BE CONNECTED: Thursday, September 11

Last week, I threw out a bunch of questions about a networking event that we here at SagePresence are putting together. The community responded, and now we have a plan for how to proceed.

We’d like to share that plan with you, and then we have another request.

The plan is to host this event ourselves. We have a fantastic space at Joule in Minneapolis, right where 35W meets Washington Ave. It’s a great, central location, it’s got plenty of parking, and it offers the perfect atmosphere: professional, but not stuffy.

Th event will feature a significant skill-building component, as people told us that (a) this element seemed to be central to a SagePresence experience, (b) they felt it was highly valuable, not only for the time spent at the event, but for all the time spent networking for the rest of their lives after the event, and (c) it made our events vastly different from the standard networking event in the Twin Cities where people go and independently do their best to make the most of their networking time.

We’ll be partnering up with a representative of Thrivent, who builds his book of business while he helps business owners build their businesses and business professionals build their careers.

And we’re going to be reaching out to groups. Groups whose members would benefit from knowing how to network better, both with each other, and with the world at large. We will be offering special registration rates for groups in exchange for these groups spreading the word to their members.

With your help from last week, we’ve assembled a good list of organizations to reach out to, including:

  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Independent networking groups
  • Groups that help dislocated workers
  • Consultants that help dislocated workers
  • Hiring managers
  • Toastmasters groups
  • Meetup groups

Now here’s where you come in.

We’re asking folks to help us get the word out about this event. Our web page about it is right here. You’ll see a bunch of social marketing buttons on the page for you to share it with folks you know who would benefit from networking more productively. And of course, if you want to register yourself, that’s the page to do it.

We’d love for you to keep sharing your suggestions around groups that we should reach out to, groups whose members would like to know how to connect with folks more quickly and easily, how to develop meaningful relationships with other professionals, and how to talk about themselves in a way that those trusted relationships can connect them to valuable prospects. Share your thoughts below about who we should reach out to. Or go ahead and share this page with them.

Our goal is to pull people in from lots of different areas of the Twin Cities, to give people a visceral experience that shows them that they can benefit from networking with virtually anyone, not just targeted, qualified prospects. With that understanding, graduates of this event will recognize that the whole world is available to them, that exploratory networking conversations with anyone can create worlds of possibility that can lead to unexpected benefits for everyone involved.

What do you think?


  1. Joal McAlister on August 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Sounds like an awesome event! I’m hoping it’s successful so that you’ll do another one! Unfortunately I’ll be out of state that day, however I will promote it to my network.

    • Pete Machalek on August 20, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you, Joal! We will indeed do another one — Probably in January or so. Keep an eye out for announcements!

  2. Larry Walker on August 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Your event sounds very good. I will share it with my company and my Minnesota Immigrant Email Network. Cheers.

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