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5 Virtual Networking Business Building Tips

5 Virtual Networking Business Building Tips

In person networking can be much easier for many compared to virtual networking. When you are in the private online groups or virtual events how do you speak or write about your business without coming off as a ‘SPAMMER’ and make real connections?

It’s much easier than it sounds and first and foremost do not waste your time in groups that are not in alignment with your values and where your ideal clients might be hanging out virtually.

To be a great virtual networker…

  • Connect & Engage – get to know the people by engaging them in real conversations — don’t sell or post about coming over to your group or your event.
  • Build Trust by contributing useful content to the group. Most people don’t do this, and it will make you STAND OUT.
  • Be Genuine by sharing information about yourself and conveying why you and your business are unique will make you memorable.
  • Ask Questions, ask “How can I help you”. Have a WE are in this together attitude rather than a I’m in this group for ME only attitude.
  • Follow Up – have you heard the expression ‘The Fortune Is In The Follow Up’? This is so true, make note of who you are having conversations with and follow up with those people with virtual or in person chats.

In the comments below let us know what emotions come up for you about virtual networking and what’s stopping you from connecting in a virtual networking group today?

Contributor: Frankie Mueller
President of The Savvy Professional Women, LLC

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Manage Your Personal Finances with Gretchen Meyer Financial

Manage Your Personal Finances with Gretchen Meyer Financial

As we learn to adjust during this unusual time period we are collaborating with Gretchen Meyer Financial to bring you this webinar: Manage Your Personal Finances.

*Gain financial insights that will help keep your wallet healthy during this time.

* The economy may be on life support, but your investments are not.

* Why Covid-19 is different than the Great Depression

* Why now is potentially a good time to invest

This webinar was facilitated by Gretchen Meyer-Thornton and Laura Sausville of Gretchen Meyer Financial.

The information in this webinar is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Time for a fresh start in 2020!

Time for a fresh start in 2020!

Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~ Mark Twain

There’s always a lot of hype about the New Year, and even more in a new decade, and there is good reason for it. We’ve been making new resolutions and commitments on January 1st since the early 19th Century. Here’s how to make the best of it!

It is time for a fresh start, for a new way of thinking, and while you are at it, why not make this your best year ever. BUT it is up to you to take a stand for yourself, to understand and get over your limited thinking and claim your best life – For Real, Forever. 

As we all know it’s easy to commit to something and be enthusiastic and ready for positive change. And, as good intentions can go, they often turn into disappointment and discouragement. 

It is important to understand why this happens. Part of it is you haven’t thought it through and part of it is the subconscious saboteur hiding inside of you. Your programing from childhood may not seem relevant but I assure you it is. You might really, really want to do, be or have something and even have a plan, but without a thoughtfelt plan, it’s likely you won’t get there. 

To start – You can dig into what’s lurking below the surface by looking at the repeating thought patterns you have. Here are a few common ones. 

  • I’m not good enough
  • Fear of rejection
  • Feeling invisible
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees
  • Be seen and not heard
  • I am too big for my britches
  • I must sacrifice for the sake of others

These are just a few and this is what it might look like in real life: 

You start with the best of intentions. You go to the gym twice, and then you get sick. You quickly forget about it, after all it’s only ten dollars a month and you are too tired and too busy anyway. You start your social media campaign and then get confused about what to post where and when. The perfectionist takes charge and you simply stop (this is me). LOL You have a brilliant idea and then another one, and just one more. You are so amazing that you just can’t decide what to do and where to start. 

You know what your scenario is. Look back over the last year, two years, or decade and see what has been your recurring pattern.  Write it down so you recognize it when it shows up. Then step into your POWER and move forward anyway. 

You have to think of yourself and love yourself first in order to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. You must learn to say NO to what does not serve you, and then YES to what you want. A thoughtfelt plan is one that has deep clear intentions, that is aligned with your values, your deepest desires and is based in your head and your heart. But without answering a few simple questions for yourself you may not be headed down the path that is truly meant for you. 

Good Intentions or Real Commitments

Before you decide on any new quest do a pro’s and con’s list. But first ask yourself these questions. 

  • How have I grown this past year?
  • What gave me energy and what drained me? 
  • What is the reason I want to ________?
  • What’s likely to get in my way?
  • Am I willing to take a stand and set the boundaries that matter? (You know what I mean) 
  • What are the results I want? 
  • What difference will it make in my life?
  • What are the pro’s and con’s?  Make your list… 

Whether it is a business, health or other commitment, take the time to get connected to your reasons, to your heart and then move forward without hesitation. 

If you are hiring a coach to help you stay on track or breakthrough your barriers, or someone to do your marketing, copy, branding etc. make sure you ask yourself what you expect to gain from working with them. Don’t be afraid to interview different people. It is pretty great to make an informed decision and it enhances your power of making the right choice for you, and having to say no to what doesn’t work. I’ve been guilty of working with the wrong persons in the past and it doesn’t feel good. It is a waste of time, energy and money.

Now go and ACE it!

A – Accept and Activate

C – Clarify and Commit

E – Energize and Empower

Savvy Blog Contributor:

Karen Carey
Ruby Red Road

Karen Carey is the founder of Ruby Red Road and partner at Five Star Coaching Group. As a CultureTalk certified partner, she helps businesses and teams create a productive and positive environment with self-knowledge, collaboration and heart to maximize potential and ultimate success.

Opinions expressed by Savvy Women blog contributors are their own.

Tips to making your Holiday Travel Stress Free

Tips to making your Holiday Travel Stress Free

Are you traveling this holiday season? 
Here are a few tips to take the stress away...

1-Plan for extra time for travel

Remember LOTS of people are out their traveling to see friends or family as well.  I recommend 10-20% more time for travel.  The roads are sure to be busy and probably backed up.  Don’t worry about being late by leaving extra time.  In my opinion, better to arrive early than late.

2-If you are transporting food or beverages put them in a protective container

This means plastic container or bag to avoid a complete mess if it spills or breaks.  Many crockpots come with covers if not buy one.  Also, that wonderful bottle of wine you are bringing can go into a plastic or wood container (not just a paper bag).

3-If driving, fuel up your car the day BEFORE travel

This will save you a step in the morning and many other people will be there fueling up that morning. 

4-Yes, we all love our family and friends but sometimes they can “annoy” or “upset” us, so be prepared!

It seems the same questions always come out at family gatherings:

How is that job going? How is your business going? When are you going to have kids? When are you going to get married? When are you going to buy a house? And the list goes on.  You know they are going to ask, so be prepared and have your answer ready.

5-Pack efficiently

Make sure to only bring what you need.  That piece of luggage always seems to gain weight as the trip goes on and you don’t want to carry it.  Make sure to only pack what you need.  Don’t forget your chargers for phones, laptops and other electronical devices as well.  And most importantly don’t forget your prescriptions.

An expert tip I recommend is to check the weather before leaving. That way you will be prepared with appropriate clothing.

6-If traveling with children try not to change up their schedules too much

Children like and need a routine for their day.  This is including things like meals, naptime and bedtime.  Try to keep these as regular as possible even when grandparents, aunts and uncles as well as other family members push to keep them up or other things.  When the children get out of sorts it is going to get you out of sorts.  This leads to meltdowns of children as well as adults.  Don’t let this ruin your travel plans

Remember the holidays are about fun, friends and family, it is for you to enjoy, not dread.


What are your tips for planning before leaving for vacation? Let us know below…

Blog Contributor:

Colleen Parisi owner of A Walk in the Park with Colleen.  Takes the stress out of planning a trip to Disney and put the fun in!!

Colleen Parisi

Colleen’s belief is that everyone should have a great time at Disney!  Growing up her family called her “Julie” (for those that don’t get it, it is a reference to a TV show called Love Boat and Julie was the cruise director).  Colleen has always been a planner and now does it as a business and to help other businesses.

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Exercising as We Age!

Exercising as We Age!

3 Simple Tips for Exercising as We Age

  1. Keep it Functional:  There are functional moves of average daily living that we all need to incorporate into our workouts to stay mobile throughout our later years in life.  Think about what we do on a daily basis.  We are in and out of the car, grocery shopping, doing laundry, lifting up grandbabies, loading the dishwasher, jogging across a busy road and not to mention whatever we choose for our professions (past or present).  The movement patterns that we use on any given day are these seven:  push, pull, squat, lunge, twist, hinge, and balance.  We may not even realize that we are using these moves but now that we are, try to incorporate them into your daily exercise routine.  If you need more photos and descriptions of these movement patterns,  email me at and I will send you my e-book The 7 Functional Movement Patterns of Average Daily Living.

  2. Add Resistance:  Bone density is typically a concern for the aging population because as bones get brittle, we have more chances of injury.  It is hard to imagine that bone is actually a living tissue, just like muscle.  When you work them, they get stronger?  It is known that after our third decade in life, we begin to lose bone density.  The one thing that can slow the progression is regular exercise with resistance.  This is especially important for those diagnosed with osteopenia (bones are weaker but not yet to the point where they are too far gone) or osteoporosis (a disease in which bone density and quality is already reduced).  Exercises that can minimize your risk for developing Osteoporosis are anything that works against gravity.  Hiking, climbing stairs, or lifting weights would be good examples.  Exercises that can help us maintain muscle coordination, gain strength and balance will also help us prevent falls and possible fractures.

  3. Walk: Don’t underestimate the power of our own stride.  Walking is the most functional exercise you can do.  Not only is it free, you can do it anywhere with no equipment needed.  It helps keep us functional and works against gravity.  Boom…this is an all-inclusive exercise to enhance health and graceful aging! The benefits of walking are so many but to name a few: improves heart rate, improves mood, aids in weight loss, decreases blood pressure, improves balance and coordination, prevents dementia and osteoporosis, boosts energy…and the list goes on.  My suggestion would be to walk anytime you can.  Park far away from where you are going.   Get a few extra steps in every day.  Take the stairs.   I have worked with clients who do not have the simple act of walking as an option so my point here is; don’t take it for granted.  If you can walk, get going.  Your life is waiting.

Savvy Blog Contributor:

Jenn Benson

Jenn Benson is a Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist, and Group Fitness Instructor, Jenn has been able to help countless people discover their passion for exercise. Over the years, her motto of K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid) has allowed her to excel in the ever-changing field of fitness. When Jenn is not traveling around teaching or training, she is spending her free moments running around with her two boys and adventurous husband.

Check out her book Dear Couch, We’re Through! for some more resources to help you get started, stay motivated, & have fun with your exercise. You can also visit Jenn at

Opinions expressed by Savvy Women blog contributors are their own, and may not express the opinions of the Savvy Professional Women Network.