Category Archives: True Connection

Rose Knows Everyone! (Can you imagine your business if you knew everyone too?)

 

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.
Then some people say, “That’s too expensive, but would you mind passing out my business cards for me at your events?”

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.small_size_people

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.

Peace, Love and Joy

Once upon a time there was a four-year-old little girl being raised with five older siblings by a single mother in a farming community in Iowa.

This little girl’s first memory of Christmas was of her mom and all the unique styles of the 1960s—like the small silver tinsel tabletop tree on the record player, on top of a lace doily embroidered with mistletoe. Under this tree sat a plush (and actually sort of scary-looking) Santa Claus that her mom proudly saved her money to buy. For some reason, this little girl loved that Santa, so for two weeks a year, he became her security blanket; she felt safe and loved when cuddling that scary ol’ Santa because, to a four-year-old, no bad things can happen when you’re cuddling a Santa.

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Since money was scarce, her mom had a no-cost tradition on Christmas Eve, and that was to get all six kids in the car (without fighting over who gets to lay in the back window, or yelling that someone touched someone else) and go into to town to drive around and look at Christmas lights. The little girl brought the scary, freaky-looking Santa along, and this Santa was her constant companion for several Christmases to come.

Today, that plush Santa sits in my living room and is never put away. It’s still my constant companion, reminding me of peace, love, and joy.

To me, the true meaning of Christmas—and the holidays in general—isn’t the money we spend, or how many parties we attend. It’s the prayers we say from our lips and from our hearts; it’s the smile we give to strangers and our friends; our kindness towards one another; and the forgiveness we give to others who for some reason we feel have done us wrong. It’s telling someone you love them unconditionally—no strings attached.

And it’s looking ahead to the new year, remembering our cherished memories and traditions… and looking forward to making new ones during the fresh beginning that this time of year always brings.

Happy Holidays!

Don’t Sell what you do; Tell who you are

“Don’t sell what you do; tell who you are.”

This is something I was told at one of my first networking meetings, and it’s why I now ask a different question at every Coffee & Connections meeting. I encourage you to tell your story of who you are and why you do what you do. It’s so we can get to know each other, and find out if we trust and like each other—our hobbies, political views, religion, careers, and values are all different, and in Coffee and Connections we respect each other’s differences (although you may have noticed that we do not discuss politics or religion).

Some of the questions are business/networking related—like “What persuaded you to start your business?” “Who would make a good business marketing partner for you?” “What business tool are you in need of?” and “Who is your perfect client?”

But many questions are also simply fun to answer—such as “Where is your favorite vacation spot?” “What was your first job?” “What is your favorite color?” and “Do you have a hobby you really enjoy?”

Whether they’re personal or business-related, all the questions are important. Why? Because they all get you talking about the one subject you know the best—YOU!

I have grown to truly love and respect this group of ladies, and I admire the risk you all take by putting yourselves out there when you share a little of who you are at the meetings. If it weren’t for the questions, I wouldn’t have gotten to know all of you on a deeper level, and I wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing business with you. I’m not saying you have to be besties with everyone; what I suggest is that we should at least hear each other’s story and see who they are, not just what they do. You may not be in need of the services of everyone who attends the meetings, but I’m sure you will come in contact with someone who may need their services or products. And doesn’t it feel great to refer each other and help each other succeed in business? It’s a little like paying it forward. (Actually, it’s a lot like that.)

At Coffee & Connections, we all love sharing who we are and what drives us, and we want each other to succeed. As you stand in front of the room telling us a little bit about yourself—whether it’s your very first visit or your hundredth—we’ll always do our best to support you, inspire you, and enhance your life.