Message from the President
Hello and happy sunshiny days: getting out into the garden, going for walks, Sunday Market and sunshine. That is what May is all about. For the BPWN it is all about Nibbles and Networking. Come to our next meeting and leave with a new personal branding message for yourself and your business, meet new people and connect with some of the most talented business people in Campbell River. We are organizing this evening building on what we learned in April from Beth Campbell Duke. If you missed our meeting in April, this is a great chance to catch up and get your message out there. No speed networking. We will ease you into the most valuable connections available right here in Campbell River.
See you there, Kim Jarvis
Our Next Meeting, May 28, 2013
Nibble, and nosh, and network in May and discover how to connect for greater success in business and in life. As business professionals it is imperative that the message we brand ourselves with represents what is seen through the eyes of our customers. The more people who know, and can relay, that carefully crafted brand to others, allows us to close more sales without pressure or friction. We do this through utilizing true networking principals.
The May BPWN dinner meeting won't be just another networking event. It will be a dynamic, relevant and engaging program that arms people with a confident networking style, and some useful tools to achieve branding success. An evening of several very different, fun and interactive networking exercises will provide a new understanding of networking and the ability to truly maximize future networking opportunities.
Join the Campbell River Business & Professional Women's Network meeting on May 28, 2013 to enjoy Nibbles and Networking, and learn how to position yourself and your business to new heights. With a fabulous appy menu this month the event is specially priced at $30 for guests and $25 for members.
To reserve your place at the Royal Coachman Carriage House contact Corinne at RSVP [at] bpwn [dot] org by Sunday May 26, 2013. You can now pay in advance at www.bpwn.org by clicking on the "Book On Line Button". As always, men are welcome.
Please let us know of any dietary concerns or allergies. Cancellations must be received by May 27, 2013 or you will be billed for your dinner.
Our June meeting is All Spotlight Night
The lineup is fantastic this year:
Dr. Pam Posein, River City Theraputic
Eliza Hay - Mary Kay Cosmetics
Linda Gallagher - Courier Islander
Lucilla Girotto - Facille Graphic and Web Design
New Member Sonia Edwards from Investors Group with Mercedes Hayduk our Membership Director
Dr Janis Guthy
Dr. Janis Guthy has been a Chiropractor for 31 years. She has seen a wide variety of conditions ranging from headaches to sciatica. Patients range in age from small children to elderly and all ages in between. Being a 'hands on' Chiropractor, Dr. Guthy can use different methods of adjusting your bones. These adjustments will be either manual by hand, or by a little adjusting instrument called the Activator which is gentle, and doesn't torque the body. If you are an ICBC or WCB case, as well as Vetrans Affairs, or RCMP, you can see her without any out of pocket expenses.
As well as a Chiropractor Dr. Guthy is a Certified Work Capacity Evaluator Advanced and a American Board Certified Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomate. Your initial exams are very thorough and a complete Report of Findings is given to the patient. Patient care is collaborative, in that Dr. Guthy and her patients will discuss a treatment program together.
Dr. Guthy also has two state of the art machines called the Exer-Rest Whole Body Acceleration Platform, and the Wavestrength Vibration Fitness. Information about these clinically trialed machines can be found on her website at www.wavestrengthvibrationfitness.com Dr. Guthy can be reached at 250-287-3113.
Dr Janis Guthy will be in the spotlight in July. Come to our meeting to meet her.
Editors Note: What you might not know about Janis is that she is an accomplished artist. Click Here or drop in to her clinic to see her work!
Things You Should Not Do Every Day
If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you'll get huge returns--in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being--from adding these items to your not to-do list:
Every day, make the commitment not to:
1. Check my phone while I'm talking to someone.
You've done it. You've played the, "Is that your phone? Oh, it must be mine," game. You've tried the you-think-sly-but-actually-really-obvious downwards glance. You've done the, "Wait, let me answer this text..." thing.
Maybe you didn't even say, "Wait." You just stopped talking, stopped paying attention, and did it.
Want to stand out? Want to be that person everyone loves because they make you feel, when they're talking to you, like you're the most important person in the world?
Stop checking your phone. It doesn't notice when you aren't paying attention.
Other people? They notice.
And they care.
2. Multitask during a meeting.
The easiest way to be the smartest person in the room is to be the person who pays the most attention to the room.
You'll be amazed by what you can learn, both about the topic of the meeting and about the people in the meeting if you stop multitasking and start paying close attention. You'll flush out and understand hidden agendas, you'll spot opportunities to build bridges, and you'll find ways to make yourself indispensable to the people who matter.
It's easy, because you'll be the only one trying.
And you'll be the only one succeeding on multiple levels.
3. Think about people who don't make any difference in my life.
Trust me: The inhabitants of planet Kardashian are okay without you.
But your family, your friends, your employees--all the people that really matter to you--are not. Give them your time and attention.
They're the ones who deserve it.
4. Use multiple notifications.
You don't need to know the instant you get an email. Or a text. Or a tweet. Or anything else that pops up on your phone or computer.
If something is important enough for you to do, it's important enough for you to do without interruptions. Focus totally on what you're doing. Then, on a schedule you set--instead of a schedule you let everyone else set--play prairie dog and pop your head up to see what's happening.
And then get right back to work. Focusing on what you are doing is a lot more important than focusing on what other people might be doing.
They can wait. You, and what is truly important to you, cannot.
5. Let the past dictate the future.
Mistakes are valuable. Learn from them.
Then let them go.
Easier said than done? It all depends on your perspective. When something goes wrong, turn it into an opportunity to learn something you didn't know--especially about yourself.
When something goes wrong for someone else, turn it into an opportunity to be gracious, forgiving, and understanding.
The past is just training. The past should definitely inform but in no way define you--unless you let it.
6. Wait until I'm sure I will succeed.
You can never feel sure you will succeed at something new, but you can always feel sure you are committed to giving something your best.
And you can always feel sure you will try again if you fail.
Stop waiting. You have a lot less to lose than you think, and everything to gain.
7. Talk behind someone's back.
If only because being the focus of gossip sucks. (And so do the people who gossip.)
If you've talked to more than one person about something Joe is doing, wouldn't everyone be better off if you stepped up and actually talked to Joe about it? And if it's "not your place" to talk to Joe, it's probably not your place to talk about Joe.
Spend your time on productive conversations. You'll get a lot more done--and you'll gain a lot more respect.
8. Say "yes" when I really mean "no."
Refusing a request from colleagues, customers, or even friends is really hard. But rarely does saying no go as badly as you expect. Most people will understand, and if they don't, should you care too much about what they think?
When you say no, at least you'll only feel bad for a few moments. When you say yes to something you really don't want to do you might feel bad for a long time--or at least as long as it takes you to do what you didn't want to do in the first place.
Setting expectations: James Clear's Networking Tips cont.
3. You don't need to know the most people, just the right people. There is no need to shotgun your business cards across the industry or to pepper everyone with emails. Instead, focus on finding people that are relevant to you. As time goes on, you can decide if the interests that you share with someone are worth pursuing further. It's better to have 5 people willing to help you out than it is to have 500 that simply know your name.
4. Don't expect anything. The fact that you reached out and made contact with someone does not put them in your debt. No one is required to "pay you back." Instead of approaching networking with the goal of gaining favors, try reaching out with curiosity. Contact interesting and relevant people and see what happens. Some of them will respond and some of the won't. Learn about the people that follow up. Find out what makes them interesting and how you can help them - and don't expect anything in return.
5. Don't leave networking to chance. Take some time and define what you are looking for in your network. Every once and awhile you'll stumble across someone amazing on accident, but it's a lot easier to find who you're looking for if you know who they are in the first place. Be proactive and create a list of people that you want to contact on purpose.
6. Go beyond your industry. Connect with people on a variety of levels from a wide range of areas. By growing your network outside of the usual areas you will be more valuable to people that are in your immediate industry. The people you work with have personalities and multiple interests, right? With a broad network you can be the person that connects people across industries.
7. Don't dismiss anyone as irrelevant. Maybe you don't think a local blogger would be a good contact because you work at a medical practice. However, when you open a new branch and you want to let people know about it, you'll be glad you reached out to someone with an audience.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. (Jeff Mowat)