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By Pat Hammond

It's Time to Get Serious

Have you ever tried to find a business partner? Someone who shared your vision, had a similar work ethic, and the skills you needed to take your great idea from the back of a cocktail napkin to fruition?

I'll give you a hint, it's harder to find a business partner than it is to find a New Year's Eve date.

You might even say it's virtually impossible.

Networking events are a meat market. The people who aren't trying to get you to join their network marketing/MLM scheme are either selling insurance or looking for a job. Even if you luck into a carefully curated B2B event, there is almost no chance to find other business people looking for a partner or new business opportunity. Which is why I started the NH Business Partner Finder Group.

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By Pat Hammond

Bye Bye Stella!

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm tired of talking about snow. At this point, my inner Jersey girl is telling me that it's mid-March and that means it's time to think about daffodils, crocus, and all those other telltale signs that spring is around the corner. With that in mind, I'm going to put my head in the sand and press on.

First quarter is almost over and in spite of the many snow days the last few months, I'm pretty close to reaching this quarter's goals. Heck, I've even started working on next quarter. I've been booking projects for May and June and it was a little scary when I realized that I had to flip a couple calendar pages to find enough free time for a new project. But enough about me. What's going on with you?

Are you where you want to be?

Is it time to rethink some of this year's goals?

Maybe you're ready for a new direction?

Or perhaps, you are exactly where you need to be and are on track for the best year ever.

No matter what your situation is, there are a lot of opportunities for anyone in New Hampshire who is looking for a new job, new business, or a new direction, all it takes is a willingness to jump in and try. For most of us, that means making a plan then making the right connections.

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By Pat Hammond

In this month's episode...

In this month's Live from the Hive I am talking about office design and functional workspace with Justin Mikolyski from Creative Office Pavilion and how to promote your business using video with Chris Pastrana from the NH Business Show.

It doesn't matter if you are a one man office working from your apartment or if you have a hundred employees in the Millyard, every office needs the right design and equipment to keep your staff healthy and productive.

  • chairs
  • lighting
  • work surfaces

Justin Mikolyski is here to share his insider tips on things to think about when you need to add more desks without moving to new office space. He's also talking about how to keep up with next generation needs in an evolving workplace, and how hiring a professional design team can make the transition to your new office space worry-free.

I'm also catching up with Chris Pastrana from the NH Business Show. He's sharing how testimonial videos can be a very affordable way to create social proof in competitive markets. We're also talking about his new Elevator Pitch coaching product and the new veteran's business networking group.

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By Pat Hammond

It's Sunshine Week!

I don't want to get all political on you, but you'd have to be living under a pretty big rock to not know we are struggling with a lot of issues at the national, state, and local levels of government.

It doesn't matter what the topic is, someone, somewhere is making backroom deals and someone else is complaining about PACS and special interest groups swaying decisions that impact lives.

The core checks and balances written into our government's structure eventually catch up with many of these issues, but it's slow and without someone shining a light into the dark corners it can take a while before anyone notices something's not quite right.

In the old days, the free press took the lead when it came to finding the truth, but we live in a new normal where many of the old newspapers have either gone out of business or been bought by international news conglomerates who may be more connected to the problems than the solutions.

Even here in New Hampshire, our beloved newspapers no longer cover the State House and do little more than print minutes from town hall meetings, which begs the question of who is doing oversight?

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By Pat Hammond

Women of Strength Photo Project

Before we move on to this week's picks, I want to give a quick shout out to Scot Langdon and Lisa J. Jackson and their Women of Strength Project.

Anyone in the 603 Networking group on LinkedIn probably knows Scot and Lisa, but if you're not one of the 6,000 + members of 603 Networking, Scot Langdon is a local photographer and Lisa J. Jackson is a writer and they are collaborating on the Women of Strength Project "to highlight women, tell their stories, and create discussions from the photographic images and text, which aims to inspire women of all ages to become leaders in their own lives."

In spite of education and technology, many women feel more disenfranchised than their grandmothers were. Sadly, we live in a world where responsibility to family and partners often seems to limit opportunity and many women struggle to break through the barriers that hold them back.

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By Pat Hammond

Happy Friday!

I don't even care if the forecast is rain because I have today off! In fact, I'm off tomorrow and Monday too. And since I need to clear my desk before I walk out the door, I'm going to jump into it.

This week's top picks are:

603 Networking - Bedford from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Monday, February 27th at Cohen Closing & Title, LLC 203 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford.

My second pick is Kevin Willett's New England B2B Networking Group Event in Manchester, NH from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 2nd at Craig, Deachman and Amann, 1662 Elm Street, Manchester. This is a paid event. The cost is $20, but it includes lunch. New England B2B is a small meetup with around ten people and only one person per industry. If you are looking for a way to meet other professionals and find referrals in a casual professional environment, this group is worth your time.

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By Pat Hammond

End of the Quarter - How's Your Networking?

I know it's hard to believe, but we're creeping up on the end of the first quarter which means it's time to take a look at where we stand on this year's networking goals.

Have you been getting to as many events as you wanted?

Are you participating in online groups on Linked In or Facebook?

Are you meeting the people who can connect you to your target audience?

I can't speak for anyone else, but I find it difficult to stay on top of things in January and February. The days are still short, you never know what the weather is going to do, and since I always want to get a jump start on things at the beginning of the year, I try to cram fourteen hours worth of work in an eight-hour day. It can be overwhelming, and when push comes to shove, networking is the easiest thing to cut from the schedule.

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By Pat Hammond

Is It March Yet?

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm feeling like February has worn out its welcome. Don't get me wrong. I like winter. I like the cold, I like the snow, but the constant disruptions to my schedule are making it a little too challenging to stay on top of things. Let's just say that between the weather and a never ending list of crises, including the fact that I can't seem to find the time to go out to buy a new washing machine, I'm starting to become a cranky Pat. And nobody wants that.

I can't believe we've reached the point where I'm able to say this without crossing my fingers, but we've got another busy events calendar for next week. There's so much going on I'm not even going to try to choose three top picks.

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By Pat Hammond

Lessons in Leadership

Monday morning started with me dragging my husband out of bed (it was his day off) to help me move the two feet of snow plowed up at the end of the driveway so I could go to Nashua.

One of my goals this year is to learn about leadership. I want to define what makes a person a good leader and what it takes for someone to become a good leader.

I'm not even sure it's something that can be taught, but I'd been invited to hear Rocky Romanella, former CEO of UniTek Global Services, present a talk called "Be A Great Leader: Inspiring & Empowering Others To Do Their Very Best" in advance of his upcoming book launch and it was going to take more than two feet of snow to stop me.

I'd done my research and knew that Romanella had worked his way up from a dock loader to the C-suite and I'd seen some of his videos and knew he was an engaging speaker who relied on stories and personal anecdotes rather than his slide deck to share his message, but I wasn't sure if his corporate experience could be packaged into a one-hour how-to session that people could take home and apply to their own lives.

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By Pat Hammond

New England's King of Networking

On this month's episode of Live from the Hive I am talking with New England's un-official King of Networking, the one and only Kevin Willett.

For anyone who hasn't met Kevin, I can guarantee you that it is just a matter of time.

This man is everywhere and he's connected to just about everyone in southern New Hampshire and the Greater Boston area.

In addition to his role as a professional networker through his eponymous Friends of Kevin networking group, Willett also manages the New England B2B Networking group, hosts the Friends of Kevin Radio Show, and the Business as Usual television show.

You might even say when it comes to networking, Willett has been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, and wrote the book about it.

And it would be true.

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