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


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!

20 Ways to Become Better as a Leader by Jim Johnson

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  1. Set meaningful personal goals and work on them every day.
  2. Practice gratitude every day.
  3. Do random acts of kindness.
  4. Read inspiring, challenging books every day.
  5. Listen to inspiring podcasts.
  6. Follow impactful leadership blogs.
  7. Find and meet with a mentor.
  8. Mentor someone.
  9. Network with other leaders.
  10. Volunteer your time in your community.
  11. Do more than expected at work.
  12. Intentionally meet new leaders in your community.
  13. Write someone a personal note of appreciation.
  14. Say “please” and “thank you”.
  15. Open the door for others.
  16. Smile more.
  17. Listen more than you speak.
  18. Spend time with family and friends.
  19. Laugh – don’t take yourself too seriously.
  20. Develop positive self-talk.

Local Leadership Events

local leadership events

There are many events happening in our area that you may not know are happening.  So, we’ve created a page on First Fridays to make it easy to find what is going on and how you can get involved.

On our main page, you’ll see a menu link at the top of the page that says Local Leadership Events.  Click on that to see the event names, links, and dates.  If you know of other events that leaders, manager, entrepreneurs would benefit from, please share those by contacting us.


Catalyst Leadership Experience

If you are like me, you want to grow as a leader.  To grow, I need to be challenged with new ideas (whether I agree with them or not!).  I need to hear from different perspectives. I need to network and connect with other leaders. I need to be inspired and motivated.  I need to think.

On January 9, 2018, leaders in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area have an opportunity to grow.  The Catalyst Leadership Experience is happening on that day at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne.  There is still time to register (see link below).

What will happen there?

“Start 2018 off with the right Catalyst! It’s about value and it’s about time… Outcomes to this event? Interactive discussions with senior executives and leaders, a networking event, panel discussions, tools, and hands on application and activities to many real-world leadership topics. YOU determine and decide what workshops you want to engage in throughout the day. These engaging workshops are lead by over 15 thought leaders from around the area. This is unlike any other event you’ve attended before. For $189 per attendee, you will receive training materials, a networking event, lunch and snacks throughout the day!”

Speakers include:

  • Retired Col. Perry Collins
  • Former Congressman, Marlin Stutzman
  • Scott Druhot, CEO Catalyst1440.com
  • Curtis Smith
  • Jerry Youngblutt
  • Mark Hagar
  • and many others

Register today for this exciting leadership event.  Follow this link to register:

Register for the Catalyst Leadership Experience




Chicken & Web Development

What does chicken and web development have in common? Come to First Fridays tomorrow from 8-9 am to find out. We still have some seats available. RSVP here:

December 1 RSVP Ticket Reservation