Networking Ninja
Networking Ninja


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Expertise for Independent Professionals

Brand Poobah

I define Brand as an expression of Trust.

Everyone knows that people do business with people they know, like and trust. 

But how do you get to trust?

There is a shortcut.

Networking Ninja

There is a secret to answering the question, "What do you do?" whether you are networking, building a website, presenting a proposal or in any way trying to clarify your services for a potential client or referral source.

30-Second Marketing replaces that tired "elevator pitch."  Go from stranger to Trusted Advisor in 30 seconds or less.

Marketing Rainmaker

This former ad agency and PR firm CEO is an expert at business development.

Jerry founded his consulting company,

 Z-axis Marketing Inc, in 1990. The practice is dedicated to building trust-based marketing strategies that make rain for professionals and small companies that want to take it up a notch on and off-line.


Shortcut to Brand

No matter where you are in the ongoing saga of your life or business the single most important reason for long-term success is Brand

The way I see it: Brand is an expression of Trust.

My  job as Brand Poobah is to get you the business building knowledge you need  to get to trust...and your brand: Personal, Professional, Coach, Consultant, Company, or Product. Click photo for a one minute video.

Delivered for you as a keynote , breakout or workshop. 

30-Second Marketing*

Every sale begins with a conversation.              Every sale.

But  when you have to start from never having met the person and you are in a non-sales setting you are going to have to say and do the right thing just to  continue the conversation .

This way you will know instantly whether or not they are interested.

Thirty Second Marketing trains you to talk with them not at them.  You will learn how to "read" the person and become an astute judge of their interest. Based on the latest behavioral psychology findings 

*Our most popular program. Interactive. Available as Keynote, Breakout or Workshop for Associations and Corporations.

Signature Stories & Wisdom in Webinars

When you make the point with a story, it sticks. Each of us want to hear the tale. Here are some  of Jerry's most requested stories:

Margie, the Galactic Commander

A String of Pearls

Tyler and the Shortest Distance

Wisdom in Webinars:

How to Change Contacts to Contacts

Secrets of a Networking Ninja

How to Work a Room


Jim Grew Management Consultant Founder, The Grew Company

"I doubled my revenue year over year since I became the business defogger and accelerator."

Nancy Harkrider, Director, KDi Americas

"You walk the talk, exemplifying the essence of transparency and trust, a  truth-sayer in a world sorely in need of more people like you."

Brandi Ebner, Executive Director, Oregon Horse Country

 "Before you leave could you check your calendar so we can book you for next year. Folks that saw you said we had to have you back" 

Manoj Garg, Founder, Virtual Information Executives

"Jerry taught me and my team that the shortcut to trust is a personal touch."

Shell Tain, Money Coach, Founder $ensible Coaching

"If you want to get our business on track, 

find out what to improve, and GET IT DONE, 

he's your guy."

Geoff Rhoads, Founder, Chief Technologist, Digimarc

 "He came aboard when we were 

still in the garage.

He named the company and helped us raise the cash we needed."

Rates, Dates and Resources

Speaking, Consulting and Coaching Rates

My fees range  from $5000 to $15,000 dependent on what you are asking me to deliver, the expected results and what we agree to be the best method of delivery. For all cases in the United States I will include travel and incidental expenses in the quoted rate. For international engagements I ask that you provide a round trip business class ticket well before the required travel date.    

For Keynotes, Breakouts and Workshops linked to meetings  I'll ask you to handle the hotel.  

Consulting and coaching fees are on a retainer basis, billed monthly. Incidental expenses are billed in the following month. Minimum engagement is six months.

Upcoming events

About once a month we will update this schedule of appearances:

Resources as promised

Often we provide or are asked to provide audio, video and print resources for our programs. If  we promised it and we can furnish it digitally, you will find it here. Look for the name of your organization.


A partial list of organizations that have profited from Jerry’s experience


ABC Investing  ADC Kentrox  America Empresarial  AMS Collaborator  ASTD  Alloy Red  Automobile Service Association  American Marketing Association APS  Association of Accounting Marketing  Association of Home Businesses  Association of Legal Administrators  Bank of America  The Bentley Company  Biamp  Bravo!  Bronson, Leigh, Weeks  Business Printing  C3 Backflow  Capital Funding Alliance  The Center for Estate Planning  Chuck Jones & Associates  Computer Consultants of Oregon  Conquent  Creative Media Development  Country Grains  Digimarc  DMG Consultancy  Doctor’s Express  Duckadence  ESA  Estate Profiler  Executive Finance  Executive Officers Club  Filius Bonacci  Financial Planning Association  Floating Point Systems  Froggletog  Gail Tycer  Geffen Mesher  Graphic Media  The Grew Company  Hamers & Okawa  Hastings & Humble  Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce  Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt  Honeywell In Good Taste  Institute of Management Consultants  Institute for Professional Care Education  International Association of Career Management Professionals  Joe Paul  Judy Sugg  Kamind IT  Kdi Americas  Kdi International  Larry Briggs/V2A  Lake Oswego Chamber  Leo Law Offices  Leveraged Negotiations  Lewis & Associates  Massage Temps NW  McGee Financial Group S Meetings Ahoy  Metro Presort  Metro RV Dealers  Meeting Planners Int’l  Munsingwear Nan Scott Studio  National Association of Purchasing Managers  National Association of Professional Organizers  NW Coaches Association  NW Concrete Pipe Association  National Speakers Association  Opt Up  Northwest Airlines  Oregon Business Travel Association  Perkins & Co. P.C.  Pearson Financial S Pentax  PGE  Portland Area Business Association  Portland Business Alliance  Portland Oregon Visitors Association  ProFocus  Puppo Insurance  Realtor Commission Advances Now  Ron Frey  Sales & Marketing Executives International  Rosen Brown Direct  Seaberg Company  Selling Smart   Sensible Coaching  Judy Sugg  The Service Department  Softboard  Sprint PCS  Sumner Financial Group  TaxPaq  Tektronix  The Alternative Board  Teleconvergence  Three Cottage Lane  Tone Tip  Total Integrated Therapy  UniTrek  U.S. Bank  U. S. Department of Energy S Virtual Aviation  Virtual Information Executives  VIE Academy  Voice Stream  Wavefront  WBH Financial Services  Whambango  Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce  Wing Ventures  Young & Roehr


Services, Blogs, Websites & Glimpses

Speaking Services

Jerry Speaks for associations and corporations across the Americas and Europe. He is always open to engagements  "down under " or other parts of the world where English is spoken or interptreters  are available.

Elite Consulting Services

Mr Fletcher provides business development advice for independent professionals. He prefers to work with the best in their particular area of expertise.  he "takes them up a notch" in terms of marketing, communications and growth.  Learn more at  

A Blog you can take action from (and win)

Like you, Jerry is tired of the Blog that is  brief, repetitive and has no new useable information. If you want a different take on Brand, Networking and business development go to:

The Brand Brain Trust

This site called for a new entry to be posted weekly. It was one of those "best laid plans" that just didn't work out because Mom's health demanded my time. She has passed now but I'm still struggling with the aftermath of her estate.  I still believe there is a place for a site like this if I can figure out how to add new brand stories regularly. Take a look at

A Glimpse of Brand and Trust Building

This video Takes you inside the process Jerry uses to build businesses, careers and  lives of joy

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