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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).

If I Were 22, Advice For the Class of 2014 and Young Professionals.

This article is written for the graduating class of 2014 and young professionals, with the hope of helping to guide them as they embark on the journey of fulfilling their hopes and dreams, and also to face their fears as they move towards their ultimate success. #IfIWere22

If only I knew then what I know now.               

If you are going on a journey you need a road map or you will travel aimlessly. One of the most important things a young professional can do is map out your journey of success. What will I use as a map, one may ask? Your map is made by setting your goals, writing them down, and keep them in front of you at all times. It seems so easy, but believe it or not, less than 5% actually take the time to do this.

When I was 22 someone told me about this and I paid no attention to it. I thought “How can simply writing down my goals actually make me more successful? Just go and do it!” But because of the source of this advise, a man I highly respected , I did what he said and wrote my goals down. One of my goals was to start a small retail outlet to earn additional income. After writing them down I wound up tucking them away in my nightstand draw and forgot I ever did it. The year was 1985 and I was 21 years old. I remember it vividly because of the power of what happened next.

At that time I lived in Brooklyn, NY and was a NY Mets fan. As I followed the team I noticed, early in the 1986 season, a bunch of NY Mets video tapes were being produced and thought this would be a great way to make some money. In June of 1986, at a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Networking Event, I found a wholesale video distributor that carried a variety of NY Mets video tapes, recapping the best of their games since 1969. I then looked for a location in Brooklyn where I can have an outlet to sell them. In July I contracted a small space in what was then called the Ave I Market, It was only open weekends Friday through Sunday and cost only $165 a weekend. I contracted that space and invested $500 in these video tapes. As the season progressed more and more New Yorker’s were getting excited to see the Amazing Mets and more and more of these videos were selling. The Mets went on to win the 1986 World Series and my little 10 foot by 12 foot booth in this market became the place to get Mets videos.

Shortly after the Mets won the World Series they came out with a dozen different commemorative video tapes recapping the 1986 season and that was just in time for the holiday season. Then the market announced they would open 7 days a week from November to January. The rent doubled and sales quadrupled. By the end of the holiday season, my $500 investment paid all the rent for the space and net profit was over $25,000. I continued in that small space until that market closed.

Sometime in 1987 I misplaced an important document and rummaged through drawers all over my house. To my surprise, I came across the goals I have written down in 1985 and recognized that the one goal I wanted most at that time had been fulfilled. Now mind you I didn’t even look at this in over 2 years and it had come to fruition. That’s when I realized the power of setting written goals. Since then I have written goals, accomplished them, set new ones. I keep them in front of me at all times realizing that they are my road map to success.

Recipe for Success.

Although many years have passed since then, and much success in my life has been achieved, I still am not where I want to be in life. My hope for you is the same for me, I never want to be. I always want to keep striving to be at a better place than I am.

I don’t claim to know everything about success, but I know one thing about the recipe for success.

Here it is

  • 2% motivation,
  • 3% inspiration,
  • 10% determination.
  • 85% Failure

Failure is the main ingredient to success and everything you want in life is on the other side of a person’s fear to fail. That’s why most people don’t succeed, simply because they are afraid to fail. Conquer your fear, move forward, fail forward and succeed.

Determination is the second most important part of this recipe. Your desire to succeed will drive you through your failures.

Inspiration, the 3rd most important. Be inspired by people who have achieved the success you desire. Keep these people around you. Create your inner circle of success. As the saying goes, “Hang around dogs and you’ll catch fleas”. You will become the combination of the top 5 people you spend the most time with, choose them carefully. If you can’t change the people you spend time with, than change the people you spend time with.

And finally Motivation. People may think motivation should be higher on the list. I say anyone can be motivated to do anything, but rarely do it. Most successful people will achieve their success because they were inspired to by someone they look up to, not someone they heard speak for an hour and never heard from them again. Although motivation is important in this recipe for success, it is the least important. If you are going to be motivated, get motivated by those who inspire you to accomplish great things.

The best advice I can give to you, the young professional entering today’s business world is one word, Listen. The saying goes ‘God gave you two ears and one mouth, listen twice as much as you speak.” Pay close attention to someone when they speak to you. Most everything you want to accomplish with them will be revealed to you by what they say. You will find that, rather selling them on your idea, product or service, you will be, fulfilling their needs and they will be thankful for it.

One last thing I will say to you in closing is…Never, Never Quit. #IfIWere22

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