Have you heard the saying, "It's who you know?" Taking that to another level, especially in this economy, it's "Who knows YOU!" Networking has been a trademark of how I've built my brand, gotten my message out in a noisy world and of course, stand shoulder-to-shoulder within the community I serve to get real-time feedback in how I can better provide solutions to existing problems.
Chicago may be called "Second City" but in my opinion, second to none when it comes to finding events literally EVERYDAY to meet hungry, excited and motivated people to help syngergize in making your American dream a reality.
In addition, what better way towards networking than also creating awareness AND raise money for a noble cause? Sarah Vargo, founder/President of Maven, LLC, asked me to co-host an event last week at Bull & Bear for the dual-benefit of Chicago non-profit ONE HOPE UNITED whose mission is "Protecting children. Strengthening families".
Make sure you follow Sarah on Facebook and LinkedIn as I've watched her over the past 3 years continue to grow and create such value for attendees. More importantly, she's been consistent AND watchin' her "work it" the past few years brings confidence to referring you to her events. You ROCK Vargo!!
Since meeting Jarrett Payton over Twitter, thanks to a #FF (Follow Friday) tweet out from Steve Green and guesting on the Jarrett Payton Show, I've been impressed with the events Jarrett creates to connect others as well as benefiting their family, child-oriented charities. Namely, the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and Jarrett Payton Foundation that is dedicated to neglected, abused and underprivileged children in addition to Brittney Payton (Jarrett's sister) speaking on the importance of being an organ donor.
As you can see from the pics at Public House Chicago, it all comes back down to the basics of people meeting people and allowing the relationship buildling process begin. At the end of the day, we ALL do business with people we know, like and trust.
Stay tuned for a future post of my top 3 networking tips that help you build the career and business you want with the people that make it FUN! (Pssst...if you have a networking tip, please include it in comments below as I'll include it in the blog, thanks!)