Make Certain You Eat Your Fruit Everyday!

Fruity Pebbles - Eating Fruit?A person who is a casual acquaintance, named Roger, attended a unique networking event hosted by me in New York City. He was my guest along with three other people. During the closing fifteen minutes we break away from the conference table and mingle with each other in true networking style.

Roger came up to me to thank me for the invitation and to say what an excellent group of people to meet. Unfortunately, he said, I am already committed to a networking group for this year. My questions were then about this other networking group. He said, well actually, I have been a member of it for over ten years and it does nothing for me. In fact, I stopped giving referrals to anyone three or four years ago because no one ever gives me any, that work out, you know, turn into business.

I asked him “Why do you continue to go and continue to be a member of this group?” Well, Roger stated, as if the answer was so obvious why would anyone ask? “Some of the people are now my friends, the day and time work and fit into my schedule so why not? After all, everyone knows me now? The fee is only a few hundred bucks a year.”

Let me stop this story for a moment to be picked up again soon.

A few days ago in reference to something completely different, my wife, Dr. Patty Ann, made this statement – “Why it is just like someone eating Fruity Pebbles Cereal in the morning and saying – well of course – I had my fruit today!” Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

Now this was an amazing statement for what we were discussing. Even better was that this quote was going to be utilized in an article written by me somewhere really soon.

Who knew it would happen this quickly! Thanks DPA!

Back to Roger and his networking group. I said “Roger, look it is great you have attended our meeting today. Thank you for coming here. If you would like to speak with me for an introductory, no cost, call for twenty minutes, we can continue this conversation. Right now there are other guests who must be greeted by me. One quick question though, is anyone in your current networking group someone you conduct any business with or in fact have you ever conducted business with anyone from your group?” Well, Roger said, “that is a long story, may I have another one of your business cards?”

The short answer is no – no one – ever.

Now Roger is on my calendar for his introductory, no cost, call for twenty minutes. Do you see how he thinks he is networking – yet – he is not networking at all!

Kind of like eating fruity pebbles for breakfast and thinking you had all of your fruit for the day!

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Mitch Tublin is an advanced, certified executive coach, business consultant and professional speaker based in Stamford, CT.

3 Important Tips When You Attend Events

Tips for Attending Live EventsDo you attend events? When travel, hotel and food are added into the cost of the event, the event cost itself, plus the time involved attending the event, it becomes a serious investment.

Prior to the event do you have a plan and a strategy formulated in order to make the most of your investment? Even if the event is local and you do not have to travel you are investing your time. This is an investment as well and you should have a plan and a strategy to make the most of it.

Here are three tips you should utilize to make the most of your event attending experience.

First tip is you should review the schedule carefully.

Are there breakout sessions where you have the ability to select which one to participate in? Review these prior to attending the event and make your selection during each breakout of choice A and choice B for each breakout period. The reason is because if one of the sessions is canceled you already know where you intend to go, or if one of the sessions fills up you will already know where to go instead. Research the presenter and understand more about them and their background. This will enable you to judge the potential value to you of their session.

Second tip is you should see if there is a list of attendees posted or if there is a social media page for the event.

This will enable you to determine which people you definitely want to connect with in person at the event. Have this list available in order to ask others at the event if they saw them, know them or met them. Treat this as a game if you want to and don’t stress over it. However, make it your business to connect with the people you need to connect with!

Third tip is on the way back home from attending an event have a plan for what you will put into use – put into action and when.

Follow up with the people you met at the event within the first three to five days of the event with an action step to met in person if they are local or arrange a phone call.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified coach, business consultant and speaker based in Stamford, CT.

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