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Connext Nation


By Debby Peters,

Celebrating Our 18th Year of Helping Our Grads to REALLY Connect!

Monthly Lunches
It’s back!  Monthly lunches are now on the calendar for 2019.  We will again be at Smokey Bones 512 W Dussel Blvd, Maumee.  They will be from 11:30-1. The dates of the lunches in the first and second quarter are:

April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
This is the third Monday of the month.  We are going to ask you to register in advance which means you can use your business credit card to do so.  The fee for lunch is $16 and the link to register is:

Social Events
We will also have two after-hours events this year, one on May 16 from 5:30-7pm at Rusty Taco (formerly R Taco) at 1470 Ford St, Maumee.  Because of our wonderful sponsorship by CNer Melonie Dickey and her company, Affinity Merchant Solutions, there will be plenty of tacos to sample that night.  The margaritas at Rusty Taco are to dream about especially if Manager, Kara, makes them.  Come hang out right after work, link to other helpful people, and have a bit of springtime fun.

The second event of the year will be Sept 26 from 6-7:30pm at Clara J’s Tea House at 219 W Wayne St, Maumee.  The owner and young executive chef, Gretchen Fayerweather, has breathed new life into this old location.  To say the least, it’s not your mother’s tea house! There will be other beverages served that have nothing to do with tea!

Mini Classes
Coming up in we have several mini classes on the horizon.  If you want to send one of your friends to experience a little bit more of CN, this is the best way to do it.  The cost is only $35 although; if two people register at the same time it is only $40 for both.  Registration is easy at this link. .  All of these mini classes below are at the BNI office from 11am-1pm.
May 3
June 14
July 19
Aug 23

New Classes
We have scheduled another Why class for June 17, 10am-1pm at Higher Ground Advantage at 315 N Main Street in Bowling Green.  The cost is $89 and you can register at .  There are only ten seats reserved for this training.  Our first one in January was SOLD OUT and had rave reviews.  Maggie Sullivan said, “OMG, it was a wonderful 2 hours!  I loved seeing you and meeting new friends.”  Kathy Burrus said, “Currently, I am writing a second book. The working title is Envision You: Unstuck and Confident. I have been aware that many women I work with are struggling with wanting to make their difference, but they feel stuck.  I thought I was writing it for them.  But after yesterday I came to realize that I am writing it because of my own WHY.  My journey with confidence was challenged in the 2nd grade.  Those messages/lies that I have carried with me as truth now for 50 plus years are the reason I want to write this book.  I rewrote my intro.  I’m leading with my WHY.”  Debby would love to help you find or find-tune your why!
Then in July a second special topic session will be launched entitled, “Who’s Your Who?”  This session will help people to select or fine-tune their target market.  We will all work together to help each other determine the best referral sources for the chosen market.  The date is July 22, from 11am-1:30pm.  The cost of this session is $89, however if you register for both at the same time you can have both for $160,

Social Media
Stay in the Know!!
Never miss out on a networking event again!  As CN confirms an event, it is set up under the Events tab on our Facebook page with all of the info and links to register if applicable.  While on our Facebook page, simply click on the Events tab and you will see the Subscribe button on the right just above the list of events. Click on it and you are set to go! You can also invite people to the events and share them to your Facebook page as well! Visit our page at today!

Member Spotlight:

Holly Adkins
by Debby Peters,

Holly Adkins is one of those people that you feel comfortable with right away. She just has that way about her. That translates well to her company franchise of Senior Oasis Advisors.  Her job is to work with the seniors and their families to determine what might be the next step in their living situation.  She loves finding out exactly what is the right fit for her clients.  She and Rick had wanted to start a business and they looked at all kinds of franchises before settling on Senior Oasis Advisors.  She says that it may have a lot to do with the fact that when her mom was in the hospital (a while ago) the staff came into the room to tell Holly that they were releasing her mom in two days and they handed her a list of 30 facilities that she could choose from for her mom.  Holly says, “I was speechless because I had no idea of how to go about selecting the right one.  Luckily, my daughter was working at one of the communities and that’s where mom went.  It worked out well, but without that input from my daughter, it could have easily gone the other way.  I don’t want others to have to face a similar situation.”
She and her husband, Rick, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 38 years.  They both went to college and began establishing their careers before thinking of taking the plunge. Holly laughs and tells a funny story about their engagement.  At one point Rick broke off the engagement, so Holly kept the ring. She says, “After all, he was the one who broke it off!”  Then nine months later when he wanted to resume the engagement, she told him yes, but that he had to buy her another ring!  Rick being the gentleman he is, did so and at their one year wedding anniversary, he had the original made into a lavaliere necklace.
They have two daughters; Brandy and Gabrielle, and one son, Aaron.  She is proud of all three and she especially smiles when she relates that Brandy and her husband have adopted a little boy through an open adoption and that the birth mother and the little boy’s sister are very much a part of their grandson’s life.  Holly knows how important siblings are to each other, as her older brother actively parented her.  Rick was a great support; too once she hit high school.
Holly loves to make baby quilts or throws.  She says that she has made a couple full size quilted bedspreads as wedding gifts for her children.  She also loves to read fiction and said that she is currently devouring “Sold on Monday.”  She likes being creative especially with decorating her home.  Her sister-in-law made them a new mantle to cover their old non-descript one.  Now she is figuring out how to stage the room so, unlike before, the focus is on the fireplace area.  She is also a good cook and loves to entertain. She and I have something in common in that she preserves food by canning, but she goes big time with a pressure canner.
Working to provide the best homey atmosphere for her clients comes just naturally for her.  If you want to experience a fun lunch or coffee, give Holly a shout.  You’ll feel like old friends immediately.


CN Horn Tooting


Phyllis Sheets has opened her new alterations shop, Professional Alterations, at 3332 Glanzman Road, near Byrne Road. The new space is spacious and comfortable for clients and for Phyllis. No more weaving among clothing racks since alterations is all Phyllis is doing. Phyllis alters clothes for women and men, from bridal gowns to suits to hems and everything in between. Stop in and say "hi".
Kendra Bills, owner of In Bloom Flowers, had the pleasure of hosting two wonderful gals from Sunshine Communities that wanted to learn more about what working in a flower shop was like.  They spent time talking about different flowers; they learned a little bit about how to care for flowers and then, with a little help, they designed their very own bud vase to take home to enjoy.  These girls asked great questions and had lots of fun and so did Kendra and her staff.  She encourages other businesses to take time to share what you love to do.  It also helped them to stop and be “in the moment” with them.  Kendra says, “Seeing what you do through someone else’s eyes can reignite your passions for what you do!”
Jody Zink, Realtor and Certified Residential Specialist with RE/MAX Preferred, has launched a Real Estate Benefits Package to local HR departments. It includes an education component which she started with Pro-Pak Industries in Maumee. She did her first lunch and learn presenting to their first and second shifts. She is excited to add more events for other employers looking to add value to their employees.
Debby Peters and Greg Peters, TriNet360, will be presenting to the annual conference for Senior Oasis Advisors in St Louis, MO, the first week of April.  Greg will be delivering the keynote and Debby will present a working general session.  
Can You Network Without Networks?
By Chris Kapelski,

As we’ve learned with a string of recent outages, Gmail, Facebook, Instagram. There is nothing certain about the internet. With more and more people relying on it daily for communication. What would happen if everything stopped? Could you still network, or would your business fail? Let’s find out!
No email? No problem!
One of the biggest issues with internet or other communication outages is they happen in an instant. It’s your average Tuesday afternoon with nothing but clear skies and sunshine ahead… and then it happens. Your email goes down. What do you do? Well hopefully you have prepared for this!
I strongly recommend having an alternate email address through a different provider. The odds of two large providers having catastrophic failures at the same time are rare.  Additionally, I like to keep multiple methods of contact for clients in a CRM system as a failsafe. Finally, before every meeting, I always ask for a personal phone number for the person just in case.
Social Media is down! What can I do?
Businesses and individuals alike rely on social media for information including events, opportunities, or just plain keeping in touch. What do you do when Facebook goes offline?
If you’re a business participating in the wonderful world of social media I believe it is key to participate in multiple areas. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube are some of the big platforms worth considering. Not only does this help reach a wider audience, but if one network goes offline, you can still communicate through others. Be selective about which you choose. Don’t participate in a social channel just because you think you should. Make sure you have a plan in place and that your participation is moving your business toward a goal.
Similar to businesses, I strongly recommend participation in multiple channels when appropriate. Take into consideration your goals of using social media. If it is finding local events, and Facebook is down, look elsewhere online. Search Google, browse local websites like chambers and event organizers, and even local news stations websites can be a great source of event information. (Ed note:  Our own Chris Watson’s Right Size Life provides all kinds of info about local events at
By now you’re probably starting to notice a recurring theme, redundancy. There is no better solution to a problem than prepping for that problem in advance. Think about your current communication strategies and what would happen if they ceased to exist. Could you still network?
Find this article and other helpful ones at

Graceful Leave-taking
by Debby Peters,
You are so proud of yourself because you struck up a conversation with someone you don’t know.  But now it is ten minutes later and you would like to move on and talk to a few other people.  How can you do that without being rude?
There are several methods that you can use with a smile.
Why Is He Here?
A great way to be gracious is to ask the person in front of you, “What did you hope to accomplish today by attending this event?”  Based that answer, you can either introduce this person to someone else that helps to accomplish that goal or ask for his business card so you can reach him if you can help him in the future.  Once you have either handed him off or received a card, thank him for his time and move away.
Business Card, Please?
This is another version of the above setting.  Just say, “It’s been nice chatting with you, may I have your business card?”  That is a subliminal signal that the conversation is ending.
Oh My Gosh
All of a sudden say, “Oh my gosh, I am so sorry that I have been monopolizing your time.  I know you probably want to meet others.  Could I have your card before you move on?”
Using any of the three will give the person in front of you a pleasant memory of you.  You can determine if you want to keep this person in your business life or not.  But if you want to, you have his card to do so.
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