Business Networking

13
Aug

Over the last six months, I’ve slowly reduced my prolific networking activities to none. Why? It wasn’t feeling truly productive. I was leaving events exhausted instead of charged up. I was feeling jaded about networking altogether.

Recently, I returned to the very first networking group I joined after starting my own business: The Oakville Business Network. Why? I wanted to figure out why it was worthwhile back then, and how I’d gotten off track. The answer came to me after a combination of being reunited with my first network, some self-analysis, and re-reading a key chapter in one of my favourite books “How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere; The Secrets of Good Communication” by Larry King.

So, why was my NETWORKING NOT WORKING?

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Category : Business Networking | Image Management | Blog
15
Jun

Black. Boring or classic? Flattering or draining? Drab or demure? Having told a few clients (with closets full of the colour) that black doesn’t suit them, here’s my stance on the colour.

Black suits in the workplace denote a formality and strong presence. Black fitted sweaters and slick-looking black cargo pants in the movies signal a heist is taking place. A group of men in black suits, white shirts and black ties will forever create a sense of dread for those who are familiar with that indelible scene in Reservoir Dogs. The little black dress is considered a staple ‘go to ‘of a woman’s wardrobe. Black has long been lauded for its ability to flatter women’s figures, match everything and suit every occasion. Black is the #1 selling apparel colour. “Does it come in black?” can be heard daily in most retail shops. Most people own at least one black suit. The most formal of suits, the tuxedo, is traditionally black, except for a few frightful years in the 60s when someone dreamed up pastel tuxes. Black socks are the top choice for women, and fall second-highest to white for men. Black handbags, shoes, wallets, and anything leather far outsell their counterparts.

So why do I suggest many of my clients should NOT wear black?

#1. Black doesn’t look great on everyone. Especially close to your face, black clothing can highlight dark lines under the chin, shadows around the eyes and wrinkles on the skin. Surface imperfections and sunken areas of your face may appear more pronounced. Looking closer at the eyes, you may detect dark spokes or fissures in the iris. People with warm undertones to their skin and naturally golden hues in their hair will witness a mild to dramatic loss of colour in their face, as if they were sick or tired. Standing in front of a mirror (sans make-up), comparing a warm brown piece of clothing to a black garment, will give you a basic idea if you look for all the ‘tells’ listed above. Love black, but find you can’t wear it well? Just keep it away from direct contact with your face.

#2. Black lacks any kind of friendly personality. In the movies, the character in black is very often the menacing villain, like Darth Vader or the Wicked Witch of the East, or the sociopathic hard case antihero, like Mad Max or ‘V’, the titular character in V for Vendetta. My pregnant clients will attest to the difficulty in finding maternity clothes that are not black. What part of growing a little baby in your belly finds harmony with dressing in black? For those of you in the business of sales (and we’re all in this business to some degree, whether we’re selling our ideas, ourselves, our products, our services), black is not the colour of choice if you wish to endear yourself to people. If you wish to play the power card to subordinates, sure, black works. But if you want to incorporate approachability into your image, add some colour.

#3. Black is boring. Perfect for a funeral where the focus should be on the deceased, who is often surrounded by bouquets of white or bright flowers. Black is drab in large doses. But it can be elegant and classically ‘in style’ in moderation, or when presented in interesting textures. Black can be depressing. Ever notice your mood when you get dressed in the morning? Guaranteed, given you have the choice in your wardrobe, you’ll pick the brighter colours when your mood is up, and the muted colours when your mood is somber. And if you’re still not convinced, look to those children you know. Does the average happy child under twelve ever ask to wear something black? No, they save the black obsession until they’re teenagers.

My overall stance on black? Black can be elegant, sophisticated and professional on a person whose facial tone and hair colouring are suited to it, and whose personality matches black’s standoffish, powerful and exacting presence. For everyone else? Let us show you how to find colours that match your unique colouring, personality and lifestyle.


Janelle Long

Principal/Consultant

JANELLE LONG
IMAGE MANAGEMENT

Phone 416 994 1614
Email janelle@janellelong.com
www.janellelong.com/blog

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Category : Business Networking | Health and Beauty Products | Image Management | Blog
24
Oct

Linkedin for Business workshopLinkedin™, the free online business networking site used by more than 100 million users world wide, is becoming the place to be if you’re looking to grow your business with social media. Chances are you already have an account, but you may not know how to use Linkedin for business to generate leads and grow your business.

I’ve been using Linkedin for business for over 3 years now, and have figured out an easy and effective way to use it to generate about 20% of new business by investing just 10 minutes a day.

Since September 2010 I’ve been hosting a series of hands-on seminars on how to use Linkedin for business, which I call taking Linkedin to the Max! The next session is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 10am-12:30pm. Start the “new business year” the right way and invest in the social media marketing of your business.

In 2-1/2 hours I will share with you the tips and tricks on how you, too, can use this free online resource to grow your business. Many business owners, just like you, have attended one of the 10 previous sessions of this workshop and recommend it to their connections on Linkedin. Check out their recommendations here.

Many more testimonials can be found on my blog.

It’s a small investment on your part and it’s going to work for you or you get your tuition back, no fuss. (I have yet to receive a refund request…)

Register on line or if you prefer to pay by cheque call 905-844-4247 or toll-free 1-877-ibiz-269 to reserve your seat (reg. bus. hours please)

I hope you can make it,

Boris Mahovac R.G.D.
e-Marketing Coach, Web Developer and Speaker

P.S.
Free bonus educational audio CD is included with your ticket.

Category : Business Networking | Marketing | Online Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Blog
3
Oct

Linkedin to the Max workshopLinkedin™, the free online business networking site used by more than 100 million users world wide, is becoming the place to be if you’re looking to grow your business with social media. Chances are you already have an account, but you may not know how to use Linkedin to generate leads and grow your business.

I’ve been using Linkedin for over 3 years now, and have figured out an easy and effective way to use it to generate about 20% of new business by investing just 10 minutes a day.

Since September 2010 I’ve been hosting a series of hands-on seminars on how to use Linkedin for business, which I call taking Linkedin to the Max! The next session is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 10am-12:30pm. Start the “new business year” the right way and invest in the marketing of your business.

In 2-1/2 hours I will share with you the tips and tricks on how you, too, can use this free online resource to grow your business. Many business owners, just like you, have attended one of the 10 previous sessions of this workshop and recommend it to their connections on Linkedin. Check out their recommendations here.

Many more testimonials can be found on my blog.

It’s a small investment on your part and it’s going to work for you or you get your tuition back, no fuss. (I have yet to receive a refund request…)

Register on line or if you prefer to pay by cheque call 905-844-4247 or toll-free 1-877-ibiz-269 to reserve your seat (reg. bus. hours please)

I hope you can make it,

Boris Mahovac R.G.D.
e-Marketing Coach, Web Developer and Speaker

P.S.
Free bonus educational audio CD is included with your ticket.

Category : Business Networking | Marketing | Online Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Blog
3
May

Linkedin, the social media site for professionals has established itself as the place to go for service professionals, solopreneurs and small business owners to generate leads and build their business.

I’ve been using Linkedin actively for 3 years, and have found it to be an extremely powerful lead-generation tool, especially for self-employed service professionals, but it works equally well in creating new business opportunities for all kids of businesses.

Linkedin seminar: register todayRecently I asked members of Linkedin how much new business they generate and 57% said: Zero! Frankly, I am not surprised. Linkedin is getting bigger and more feature-rich, so the learning curve for new users is getting steeper and steeper. Because of this many people open an account and then get discouraged when they start exploring the site. Unfortunately, it is not immediately apparent how can one use Linkedin to get more clients.

If you’re struggling with making Linkedin work for you, come to my popular 2-1/2-hour workshop *Linkedin to the MAX* and learn my secrets. Click here to register today for the next session on May 5.

Jim WhiteHere’s one participant’s testimonial — Since participating in your Linkedin to the Max! workshop, I have been expanding my list of connections, and have already seen positive results. I have made some great connections that could result in business opportunities. Your workshop presentation was clear and very informative. Even I, a self-proclaimed “techno-idiot”, learned a lot, and have started to put some of your recommendations into practice. – Thank you!! — Jim White (click this link for more testimonials for my seminars)

Boris Mahovac R.G.D.
iBizAcademy – Online Marketing For Small Business
iBizAcademy Training Centre
1253 Silvan Forest Drive, Burlington, ON L7M 0B7
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Category : Business Networking | Marketing | Online Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Blog
7
Mar

WonderMoms is an on line resource website for parents – We call it our on line destination for Moms and Dads from the GTA area. We offer plenty on WonderMoms from,

*Content, we have articles written by professionals and digital Moms and Dads – encourage guest blogs.

*Events for the Community, we help support local community events

*Contests and Giveaways, WonderMoms hosted a lot of fabulous giveaways with Brands and Business’s. It is a great way to showcase your business and or product with our readers

*We are heavily involved in Social Media and engage with our followers. You can find us on Twitter at WonderMoms and also on Facebook . Our site link is WonderMoms.ca

Our goal is to engage, learn, network and grow with the Oakville Business Network members.

Thank you

Tamara

Category : Advertising | Article Writing | Business Networking | Social Media Marketing | Blog
28
Jun

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I never thought cancer would affect my family- and yet it did on April 2, 2008. Cancer took my Mom away from us. She had the same cancer as Luciano Pavarotti, and Randy Pausch and I am comforted to know she is sharing a place with great people.

I have been walking in the Relay for Life since June, 2008 and this year we decided to host a big fundraiser – all proceeds donated towards The Canadian Cancer Society. Through our networking I met Kendall from @OakvilleBP, she invited me for lunch and we planned our first fundraising event hosted at the Oakville Boston Pizza, located at Winston Churchill and the QEW.

From that moment I did not slow down, I enlisted the help of some pretty amazing people, @Optimom, @BarleySugar, @BigDaddyKreativ, @RobynConnolly. Without hesitation from my wonderful friends they were all behind me and assisted in making this year a huge success. These are the members in this amazing networking group

Thank you to the fabulous business’s and people that donated products for our silent auction and door prizes

Barley Sugar
Kraft Canada
Ogilvy One Canada
Big Daddy Kreativ
Timex Canada
The Root of Health
Oakville Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Salon Monzer
Belly Up Dance Studio
Aradia Fitness Oakville
Mabel’s Labels
A Picture in Time
Tranquility Spa and Laser
Alexx Coelho
Oakville Boston Pizza
Lovable Labels
Ivana Straska Szakal Holistic Psychotherapist & Counselor
Somine Enterprise
Catherine Chu The Root Of Health
Primary Point Images
Antz In Your Pantz
Marcy Berg
Mortgages 4 Women
Luscious Bubbles
Category : Business Networking | Community Resources | Blog
21
Jun

the power of social media & quality relationships

Unless you’ve been living in a cave in outer Mongolia you’ve probably heard of Social Media, Twitter or Facebook. Social media has had a big impact on my life both in business and personally over the last couple years. I have met so many new, wonderful people and learned so much from them. Social media is much more than a buzz word. It can create so many opportunities both personally and professionally. Why do you think ‘big business’ is frothing at the mouth to capitalize on it.

From my experience with social media, there is no quick fix or overnight success. As I’ve learned you have to give to receive and it’s about quality, not quantity. Too often, people get caught up and focused on numbers – how many friends they have on Facebook, how many ‘likes’ they have or how many followers they have on Twitter. I’ve seen countless people rack up numbers and followers, but never connect or engage. They live in a bubble and are solely focused on themselves, losing sight of the true value and potential of their network. The numbers are with out value unless there is a connection and quality relationships to back it all up.

“You have to give, to receive.

There’s no magic formula with social media. The first time I signed up for a Twitter account, I logged in, looked at the home screen, scratched my head and didn’t come back for 9 months. I did come back though and boy, I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. Over the past couple years I’ve made a lot of connections, in particular on Twitter. I’ve made friends across Canada, from Vancouver to Nova Scotia and throughout the U.S.A. My hometown of Oakville has a wonderful network of Tweeps, all connecting and sharing. It truly is an amazing, supportive and caring community.

Over the past two years, I have shared and learned a lot about myself, Real Estate, Autism, family & life. I’ve lent support and helped raise awareness. Just this past week, as my network of friends and family both on and offline all know, I was given a wonderful opportunity this week by Realestock.com. Based on a personal story I shared, I was humbled to be selected as finalist and given the chance to win an Apple iPad for my family. When I first came across the contest, I wasn’t even going to write the story I did because it was so personal – I’m very glad that I did.

The response has been tremendous, beyond anything I could have imagined. I put it out there and shared it with my family and friends both offline and online and was humbled and overwhelmed with the reaction. The kind words I received through emails and messages brought out so much emotion. Raising awareness not only about our situation, but more importantly Autism in general has been simply amazing. The number of people that have reached out to me and shared their story about Autism whether in their immediate family, a friend, godson or family member has been wonderful. The Autism community is extremely supportive online and this is a perfect example.

All of this has reinforced that there is no quick fix and no easy formula. One good friend of mine, Tracy Grant (a.k.a @BarleySugar) called the response the “magic of Twitter” and she’s right. It has been magical. But the formula is simple:

You have to give, to receive.

You can follow Ryan on Twitter here: @OakvilleRealtor.

Category : Business Networking | Blog
9
Apr

Our next meeting is on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:30 am at Hampton’s Restaurant. Please note the new time, one half hour earlier.

Make sure you invite a client, friend or supplier to join us.

See you all there!

Category : Business Networking | nextmeetingdate | Blog
12
Jan

The Oakville Business Networking Group is looking for local, forward thinking business owners and entrepreneurs.

We are an Oakville based networking group that meets bi-weekly to grow and expand our businesses.

Here are just some of the categories that are open for new members:

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  • Business Valuator
  • Travel Agent
  • Optometrist
  • Naturopath
  • Massage Therapist
  • Home Inspector
  • Painter
  • Printer
  • Florist
  • Photographer
  • Lawyer
  • Reflexologist
  • Psychic
  • Nutritionist

If your business category isn’t listed here, click here to view our current membership directory.

Our next networking meeting is this Friday, January 15th 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Hampton’s Restaurant – 754 Bronte Rd. Oakville.  If you’re interested, come out and join us!

See you there!

Ryan Chelak, Real Estate Broker
Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage
www.BuyAndSellYourHome.com
Category : Business Networking | Blog