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Holly Day for Southern Wake Women in Marketing Networking group, Dec. 21st!

What a great, social Holly Day for the Ladies of Southern Wake Women in Marketing Networking group!
We gabbed, we shared about our businesses, and we got a little bit pampered!
We had the best, with a touch of elegance, kinds of breakfast treats a busy business woman could have: quiche, fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese and loads more! Everyone liked their ‘White Elephant” presents and we even donated some proceeds from the group, as well as from the individual members, toward our own member CJ Scarlets, The Kindness Cure and the Angel Tree, they are giving toward for a deserving child’s Christmas present!
Thanks Ladies, it was special!

CBJ PromotionalAvenues accepts organizer position for Meetup group..

Hot off the presses…Christina will now be organizing the social and educational networking meetings for The Raleigh Wedding & Event Professionals Meetup group!
Check it out and see some of the places we go! It will be a barrel of fun and informational meetings where you are sure to learn and socialize your way to more referrals, contacts and gain strategic partnerships!
Join us!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY! What are you Thankful for?…

I am Thankful for my faith in God, my family, my health, my friends and family and my business!




Networking Know How…by Christina Blandi-James

Ok, so you have gone to a networking meeting or two,  you’ve made your appearance, now what? If you have a business card folder filled to the brink of capacity, have  followed up on some of them, but to no avail, keep collecting them like it’s a hobby. I know exactly what you’re thinking…”How am I going to stand out in the crowd, remember everyone I met and of course be remembered, and get in contact with them in a timely and effective time management way?”
What is a business person to do?  Well, here are some tips to make yourself stand out in the crowd and be remembered and get that appointment or connection:

  1. First of all, be on time to any networking event or business meeting!  Precise promptness is essential.
  2. Meet and Greet.  Don’t be shy, put yourself out there..that’s what we’re there for!
  3. Introduce yourself, shake their hands, look them in the eyes and most definitely, be genuinely interested in them.  First impressions are everything!
  4. Let them know what you do for a living.  Be quick and detailed as possible.  Don’t give a long drawn out dissertation… you will lose their interest if it is!
  5. Give some examples of what you have done or who you have worked with in the past or present.
  6. Be funny…  Laughter is a common ice breaker and it makes a good impression. Smiles light up the world!
  7. Ask their advice on something.  You might have a problem that they can help solve.  Everyone wants to help others in some way and it is a good way to be viewed as an expert in your field.
  8. Always, repeat their name in the conversation at some point. And at the end..Thank them for meeting them and promise to connect with them soon.
  9. Follow through with that promise.  You will leave a lasting impression if you do.  Then call them.
  10. Lastly, You never know who you are going to meet and who that person may refer you onto someone else.  So make a great  impression and give them a unique business card or poken them!  http://www.poken.com/ (The new, or for me it’s new…a social networking gadget that makes it easy to not loose a new contacts information, just upload it to your computer)  I just bought one…Do you Poken?

So there you have it.  10 simple and effective networking tips about how to make the most of your time when you first meet someone and be remembered. It’s  easy… just be genuine and be yourself!

Outside the Lines Art Show, Dec. 10th @ Garden Gate Cafe, 6-8 pm

Come out and enjoy the show…you might even take a piece of artwork home with you!!!

About the Artist…
Although she’s had the desire to paint since childhood, Jo didn’t realize her dream until 2003, when her husband surprised her with easel and paints.
From then on, Jo has found her inspiration in the beauty of nature, landscapes, and interesting architecture.
Jo’s work consists mostly of acrylics on canvas, pencil & charcoal on paper. Works bring forth the color and beauty of nature, landscapes, and interesting architecture. Paintings have shown at galleries, the NC State Fair Art Competition, art shows at her church and at Cary and Raleigh-area coffee houses.
Her business, Outside the Lines Art Instruction and Sales, provides one-on-one art mentoring for budding artists 5 yrs to 85 at her studio or the student’s home tailored to needs/desires of student. She also conducts art workshops for students in pencil, charcoal, pastels, acrylic paint, tempera, and air dry clay at Neighborhood Academy of Music, Clayton. She is also available for art birthday parties and commissions for pet portraits
Her community service of an art nature has involved creation and delivery of a 6-week after school art program for K to Grade 2 disadvantaged and at-risk children at Magnet school in downtown Raleigh. The program consisted of teaching art skills while encouraging students to explore their creativity. The focus was also on building good character.
Jo’s art is currently on display at the Royal Bean Coffee Shop on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh and The Garden Gate Café on Aversboro Road in Garner.
For contact information and to view more of her art:
Event Promotion:  CBJ Promotional Avenues

Sponsorships are being accepted for Sacred Heart Cathedral School, 3rd Annual Knight’s Open Golf Tournament, April 16th, 2010

Save the Date Everyone!
If you love golf and it goes with helping keep children active, then you’ll want to stay tuned to more information on the upcoming golf tournament I am planning!  Be there at River Ridge Golf Club for a great round of golf, great prizes and contests,  food, BEER, and good old fashioned “hanging out” with some great folks!  I am sooo… looking forward to a good round  of competitive golf!
All the proceeds go to support Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s Athletic Department.  At Cathedral, we strive to keep our kids busy and active, in light of all the hard ball academics that is required to be at Cathedral.  They say kids need an outlet for thier being structured during their school days.  Well at Cathedral, they have many after school activities to choose from and to get involved.  The kids not only learn their academics, but have the chance to practice team building skills, comradarie, sportsmanship and going for the gusto with a “winning” attitude!
We have different levels of sponsorship available and more information will be posted soon!   Contact me @ cbjpromotionalave@nc.rr.com
Save the Date!

“The Purse Party” Mixer @ The Perfect Pair

August 29th   &    September 26th
7 – 9 pm
1330 Fifth Ave.
Ste. 150/250
Garner, NC 27529
“A Little Bit Sassy, but with a Sense of Elegance!”
With the personal touch that we all strive for in finding the right boutique, Calvin Berry @ The Perfect Pair, has achieved with this store! With a stylish selection of Handbags, Flirty Shoes and complimentary Jewelry, the party is sure to please some of your guilty pleasures for attaining  the right look!
The Perfect Pair Owner: Calvin Berry
Event Promotion/Social Media:  CBJ Promotional Avenues

Winning Women Wednesdays

Winning Women anchors women by inspiring them to stay on course and achieve success. This supportive group shall provide the tools that enable women to be the leaders in their businesses, careers, lives, and families that they were born to be. Women business owners and professionals whom want to challenge themselves to excellence by belonging to a community that will not accept anything less than greatness. We will network and connect with others to create possibility and reach our goals.
The group will meet the 1st Wednesday of every month to empower ourselves as women to establish our business, professional, and personal endeavors through partnership, information, and support.
Please sign up:   http://www.meetup.com/winningwomen/
Presented by: Tonya Palmer Powell &  A+ Consulting, Inc
Event Coordinated by: Christina Blandi-James & CBJ Promotional Avenues

The Ten Commandments for Social Media

Here are your Ten Commandments or things you need to be doing to get in and win with social media.

  1. Thou Shalt Blog (like crazy).
  2. Thou Shalt Create Profiles (everywhere).
  3. Thou Shalt Upload Photos (lots of them).
  4. Thou Shalt Upload Videos (all you can find).
  5. Thou Shalt Podcast (often).
  6. Thou Shalt Set Alerts (immediately).
  7. Thou Shalt Comment (on a multitude of blogs).
  8. Thou Shalt Get Connected (with everyone).
  9. Thou Shalt Explore Social Media (30 minutes per week).
  10. Thou Shalt Be Creative (go forth and create creatively)!

Commandment 1. Thou Shalt Blog (like crazy)
Blog. Please. That’s the first priority. Set up a blog, a personal blog, a business blog. It’s easier than you think. Use an existing blogging site such as Blogger.com or GOingOn.com or install your own branded blogging site right on your own server by using WordPress. And, WordPress is free.
Commandment 2. Thou Shalt Create Profiles (everywhere)
Create your profiles; do it now before someone else takes them. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. That’s called cyber squatting. So get out there. Use Open Social to make filling in your profiles as easy as a click of a button.
Commandment 3. Thou Shalt Upload Photos (lots of them)
Upload photographs. You’ve got them. Don’t upload the one with you with a lampshade on your head…counterproductive; but other photographs? Absolutely. Customers want to see and participate. You want to give people a face to go with your company.
Commandment 4. Thou Shalt Upload Videos (all you can find)
Videos. You all have got videos. I don’t care whether it’s training videos or customer videos, grab your video camera and go interview some of your customers. What’s better than seeing your customer’s smiley face on your Web site? And it doesn’t cost anything.
Commandment 5. Thou Shalt Podcast (often)
Podcast. If you’re too cheap to get a camera, use the free audio software that’s in your computer. That’s what I did. I created 48 audio podcasts. If you take the podcasts I did for my book and played them back-to-back, they run 24 continuous hours of interviews. You can do that. It’s free. It just takes time.
Commandment 6. Thou Shalt Set Alerts (immediately)
Set alerts. People are talking about you. You probably need to know what they are saying and you want to participate.
Commandment 7. Thou Shalt Comment (on a multitude of blogs)
Comment. Commenting is like going to a cocktail party. You wouldn’t walk into a networking event, walk up to a group of people talking, and tell them your name and what you do in your business. That would be rude and unacceptable. Listen first. Read the blogs and add comments. You can be controversial, that’s okay. But participate. Get involved.
Commandment 8. Thou Shalt Get Connected (with everyone)
Get LinkedIn. Put it in your email that you have a LinkedIn account, you have a FaceBook account, and that you have a Twitter account. Make it a part of your heading on your letterhead, because that’s how you propagate. That’s how you sell it.
Commandment 9. Thou Shalt Explore Social Media (30 minutes per week)
Explore social media. Give me thirty minutes a week, that’s all I’m asking. Friday morning grab your coffee, lock yourself in your office, and give me thirty minutes. Just Google something. I promise you within the first 30 days you will be excited. You’ll be as excited as I am. You will get excited because of the ROI.
Commandment 10. Thou Shalt Be Creative (go forth and create creatively)
And the most important commandment is creativity. That’s all. It’s just creativity and having fun. But you know what, that’s what your customers want. They want to see transparency. They want to see authenticity. They want to see you having fun. They want to be able to relate and communicate.
Tiffanie Tillman is the founder and CEO of The Virtual Professionals – A Virtual Assistant Staffing Company, specializing in Internet marketing, online administrative assistance, website & blog content management and many more services. For several years Tillman has worked with clients in all types of industries. Her teams, consisting of hundreds of virtual assistants and professionals, have varied skill-sets and professional backgrounds. To reach Tillman, call 1.800.804.0476, send an e-mail to tiffanie@thevirtualprofessionals.com or visit her website at http://www.thevirtualprofessionals.com .
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