It’s Valentine’s Day. Okay I admit it, I’m not a big fan of this holiday. I’ve never quite subscribed to the obligation of it all. I just think that for those you love, you shouldn’t need a holiday to remind you to show it. It’s the little things, done every day and out of genuine affection that matter most.
I believe the same is true for your business relationships. At minimum, your clients expect you to deliver on your promises – whether money is exchanged, a contract is created or hands are shaken, you of course, need to come through. However, just like with those you love, it is doing the small extras over time that builds unshakable relationships. Nothing will set you apart more with those in your business community by taking time to serve and help whenever you can. Here are some small things that you can offer today and throughout the year:
Referrals: Generously send referrals without expecting anything in return.
Information: Post useful articles through social media to your broad network and whenever you can send direct emails to those whom you think the information will really best serve
Recommendations: Offer to write recommendations to those who have served you. (If you are short on time, ask the person to draft a version useful to them)
Introductions: When you are at an event introduce two people who may benefit from knowing each other. When you connect with someone via LinkedIn, invite them to review your connections and offer to e-connect them to members of your network (be sure to ask permission first, though) .
Organizations: If you know of or are involved in organizations you think would benefit your community, be sure to promote the organizations through your channels but also send the information directly to those you think it may benefit.
Thank you: Be sure to show your appreciation to your community- customers, suppliers, prospects, employees, partners, etc as often as possible. Our friends at Vsnap offer a great tool to do this…personal video email messages!
If you do things like this on a regular basis for your community out of love and a genuine desire to help them be successful, you will see your business relationships truly flourish.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’m proud to serve on SBANE‘s member committee and help organize this event for them. Join us!
SBANE Evening Connections Series hosted by The Member Committee
Join us after hours to connect with your fellow SBANE members, as well as non-members, in a relaxed environment designed to foster relationships and build new ones.
All guests must pre-register. Cost includes appetizers and a cash bar.
SkyBokx 109 GastroSports is adjacent to the Hampton Inn Natick). Parking is available in the Hampton Inn lot.
We hold these events regularly in different locations throughout the New England area. Join us to make this event a success filled with profitable connections!
For professional women looking to expand their Greater Boston network and learn more about an association that supports women in leadership, here’s info on an event I’m helping with. Hope to see you there!
Join us Thursday, Jan 16th from 6:00-8:00pm at Vlora in Boston’s famous Back Bay as we celebrate new members and welcome those interested in learning more about the NAWMBA (formerly MBAWI) Boston Professional Chapter – a group of dynamic women committed to helping more women become leaders at work and in life.
At this event you will:
- –Meet and mingle with a variety of fantastic professional women.
- –Learn more about NAWMBA and our programing plans for 2014 that includes networking, giving back, professional development, and leadership training (with fun along the way).
- –Find out how you can get involved and have an impact on the organization for 2014 and beyond.
- –Help a great cause! Bring new or used Books, DVDs, CDs, & Video Games to help the non-profit More Than Words in its mission to empower troubled or disadvantaged youth.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar.
–NAWMBA Boston Chapter (formerly MBAWI)
Questions? – Contact Patty Katsaros – VP Programming, Boston Chapter. firstname.lastname@example.org 617-833-1808
Click to learn more about More Than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
You Meet a New Potential Customer at an Event – Now What?
When: Tues, Oct 15, 2013, 8:15am to 11:00 am
Where: Cummings Conference Center
800 West Cummings Park (Washington Street)
Suite 4750 Woburn, MA 01801
REGISTER HERE! - only $10
Networking events, tradeshows and programs like BrewBoston are a great way for entrepreneurs and salespeople to meet potential customers and create valuable connections that can help their business. But what do you do after the initial meeting to build those relationships? These two interactive sessions will provide tips and strategies to help make your connections more productive and profitable.
Session 1- The Art of Connecting To Grow Your Enterprise
Session Leader – Patty Katsaros- P.H. Koules Consulting
“Get out there and network, build relationships, make new connections!” Have you heard this before? Consultants often impart this advice as a key to start up success. But how do you actually do it? What should you say at a networking event? How can you create your own events that yield results? With the Art of Connecting, I provide a practical approach for creating a strong network of purposeful relationships that lead to real growth.
With this interactive seminar you will learn:
–Best practices for effective networking and building mutually beneficial relationships
–When and how to leverage strong connections to unlock growth opportunities
–The value of face to face interactions
–How to build a community of followers with engaging and productive event strategies
–The importance of integrating strategic networking and event marketing into your business development plans
…and will meet many of your fellow attendees in the process. Join us!
Session 2 – Creating Marketing Materials That Build Client Relationships
Session Leader – Jamie Bradley- Sophwell
The latest marketing trends say you must use social media to create an online community to engage your customers. You’re supposed to get more likes on Facebook, make connections on LinkedIn, write frequent blog posts and update your Pinterest page. While electronic connections can be useful tactics, they don’t have the same impact or permanence as something your customers can hold in their hand. And, if you are like most entrepreneurs and salespeople, you are too busy to spend so much time online hoping to get customers
In this session, you will learn about:
–Using branded products to motivate prospects into your marketing system
–How to select unique promotional materials based on your objectives & budget
–Steps to creating cross-platform promotions that enhance response rates
–Effective follow up tactics that build relationships after the event
–The opportunity for attendees to query the presenter on what promotions would work for their organizations.
–Each attendee will receive a branded promotion relevant to this event to bring back to their business.
8:15-8:45 am: Registration/networking over coffee & pastries
8:45-10:30 am: Presentations
10:30-11:00 am: Q&A/networking
Sign up for the MBA Women International Sept. 24th Fall Networking Event!
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with great women from around the area and learn about this year’s Annual Leadership Conference and Career Fair that is being held right here in Boston from October 3rd-5th .
If you are new to the area or looking to expand your network, join us for an introduction to MBAWI and its Boston Chapter members committed to propelling women into more leadership positions and enhancing diversity in the workplace through professional development, educational events, collaboration, and community service in the Greater Boston region.
Appetizers will be provided while we enjoy one of Boston’s beautiful waterfront locations, Tia’s!
Location: Tia’s Boston (200 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02109)
Non Member Price: $25.00
Thank you to our Sponsor:
Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business!
COMMUNITY CONNECTS PROGRAM LAUNCH
Join us for the first Community Connects Program taking place on August 15th, where Friends of Mel will be introducing their business idea, mission, and challenges they are facing. This will be your opportunity to provide ideas, feedback, and resources to help this great non-profit organization.
5:00- 5:30pm: Introductions and updates on OpenHub
5:30-5:45pm: Friends of Mel Introduction
5:45- 6:45pm: Open Boston Session- Ideas for resources, connections, strategy
7:00pm-? Optional After-Hour Social (location TBD)
This event is for OpenHub members and guests only. Contact me if you are interested in joining as my guest. -Patty email@example.com
I’m thrilled to present an interactive seminar about strategies for building your network at the Social Media Breakfast North Shore on July 30th in Amesbury, Ma.
We will discuss:
* Best practices for event networking
* Turning strategic social media connections into offline relationships
* Effective icebreakers
* How helping others and providing value to consumers is key to building profitable connections
For more details (started bright & early at 7:30am!) and to register check out the Eventbrite page: http://smbns8.eventbrite.com/
Social Media Breakfast North Shore is led by Ari Herzog and brings together entrepreneurs, marketers, and web geeks for a morning of professional development and sharing of social media ideas and insights.
This July event is hosted by Workspace 36, a co-working site in downtown Amesbury,
Note: Light food and beverage will be provided. Due to space constraints, there is a limit of 20 people who can sit at this event. Walk-in registrations will be accepted but you must bring your own chair!
Seeking advice from seasoned professionals on how to navigate your way through the corporate world? MBA Women International Boston Chapter is hosting a panel event to focus on just this topic!
We invite you to join us on June 12, 2013 at 5:30pm – 8pm to network and enjoy our program. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
When: June 12, 2013
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Where: Sherin and Lodgen LLP
101 Federal Street, 30th Floor
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
On June 6th, join us to celebrate the official launch of OpenHub, an organization formed to welcome, inform, connect, and serve our beloved Greater Boston community and beyond.
This event is open to all members as well as those who wish to learn more about OpenHub and the many benefits that come with joining, including opportunities to connect great people, attend purposeful events and participate in impactful projects.
We will celebrate with drinks and apps in the offices of Sherin & Lodgen, with spectacular views of downtown Boston from the 30th Floor of 101 Federal.
Where: Sherin & Lodgen
When: June 6th 2013: 6-8pm
Cost: $25; Free for charter members (contact us if you did not receive the promo code)
Drinks & apps will be served
Special thanks to our platinum event sponsor:
Questions, please contact
Patty Katsaros at 617-833-1808
Chad O’Connor at 617-571-5262
Bill Ghormley at 617-610-1925