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It Was Never Really About the Pasta

by | Jan 19, 2021 | 6 comments

SpeakForYourself.comOur neighborhood Italian restaurant, Aboca, did not overcome the insurmountable odds of the pandemic.

Why was this place popular & what does this have to do with you?

It was not about the food or décor. And it wasn’t even about their BYOB and BYOS (bring your own scotch) policy. OK… maybe a little! For one dollar/person you could bring your wine and our group broadened that concept to include a spot of scotch. And we are a value-driven bunch.

The Scotch Pack

For eight years Aboca became the place for the current and past presidents of our National Speakers Association – North Texas Chapter to convene. The Scotch Pack evolved over time. The current president decided when/if we should meet and set the agenda.

Attendance was not mandatory, but everyone showed up. Why?

  • We created a warm environment built around trust.
  • It was all about conversation, relationships, networking, mentoring and fun.
  • We’d noodle on whatever the issues were. With extra marinara and parm.

Your Aboca

As a leader –

  • Who do you turn to for advice?
  • What protocol do you have in place to ensure confidentiality?
  • Can you create a group to nurture fellow CEO leadership & communication growth for you and others?

Want direction on creating your own Aboca? Call/email us.


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  1. Tim Marvel

    It was like a high-level mastermind! Wonderful blog post.

    • Karen Cortell Reisman

      Thanks Tim! A Master-mind group with Italian and scotch! A good combo. Loved having you at the table.

  2. Chris Price

    “Create your own Aboca” — Love it!

    • Karen Cortell Reisman

      Chris – Thanks! I toast you with a sip of scotch!

  3. Kate Delaney

    Simply the best. Sharing good food and conversation that is free to flow in any direction.

    • Karen Cortell Reisman

      Thanks Kate! Your feedback is much appreciated by me. Glad to have YOU at my Aboca table.

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