December 7 Event in Photos

Today was another great event at First Fridays Fort Wayne. We were honored to have Marlin Stutzman with us as he shared lessons in leadership that he’s gained over the years as a farmer, entrepreneur, business owner, statesman, and business executive.

Here are a few photos from today’s event. The video from today will be posted soon. In case you missed coming today, you can always find us on our YouTube channel at First Fridays Fort Wayne.

Marlin Stutzman was outstanding!

Another great gathering on a very cold morning.

I can personally attest that Marlin practices what he preaches.

The Trine University board member received some Indiana Wesleyan University gifts.

Leaders Add Value to Your Future

Great leaders invest in others, and they add value – even to your future.  I experienced that yesterday at lunch with a friend I met at First Fridays, Barry Schrock.  He allowed me to ask him questions about his business and how he has grown through this experience.  And he told me this:

Chase after the person you want be Barry quote

Invest some time is getting to know a local leader better.  Come prepared with good questions to ask them.  You will learn much, I promise you.

 

November 2 First Fridays Review

If you missed yesterday’s First Fridays, here is a quick snapshot of what happened. I’ll be uploading a video soon so you can hear Matt Konkler’s presentation.

We had a great crowd again! Thank you, veterans, for your service. We are always thankful for you!

Matt Konkler shared insights on leadership from his experiences serving in Washington, D.C. with Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates. Great stories. Valuable lessons.

Here are the leadership traits Matt saw on display in some of the top leaders in our nation.

Matt shared these characteristics that we. An all aspire to.

Leadership Gold Workshop and a Special Deal

Ray Abbott, a First Fridays regular, is conducting a workshop entitled “Leadership Gold” based upon the John Maxwell book with the same name.

Ray has a special code our First Fridays community can use to get a 50% discount! Here is the link to the workshop registration:

Leadership Gold Workshop Registration

Use the code FirstFridays to get 50% off! Thank you, Ray!

3 Ways To Walk In and Make A Stranger Like You by Ben Kissam

A great article to help you connect with others.

A lot of research has been done on how we build rapport, to the point that specific techniques have emerged. There are, in fact, repeatable and measurable ways you can incorporate into how you communicate that can help someone you’ve never met like, trust or relate to you better. Think of how useful that might be for enhancing your career, business or family life.

Follow this link to read the entire article: https://www.goalcast.com/2017/09/20/3-ways-walk-make-stranger-like/

First Fridays Networking Works

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I love hearing the stories of how people who have attended a First Fridays have connected with others.  I know my own personal/professional life has been enriched since my brother, Jere, and I started this adventure.  Here are some things that I’m aware of that have happened in just a few months:

  • Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is now involved with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
  • IWU became a significant sponsor of the Catalyst Leadership Experience in January.
  • I have personally sent referrals to a couple of business owners who I have met at First Fridays.
  • Individuals have reached out to business owners and are now actively engaging with them and their business.
  • I know team members from my company, 3Rivers, are actively making contacts and reaching out.

What other stories are there?  Please share in the comment section below.  Your comments will encourage others in their networking journey.

January 5 – What Happens at First Fridays?

Inspiring. Motivating. Informing. Networking. Adding value.

This is First Fridays. RSVP to reserve your free spot here: January 5 RSVP

You won’t want to miss meeting and hearing Karl LaPan!