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Connext Nation


By Debby Peters,

Celebrating Our 16th Year of Helping Our Grads to REALLY Connect!


Cleveland’s graduation lunch with be Friday, June 1 at 11:30am.  We will be having lunch at the fun Bomba’s in Rocky River. Our class of 7 is inviting friends, family and future referral partners to celebrate with them.

Toledo Breakfast
June 18 will see us at a new location for our breakfast, The Lamplight Café in Perrysburg. It is at the NW corner of Indiana and Louisiana in Perrysburg. The time will remain the same, from 7:30-8:45am.  CNer, Nina Corder, founder of Women of Toledo, will be speaking that morning about diversity in networking.  Let’s all support Nina by attending in record numbers.

Future Calendar Dates

The BOA has several events planned for the rest of the year! The dates and types of events are listed below so that you can get them on your calendar.  Guests are always welcome at all our events.

June 1st,     Cleveland Graduation lunch, 11:30 AM
June 18th    Breakfast, Nina Corder speaking, “Networking diversity”,                        The Lamplight Cafe in Perrysburg
Aug 5th      Annual Summer Picnic at Debby’s home
Sept ?         Toledo lunch, perhaps downtown location
Sept 7         Toledo class starts
Sept 12       Cleveland class starts
Oct 20th     Corn Maize
Nov 19th,   Graduation, 5:30 PM

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:

Connext Nation
by Debby Peters,


You probably read the above title and wondered why Connext Nation is the member spotlight!  It deserves the recognition for some surprising and exciting news.  The article is written by CN Grad, Elizabeth Peters, (known to me a Lisa and as you will see below, now boss!)

“Watch me, Mommy!”

Earlier this year, my daughters, Kaylie and Abby and I went skiing in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah with Debby and my husband, Greg. What a thrill! Before marriage and kids, Debby and Greg would travel to Alta Ski Resort to enjoy spring time skiing together. Well, for five days in March this year, they found themselves back at Alta – and this time with ten-year old (Kaylie) and seven-year old (Abby). After a day or two of fun, Abby showed me her drawing of the mountains and said, “Mommy, I loved jumping the bumps off the trails and through the trees!” I asked Kaylie, a level 5 skier, what her favorite part of the trip had been and she said, “when I led Grandma Debby and Dad down the Sugar Bowl.”  Sugar Bowl is a black diamond run and I pictured her yipping and yelling with glee with every turn and twist; Greg hollering “whoa” and “eeek”; and Debby elegantly mastering the mountain as always.

As we near the end Q2 of 2018 having marked the 16th anniversary of CN in June, we announce our own new turn and twist.  Debby’s company, CNP of Ohio, Ltd. and Greg’s company, The Reluctant Networker, LLC have merged to become TriNet360, LLC. We are a family-owned and operated business. The only minor change is that we are now headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are still committed to the CN community that has grown over the last 16 years to encompass over 800 graduates. We will continue to provide Connext Nation and Reluctant Networker training, speaking, and consultation services.  The networking values, systems, and structures have and will continue to provide a message of diversity and inclusiveness. We emphasize the importance of the relationship over the sale, the connection over the pitch, and the handshake over the cold call. We are all about understanding the individual instead of making assumptions about that person.

Acting as the Managing Member of our newly joined company, I will be responsible for setting the path for the future. Our goals are trifold; 1) increase credibility, 2) expand market reach, and 3) strengthen community influence. We plan on publishing more articles and books from authors Debby and Greg, and having them spread the word of great networking beyond the borders of our local community. Greg’s book, Hello and A Handshake, will be used as a text book for the Overview of the Emerging Leader Program for the NAVFAC Mid Atlantic group, a Federal government client. We will work towards the Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification as we continue to pursue Federal and corporate markets. Finally, as we merge our Reluctant Networker and Connext Nation communities, our sight now includes national and international perspectives.

Three generations are represented in this family business and I can’t help but wonder what Kaylie and Abby will do to take TriNet360, LLC to the next level – perhaps down the double black diamond of the business world!

Elizabeth H Peters, Ph.D.
Managing Member
TriNet360, LLC


CN Horn Tooting


KC Allen, Allen Film & Video and 10 Ring Films in Findlay, is pleased to announce that his short narrative horror film, "Dark Of The Night" was accepted and screened at the very prestigious "Nightmares Film Festival", now being dubbed the "Cannes of Horror".  The film was also nominated for Best Ohio Short film, and got a fantastic official review in, a well-respected horror online news source. (

Debby Peters, Connext Nation (now division of TriNet360), is proud to announce that June is the 16th anniversary month of the founding of CN.  Not a bad run!

Shannon Benge and her business partner, Fast Signs Toledo and Fast Signs Maumee, are proud to announce that they were recognized for the 2017 Project of the Year from Wide-Format and Signage magazine.  They achieved this by helping to create the whole marketing and branding concepts for the new restaurant, City Egg, which will be opening its second location shortly in downtown Toledo.

Kym Cragel, Wellness Fix, shares that in just one short year of being certified with Infant Swimming Resource, she has been able to teach over 200 children how to self-rescue should they find themselves in the water alone. She’s excited to announce community partnerships with Holiday Park Complete Care and The Anne Grady Center.  Now families have more locations to receive these life-saving lessons.

Sarah Krafty, of Krafty Travel, recently attended a Group Travel Sales Summit with key note presentations by Stuart Lloyd Cohen, a travel industry veteran and leader in group travel education.  Sarah is excited to support members of all groups, whether corporate, social or other affinities in shared travel experiences without the headache of managing the details.  
You Should Network More Offline
by Chris Kapelski,

If you know anything about my background or the wonderful work we do at Interactive Design Solutions, the title of this article probably strikes you as a bit odd. In fact, if you would have asked me just a few short years ago how important face to face networking is compared to online networking, I probably would have just laughed and explained how they don’t even compare. Truth be told I’ve had many experiences in the last few years that have changed my attitude on networking altogether. Here’s one I will never forget.

The Setup
My old networking mentality was that anyone in any business could do enough networking offline OR online to sustain and grow their business. However, my experiences ultimately proved to me that was only a good mentality if I was okay with missing out.  

The Story
A few years ago, I noticed a local company put a request for proposals online to have their website rebuilt. As usual, I jumped on the opportunity and submitted a proposal within a couple days and began following up with them. We had a meeting with the project lead and really connected with her. After a couple weeks, I learned we had lost the job to another company. When I followed up to learn why, she let me know they decided to go with a company that had submitted a proposal AND she had run into at a networking event. 

Almost a year later I ran into the head of the other company at an industry type of event. We got to talking about the project and how it went. Then I finally asked him about the strange coincidence of their meeting at the networking event. I’ll never forget his reply. He simply said, “You can create your own coincidences.” 

What I learned, the hard way
You see, while we had done as much as we could online it wasn’t enough. By communicating with the project lead mostly online, we unwittingly grouped ourselves into the same category as everyone else that had applied. The networking event offered a secret sauce to the overall equation. That one company, because they chose to network offline, had an extra opportunity to meet, discuss, and get to know the same project lead we had all talked to on a deeper level. 

I want to leave you with a question
Are you networking enough offline? You may go to an event here, or there, and that is a good start. However, unless you are okay with missing out, you need to do more. Learning from my mistakes and some words of wisdom, we now consciously make offline AND online networking a part of our business plan. 

I think Coke Zero nailed it with their recent commercials. “AND is always better.”  Especially when it comes to networking!

But I Want to Meet a Second Time!
by Debby Peters,

 My wonderful, Cleveland student, Rick Adkins, Senior Oasis Advisor, asked a great question in our class just recently.  “How do I get to have a second appointment with those people I have already met with once?” I think many of us struggle with that same thought, not knowing exactly how to proceed without feeling like we’re stalking!
Below are a couple thoughts to keep in mind to continue to stay in contact personally.

  1.  At the first meeting use the GIFTS form (or for those who went through Certified Networker, the GAINS form) to determine some of the needs of this new person.  Do they want to meet someone in your network or perhaps attend an event that you will be going to?  Both of those are perfect reasons to be in this person’s presence again and because you are helping them, they will love being around you.  By the way you can download the GIFTS form at the student section of the Connext Nation website.
  1. Before leaving the first meeting, determine in your mind what you think the next step should be in the relationship development with this person.  Let them know what you are thinking, (unless it is that you never want to meet with them again!).  Getting agreement on the next step takes the awkwardness away so that it’s not just you, but both of you wanting to see each other again.
  1. When you meet others, don’t forget this new person and the resources they bring to the table.  While there be no reason for you to introduce this person to someone in your current network it goes without fail, that you will need to make that connection with a new someone that you meet next week!  To start thinking in this manner, reserve time each week to review the people you have met with and then think even further about who would make a good connection for them.  Before long it will just become second nature.

The above three steps can do so much in eliminating the stalking anxiety of trying to manufacture a reason to meet someone for a second time.  The hard part is making the time to really listen and then to take action from what you’ve learned.  But really, it is easier than trying to create a false reason for meeting!

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