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Connecting With Professionals in Philadelphia

Philly PeopleWe are all only one contact away from our greatest success in life. The funny thing is, we don’t know who that is, or where and when we will meet them. In today’s economy, people don’t care what you know, until they know that you care. Who better to turn to when in the market for a new product or service in any industry whether for personal or business, than someone you know and trust, or, someone you know that refers them to someone they know and trust? That’s where networking comes in and it happens every place you go. Whether at a business networking event or a social event, we meet new people all the time, networking is exactly that, connecting and meeting new people and creating new relationships. One key factor is being mindful of where you are and how you have met them. For example, if you are at a business networking event, the main reason people are there is for business and to create new business connections. If you are at a social event, be it a baseball game, concert or party, people are not there for business reasons and not receptive to talking business. That is the very reason why creating the new relationship is the only goal while at events, and is the very heart of professional networking.

Here are some great events this March, where you can connect to professionals in Philadelphia.

Tuesday March 10th, 6pm
Ultimate Networking Logo Square_2Ultimate Networking Party Live Tavern on Broad At The Bellevue!
Join Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware professionals that are ready to connect,
in a cocktail party atmosphere, for an outstanding business networking experience.
Whether you are new to networking or a seasoned pro, our Ultimate Networking Ambassadors
will greet you, find out exactly who you need to meet, then introduce you to them, assuring
your night to be a success. Start connecting now with other attendees through our online
platform with meetup. The Ultimate Networking Party In Philadelphia.

Thursday March 12th 8pm
IMG_1477Jazz It Up Spotlight Live at Volvér
Join the excitement with an evening of live Jazz at Bar Volvér, one of Philadelphia’s most sophisticated venues, owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces. Enjoy an evening of live Jazz entertainment featuring musical director Tim Brey and his trio with guest vocalist Suzanne Sheer and featuring Jazz sensation Najwa Parkins performing live from 8-10pm. Attendees have a chance to win 2 Philly Pops orchestra tickets, dinner at Volvér and more.

Friday March 13th -15th
american_song_bookThe Philly Pops American Songbook Then and Now
Michael Krajewski, conductor, Tony DeSare, vocalist/pianist
Internationally acclaimed touring vocalist, pianist, and composer Tony DeSare provides a fresh
take on old-school classics. The New York Times described DeSare as “two parts Sinatra to one
part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly.” DeSare joins the Philly POPS in performing classic standards
with his unique contemporary approach, from Frank Sinatra to Jerry Lee Lewis, including Night and
Day, How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved By You), Great Balls of Fire, and more.

Wednesday March 18th

Networking at SIXERS!
At the Wells Fargo Center For an evening of networking and 76ers Basketball!
You do NOT have to be a basketball/sports fan to attend this event!!!
$20 a Person includes an Upper Level End Court Seat to the game.
Network with 40-50 business professionals from 5-7pm in the Cure Auto Club,
then continue to network with your new friends while watching the game.

Monday, March 16th
Reading Terminal Market Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching
Brewing powerhouse, Samuel Adams makes a stop in Philadelphia. The session will
connect those interested in the food, hospitality, and beverage field.
The workshop will start at 7 p.m., followed by 20-minute information speed
sessions with Sam Adams employees and small-business owners.

Thursday, March 19
Small Business ExpoSmall Business Expo
Decision makers and owners will fill the Pennsylvania Convention Center. During the Small Business Expo. Attendees will be able to build their connection list,
meet new clients, and even brainstorm future career opportunities. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, March 24
ultimate_networking190x70Ultimate Networking Party Live at Doc Magrogan’s West Chester
Tuesday, March 24th, 6pm join local professionals that are ready to connect,
in a cocktail party atmosphere, for an outstanding business networking experience live at Doc Magrogan’s West Chester. Whether you are new to networking or a seasoned pro, our Ultimate Networking Ambassadors will greet you, find out exactly who you need to meet, then introduce you to them, assuring your night to be a success. Start connecting
now with other attendees through our online platform with meetup.
The Ultimate Networking Party In West Chester, Pa.

Thursday March 26th
That MagThat Mag will kick off 2015 with it’s Music Series at Tin Angel
We like to feature some artists that we write about throughout the pages of the magazine.
Our first show case is at The Legendary Tin Angel, Philadelphia’s first real listening room.
This night we are featuring 3 amazing artists in which we feel you will enjoy.
Matt Santry, Melody Rose is a vocalist from New York.Alexis Cunningham just performed her
single “What You Give” on Radio 104.5 Live at 5.

Tuesday, March 31
Mayor Michael Nutter invites the Young Professionals group for a discussion titled “Unplugged”.
This 8th annual talk will revolve around what impact future graduates have on Philadelphia and how they can play a the role in improving the city. The speech will be followed by a business card swap and discussion that starts at 6 p.m. at Pipeline Philly (30 South, 15th Floor).

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5 Powerful Questions to ask at a Networking Event.

The Big W- Who, What, When, Where, Why. These 5 words are used by children more times a day than adults, ask any parent and they will tell you. A Newsweek article from 2010, The Creativity Crisis, says “Preschool children, on average, ask their parents about 100 questions a day.” 

Question imageBasically, it’s curiosity that drives them and they don’t stop until they get the answer they want. The same technique works at a networking event, and the same 5 words that we used as children work as well today as they did then.

Here are 5 questions to ask to get the conversation going and keep your new connection engaged.

 

  1. Just out of curiosity, Why do you attend networking events? Have you ever notice the body language of someone when you ask a question? When you start a conversation with “Just out of curiosity” notice how most people will move in towards you. That’s because, by merely using the word curiosity, you have spiked their curiosity and now they’re listening and you’ve got their attention. This question is also a comfortable question to get them talking. You’re both at a networking event , so obviously it is something you both have in common and it gives you the bottom line on the real reason they are there.
  2. Where else do you network? This question is good for a novice or a professional networker. If someone says that they really don’t do allot of networking because they don’t know of many other groups, you can be the knight in shining armor and invite them to other events you go to. If they start rattling off a list of other groups listen for the ones you attend, you may very well have common ground in finding that you know many of the same people and very well learn of a few other group you may like to attend.
  3. What do you like best about what you do? This is one of my favorite questions because it’s really 2 questions in one. What do you like best about what you do also answers the question “So what do you do?” This question, unlike the same old, What do you do, gets people in conversation mode rather than just giving you a short answer.
  4. When did you get started in that direction? This gives your new contact a chance to tell a story and people love telling stories, especially when the story is about themselves.
  5. Who can I help you meet? Now that you know what your new contact is all about, this is your opportunity to show them that you care and will be a valuable addition to their network. People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Listen for the types of people they want to meet that you can introduce them to later or maybe even at that very same event.

So, why should you use these very specific questions? Have you ever notice that the very questions you ask someone are the same questions they ask of you? This is a way for you to give them your story because they will most likely ask you the very same questions and now they truly want to know.

it is very important that you stay on topic during conversation, and listen attentively. The information your new contact is giving you is very important to them and if your fidgeting and trying to get a word in it will show that you are not truly interested and you just want to give them your pitch. Learn to listen twice as much as you speak and the results will amaze you.

 

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