Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Business for Breakfast

They say, the early bird gets the worm.

Many folks know I hold networking meetings over 100+ mornings a year before work – to get inspired and fulfil my personal mission.

cl2This Valentines day, I hosted an event for those who were in and out of love with their careers, to connect for 2013’s success. A big thanks to the couple dozen folks who came out bright and early tCL3o network. I am always grateful for your investment in me and I love to see you invest in you! ( the meaning of my twitter handle by the way ).

A note about some folks I singled out. They run their own businesses and all six of them are my “category killers” who I refer often. I’m happy to share them with you too as I speak about them all the time.

Clare runs a social media company specializing in charities and social-profit organizations. 

Jacklyn is the secret photographer behind many charity photoshoots in my network.

Janice is a professional coach for fundraisers.

Jeff captures the power of video for social and business media.

Two new additions to this list are to be noted as they are 2013 additions and you’ll see me talking more about them.

CherJones1) Cher Jones is on the trail to help Canadians embrace “Social Business” like me. But she has a business to coach individuals and groups on platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. I look forward to her help to get anyone in my network up to speed in 2013!Larysa-Kalyta-Marche-Toronto

2) Larysa Kalyta is the team lead with my #1 favourite networking venue, Marche Brookfield and I won’t be keeping this secret to myself any longer. Read exactly why you should be hosting your next event at this venue!

I highly encourage anyone to consider sharing their favourite experts iKeepCalmNetworkONn the comments below – heck I created my own award to name out loud my annual networking MVP’s. We need to celebrate the best in our lives and help them help our network to get what they want in business and life.

I WANT to help you do this dear network, so keep in touch and make contact any time…

I’m always at your service,

LinkedIn2012aa   Paul

Monday, 18 February 2013

An event planners dream: Marche Brookfield

I have hosted over a dozen networking events at Marche in Brookfield Place. There is NO venue I recommend more highly and yet even I did not know the power of this location for business and personal event planning. marche

Anyone who has been to my now four year dinner event at AFP Congress knows that this venue has it all. Varied menu for all tastes and food restrictions, instant dining with the ability to come and go as guests please, indoor patio for networking where the diners can hear each other speak and close to the Metro Convention Centre. It’s as perfect as a venue can get.

Recently I connected with Larysa Kalyta the PR, Sales and Event lead, mostly to compliment the Marche Brookfield team after another smashing event success and some real wow-points from the staff around service. We had a fascinating conversation about the versatility of the space and what Marche is doing with it on a weekly basis.

All-Day business training in house with the technical ability to host on site. Salsa dance nights for the new live/work downtown set. Early morning networking meetings for Bay St. groups. Social gatherings for family travelling in from all parts of the GTA and a kids area I didn’t know existed.

She finished our talk with a powerful phrase. “Mr. Nazareth, never assume anything about Marche Brookfield. Don’t think of it as a restaurant, think of it as a canvass for your networking goals. Whatever the event, we can make it happen with flying colors, tastes and results”.  Larysa event remembered I had just had a baby and gave me an adorable plush Marche mascot for him. I recently hosted a breakfast networking event with Larysa and had almost 40 guests using a space in the restaurant I had never used before. She delivered on her promise.

There is so much more to this venue than meets the eye. SO dear network, don’t assume like I did. Make contact with Larysa, arrange a tour or conversation about your needs and rock your event.

Here’s a quick ‘taste’ of the venue DineTO named the “best place to host a group function in Toronto” – Enjoy!

Paul Nazareth