I am honored that you are interested in meeting me. You are in good company.
As I have become more successful as a connector, I have found that more and more people would like to meet with me, and that is wonderful. Unfortunately, the time in my week is finite, and I found myself having to schedule people out weeks and even months to find an opening.
So I had to get creative, and that is why I have created two recurring events where you can connect with me and we can talk enough to get a sense of what opportunities exist: My Open Virtual Coffee, the Connection Bonanza, and The Networking Gathering.
The Networking Gathering
The Networking Gathering paused and not occurring during Q1 of 2023
One of the best ways to connect with the network of The Guy Who Knows a Guy is at my Networking Gathering. It is a 1 hour structured networking event. Anyone who is ready to give more than they take is welcome to attend.
We meet the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30. The room opens half an hour early and stays open half an hour after the end for more shmoozing.
Many people who want to meet with me are interested in exchanging introductions. I love to do this. If you tell me what you are trying to do, how you create value in the world, and who can help you to do so, I am happy to connect you to some good people. I do not often connect people to prospects and customers, but I regularly connect people to partners, resources, vendors, and solutions.
This kind of connecting doesn’t require a whole one to one. In fact, I can learn what I need in a few minutes, so I created the Connection Bonanza. I bring together as many as 10 people who will share with me what they do and how I can help. I make 0-3 introductions. They also often make good connections with other folks in the room.
Then, if we find it makes sense to have a one to one, we can schedule that.
Open Virtual Coffee
Almost every Friday at 1 PM Eastern, I open a Zoom room for an open virtual coffee.
This is a bit more informal than the Connection Bonanza. It’s an open group call, so we never know who will be there, but it’s a good chance to drop in and talk for a few minutes to identify if there are opportunities to work together further, if a private call makes sense, and how we can make the world better together.