I know I mentioned the joy I had assisting at the CTI course in NYC in early July and want to elaborate on the quality connections I made in those three days. I have had meaningful follow-up conversations, emails and get-togethers with several of the men and women who attended that course.

  • One of my co-assistants is now inspiring my younger daughter towards her vision.
  • When I shared my vision with a woman from a coaching triad during our workshop she told me of a relationship she has with someone from the company I want to work with. Her help got me to the next step in building that alliance.
  • I had an energized lunch with a successful photographer studying coaching where we discussed our business models, resources and visions.

Which brings me to Tonia who approached me at the end of that 3-day program saying she’d like to hear more about my work with women entrepreneurs, a passion she shares. I offered a date when I would be coming into Manhattan which didn’t work for her. I counter-offered, knowing full well how New Yorkers view Connecticut–the boonies–that she come out to see me.

She accepted, already setting her apart from most mortals.  My experience is that when effort is involved, a lot of people who say they will do whatever it takes, postpone or find excuses. But Tonia showed up which spoke volumes about who she is and what she’s willing to do to learn and grow. She reminded me of myself. Naturally, I’m eager to help anyone as hungry as I am (still) to learn, have new experiences and form new alliances.

We had an energizing afternoon sharing histories, goals and collaborative ideas. I’ve already introduced her to a dear friend and colleague who works in her neighborhood and may be able to help Tonia towards her goals. Tonia is now  scouting locations for me towards my objective of a NYC-based networking group.

One of the reasons I am so resistant to facebook, LinkedIn and twitter is that I am completely satisfied with my in person social networking.

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