Monthly Archives: February 2010

Coming To Pittsburgh: Speed Networking, Thursday, February 25

Speed networking programs are showing up all around the world and now it’s coming to Pittsburgh. These events tend to be a fun, exciting and effective way to make a lot of initial connections in a very different environment from the standard business networking meetings.

On Thursday, February 25, my company the Marben Bland Group will be sponsoring Pittsburgh’s first open speed networking event from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Sigmas Conference & Event Center 1717 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA.   While other speed networking programs have been conducted, sponsored by specific groups with closed membership requirement.  This is Pittsburgh’s first truly open event without membership restrictions. 

How Does Speed Networking Work

Speed networking programs generally involve people meeting each other one at a time for a short interval and then moving on to the next person in line. They are fairly structured in the way people queue up to meet. For example, one variation is to have two concentric circles of people. The individuals sit across from one another and after the set time period–generally one or two minutes–the outside circle of people gets up and moves in one direction around the circle until everyone has met.  The event on Thursday will work like this. 

Benefits of Speed Networking
– Make more business contacts in one night than most make in a month
– Perfect your “30 Second” pitch
– Face-to-face networking
– Fun and fast paced
– Great for entrepreneurs

Wouldn’t it be nice to leave a networking event knowing that you have made real connections that can help you?  If you agree join us on Thursday, February 25 for a wonderful evening of food, wine, networking, and fun!  For only $25.00 per person.

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Finding a new LeBron with social media

Well it was bound to happen; my classic 1995 Chevy Cavalier better known as   LeBron (get the hint) has apparently gone its final mile.  The end came on the parkway in Pittsburgh last night where it rolled to a stop in the middle of Friday rush hour traffic. 

Luckily thanks to the superb state patrol and the wonders of AAA, LeBron and I got pushed and towed to safety.    I got the news early today at the repair shop 15 years of faithful service and over three hundred thousand miles LeBron is beyond repair, he will be taken to the salvage yard next week.

As many of you know after I lost my job as part of a “reduction in force” at PPG, I stated my own business as a Job Coach and a Social Media Strategist.  I am proud of the work I have been able to do helping over 1,500 people including women and men at a homeless shelter to find work.   I have also gained a growing reputation of in the use of social media strategies to help businesses reach and connect with customers.

While the work have been rewarding the profits have been modest.  I have maintained a lid on my expenses by greatly reducing my “life style” with LeBron and his zero car note being a big part of the solution. 

Now that LeBron is gone I face the quandary of limited cash flow, no credit the banks are not lending to small idea capital laden business like mine paired with the absolute need to have a car so I can reach a client base that is beyond public transportation. 

As a job coach and social media strategist I have championed the use of Web 2.O and social media to uncover opportunities, create markets, and to unlock the potential in people and the situations they find themselves in.

So I am going to practice what I am preaching and test the power of social media.  As unleash the hounds on this problem:  I need your help, in either finding a car that I can afford I have less than 3K to spend or helping me generate 3-10K of business in the next 30 days.   Naturally I would prefer the business generation part!   So I am linking this post with my simple request to my entire social medial world to see what we can create if you are up to the challenge drop me a line.  I will report back to everyone on our collective progress. 

Attend Pittsburgh’s 1st Speed Networking Event!

Thursday, February 25, 2010  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM   Sigmas Conference & Event Center

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Attend Pittsburgh’s 1st Open Speed Networking Event!

Attend Pittsburgh’s 1st Open Speed Networking Event!

Thursday, February 25, 2010  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM  

Sigmas Conference & Event Center

1717 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA

Launch yourself into a new circle of people waiting to talk to you!

 Have you ever attended a networking event and did not meet the people you wanted to meet?

Are you looking for a new job and would like to meet potential employers?

As an entrepreneur are you seeking to grow and expand your business?

Then find the people who can help you answer these questions at Pittsburgh’s First Speed Networking Event! 

With the unique SPEED NETWORKING format, you will meet more people, make more contacts, and generate more business and job search ideas in one short evening, than you ever thought was possible at a networking event! 

 How Does Speed Networking Works
From 5:00 PM-8:00 PM a series of fast paced SPEED NETWORKING sessions will be conducted.  During each session you will be able to network face-to-face with a manageable group of people timed and designed so that you can meet everyone in the group. There will also be unstructured networking time

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