Do: Consistently go to events; prepare and come with energy Introduce yourself; go out of your comfort zone – you won’t regret it! Meet 3-4 people new EVERY event and follow up with everyone Remember names and 1-2 interesting things about the people you meet Arrive early and leave late Have plenty of business cards Be positive and encouraging
Don’t: Just use it as a resume booster Hang out with people you already know Be a salesperson and only sell Monopolize the conversation Stand in one place, or sit on your cell phone Criticize anyone personally or their carrier Be negative – at all!
Building on the success of the preceding leadership, we have the following snap shot of our goals for 2015 and objectives for meeting/completing them.• Continue to enhance programming to offer more relevant content to members
How? – Surveys, member feedback, trending/hot topics• Get more YPs on boards and commissions
How? - Make PULSE a hub for finding out what demands our community needs and pipeline our members into those positions• Develop a platform so members and non-members can collaborate to meet up and discuss mutual interests and YP issues
How? – PULSE Meet up/Social media• Increase membership of educators and health care professionals
How? – Via connections with GHS YPs and work to develop stronger relationship with Greenville county school district• Promote healthy and active lifestyles
How? – Incorporate Connects, Talent, Social, and Leadership events to offer content supporting healthy and active living• Continue effort to engage diverse communities
How? – Continue our efforts with the Chamber’s NetNight and other Capacity events; reach out to other minorities and work to develop relevant content• Strengthen infrastructure and enhance technology
How? – Streamline event sign up and check in; generate better member reports to track engagement
As you can see, we have a full plate for the New Year. We are more than excited to get under way. I want to conclude by giving thanks to all of the PULSE supporting roles in the chamber, PULSE members working behind the scenes on committees, Berri Hicks, and the leadership before me that has taught me so much. And of course, my very, very patient fiancé, Tory.
Stay tuned, stay active, and stay engaged!
About the Author: Mike Pennington is the 2015 PULSE Chair. He is also the owner of Rhino Concessions and FunnelDelicious. His degree and background is focused on continuous improvement of Rhino’s systems, infrastructure, operations, and overall marketing of the company. He is a Greenville native and a graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He is very active in the Greenville Chamber, as well as other community organizations; Mike volunteers time teaching Junior Achievement and job preparedness in local high schools. He also has over three years of service on the LiveWell Greenville Access to Healthy Foods committee. Mike was named one of “Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under” by Greenville Business Magazine. As he enjoys staying active, Mike recently completed a full distance Ironman triathlon with his father and sister. He is recently engaged and enjoys biking, running, hiking, and traveling.