Aaron. Brodsky was the attorney for the most recent approval before the Middletown Planning Board – a 5,040-square-foot, two to three tenant retail center at an empty gardening center located on the island between Route 35 North and South.In addition to that project, another major Middletown redevelopment opportunity still looms before the township’s planning board. John Orrico, president of National Realty & Development Corp., has not appeared to township planners since February for the 52-acre proposed commercial development The Shoppes at Middletown, more commonly known as Village 35.It is anticipated that both Indig and Orrico will be present at the July 12 planning board meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Indig said he was supposed to be heard at the June meeting, but was pushed back. He anticipates a roughly one-hour presentation to the planning board at the July meeting.Referring to his own redevelopment project, Indig said he expects his improvements for reenergizing the site to be looked at favorably by Middletown at large.“I think overall it will be very well received by the township and the residents,” he said.This article was first published in the July 6-13, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Shrewsbury Welcomes Two To Governing Body

first_imgBy John Sorce |SHREWSBURY – About 65 residents were on hand for the borough’s annual reorganization meeting at Shrewsbury Municipal Center on Tuesday night as Erik Anderson and Kimberly Doran Eulner were introduced into the governing body and Mayor Donald Burden discussed the outlook for 2018.Thomas L. Moran was also recognized for his service as a council member, as he is moving to Delaware.Burden was optimistic about the borough’s economy, with the potential to add business in the future. “Shrewsbury remains very attractive to business development,” Burden said. “It is important we continue to nurture for future businesses, and provide services for them to develop that will complement the fabric of our community.”While there are opportunities in Shrewsbury for growth, some plans that have been in the works for quite some time have yet to make much progress. Burden touched on the Shadowbrook expansion, QuickChek store with gas station plan, and new Shoprite construction projects and said they have not moved further due to public objections. “We hoped these projects would be further along. The delays are not because of issues with the zoning board, but rather due to activities by various objectors,” he said.While there may be obstacles coming from the state and Capitol Hill, Burden feels he has the right people to make Shrewsbury the best place it can be this year. “2018 is already lining up as a time of new challenges and adjustments,” he said. “We will need to be vigilant to expected legislation and executive orders coming out of Trenton and Washington, that will undoubtedly impact both our residents and our business partners.“Regardless, I have every bit of confidence that this council and the administration will remain steadfast in their commitment to make us all proud of being Shrewsbury residents.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Norway-Liberia Partnership Is Meant to Benefit Liberia’

first_imgForestry Development Authority Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea has emphatically assured critics that the recently signed agreement between the FDA and Norway in which that European country provided US$150 million for the forest sector is to directly benefit Liberia.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Mr. Karnwea said Norway will not benefit in any way from Liberia’s forests, but its intention is to help the country implement protocols signed with other partners.He said the letter of intent signed between the Government of Liberia and Norway in New York on September 23 is about the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, deforestation and degradation and developing Liberia’s agriculture sector.Greenhouse gas emission is the release of smoke that results from heat in industrial areas.  At the local level, cutting down and burning the forest releases similar gas and encourages deforestation and degradation. He recalled that Liberia as signatory to several protocols including Kyoto and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been working over the years and has come out with the forest reform law since 2006.The FDA Managing Director said Norway provided the money to help Liberia comply with the many protocols it has signed.He named capacity building of FDA staff and university students, training of forest rangers, improvement of the agriculture sector and direct payment for community conservation as some of the areas for which the money is intended.He said all forests set aside as protected areas, including those that FDA is working on with stakeholders, require funding as communities near the forest make their livelihood on it.“We need to discuss alternative livelihoods with members of the communities who live on the forest, and that also requires funding,” he noted.In addition to the mentioned areas of spending, Mr. Karnwea said, “We need to have logistics to train rangers to be in the forest, have communication and these cannot be made available without money.  So this money from the Norwegians will be used to build the capacity of the FDA and other related institutions including the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Mines & Energy, Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Service (LIGIS) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).He said this is in preparation for 2020 when the world will be paying forest countries for their carbon credit.Though the agreement did not call for halting logging activities in the forest except for protected areas, the legal reform and law enforcement part of the agreement calls for immediate actions including moratorium on the award of new industrial logging concessions, moratorium on all commercial activity of existing, suspected illegal concessions until satisfactory investigation has taken place, and enforcement of moratorium on companies that hold illegal Private Use Permits (PUPs), in accordance with Executive Order No. 44 (January 2013).Furthermore, the legal reform and law enforcement according to the agreement calls for suspension of government officials and private sector representatives suspected of breaking the law.In the agreement, some major priorities underscored in the 2015-2020 period include substantially increase capacity for all stakeholders, with particular focus on strengthening the FDA’s GIS unit, LISGIS, the FDA’s Community Department, and communities and the civil society groups.It also adds that implementation and enforcement of forest related laws and regulations will be established along with clear semi-annual benchmarks.Meanwhile, Managing Director Karnwea clarified that before discussing and reaching a consensus to provide the US$150 million, background investigation was done about him to know he will not misapply this fund.He said with the level of trust built in him, he cannot taint his integrity by accepting bribes to work in the interest of a group to the detriment of the country, calling on those speculating that he may have certain percentage in the money to dismiss such speculations.He stressed that he went into the agreement because he believes that it will help Liberia to be saved from natural disaster and other environmental effects as far as climate change is concerned.Mr. Karnwea noted that if Liberia works well in line with the agreement it will be a beneficiary of the funds and the carbon credit payment in 2020.He also said the benefit of Liberia’s compliance will positively affect Liberian students in terms of scholarships, farmers and other community dwellers, the Environmental Protection Agency, amongst others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Grizzlies, Monday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle.The Warriors (9-1) are looking for their eighth straight win and also hoping to keep their home record perfect as they take on a Memphis team on a back-to-back following a disappointing, last-second loss to Phoenix Sunday night. Golden State has won 5-0 in its last season at Oracle.Memphis (5-3) fell …last_img

Prospects You Should Avoid

first_imgAs you sell, there are certain types of prospects you will encounter that should be avoided. These prospects will waste your time, and winning their business would cost you far more than your time. Your time is better spent with your dream clients. One key to your success will be identifying these prospects quickly and moving on.These are the prospects you should avoid: Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Price Shoppers: Avoid any prospective customer who reveals their current price with your competitor and suggests that they will meet with you if you can do better. If the only motivation for change is a lower price, then there is no real value you can create as there is no outcome that is worth paying more to obtain. Besides, your bottom-feeding competitor’s will undercut you by another penny to win the business.Unsolicited RFP Requesters: Avoid prospects who invite you to respond to their Request for Proposal without ever having met you. There is no value in being column fodder for an RFP that you have 0.0% chance of winning. If you can’t get beyond arms-length, your time and effort is better spent with prospects who will meet with you face-to-face, or virtually face to virtual face.Responsibility Avoiders: Avoid any prospect who confesses your competitor’s sins and failings when you recognize that their challenges have nothing to do with your competitor and are really your prospect’s unwillingness to change. You’ve no doubt experienced this, and if you haven’t, you will. Once you know that your prospect’s real problems are not your competitor’s fault, you also know that your prospect is unwilling to change.Dominators: Avoid any prospect who reveals a belief that you are a vendor and, as such, should be subservient. You sell from the position of a peer. You work as a trusted advisor. You are consultative. If you allow them to dominate you, you are cannot be a value creator.Freeloaders: Avoid prospects who are going to require a massive amount of work without the willingness or ability to pay for what they need. Anyone can have anything they want, as long as they are willing to pay for it. But wanting things and not being willing to pay for those things is a poor combination and not one you want to deal with. Invest your time with those who are going to make the necessary investments for the results they want.Unqualified: Avoid every prospect who does not perceive value in what you do and how you do it. Even if they want to buy, neither of you will ever be happy working together. Your time is better spent identifying, pursuing, and working with people who value you.last_img read more