Getting Down with the Duck at the Business Professionals February 2015 Mixer

David Bruno, networking group administrator, hosted the first Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA mixer of 2015 on February 25 at the Coliseum Megaplex in Camp Hill, PA.

If you read my blog about attending my first mixer, you may remember that I followed the advice I’d read on how to feel comfortable at a networking event. My self-assigned role promoting the mixers through taking event photos and then blogging about it provides the perfect opportunity to speak with everyone and drive traffic to my LinkedIn posts and my website. That role’s success became evident at the latest mixer. People are starting to know me, and I’m finding familiar faces in the group[1].

When was the Last Time You Had Fun With a Duck?

At the February 25 mixer, my role expanded to “The Woman with the Duck.” David discovered a soft, yellow, stuffed duck whose fate found him abandoned or lost in the Coliseum parking lot. Always looking for fun icebreakers, I suggested that David bring “Ducky” inside to be the mixer mascot.[2] Ducky playfully posed for photos and encouraged the approximately 35 long- and first-time attendees to relax and have fun while networking.

“If you are new to the area and looking to meet like-minded professionals; looking to expand your sphere of influence; or interested in sharing best practices, industry insights or learning about other local businesses, these group mixers are for you. We typically host our mixers on the last Wednesday of each month. If you have a showroom and visual focal point that you want people to experience, and you see value in 25 to 30 business professionals being in your office so you can showcase your specialties, then let’s talk about you sponsoring/hosting an upcoming mixer!” –David Bruno

For those who attended the February 25 mixer, if you ordered drinks or food, but had to leave and couldn’t find the server, contact David Bruno. Several open checks had to be covered at the end of the event.

Photos

Send me your best captions in the comment section below. Photo identifications run from left to right. Ducky was such an in-demand superstar that I didn’t get everyone’s information, so I apologize to anyone whose information is missing. If you would like your name, company name, email address, or website added to any of the photos, contact me by email or through the contact form below (no phone calls, please), and provide the picture number and your location in the photo. Thanks to David for also taking pictures.

Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA gather at The Coliseum on February 25, 2015.

Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA gather at The Coliseum on February 25, 2015.

Photo by JNC.


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Kang Su Lee, Financial Advisor, MorganStanley Wealth Management.
Name, Scientist, Company.
Photo by JNC.

Love the enthusiasm!

Love the enthusiasm!

Name, Title, Company
Photo by JNC.


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(with scarf) Name, Title, Company.
(with glasses) Name, Title, Company.
Photo by JNC.

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Name, Title, Company.
Brandon Ramsey, Business Development, The Performance Group.
David Bruno, Business Improvement Specialist, and Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator.
Angela Wert, Consultant, Arbonne.
Photos by JNC.


Brandon, Ducky, and David discussing the theme for the next mixer.

Brandon, Ducky, and David discussing the theme for the next mixer.

Brandon Ramsey, Business Development, The Performance Group.
David Bruno, Business Improvement Specialist, & Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator.
Photo by JNC.

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LaMont Hess, Agent, The LaMont Hess Insurance Agency
Steve Harrison, Vice President of Sales, Dauphin County, DOCEO Harrisburg LLC
David Bruno, Business Improvement Specialist, and Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator
Photo by JNC.


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Andrea Chronister, Independent Representative, Primerica.
Jennifer Conway, Freelance Writer and Communications Consultant, Jennifer Nauss Conway HR Communication & More.

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(in beige suit) Name, Title, Company.
(holding Ducky) Name, Title, Company.
Photo by JNC.


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(holding Ducky) Name, Title, Company.
(in blue sweater) Name, Title, Company.
Photo by JNC.

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Gayle Vallie, Ionic Practitioner and Owner, Enriched Healing.
(Chef) Name, Title, Company.
Photo by JNC.


A little one-on-one Ducky time.

A little one-on-one Ducky time.

Janet Bartelme, Independent Associate, LegalShield.
Photo by JNC.

A little quiet Ducky time.

A little quiet Ducky time.

David Bruno, Business Improvement Specialist, & Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator.
Photo by JNC.


Hamming it up with Ducky.

Hamming it up with Ducky.

(holding Ducky) Name, Title, Company.
David Bruno, Business Improvement Specialist, & Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator.
Photo by JNC.

I think Ducky said, "I didn't do it! That requires fingers and thumbs."

I think Ducky said, “I didn’t do it! That requires fingers and thumbs.”

Name, Title, Company.
Photo by JNC.


A duck works up a thirst when he's this kind of celebrity.

A duck works up a thirst when he’s this kind of celebrity.

(in blue sweater) Name, Title, Company.
Gayle Vallie, Ionic Practitioner and Owner, Enriched Healing.
(giving Ducky a drink) Name, Title, Company.
Photo by JNC.

Area business professionals enjoying the February 25 mixer. Can you spot the photo bomb?

Area business professionals enjoying the February 25 mixer. Can you spot the photo bomb?

Photo by DB.


Two of my favorite networking guys, David Bruno and Douglas Price.

Two of my favorite networking guys, David Bruno and Douglas Price.

David Bruno, Business Improvement Specialist, & Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator.
Douglas Price, Consultant, AIA Benefits Resource Group.
Jennifer Conway, Freelance Writer and Communications Consultant, Jennifer Nauss Conway HR Communications & More.

Me and Ducky hanging out with David and Douglas.

Me and Ducky hanging out with David and Douglas.


David Bruno (having an out-of-body experience…not sure if those are his legs or if they belong to someone else).

David Bruno (having an out-of-body experience…not sure if those are his legs or if they belong to someone else).

(in beige suit) Name, Title, Company.
David Bruno‘s head, Business Improvement Specialist, and Business Professionals of Greater Harrisburg & Central PA networking administrator.
(in beige sweater) Name, Title, Company.
(in blue shirt) Name, Title, Company.
Photo by DB.

Another crowd photo. Jennifer and Ducky photo bombed this one because David Bruno isn’t the only one who knows how to do this.

Another crowd photo. Jennifer and Ducky photo bombed this one because David Bruno isn’t the only one who knows how to do this.

Photo by DB (with help from JNC).


David Bruno’s final (ghost-like) photo bomb appearance.

David Bruno’s final (ghost-like) photo bomb appearance.

Photo by DB.

That’s me, soothing Ducky. I didn’t want him to “quack” up from overstimulation.

That’s me, soothing Ducky. I didn’t want him to “quack” up from overstimulation.

Photo by DB.


I’m reinforcing the night’s theme by pointing out that it’s all about Ducky. So, sing it with me now, “It’s all about the duck, about the duck, no fingers…”

I’m reinforcing the night’s theme by pointing out that it’s all about Ducky. So, sing it with me now, “It’s all about the duck, about the duck, no fingers…”

Photo by DB.

Ducky gets the last photo bomb.

Ducky gets the last photo bomb.

Photo by DB.

Share Your Thoughts on Networking Events

I’d love to hear from you. At formal and informal networking events:

  • What strategy do you recommend for maximizing your time?
  • What activities deliver the most value?
  • What activities do you like least?

My Final Thoughts

Is attending these mixers a good use of my time? Yes. I’m social by nature, and I’m still looking for a full-time position in my career field and seeking freelancing/consulting work. Through these mixers, I’m building business and/or social relationships with other group members, having met in person or communicated via email with several. Will these contacts lead to a job or freelancing work? Maybe. Maybe not. But without having attended the mixers, these possibilities wouldn’t exist.

[1] See, I can show restraint. I chose not to use “finding familiar fun, friendly faces” in consideration of those offended by alliteration.

[2] David and I reported Ducky to the main desk at The Coliseum as “Found” in case a child somewhere had lost or forgotten his or her stuffed duck. David stepped up as a devoted Ducky daddy by giving Ducky a home.

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