Event Roundup November 2016

Prize Donor

Thank you to the folks that contributed our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize donor receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. They also get mentioned here in our monthly roundup post.

Prize Winners

Congratulations to the folks that won our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group.

SSNPG Lanyard Prize Winners

Congratulations to those who won our monthly SSNPG Lanyard prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. We hand out a few SSNPG Lanyards each month with a business card holder so you can ware it as a name tag while you network. Those who ware it get a ticket for a special drawing just for them. Don’t have one, ask us about it at our next event.

Event Round Up October 2016

Prize Donor

Thank you to the folks that contributed our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize donor receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. They also get mentioned here in our monthly roundup post.

Prize Winners

Congratulations to the folks that won our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group.

SSNPG Lanyard Prize Winners

Congratulations to those who won our monthly SSNPG Lanyard prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. We hand out a few SSNPG Lanyards each month with a business card holder so you can ware it as a name tag while you network. Those who ware it get a ticket for a special drawing just for them. Don’t have one, ask us about it at our next event.

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How to Work Less and Get More Done

Doesn’t it seem there aren’t enough hours in the day to get your work done? Do you find yourself working harder and accomplishing less? Well, you’re not alone.

A survey by Salary.com found that the average employee wastes two hours of each workday, not counting scheduled breaks or lunch. There are so many distractions today, namely our cellphones. We’re often checking email, texts and the internet. What may seem like an occasional glance quickly adds up to wasted time during the workday.

There’s a saying, “Work smarter, not harder.” There are ways to get the job done without having to work longer or harder. Here are some tips to help you work smarter:

Turn off social media – If you’re not using Twitter or Facebook for work, wait until you get home to engage it, suggests Forbes. You’ll be surprised how much time you save by not scrolling through dozens of posts and tweets. If you are using email or social media for work, check it a few times during the day instead of very few minutes.

Make a List – Having a to-do list will eliminate that wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the night panic that you forgot to do an important task during the day. Make a list that can be realistically accomplished.

Delegate – Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to co-workers. Just make sure you delegate the right task to the right person.

Do Less – Carefully choose your projects and tasks. Don’t take on more than you can handle – you know your limits. Focus on one goal at a time.

Clear Your Mind – Forbes recommends taking a short break away from your desk several times a day. Go for a short walk or just step away from the computer for a few minutes. A fresh, clear mind does wonders to keep you focused and improve productivity.

Streamline – Try to reduce tasks such as the number or the length of meetings and how many times you check your business email. A few minutes saved here and there adds up.

Improving productivity goes beyond the office. Try to keep your workweek to 40 hours and enjoy the weekend. A study by Stanford University found that productivity declines sharply if the workweek exceeds 50 hours. Those who work a 70-hour week have the same productivity as those who worked 55 hours, according to the study.

Entrepreneur suggests these tips for a better weekend to help you relax and recharge:
Disconnect – Remove yourself from your job between Friday night and Monday morning. Forget about checking work emails or taking work-related calls.

Exercise – Just 10-minutes of exercise helps release the neurotransmitter, GABA, that reduces stress. Walk, run, work in the garden are al; great stress relievers. Get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air.

Enjoy your family – Spend times with the kids and your spouse. Go on a family trip or out to dinner.

Don’t sleep late – It may be tempting to sleep-in weekend mornings but studies show that waking up at the same time each day keeps your circadian rhythm – your internal body clock – in check.

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Event Round Up September 2016

Prize Donor

Thank you to the folks that contributed our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize donor receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. They also get mentioned here in our monthly roundup post.

Andy Parker  Melaleuca    508-985-3746

Julio Capo   ServPro of Weymouth  781-337-0344

Deborah  Zola  Viridian  617-680-8627

Adele Enos   TD Enterprises  508-930-3722

Chris Fleser  Liberty Bay Credit Union  617-875-1282

Prize Winners

Congratulations to the folks that won our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group.

 

SSNPG Lanyard Prize Winners

Congratulations to those who won our monthly SSNPG Lanyard prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. We hand out a few SSNPG Lanyards each month with a business card holder so you can ware it as a name tag while you network. Those who ware it get a ticket for a special drawing just for them. Don’t have one, ask us about it at our next event.

 

7 Tips for Networking

7 Tips for Networking

Networking goes hand in hand with running a successful business.

But many of us dread walking into a room and introducing ourselves to a bunch of strangers.

I’ve been asked to share my best networking tips at a meeting today of the National Association of Women Business Owners in Philadelphia. Here are the most valuable tips I’ve come across – and put to work myself – over the years:

1. Resist the urge to arrive late. It’s almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you’ll notice that it’s calmer and quieter – and people won’t have settled into groups yet. It’s easier to find other people who don’t have conversation partners yet.

2. Ask easy questions. Don’t wait around the edges of the room, waiting for someone to approach you. To get the conversation started, simply walk up to a person or a group, and say, “May I join you” or “What brings you to this event?” Don’t forget to listen intently to their replies. If you’re not a natural extrovert, you’re probably a very good listener – and listening can be an excellent way to get to know a person.

3. Ditch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building. Keep your exchange fun, light and informal – you don’t need to do the hard sell within minutes of meeting a person. The idea is to get the conversation started. People are more apt to do business with – or partner with – people whose company they enjoy.

If a potential customer does ask you about your product or service, be ready with an easy description of your company. Before the event, create a mental list of recent accomplishments, such as a new client you’ve landed or project you’ve completed. That way, you can easily pull an item off that list and into the conversation.

4. Share your passion. Win people over with your enthusiasm for your product or service. Leave a lasting impression by telling a story about why you were inspired to create your company. Talking about what you enjoy is often contagious, too. When you get other people to share their passion, it creates a memorable two-way conversation.

5. Smile. It’s a simple – but often overlooked – rule of engagement. By smiling, you’ll put your nervous self at ease, and you’ll also come across as warm and inviting to others. Remember to smile before you enter the room, or before you start your next conversation. And if you’re really dreading the event? Check the negative attitude at the door.

6. Don’t hijack the conversation. Some people who dislike networking may overcompensate by commandeering the discussion. Don’t forget: The most successful networkers (think of those you’ve met) are good at making other people feel special. Look people in the eye, repeat their name, listen to what they have to say, and suggest topics that are easy to discuss. Be a conversationalist, not a talker.

7. Remember to follow up. It’s often said that networking is where the conversation begins, not ends. If you’ve had a great exchange, ask your conversation partner the best way to stay in touch. Some people like email or phone; others prefer social networks like LinkedIn. Get in touch within 48 hours of the event to show you’re interested and available, and reference something you discussed, so your contact remembers you.

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Event Round Up August 2016

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10 Easy Steps to Get More Customers with Networking

by Kevin Stirtz

If you go to networking functions with the idea that you have to sell yourself, you’re doing it wrong.

Networking is about meeting others and building relationships. Here are ten steps to get the most from your networking.

Networking is a great way to meet people in a “non-selling” setting. So, don’t sell. Meet and greet. Ask people about their businesses. Be friendly and relaxed. Enjoy yourself. Get to know people. Above all, do not sell.

If and when someone appears to meet your target criteria, ask for their business card. Then follow up with them later to see if there might be a fit.

Here are some ideas to help you get the most from your networking:

1. Set a time budget each week or month for your networking. Plan to attend a specific number of meetings or events at which you can network. Make sure your other tasks and responsibilities fit around these meetings. It’s best to balance networking with your other lead generating activities. This way you can measure the value of your networking leads against the time spent acquiring them.

2. Pick networking opportunities that put you face to face with people most likely to need what you offer. Or try to meet people who can connect you with people who need what you offer. Both are good prospects.

3. Understand why you’re there – to begin relationships – not to sell. Networking is the first step in a long dance. Don’t rush.

4. Don’t give your cards to everyone. Save your money and some trees. Hand out your card only to people who ask for it.

5. Ask people questions. Learn about them and their business. This is how you pre-qualify them. If they meet your target criteria ask for their card. If not, don’t.
6. Don’t sell yourself. It’s okay to tell people what you do. Give your “30 second commercial” but stop after that. You’re there to gather information and to meet people, not to sell.

7. People love people who are interested in them. Ask questions, listen and engage people. This is the fastest way to develop rapport with someone. It’s also the best way to determine quickly if they’re someone you should be doing business with.

8. Have fun, relax and enjoy yourself. People like being around people who are relaxed and having fun.

9. Don’t corner people and don’t get cornered. Manage your time and conversation so you can meet enough people to justify your time spent networking.

10. Offer referrals. The best way to begin a relationship is by giving someone something – like a referral. It doesn’t cost you anything. If they’re the kind of person you want to do business with, they’ll reciprocate and a valuable, long-tem business relationship could develop.

Networking is a time-honored way of developing business relationships. It can be done in networking groups or clubs. It can be done through Chambers of Commerce. It can be done anywhere you meet people. If you are active in your community or industry, you can easily network. Some people “network” while shopping for groceries!

It all depends on your attitude and your focus. The more people you meet who might need your product or service, the more potential customers you can have.

Article originally published here.

Kevin Stirtz has developed a unique concept called “Blow Up Your Business.” He speaks to groups of professionals and business owners who want to attract more customers and put more money in their pocket. Kevin can be reached at http://www.KevinStirtz.com.

May Event Round Up 2016

Prize Donor

Thank you to the folks that contributed our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize donor receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. They also get mentioned here in our monthly roundup post.

Anson Courtright   781-826-8400   2courtright@comcast.net

Connie Spicuzza  617-686-9043  connie.spicuzza@nemoves.com

Helen Harlow  508-230-8441  helenmk1@gmail.com

Matthew Metsch  908-812-8484  mmetsch@maestateplanninglawyers.com

Karen Rich  781-626-1745  karen.rich@benchmark.us

Christopher Fleser 617-875-1282  cfleser@libertybaycu.org

Prize Winners

Congratulations to the folks that won our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group.

Meghan O’Hare  508-846-6277  meghan@paydenandcompany.com

Eric Clay  508-685-6715  eclay@embracehomeloans.com

Rob Peters  617-697-8828  robert.b.peters@live.com

Susan Howard  508-361-9421  susanhoward15@gmail.com

Tim Ehlers  781-206-6788  tim.ehlers@cwmofnewengland.com

Mike Halloran  781-248-6954  mike@performanceppp.com

Brett Barker  781-812-7062  brettb@oasisshowerdoors.com

Jennifer Savage  781-334-0020  jsavagelmt@gmail.com

Lois Wood  781-934-9070  lois@lwcreative.com

Caty Starr  617-719-0981  cstarr@jackcomway.com

John Moran  857-500-2158  jmoran@cambridgesavings.com

SSNPG Lanyard Prize Winners

Congratulations to those who won our monthly SSNPG Lanyard prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. We hand out a few SSNPG Lanyards each month with a business card holder so you can ware it as a name tag while you network. Those who ware it get a ticket for a special drawing just for them. Don’t have one, ask us about it at our next event.

Andy Parker  508-985-3746  andyparker8@comcast.net

 

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Networking For Qualified Referrals

The Benefits Of Networking And Building Professional Relationships For Qualified Referrals

Networking has gained popularity in recent years. The benefits of networking include growing contacts, gaining new clients and building long term professional relationships. Every business owner should join a networking group or get involved with networking activities. Networking isn’t about selling. It’s about building long term relationships.

Referral business is the best business. There is nothing better for business than a repeat customer or client.  Building professional relationships for qualified referrals is second to none as a way to build a business. It sends the message that you and your business are trustworthy and on the move.

According to author Larry James and writer Kim Baird of Amazing Business, the benefits of networking include:

Getting connected – The old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been truer. Building a base of connections creates a source of contacts that can help your business. Networking is all about building a network of connections and those connections have people that can also be tapped. Having an interconnected network of like minds opens up the door to a broad source of information.

New ideas – A network offers a source of connections with new ideas and perspectives for your business. It’s a great way to exchange ideas and keep up on the latest trends in your industry or line of business. Being a part of the network puts you in line as a knowledgeable contact that can offer help to others. This can help build your reputation within your circle of contacts as well as in your business line.

Being noticed – Networking raises your business profile. By regularly attending networking events gets you noticed. Your name and face will be the first to pop in your peers’ heads when they need what you offer. There is nothing better than a familiar face when it comes to business dealings.

Qualified referrals – These are people that have been vetted by the person making the referral. A qualified referral has the need for your service or product. The best referrals are generally from people within your network: people referring you to others and vice versa. By building a strong relationship with each person in your network earns their trust for referrals. Don’t be afraid to let people know the type of referral you are looking for-it’s best to have someone on board that will be of mutual benefit. Always keep in mind that referrals are earned by reputation. A person’s reputation is put on the line with each referral. Also, remember, it is better to give then to receive. By giving referrals can increase your value to others in your network. The more referrals you give, the more you will get.

Networking opens up a host of new opportunities for your business such as partnerships, joint ventures and client leads. Often times referrals and leads turn into clients. Nothing beats a base of contacts that can be at the ready to help you. You may be surprised at what new business opportunities await through networking.

 

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Metro Annex Interactive

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Event Round Up April 2016

Prize Donor

Thank you to the folks that contributed our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize donor receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. They also get mentioned here in our monthly roundup post.

Prize Winners

Congratulations to the folks that won our monthly door prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group.

SSNPG Lanyard Prize Winners

Congratulations to those who won our monthly SSNPG Lanyard prize give-a-way. Every prize winner receives an opportunity to speak for a few minutes about their business or profession to the group. We hand out a few SSNPG Lanyards each month with a business card holder so you can ware it as a name tag while you network. Those who ware it get a ticket for a special drawing just for them. Don’t have one, ask us about it at our next event.