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Third Generation Networking Podcast

Third Generation Networking Podcast

By Debby & Greg Peters
Making a sale, building a business, running a non-profit, raising a family, finding success, becoming significant. They all have one thing in common: Without the connections we make in our personal and professional lives, they are unlikely to succeed.

Join Debby Peters, the Networking Guru, and Greg Peters, the Reluctant Networker as they discuss all aspects of building the networks that support a life of success and significance.
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Value Yourself: Asking for the Personal Introduction
The most powerful introductions you will ever receive are those where someone else makes the introduction in person. The trick is that most people don’t think to do this and so at best you receive a tepid email introduction. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss the importance of the personal introduction and how you can value yourself by asking for what you want. Mentioned: - Dave Litzenberg, Associate Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dlitzenberg/ - Mike McCartney, President, McCartney Coaching, Ltd., https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-mccartney-2354a610/ Resources: Podcast Episode: Dave Litzenberg, Building the Ground Floor, https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/Dave-Litzenberg--Building-the-Ground-Floor-e1ji0fs Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:53
September 26, 2022
Avoid these potential pitfalls of setting networking goals
You definitely want to set goals for your networking efforts. The trick is to aim for the right bullseye. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss some of the mistakes they’ve seen people make when they don’t think through the goals they are setting Mentioned: - Dr. Margarita Gurri, Certified Speaking Professional and Misbehavior Expert, ttps://www.linkedin.com/in/margaritagurri/ Resources: - Podcast Episode: Boost Your Networking Results by Bringing a Partner, https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/Boost-Your-Networking-Results-by-Bringing-a-Partner-e1ceo51 - Podcast: The Rabbi & The Shrink, https://drredshoe.com/podcast-the-rabbi-and-the-shrink/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:14
September 19, 2022
Business Card Best Practices with special guest Kerri Brimmer
Business Card Best Practices with special guest Kerri Brimmer Do we still need business cards or are they an archaic anachronism from yesteryear? Assuming they do still have value what are current best practices? How do we make them work for us? Should we include our photo? Our logo? And what the heck should be on the back of the card? Join Debby and Greg as they chat with special guest, Kerri Brimmer of Brimming Design to learn how you should handle those little slips of paper in a networking context. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Mary Joan Mylen, Ohio Coordinator For Reel Recovery, https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryjoanmylen/ Also Mentioned: - Mary Pietras, Beyond Basics Health Coaching, LLC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-pietras-41593178/ Resources: - Brimming Design, https://brimmingdesign.com/ - Bit.ly, https://bit.ly - Vistaprint, https://www.vistaprint.com/ - Canva, https://www.canva.com/ - Art-o-mat, https://www.artomat.org/ Groups Mentioned: - Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, https://www.facebook.com/WENOhio/ - Business Network International, https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
31:57
September 12, 2022
Create deeper relationships. Overcome your resistance to initiating one-to-one meetings
Many of the limitation we experience in networking (and in life, for that matter) stem from discomfort or fear. One of the biggest challenges to great networking is the reluctance to follow up on an initial conversation or introduction. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss how to become comfortable with being uncomfortable with reaching out for a longer conversation. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Ethan Kelly, Student at Eastern Michigan University, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-kelly-309406210/ Also Mentioned: - Lauren Peters, Architecture Student, https://www.facebook.com/lauren.peters.58726 - Bob and Deanna Tucci-Schmidt Resources: - Lawrence Technological University, https://www.ltu.edu/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:46
September 05, 2022
How to leverage your volunteer time for networking success
We’ve always said that in order to be successful in your networking groups, you get a huge step advantage by stepping up to serve in a leadership capacity. That said, it’s important for you to position yourself so that you are seeing benefits commensurate with the effort and energy you are investing. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss how to leverage your “volunteer time” to support your “work time”. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Michelle Pierson, Office Manager, https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-p-a082696t/ Also Mentioned: - Ford Saeks, Business Growth Accelerator, https://www.linkedin.com/in/primeconcepts/ Groups Mentioned: - National Speakers Association - Michigan, https://www.nsamichigan.com/ - National Exchange Club, https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/ - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:28
August 29, 2022
How to use approachability to supercharge your networking
How does Debby’s visit to the doctor set the example for approachability in our networking? Join Greg and Debby as they discuss how you can welcome other networkers into your “space” to help them feel like they are part of your world right away. Mentioned: - Scott Ginsberg, Author. Speaker. Songwriter. Filmmaker. Inventor. World Record Holder. CEO/Founder of Prolific. Pioneer of Personal Creativity Management (PCM). I also wear a nametag 24-7, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nametagscott/ - Jeff Langenderfer, Vice President at Buckeye State Bank, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefflangenderfer/ Resources: - The Toledo Clinic, https://toledoclinic.com/ - “The Power of Approachability”, https://www.amazon.com/Power-Approachability-Scott-Ginsberg/dp/0972649719/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2428NQ41NSVO9 - DragonCon, https://www.dragoncon.org/ Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
19:42
August 22, 2022
Networking in a non-business setting
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, networking happens everywhere. That said, there are subtle differences between networking at a business event and doing so at a non-business social event. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss best practices and worst pitfalls of trying to connect when you can’t fall back on shop talk. Mentioned: - Steve Cotner, President, Corporate Intelligence Consultants, https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-r-cotner-b2160611/ Groups Mentioned: - Rotary International, https://www.rotary.org/en - Biointerfaces Institute, https://biointerfaces.umich.edu/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
12:52
August 15, 2022
How to be remembered positively in your networking
You’ve probably seen people behaving in ways at networking events that get them remembered – in a bad way. Whether being the strong-armed salesperson, the deck dealer, or simply clingy Cathy it’s easy to slip into disempowering habits. In the belief that you must replace a bad habit with a good one, join Debby and Greg as they discuss some of the activities that will help you stand out in a good way! Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Mark Abramson, Counsel at Semro Henry & Barga Ltd, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-abramson-a180734/ Also Mentioned: - Breeda Miller, Breeda Miller Speaking, https://www.linkedin.com/in/breedamiller/ - Elizabeth Grantham, Professional Development in Education College of Charleston, https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-grantham-b985a71a/ - Tracey Edwards, CEO at The National Exchange Club, https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardstracey/ Resources: - Referral Pursuit, https://www.connextnation.com/referral-pursuit/ - “Anna” by Amy Odell, https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B09JPJLW9M&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_XGHR3VGD66G4RQTNNFFB Groups Mentioned: - Toastmasters International, https://www.toastmasters.org/ - National Speakers Association, Michigan Chapter, https://www.nsamichigan.com/ - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org
19:12
August 08, 2022
5 Strategies to overcome networking anxiety and social discomfort
For nearly two years our networking activities had become extremely limited. Showing up in person, keeping physically separate and masked, or interacting via Zoom, many of our networking muscles atrophied. Now that in-person opportunities are opening back up, we’re excited to be back in person. Unfortunately, we are two years out of practice and it’s leading to an upswing in networking reluctance. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss strategies that you can use to get past the anxiety and start connecting in person again. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Ethan Kelly, Student at Eastern Michigan University, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-kelly-309406210/ Also Mentioned: - Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI, NY Times Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivanmisner/ Resources: - Eastern Michigan University, https://www.emich.edu/ Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
16:10
August 01, 2022
Creating Connection between New and Established Businesses
Many small business owners can feel the barrier of perceived inferiority when it comes to connecting with the CEO of a larger company. Sometimes established business people can look down on the new or micro business owner. In either case, they are forgetting the fundamental purpose of networking – making the connection. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss the reasons why you should be making the connection before you discover the position. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Kristin Gapske, Economic Development Professional, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-gapske-1b7a3b6b/ Also Mentioned: - Tracey Edwards, CEO at The National Exchange Club, https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardstracey/ - Sue Hughes, Banker Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
16:23
July 25, 2022
How to deal with “clumping” in your fellow networkers
If you’ve been networking for any length of time, you’ve run into “clumping” behavior. This is when you discover that the table you’ve chosen is comprised partially or completely by attendees all from the same company (hopefully not yours). Join Debby and Greg as they discuss strategies to deal with this from all angles. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Paula Birney, Certified Dementia Practitioner at Arista Home Care Solutions, https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-birney-cma-cdp-4a16973b/ Also Mentioned: - Colleen Tankoos, Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-tankoos/ - Kristin Meyer, Executive Director at Maumee Chamber Of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-meyer-9125a2164/ - Jeff Langenderfer, Vice President at Buckeye State Bank, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefflangenderfer/ Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - Business Network International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:42
July 18, 2022
Networking with the Unconnectable Prospect
Whether it’s because they are 11 years old, located in another state, or isolated behind layers of gatekeepers, sometimes it’s simply not practical to network directly with your potential clients. So what can you do? Join Debby and Greg as they discuss how you can make use of non-standard networking and an awareness of who is really making the buying decision in your sales cycle to connect with the unconnectable. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Linda Sattler, DungeonMomster, https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-sattler-ph-d-23972b61/ Also Mentioned: - Tracey Edwards, CEO at The National Exchange Club, https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardstracey/ - Allison Hammons, Risk Consultant at Knight Insurance Group, https://www.linkedin.com/in/allisonhammons/ Resources: - Oasis Senior Advisors, https://www.oasissenioradvisors.com/ Groups Mentioned: - National Exchange Club, https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/ - National Speakers Association, https://nsaspeaker.org/ - Distinguished Clown Corps Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
14:50
July 11, 2022
5 Tips to get the Most out of Hosting the Networking Event
If you’ve ever been in charge of a networking event, whether it’s a four-person mastermind, or 200 people for a business luncheon, you know there are a lot of moving pieces. The challenge is that keeping track of all the spinning plates can lead to you not getting your own networking goals accomplished. What do you do? Join Debby and Greg as they talk about the tips and techniques they’ve used to make hosting the networking event pay off. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Colleen Tankoos, Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-tankoos/ Also Mentioned: - Kristin Meyer, Executive Director at Maumee Chamber Of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-meyer-9125a2164/ - Jason Madasz, BNI Northwest Ohio Executive Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmadasz/ - Andrea Darden, CEO at Darden Wealth Group, https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreabdarden/ Resources: - Episode 116 - The Strengths that Extroverts and Introverts Bring to the Networking Game, https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/The-Strengths-that-Extroverts-and-Introverts-Bring-to-the-Networking-Game-e1icu91 - “James Patterson by James Patterson” by James Patterson, https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316397539/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_0T9S3QQZ25XMKR58CT85?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - National Speakers Association (NSA), Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:42
July 04, 2022
5 tips to end the conversation gracefully
You’re at a networking event and the person you are chatting with doesn’t seem eager to leave. Even if you are having a good time, you’ve set networking goals for yourself and letting someone else monopolize your time will get in the way of achieving your goals. Join Debby and Greg as they talk about some of the techniques they’ve used (and one or two that they hate) to end a conversation gracefully. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - ReBecca Witte, Administrative Director at Ape Forge, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-witte-44531a205/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:04
June 27, 2022
Networking tools to track information about our connections
What do you know about the people in your network? How do you store and maintain the information you’ve gathered so that the next time you meet it’s a continuation of the previous get-together instead of like you are starting over? Join Debby and Greg as they talk about the information tools that they’ve found useful in their networking practice. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Ethan Kelly, Student at Eastern Michigan University, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-kelly-309406210/ Also Mentioned: - Jenny Barlos, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-barlos-267131b/ - Dave Litzenberg, Associate Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dlitzenberg/ Resources: - Less Annoying CRM, https://www.lessannoyingcrm.com/ Groups Mentioned: - Eastern Michigan University, https://www.emich.edu/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/license
18:11
June 20, 2022
How to maintain connection with a large network
As your network grows, it gets harder to stay in contact with all of the people you know. After all, you only have 24 hours in the day and that sleep thing can be important! Join Debby and Greg as they talk about the techniques they use to maintain their connections with a large network. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Ethan Kelly, Student at Eastern Michigan University, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-kelly-309406210/ Also Mentioned: - Ian Hafner, Keith Hafner’s Karate and Jaguar Blaze, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215807418954679&set=pb.1120755117.-2207520000..&type=3 Resources: - Mini Course, https://connextnation.com/mini-course Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
14:41
June 13, 2022
Dave Litzenberg, Building the Ground Floor
Join Debby and Greg as they chat with Dave Litzenberg, financial advisor, baseball fan, and founder of one of the first fully virtual BNI Chapters. When faced with the challenge of finding a chapter that didn’t already have a financial advisor (very rare), Dave decided to get in on the ground floor of a brand new group. Listen to his journey and his networking advice. Also Mentioned: - Carol Pickett, Executive Director of Recruitment at Northwestern Mutual, https://www.linkedin.com/in/carol-pickett-76889562/ - Brian Kurtz, Wealth Management Advisor / Managing Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-kurtz-cfp%C2%AE-cltc-4170317/ - Jason Madasz, BNI Northwest Ohio Executive Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmadasz/ - Janelle Marzullo, Greentree Mortgage Services, https://www.linkedin.com/in/janelle-marzullo/ - Jeremy Wolf, Realtor at Danberry Realtors, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-wolf-7aa68a16/ - Michelle Kravetsky, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio, https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-kravetsky-4b0a904/ - Roger Bostdorff, President at B2B Sales Boost, LLC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/b2bsalesboost/ - Chad Helbert, Northwestern Mutual Toledo, https://www.linkedin.com/in/chadhelbertfinancialrep/ - Jennifer Ramon, Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferramon/ - Richard Cronin, President and Owner of Perrysburg Auto Mall, https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-cronin-ab9ab917/ - Dr. Rodney Rogers, President of Bowling Green State University, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodney-k-rogers-0513866/ - Blair Johnson, Principal Owner at BMJ Global Businesses, https://www.linkedin.com/in/blairmjohnson/ - Rob Carpenter, President at FrogTown Tees, https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-carpenter-599b7b31/ Resources: - Ronald McDonald House of Toledo, https://rmhctoledo.org/ - Contact Dave: Cell: 419-283-3044 - Email: david.a.litzenberg@nm.com Groups Mentioned: - Business Network International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ - BNI Prime Online, https://www.facebook.com/BNIPrimeOnline/ - Catholic Business Network Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
37:15
June 06, 2022
The Strengths that Extroverts and Introverts Bring to the Networking Game
Do you love being in the crowd and talking with everyone in the room? You are probably an extrovert. Do you prefer to have deeper conversations with one or two people on the edges? You are probably an introvert. Guess what? No matter which side of the fence you find yourself, you bring strengths to the networking table. You can also learn a lesson or two from those on the other side of the fence. Join Debby and Greg (a couple of introverts) as they discuss what each group brings to the networking game. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Monena Lamb, Eastern Michigan University Alumnus, https://www.linkedin.com/in/monena-lamb-6178a160/ Also Mentioned: - Mimi Brown, Motivational Speaker, https://www.linkedin.com/in/motivationalleadershipspeaker/ - Tracey Edwards, CEO at The National Exchange Club, https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardstracey/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
14:15
May 30, 2022
Dealing with the Embarrassment of a Missed Appointment
You’re sitting at your desk and the phone rings. “Hi, this is Bob. Are we still getting together?” Like an icy hand clutching your heart you suddenly realize that you’ve missed an appointment. Now what? Join Greg and Debby as they discuss their personal experiences being on both sides of the equation, because, if you haven’t been there yet, there’s a very high likelihood you will be in the future. Also Mentioned: - Tracey Edwards, CEO at The National Exchange Club, https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardstracey/ Groups Mentioned: - Sweetwaters Coffee Shop, https://www.sweetwaterscafe.com/ - Waterville Chamber of Commerce, https://watervillechamber.com/ - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - Business Network International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
21:35
May 23, 2022
Dealing with Donation Requests in a Networking Group
Tune in today to find out how a visit to Debby’s favorite restaurant prompted a discussion about proper etiquette around asking for donations and responding to the same. If you are part of a networking group, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the receiving end of one of these requests. If you are in a leadership position within such a group, don’t be surprised if you are the one doing the asking. Learn the tricks that make it successful now and into the future. Also Mentioned: - Gretchen Fayerweather, Clara J’s Tea Room, https://www.facebook.com/gretchen.fayerweather - Arlene Gerig, RE/MAX Preferred Associates, https://www.linkedin.com/in/arlenegerig/ - Steve Hopingardner, The Exercise Coach, https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevehopingardner/ - Linda Fayerweather, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindafaymba/ Resources: - Clara J’s Tea Room, https://www.clarajsat219.com/ - Send Out Cards, https://www.sendoutcards.com/ Groups Mentioned: Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:52
May 16, 2022
Tracey Edwards, Connecting for Community and Service
You don’t become the CEO of a national service organization without picking up a few ideas on good networking practice. Join Debby and Greg as they chat this week with their guest, Tracey Edwards, CEO of National Exchange Club. From the time she was a teenager she has come to realize the importance of relationships in achieving your goals and how vital it is to be adaptable in the face of change instead of giving up. Hear what she thinks is the most important aspect of maintaining your network. Groups Mentioned: - National Exchange Club, https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/ - American Society of Association Executives, https://www.asaecenter.org/ - Ohio Society of Association Executives, https://www.osae.org/ - National Speakers Association, https://nsaspeaker.org/ Resources: - Website: https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/ - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalexchangeclub - Phone: 419-535-3232 Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
32:08
May 09, 2022
5 Tips to Deal with Seasonal Gaps in Your Networking Opportunities
It might be only Spring right now, but Summer is coming and with it is often a gap in networking opportunities. Many groups take the Summer off and plan to come back strong in September. That’s fine for them, but you know what happens when there is a gap in your networking efforts – there’s a corresponding gap in your networking results! Join Debby and Greg as they discuss some tips on what you can do to bridge the gaps caused by the ups and downs of seasonal calendars. Resources: - Pendaran, https://pendaran.com/ - Great Wolf Lodge, Sandusky, https://www.greatwolf.com/sandusky Groups Mentioned: Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
13:50
May 02, 2022
Fighting the Battle against Networking Self-Complacency
Becoming complacent in networking is a dangerous and slippery slope. It can lead to lapses in your practice that before you know it result in gaps in your results. For our success, we need to be on guard against this malaise in any of its forms. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss some of the emotions that can lead to this complacency and some of the actions you can do to get past them. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Jason Madasz, BNI Northwest Ohio Executive Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmadasz/ Also Mentioned: - Jessica Prchlik, Jrae Consulting Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-prchlik-90471311/ Resources: - The Exercise Coach, https://www.facebook.com/TheExerciseCoachPerrysburg/ Groups Mentioned: - Business Network International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ - National Speakers Association (NSA), https://nsaspeaker.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
19:21
April 25, 2022
How to Network When You Don’t Feel Welcome
You walk into a new networking group and instead of a warm welcome, you get the cold shoulder. How do you deal with a networking situation when the group seems determined to keep you on the outside. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss the possible mechanisms you might use to break into a group – and when you shouldn’t bother. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Milva Wagner, Director at The Center for Nonprofit Resources, https://www.linkedin.com/in/milva-valenzuela-wagner-2a484424/ Resources: - Podcast, Episode 105: 7 Tips to Create an Engaging Networking Event, https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/7-Tips-to-Create-an-Engaging-Networking-Event-e1fl003 - Illuminated nametags, https://connext-nation.square.site/product/lighted-name-tag/28?cs=true&cst=custom - “Tell Me Exactly What to Say” by Debby Peters, https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998876828/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_8N7MV1VMNJSA1YVEJNJS Groups Mentioned: - The Center for Nonprofit Resources, https://c4npr.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:15
April 18, 2022
How to cultivate your best referral sources
For many of us, our purpose for networking is to build our business. We are looking for referrals to new clients all the time. That being the case, we probably need a good process for cultivating those who are best able to help us. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss how to nurture your existing referral sources and possibly recruit some new one from unexpected places. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Paula Birney, Arista Home Care Solutions, https://www.linkedin.com/in/paula-birney-cma-cdp-4a16973b/ Resources: - Episode 107, How to Work Effectively with a Referral Partner, https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/How-to-Work-Effectively-with-a-Referral-Partner-e1g88ks Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
14:36
April 11, 2022
Creating a Better Life through a Diverse and Expansive Network
Greg and Debby turn their focus this week on the question of how large a network one person really needs. Do you need to connect with thousands of people in order to be successful? Or is it sufficient to simply focus on the few really close connections in order to achieve your goals? Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Chanel DeGuzman, Global Engagement Consultants, https://www.linkedin.com/in/chanel-f-deguzman-ph-d-44894221/ Also Mentioned: - Wayne Baker, Author of “All You Have To Do Is Ask”, Faculty Co-Director at Center for Positive Organizations, https://www.linkedin.com/in/waynebaker/ - Nina Corder, Women of Toledo, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ninacorder/ Groups Mentioned: - Women of Toledo, https://www.womenoftoledo.org/ - Women’s Business Council of Northwest Ohio, https://www.nwowbc.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:26
April 04, 2022
How to Work Effectively with a Referral Partner
Getting referrals is great. Getting referrals on a regular basis is even better. To do so we need to cultivate and work with a “Referral Partner” – someone who is a part of our team even though we don’t work in the same business. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss this important connection, how to initiate it and how to continue to develop and strengthen that relationship. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Amy Cantor, Diamond Wellness Essentials, https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-cantor-7564777/ Groups Mentioned: - Women of Toledo, https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusive-women-of-toledo-inc./ - Business Network International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:16
March 28, 2022
How to Keep the Networking Steam Engine in Motion
If you don’t enjoy the feast and famine cycle and you want your networking reputation to stand out, you must be consistent in its practice. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss the techniques they use to maintain their regular networking behavior and how Debby now doesn’t even think about the system she uses. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Jason Madasz, BNI Northwest Ohio Executive Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmadasz/ Resources: - Henry Ford Museum, https://www.thehenryford.org/ Groups Mentioned: Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:16
March 21, 2022
7 Tips to Create an Engaging Networking Event
It’s challenging to run an event of any kind. It’s even harder to run one where the attendees feel welcomed, engaged, and like they’ve found their new home. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss the tips and techniques they’ve seen which take a networking event to the next level. Mentioned: - Kathey Batey, Domestic Mediator, Creator Divorce Support Anonymous, https://www.linkedin.com/in/katheybatey/ - Kristin Meyer, Executive Director at Maumee Chamber Of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-meyer-9125a2164/ - Rebecca Lopez Kriss, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Outreach, and Taxpayer Assistance Programs at City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccalopezkriss/ Groups Mentioned: - National Speakers Association, Michigan Chapter, https://www.nsamichigan.com/ - Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, https://www.rockyriverchamber.com/ - National Exchange Club, https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/ - Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber (A2Y Chamber), https://a2ychamber.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
18:49
March 14, 2022
Create Networking Credibility through Leadership
Sometimes when you join a networking group it can feel like you are lost in the crowd. What can you do to stand out? Put yourself in a leadership position! Join Debby and Greg as they discuss their experiences with leadership as a networking tool and hear about some of the benefits they’ve received (including to their bottom line). Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Jason Madasz, BNI Northwest Ohio Executive Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmadasz/ Also Mentioned: - Sherene McHenry, The People IQ Expert, https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherenemchenryfullyengaged/ - Mimi Brown, Motivational Speaker and Transformational Leadership Coach, https://www.linkedin.com/in/motivationalleadershipspeaker/ - Shawn Sanders, Sales Rep at Ohio Business Machines (OBM), https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-sanders-20987b112/ - Kristin Meyer, Executive Director at Maumee Chamber Of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-meyer-9125a2164/ - Ray Singer, Banking Center Manager at Comerica Bank, https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondsinger/ Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - Business Network International (BNI) Northwest Ohio, https://bninwo.com/ - Leadership Toledo, https://leadershiptoledo.org/ - Leadership A2Y, https://a2ychamber.org/foundation/leadership-a2y/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [1:30] Why people might not be responding on LinkedIn More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
24:25
March 07, 2022
Why You Should Focus on Deep Versus Broad Networking
One of the biggest myths of networking is the idea that you have to have 20,000 people in your contact list in order to be successful. In reality, most networkers can achieve their referral dreams by developing deep relationships with relatively few connections. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss this counter-intuitive idea on networking practice. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Jason Madasz, BNI Northwest Ohio Executive Director, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmadasz/ Also Mentioned: - Scott Ginsberg, CEO/Founder of Prolific, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nametagscott/ - Liz Manning, Realtor at Howard Hanna, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizmanning/ - Shawn Sanders, Sales Rep at Ohio Business Machines (OBM), https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-sanders-20987b112/ - Joe Szafarowicz, Business Marketing Manager at PT Link Physical Therapy, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jszafarowicz-967/ Groups Mentioned: - Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, https://www.bgchamber.net/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
20:44
February 28, 2022
Why You Should Still be Wearing Your Nametag
You’ve got your logo on your shirt and you’ve introduced yourself. Why do you need to bother with a nametag? After all the sticky ones just seem to fall off and the pinned ones risk you piercing your own flesh. Not good! People should just remember you, right? The problem is, they don’t (for a variety of reasons). Listen as Debby and Greg talk about how your networking is damaged if you don’t have that nametag. Mentioned: - Scott Ginsberg, CEO/Founder of Prolific, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nametagscott/ - Steve Cotner, President, Corporate Intelligence Consultants, https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-r-cotner-b2160611/ Resources: - Lighted Nametags, https://connext-nation.square.site/product/lighted-name-tag/28?cs=true&cst=custom Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
18:32
February 21, 2022
Shawn Sanders, Staying Sharp with a Networking Mindset
We sent out a general request for questions to answer for upcoming podcast episodes, we received a few good responses. Our guest this week, instead of giving us questions, sent us a list of his experiences, both positive and negative. Join Debby and Greg as they welcome Shawn Sanders, musician, office equipment expert, and rock star networker as he shares his journey and the lessons we should take from his experience. Mentioned in this episode: - Joe Szafarowicz, PT Link Physical Therapy, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jszafarowicz-967/ - Deitra Hickey, Serenity Health and Wellness, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-deitra-hickey-186a1411/ Resources: - Connext Nation, https://connextnation.com - Contact Shawn  Email: shawn.sanders@ohiobusinessmachines.com  Phone: 419-466-7687 Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, https://www.bgchamber.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
32:56
February 14, 2022
Mimi Brown, Amping Up Our Success by Connecting with the World
For our hundredth episode, we couldn’t have asked for a better guest. Our good friend and highly successful speaker, Mimi Brown, joins us to talk about connecting when you can, giving before you receive, and kickboxing. Join us to get more Mimi in your life! Mentioned: - Marilynn Semonick, CSP, http://www.marilynnsemonick.com/ Resources: - Contact Mimi Brown  Amp Up Success: https://www.ampupsuccess.com/  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @heymimibrown  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/motivationalleadershipspeaker/ - “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”, Robert Cialdini, https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08HZ57WYN&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_YAPV6JKTAK5CV5DHDKTV Groups Mentioned: - National Speakers Association, https://nsaspeaker.org/ - NSA Michigan, https://www.nsamichigan.com/ - Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, https://www.greatlakeswbc.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
29:41
February 07, 2022
How Networking has Changed over Time
Networking has evolved over the last forty years and especially in the last couple. What behaviors have stuck around and what has changed? What mistakes are we still making? Join Debby and Greg as they talk about the changes they have seen in their experience and how to keep an eye out for new opportunities. Mentioned: - Deb Olejownik, Coaching with HEART, https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-olejownik-coach11-mbti15/ - Dave Litzenberg, Northwestern Mutual, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dlitzenberg/ - Bruce Springs, 4mycard.com, https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-springs-77a93628/ - Scott Ginsberg, CEO/Founder of Prolific, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nametagscott/ Resources: - Meetup, https://www.meetup.com/ Groups Mentioned: - Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, https://www.linkedin.com/company/ann-arbor-ypsilanti-regional-chamber/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
19:01
January 31, 2022
Making Networking Presentations in a Virtual Setting
Debby turns the tables on Greg and mines his experience as a professional speaker to help us be better when we present virtually. Whether a full hour-long informational program, a ten-minute BNI presentation, or a 60-second self-introduction, you can always make yourself more engaging and interesting to your networking audience. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Amy Cantor, Diamond Wellness Essentials, https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-cantor-7564777/ Also Mentioned: - Andrea Nierenberg, Andrea Nierenberg Consulting, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nierenberg/ - Anne Bonney, Different Shoe Enterprises, LLC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebonney/ - Sierra Hutton, Director Of Donor Relations at Sunshine Communities, https://www.linkedin.com/in/sierrahutton/ Groups Mentioned: - Toastmasters International, https://www.toastmasters.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [1:30] No, I didn’t write anything useful down here [2:30] in the timestamp area. I’m not convinced that [3:30] anyone actually uses this area or finds it of [4:30] value. I wrote something similar to this last [5:30] week and asked people to tell me if they actually [6:30] find it of any use. I received zero response. [7:30] So, if you are sad that I *didn’t* put actual [8:30] information in this area, please let me know [9:30] gpeters@thereluctantnetworker.com More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
22:21
January 24, 2022
Dealing with your nemesis in a networking group
When you network, you will find yourself in the presence of some truly wonderful people – people who will be looking out for you and may be the path to your future success. You will also come into contact with people who may annoy the heck out of you. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss three different types of nemeses you may encounter in your networking career. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Amy Cantor, Diamond Wellness Essentials, https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-cantor-7564777/ Groups Mentioned: Business Networking International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [1:30] Does anyone even look at these timestamps? [2:00] If you actually like these timestamps and find them useful, [2:30] Please let me know. [3:00] Contact me at gpeters@thereluctantnetworker.com More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
21:09
January 17, 2022
How to Ask for Help from Old Connections
You need a little help to achieve your new year’s goals, but you aren’t sure of your next step. The good news is, you have someone in your network who might be able to help. The bad news is, you haven’t spoken with them in a while. How do you get past the yawning chasm of your negligence to renew your relationship and not feel like a slimy creep doing it? Join Debby and Greg as they discuss the techniques they’ve seen work in exactly such situations. Mentioned: - Merri Bame, BDB Communications, LLC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/merribame/ - Christina Inclan, Gwen Mitchell State Farm, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristina-inclan-86875728/ - Barry VanHoozen, State Farm Agent & Perrysburg City Council, https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-vanhoozen-30 Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:45] What is Debby waiting for? [1:50] Be Upfront [3:30] You are complimenting them [4:20] Get your bellybutton out of the way [6:30] She never did remember his name [7:00] What can you ask for? [8:15] Ask for advice/expertise [10:35] Asking for someone else [13:00] You have nothing to lose More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15:34
January 10, 2022
Boost Your Networking Results by Bringing a Partner
It’s not always easy walking into a networking event by yourself. In fact, sometimes it feels almost like your first middle school dance with you standing alone in the corner and all the cool kids having fun out on the floor. One thing that can help with this feeling and coincidentally increase your success at the event, is the simple act of bringing a partner. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of partner networking. Mentioned: - Deanna Tucci, https://www.linkedin.com/in/deannatuccischmittbniwesternpa/ - Amy Cantor, Diamond Wellness Essentials, https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-cantor-7564777/ Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/company/maumee-chamber-of-commerce/about/ - Business Network International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] What Debby loves to create [2:30] What exactly is partner networking? [4:00] Why would you even want to do this? [5:45] Divide and Conquer [7:30] Mentoring through networking More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
14:32
January 03, 2022
The Networking Benefits of Business Cards
A few episodes ago, Greg and Debby talked about how to deal with people who tried to force their business card on you at a networking event. Thanks to Connext Nation alumnus, Amy Cantor, for prompting us to this conversation about what we should do with our cards. Thank you to ConvoSparker: - Amy Cantor, Diamond Wellness Essentials, https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-cantor-7564777/ Also Mentioned: - Chris Bidlack, Head Honcho at Bidlack Creative Group, https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisbidlack/ - Tita Arroyo, Health Coach, https://www.linkedin.com/in/tita-arroyo-68168431/ - Scott Ginsberg, Author. Speaker. Songwriter. Filmmaker. Inventor. World Record Holder. CEO/Founder of Prolific, https://www.linkedin.com/in/nametagscott/ - Kerri Brimmer, Brimming Design, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerri-brimmer-98467418/ Resources: - Prior Business Card Episode: https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/Dealing-with-the-Business-Card-Deck-Dealer-e19u1o2 Groups Mentioned: - Power In Networking through Knowledge and Kindness (PINKK), https://pinkknow.com/ - Women of Toledo, https://www.womenoftoledo.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] The sadness of the missing Zoom Bomber [2:30] Why do it? Credibility, Raffles. [3:50] Business cards as conversation starters [5:20] Have it available for the true networkers you meet. [8:00] Help those who don’t have their card [10:00] Dealing with the lack of cards [12:52] Card passing activities (for what they’re worth) [15:45] Cultural ritual around business cards More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licen
17:57
December 20, 2021
Networking with Your Competition
How do you get the conversation past the simple query of name and title? Debby and Greg (The Networking Guru and Reluctant Networker, resp.) discuss different approaches to the process with the focus on creating a strong opening to a potentially mutually beneficial connection. Listener Asandi Connor offered the question that sparked the discussion. Mentioned: - Derek Mehraban, Founder Ingenex Digital Marketing, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehraban/ - Ken Wachsberger, The Book Coach, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenwachsberger/ - Penny Rosema, Founder 2 Views International, https://www.linkedin.com/in/pennyrosema/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] The ongoing saga of the apples [3:15] Dealing with the accidental situation [4:20] Don’t put them on the defensive [8:50] When you expect to sit next to your competition [9:20] Developing an opportunity mindset/Best practices [12:05] Nonthreatening topics of conversation More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/
14:18
December 13, 2021
Networking at the Business Holiday Party
As the old Andy Williams song goes “It’s that time of year…” when we all come together to network and be a little more social. We enjoy the food and sometimes spirits and, in general, enjoy the lighter side of networking. We need to be careful, though, because there are pitfalls waiting to ensnare the unwary. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss best practices when dealing with the end of year events that seem to go with every networking group. Mentioned: - Terry Brennan, Gym on the Park, https://www.facebook.com/thegymonthepark Groups Mentioned: - Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, https://a2ychamber.org/ - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, https://www.rockyriverchamber.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] Why Debby doesn’t feel retired [2:12] Remember: It’s Business/Social [3:00] Set your goals [3:40] Opportunity to meet others you wouldn’t meet [8:20] Prepare conversational questions [10:05] Breaking into a group [13:20] What do you talk about? [14:10] Thank the host More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:41
December 06, 2021
Secrets to Successful Networking at the Business Expo
Staffing your booth at the Business Expo can be a venue for success, or a monumental waste of time, depending on how you approach it. Listen as Debby and Greg discuss their recent experiences at the Maumee Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Expo. Learn the behaviors they witnessed that could lead to or limit the vendor’s success at the event. Also Mentioned: - Kristin Meyer, Executive Director at Maumee Chamber Of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-meyer-9125a2164/ - Colleen Tankoos, Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-tankoos/ - Kristina Inclan, Insurance Specialist at Gwen Mitchell State Farm, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristina-inclan-86875728/ - Steve Bills, Managing Member/Owner at TeleMeMD LLC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-bills-md-80948748/ Resources: - 21-21-21 Networking Training, https://connextnation.com/212121 Groups Mentioned: - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/company/maumee-chamber-of-commerce/about/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] Prepping for Thanksgiving at Grandma Debby’s [2:35] It’s a conversation, not a sale [4:05] Setting up your booth for multiple levels of connection [5:35] Positioning yourself for success [8:45] It’s still about them, not you [11:55] Know with whom you want to connect [15:05] The fish bowl isn’t the be-all end-all [18:17] Don’t sell to the vendor [88:88] Tell Greg that you actually read this far (gpeters@thereluctantnetworker.com) More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
20:06
November 29, 2021
Choosing a Referral Group
Becoming a member of a Referral Passing group can be a huge payoff to your networking efforts… Or it could be a giant waste of time. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss the benefits of these types of groups and the process you should follow to maximize your chances of success. Resources: - 52 Connection Tips, http://52ConnectionTips.com Groups Mentioned: - Business Network International (BNI) - https://www.bni.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] All hail the Apple Princess! [3:30] Know your target market [5:15] Is it the right type of group? [8:05] Meet with a member or one of the leadership [10:50] Visit and talk [13:35] Visit a second time [14:10] Other considerations: Time and budget [18:10] Other requirements you might experience More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
25:49
November 22, 2021
Barry VanHoozen, networking to success in business and politics
What happens when you lose in your first election to public office? Do you quit? Or do you decide that you need to make better connections in your community and try again? Join us as we interview Barry VanHoozen and learn how he combines a legacy of service, friendships from over the years, and a simple piece of advice from his daughter into success in business and politics. Resources: - Dale Carnegie, https://www.dalecarnegie.com/en - Lancers - Zenobia Shriners, https://fb.watch/9hDb-qkByA/ - Contact email: barry@barryvanhoozen.com - Website: https://barryvanhoozen.com/ Groups Mentioned: - Business Networking International (BNI), https://www.bni.com/ - CN Community, https://connextnation.com Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [1:20] Welcoming half of the power couple “HallieBarry” [2:40] Legacy of service [7:30] Upside/Downside of politics, networking, and business [9:05] Networking from scratch and joining for success [11:45] Tip #1: Be purposeful and strategic [13:10] Tip #2: Pay attention to names [15:62] Tell Greg you saw this Easter Egg (gpeters@thereluctantnetworker.com) [14:10] Tip #3: Don’t hang out with those you know [17:55] Driving little red cars, just for fun! [19:05] There’s a group for everything [23:20] Live with integrity and pick up the baton More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
29:01
November 15, 2021
Dealing with the Business Card Deck Dealer
If you’ve ever attended a networking event, whether a Chamber lunch, Association conference, or social after hours, you’ve likely met this person. They are the Deck Dealer. Their sole goal, it seems, is to rid themselves of as many of their own business cards as possible. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss why this process doesn’t work and how you can deal with them. Mentioned: - Louise Kahle - Liz Manning, Realtor at Howard Hanna, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizmanning/ Resources: - Connext Nation Mini Networking Course, https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ - Referral Pursuit 10-Week training, Groups Mentioned: - Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/company/rockyrivercc/ - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/company/maumee-chamber-of-commerce/about/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:45] Why is Debby doing laundry in the middle of the week? [2:30] Deck Dealer #1: Handing out the deck to every seat [8:15] Deck Dealer #2: Handing out multiple cards [10:30] Networking has evolved [88:88] An Easter Egg! Tell Greg you saw it! [12:30] Deck Dealer #3: Forcing one or more cards on everyone you meet More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
18:31
November 08, 2021
The most basic skill that great networkers master
The underlying activity in any great networking practice is the art of making introductions. If you aren’t connecting new people to your network, then you probably aren’t networking. Join Debby and Greg as they discuss the three different types of introductions and how to navigate each one. Mentioned: - Tim Householder, Owner, Timothy Wells Photography, https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-householder-a854671a/ - Kimber Householder, SaaS implementation champion, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimber-h-231914/ - Kristin Meyer, Executive Director at Maumee Chamber Of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-meyer-9125a2164/ - Trace Meyer, Park Management Specialist Corp, https://www.linkedin.com/in/trace-meyer-701a0b7b/ - Chris Kapelski, Digital Marketer & Brand Strategist at Interactive Design Solutions, https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-kapelski/ - Nina Corder, Women of Toledo, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ninacorder/ - Breeda Miller, Breeda Miller Speaking, https://www.linkedin.com/in/breedamiller/ - Rick Adkins, Oasis Senior Advisors, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickadkins/ Resources: - ART Scale, https://anchor.fm/3rdgennetworking/episodes/Are-You-Overstepping-the-3-or-5-Levels-of-a-Networking-Relationship-epcmj4 - “Tell Me Exactly What to Say”, https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998876828/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_1YMDFM4MH2XYVBVA3EJ2 Groups Mentioned: - National Speaker Association, Michigan Chapter, https://www.nsamichigan.com/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] Debby’s “Retirement” [2:10] You are the host of the introduction [4:00] In-Person introductions – the most powerful introduction [88:88] Are you reading these timestamps? [10:25] 3-way Zoom call [12:00] Email introductions [14:38] Greg has a template [17:40] The protocols of an introduction [19:28] Introductions at a networking event More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
24:56
November 01, 2021
Liz Manning, Going one step further for networking success
Our guest this week is currently a successful realtor in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Rocky River Chamber. Prior to that she martialed the people she knew to uncover and land an amazing job in the Chicago area. What does that all have in common? Networking, of course! Join Greg and Debby as they chat with Liz Manning on the secrets to her success in so many areas. Mentioned in this episode: - Casey Ryan, husband and bungee cord expert at Lowe’s - Sue Hustek, Manager at Howard Hanna, https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-hustek-a5815821/ - Gail Liggett, V.P. Commercial Banking at FirstMerit Bank, N.A., https://www.linkedin.com/in/gail-liggett-3136901/ - Emily McManamon, Account Manager, Service & Marketing at Erieview Title Agency, LLC, https://www.linkedin.com/in/%E2%9A%93%EF%B8%8Femily-mcmanamon-b9060129/ - Jan Slawson - Tom O’Dougherty Resources: - Cobblestone Cottage, https://www.canandaiguacobblestonecottage.com/ - Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LizManningPlanning - Real estate app, http://app.howardhanna.com/HHRELIZMANNING - Email: lizmanning@howardhanna.com - Website: https://lizmanning.howardhanna.com - Phone: 440-715-0888 - “Talk Less. Say More” by Connie Dieken, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RTINEC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_Q4PP5W99VDS6TAFYZ04K Groups Mentioned: - Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, https://www.rockyriverchamber.com/ - Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, https://www.lakewoodchamber.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] Yes, Debby still has apples [3:40] Bungee cords and networking [5:30] Family and friends of friends lead to success [7:50] Your inner circle can lead to referrals [11:40] Tip #1: Networking takes time [13:20] Tip #2: Be a good listener [14:45] Tip #3: Keep in touch [16:50] Tip #4: Networking is a two-way street [20:10] How many networking groups should you belong to? [23:00] Check out the real estate app [27:50] PMOC More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
33:45
October 25, 2021
Robbie Samuels, Networking to Create Something Wonderful
Robbie Samuels is a multi-passionate entrepreneur or what some would call a “multi-hyphenate.” In his case, this means he's a professional speaker – business growth strategy coach – virtual event design consultant – executive Zoom producer – emcee – podcast host – author – and virtual presentation skills trainer. He has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Inc, and as an “industry expert in the field of digital event design” by JDC Events. Join Greg as he chats with Robbie about his upcoming book and how to achieve great things through the strength of your network, not your mailing list. Resources: - Book launch team, http://www.robbiesamuels.com/booklaunch - “Finish” Jon Acuff, https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B01N4VVT1Z&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_SP0PN0X8E60A31T0FAY9 - No More Bad Zoom Happy Hour, http://www.nomorebadzoom.com/ - Social Media:  www.linkedin.com/in/robbiesamuels  www.twitter.com/robbiesamuels Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [3:30] Peer mastermind can push you to greatness [5:05] Shifting your business again and again [6:22] That target market thing that Debby is always talking about [7:58] First get your mind in the right place [9:00] It’s not just for authors [11:00] How do you use your network to develop your project? [14:25] It’s all about business development (that’s networking) [16:00] It’s not a newsletter. It’s a letter from a friend. [18:42] How to build the launch team [22:50] Small “p” problems and big “P” Problems [31:17] Avoid the noble obstacles More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
35:33
October 18, 2021
Andrew Stainbrook, simple tips for success and cybersecurity
Our good friend Andrew Stainbrook stopped by our virtual studio to chat with Debby and Greg. He tells us how a failed aptitude test led to his success as a business owner. He gave us a few tips that have served him well as he built his business and one very important tactic on how to keep your data safe. We also talk about the thrills of board games and mountain biking. Yes, he’s that kind of computer nerd. Also Mentioned: - Jason Conklin, Owner at J.Conklin Consulting and Take Command, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonsconklin/ - Ernie Lewis, E. A. Lewis Consulting, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ealewisconsulting/ Resources: - dotnet technologies, https://dntech-us.com/ - Darren Hardy, https://darrenhardy.com/ Groups Mentioned: - Connext Nation Community, https://connextnation.com - Fremont Rotary Club, https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1899 - Business Network International (BNI), https://bni.com/ - Third Generation Virtual Lunchtime, https://connextnation.com/lunch Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:52] How many bushels of apples? [5:14] Slight mistake makes for a memorable story [9:10] Tip: Have a plan for your networking and business [9:50] Tip: Trust the plan [10:37] Tip: Celebrate our success [17:17] Classic board games [21:30] Some cybersecurity advice More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
25:10
October 11, 2021
How to advance your career through networking
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Networking is more than just a means to get more business. It can also be a resource to help you grow in your personal and professional pursuits. Join Greg and Debby as they discuss how your web of connection can support you through mentoring, shifting careers, or even as you advance up the corporate ladder. Also Mentioned: - Parker Sherman, Communications Student at the University of Michigan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/parker-sherman-53068b205/ - Megan Dufresne, Visual Designer at The Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-dufresne/ - Maya Williams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/mmw1993/ - Arlene Gerig, RE/MAX Preferred Associates, https://www.linkedin.com/in/arlenegerig/ - Krisi Vadnais, Life Coach/Hypnotherapist, https://www.linkedin.com/in/krisi-vadnais-54755a36/ - Kerri Brimmer, Brimming Design, https://www.linkedin.com/in/kerri-brimmer-98467418/ - Glenna Salsbury, Hall of Fame Speaker, http://www.glennasalsbury.com/ Resources: - Bowling Green State University, https://www.bgsu.edu/ - 21-21-21 Networking Training, https://connextnation.com/212121 Groups Mentioned: Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [2:30] Mentoring: Reach out to those who are successful [4:00] It’s OK to not know everything [6:45] Help to shift careers [9:40] Networking within the corporation [13:25] Reach out to the ones you think will never take your call More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
17:54
October 04, 2021
Gayla Scrivener, How to Leverage Your Time and Amplify Your Message
Gayla Scrivener joins Debby and Greg to talk about building the business she wanted to support the lifestyle she chose. She shares how her first big networking experience forged the path for her business and talks about the challenge of having great SEO for the wrong reasons. Resources: - Scrivener Solutions, https://scrivenersolutions.com/ - Gayla Scrivener Show, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-gayla-scrivener-show/id1282788077 - Third Generation Virtual Lunchtime, https://connextnation.com/lunch - ScreenCast-o-matic, https://screencast-o-matic.com/ - Camtasia, https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:35] How many vats of apple sauce? [2:45] The challenges of good SEO placement [6:45] The plan doesn’t do any good sitting on the shelf [10:45] Networking into Entrepreneurship [18:20] Tip: Don’t hide behind the computer screen [19:30] Tip: Record what you do [23:10] Creating a business to support your lifestyle More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
31:38
September 27, 2021
The Before, During, and After of the Networking Event
For many of us, it’s been a while since we’ve gone to a networking event in person. It’s just possible that we’ve forgotten some of the tricks and techniques that once served us so well. Join Debby and Greg as they review some of the simple things we can do, before, during, and after, in order to have a more successful networking experience when we suddenly find ourselves once again face-to-face. Groups Mentioned: - Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, https://www.rockyriverchamber.com/ - Maumee Chamber of Commerce, https://maumeechamber.com/ - Leadership Toledo, https://leadershiptoledo.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [0:30] Conversation fails us because the dog tries to help [2:15] Before: Make sure your materials are prepared [3:30] Before: Check in with the organizer for changes [5:24] Before: Prepare your networking toolkit [7:30] Before: Is your business card still current [9:00] Before: Adjust your goals to the event and to your current skill level [10:00] Before: Get there early [12:30] During: Depending on the event choose your table and tablemates [14:15] During: Offer to help [15:20] During: Do what the organizer says [16:20] After: Follow-up on your goals and promises [18:18] After: Rate yourself, your behavior, and the event More Information: If you'd like more information about our virtual training programs, go to: https://www.connextnation.com/mini-course/ "Porch Swing Days - faster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
20:26
September 20, 2021
Penny Rosema: Negotiating is just another way to connect
Join Greg and Debby as they welcome special guest Penny Rosema. Penny combines business and technical savvy with experience to show others how they can get more of what they want in any negotiation. She helped us see that negotiations have more in common with networking than you might think. Listen as she tells us one of the most important things you should negotiate for when you are looking for a new job. Mentioned: - Ann LoParo, Annie’s Signature Sweets, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-loparo-092b08131/ - Jeff Langenderfer, Vice President at Buckeye State Bank, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefflangenderfer/ - Linda Peterson, Virtual Career & Life Coach, https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindakpeterson/ Resources: - Two Views International, https://www.pennyrosema.com/2-views-international/ - Email: penny@pennyrosema.com - Resources: http://pennyrosema.com/Resources - Third Generation Virtual Lunchtime, https://connextnation.com/lunch - Pickleball, https://usapickleball.org/ Groups Mentioned: - Cookware Manufacturers Association, https://cookware.org/ - Michigan Society of Association Executives, https://www.msae.org/home - National Speakers Association, https://nsaspeaker.org/ - Toastmasters International, https://www.toastmasters.org/ - InForum, https://inforummichigan.org/ Comments: https://www.facebook.com/TheReluctantNetworker/ https://www.facebook.com/connextnation/ Listen for: [1:30] When you are the unluckiest member of your family [8:00] The competitor isn’t necessarily an enemy [10:20] Nurture your network before you need them [14:00] Negotiating works better with collaboration [16:20] Networking can be internal [17:50] Connect with your association [20:30] Ask questions and be interested [21:00] Negotiating tactic for training or association members