Create Stronger Networking Connections

Be Prepared to create stronger networking connections.  Be Prepared is not just the Boy Scout motto.  It’s the way to get the most out of your networking efforts.

Whether you aim to do personal or professional networking, Meetup.com is a great site for enlarging your network.   Here we’ll share a couple of tips to use at Meetup.com and other networking sites to help you make stronger networking connections.

Before you go to your networking event or Meetup, take a look at who else will be there.  At meetup, just click on their names and you’ll be taken to the profiles of attendees.  Make a list of two or three (or more) who you’d like to meet.  Have a question or two in mind for when you meet them.  Include “I noticed on your Member profile that your ideal prospect is “X” – can you tell me more about that?  Or, your profile says you’re also a Member of “X” groups; how do you like them?

The first time I shared this tip with a member of Wisconsin Business Owners, just before a Meetup, she was looking at the list of attendees online and exclaimed, “Welcome, Theresa” as the new member who’d registered walked through the door.  Theresa was pleasantly surprised to be so warmly greeted by name, and a light bulb clicked on for the member who greeted Theresa.  Both got off to a strong start for the day.

Of course, if you want to be recognized, do your profile with a picture of you.  This allows everyone to learn more about you and your business before and between meetups.  We have a 5-minute video for doing your Wisconsin Business Owners Meetup Member Profile at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/messages/boards/thread/49868680

A few of our Members, great advocates of helping others create stronger networking connections

Jamie Shibley
Wisconsin Business Owners sponsor, Jamie Shibley advocating for stronger business connections and stronger networking connectionsJamie is the owner of The Expressory.  See her video at her page here…a clear expression of the importance of a personal touch!

Stacy Kaat
Former Organizer and long-time member of Wisconsin Business Owners, Stacy helps people with pictures at Stacy Kaat Photography.

Bill Sargent
Long-time regular, Bill Sargent is also a photographer, specializing in natural light photography (among many other things!).  View portrait samples here.

There are a number of ways to create personalized, memorable and stronger networking connections.  Ninety percent of success is showing up.  Ninety percent of the remainder is your attitude once you show up!

5 ways to create stronger networking connections

From TED at Work:

In a tech-obsessed culture, it can be difficult to build genuine relationships with people, especially in the workplace. Robert Reffkin shares his tips and tricks for establishing authentic connections on the job.

Robert Reffkin is on a mission to help everyone find their place in the world.

Why you should listen

Robert Reffkin was inspired to enter the world of real estate by his mother, Ruth, a longtime agent who now proudly works at Compass, the real estate company Reffkin cofounded in 2012. After completing a bachelor’s at Columbia University in less than three years, Reffkin worked at McKinsey, Goldman Sachs and as a Fellow in the White House before returning to Columbia for his MBA. He ran 50 marathons in 50 states to raise $1 million dollars for charities — including for New York Needs You, the non-profit he founded to serve young people living below the poverty line who are the first in their families to go to college. Reffkin lives in Tribeca with his wife Benis and their three children.

Constructive Criticism Equals Straight Talk

Straight talk – constructive criticism – is welcome in the workplace and as a volunteer.  As a matter of giving back, I did some community service organization volunteering.  As my kids were growing up I did a fair share of volunteering.  For my kids, whether for Scouts, Basketball, Baseball, Football or family outings, I figured that volunteering was a way to force myself to do the things with my kids that I wanted to do anyhow.

Whether as an employer, or a volunteer, a pet peeve of mine is the person who says, “someone, they asked me not to say who, didn’t like “x”.”   The peeve is not with the messenger.  My automatic responses are generally 1) what do you think? and 2) tell them if they have a concern, they should share it with me.  I welcome constructive criticism.  The way to deal with concerns is to make them explicit, to examine them, and to find resolution.

That matter of fact approach isn’t cold.  It’s realistic.  Complaining to someone who is not in a position to change what you’re complaining about is just complaining.  Complaining to someone who is in a position to change what you’re complaining about – in as positive a manner as you can muster – is constructive criticism.  Complaining in hopes of  changing outcomes is the mature, thoughtful approach to take, in my opinion.

I was reminded of my pet peeve about (the lack of) constructive criticism when I saw the following TED for Work talk, The Secret to Giving Great Feedback.

 

From:  https://www.ted.com/talks/leeann_renninger_the_secret_to_giving_great_feedback

Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we’re still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renniger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.

As one of the Organizers of Wisconsin Business Owners, I welcome your constructive criticism.  Use our contact page or call me…preferably after you’ve viewed the video above.

Regards,
Keith Klein

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Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots, by Dr. Jim Bohn

Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots
Presented by Dr. Jim Bohn

Has anyone ever given you feedback that made you uncomfortable, but you knew they were right?

When we learn to drive, we discover a blind spot that can dramatically impact on our lives if we don’t pay attention. The same thing is true in management and leadership. Everyone has blind spots that have a serious impact on our effectiveness if we don’t pay attention to them.

Dr. Jim Bohn spent a long career working with leaders from all over the world, both in corporate settings and in nonprofit volunteer roles. During that time, he discovered common blind spots that impaired leadership effectiveness.

During this session, participants will review several blind spots that are common to many leaders and learn ways to overcome their blind spots.

If you are interested in improving your leadership effectiveness, attend this session to gain some very specific behaviors you can focus on to dramatically change your interactions with people.

MEET OUR “Overcoming Leadership Blindspots” EXPERT: DR. JIM BOHN

picture of Dr. Jim Bohn, presenter, Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots

Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots, by Dr. Jim Bohn

Dr. Jim Bohn is “The Blue-Collar Scholar”. Raised by a factory-working father and armed with a PhD, Dr. Bohn puts theory that works on the table and invites you to roll up your sleeves and go to work! He has organizational expertise and insight from decades of successfully leading leaders and business savvy derived from observing and evaluating the organizational behavior of multiple Fortune 500 organizations. Jim’s rare alloy of practice & theory is hard to find in today’s market, making him a much-appreciated advisor.

I want to share the experience and wisdom I have gained throughout the past four decades with businesses in the Southeast Wisconsin area. I earned my doctorate through 10 years of night school — a lesson in persistence! Having worked with hundreds of leaders and having led teams myself, I have gained a deep knowledge of effective leadership.

DR. JIM BOHN’S CONTACT INFORMATION:
info (at) proaxios (dot) com
651-302-1574

***Come Join Us!***
To RSVP for Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots, by Dr. Jim Bohn, go to https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/250247212/
and Click on the “I’m going box” to start your registration now.

You will be able to reserve your seat to network with other authentic relationship builders. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures to share!

***ITINERARY Friday, May 25, 2018***

11AM – MEET & GREET
OPEN NETWORKING BEFORE LUNCH
This is the start of the Lunch & Learn…
early arrival allows more open-networking time.

12:00 (Noon) – All-You-Can-Eat Buffet & Salad Bar!
Network with great Business Owners and build strong
relationships at your table while Lunching

12:30 to 12:37 – Break for seconds, then settle in…
12:37 – Keith’s Minute
12:40 – Speaker Introduction
12:45 – Speaker Presentation: Dr. Jim Bohn
1:15 – Prize Drawings
1:25 – End… or stick around to build relationships!

***SPEECHES MAY BE VIDEOTAPED or PHOTOGRAPHED***
Your attendance means you may be shown on tape…and you’re okay with that!

Regards,
Keith Klein
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
https://www.OnYourMark.com
262-820-8201

***Come Join Us!***
To RSVP for Overcoming Leadership Blind Spots, by Dr. Jim Bohn, go to https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/250247212/
and Click on the “I’m going box” to start your registration now.

Questions?  Suggestions?  Please Contact Us!

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