Despite excellent quality and value, so many meetups are now focused on “drive-by” presentations of as little as ten minutes. For some reason, people find that attractive. It may be attractive online – just “like” and “follow” and you think you’ve done the work – but real success requires more. Success is that place in life where preparation and opportunity meet. [my emphasis] We’ve long prided ourselves on professional, productive meetings in a very relaxed, personable atmosphere. So, why the limited numbers for Meetup attendance?
The video that follows may explain a bit of our dilemma in driving up numbers of attendees. I did a YouTube search for “old school corporate business” and “Why I do business old school” came up number one.
The points Andrew Henderson, the video presenter, makes are worthwhile for those who are “wannapreneurs”:
Rule #1 – Sales Matter
It takes more than a minute, or ten minutes, to master sales. Both of our Meetups this Friday address aspects of sales and follow-up in-depth. Our February 28, 2020 Lunch & Learn presenter, an engineer who sells, discusses “How to Advance Stalled Sales” Seats still available.
I’m not blaming lower than expected attendance on millennials. Rather, on the digital equivalent of “drive-by” networking, a “swipe-right” involvement level. I encourage everyone to “do the work.” Ninety percent of success is showing up. Come join us!
BTW, #2 in my YouTube search for “old school corporate business vs. millennial mindset” was this TEDx Talk – lest I be called on to apologize to millennials, this is a great rejoinder to the video post above. My wife and I have four millennial adult children, and I believe all of them have life – work and play – figured out better than I did at their ages.
Practical Networking & True Relationship-Building for 21st Century Businesses
by Maggie Mongan & Tamara Burkett
Practical Networking and Relationship Building are essential parts of your business development activities. These activities look different than they did 10 years ago. Time to learn how to create business relationships to improve your business’s success rate.
During our time together Maggie will:
– Define how networking and relationship-building are different activities and what to focus on during each one.
– Phrases to create unique and memorable conversations.
– Reveal and correct the #1 Networking Myth.
– The 2 things to do with everyone you meet.
– Tips for better networking conversations and follow-ups.
Next, Tamara will discuss the power of a 21st century tool to boost your networking and relationship building activities:
– Most of us know the value of CRM and might even have one, but most of us lack the discipline of using our CRM. The two main barriers are data entry and developing a follow up process. During our time together, I will explain:
– How to quickly enter contact info after networking. I’ll include a strategy for prioritizing contacts and identifying relationships roles.
– How to stay memorable. Identifying reasons to reach out to add value to others.
MEET OUR EXPERTS: Maggie Mongan & Tamara Burkett
Maggie Mongan and Tamara Burkett, Presenters of Practical Networking and Relationship Building
Maggie Mongan, is a tenured Master Business Coach and 3-time #1 Bestselling Business Author, who serves Entrepreneurs and the Small Business Sector to simplify their success. With over 30 years of leadership and management, she is a trusted guide to her clients. Maggie is recognized as a Small Business Success Influencer.
Tamara Burkett is a Customer Loyalty Architect and #1 Bestselling Business Author, who trains professionals who are committed to building strong business relationships. Tamara helps them find the right system to manage relationships and simplify their follow-ups and improve their productivity levels and profitability.
Come Join Us!***
Details and RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/267796738/
Click on the “I’m going box” to register now. You’ll reserve your seat to network with other authentic relationship builders. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures to share! Better yet, join our morning session – Fast Pitch Networking – as well! (Separate registrations for the Special Morning Session and the Lunch & Learn.)
*** ITINERARY Friday, Jan 31, 2020 ***
11:00 MEET & GREET
Registration & Open Networking for Lunch & Learn begins
12:00 (Noon) – All-You-Can-Eat Pizza & Salad!
Network with great Business Owners and build strong
relationships at your table while Lunching.
12:25 to 12:31 – Break (Get seconds, dessert, etc.)
12:32 – Keith’s Minute
12:34 – Speaker Introductions
12:35 – Speaker Presentation: Maggie Mongan & Tamara Burkett
1:25 – Prize Drawings
1:30 – End… or stick around to build true relationships!
This panel of experts knows you need to transform your business into a Smart Business to succeed. The future isn’t when we do this. The time is now. Now is the time to begin your preparations and transitions. If you do, will you be preparing your business to accelerate at the same pace of technological advancements – or at least be able to keep up with advancements.
The panelist will reveal little-known insights to create a Smart Business for the 2020s and answer attendees questions about tech and AI for business advancement. This will be insightful and FUN! It’s time to make the 2020s roar – in 21st century style. This is a special event where the panelist will field your questions.
Panelists invite you to bring your questions… Wisconsin Business Owners invites you to pass the word and bring a guest!
Smart Business Panelists (each previously presented very well for us):
– Kerrie Hoffman, Digital Business Transformation & Human Potential Expert, and #1 Bestselling Business Author
– Nick Myer, Voice-First Technology Innovator & AI Futurist, and TEDx Speaker (Hint: See Nick Myers TEDx talk for a taste of the future that is already here)
– Dave Rebro, Technology Therapist & Productivity Results Coach, and #1 Bestselling Business Author
Panel Moderator: Keith Klein Event MC: Tamara Burkett
Do you have a strong, consistent brand that is attracting new customers?
Are you in love with your branding and are proud to show it off to any new prospect and your audience?
Let’s pretend your business is a person. Does your current branding reflect your business’ personality?
Branding can rise or ruin any business. Regardless if you offer a service or a product, work remote or at an office, been in the game for decades or a start-up; branding is important for every business owner.
From my past and current experiences in corporate and entrepreneurship, I will guide you to create a strong, consistent brand that not only you will fall in love with but can use to attract new customers and grow your business.
We all have ups and downs in entrepreneurship. It is important to take a step back and look at the fundamentals of our own business. During this presentation, we will dive deep beyond the pretty, stylistic elements and get into the nuts and bolts of branding. All attendees will be provided with their very own Plan Your Brand Checklist during the presentation.
If you are interested in attracting new customers and growing your business, then join us to learn how to create a strong, consistent brand.
MEET OUR EXPERT: ASHLEY SEBAALY
Ashley is the owner of Snap Happy Pics, LLC, a Full-Service Branding Agency that helps small business owners strengthen their brands to attract more customers with commercial photography and graphic design. After losing her corporate job during the recession, Ashley started an online vintage clothing boutique that sold beautiful garments to over 20 countries. Later she opened a brick and mortar photography studio for high-end children portraiture. Ashley has had years of experience under her belt of the highs and lows of entrepreneurship and understands the importance of branding and how it can sink or rise a business. Ashley has a B.A. from Loyola University in Communications and currently lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
ASHLEY SEBAALY’S CONTACT INFORMATION:
Direct Dial: (262)[masked]
N14 W24130 Tower Place Pewaukee, WI 53072
We’ll normally be using the Anglers room, a private room with seating for sixty. Another room is available with seating for 120 if needed.
The food is great, and our menus will be similar to the all-you-can eat buffets we’ve enjoyed for over fifteen years at the Best Western Midway. Our new venue is a few exits west on I-94, then turn right (north) on Pewaukee Road, and then left at the first stop light, Tower Place. Click for Directions.
Our morning workshop (with coffee bar) and Lunch & Learn pricing remains the same.
We’re very impressed with the relaxed, yet professional environment, and with the staff’s eagerness to please. If you’re looking for a place for your event, we recommend you contact Laura Michel at 262-523-4244 to learn more.
We’ll be announcing our Friday, September 27th events shortly.
You may want to set aside October time for Wisconsin Business Owners events at Thunder Bay Grille on the following dates as well:
Friday, October 25th Double Header
Friday, December 6th (We combine the last Friday of November and December into the first Friday in December because of the holidays) Double Header
Friday, January 31st Four presentations!
Friday, February 28th TBD
Friday, March 27th TBD
Friday, April 24th TBD
Friday, May 29th ?? TBD
Bring your appetite (for food, networking and learning) and plenty of business cards to Wisconsin Business Owners events at Thunder Bay Grille.
Wisconsin Business Owners Summer Lullaby at Waukesha Friday Night Live! .
This Friday night social event brings our Summer hiatus to an end. Come join us Friday evening and enjoy building relationships in an outstanding social setting! Learn about our plans for September into Spring, including our new venue!
Picture of lit street in the evening for Friday night live.
Food, family, music, good cheer and more…
Waukesha Friday Night Live Rocks!
Park anywhere nearby, there’s plenty of public (free) parking, including municipal lots and banks and such. Park in a lot before the actual event – Main Street is closed to traffic for a good half a mile.
Please remember to RSVP (FREE!) Bring a guest, too! Including a 4-legged guest. Dogs are welcome! I plan to bring my baby, Sadie!
Waukesha Friday Night Live Rocks!
We’ll meet you at “Bosco’s Social Club” at 7:00 pm. When you walk in, we’ll be in the back on your right, and walk through and you’ll find some of us on the patio. The place is dog friendly.
NO CHARGE! Bring an associate, bring a friend, or bring a date (hardly a better date night!)
You’re on your own for drinks and food. Waukesha Friday Night live offers plenty of places within a few doors to get an ice cream, gelato, hot dog or sub or do some upscale dining. Many, many watering holes to boot. At least 5 or 6 different stages of live music all over the place! More live music indoors at many establishments. Pottery and other artisans on the street. Good stuff! Free parking. More info at http://www.waukeshafridaynightlive.com