Monday, February 25, 2013

Get Connected 4th Edition February

February is almost over as we head into Marvelous March! Had an amazing time speaking at Podcamp Toronto at Ryerson University last weekend. Look forward to J4 event happening on Wednesday in Toronto. (details below)

  Video of the day:
Jim Pagiamtzis sharing at Podcamp Toronto 2013 on Blogging Success at Ryerson University #pcto13
Jim Pagiamtzis sharing at Podcamp Toronto 2013 on Blogging Success at Ryerson University #pcto13
Podcamp 2013 article with additional videos including Patrick Bizindavyi, Cher Jones and Robert Campbell 

BIG Event this week:

 Wednesday February 27th  
  J4 Speaking series with Jim, Jacques,Jennifer and Jenna! Check out spotlights below 
Going to be amazing evening of Jenna Smith. Social Media Strategies with Jim Pagiamtzis, Authentic Connections with Jennifer Beale and Coach, Create and Connecting strategies with Jacques Berge   
Lots of  prizes! and few surprises... 
Blogs of the week:

Spotlight: Jenna Smith

Spotlight: Jacques Berge

Spotlight: Jennifer Beale 

 March events

Rich Dad Education coming to Toronto
March 12-21 

*Will be having Cashflow game on March 14th in Toronto near the Intercontinental hotel after the event. Stay tuned for details.
Volunteer opportunity/Sponsorship/Exhibitor  with FP Reach on April 26th 

Spotlight: Richard Zinck

 1st  Can you share 3 strategies on  how to network effectively?

Networking is an art, as well as a skill, that develops with practice. Like an artist making a sculpture, you craft one piece at a time until it is shaped to your liking.  

To meet the right people you must be in the right place at the right time. Most network by chance, like it is a lottery. Instead, create opportunities – make the meeting happen.

High profile people attract high profile people, as well as rising stars. Think of networking like a spotlight contest. Everyone wants to get into the light. So you need to go where high profile people go to be in the spotlight.

How do you find the spotlight?

Watch the media. Newspapers, especially local ones, are filled with success stories about rising business stars. They write about the latest award winners and the fastest growing businesses. Also, they list upcoming seminars where these people will be speaking.

1.     The easiest way to meet them is by going to the seminar and introducing yourself. Sounds simple, does
n’t it? It is!
2.     Be noticed. Wear something that stands out – a funny tie or a weird hat. If you are the same as everyone else you will be forgotten.
3.     When you get there, sit in the front row and ask questions if given the chance.
4.     Meet as many people as you can. Pass out your card to everyone you meet; collect theirs. If you sit at a table, place your card at every chair.
5.     Don’t sell your product at the meeting, though. Only sell yourself!
6.     As soon as you get back at the office, email everyone you met and tell them what a pleasure it was to meet. Wish them well in their future. Provide full contact information.
7.     Save everyone’s cards and enter them into your database, noting the date and function where you met. This provides a track record of everyone you meet.
8.     What if the person is not holding a seminar or does not show up at a seminar that you attend? If they won an award, send them a letter, not an email, congratulating them on their achievement. Again, don’t ask for their business, just offer your congratulations.
9.     Imagine, today, you meet someone on the rise. You save their card. In 10 years, they are president of a huge corporation that you want to do business with. You present the business card you saved. You mention the first time you met. Do you think this person will be impressed? You better believe it. Do you think you will get their business? More than likely! How do I know? It has happened to me on many occasions.
10.  Get out there and start sculpting your network. Design it. Shape it. And if you plan it right you won’t have to ask for the order. It will be given to you.

  2nd   You have successful career in the mobile food industry,currently you have been sharing you stories speaking on various stages
in Toronto. What words of wisdom would you share to entrepreneurs starting a new business?

The foundation of a solid occupational network rests on you and your centre-core focus comprised of beliefs, values and ethics. Combined, these powerful elements can drive you into action toward business betterment. When you attract like minded people, doors will open on the other side, expect to find unanticipated growth opportunities.

Work on your foundation by finding your focus. Then build a structure that attracts others with a similar core. Putting this theory into action can be tricky, as focal points differ. Complicating it even more is the fact that individuals tend to believe their particular values are the right ones.

When you let your core propel your actions, you begin to entice a business circle of like minded people. As more people believe in you and your ideas, business will flourish.

If you are not aligned with your focus, you may be trying to mould yourself to other ideals. As we mature we adapt to our families, schools and careers. At the expense of what we believe, we have a habit of embracing values of one group after another.This way of thinking may get us accepted on a surface level in many areas of life, but building an enterprise using this strategy could lead to disappointment in the long run. If you are not true to yourself, you can not be true to others, and you may lose business support when you need it the most.

Growing up in a troubled family, StomachMan A.K.A. Richard Zinck taught himself how to be strong, bold and innovative to deal with the situations in his life.
In business he is a progressive thinker with non-conventional ideas. Featured in The Toronto Sun, Saturday Night, and Profit Magazine, Zinck became a modern-day hero in the Sandwich Industry.
Named one of the top Entrepreneur’s of the Year for Ontario in 1995, and nominated for Canada in 1996, Zinck is a man of action. Always on the move, he will leave you wondering what he will do next.

Best Regards

Richard Zinck
6-295 Queen Street East, Suite 482
Brampton ON L6W 4S9

Podcamp Toronto 2013 huge success #pcto13

It was going to be an exciting weekend at Ryerson University with Podcamp 2013. Great topics were going to shared and attendees were looking for to listening and learning new strategies and ideas to enhance their business.

It was great to see Brett Deguire, Rob Campbell, Doina Oncel, David Campbell, Jarvis Emerald, Said Henry, Ravi Amin  at the event

                                           Rob Campbell attending and learn at a afternoon session.

Cher Jones sharing on 99 Problems But my Brand Ain't One!  How to create an opportunity-ready personal brand powered by social media

Part 1
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Part 2
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Part 3
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Part 4
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                                                 Jim Pagiamtzis and Said Henry

                                      David Campbell (left) Rob Campbell (middle) and attendee

                                         Sue Vary from Head Start sharing on LinkedIn

                                         Sofi Stefou sharing on power of You-Tube

                                         Rob Campbell sharing on secrets of content online

                                          After Party networking at Lou Dawgs on Gerard Street

                                            Rob Campbell, Summer Ross and Jim Pagiamtzis

Day 2

                                            Nadine Sharon Anglin shares slide on Curation

                                           Debbie Horovitch sharing on Google + Hangout

                                          Nadine Sharon Anglin sharing her contact information

Jim Pagiamtzis sharing Blogging Read all about it!
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Patrick Bizindavyi sharing the Journeyman Stories
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Nikola Danaylov presentation
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Robert Campbell article
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It was an amazing weekend for everyone who attended from speakers, attendees and volunteers!

Huge thanks to the sponsors

Gold Sponsors: Chevrolet- Ryerson University- Rogers

Silver Sponsors: Tim Hortons-Lou Dawgs-ING Direct

Bronze Sponsors:  Hover-Freshbooks- High Road Communications-Rightsleeve- JS Consulting & Productions

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spotlight: Jennifer Beale

Word-of-Mouth Referrals – The Fastest Way to Grow Your Business
By Jennifer Beale, editor,

People do business with people they trust. So when you need business,
nothing works faster than following up a warm lead passed on generously by
an associate.

Sure you could make extra cold calls or start a direct mail or advertising
campaign. But even if you find someone ready to buy, before you close the
sale you still need to build a relationship.

Networking meetings are a great place to meet people face-to-face to
exchange warm leads. Each day, across the country, hundreds of networking
events take place.

Yet many experience business networking events as a big waste of time. And
given the way many people approach networking, it is.

If networking hasn’t worked well for you, here are some simple yet proven
concepts that will turn it around and drive up your sales numbers.

Those who excel at networking simply relate well with people, and anyone can
learn how. Zig Ziglar said it best: You can get everything in life you want
if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

Overall, present a great first impression. Dress business-like and be
organized with business cards and a pen, and wear a nametag. When you meet
someone, rather than recite your one-minute infomercial, start a
conversation. Ask what they do, and then tell them what you do in one or two

Avoid the biggest temptation and mistake made by the majority of business
networkers – trying to sell your wares. A networking meeting is a place to
connect. While it’s expected you will share what you do, trying to sell
someone you just met is impersonal.

Instead, after a brief introduction hold Ziglar’s mindset forefront and ask
people what they want more of in their life.

Here are three great questions you can memorize to start a conversation:
What do you want more of in your life?
What’s the biggest problem you have?
How can I support you best in getting what you want?

Now help them solve their problem. Maybe you are the perfect solution or
maybe it’s an associate or someone else you meet.

When you can help, ask for their card and permission to write on it. Then
jot down when and why you will call. This makes follow up easy and shows you
are serious and professional. Next, share your problem and see if they can
help. If no connection occurs, bid farewell and meet another person.

Once you develop the mindset and some great questioning skills, literally,
you can network everywhere and anywhere. Networking meetings are good
training ground because everyone in the room expects you to talk business.

Some networking groups are open to anyone. Other groups require membership.
Most member-only groups allow you to attend once or twice to decide. Some
meetings are structured and provide time for each person to introduce them
self to everyone; other groups require you to work the room. Each group
attracts a particular demographic. Know whom you want to meet and call the
organizer ahead of time to qualify the group.

If you’re really savvy, though, you won’t prejudge. Everyone has an average
network of 250 people. When you share problems, you will both tap into your
existing network.

Other great places to network include:

1)      Association meetings
2)      Conferences & conventions
3)      Workshops and seminars
4)      Social parties
5)      Family get-togethers
6)      Public spaces

Before you even head out, schedule time in your calendar for follow up,
preferably within two business days. After the meeting, continue building
the relationship by doing what you said you would do. When you follow up,
always conclude the phone call with next steps, and add everyone you want to
connect with into your contact management system. When you come across an
article that appeals to their interests, email it to them. Invite them to
another event. Send them leads. Stay in touch.

Remember: most people at networking events make the mistake of selling their
stuff. Instead, be a relationship builder. When people attribute getting
more of whatever – be it freedom, financial security, friendship – to you
they will want to reciprocate and give back. Then watch your success

A once shy woman turned compulsive networker, Jennifer Beale grew her Public
Relations firm from zero to six figures exclusively through business
networking. To find business networking events visit

Jennifer Beale, Publicist
416-unleash (865-3274)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mix'n'Mingle Networking event March 5th

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Mix 'n' Mingle Networking Event

Welcome to The Networker's first evening networking event of 2013!

Our goal for this evening networking event is to bring business professionals together and to help connect you with other like-minded professionals in the GTA.

This event will include complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Date: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Milestones Restaurant
Address: Empress Walk - 5095 Yonge St
Cost: $10 in advance; $20 day of event/at the door (if available)

To register, please click here.

 I look forward to seeing you there.

Vito Marchese  
Vito Marchese 

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