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

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WisOwners

 

 

Blockchain Fireside Chat – How the blockchain is changing money and business, Don Tapscott

BlockChain Fireside Chat Preparation

 

Picture of Dave Rebro presenting at Wisconsin Business Owners - Blockchain -

Dave Rebro presenting at Wisconsin Business Owners – Blockchain –

Wisconsin Business Owners speaker Dave Rebro presents again on March 29, 2019, for a Blockchain Fireside Chat.

Come join us!

Info and RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/259544560/

More info coming soon about our Lunch & Learn the same day.  Our Wisconsin Business Owners Meetup is free to join, members pay only for events they attend.

Blockchain TED Talk

 

About the Speaker (from TED.com):

Don Tapscott – Digital strategist

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology in business and society. He has authored 16 books, including “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” which has been translated into over 25 languages.

Wisconsin Business Owners provides this information to:
– help you “catch up” if you missed our February Lunch & Learn
– provide an excellent overview of the importance of blockchain, whether you attended Dave Rebro’s introduction to blockchain or not.

Please contact Keith Klein if you have any suggestions or questions about Wisconsin Business Owners.

Please join us at Meetup.com – FREE – at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/

We’d love for you to follow and like us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, among others, as well.

Regards,
Keith Klein

 

 

 

Simple Podcasting on Video by Jake Nawrocki

Simple Podcasting

Great Lunch & Learn last Friday on super simple podcasting!

Picture of Jake Nawrocki, who awed us with Simple Podcasting

Jake Nawrocki awed us with Simple Podcasting

 

 

Jake Nawrocki dealt an extra-fine, simple podcasting presentation we all enjoyed!

 

 

 

Great to share this video with you from Friday’s Lunch & Learn

Super audience, great venue, outstanding food, warm and welcoming waitstaff and a terrific presenter …. in other words, just another Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn!  Join us!

Register (FREE) at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/

Regards,
Keith Klein
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
http://www.OnYourMark.com
Google Phone: 262-820-8201

Author of WebForging, A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence
http://WebForging.com  This 242 page guide is written in non-geek speak especially for small business owners. Copies are available for $20 if Keith signs yours at the event!

Link up with us on LinkedIn ~
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1795298
Our focus moving forward is to extend the value of the enhanced relationships engendered in our Wisconsin Business Owners Group, in person and online. Extend the value of your deepening relationships at our LinkedIn Wisconsin Business Owners Group.

Find and follow (and re-tweet) us @WisOwners at Twitter!

Like us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/Wisconsin-Business-Owners-170246793991/

Add us to your Circles at Google Plus:
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Storytelling – What’s Your Story?

Storytelling – What’s Your Story?

Do any research on modern marketing and you’re bound to come across the buzz word, storytelling. Marketing pros are encouraging everyone to tell their stories.

Why? Because storytelling is far more than a buzz word. It’s a proven form of communications and a great way to help build businesses.

How does it work? By incorporating information into a compelling story, you capture the audience’s attention and make them more receptive to your message. Storytelling also helps people retain the information, and after watching something they really enjoy they tell other people about it.

All of this leads to the most powerful commodity in marketing… trust. The more people trust you, the more likely they are to buy. It’s why major brands all over the world are investing their time, effort, and money into telling better stories.

During his presentation, Tony will show you why storytelling is so effective, as well as what types of stories can help you market your business.

MEET OUR STORYTELLING EXPERT: TONY GNAU

Picture of Storytelling Expert Tony Gnau, winner of 13 Telly Awards and several Emmy Awards

Storytelling Expert Tony Gnau, winner of 13 Telly Awards and several Emmy Awards

Tony Gnau is the Founder and Chief Storytelling Officer at T60 Productions, a video production company specializing in corporate storytelling. He has been a storyteller his entire life, writing at his local newspaper at 16-years-old. Since then, he’s gone on to win three Emmy Awards as a TV news reporter and 13 Telly Awards as a corporate video producer.

During his presentation, Tony will show you why storytelling is so effective, as well as what types of stories can help you market your business.

***ITINERARY Friday, September 30, 2016***

11:15 – MEET AND GREET – OPEN NETWORKING 
This is the start of the Lunch & Learn…
early arrival allows more open-networking time.
We encourage you to meet many during this time.

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

12:40 Learning Presentation 
12:40 – Speaker Introduction by Ron Chandler
12:45 – Speaker Presentation by Tony Gnau
1:30 – End… or stick around to build relationships!

***SPEECHES MAY BE VIDEOTAPED or PHOTOGRAPHED***
Your attendance at Wisconsin Business Owners means you may be shown on tape…and you’re okay with that! Please contact Keith with suggestions or questions.

WisOwners Lunch & Learn: What’s Your Story?

Friday, Sep 30, 2016, 11:00 AM

Midway Hotel & Suites Brookfield
1005 S Moorland Road, Brookfield, Wisconsin Brookfield, WI

25 Wisconsin Business Owners Attending

What’s Your Story?Do any research on modern marketing and you’re bound to come across the buzz word, storytelling. Marketing pros are encouraging everyone to tell their stories.Why? Because storytelling is far more than a buzz word. It’s a proven form of communications and a great way to help build businesses.How does it work? By incorporating i…

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Join us – RSVP now AT http://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/231805139/

DOUBLE-HEADER!  Paul Neuberger, The Cold Call Coach, will be training us in how to get any appointment we want with a phone call during the Special Morning Session (prior to this Lunch & Learn).  If you would like to attend Paul’s training session, after you are done registering here for Tony’s Lunch & Learn, click on this link: http://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/233370196/ for our Sept. 30th Morning Session. Each event is processed individually.

About Wisconsin Business Owners

***MEET OUR ORGANIZERS & SPONSORS:

Stacy Kaat of Stacy Kaat Photography will sharpen your brand and your image!
Check out http://www.StacyKaat.com

Mark Mullarky of Mullarky Business Systems! From 1-50 PCs, Mark is your man for Computers and Computer Networks. Learn more at http://www.MBSWI.com

Maggie Mongan of Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc. Rocks!
Check out over 700 blog posts to simplify your business’s
profitability at http://www.BrilliantBreakthroughs.com

Greg Adlington of Next Gen Commercial Capital, LLC
http://www.nextgencc.com

Ron Chandler of Summit Investment Management, Ltd.
http://www.suminvest.com

Lucas J. Robak of Skillset Life Coaching, LLC 
http://www.LucasRobak.com

Earl Smith, Consultant / Legal Shield 

George Schroeder, 3rd Generation Custom Home Builders 
http://www.SchroederBuilders.com

Karin Conway of KMC Marketing, LLC 
http://KMCmkt.com

—-Thank you to our sponsors!—-

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You can always get in touch with Maggie & me through the
“Contact Organizer” link on Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/suggestion/

OUR MAIN SITE BESIDES MEETUP IS AT WisOwners.com !

Regards,
Keith Klein                                                            Maggie Mongan
Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners           Co-Organizer, Wisconsin Business Owners
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC                                   Owner, Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
http://www.OnYourMark.com                            http://www.BrilliantBreakthroughs.com
Google Phone: 262-820-8201                             Phone: 262-716-7750

p.s.: Link up with us on LinkedIn ~ 
https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1795298
Our focus moving forward is to extend the value of the enhanced relationships engendered in our Wisconsin Business Owners Group, in person and online. Extend the value of your deepening relationships at our LinkedIn Wisconsin Business Owners Group.

Find and follow (and re-tweet) us @WisOwners at Twitter!

Like us on Facebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/Wisconsin-Business-Owners-170246793991/

Add us to your Circles at Google Plus: 
https://plus.google.com/+Wisowners-meetup/

Join us – RSVP now AT http://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/231805139/