Jeff Nolan – Founder, Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours
<ul><li>Founded in November 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Group of Twin Cities Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Meet on 3 rd  Thur...
<ul><li>To connect people who have an interest in  helping  others expand their career or grow their business, in a fun an...
<ul><li>Networking - a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common ...
<ul><li>The ability to listen to and learn about others to find out how you can help THEM. </li></ul><ul><li>The ability t...
<ul><li>Find prior ways to connect with people you know will be at an event, conference, seminar etc. that you would like ...
<ul><li>Networking, in particular, events and social tools serve as a means to bring people together. </li></ul><ul><li>Ne...
<ul><li>The intent of your networking focus should not be to sell other people, but rather to create advocates for you. </...
<ul><li>Don’t wait for others to give you opportunities to network, create your own. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to conve...
<ul><li>Follow up with people you meet, especially if you said you would. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not follow up to try to sel...
 
<ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.tcthursdayhappyhours.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><u...
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  1. 1. Jeff Nolan – Founder, Twin Cities Thursday Happy Hours
  2. 2. <ul><li>Founded in November 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Group of Twin Cities Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Meet on 3 rd Thursday every month at a different happy hour location in the Twin Cities </li></ul><ul><li>Casual networking events </li></ul><ul><li>Special events (business talks, golf, philanthropy) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1,300 people connected (LinkedIn) </li></ul><ul><li>Where we’ve been: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maynard’s, Imperial Room, Vic’s, J.J. Hill Library, Harrington Mansion, Alaska Eatery, Forepaugh’s, Braemar Golf Course, The Shout House, Rock Bottom Brewery </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>To connect people who have an interest in helping others expand their career or grow their business, in a fun and casual environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision for the group: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To become the premier place to make business connections in the Twin Cities and to allow members an opportunity to get involved with giving back to the community. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Networking - a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest. (Dictionary.com) </li></ul><ul><li>What is your definition of “Networking”? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The ability to listen to and learn about others to find out how you can help THEM. </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to build relationships that are based on trust and common good. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.“ –Keith Ferrazzi </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Find prior ways to connect with people you know will be at an event, conference, seminar etc. that you would like to meet. </li></ul><ul><li>Know something about the person you would like to meet or are meeting with. </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with your business connections/network online. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Networking, in particular, events and social tools serve as a means to bring people together. </li></ul><ul><li>Networking is a useless function without active members working together to build a community that serves a purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing a useful network takes time, energy and trust among all parties. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The intent of your networking focus should not be to sell other people, but rather to create advocates for you. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a genuine interest in other people, not just what they do, but who they are. </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to “touch” people in your network 5 times a week. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail, phone call, Thank You, social network, mail </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Don’t wait for others to give you opportunities to network, create your own. </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to conversations in your online network </li></ul><ul><li>Attend as many events that will encourage you to expand your network. (research relevance) </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to “fail” at networking, if you put yourself out there, it is impossible to fail. ( everyone else is in the same boat) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Follow up with people you meet, especially if you said you would. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not follow up to try to sell your product or service. </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways to stay connected with the people that you let into your network. </li></ul><ul><li>You never know how who you meet can help you, be memorable. (Don’t be canned, dress professionally, be positive) </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.tcthursdayhappyhours.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=159892 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=31164776245 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/TCTHURHAPPYHOUR </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tcthursdayhappyhours.ning.com </li></ul></ul>

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