Posts Tagged "connecting"

How to become a Super Connector

Posted by in Consulting, making connections matter, networking

Super Connector Sandy Jones-Kaminski shares some tips These days it seems as though practically everyone I meet wants to be thought of as a “Super Connector.” And believe it or not, I never set out to become such a thing myself. However, I have been told time and time again that I am one, so I’ve decided to just go with it and own the designation.

In that spirit, and since I’m here to show you how to make your connections matter and that anything IS possible, I thought I’d share an October podcast interview I did with Tom Libelt of Smart Brand Marketing titled, “How to Become a Super Connector with Sandy Jones-Kaminski.”

Take a listen to this 20 min discussion and see if you don’t come away with a few new ideas for developing the skills needed to become a real connector, super or otherwise.Sandy Jones-Kaminski on Smart Brand Marketing with host Tom Libelt

 

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10 More of My Favorite Quotes About Networking

Posted by in marketing, networking, Speaking

As a follow-up to my popular first post containing 10 of my favorite quotes related to networking, I wanted to share 10 more of my faves. I’ve since come across these on my own, or they were shared with me via comments left on that last post. These quotes will hopefully motivate you as well as the most seasoned networkers (like me!) out there to embrace the upcoming networking season.

My Fav Networking Quotes

Here are 10 more of my favorite quotes to help inspire and motivate us all to grow our professional networks:

1) If you want to go fast, go along. If you want to go far, go with others.   – African Proverb (Courtesy of Theresa Timpson)

2) A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.       – Chinese Proverb (Courtesy of Ahamad Alisah)

3) Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.  – Jay Danzie

4) Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.     – Charles Eames

5) It isn’t just what you know, and it isn’t just who you know. It’s actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living.  – Bob Burg

6) Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.    – Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien (Courtesy of Laura Babbitt)

7) Help the people in your network. And let them help you.  – Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, author

8) The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.  –  Robert Kiyosaki, author

9) Listening is the new prospecting.  – Brian Tracy

10) Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.   – Anthony Robbins,  life coach, self-help author and speaker

Bonus quote (and one you’ll hear in my effective networking presentations):  “Don’t be a hit and run with your new connections. Make an effort to stay in touch or in occasional contact with folks you meet with whom you want to stay connected.”   – Sandy Jones-Kaminski

Do you have your own quote about networking? 

P.S. If you like this type of thing, you’ll love my book – I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Any Networking Event. Just sayin’…

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It’s time for the 1st Pay It Forward Party in the East Bay!

Posted by in networking, pay it forward, pif party

THIS EVENT IS BEING RESCHEDULED FOR A DATE IN OCTOBER AT A VENUE IN SF! PLEASE SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF OUR FUTURE EVENTS. YOU CAN USE THIS LINK TO BE IN THE LOOP: http://eepurl.com/khfH1

It’s time for the 1st Pay It Forward Party in the East Bay! Join us on Wed, Sept 18, 2013 in Emeryville, CA.

Pay It Forward

Click here to register for the upcoming PIF Party via Eventbrite today!

*What’s a PIF Party you ask?

Have you ever been frustrated with the outcomes of or behaviors at some of the networking events you attend? Or maybe you’ve witnessed behaviors like the old “I’m talking to you, but try not to notice my eyes scanning every other person’s nametag that walks by please,” to the “So, Debbie, what’s Stillheart?” and then their eyes glazing over because you, your situation or words didn’t immediately appear to be a prospect for them.

Well, a few years ago, I recognized that there had to be a better way to make and cultivate quality connections, so I started having my own networking event know as a “PIF Party.” PIF means to for pay it forward, and at a PIF Party, that’s what people do. The general theme of the event is that each guest comes to the PIF party with the intention of helping others first. And, as can be expected, each person leaves feeling good about the community service they’ve provided by having helped others as well as the help they themselves may have received.

Be sure to click here to register for the upcoming PIF Party via Eventbrite and secure your spot today!

Please feel free to share the invitation with others because the more the merrier!

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A milestone for us and the App Store: BetterHalf is live!

Posted by in Apps, Consulting

BetterHalf the appYesterday, July 10, 2013, the App Store from Apple turned five and, thanks to the ecosystem they created, our team launched BetterHalf, a new iPhone date-planning app for couples looking to keep their date nights alive.

Ours is the first iPhone app created to make planning a couples’ night out as easy as a few simple taps on their smartphone. Couples can search for movies and restaurants nearby, or at any designated location, choose one of each, and then set a “date night” by sending the date plan to their significant other.

In a nutshell, BetterHalf offers a faster and easier way to craft, coordinate and carry out better dates with your better half.

Our app began, as an iPhone app idea submitted to an Applits monthly contest, and after winning “Staff Pick” it became a product of the collaboration between the platform and the creative and development team at BetterHalf LLC which consists of my husband, Keith Kaminski, serving as CEO and original designer, myself (biz dev and strategy), Bryan Dryja (dev) and the newbie co-founders of Applits (BetterHalf is the first app they’ve gotten launched – yay!), Keith Shields and Joshua Tucker.

A completely personalized iPhone app, it is basically designed to help long-time or married couples and domestic partners craft, coordinate and carry out thoughtful dinner-and-a-movie dates with their significant other. BetterHalf is currently being offered for download as a $0.99 paid app.

After downloading the app to both iPhones, couples can access their significant other’s favorite movies and restaurants, sync calendars, buy tickets or make reservations – all through the app. It’s designed as a collaboration app to assist with crafting a regular date night or to celebrate a relationship milestone or special occasion.

Get your date accepted via BetterHalfAs Keith said, “I’ve learned the hard way that my spouse likes to have some input on our date nights, so creating something that made it easy for me to plan dates with her, or her with me, became essential to keeping our date night ritual alive and well.”

BetterHalf’s main features include marking certain movies and dining locations as favorites for a partner to see, sending, accepting, and/or rejecting each other’s date suggestions, purchasing movie tickets directly through the app, and viewing details and reviews of restaurants.

Future version plans include suggested date ideas, notifications to remind each party to plan a date if the couple hasn’t been on one within a specific amount of time, personalized gift ideas for celebratory date nights, transportation services and making reservations at other types of venues. I can’t wait for us to add these things!

BetterHalf on the iTunes App Store 

Please feel free to contact me for details or with feedback and don’t forget to rate it on the App Store too .Thanks in advance for checking it out!

Email: Sandy Jones-Kaminski

Bella Domain Media

Direct: 415.613.8508

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Create an Engaging About Us Page With Some Help From LinkedIn

Posted by in Career, Consulting, resources

Here’s another, little known thing you can do with help from LinkedIn: create an engaging About Us page for your company, bio or your job search/resume site.

LinkedIn’s timeline app is cool and something with which many of us could find lots of other interesting uses. To see a timeline that’s already been generated, you can view mine from 2012 2013 below (Quicktime needed and check your browser — definitely Safari friendly):

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Here’s a screen grab of what you’ll see in case you have browser trouble playing mine:

SandyJK LinkedIn Timeline Image

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