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Connext Nation

Announcements! 

By Debby Peters, connextnation.com

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:
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
 
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: https://squareup.com/store/connext-nation/item/cn-lunch.

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) 1470 Ford St, Maumee.  The other will be Sept 26 from 6-7:30pm, at Clara J’s Tea House, 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 2019, we have several mini classes on the horizon.  Stay tuned as we begin to schedule for the next series of mini classes.
 

New Class
Our first 2 hour “Why” class was completely SOLD OUT!  We will be offering it again probably in June or July.  In the meantime, Debby is willing to present in-house to companies that may want to help their team members to understand and know what their why is and how it can impact their success.  If you know of such a team, have them contact Debby.


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 https://www.facebook.com/connextnation today!
 

Member Spotlight:



Jack Hollister  
by Kerri Brimmer, kerribrimmer@gmail.com


 

 A graduate from Debby Peters' first Certified Networker (which has evolved to Connext Nation) class in 2002, Jack Hollister says he is still using the skills from the course today. Jack is President of The Employers' Association, a non-profit organization providing industry-leading human resource solutions in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Membership in The EA provides services such as an unlimited HR Hotline, an employee wellness program and local wage and salary surveys. Membership also includes access to supervisor training, HR training, and on-site consulting and customized training.

Like many of us, networking did not come naturally to Mr. Hollister. "When I was in the manufacturing industry, I didn't have any appreciation of networking at all," says Hollister. Networking training was a turning point. "I have used the networking knowledge my entire career. I have to treat it like a discipline to get the best value." 

He still remembers one lesson where he was challenged with "who would you love to meet but don't think you have any chance of meeting?" The point of the lesson was to show that we are only one or two relationships away from anyone... so why not go for it? That understanding has served him well. 

After 21 years leading The EA, Jack still finds the industry and work fascinating. Moving beyond the original purpose (wage data and compliance support), the EA is focusing on a holistic approach to help members thrive. The purpose of the organization has evolved to building company culture. "You have to understand all the factors involved in company culture," says Hollister. "People, customers, vision, mission and values. The EA wants to take a bigger role in supporting member efforts to create healthy business cultures utilizing a variety of initiatives including executive coaching." In the long run, The EA also hopes to provide information and resources to help their members find additional talent, as well as to retain them. "I feel we play an important role in the community," continues Hollister. "It's a bit of a jungle out there. We'd like to help companies navigate through it."

 
 

 

CN Horn Tooting

 

Kym Cragel reports Swim with Kym presents GR8 Lakes Swim Babies is now officially Trademarked by the US government.  Plus in just under 2 years, she has taught over 350 children how to self-rescue!

Kelley Webb, who discovered her direction for her doctoral studies and Matching Peace from attending CN, was recently selected to be on the City of Toledo's Human Relations Commission Equity and Social Justice Subcommittee. She is preparing for a mock presentation to land a large contract for a Diversity and Inclusion training she created.

Phyllis Sheets has moved her alteration shop to 3332 Glanzman Road, Toledo 43614, just down the road from the old shop. It is called "Professional Alterations" and will be devoted only to alterations. Phyllis can alter anything from a man's suit to a wedding gown and most clothing in between. The new shop is spacious and comfortable. Please stop in and say "hi".

Karla Lewis was recently named Coach of the Year out of over 125 coaches at Southwestern Consulting. Karla is the first team member from Southwestern Consulting to have received this honor twice - first in 2014 and again in 2018.

Kerri Brimmer of Brimming Design has been enjoying creating graphic solutions for several new clients including the new BG Burgers, Beacon Associates, Higher Ground Advantage, Unique Health Care, Bellagio Windows and Thrive MES.

Diane Spadola, Bella Faccia On the Lake, supported the Annual Wags4Kids Mac N Cheese Throwdown on February 23rd at Cleveland Public Hall. There was face painting for all ages while the kids and adults enjoyed drink, nosh, and voted for their favorite comfort dish!   
 
A Great Read! 
By Debby Peters, debby@connextnation.com

Recently, one of the students in the Lima Mini class recommended a book, “7L: Seven Levels of Communication.”  I figured I had nothing to lose by checking it out of the library.  What I found was a helpful read that gave me a little boost when I needed it the most.  Perhaps it could assist you too.  I will give a head’s up that this book is focused on the real estate industry, but it doesn’t matter; the concepts can be transferred to any industry.

There are so many ideas that when I took the book back to the library, I immediately jumped onto Amazon and purchased the Kindle version.  It is the one business book that I took on vacation.  For those of you who like business books that teach with a story, this is the book for you.  I am one of those people.  It helps me to begin to apply the ideas to my business.  One step that I have taken so far is called “1st and 10.” And I will tell you that I have adapted it to my schedule.  The thought is that every morning, first thing you reach out via a phone call to ten people that you can help in some way.  This is not a sales call.  I have decided that I will do it once weekly at least to start.  With my first day doing it, two people said that they were glad that I called because they wanted to get together. I had to leave messages for a couple and one person actually called me back!  Does that ever happen???

The secret to this working well is to set aside time to create the list of ten in advance of the calling time.  Along with identifying the people, you also have to strategize as to the reason you are calling them.  This year I have started using a new Customer Relations Application so many of my calls are right there just waiting for me to act upon them.  My plan is that I will continue to make these calls at least weekly, with the idea of increasing them in the future.

There is a ton more in this book.  I recommend that like me, you check it out from your nearest library and see what treasures it can bring to you.
 

 
Your Networking Friend.....Technology
by Chris Kapelski, chris@idstoledo.com
 
Networking is hard. Building meaningful relationships that mutually benefit both parties is something that can take quite some time to do. Does it have to? Some say yes, but I think with the use of technology you can quickly cover the basics and skip to the good part.
 
 
Do Your Research (Social Media)
Before you go to meet with someone or attend a networking event it’s critical to do your research. Let’s keep in mind there’s a fine line between research and stalking. However, it’s perfectly fine to log on to Facebook or LinkedIn and find out what you can about topics you may have in common. Don’t hesitate to bring up what you found in conversation, but be tactful in your wording. Say something like, “I heard you’re into sports.” Don’t say, “I was on your Facebook profile for an hour and saw you attend a bunch of sporting events.” Finding a common ground will give you topics of discussion and speed up the trust building process. 
 
Start the Discussion Early (Email)
Have a meeting coming up with a networking partner? Why wait until the meeting to start the discussion? Take 15 minutes and think about what you hope to accomplish in your meeting. Create an agenda and email it to them ahead of time. You may even ask for their input or if there is anything they would like to add. In my experiences with this technique, the people I meet appreciate the organization aspect and our meetings have been extremely productive. In some cases, it has even spurred pre-meeting conversations where we have been able to cross things off the agenda and add something new in its place. Further increasing productivity.
 
Seek Out Opportunities (Google)
Maybe you need to do some more networking. Do you? Are you accomplishing your current networking goals? If not, you need to network more. Where do you start? With a little bit of time and the power of Google, it’s very easy to find networking events, groups, and other opportunities in your area. Don’t make the mistake of visiting the first 5 things that show up. Take the time to sort through the results and research them. Think about what you are trying to accomplish and pick the events and activities that will move you toward those goals. Then skip the rest.
 
No matter what you are trying to achieve through networking, technology can give you an extra boost. Speeding up the overall process and saving you time allowing you to skip to the good part. Building meaningful relationships.
 
 
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