#195, Oct 23, 2019
Watch me talk about "networking". (100 seconds)

Effective Networking

Let's talk about networking  for your business.

Especially about how you can be more successful at it.  

Want to do it well?  Let me give you a Tip.   

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

Years ago I was a regular at "Women In Business".  
Who me?  In a women's group?


This was an early networking group organized, 
I think, by the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

Guess why I attended?

Here's a clue:

Every month I'd join a luncheon or a mixer and 
meet lots of entrepreneurs and Admin Assist's. 
These women planned their companies' holiday 
parties, open houses, and business banquets.

We chatted about many things, including how 
I'd bring fun and elegance to their next festivities.  

Sure enough, before long my band was included 
in many  of their celebrations.


I'm ALWAYS looking to meet more people like this.  
Are YOU one?

"Women In Business" was one of my first awkward 
forays into face-to-face networking.  It gave me 
lots of practice making small talk with friends.

It gave me a reliable stream of engagements for 
the band and the confidence to keep networking.

Why am I telling you about my early networking? 
Because I think YOU might like this strategy, too.  

Perhaps you're already using it.  Am I right?

In recent years, many newer groups have replaced
"Women In Business" in my networking schedule.  

Today I focus my networking on groups whose members 
serve Special Events, especially weddings and parties.

Here's one of my favorite groups: 
I've been active in NACE (National Association of Catering 
and Events).  A few years ago several of my colleagues in the    
San Francisco chapter announced plans for their annual gala .  

This party is always sensational, and I wanted to join
the fun.  To work with the best of the best.

I immediately offered to bring my trio to entertain 
during the cocktail hour.  

With many additional top volunteers teaming up,  it 
was a fabulous evening for everyone who attended.

Were you there?

I was glad to help, of course, and a number of 
the evening's guests have since contacted me 
to entertain at their own clients' events.

Are you noticing a pattern here?  It's my favorite 
tip about networking.

Here's that Tip I promised:  
When you decide to network, join a few 
groups of colleagues and potential clients.  
Offer to HELP everyone, everywhere you can. 
I've found the more you offer, the more you'll receive. 

Now after collaborating all these years, my colleagues 
know that we create the perfect mood for celebrating.  

Especially at weddings and parties.  We always 
customize special music to suit the occasion.

So if YOU'RE looking specifically for help with your
wedding or party music, you can always ask me.

And now that we're talking about 
wedding and party music...

Halloween and Thanksgiving are just ahead, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting celebration.

And if you or a friend are engaged to get 
married, you might also be involved with 
planning the wedding.

Perhaps both. 

So the next time you or a friend   are looking   for 
upbeat, elegant music,  played the way you want, 
think of us.

Where can you can preview us?  Here: (RSVP required)

Saturday, October 26, 6:00-7:00pm
"Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc" Benefit party
Hillsborough Racquet Club,
252 El Cerrito Ave, Hillsborough

Reply or call 408-245-9120.  Let's chat soon.

Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  
P.S.  See our  Yelp reviewsphotos of us in action on  Instagram

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