#173, December 12, 2018

Watch me talk about "networking" . (100 seconds)

Effective Networking

Let's talk about  networking for your business.

Especially about how you can be 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 
planning wedding & party music...
The holidays and New Year's Eve are coming up, 
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: (see details below)

Saturday, Jan 19, 11:00am-4:00pm
International Wedding Festival
Santa Clara Convention Center
Tasman Av at Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Caterer?  Wedding or Event Planner?  Bride?  Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll hear the 
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.

Let's chat soon.

Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  

P.S. Want wedding or party music?  See our 78 reviews on  Yelp.  
       See photos of us in action on Instagram

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