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By Pat Hammond

Another super program from Sandler Training

Sandler Training is presenting a free 1-hour webinar called The Art & Skills of Sales Psychology on Tuesday, May 21st at 2:00 PM ET. 

I'm a big fan of Sandler's programs because they are designed to be effective for everyone. 

Their sales training programs are designed to help you target the right buyer who is in-market for your products and services now. 

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By Pat Hammond

MANCHESTER, NH — His shoot-from-the-hip style may betray his working-class roots, but have no doubt that Maryland Congressman John Delaney is in the game to win.

During his 17th visit to the Granite State, Delaney on May 10 hosted an entrepreneurial round table discussion with local small business owners in the Black Brimmer conference room of WBC Office Suites’ Elm Street co-working space.

Delaney’s experience as a business leader was evident as he deftly deflected off-topic questions and facilitated discussion around issues that tie directly to his platform.

 

 

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By Pat Hammond

I need your help. Last week I announced a new format for the Weekly Roundup. After taking a couple of months off from the blog, I've come to the conclusion that I can no longer commit a day and a half each week tracking down event listings.

Starting this week the new format will be limited to my top picks and any events you share with me through the event submission form.

The new format is also going to include more community events. 

After attending a lot of roundtables, symposiums, and other similar discussion events, it's become abundantly clear that many of the challenges faced by local businesses stem from the fact that a lot of people feel disconnected from the world around them. 

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By Pat Hammond

Changes to Weekly Roundup

There is no doubt that the Weekly Roundup is Queen City Buzz's most popular resource. The problem is that even when I limit it to just the Manchester metro area it takes me an entire day, sometimes a day and a half, to research and write. 

Imagine losing almost a quarter of your work week to something that doesn't generate revenue. It's not sustainable. 

I had already talked with Manchester Ink Link about doing a monthly roundup featuring two or three key events, but that leaves a lot of networking opportunities on the table. 

So starting next week I'm going to try a new format. Instead of me spending an entire day trying to find events, I'm asking you to share your events with me. 

The deadline is 5:00 PM every Wednesday and all you need to do is email me at buzz@queencity.buzz or fill out this event form

This is very much a work in progress.

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By Pat Hammond

It took a few months longer than I expected, but I think I finally wrapped my head around where Queen City Buzz is going...

Before I say anything else I want to thank you for your patience. I know I haven't done a great job with keeping people informed about what was happening at Queen City Buzz.  There are a lot of valid reasons and a few believable excuses, but as my grandmother used to say, it only takes five minutes to pick up the phone and check in. And I didn't. 

Which brings me to the evolution. 

Queen City Buzz originally started as a platform for my web design clients and other local business people to share their expertise and information about their business.  We had five contributors, weekly and monthly podcasts, events, and links to essential business resources. 

Over the years Queen City Buzz adapted to a changing market. I dropped the podcasts and extended coverage to Concord and Nashua. I included arts and the tech sector, and added tools and features to the point where it became an unpaid full-time job. 

I was knee deep in production and oblivious until someone pointed out that Queen City Buzz had lost its focus.

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By Pat Hammond

You snooze, you lose...

I'm a proactive person. My usual modus operandi is to make a plan, commit, and take action.  Only this time I didn't. 

I really wanted to go to Tuesday's Leadership Under Pressure event at the Currier to hear Rick Kaiser, network and introduce myself to some of the other attendees. If I played my cards right, the people I met would springboard the re-brand of NH Business Guild and introduce me to several of Manchester's A-list business connections. 

It could have been a win-win.  But I lost. 

Instead of hearing Kaiser's talk I'm searching the web for interviews and articles featuring his insights and experience with leadership and I'm scrolling through my address book to find connections who may know someone who can introduce me to someone who knows some of the people I wanted to meet. 

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By Pat Hammond

Here's one for New Hampshire artists, musicians, actors, and writers: E-Ops, the best-kept secret from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Looking for a grant to pay the bills while you work on the great American novel? The NH State Council on the Arts publishes the monthly E-Ops newsletter with links to grants, fellowships, jobs, and other opportunities for writers, actors, and artists.

Published the first Tuesday of every month, the monthly newsletter provides Granite State artists with a listing of auditions, competitions, fellowships, jobs, grants, internships, and conferences in New Hampshire, New England, and beyond.

Sources represent private companies, non-profits, and government agencies and include a diverse list of opportunities in categories from 

  • Auditions
  • Calls for Entries & Competitions
  • Grants & Funding
  • Jobs, Fellowships, Residencies, Internships & Volunteer opportunities
  • Professional Development: Conferences, Webinars, Workshops, etc.
  • Requests for Proposals & More!

 

 

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By Pat Hammond

It's a sunny Wednesday when I sit down with Manchester Ink Link publisher Carol Robidoux at WBC's Elm Street co-working space. We're in the same networking group and I've been after her for a few weeks to do an interview so we sneak out of our bi-weekly networking meeting to make it happen.

I know Robidoux in the way people in a small community are aware of each other.  She shares my content on her website, but we've never had a conversation beyond a quick smile and hello and I am curious. I want to know why a talented, experienced reporter with no business background would don an entrepreneur's hat to start an online news service in an unlikely market.

It turns out her motivation had as much to do with serendipity as inspiration.

After being downsized out of her job as an editor for Patch - Nashua in 2014, Robidoux says she knew firsthand how fast the traditional news media's footprint was shrinking. It was her second industry layoff since coming to New Hampshire as a reporter for the Union Leader in 2001 and given the choice of changing careers or chasing after dwindling jobs in a dying industry, she took a leap of faith and chose door number three.

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By Pat Hammond

¿Habla usted español?

Are you looking for a fun way to meet some people and pick up a new skill?  Think about dropping by one of the Speak Spanish group's weekly meetings. 

Whether you took two years of high school Spanish or are a native speaker, Manchester's Speak Spanish Meetup is a great way to practice your language skills and have some fun while meeting a variety of people in a laid back, unintimidating environment. 

Meetups are every Wednesday from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Panera Bread, 52 March Ave (TJ Maxx Plaza) in Manchester.  

Member's language skills run everywhere from people trying to teach themselves Spanish to people who took a couple years of high school Spanish, all the way up to language teachers and native speakers.  Typical meetings include open networking, games, and conversation in Spanish with enough English to make a new learner comfortable.  

I am a member of the group and I can attest to how much support the group provides for anyone trying to learn Spanish.  

Networking doesn't have to be business cards and cocktails.  Groups like this a great way to meet a broad cross-section of people while building your confidence.  If you can sneak out of the office an hour early once a week or even once a month, the Speak Spanish Meetup is definitely worth your time. 

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By Pat Hammond

Be a medical superhero! Learn how to improve the quality of life and save lives for people in rural or remote areas with a 3-D printer and a little ingenuity. No medical background required.

Their website says a "Medical Maker is anyone who wants to use their heart, hands, and mind to make healthcare better,"  and they want you to supply your creativity, skills, and ingenuity to collaborate with other people to come up with simple, cost-effective solutions to real-world, and off-world, medical problems using a 3-D printer.

Medical Makers are hosting Manchester's Inaugural Medical Make-A-Thon Saturday, January 6th - Sunday, January 7th at Manchester Makerspace, 36 Old Granite Street, Manchester, NH

This two-day event includes workshops on

  • 3-D printing
  • Design Skills 
  • Use of free and open source software
  • Prototyping

The event is open to people and teams of all ages, no design, 3-D printing, or medical skills required.  All proceeds support Medical Makers humanitarian projects.

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