Wednesday night was my first Staten Island Chamber of Commerce event and it was wonderful.
I joined the chamber officially just this week and they hosted a mixer where I was able to speak about my business as did the other new members.
This is all new and exciting to me and I always love to speak in general but getting up in a lovely restaurant (South Shore Bar and Grill - highly recommend it lovely place, great food etc) with about 30 people or more watching me was great practice! See, even a public speaker like me thinks of this a challenge though a good challenge...but one nonetheless.
I was ready for the event and loved talking to people one on one and in groups - I found each talk helped me formulate what I wanted to say when I was given the floor.
When it was time for me to introduce myself and my business, I think I hit on everything. Some of what I said is listed below and really encompasses my mantra and my elevator pitch - sometimes, I do not even have to say it - I recently ran into someone that I wanted to tell about my company and they already knew and told me they are impressed seeing what I am doing to build my brand via LinkedIn and other content channels.
My Elevator Pitch
The Next Step is built around helping with college and career readiness. I have experience as an educator and an executive focusing on helping new graduates, high school students and career professionals take their next steps in career and education goals. I create content, EBooks as well as offer interactive and informative seminars, training and courses on careers, blogging, entrepreneurship, and really anything that I blog about can be turned into a lesson / class etc. Also, I work one-on-one with clients to help them with resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and application essays. As part of my service, I include coaching and career plans without additional charge and my LinkedIn product particularly teaches you based on your needs on how to use LinkedIn to have YOUR phone ring instead of you having to make the calls to get attention. Oh, and I closed with the fact that I am interested in speaking at any event - I am an educator and interested in sharing my company, my message and teaching people to be ready for their next step.
Upcoming Speaking Event
For example, here is an awesome link showing an upcoming speaking arrangement on February 16: http://www.rbcofsi.com/events.html
At the event, I got a stack of business cards and I am working on reaching out to everyone who spoke with me.
As I build this business, I look forward to making and creating more partnerships and learning from everyone. I think joining the Chamber was a great way to grow my connections and to learn and grow more!
What do you think? Are you interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce? Let me know if you have any questions! I am looking forward to hitting the ground running and being involved with the upcoming Workforce Development Committee and with the Career-Con event. Happy hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen