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, is a great site for enlarging your network.   Here we’ll share a couple of tips to use at 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

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.



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.

Keith Klein

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Generational Shift – What Does it Mean to Your Business? Oct 25 Morning Workshop

Generational Shift – What Does it Mean to Your Business?

By Brad Herda

Generational shift – we have all heard the news stories, media reports, and have our own experiences and biases for every generation. The issue is no matter what you think as a Business owner, the generational shift will impact you and your business.

It will not matter if you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a Small Business with no employees. The shift in the market will impact you. So, the question is what does this mean for your business?

In this interactive workshop we will look at the 6 generations in the workforce through your experiences. Work to create impactful understanding of each generations needs and desires through your words. We will then work to understand the dynamics of communication across the generations. If you have employees, 1099’s or strategic business partners, knowing how to better communicate across generations will be a critical component to your business’s success.

At the conclusion of our event we will have created an opportunity for looking at your employees and business partners in a different light. As an avid golfer the following is so true “A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” — Payne Stewart. We need to ensure we have the proper attitude for every generation we work with.

Generational Shift

Brad Herda, Presenting Generational Shift


Brad Herda is a Certified FocalPoint Business Coach and has spent his life learning how things work including people. He has over 200 hours of behavioral and communication training from Northwest Partners Inc. while with Bucyrus International. Brad has been required to build teams, develop suppliers, and be part of one of Caterpillar’s largest integrations after the acquisition of Bucyrus in 2011. At the root of all his success has been communication and being aware of other’s perspectives. He has been a FIRST Robotics Mentor at Sussex Hamilton for 8 years and has seen how communication has changed across generations firsthand. Communication is one of the foundational elements Brad works on his client with as it is foundational to an origination’s culture and setting up expectations and accountability.

Direct Dial: 414.852.4224
Email: Bherda (at) FocalPointCoaching (dot) com

Come Join Us!***
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!

***ITINERARY Friday, Oct 25, 2019***

9:00 Registration & Open Networking. Full Coffee Bar, including juice, water and bakery included
9:30 Presentation by Brad Herda
11:00 Open Networking for an hour, followed by our
Lunch & Learn at Noon:
Learn how the new tax laws impact Your Business
register separately at

Thanks to our Organizers & Sponsors:

Tamara Burkett

Ron Chandler

Maggie Mongan

Mark Mullarky

MIke Raber


Jamie Shibley

Dave Walter

Gerard I. “Jerry” Schritz  Paging Design, Telephone Systems, Consulting, Installation, Service & Repair

Frame Your Awesomeness with Jennifer Bartelt at

Your attendance means you accept being shown on tape +/or in photos.

Keith Klein
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners < Register & Create Your Free Profile today
Author, WebForging,
A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence
Phone: 262-853-7900

Come Join Us!***
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Lunch & Learn at Noon:
Learn how the new tax laws impact Your Business
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Diversity: It Isn’t Just for Big Business Anymore | Oct 26 Lunch & Learn

Diversity: It Isn’t Just for Big Business Anymore

By Susan McCuistion

– Are you confused by all the mythology around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) – myths like, “Diversity is only about non-majority people,” and “Diversity is a win/lose proposition”?

– Does your growing business suffer from “diversity debt”?

– Have you ever wondered, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

As a small business owner, if you think, “Diversity and inclusion don’t apply to me. It’s only for big businesses,” you’re wrong. The practice of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) applies to everything we do – from internal processes and procedures to interactions with clients to customer sales and interacting within our communities.

Navigating the complexities of D&I can be daunting. It’s easy to be afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, but avoiding D&I isn’t a solution. Businesses often “do diversity” because it’s the “right” thing. The truth is, it’s the only thing. When we look at diversity broadly – the influences, experiences, and education that create our unique perspectives in the world – it becomes obvious diversity is a part of every interaction we have. Not only do diversity and inclusion permeate every area of our lives, but both are essential to building a successful, thriving business.

If you’re interested in connecting to clients, customers and employees in a more meaningful way, then join us to learn how to begin building a more inclusive business culture.


Photo fo Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Susan MccuistionSusan McCuistion is a cultural practitioner and creator of Compassionate Diversity®, which integrates concepts from the fields of intercultural competence, emotional intelligence, leadership, neuroscience, and more into powerful tools for change. Compassionate Diversity® uses three interrelated concepts – Comprehension, Connection, and Compassion – to help build empathy and create an action plan for addressing the historic and systemic issues that are a part of our current world.

Susan offers 25 years of human resources consulting and training experience, together with specialty skills in national culture and subculture, and diversity best practices.

Susan McCuistion’s Contact Information:
Email: Susan (at) (dot) com
Phone: 847-400-4181

***Come Join Us!***

RSVP AT  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!

***ITINERARY Friday, October 26, 2018***

11:00 AM – MEET & GREET
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
12:37 – Keith’s Minute
12:40 – Speaker Introduction
12:45 – Speaker Presentation: Susan McCuistion
1:15 – Prize Drawings
1:25 – End… or stick around to build relationships!

Your attendance means you accept being shown on tape.

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Jennifer at in Lannon – Frame Your Awesomeness!

Gail Yaeger, Chief Flight Attendant at

Gerard I. “Jerry” Schritz, Phone and Public Address Design, Sales, Installation & Repair at

Nate Klein, Patriot Lawn Care &amp; Landscaping services

And get your barbeque on with Ben Houle of

Last, and certainly NOT least:  Jamie Shibley helps you show your gratitude with class!
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—-Thank you sponsors!—-

Check out our Wisconsin Business Owners ORGANIZERS

Keith Klein
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC

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Peak Performance! A Great Friday Morning Session with Stephen Hilgart from Tony Robbins


Your Peak Performance Strategy Session with Stephen Hilgart

Improve your performance by integrating a three-step process for creating lasting change. Clearly identify what is holding you back from reaching your true potential by closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

Peak Performance Strategist Stephen Hilgart will be conducting your Turning Action Into Results workshop.


• Ignite your momentum going into the new year with the three actions you absolutely must take to be successful in any business.
• Destroy the two obstacles that are dramatically limiting your sales and start the year stronger than ever before.
• Discover the fastest method to doubling your sales without spending a penny.
• Master a proven method for tripling your referrals in any interaction.
• Develop an unshakeable mindset that will give you the competitive advantage in your industry.


Picture of Stephen Hilgart presents the keys to Peak Performance.

Peak Performance! Join us as Stephen Hilgart presents the keys to Peak Performance.

Stephen is a Peak Performance Strategist from Tony Robbins Companies. He advises and consults with executives, managers and sale professionals in the areas of personal and professional achievement and sales mastery.
He travels and speaks to over 350 companies a year giving presentations and running training programs throughout North America. Stephen’s greatest passion is to inspire and help human beings achieve their full potential and dreams.

Stephen will share strategies from Tony Robbins with us today designed to create immediate and lasting results in our personal and professional lives, as well as the opportunity to attend a very special and rare live event with Tony Robbins called . . . UNLEASH THE POWER WITHIN!

p.s.: Stephen offers a free disc profile to all attendees!  

RSVP now! Click on then click the “I’m going” button to start your registration now.

Reserve your seat to network with other authentic relationship builders. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures to share!

***ITINERARY Friday, MARCH 30th, 2018***

9:45 REGISTRATION BEGINS – Coffee and danish bar included!

10:00 AM – INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP (we will start promptly)


Your attendance at Wisconsin Business Owners means you may be shown on tape…and you’re okay with that!

Join us – RSVP now!  Click on then click the “I’m going” button to start your registration now.


Stacy Kaat of Stacy Kaat Photography
She makes YOU look like a million!

Earl Smith
Consultant / Legal Shield

Mark Mullarky of Mullarky Business Systems! Mark is your guy for Computers and Computer Networks

Maggie Mongan of Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc. Rocks!
Simplify your business success!

Ron Chandler of Summit Investment Management, Ltd.

Tamara Burkett of Tamara Burkett
Learn how to build lasting business relationships

— Thank you Organizers! —

Jamie at ~ offering busy professionals a convenient greeting card service to make sure they are prepared for every special occasion

Jennifer at in Lannon – Frame Your Awesomeness!

Gail Yaeger, Chief Flight Attendant at

Gerard I. “Jerry” Schritz, Phone and Public Address Design, Sales, Installation & Repair at

Nathan Klein, Patriot Lawn Care & Landscaping services
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And get your barbeque on with Ben Houle of

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—-Thank you sponsors!—-

RSVP now! Click on then click the “I’m going” button to start your registration now.

Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
Author of WebForging