(A particularly moving pair of Connections comes from Brenda Stewart, Independent Long Term Care Insurance Agent/Consultant with Genworth Financial. In telling the story of her father’s recent passing, Brenda brings home the often deeply personal side of our Network’s ability to connect people when they need it most.
Stacy Doherty of Errands Etcetera kicks off my column this month with some great acknowledgments, and I’d like to acknowledge her for consistently making quality connections and acknowledging them in this column! I can tell that it’s become part of her routine because they show up in my email every month. I urge you to make Connections part of your routine, too!
Stacy says “thanks” to Donna Mavromates of Wicked Simple Marketing for sending two great referrals over to Errands Etcetera. “I will let you know if it leads to any business,” said Stacy. She sends big thanks to Kim Degust of Molisse Realty for considering Errands Etcetera for a client’s rental property this summer.
Stacy shares her special acknowledgment toLisa Marie Williams of Lisa Marie’s Boutique “for doing all of the alterations on a bridesmaid’s dress for me in record time! The dress fit perfect and I was able to dance the night away confidently!”
Gwen Morgan, author of the What if … Workbook, would like to extend a very belated thanks to Anna Linzi who so graciously personally delivered a gift catalog to Gwen’s house (!) during the 2013 holiday season … how wonderful is that? “Thank you, Anna, that was such a surprising level of customer service!” Also, Gwen would like to extend a huge thank you toJennifer Dallaire of the Talking Information Center in Marshfield for inviting her to be a guest speaker on herMission Possible radio show in May. Jennifer made it a lot of fun, and Gwen truly appreciates Jennifer’s enthusiastic support of the What If … Workbook and all that it stands for.
The rest of these cheerful thank yous were collected at a recent SSWBN lunch (this must have been SOME lunch!)
Kathleen Regan of Independent Insurance Brokerwould like to thank Stacy Doherty of Errands Etceterafor her referral of two clients, whom she was able to help with their Health, Life, Disability and Business Liability. Kathleen would also like to thank Patty Funder of LaserLight for Men and Women and Judy Walsh of A Fork in the Road Catering for giving her the opportunity to set up their Health Insurance plans.
Nancy O’Keefe of Simple Small Business Solutionssends her thanks to Alison Schirone of Yarn’s End for sharing her connection in Las Vegas. She needed some trade show booth help there and Alison’s connection helped her staff her booth!
Jessica Foley of Dave & Buster’s also sends her thanks to Jack Burke of Eastern Bank who has referred Eastern Bank to host several events at Dave & Buster’s. “Thank you for your referrals, Jack!” said Jessica.
Elizabeth Beach-Hacking of Shelf Genie thanksStacy Doherty of Errands Etcetera for working with her on a sales project, helping her create a targeted market. Elizabeth would also like to thank Patty Funder of LaserLight Skin Clinic – She said, “Patty really helped with my skin.”
Becky Coletta of Coletta Law Office acknowledgesStephanie Lipinski of Hanson Insurance Agency, Inc.for her assistance in helping a client understand insurance options for a professional civil engineering company with a multi-state practice.
Kristen Ford-Hernandez of Premiere Pros sends out a big thank you to Kathleen Keegan of Real Estate Rocks for her recent referral of a client. “We are very excited to bring new colors into their home,” said Kristen. She also wants to thank Lori Cook of A Fork in the Road for making her son’s graduation spectacular. “Amazing food and service, and all the guests commented on how great the food was. Thank you Lori!” she said.
So here we are, on the tipping point of summer. Mix it up a bit with your business connections and don’t miss a single sunny day or balmy night. Get out of the house — get out of the office! Discuss the details at the waterfront oyster bar. Bring a picnic basket and meet at one of the benches at Scituate Light to talk over your plans. Take a SSWBN colleague out in a kayak just for fun. Look around at the rich resources of SSWBN and pick one thing that you wish you could change … and then take that first step toward making that change.
I would like to share a wonderful example of networking through the SSWBN. In February of this year, I scheduled a lunch with Raquel Mullaney, owner of Comfort Keepers in Plymouth. She is an SSWBN past president and spoke with the new members about her passion for how the SSWBN has helped her get started in her business. She encouraged us to network with her.
As a retired nurse and now Long Term Care Insurance Agent, I thought we might be able to connect, as there might be value for her clients’ family members to learn more about Long Term Care planning for themselves. Likewise, I might be able to refer clients to her.
After the lunch, I commented to Raquel that I was an RN and should she get stuck and need a nursing service in a pinch, I could help her. Well, her Scheduler called me the next day and explained that their nurse would be going on vacation … and requested that I cover a few shifts for them. I went to the office for two hours to fill out employment paperwork, and in the next few days I did provide some nursing shifts for them.
The next week, my 93-year- old father took ill and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, leaving my 91-year-old mother needing some care. I called Comfort Keepers. They were able to provide the Certified Nursing Assistants that we needed to keep her safe and meet her needs.
Sadly my Dad passed away. My mother has been moved to Assisted Living, which costs $7,250 a month. She is holding her own with lots of support. Oh, how I wish they had had long term care insurance!
Another network opportunity emerged when we needed a caterer to supply a light lunch for guests following my Dad’s memorial service. I met with Lori Cook from A Fork in the Road. She has been wonderful to work with and we look forward to her culinary delights on June 14th.
Thank you, Brenda, for sharing your story.
Patricia Funder, MS, CLT
LaserLight for Men and Women