Friday, February 28, 2014

Public Speakers Associaton: Cambridge open a huge success

            It was amazing Wednesday evening to share in Cambridge. Public Speakers Association is growing fast.  Learn more about chapters and meetings.

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Ann Miner

Jim Pagiamtzis and Anne Miner

Doreen Hillier  and Ann Miner

Guest(left) and Ann Miner

Jim Pagiamtzis sharing insights on online and offline marketing

Spotlight Feature: Richard Baker


You had spent you career focused in the food and beverage area to grow you business. How important has been to be focused on that niche?
It is extremely critical I understand who my ideal target audience is. Business cannot be one to all.
By understanding who my ideal customer is allows GR Marketing Strategists to:
1. Become recognized market leaders in their sector.  
2. Be proactive to emerging trends within the food and beverage sector. 
3. Create tailor made strategies and tactics to reach out to this audience.
4. Our network base understands who we are. Accordingly, they have a better chance to remember us.

If business create strategies and tactics without a clear understanding of their audience, it is a bit like setting a boat adrift without navigational tools.


Have a branding strategy is such an important factor for business to be able to share and execute. Can you share 2 important factor to be aware of when doing so?

The 2 most important factors you must share and execute are:

1. Brands Unique Selling Proposition (USP): What makes your brand unique and different and separates it brand from the competition.

2. Brand Promise: What is the key benefit your customer will receive from your brand when they interact with it?

The key point business must keep in mind: Consumers shop rationally, they purchase on emotion.

Richard Baker
Senior Marketing Strategist
GR Marketing Strategists
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Review: The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma


 An amazing parable of journey in meeting mentors, leaders in a journey of success.

Robin Sharma sharing insight on the power of leadership, mentor and the ability to connect and learn from  others to empower yourself to succeed with the skills and strengths you already have to achieve your goals.

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Public Speakers Association-Cambridge Chapter

Anne Miner

Public Speakers Association - Cambridge Chapter


February Meeting


February 19, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM




Zehrs - South Cambridge
200 Franklin Blvd
Cambridge, ON
N9G 2T6

Please come along and meet your fellow Speakers, members and guests. Be prepared to network over healthy finger foods and settle in by 7:00 for the formal meeting.
Here is our agenda:
 6:30-7:00 Check-in and networking
7:00-7:15 Welcome Presentation
7:15-7:25 Spotlight Speaker, "Opportunity Knocks", Doreen Hillier, Director, Public Speakers Association
7:25-7:35 Spotlight Feedback
7:35-8:15 Workshop Presentation: "The Power of email Marketing" - Jim Pagiamtzis
Published Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur Jim Pagiamtzis is the founder of 21 Connections & Accredited Solution Provider  with Constant Contact., has articles  published online by Toronto Public Library Small Biz Express, Centennial College, Linking People and Entrepreneurs,How's Business blog (Staples Business Depot) and Metro  Printed articles for FedEx Freight Canada (Newsletter) Centennial College Ascent Magazine. Has been on That speaking on How to become Networking Success.

8:15-8:30 Wrap up and Prize Draw
We promise to have you wrapped up and on your way by 8:30 pm.
Guests will pay the member price for this meeting (in future, there will be a premium for Guests).
Looking forward to seeing you!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

21 Connections 2nd Newsletter: Articles, Big event this Saturday

 Saturday February 15th
Power of Email Marketing  Learn more
In This Issue
Event this week
PSA and Business over Breafast
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February events 

  February 15th
Microsoft Store: Mississauga
Power of Email Marketing
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Podcamp 2014
February 22 & 23
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Volunteers Needed/ Speakers section opening soon

February 27th
1st event of Public Speakers Association: Richmond Hill
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March 5th & 6th
DX3 Event
Metro Convention Centre
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March 6th
Cash Flow game: Richmond Hill
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Millionaire Mind
March 14-17
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March 21st
Universal Seminars
Wealth Branding and Communication Mastery
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April 12
Jim Pagiamtzis
Big Birthday BASH!
Details soon! 

 February is in full swing. Lots of amazing events happening this month. Valentine is coming up this week. Below is a gift from the Relationship Master.

 Join me this Saturday at the new Microsoft Store in Mississauga as I will be sharing insights on Power of Email Marketing and Networking. Learn more

Because Valentines is coming up fast!
The Relationship Master: Sign up for 3 free gifts
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Business Connects Networking Conference huge success
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Microsoft Mississauga Grand Opening
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Power Networking yields to start of new career
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Public Speakers Association in Toronto
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Looking for Directors and Feature members to join. Email to set up time to meet or connect to share details.

BoB Business over Breakfast:Opportunity to start group in Toronto
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The Coffee News: Advertising
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Thanks for taking the time to read the blog, feel free to forward and share information with friends. They will appreciate it!

Jim Pagiamtzis
Founder 21 Connections
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Weezer Concert at Huge success at the Powerade Centre in Brampton

             It was an amazing Sunday afternoon concert at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. Attendees and yours truly battled the snow to hear an awesome band entertain and young and mature audience with great his from various albums in the last 10 years.

   I had a extra ticket and the night before Christina Korda answered the call on Facebook. Turns out she is a huge fan for many years.

  Big Thanks to Microsoft and its partners for putting on an amazing show. Event got a Microsoft Scarf!


Jim Pagiamtzis at the event

Jim Pagiamtzis with autographed Weezer guitar

Jim Pagiamtzis at the Foursquare booth

Microsoft chairs and pillows

Weezer entertaining the crowd

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Business Connects Networking Conference a huge success on February 4th,2014

It was an amazing day of Learning, Networking and Socializing.

 Below are amazing interviews with awesome entrepreneurs who attended the event. Huge thanks to Carmelia Ray
Chala Dincoy
A.J Parl
Roger Pierce
Nick Kuborovski
Dianne Ojar-Ali
Lisa Kember
Ben Benjamin
Cheryl Rankin
Odette Laurie
Eric Gilboord
Colleen Lindberg
Larry Beesly and ESN Group

Video Producers
Maureen Short
Dwayne Richards
Eam Patch
Dianne Ojar-Ali
Lisa Kember
Ben Benjamin







Stay tuned for details of event in May  2014

Promo video that was made before the event

Power of Networking yields to a start of new career!

           It late November I attended the 1st annual Gentlemen's Expo at the Metro Convention Centre, a two day event for men to check out various booth on Wine, cars, beer and play some interactive games

 On Sunday there was an opportunity to break a Guiness World Record the for the most men in one place with the most staches (Movember cause to raise money for prostate research) more on this later.

   It was amazing day I as went through the event trying out the various beer they had available. (Stella Artois was there) They had busy booth all weekend!

  There were interactive games and sports cars for the past, present and future on display.  There was an afternoon session with the some of current and previous Dragons speaking Brett W. Wilson , Jim Trelving and Bruce Croxon sharing their insights on Business.Life and Success.

 There were multiple booths from MLSE Sports Entertainment representing the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Soccer Team TFC.

  A booth that caught my interest was The People Store. I introduced myself and ask them a few question. Turns out they were hiring and had opportunities coming up in February 2014. I took their business cards and continued on my way.

  Had a great time at the show Saturday and even got invited back on Sunday! Two friends of mine had booths there and they got me media pass for the Sunday.

 Participated in the Guinness Book World record for most staches in the same room. Unfortunately we were 900 short. Some guy named Tom Selleck beat us!

  Fast forward to December 2013. I called the representative and had quick phone interview with them and our conversation went well, he ask for my resume and set up time to see them on January 7th,2014 at 11:00am

 It was an amazing holiday season celebrating friends and family and bringing in 2014!

  January 7th was quickly on the horized. I spent some time doing research on the company  via their website and Facebook fan page. They had numerous videos they had done dealing with various questions about their industry. It was very good information!

 The day had arrived and I show up at 10:30am (always early!) and was ready to speak to two people for the interview.

 James Martin (Team Lead Professional Services) introduced himself and we proceeded to have a seat and start the conversation. He ask me various questions about my career and I layed out what I had been doing the last 2 years since I had left the transportation industry in November 2011.

 I had been speaking and doing consulting for various corporate and small business groups all over Ontario. Was host and community manager for Camaraderie Coworking since March 2013 and  part-owner of Richmond Hill Coworking November 2013.  Had also 2 other revenue based business that I was doing.

He was very impressed with all this and ask me to come back at 12:00pm to meet with some else from the company, I agreed and went downstairs and had coffee at the Tim Horton's and caught up with some emails and phone calls.

I returned at lunch and met with Rocco Serpe ( Director of Sales Business Development) He has spend 15 years in the logistics and transportation industry with huge success. I had been in the industry for 7yr more in the operational. We had fantastic conversation!

The interviewed end and he stated he will call within the next few days.

I continued on my day and headed to meeting further west in Mississauga. At 2:00pm I got a phone call from the original contact I has spoken to in December. I was little surprised and excited!

He was calling to offer me the position and also invitation to their annual event in Niagara Falls on January 18-19.  This was awesome news!

Look forward to starting my role on February 4th

Moral of the story: You never know who you are going to meet. Shaking hand is the start, the rest is up to you to be persistent and determined to achieve your career goal.

Feel free connect with me at the People Store 
Call 905-277-4455 ext 21


Microsoft Store Mississauga Grand Opening a Huge success!

          It was an amazing morning at Square One in Mississauga at the Micrsoft Store had the Grand Opening.  I was invited as media partner to participate in the festivities. Check out the cool videos and pictures

          There was DJ playing music. Attendees practicing their dancing moves and Micrsoft Store employees and executives excited about the launch

           Many charities were present and in total 1million dollars was given to various groups.

          The Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion was their to cut the ribbon for the new story. She made an interesting statement in her talk. " I don't event have a computer!" as she starred back at the Microsoft management. The store was open and everyone was excited. Steve the Store Manager gave Hazel McCallion a complimentary surface on behalf of Microsoft, Hazel McCallion was speechless! (check out the last photo)




Jim Pagiamtzis at Microsoft Store Mississauga Square One
Jim Pagiamtzis sharing a tweet about the event

Hazel McCallion and Jim Pagiamtzis


DJ having fun

Hazel McCallion getting ready to cut ribbon

Hazel McCallion sharing

Steve store manager giving Hazel McCallion a complimentary surface