Thank You SMPS CT!

It is truly a great group of people that make up the SMPS Connecticut chapter. I greatly enjoyed connecting with them this past Wednesday morning as I spoke on the topic of “Building a Culture of Rainmakers.” It seems that every time I meet new people at the regional SMPS chapters I am amazed at the caliber of people that make up this incredible organization.

SMPS CT, thank you to the numerous follow-up e-mails that I received after the meeting this past Wednesday, I was humbled by your kind words. Special thanks to Wayne Cobleigh of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.who originally contacted me after my presentation at SMPS Build Business this year and who spearheaded the event. I hope to have the opportunity to speak with all of you again in the future.
Tim Klabunde

“Thank you so much for bringing “Building a Culture of Rainmakers” to Hartford, and thank you too to William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. for sharing you with us. It was a great program and you are an engaging presenter. The response has been wonderful. By generously sharing your valuable step-by-step approach, you are extending the value of the program and giving marketers a great tool for training within their own companies. I highly recommend that other SMPS’ invite you to present to their chapters.”
Geryl Rose
President, SMPS Connecticut Chapter

“I was so impressed with the clarity of your ideas that I had already gone to cofebuz and started downloading!  … You are an extraordinary person!  The myth of “networking is for extroverts” was the best.  …  your rules and tips were far better than some of the material I’ve read and seminars I’ve attended.  It is my job to coach my team into building relationships, and your material will be the basis of my new training program over the next month.”
Holly DeYoung
Tai Soo Kim Partners, Architects

“Thanks for the follow up and the assets Tim. We just had a Friday pizza/”Building a Culture of Rainmakers” lunch where I did my best impersonation of you with the aid of the presentation (I got it at cofebuz) for our staff of six. We’re a brand design consultancy in the Hartford area and your presentation was my first event with SMPS CT. I was taken with the folks at my table, the presentation and the SMPS board members. I felt quite welcome. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I believe you’ve achieve your goal with me — you’ve helped…”
John Gibson
Bertz Design Group

“Your presentation was really great.  I am very excited to look through your links and materials and share with my colleagues.  Thanks so much!”
Vicki Pancoast
PinnacleOne an ARCADIS Company

Networking with a Newspaper Article

Wayne Cobleigh, Manager of Project Development at GZA GeoEnvironmental sent me an interesting article titled “Comfortable Enough to Ask for Business: Networking should be much more than small talk” published in the Hartford Business Journal this week. The author, Carole Donovan of Image Boosters identifies how she believes you can succeed when networking. Although I appreciated the article I was truly impressed that Wayne was practicing the foundation for all good networking relationships: helping others.

Wayne knows that I regularly write and speak on the topic of networking and by taking a minute to pass that article along he strengthened our relationship by selflessly doing something for me without any thought of what I could do for him. Wayne has nothing to gain from his gesture this week. However, over time as we build our friendship I hope that I will likewise find ways that I can help him succeed. This is the foundation of networking: a focus on building relationships by helping others rather than simply selling our services. Have you sent anyone an article lately?