International Networking Week was celebrated around the globe February 4th – 8th, with the Atlanta event, Discover Your Global Network, finding great success in bringing three world class speakers as well as using Skype and Google Hangouts to create live referrals from around the world.
Mike Macedonio, President and Co-founder of the Referral Institute set the tone from the stage for a great event relating his early attempts at networking and referral marketing while attending St. Rocco’s primary school. From his early networking failures to a successful international franchise business owner, Mike presented the foundations for building and maintaining a sustainable flow of high value business through networking and referral marketing.
The intermission between speakers was designed to give the attendee’s time to investigate and connect in real-time with Referral Institute contacts from far away places including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Dubai and India. “It is always great to make powerful and valuable connections and it is so much easier using modern day technology,” says Emile Paradis, President of Referral Institute Atlanta and organizer of Discover Your Global Network Summit. He smiled and added, “I know for a fact that a few of the connections made during the event have already created closed business for a few of the attendee’s”.
Mike Gomez, an Atlanta based networking powerhouse took the stage next. His global sales experience selling military jets around the world gave all the attendees insight into the risks and reward of going global. Mike has taken that experience and now helps companies plan and execute global expansion strategies.
Hazel Walker, the BNI Indiana franchise owner and co-author of “Business Networking and Sex, it’s not what you think” engaged the audience with her insight into the different ways that men and women create and maintain business relationships and build powerful networks. Her book was a result of surveys of over 12,000 people from around the world and is well worth reading.
The 2013 International Networking event in Atlanta was deemed a success with over 160 business professionals in attendance and will return next year on February 6, 2014 even bigger and better. Be sure to sign up for our updates and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.