I love connecting people—putting them together and watching relationships blossom on a personal and business level. It’s what I do, and I have to say, I’m pretty good at it!
Once someone finds out I run and manage a professional networking group, the conversation usually continues with them asking, “Where and when are your meetings?”
My response is always the same: Coffee and Connections has three weekly meetings, two in Longmont and one in Westminster, and they all start 8:30am.
Then some people say, “But that’s too early for me.”
Well, guess what? Coffee and Connections also has an evening event once a month when we spotlight a local nonprofit. It just $25 and includes networking, food, and drink, with a portion going to the nonprofit.
I smile and mention the Coffee and Connections Facebook groups where members can promote their business, products, and services. The only thing I request is that members connect with each other so I can add them to the groups, which have nearly 1,000 members.
Then some people say, “But I only connect with friends and family on Facebook, but you can ‘like’ my business page.
I think to myself, “You want my business, but you don’t want to friend me; you don’t want to get up early to attend meetings, but you want me to promote your business?”
The question is, how can I support and promote a business when I don’t know who you are? I understand not connecting with certain individuals and being cautious about the people you connect with. I respect that; however, I do business with those I know, like, and trust.
If you’d like to connect, I would like to take a few minutes of your time and chat. First of all, how did you hear about me? I’ll bet someone told you that “You need to meet Rose; she knows everyone.”
I didn’t give myself that crazy tagline, everyone else did, but let me explain how I got it: I show up!!
I get out of bed in the morning, and I make sure I’m fully present. I support nonprofits, I attend their events, I donate my time. I’ve spent a couple of years on the boards for the Longmont Theatre Company, Longmont Public Library, and the Longmont Museum. I spent hours working on fundraisers for the local Rotary Clubs, Longmont Humane Society, OUR Center, INN Between, and many more nonprofits in our local community. I didn’t always have the money to attend some events, so I would volunteer, but I would always pay for networking groups when I knew I would get business referrals.
I now get invited to all the fundraisers in the area, plus political events and religious gatherings. I’ve had the honor of speaking in front of many groups throughout Colorado on networking/marketing/social media; I’ve been on radio talk shows; I was a judge at the preliminary Miss Nebraska Pageant; I’ve emceed many events; and most recently won the title as Mrs. Congeniality for the Mrs. Colorado America Pageant 2014.
All this because I woke up and showed up and introduced myself. I took time to get to know other professionals, and now I can refer these friends to others.
I plan to grow my network by continuing to show up, and I can’t wait for you to show up.
Let’s get to know each other. I want to hear someone tell me that I need to get to know you, since you will now know everyone too.